Angel Sides Candidate Profile

Name: Angel Sides

Office seeking: U.S. Representative 13th Congressional District

Party: Democratic

Age: 50

City of residence: Springfield

Campaign website: facebook.com/angel.sides3

Why are you running and why should you be nominated? For the last ten years, I have produced political commentary on Free Speech tv (independent media) covering the subject matter of how our media is corrupted. I would support subsidizing our media because when corporations sponsor our media, they will report very little on a subject, when it affects corporate America's profits. Psychologists are employed to test rhetoric and propaganda that will influence the public to vote against their own interest. Public officials need to know what the problems are in the world in order to solve those problems. What people need to know is when politicians accept corporate, campaign contributions; they then pass legislation that benefits those corporations. A big pharma contribution equals high drug prices. An oil Industry contribution equals pollution and global warming. An insurance industry contribution equals high insurance premiums and votes against expanding Medicare. Therefore, what people need to look at to know how to vote for a candidate is who or what finances a candidate’s campaign and how long has a candidate been saying what they’re saying. I have not taken corporate donations and I have been an activist for the last twenty years, so I am not exactly pandering to the vote.

What are your views on the nation's health care system? What needs to be changed, if anything? I believe in capitalism, but multinational corporations should be reigned in to operate within the state they originated from. This would open up more mom and pop businesses in every state. Some aspects of our society, however, should be socialized. We already have socialism: Social Security, the Post Office, library, and schools to name a few, but our health care also shouldn’t be for profit. I think HR 676, expanding Medicare, would benefit this country greatly. When the cost of insurance premiums is considered, the bill saves the average family of four, four thousand dollars a year. H.R. 676 would save health care costs for 95 percent of Americans and it covers everyone, including drug rehabilitation and in home care for the elderly. It phases out the middle man (the insurance companies) and retrains the workers within the new system. Insurance Company’s CEO's make over $160 million a year while everyone's premiums sky rocket! People shouldn't have to fight the insurance companies, or be financially stressed, when they are sick! While I campaign, I would like to remind people to call Dick Durbin (217-492-4062) and ask him to whip the Democratic Party to cosponsor HR 676, to expand Medicare.

The federal budget is in deficit and the debt is growing. What should be done in order to balance the federal budget? Most Americans do not believe in socialism for the rich and yet the .01 percent, of the richest families in our country, owns as much wealth as the bottom 90 percent and when they pay 1 percent in capital income taxes by stashing their profits offshore, it makes the tax burden doubly hard for the bottom 90 percent of Americans. Eight million dollars a day of our taxes go to the government of Israel and $2.8 billion a year subsidizes DynCorp a multinational corporation affiliated with child sex trafficking. Our tax dollars go to bank bailouts, subsidizing industry, and 56 percent of our discretionary spending goes to perpetual, for profit wars and the military industrial complex. The Pentagon can’t account for $6.5 trillion! If all this could not help pay for things like: tuition free higher education, health care, and balancing the budget, then maybe just maybe, if we ended the tax loopholes, and the millionaires and billionaires paid their fair share of taxes, that would pay for the rest.

What local issues do you want to work on in Washington, D.C. and why? I am an environmental activist because it affects all life: plants, animals, and humans now and in the future. Global warming is the biggest threat to mankind according to the Pentagon but what Americans want first and foremost are jobs. Our government should, kill two birds with one stone, stop subsidizing the oil and coal industry, and move full throttle to a federal environmental jobs program. If every road, sidewalk, and parking lot were solar it would provide any given city with three times the city’s electric needs. At some point, houses and buildings could be converted to electric heat and gas companies would be obsolete. Taxes used to repair and repave roads could be used to supplement replacing the roads with solar roads. The new ones are computers and under them are corridors for electrical lines and to channel rain water to replace lead contaminated water lines. Solar roads have the ability to melt snow which can save taxes to build more solar roads. Scott and Julie Brusaw are testing roads that detect trees and large animals on the highway which can also save lives. We can also address climate change by planting more trees.

Immigration into the United States continues to be a topic of debate. What changes should be made to the nation's immigration system? I think the immigration issue needs to be addressed with empathy and on a case by case basis, taking into account keeping families together. I would support any legislation giving citizenship to DACA recipients. DACA recipients do not receive assistance of any kind from the government or even a student loan. If they no longer receive DACA protections, they then become the next generation of low wage earners without legal recourse. I agree DACA recipients should be allowed to join the military in exchange for citizenship, so as long as, they are not the first line of defense based on their legal status or what has been termed a “brown shield.” I am appalled at the for profit detention centers that are located in remote areas of the U.S. and few people know about them. They are a humanitarian crisis. Children are in these detention centers. The families there are underfed, the women are raped and the men are beaten. If the detainees complain they are thrown into solitary confinement. Corporations like Geo Group collect our tax dollars and to save money do not provide adequate health care or food for the detainees not even to the children.