tv Panel on Democratic Agenda at State and Local Level CSPAN January 3, 2018 6:07am-7:21am EST
>> before i do so i'd like to take one minute to pick up on something we touched on today the tragic events in las vegas last week and i would like to turn the mic over to our fellow legislator and good friend, chris taylor, from wisconsin who is a quick announcement in that regard. >> hello everybody. i just want to build on and i talked to our nevada folks about this the issue that gone epidemic in the most recent tragedy and share a tactic that we are using in wisconsin that i'm happy to share with you a lot of you may have done this already. we have introduced a lot of gun safety bills including a bump stop band but we formulated a letter circulating to the entire wisconsin legislator directed at our federal upset it is an
president trump calling on them to take action immediately to pass background checks in the bump stop band and to allow the [inaudible] to do the important research on the impact of guns and public safety and health. wanted to encourage your delegation to consider doing this. i think it would be powerful every state sent a letter federally to your delegation calling for action and not just pursue these policies in your state to which is another great option but i have a letter that we are currently going to send from our wisconsin delegation if you are interested in taking that's for adopting some of that and it would be superpowerful if we had all of our delegations to deliver states, i think, send a letter calling on congress to finally act in this to act on these very, very common sense gun safety measures. see me if you're interested to see the letter that we are
sending. thank you everybody. [applause] >> thank you so much, chris. we will have a copy of the letter at the table that had the survey out so that's where you can sign on if you like. let me introduce our next panel before i do that i will say i'm sam, director of student engagement and i think you know me from previous stints at the podium in previous years but it's classic to be here in front of this crowd which is bigger every year and contains so many friends who are friends of several years now. it is great to be here in front of you all. it gives me particular pleasure to introduce the panel in the topic in this next engagement and set of speakers for number of reasons. first, we have the pleasure of having truly eminent intellectual giant, doctor
jeffrey sachs who is known to most of you for his work on climate change with vice president al gore among others and if not for that his work on un sustainable goals. that is fantastic but second this is a topic that as i was just telling him near and dear to my heart how to measure progress in the world in other than dollars and cents. something that that goes deeply to the actual quality of human existence in a particular place in particular time. it's something that i worked on off and on over the years and so is his next project is that it is great to see that start to take form in a way that his implementation and reality. finally, it was not that long ago that the state of exchange was a fledging project starting
up ourselves and many of you in this room remember that and we had many partners and friends and organizations who generously give us a platform and many of you did in your states, give us platform to come and talk about what at that time seems like in some ways of our best idea that you can build a network of progressive educators that would have power and staying power and influence and help. so, it's a pleasure to be able to pay that forward in to give a platform for another project that is aspirational and strategic and well thought out and, you know, also we hope in a way that is generally innovative and has great promise. with that, i will turn it over to the cofounder and chair of future now, adam, to introduce
the doctor. [applause] >> one of my colleagues, daniel, was out in the hallway and overheard someone say if there is any penalty miss it is as one so i hope that is not true. i'm here to prove that it is in fact not true. public officials, colleagues, friends, nick, team and state innovation, thank you so much for having us here to launch future now. future now is an organization focused on electing leaders like all of you, committed to bold, achievable goals for our country's future. the cofounders came together, professor jeffrey sachs was here today, preeminent scholar, academic and daniel squadron, former state senator and we found in future now to give political test to america's
goals for 2030. these goals are comprehensive, these goals are long-term in these goals are nonpartisan. using america's goals as a guiding framework future now seeks to support candidates who signed a pledge and endorsed this broad agenda so by signing the pledge candidates have access to donor pool, network like this, training, education and more. why me? why did i decide to do this project? most of you who know my family's last name associated with commercial success and pillage. so be it. but my family actually, if you look back, is a typical 19th century european immigrant story of my great, great grandfather clean persecution in what is now geographically the ukraine to come to the united states.
he documented that journey in a book that i actually have here with me today. niclas arrived in the united states at the age of nine. no resources, no understanding of the english language, no relationships and eventually became a pharmacist and then became a lawyer and no law firm would hire him. he was jewish so he decided to start his own called picture in picture and over a century later here i am with this book and that book ends before anyone started anything other than the law firm and royal caribbean or ticketmaster and i can only imagine what niclas might think if he saw how far our family came in what he began. for those of you who are curious
this book really has two key takeaways. one, but by the grace of god go i and two, we have to remain aware of where we came from and we have to work every day to make the world and america a better place for our children and our children's children. i felt a real ethical imperative to launch this project with professor sachs and daniel. without further ado, i would love to welcome my cofounder, my friend, mentor, former professor, doctor jeffrey sachs. thank you, guys. [applause] >> good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. we are really thrilled to be here and we are really thrilled to be launching the future now
together with you, the state innovation exchange and all that you sent. on the exchange website it says we support state legislators who seek to strengthen our democra democracy, fight for working families, defend civil rights and liberties and protect the environment. that is what we believe is what america is all about. this what we're proposing and would like you to be leaders of this movement is to embrace clear specific measurable goals for our country, looking forward, holding ourselves as citizens accountable,
understanding that thank god not everything depends on washington dc that we can solve problems in states, even when we have the bizarre situation we have today watching the battles between senators and presidents over to her yesterday where senator corker got it right and someone missed the daycare shift in the morning yesterday at the white house, the accurate description. we can still make progress and states can be champions of this progress and the progress should come from expressing what americans want and what they need. it is true to this day that despite the fact that we are enmeshed in terrible partisan battles and are trapped by
special interest the vast bulk of our country, the vast proportion of our citizens want a decent life for themselves and their children with the same values that are the impulse of the state innovation exchange and of our thoughts about america's goals. the idea is that we can get out of our trap, boy are we track right now -- we are trapped by stalemate and trapped by politics in washington that really is cheating its lies and it's in the hands of the vested interests, corporate interest dominate, as you know very well, how else can one explain the republican party leadership trying for nine months to put forward legislation that their
own constituencies despise. why is that? well, there was one on a story about it couple pics go in your time saying that our donors are pushing us to do this and if we don't do it the donors cut back. that is the deal right now. they were so embarrassed with this legislation that they would not even show it to last minute and they wouldn't hold hearings on it and they wouldn't hold public discussion on it because they knew that it was repulsive. we want to advocate champion things that are what people really want and measuring them and tracking and holding us all accountable. i do believe is a go through these quickly that these are not especially goals of democrats versus republicans but these are goals that across society normal
people want, not necessarily powerful billionaires that fund republican party and i don't know if sheldon wants this or robert mercer wants us but we can't care less whether that is true. who cares what david and charles will want to work cares, two votes? nothing more than two votes. they can vote they cannot own our political system. [applause] let's try to help america to understand what we really could achieve. let me go through the, if the clicker will allow that. well, there we go. okay. i can barely see them.
any help with this? okay. since i can't see the screen i'm coming down here. i'm going to sit with you and were going to look together. okay. so the idea is seven goals, each of them with three targets, all of them measurable, really important. no joke, no nonsense. for example, good job. okay. three goals that one 100% of jobs should pay a livable wage and that is not true. we have today 9 million people working that that are in poverty. that is just using that on dls every month. second, everybody should have paid family vacation and sick leave. [cheering and applause]
and third, that labor rights should be protected with increasingly worker representation. okay. [applause] if you look at the map basically the darker the shade the farther away from achieving those goals. this one is a map of people living in poverty in the united states. let me show you a basic point. this is all the high income countries, for all the graphs i'm going to show you all the way on the far left, maybe not by coincidence but that is the best. okay? all the way on the far right that is the worst. look at where the united states ranks compared to other countries. for example, in people living in poverty, as measured by the oecd, the rich countries. don't tell me can't have low
poverty in the united states that all those other countries figure it out and we can't? of course. this is that policies we have. not inevitability this is not the unclear global system that is so unfair to us. they all have a system and this is unfair insider country. don't blame it on the mexicans and don't blame it on the immigrants and don't blame it on the chinese. blame it on billionaires who are so greedy. [applause] that they bought the republican party in washington and are trying in this moment to cut taxes for themselves, $1 trillion more. goal number two, affordable, quality healthcare. measurable a standard number one, universal, affordable health coverage with a cap on
out-of-pocket expenses, all measurable. second, life expectancy of at least 84 years. third and hunger for one 100% of households. how come we have hunger in the united states unbelievable. unbelievable. so you see again the states that are in darker shade farther from the school shown here are proportions of people that do not have adequate health insurance. could you do this? look at this craziness. this is how much the united states spends on health care because we've got monopolies all across the country because we have pharmaceutical prices that are out of control and we give them a 20 year monopoly in say charge anything you want and you tell us the bill. then when it is too expensive like gilead charging $1000 a
pill for help seek your then we tell people that show up that are infected sorry, go home, you're not close enough to just yet and you don't qualify for coverage. this is the united states of america not in the middle ages but in 2017. severe pain 70% of our gross domestic product for healthcare where all the rest of the countries that we compare with with higher life been ten-12%. ladies and gentlemen, that is a trillion dollars difference a year of jacked up prices in the united states. that is what that is. goal number three, investing in our children. you have to be pretty damn weird to not want your children to succeed. right? americans want good schools so target number one, one 100%
completion of quality k-12. goal number two, past the higher education including technical training without debt, without debt back third, early childhood education for one 100% of our kids. [applause] we are earning $60000 a person a year for every man, woman and child in this country, don't tell me we can afford universal pre- k. can. so this map again shows some states are close to that and other states are far behind but look at the united states. again, okay, how do all of these other countries do this and we don't do it. nonsense. goal number four, empowering people over special interests.
goal number four, lipid corporate special interests spending. we know about that. target be, at least 70% voter participation in their legislative districts and goal target number see, but there should be personal control for everyone over the privacy of their online data because we have got massive theft and massive invasion of privacy and so forth. this map shows how uneven it is and how many places have miserable voter turnout among our states. this shows where american voter turnout is compared to other countries. don't tell me can't have higher voter turnout with proper rules. with more access. trying a little bit harder for our democracy.
the states can lead the way. goal number five, equal opportunity for all. equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race. pretty simple. target number two, and mass incarceration for non- violent offenders. [applause] and target number three, freedom from ethnic and racial profiling for everyone. and we know again there are massive daily unjustified gaps in earnings between men and women in across racial groups of course without question. again, here is where the united states stepped up and this is women's earnings relative to men's earnings. why do we have to be always at the low end of the comparison? this isn't the international
system and this is us and the choices we are making it again don't have to wait on washington because states can lead the way. goal number six sustainable infrastructure, resilience and innovation. target one, 100 roads and bridges and roadways and airports and levees should be in a state of good repair. not quite these days. number two, plans that every community should have plans for resilience against natural disasters. so sorry that after harvey hit texas and you go back how many times was houston warned that it's inevitable that flooding will come and make a plan and instead we had a governor of texas that was busy suing the
epa rather than making plans for his state. i think he should just go home and apologize frankly that this is what we have when we don't have plans. enhance the scientific research and technological capabilities. for example, higher r&d spending by states and those that are really investing in innovation are creating new enterprises and new jobs. the united states is a little better but we pride ourselves on being number one in the world. this is spending on research and development as a percentage of gdp. look at all the countries that are now higher r&d spenders in us. israel, sling, japan, austria, denmark, france, why are we falling behind us so much when this is supposed to be our specialty in this country goal number seven, clean air, water and energy. target one that all new energy
investments by 2030 should be in clean, save energy. we are not investing in clean, safe energy right now that all of your states have tremendous solar and wind potential, many with hydroelectric potential, some with geothermal potential but we're not trying and we have the number one hack in this country,
the state innovation exchange, this is your agenda and our agenda but truly it is america's agenda. we are proud to launch the goals here with you today. thank you. [applause] let's hear it again for jeffrey sachs. [applause] the cofounder of the future now action i'm the one who drew the short straw but i'm very excited to speak with you today. thank you for the incredible presentations and for having us here it is an honor. i remember how excited i was when you were founded three
years ago. i was in the state senate at the time in new york and it was such an exciting mission to see what has come so thank you for your years of incredible work. they asked me at the conference last year the likelihood of being up here anything other than a state senator i would have said that was very unlike unlikely. i began realizing things were different i got invited to a holiday party. talk today by the government and looking to hang out, have some eggnog and described the legislature that never happened ever in the nine years of office.
literally. i thought that there had been a misunderstanding. but it wasn't a misunderstanding. it was something else, something had happened. something changed hard to say exactly what. the fact is people were galvanized to get involved and have an impact they were excited for the first time in public life about state government. at that party the author along with melissa walker said they wanted to make a difference in the legislature across the country. they wanted to thousand of the legislatures across the country. [applause]
in this room it is no surprise just many more people have realized what was known years. for the members and a senator both presidents roosevelt and for my home county borough of brooklyn the amazing shirley chisholm absolutely demanded of ththe membersof the assembly beg i'm not the type of new yorker that only talks about new yorkers. this is a state senator from arizona and on justice sandra day o'connor a man whose personal decency and leadership we miss every day.
of course there are many others my mentor when you recognize anyone else you can message us at future now usa. scream it out, fine. i will tell you there are no more beard like that in politi politics. they can be the great american leaders infect many already are and some go on to other jobs. but serving local districts in the laboratories of democracy and acting state policies in our federal system these are the core pillars of american
leadership. now all of us know the state legislators key role in the leadership and courage it takes to deliver results is all too often ignored realities. the pledge to achieve america's goals for 2030 where the professor inspirational he described working the future now which is the related committee we will support those that have the potential to make the biggest impact towards the goals right now. it's the reality of state government. it can have such an enormous impact. america's goals are big, bold
and ambitious. they can achieve every single one of them. up here we have an example from big actions and big impacts that have already happened. it's the issue than i do or even professor sachs. these are simply illustrations of the possibility stop prescription or the solutions. that is an important point in general.
the reality, the politics, the challenges, very well require a different path and different place and a partnership to get their. now more than 18 million workers were covered by it approaching the professor's target of 100%. they expanded what it meant to provide healthcare coverage and today it's one of the top states with a higher percentage covered at better cost and many o than e states we just saw. but it does well on his target and universathis targetin univet invested early and it is now performing well. there's another state in texas.
they've had a real impact in the public sector on infrastructure. of course vermont. now there's a whole lot specific to vermont and a leader on this admitted 2000 but that is a pretty amazing statistic. it's 100% renewable today. a major city. that is an exciting outcome. states can create game changing policy that will change our national direction. anyone that has worked at the state level knows how hard it can be especially to focus on long-term goals and long-term impact. each day, true in your state as it is new york gets filled with goals and meetings, urgent challenges and a gender that is not of your own making. let's be honest a lot of time at his issues that are on the table
because they are heavily invested corporate interests that drive the conversation and so the deal. they populated and required even the most idealistic elected officials to spend their time on defense. how many of us running for office had the affirmative to and in office had to spend time on the defense report. it's because the future is hard. it's not that voters make it hard or elected officials despite what cynical commentators will sometimes tell you. it's a system that is dominated by special interests. their short-term agenda drowns out the alarm bells of the future. i know how few were structures there are to support them in the future. the new york state senate i had a project called the nurse family partnership high-risk first time moms from pregnancy until the child was 2-years-old. it's an amazing program but its value comes in the future better
school performance after 15 years bombs and their kids are half as likely to be involved in the criminal justice system than if they didn't go through the program. there are so many long-term impacts, it is eligible. no one is against them there is no structure to help prioritized it. there's no linkage to the broader goal so by the rate at the top of the agenda the special bill for the heavy polluter who promises of jobs that we all know will never materialize and before you know it, year after year nurse family partnership and whatever programs you cared about for the future gets crowded out and it dims down just a little bit. it's time for the future to have an advocate to partner with elected officials because
nothing is more important. i can't see the screen but i spent a lot of time worrying about their future and one reason that i left office to do this despite how hard it was serving is that america's goal has given me hope. they point towards the kind of country i want to leave my children. sure it is hard. we may not get there in every state and target, but we could. otherwise you wouldn't have given up so much or made so many sacrifices to be in public service.
we hope they signed a pledge to achieve the goals not because it is hard to get behind them but because it is easy. these goals reflect the values that inspire so many of you to serve which is achieving them. representatives from across the country know best what's going to work in their districts and states. partners with the state innovation exchange are critical to translate these into policies and legislation's. the future now actions role is to provide support, follow up on each state's progress and fight back in some special interest claim that backward as forward, down is up for god has suddenly become good. future now action is here to support american leaders who want to create a better future and we start right now. thank you very much for
listening and giving the opportunity for us to launch. i know we would love to continue the conversation in the social media. i'm able to use at least one of those hand in the conference later. you had 21 goals under the seven major goals. they are ardently as you are asking people to do so i ask you what kind of sports financially and otherwise are you going to get to offset the risk.
those are not policies, they are goals that we believe our shared values. we also know and realize there's a structure in the republican party that is built around demonizing these goals so we can'canhave the clean conversat. the future now which is the political arm has endorsed ten challengers for the virginia house of delegates. i wouldn't say the actual number from the podium. one thing i want to add is that we are committed to providing
also analysis, data, illustrations, policy briefs as a major component of this effort. one of the partner organizations is for sustainable development and it will be hosting a lot of the metric, a lot of the evidence and from any state, we are encouraging you to reach out and ask questions. how can this be possible in our state under the following conditions and so forth. we aim to become a repository for knowledge and best practices and for examples and also for the kind of evidence i quickly went through that service is already being done in 18 countries so what would be the
problem of getting it in hours because i think that a lot of what we read and hear a special visit from "the wall street journal" editorial page you can't do this, you can't do that without explaining the most basic fact it's already done in most normal places and so there's a lot of lying and propaganda. but my guess is people would like this approach comes with te hard part is yes there will be attacks by specialty corporate interests which are very strong and anti-on a lot of these things giving the worst behaviors that we have not because the broad public or the voters or constituency in any way is against it, but yes it's
partly the powerful interest dominating things. my hope is that by having shared the clear goals everybody says yes we can also push back much harder against the corporate interest and that is the purpo purpose. they give technical supports, measurements, data and state level and national level compared his in ways that can also be helpful for real politicians that are facing these challenges. some of your illustrations up there i guess th the follow-up n what the gentle lady over here said, a lot of times we talk about the goals and policies and that is great and wonderful but
my colleagues on the right and in addition to the financial question if you have these goals would you also be providing policy briefs and data but also draft legislation so as an example by state relies on private prisons more than anyone else in the country coming up when you talk about criminal justice reform, i would like to know as a legislator how do you go about making that change and make that work and as a senator or are you going to be helping us with actual decision because i don't get paid and i don't have the staff at all. can you do that? >> it is an important point and we are all talking about finding the right answer because it is
incredible, collective and also because it will hopefully be a partner moving forward on exactly what you're talking about, which is taking the target. i am a bi big b. weaver in ideas and i love them. when i was in the state senate, they were a hobby unfortunately because the day-to-day of representing constituents was about getting things done and responding to the day-to-day. we want to create space to change that and push the corporate interests off the field and put on some new players like this and others to do the blocking and tackling that you're talking about. >> let me add with the sick
getting on board for the individual legislators, it will be much faster for us to build teams of support to say look, these are popular, people want to know how they can be done. this is the movement that starts today, right now actually, and in this sense the more we hear from you, that's great, but you've got to help if you're going to be able to do this. that is helpful for us to be able to mobilize more resources into say there is a love of body buying because of specific hope that is requested as well. >> right behind the gentle man that just spoke and been this way next.
>> i am just trying to think in terms of the other countries that are doing a good job meeting these goals. they are all doing these things very well. i couldn't watch fast enough to figure this out but are there some of those countries where all of the goals that are listed, some of them that are knocking them out of the park say they are doing all those things while if we can take the top five or whatever number you choose and give us a compilation to do all these things while and this is how they do it so that we are armed with not just how
they do it but we can say how candidates will inform the policies very well. >> great point. there are countries that just do things well. some of my favorites are denmark, sweden, norway. they also ranked numbers one, two and three on the happiness scores and they don't have them mucking up the politics so they don't have these powerful sawfish billionaires saying they don't have anything to do with the good society.
it's the corporate special interests that hold back progress that we all want and part of the politics and get you the information. 80% of americans want this. what's really holding us back. almost every high income country has guaranteed family leave, sick leave, paid vacation time. we have none of that in this country. so they've all figured out some of these. and we have to show that this isn't some crazy idea. this is normal except here and that is part of the political
change is to be. >> we were talking about how we don't have to reinvent a we were talking about how we don't have to reinvent the wheel when it comes to some of these issues on a local level. i where two hats today. one is as a member of the timothy general assembly democratic caucus. on that level i have to look at what we are doing from local levels to feed and fitness to the pipeline. those individuals who will eventually become state
representatives, senators and congressmen and us senators. we need help on that. we had all the best ideas and intentions when president obama went in but we did not have the resources, neither the funding nor the technical support to get it done and it was like fighting, being in kindergarten and fighting the little kindergartner who had gone home and gotten his big brother from college because all the republicans had gone and gotten national resources and beat us down. on that level i would like to know that you are going to feed resources and funding for the local races. they told us what they were going to do. they said they were going to
create red to the bone initiative and they did and they did. nothing you could do to stop them. the other as the cochair of the national black caucus, state legislature, the redistricting committee. all the work we are talking about, every one of those values that is represented, for to come to fruition legislatively has got to have the votes. redistricting is critical. we once again did not have the resources in 2010-2011 to address that. and nothing now except go to court and fight it out there. we don't have those resources. i want to know if your engagement will cover these
nationally and locally. >> the answer, what great ideas, do getting ideas like this and figuring out how to partner on them. we start with legislatures, i believe they are the critical pillar, much of the country is built but also because we are starting and if there's interest in working beyond that, when you talk about redistricting, maps along with voter participation we are not going to do this on our own. the founding principle is we need to partner with folks committed to these things and find themselves alone, pushing things that are most important
and most popular. >> in this room, they have never been nastier. the republican party, a lot of normal people, it was once a kind of mainstream party. there were differences, the country had a different view and different directions, the republican party, taken billionaire special-interest, the koch brothers have been investing for a while. between the two of them they have $100 billion of net worth based on a polluting industry and determined, it seems, to
somehow keep their $100 billion between them even if it means wrecking the planet. they have done a lot of what you say to make this very hard, hard right, all the way throughout the country. my feeling, i hope i'm not naïve on this, even on the republican side, my god, there's a lot of space between normal people and what their party leaders are calling for right now exemplified by this obamacare debacle where they made the legislation everybody hated. why is that, this is what they should think, this is such a distortion of our politics to go so hard right, it is so phony but it is money at the top of a few huge interests lurking behind the scenes like robert mercer, this head fund
gazillion air who funds the most right-wing stuff, really hard right-wing stuff and the koch brothers who are absolutely going to wreck planet if they have their way. so i hope america's goals could be adopted even on the other side by normal people. politics doesn't have to wreck planet and dispossess our own voters. this, i, is not -- your job is to beat them in the election but our job as americans also is to get off this crazy path that we are on that is guided not at all by the common purpose and common interest, not even by the common opinion polls of the divided country but by a few absolute rich plutocrats who are breaking up
our country right now in front of our eyes. and i hope that we can play some role in shining a spotlight that americans want good things in both sides and hope there are some challengers that will come on the republican side in their primary election that's a come on, we don't have to be so obnoxious, we can have normal politics. that is part of what we are hoping for as well but the point you are making about the kind of resources needed for success of these are the points everyone has made so far. we are hearing and taking to heart and with the strong support here we will be able to help mobilize to help you. >> someone in the back, there you go. >> i am patricia higgins from new hampshire.
forgive me if i did miss any explanation of how these goals were put together. my question is where there any conservative thinkers in the room? >> any conservative? >> right. this does sound a little bit like the code chamber. i am all for these american goals, but the majority of legislators, governments, would not agree with them. >> let me say a word about that. all over the world, all countries around the world have adopted some basic goals for the year 2030, called the sustainable development goals. even our country did it under president obama.
all countries faced up to one basic challenge that our economic system is not working properly anywhere in the world to achieve the combination of prosperity, fairness, and environmental safety. and so the basic idea that we need to combine economic goals -- like decent jobs and health care for all and education for all, with basic fairness standards like equal pay for equal work, with environmental safety, is recognized worldwide. that is the motivation for this. if you look at each one, which we have done and i do for a living actually, the american people strongly support by
large majorities these concepts. if you feel they are controversial, i would say they are not controversial with the american people. they are controversial with some powerful interests. and this is really a fight about who runs the country, the people and their interests in their children and their interests in the safety of the community, or instead, is it wall street, big oil, the military-industrial complex, the private health insurers? because that is why we have such a mess actually. why do we pay $1 trillion more for healthcare? because the powerful health lobby. why are we in endless wars? unlike almost any other
country, we have not stopped ors. why is our military budget so huge? why are we spending so much money modernizing, quote, these weapons systems that are modern enough to destroy all the world 10 times over? because we have powerful lobbies. and so the goals are demonstrably shared across society. we have been told no, that is not achievable, that is not achievable, that is not achievable, but that is wrong and that is what we have to fight back against but who is telling us that these are not american or anti-american and so forth? not the broad public in any one of these this is not running up against a buzz saw. it is running against special interests who have to be told go back to your place, we are for the american people. that is the real point.
>> it is also true when you look at these goals in the american district by district political context, one thing i think we are going to see and learn over time and the feedback keeps coming in, some of the divide come in one side of the spectrum, think they are more realistic in a shorter-term, people on the other side careless realistic in the shorter-term. not that they are offensive to people's basic values, to the kind of country people would like to build. there is a con going on that we can't think of a country like this unless we are in one corner of the political spectrum but part of the role of these organizations is to help show a path to folks who might be skeptical, the kind of
votes needed and everyone else needs to keep their jobs and stay in public surface that there is a path that can be consistent with their value structure, their policy structure as well, because the value structure is aligned and that is our hope. this is version 1 and feedback is an important step over the next month as well. >> thank you very much. i am janet neely, state senator from wisconsin. the district that i represent is the largest and it is very rural. when i look at your goals i saw something that was a reflection of what was going on not only in our state, the people of wisconsin, but within our effort to get reelected and that is we have populations of people that we can't reach, we can't reach them. we overlook them. when it comes to the goal, i
saw those people not represented because you have no reference to connectivity, to broadband. we absolutely must say that access to information, to commerce, to the lifeblood of our nation, is on the internet. until everybody has that they are not equal. i don't know if you want to put that goal in infrastructure or equality but by god, it has got to be in there. >> bravo. phenomenal. and thank you. phenomenal. it was on the list, we try to make three for each of these ended off the list and it is a
wonderful point you are making on the kind of feedback, thank you. >> i have a question. >> but your comment is fantastic. >> thank you. is there a way that we can take what your goals are to how we reach out to those people that we have overlooked and i call them the ones we overlooked because there is such a vast population of people we truly just look over. we think those aren't our voters and we look over them. i think about my colleague from wisconsin, gary, where are you? and he sang to me on the floor of the senate a song. remember the song?
red solo cup? who knows what a red solo cup is? i would dare say most people in the beltway who do messaging for progressive people, for progressives, don't know what the hell a red solo cup is. until they do, we will not win. we have got to get some red solo cup messaging out of the dnc, we have to. thank you. there is my question, can we do that? >> could i -- phenomenal. could i make one suggestion? first, this kind of feedback is valuable. second, part of the idea is, if you look at the goals, every
one of them is stated for everybody so that nobody is overlooked, but as a state legislator, you say i am for universal health coverage but we will never do it if the internet doesn't reach this district, you can put that also as part of the solution to the problem and we can help support you on that is part of the solution. the goals -- i love this suggestion but also to say that this is not a policy list, it is a set of objectives that express the values of the american people that we can achieve. part of the job together that we can do and you as leaders, legislation can do, we adopt these goals but to achieve them we need collectivity and if we do not have that there is no way that can be successful.
>> it did fall off the list to other parts, we found universal broadband was applied by the number of targets, your point is well taken because we had extensive conversations about it. when i was in the state senate, i represented part of brooklyn, new york state senate is a very tight partisan split. i spent a lot of my time talking to colleagues from other parts of the state, new york is a big diverse state and district decide -- being able to figure out what is the unifying path for us was a huge challenge. all i can say is we can't do that alone, don't know if you are volunteering but exactly how to line up these goals and targets with your district because your district is not just your district, your district is reflected a large portion of district around the country and the work you do can help the gentleman from this
side, apologize for not being able to see and that is the process. >> we are close to having to finish up or past having to finish up. >> one last question. >> i am going to have to go because i am flying to europe but when i land they will ask me does america believe in its future? what do you think? [applause] >> going to ask me can america end poverty and ensure access to everybody for healthcare and education, what do you think? [applause] >> could we make the goals achievable? is it possible?
[applause] >> and help? if you can help could you raise your hand? i need to take a picture to have proof. some people's hands are not raised. that is pretty good. wait a minute. all right. this is documentary evidence for the rest of the world, thank you very much. thank you for the opportunity. >> new york governor andrew cuomo delivers the annual state of the state address, live coverage at 1:00 eastern on c-span, c-span.org and the c-span radio apps. >> this weekend c-span's cities tour takes you to springfield, missouri. in springfield, working with media calm to explore the literary scene and history of
the birthplace of route 66 in southwestern missouri. saturday at noon eastern on booktv, author jeremy neely talks about the conflict occurring on the kansas missouri border in the struggle over slavery in his book the border between them. >> john brown having left campus came back to the territory and he begins a series of raids in western missouri, and help them escape to freedom. and kill a number of slaveholders so the legend or notoriety of john brown grows as part of this struggle is that people locally understand is the beginning of the civil war. >> sunday at 2:00 pm on american history tv we visit the nra national sporting arms museum. >> the a roosevelt was are shooting guest presidents, very avid hunter.
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