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Paul Spencer for Congress

 

 


 

        

From the start of this campaign, we decided to reject all PAC and Super-PAC money. We were told that we didn't stand a chance without their support. Well, I am happy to say that we continue to defy the predictions. 

To date, over 4,000 people have contributed to our campaign from over 35 states, more than any other campaign in this race! The energy is clearly on our side in this fight to restore true representation to Arkansas's Second District.

We have spent the last eight months traveling to all seven counties in the district, listening to voters and also those who have given up on the political process. After listening and learning, we have offered a clear vision for a way forward: "Growing From the Roots Up."

Please check out our policies and reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I hope you will join us.

 


 

The economic chasm that has opened up between rural and urban/ suburban communities has grown increasingly stark as access to broadband internet has become ever more critical to economic viability. Many rural communities either have little access to broadband of any sort, or can only access it through a single provider, which often charges incredibly high prices for modest speeds.


 

Since the massive destruction of middle and lower class wealth during the Great Recession, another lingering crisis has become more and more apparent in this country: the enormous number of individuals who are unbanked or underbanked. These people lack access to banks in their neighborhoods and many do not have the minimum amount to open accounts at most traditional banks. As of 2014, 88 million people, or 38% of the population of the United States, fell into this category.


 

The human and economic toll of chronic disease in the United States has risen to an unsustainable level over the last few decades to the point at which now over 75% of all health care expenses in the U.S. can be attributed to chronic disease. Instead of treating only the symptoms of chronic diseases, we should focus our healthcare dollars on preventing the causes of chronic diseases.


 

While social inequality runs rampant in the United States, systemic racism makes the issue catastrophic to communities of color. While our nation has historically oppressed black and brown Americans and deprived them of the means to build wealth, recent history has erased what little progress has been made on this front. 


 

While the current affordable housing voucher program, Section 8, greatly benefits those who receive it, the program is woefully underfunded and applies only to the poorest Americans. Like healthcare, we must stop thinking and speaking about housing as something we supply to the poor only when they hit a rough patch in life; instead, we must see it as a right due to every American. A new solution for housing must approach the issue on two fronts: making renting affordable and dignified and creating a clear, equitable path to home ownership.


 

One of the greatest hindrances our nation and our economy currently faces is the massive debt with which we have burdened our young people. Over 44 million Americans currently owe over $1.4 trillion in student loans. To put this into perspective, the total GDP of the United States currently stands at $18.57 trillion. Our young people are forced to put their lives on hold, not buying cars or homes, because of mountains of debt.