Our Founding Fathers recognized the value of working together towards a common goal as a team. We must hold our elected officials accountable for workable, sustainable solutions. We must, as a country, value diversity and the melting pot of cultures that make us both strong and uniquely American. We must find common ground and build bridges as AMERICANS. One way we can do this is to develop both private and public partnerships to tackle tough problems while preserving the values of altruism, compassion, and basic human decency and tolerance.
One area that has been under fire for a number of years is our education system. Education is the key to unlocking our collective futures. It is unacceptable that we have Americans who lack access to educational opportunities or who engage in the system to emerge as undereducated citizens who are unprepared to support themselves and their families in the job market. We must invest in our education. We have to continue to find workable solutions to make higher education more affordable. We must invest in job skills training programs, apprenticeships, and re-education programs for displaced veterans and workers whose skills and training no longer fill a critical need within the economy. An educated and highly skilled workforce is the key to stimulating our economy. I am committed to working to find ways to re-invest in every level of the educational process from cradle to grave.