Richard Light

For Maine Governor

What's Important To You?

Why we cannot afford a doctor or nurse is a question that we have been conditioned to avoid. Rather, we have been guided into a discussion and debate about whether or not we should have a pool of money available for healthcare if we become sick and need care. Many will say, “without the money, we won’t be able to afford a doctor”, and this is exactly why we are unable to find a solution.

 

In our system, knowledge and experience should matter. The solution then is simple: allow people to test into licensure. This quick solution will flood the markets with qualified individuals. A market full of workers is a market without rations. Affordable healthcare is an option, we need only allow it.

 

And, for those who cannot afford care, there should be an option as well. There is a system of healthcare available for free to those in need with a lower tax-payer price tag than the system we have now.

 

Find out more about the 0 profit government model, separation of healthcare from insurance, and the Healthcare innovation available to the State of Maine.

Providing the best system of education should have only one focus: How does the best result come to the children being educated?

 

Why am I, a parent, unable to spend the $16,000 my child is worth to the Department of Education on quality teachers and a proven, effective curriculum? Who does this money benefit if not my child? Why does the system pit teachers against tax payers? Why do quality teachers not make enough money?

 

Our proposed Educational plan offers teachers more money, children better results, parents better options, and Maine a system that is more in-line with being in the 21st century.

The State of Maine can offer students quality higher education for nearly free, add money to Maine’s economy, lower the costs and increase the quality of Healthcare, Education, Corrections, and Rehabilitation, and set Maine up for a future of economic and societal leadership the nation can envy.

 

Licensure, cronyism, and lack of coordination between colleges and providers prevents Maine from offering the greatest Education, Healthcare, and rehabilitation systems in the world. Through innovative solutions, Maine can decrease the costs of higher education and concurrently reduce the tax bill of our government run services.

With community driven programs, non-profit entities, and a field of combined counselor/officers, the prison system (and tax payers) can realize major savings in removing non-violent offenders from prison. The opportunities for offenders, high quality officers, and human-services educators are numerous. Society benefits not only from the immediate results upon offenders’ lives, but also in the impacts reconditioning deviant behaviors in the institutional cores of the population.

 

When we look at corrections and we do not think of rehabilitation, Maine loses.

Rehabilitation over incarceration is not only more humane, it is economically more viable.

With community driven programs, non-profit entities, and a field of combined counselor/officers, the prison system (and tax payers) can realize major savings in removing non-violent offenders from prison. The opportunities for offenders, high quality officers, and human-services educators are numerous. Society benefits not only from the immediate results upon offenders’ lives, but also in the impacts reconditioning deviant behaviors in the institutional cores of the population.

 

When we look at corrections and we do not think of rehabilitation, Maine loses.

Rehabilitation over incarceration is not only more humane, it is economically more viable.

We don’t often think of immigration in Maine, but many communities are affected by immigration. What is not well understood is the system of immigration, the various types of immigration (asylum seeking, refugees, green cards, work visas, etc) and the result is not only a society in turmoil over the process, but contention within each immigrated community about the inconsistency of policy.

 

What we know is that many immigrants have to pay thousands of dollars to immigrate, can be denied at any time, and are denied the opportunity to work while they wait. The result of this bureaucratic process is the mandated receipt of welfare for immigrants while our government tells them they cannot work. Many families are forced into welfare programs for 5 and more years while being denied the opportunity to et off it through employment.

 

Immigration, like most programs, is highly flawed.

Your body, your choice… that sounds reasonable, but it seems a difficult concept for our government to understand.

I stand against the idea that anyone, anywhere has the right to use violence, extortion, or threats against you because they don’t ‘like’ what you choose to do. This is only ever about other people hurting you in order to feel better about their envy or disgust of your choices.

To be clear: If you harm your child, blow smoke in the faces of others, or spike a party with drugs, you are guilty of assault.

I will continue to defend your right to grow cannabis and hemp, trade your personal belongings without taxes and/or jail time, and will work to get every non-violent addict and drug-war victim out of jail and into rehab and/or back home.

So, you hate the “Oligarchy” and want to smash the 1%?

The oligarchy is real and the solution to income equity is simpler than we think. The machine has conditioned fear of freedom and individualism and has enslaved us to money; without being at the top of the monetary machine, you have no power.

 

To undo the disparity in buying and sustaining power of the bottom we have to look at the math and impact of our policies. Handing the 1% every dollar they demand by artificially inflating the bottom of the economy is paying the reaper while retaining the gap. In order to undo the economic power of the oligarchy we have to address the inability of our means to buy products and labor.

 

This platform is built on increasing the power of the poor through undermining the stilts that prop-up the 1%. Through dismantling the economic and political power denied to the poor and middle-class, we can all live successfully within our means.

We can call this program what you want as the term universal income tends to set people off.

 

What we know is that welfare is never going away. Taking the safety net from society is not in the will of the people and to claim abolishment of charity is naïve or greedy.

 

There is far too much welfare for people that don’t need it while the system denies people who are truly in need. The issues with inconsistency in welfare are bureaucratic. Ending duplicity and bureaucracy would reduce the costs of welfare and offer a system of one check to those in need rather than a litany of systems which are difficult to navigate and expensive to operate.

 

If we move to a basic income model for adults below the poverty line, we would see economic gains for workers, for the unemployed, for welfare recipients who could then transition to employment, and millions of dollars in reduced government spending for a superior product.

There is no future in Social Security and we need to act now for our kids, our workers, and our State. The math is clear that the federal system doesn’t pay (except for the small COLA increases on election years…). In order to have a solvent retirement system for Mainers, we need an option other than Social Security.

 

Having a State-based retirement program is simple to implement. The system is already in place, all we need to do is redirect the federal social security theft from our paychecks into a Maine-Based retirement program. The benefits of this program are numerous. This program will benefit all Mainers for generations to come.

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About Richard Light

Born and raised in Maine, Richard Light is a U.S. Army Veteran with experience and education in Business, Law Enforcement, Education, Mental Health Counseling, and Town & County Government.

Throughout his life, Light has served to keep the world beautiful through his art and poetry, facilitating a future for clients and children, and lifting his fellow man from the bondage of indoctrinated inferiority.

As a husband and father, Light feels truly blessed. His political interests stem from understanding and experiencing the road blocks to middle wage, the apathy of government to address citizens’ issues, and the future which our children need.