Voter Guide: Cooper’s Views on Top Issues

1. PRIORITIES: What are your top three national legislative priorities and how would you address them?
I want Congress to serve citizens instead of special interests. It will be done by three reform-focused bills:
  • The American Anti-Corruption Act to stop bribery by lobbyists, block politicians from fundraising during working hours, close the revolving door, outlaw secret money, and end gerrymandering.
  • The Fair Representation Act (HR3057) to abandon winner-take-all elections and adopt ranked-choice voting, giving voters more choices and electing several winners reflecting the real views of all constituents.
  • The Comprehensive American Audit Act to eliminate waste, fraud, and corruption across all departments.
2. IMMIGRATION: What are your concerns and plans regarding U.S. immigration policy?
My main concern on immigration is the breakdown in sensible debate. It shouldn’t be “Build a Wall” versus “Open Borders.” Most Americans want a responsible, commonsense solution. Congress should stop kicking the can and start solving the problem. Let’s secure our border and reform our broken immigration system. Let’s enforce our laws while ensuring that those who arrive legally are addressed in a just and timely manner. Let’s be firm and fair by making laws in the best interests of both citizens and immigrants.
3. HEALTH CARE: What are your concerns and plans regarding U.S. health care policies and programs?
The status quo is killing people. Americans need affordable, patient-centered care because nobody working full-time should be uninsured.Ideally, Congress should pass a revamped Patient’s Choice Act, providing a Universal Health Refund, Flexible Savings Accounts, and a Health Insurance Tax Credit for workers without benefits.Realistically, Congress will remain gridlocked and do nothing. Nevertheless, a couple simple fixes–such as letting Medicare leverage its buying power, importing prescriptions form Canada, and paying for outcomes instead of procedures–could do a lot of good.
4. ECONOMY: What federal policies do you support to help members of all strata of the American public improve their economic positions?
We need to liberate individuals and communities from the crony capitalism concocted by Big Government and Big Business. We must stop corporate welfare by creating a national commission to identify and eliminate subsidies. We must unleash small business by cutting red tape and busting the trusts dominating our markets in every sector. We must combat inequality by improving access to capital through a National Permanent Fund, fed by rent from untapped federal properties and natural resources. And we must repeal the federal tax on income and replace it with a national sales tax on consumption.
5. ENVIRONMENT & ENERGY: What policies do you support to meet U.S. energy needs while protecting our water, air and land for current and future generations? Explain how those actions or policies would affect the future of the Great Lakes.
I support accelerating America’s clean energy efforts. It’s an economic, environmental, and strategic win-win-win that can achieve bipartisan support because it serves our economy by creating jobs, our environment by reducing pollution, and our security by achieving independence from foreign oil. Here’s the problem: Less than 2 percent of the federal R&D budget is spent on energy. We need to invest in our nation’s energy R&D to unlock abundant, clean, affordable energy from nuclear, hydro, and clean fossil fuel sources. By doing so, we can drive America forward and safeguard the Great Lakes we all love.
6. ELECTIONS: What federal policies do you support regarding campaign funding and voting rights?
I support reducing the power of money in politics, promoting the exercise of voting rights, and implementing a voting system that reflects the real views of voters. The aforementioned American Anti-Corruption Act would change how elections are funded by giving all voters a small credit for political contributions. Voting rights could be promoted by making Election Day a national holiday, implementing automatic voter registration, and allowing voters to vote from home. And, above all, voters can feel like their voice is heard by abandoning winner-takes-all elections and adopting ranked-choice voting.

The answers above were provided for, and published by, The League of Women Voters of Michigan

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