FIGHTING FOR YOU.
Wealth and Income Inequality
We live in the richest, most prosperous, greatest nation the world has ever known. We have natural resources and innovative entrepreneurs, world-leading industries and the top consumer market. We have enough that no one who is willing to work hard should have to go without. That was the promise of the American Dream: if you work hard and play by the rules, you will succeed. You will be able to take care of your family. You won’t struggle just to get by. That dream right now is out of reach for too many hard-working Americans.
Wealth inequality is worse now than at almost any other time in our nation’s history. Worker productivity is at an all-time high leading to massive profits for corporations and CEOs, but, adjusting for inflation, working wages haven’t increased in decades. Our minimum wage, once set to ensure anyone working full-time would be paid fairly, leaves workers well below the poverty line. We have the highest childhood poverty rate among developed countries (32.2%). These facts are unacceptable.
Wealth inequality is one of the greatest moral issues of our time. As the Representative of California’s 23rd district, Robert Owen will fight for greater opportunity and a better future for all Americans.
Universal Health Care
Robert believes that health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. He believes that Americans shouldn’t be held hostage by insurance companies or crippled by medical debt. We are the only industrialized country without guaranteed access to health care. Robert knows that in order for us to confront the health care problems and to create a more efficient system that will protect families against high medical costs, a universal health care system is needed. Robert knows it’s not just good policy, it’s what’s right.
Robert knows that a single-payer health care system is an effective way to decrease health care costs while providing universal coverage. This will help millions of Americans who struggle to pay for their families’ health care. We need leaders who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. We need leaders like Robert Owen in Congress to push for universal coverage.
Tuition and Debt Free College
Education must be a priority if we are to be competitive in the modern economy. We must not dismantle our public education system, but rather work to strengthen it. Robert knows we need to support our teachers and counselors, invest in our students, and ensure quality and equal access to education - whether that be K-12, university, or trade school.
Robert is a proud graduate of Bakersfield High School, Bakersfield College, and San Francisco University. He knows first hand how important public education institutions are. Unfortunately, these opportunities are less possible in today’s world. Tuition costs have skyrocketed and student debt amounts to a staggering $1.31 trillion dollars. This is not only wrong, it is unsustainable. Today, most students graduate with great debt and not many options for a quality job. They are saddled with payments so large that they cannot move ahead, buy a car or enter the housing market.
For our nation to be successful, we must ensure that our students have the best education in the world while also ensuring that they are not drowned in debt. Quality education is one of the best investments a country can make with an extremely high return on investment. Robert knows that we must invest in our citizens through tuition and debt free public education.
Investing in America
America must invest in the jobs of the future. Robert knows that means investing in people and infrastructure. In order to stay competitive in the modern economy, we must ensure workers are being trained for the jobs of today and tomorrow, not the jobs of the past decades. With the proper investments in education, job training, and infrastructure including our roads and electrical grid, hundreds of thousands of jobs will be created. Jobs that can’t be shipped overseas to cheap, low-skilled workers.
We must reinvest in our unions and trade organizations that built the greatest middle class in history. These organizations provide vital job training that businesses need, and job security and bargaining power for workers.