Issues

Watch Joe discuss immigration reform at a recent debate.

The Economy & Taxes

In America, truly anyone can achieve the highest level of individual accomplishment. Cities such as Baltimore are in desperate need of revitalization; however, what they need most is a multi-faceted approach to helping them rebuild. First, we need Congress to create tax incentives to rehabilitate homes and communities. Second, we need senators who can build partnerships with the business community to put as many people to work as possible, which will help end the culture of violence that is destroying the sense of community needed to provide the best opportunities for the people who need them the most, especially our young people who are currently simply trying to survive everyday life in their own neighborhoods. Congress needs to strengthen and enforce public corruption laws, so that all local government officials and employees are held accountable to the people they serve. And finally, individuals need lower taxes. What government can do to help this process is to stop raising taxes on individuals and instead find ways to reward businesses to provide as many incentives as possible to succeed.

Job Creation & Education

I believe that we need to develop more apprenticeship programs that allow businesses to hire employees at lower wages and develop them into skilled workers worthy of higher market wages after a specific period of time. Employer-sponsored apprentices would gain access to valuable on-the-job training and “earn while they learn.”

Immigration Reform

We have failed to make significant progress on today’s most pressing issues: comprehensive reform of healthcare, immigration and energy policy, especially as those issues relate to individual well-being and national security. I have developed a comprehensive immigration reform plan that will raise billions of dollars that can be used toward developing a new energy policy and protecting our borders.

National Security & Anti-terrorism

The most pressing issue today is ISIS. The problem with combating ISIS is that there are four key players involved in the crisis: The United States, Russia, Arab Sunni governments, including Syria, and the Shiite majority governments of Iraq and Iran, who all have a different agenda and ultimate vision of the future for the Middle East region. I believe that the United States should first focus on protecting itself and its allies against ISIS, and next should begin forming a multinational coalition that has a unified vision of the future of the greater Muslim world where democracy and self-determination go hand in hand with regional and global stability. This unified vision of free, prosperous Muslim countries must occur in order to defeat ISIS both as a fighting force and as an attractive ideology. Congress should not take actions against the rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms; however, Congress should strengthen and enforce mandatory sentences for gun crimes. It is shameful that jurisdictions like Baltimore City have resorted to treating regulated firearm possession by criminals as misdemeanor crimes. In addition, Congress needs to expand funding for the identification and treatment of the mentally ill, and increase funding for additional police training.

ISIS

The problem with combating ISIS, is that apart from the rebel groups, there are four key players involved in the crisis: The United States, Russia, Arab Sunni governments, including Syria, and the Shiite majority governments of Iraq and Iran, who all have a different agenda and ultimate vision of the future for the Middle East region. I believe that the United States should first focus on protecting itself and its allies against ISIS, and next should begin forming a multinational coalition that has a unified vision of the future of the greater Muslim world where democracy and self-determination go hand in hand with regional and global stability. This unified vision of free, prosperous Muslim countries must occur in order to defeat ISIS both as a fighting force and as an attractive ideology.

Iran

Iran simply cannot be trusted. As an American, I'm certain that we all want to move toward a more peaceful world, but in order to achieve peace both parties must share the same vision of the future. I'm not convinced that the United States and Iran have achieved this meeting of the minds, and until we can be sure that Iran shares our vision of world peace, which includes an end to their support for terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah and abiding by the concept of nuclear nonproliferation, I believe that we should reevaluate our focus on the Middle East and instead prioritize securing our borders and protecting our allies. We should also move toward supporting domestic alternative energy programs and by extension supporting our farmers, who a) are far more trustworthy partners than Iran, and b) are vital to achieving the goal of American energy independence in the future.

Energy

I believe that we should reevaluate our focus on the Middle East and instead prioritize securing our borders and protecting our allies. We should also move toward supporting domestic alternative energy programs and by extension supporting our farmers, who are vital to achieving the goal of American energy independence in the future. Protecting our national resources must become a priority, starting with developing domestic alternative energy programs. Businesses can be the leaders in this field with attractive incentives and efficient economic strategies at the national level that maximize productivity and employment while incurring that the resources needed for this are inexhaustible.

Redistricting

Gerrymandering is, in my opinion, one of the most offensive practices in politics and all voters should be incensed at the mere mention of the word. Unfair redistricting has kept numerous highly qualified public servants from getting into office and improving the problems we call face, while it has allowed many unproductive politicians to stay in office and exploit their positions of power. We need a redistricting process that places communities in common sense, fair and symmetric boundaries so that no person, public servant or community leader is unfairly deprived of the opportunity to help make a difference.

Social Security & Medicare

We need to ensure the continued growth of individual retirement accounts, which seniors need in order to live comfortable lives after they stop working. We need to continue to reform Wall Street as cases of abuse arise, but we also need to be careful not to place safeguards on Wall Street that are too restrictive as they relate to free markets, flexibility and the continued growth of individual retirement accounts. Seniors also need improvements in their quality of healthcare, with accessibility and affordability for everyone, not just those who can afford it.