John Plumb, between being on the campaign trail meeting the people of the NY23rd and raising campaign funds, and meting his Naval Reserves responsibilities, has been crystalizing his priorities and values and is producing a series of position papers on the important issues of the day. So far he has released four position papers on ISIS, Jobs, Opioids and Veterans. More are likely on their way.
This is like doing your homework before it is assigned. These position papers are being used in his campaign to inform his soon to be constituents on where he stands. More importantly these will be used when he becomes our House Representative in January. He will be able to get right to work and start the process to bring along real change.
We saw a glimpse of John’s philosophy when he objected to President Obama’s January 2016 Executive Actions “to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.”
“I don’t like the president’s unilateral approach because Republicans and Democrats alike should work together to find solutions to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, terrorists, and the dangerously mentally ill.” (source)
Plumb, knowing that the current congress is in constant grid-lock, realizes that the process that works bests includes the give-and-take needed to compromise. It is not the “my way or the by way” philosophy that has brought the country to a stand-still.
The position papers attacks each issue from multiple fronts. For example the recent “Keeping Our Promise to Rural Veterans and their Families” plan includes education, economics, health care, mental health and military components.
The “Growing Our Rural Economies: Protecting the Jobs We Have and Creating New Ones” includes Trade Deals, Renewable Energy, Create Conditions for Success, College Affordability, and High Speed Internet components.
In “Ending Our Opioid Epidemic” Plumb discusses pain management, treating overdoses, treatment and recovery, stopping illegal drugs, and effectively using media campaigns to influence possible abusers.
Plumb’s plan in “Combating ISIS and Defeating Radical Islamic Extremism” includes protecting the homeland, hunting ISIS leaders, sharing information with our coalition, and cutting the ISIS funding sources, and ISIS’s use of social media.
By following the links provided, you can read Plumb’s position papers, which includes more specific details and reference sources.
Where are Tom Reed’s position papers? Where is Tom Reed? I’ve seen lots of photo ops that mean nothing to Reed’s plans.
I like John Plumb’s approach to clarity and specific points. We’ve recently become more aware how rural internet impacts people in those areas.
As far as Plumb’s plan for combatting drug abuse in our district – it makes much more sense than Reed’s – who would jail everyone connected, and bring back the death penalty? Not only does that ignore the human aspect of the problem, Reed evidently hasn’t a clue what the price tag for each execution would be.
The way I see it, Tom doesn’t need ‘Position Papers” since we have six years of his voting record to review.