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Alternative Voice for California:

tim gildersleeve

Candidate for California Senate District 15, 2020


Economy and Education

Economy

The economy is a complicated entity and there are many factors involved in its operation. I am personally not a big fan of capitalism and an economic system where 70 percent of its success revolves around consumer spending. Nevertheless, at this point in time it appears to be the best that we can do. I intend to have an economic expert on my staff.

One viewpoint on the economy will not suffice. I would like to hear many ideas on this issue. California has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation. This is unacceptable. There is an incredible amount of wealth in Silicon Valley, yet a high amount of economic inequality exists.

Education

Education is ideological in nature. Our government schools promote the ideology of secular humanism. Education is not ideologically neutral. I believe that parents should have the right to send their children to the school of their choice (provided that the educational system meets a consensus based set of standards). ). I support the idea of having a set of standards for education. However, the means to reach those standards should be left to the localities as to how they are going to be met. I believe that education is a human right and that economics should not be a factor in whether someone is going to get educated or not. Tuition free education would be an idea I support if we can find a way to finance it. Massive student debt from loans is unacceptable. We need reform on this issue and I would like to meet with students and educators to hear ideas on what we can do to fix this problem.