What Issues are Important to You?

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What are the Important Issues to YOU?

I’ve put up a few of the issues that are important to me- Healthcare, Reform of the Criminal Justice System, the Economy, and Education.  Obviously, these are not the only issues that I am looking over and forming opinions about.

But a more important question is ‘What are the important issues to YOU’ the voters of the district.  I’ve decided to put up this post to ask you that very question.  Using the comments, please give me your thoughts.

I will be researching these and other issues and coming up with positions in future posts, but feel free to add to the list and offer your own opinions for discussion.  Part of being a good Representative is having judgement and critical thinking skills to identify, evaluate and solve problems, but a larger part is understanding and working to address specific concerns from their District.  This can be an initial effort to start that conversation with the voters of the District.

 

8 thoughts on “What Issues are Important to You?

  • Dr Bob,
    I read you post on the Mi economy. My question to your ideas is, who pays for these ideas?

    I am a Ron Paul disciple and am only interested the enforcement of both the Fed and Mi Constitutions.

    But I am Not interested in any proposals that involve the theft of the People.
    I love the idea to reform the judicial system. Bring back “common law” instead of this marxist administrative law?

    Please elaborate more on your website about who pays?

    Thank you for standing up against Michigan’s corrupt administrative judicial system to date,
    Jim

    • Thanks for the comment Jim.

      When I went to work in Alaska, I rode up on the plane sitting next to the Ron Paul organizer for the state. Had an interesting conversation with him. While I appreciate your stance, I do believe that we do have things the state has to pay for- things that private industry would not find profitable- roads and water systems for example. There will always be taxes, and all I promise is that I will do my best to cover the services required and expected at a reasonable cost.

      To address your question specifically, where will the money come from… When I started my medical practice I had no money at all. I utilized my Facebook account, my internet skills, I got active in the community and most importantly I looked for and found markets for my services and identified specific areas that needed those services. Then I went out and hustled more than my competitors and the result is I am now the market leader in N. Michigan.

      We can take the same approach marketing the state. We already HAVE the money, the issue is applying it properly to bring business to our state, resulting in more money being available through taxes to do it again. We also need to look at other forms of income. Right now we are spending millions fighting the future. In 10 years, cannabis will be legal, it is simply going to happen. Why don’t we stop viewing it as a problem and start viewing it as a solution? And for that matter, a source of tax revenue to create infrastructure jobs and put people to work?

      Funding is a hot issue. No one likes taxes. The problem we run into when we take this to extremes (like politicians trying to get into office tend to do) is that we put off relatively inexpensive projects until they become very expensive disasters. An example of this is Flint. The infrastructure is ancient, cost cutting to the extreme put bad water into that crumbling system. Had a reasonable budgeted maintenance and replacement system been used to keep things up to date and in repair over a course of decades, we would not be faced with the current tragedy, which is going to require emergency action at great expense. Because of the bad water, I don’t think businesses are lining up to open in Flint.

      While the State of Michigan has a large and complicated budget compared to a family of 5 like mine, they both share a common economic reality. They are designed to match income to expenses. If the expenses exceed income, there are only two possibilities- reduce expenses or increase income. Certainly there is waste and poor spending decisions being made- I can address that as your Representative. To increase income you bring in more sources of revenue rather than squeeze your current sources more. That is my basic philosophy.

  • I am glad to see a candidate take on the Marijuana issue As well as the hemp issue. Michigan could be gaining so much from hemp cultuvation. It would boost our economy. I look forward to reading more of your ideas.

  • It sounds like down to earth approch! I’m sure that Dr. Bob could do a better job than most of our politicians who give themself raises and raise out taxes to pay for it. Go get them Doc!

    • Common sense and putting priorities with your District will be important to my candidacy. So is doing what is right.

      Dr. Bob Townsend

  • I see you touched on the addiction and treatment topic, the treatment system is a joke as it stands now, I know of someone who reached out for help last year, only to be told there was a 3 month wait to get into a program, and this person has insurance, that is not right, if you take the step to reach out for help you should be able to get help.

    • I agree. There are artificial limits on the number of patients physicians can treat- a max of 100 per doctor, not per office. Furthermore, we run into several problems- pharmacies are under pressure to not fill or even stock suboxone, law enforcement targets pain and addiction patients and their doctors, and the state medical board is quick to issue sanctions to doctors treating pain and addiction. Another issue is that suboxone can be used as chronic therapy like methadone or as a wean. If used chronically, the doctor’s slots fill up quickly. The paperwork and risk involved in a methadone program is horrible. As a result there are NO methadone programs in the UP for example. Access to treatment is very limited. We can and should change this, and the first step is treating it like a disease and not a legal problem.

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