|Voter's Guide, 2020 Fall Elections, Louisiana
|Position ||U.S. Senator |
|Name||MV VINNY MENDOZA|
|Profession||U.S. Air Force Disabled Veteran (Retired) / Organic Farmer-Researcher|
|Present Employer / position||Super Natural Organic Farms of America/ Medicinal Herbs Researcher|
|Length of residence in Jurisdiction||April 1997|
|List of educational institutions and degrees||Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Commercial Foods, Okaloosa Walton, Community College, 1988.|
Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Community College of the Air Force, 1988
Associate of Arts (AA) in Business, Saint Leo University, 1988.
Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Administration, Saint Leo University, 1989.
Masters Degree Program, Information Management Systems, Webster University, 1991.
Masters Degree Program, Business Administration, Lousiana State University, 1997.
Masters Degree, in Hotel Restaurant Management, LaSalle University, 1998
Doctor of Philosophy in Hotel Restaurant Management, LaSalle University, 1998
|Prior elected and appointed positions||n/a|
|Civic involvement and affiliations||Yokota Air Base, Sunday School Teacher, 1981-1985|
The Messiah United Methodist Church, ESL and GED teacher, 1999-2003
1 Love United Methodist Church, Treasurer, 2018-2019
500 Years of Hispanic Heritage Celebration Coordinator, Washington D.C. (Pentagon, U.S. Congress, White House, Bolling AFB, Andrews AFB and Organization of American States). 1991.
Adjunct Professor of Hotel and Restaurant Administration, Central Texas College, Far East Region, Yokota Air Base, Japan, (1993-1996).
Questions specific to the position
|1. The United States is formally withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, effective Nov. 4, 2020. The formal withdrawal is reversible. Explain your reasons why you support or oppose the United States joining with other nations to reduce global emissions.
||Reasons why I support the reversal of the withdrawal of the Paris Climate Agreement at the earliest day possible. |
1. As a Mayan Indian native American, I inherited the same beliefs of my ancestors that have occupied America's land for more than 5,000 years which are to preserve and protect the earth, it's habitat and prevent and fight against soil, water and air pollution.
2. While stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan (04/93 - 04/97), I supported the Kyoto Protocol target of 8% emissions distribution among its members and was very sad to learn that the United States indicated that would not ratify the Kyoto protocol Target (1990** - 2008/2012).
3. Full participation in the Paris Climate Agreement is critical & of utmost importance for the United States. As a world leader the United States with its 5.4 clean energy production is behind the entire world, even third world nations are producing more renewable energy than us.
4. It is not enough for the United States to participate in the Paris Climate Change Agreement, just as a member that buys carbon credits--we must become more proactive in ensuring that we also reduce greenhouse emissions in every state of the nation as well as transitioning and investing more in wind, solar and thermal energy production and reducing or eliminating inland and offshore fracking. As Greta Thunberg and her friends have pointed out, the rapid transformation called for in order to comply with the Paris Agreement requires moving out of fossil fuels way before 2050--we can do it.
5. In Louisiana more so than any other state in America, we know that we get flooded once or twice a year and it happens because of global warming/climate change--for these reasons--we must reverse Donald Trump's withdrawal of the Paris Climate Change Agreement as soon as possible.
6. As a USDA Certified Organic Farmer since April 2009, I am concerned about food security and the best way to have a better control of food security in the United States is by participating in the Paris Climate Agreement.
|2. In recent years, voters have expressed concern that their votes don't matter due to election security concerns, the possibility of foreign influence, and the role of large money in elections. What measures would you propose to address these issues?
||Unfortunately our nation is run by a two party system that is controlled by mafia like leadership dominated by greed and personal gain even if it means to that to gain and to stay in power you take allegiance with a foreign enemy. It is no secret that Vladimir Putin helped Donald Trump with the consent of the GOP leadership to get elected in 2016, and Russia will help Trump win the 2020 election as well. The role of large money in elections is also a big problem. SOLUTIONS: |
1. In order to balance power in Washington, the two party mafia system controlled by big money, we must elect a 10% independent U.S. Senate & 20% House of Representatives, so that neither party has the power to do as they please.
2. As an independent senator for Louisiana, neither major party would have control of Senate. I can stand up to President Trump regarding covid19 response and/or President Biden if he were to become elected.
3. We must replace the Louisiana Congressional Delegation that has enabled big money & Russia to elect/manipulate Trump.
4. As your next senator, I will pass legislation that mandates political contribution limits for corporations and individuals to be the exactly the same. If an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,800 to any candidate, then any corporation regardless of their size, should be imposed the same $2,800 limit.
5. As your next senator, I will also pass legislation that taxes all political contributions at 50%.
6. Term limits for U.S. Senate up to 3 terms with the option of 4th term if Senate minority or Majority leader. I will only serve for 1 term in the U.S. Senate.
7. Term limits for U.S. House of Representatives to 6 terms with the option of 7th and 8th term if serving as U.S. House of Representatives minority or majority leader.
8. Retired U.S. Senators and/or U.S. Representatives cannot lobby in the U.S. Senate and/or House of Representatives for 4 years after they leave office.
|3. What can the Federal government do to raise the basic economic health and even the playing field so all U.S. citizens have equal opportunities? What measures would you support to address the following goals (please provide examples of specific legislation or programs)?
||a. A living wage for all workers: |
Increase the minimum wage to $15/hour.
b. Paid sick leave for all workers:
Treat all workers as if they are federal employees so that they can earn up to 104 hours (13 days) of sick leave per year and are entitled to use such leave for four primary reasons: (1) personal medical needs, (2) care of a family member, (3) death of a family member, and (4) adoption of a child.
c. Ensuring pay equity for all workers:
I will pass legislation that reflects Japan's 'equal pay for equal work' principle that rejects any unreasonable differences in the treatment (e.g., wages, allowances, benefits, education) between indefinite/full-time employees and fixed-time/part-time/temporary employees. I will also reduce income tax for 99% of Americans and increase income tax for top 1%.
d. Providing access to quality child care and early childhood education:
Adopting the Green New Deal, that provides industrialized hemp production for Hempcrete for new construction that is termite free, insulated, withstand a category-5 hurricane and can be pressured washed if flooded; hemp feed for livestock; hemp for fashion materials; increase the the output of America's farms contributed $132.8 billion of this sum—about 1 percent of GDP to 5% by year 2025, 10% by year 2030 and 20% by year 2040. In 1910, The United States had 6.4 million farmers and our GDP was about 80 percent and then it began to decline. In 2018, the United States had about 2 million farms. In Louisiana the Department of Agriculture has a $10 Billion budget and the Secretary of Agriculture only invests $1 million for small farms each year. As your next Senator, I will lead the implementation of the Green New Deal which will finance access to quality child care and early childhood education and will ensure that the Louisiana Secretary of Agriculture invests at least $1 billion a year to increase the number of small farms that benefit marginalized parishes.
e. Improving the quality of K-12 education for all children:
As your next Senator, I will lead the implementation of the Green New Deal which will finance the improvement and quality of K-12 education of all children as well as increase of teacher salary.
f. Providing affordable higher education:
As your next Senator, I will lead the implementation of the Green New Deal which will finance free technical/junior college and low-cost graduate and post graduate education.
g. Removing barriers to financing and housing:
As your next senator, I will create new legislation that amends the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) that often discriminates low income people by requiring all credit bureaus to inform individuals whose credit has been denied the below listed items.
Reasons for denial
Corrective actions, what to do to resolve the problem.
(1) Low credit score: Maintain credit card at 30% at due date every month.
(2) Late payment: Write 250-word statement to be attached to credit file.
Make it illegal for fishing personalized checks from companies that are allowed by credit bureaus to review your credit that offer 35% interest loans that end up being 400% interest loans.
h. Providing access to affordable healthcare for all:
As your next Senator, I will do the following:
Lead the implementation of the Green New Deal which will finance healthcare for all.
Create legislation that will place a lean on the Unites States $1.1 Trillion debt to China to help pay for the Covid-19 Pandemic negligence on China’s behalf.
Create legislation that accepts responsibility for the failure and negligence of the Trump Administration and provide healthcare for all Americans and compensation to those families that lost family members due to covid-19 and/or have been infected or will be infected by it.
|4. What can be done at the Federal level to improve public safety and confidence in law enforcement? Would you support measures to address the following (please answer yes or no and provide examples of specific legislation):
||a. Reallocate resources and funds from policing/law enforcement to address social ills that plague many disinvested communities: |
b. Reform qualified immunity:
c. Ban use of excess force (e.g., chokeholds, shoot to kill):
d. Establish a nationwide database of law enforcement officers found to have used excessive force:
e. Ban the providing of local police departments with military equipment:
|5. Do you support a system for undocumented immigrants already in the country to earn legal status and to have a path to citizenship? If so, what steps do you consider necessary?
||As an informed USDA certified organic farmer, I support for all undocumented immigrants to be considered for the H-2A temporary agricultural work program that would give them the opportunity to pay income taxes and come out of the shadows of fear.|
Here in the United States at the beginning of 2020, there was a pre-existing major agricultural problem where the Agriculture GDP is 1% or $132.8 billion and going down with a total of 2 million farmers that depend on temporary migrant labor. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic has made it worst and the national food security concerns have increased tenfold. According to the USDA there are more than 38 Million Americans unable to buy food each day. Therefore, dependence of food imports will increase as well as the price so it is in our own best interest to consider the following.
a. Increase H-2A temporary experienced farm labor levels by 50%.
b. Eliminate H-2B temporary non-agricultural labor or services. Pay local labor $15/hour.
c. H-2As should receive a social security number so that they can pay taxes and obtain a drivers license.
d. H-2A permits should be for 24 months with the option of automatic extension if recommended by host farmer. At the end of 48 months they must return to their country of origin and re-apply within 12 months by sponsor request.