A lot of big challenges face every one of us, and our nation as a whole. From pandemics to wildfires to climate change, our losses will be inversely proportional to how prepared we are to take care of the people around us. The estimated financial cost of the COVID pandemic alone would be enough to fund hundreds of years of actually being prepared to mitigate such a pandemic, on top of all the lives we could have saved. Fiscal responsibility must consider all costs involved, not just the immediately apparent ones that can be counted in dollars. And to understand the real costs of our choices, we have to learn from both history and the experiences of our neighbors.
We need caring people in office who will listen to everyone, not protect a few at the expense of others. We need young people in office who are invested in building a survivable future. We need to let local governments and individuals to make decisions based on their unique situations, to meet their specific needs. We need to reform our election system, so we're not wasting enormous amounts of money on multi-year campaigns that start as soon as the previous election is over. We need to enact policies based on the expertise of people who are personally involved in the subject.
And most importantly, we need to invest in our people, our infrastructure, and our future. Roads and bridges are degrading. Internet service is often slow and unreliable, with few alternatives in most places. Our power grid is one major disaster away from collapse, running on antiquated technology. Automation continues to increase productivity and decrease jobs, while wages decline in real value. Rent is far too high and we have more empty houses than houseless people. How much does it cost to open a door?
Even if rebuilding infrastructure brings one last rush of traditional jobs for everybody, we will need to rethink our relationship to work, and how we provide the basic necessities. In the meantime, millions still go without, forced through expensive and dehumanizing systems to access barely livable scraps of support. We must eliminate the administrative waste and get resources directly to the people who need them.
All that requires electing anti-authoritarian people who can't be bought. People who value religious freedom, bodily autonomy, human well-being, and radical honesty. The only way to build a world where we can all live in peace is to do it together. We would be honored to represent the interests of all residents of CD03.
Liberty: All people have the right to freedom of religious practice, and freedom from religious law, including full bodily autonomy.
Equality: All people have the right to equal representation and treatment under the law, regardless of their traits or self-expression.
Equity: All people have the right to be supported based on need, not left behind because they're different.
Stability: All people have the right to a stable, safe home, and a sustainable economy that works for them.
Lucy Lauser is an artist, musician, former computer programmer, writer, puzzle maker, and trans woman who grew up in the rural Columbia River Gorge with eight younger siblings.
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