Rebecca Wood for Congress!

Sep. 16, 2019

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law Medicare and Medicaid insurance in 1965. In 1972, the program was expanded to include disability, elderly, and end stage renal patients. In 1983, Medicare became funded through taxes and paid through taxpayer deductions.

Once we reach the age of retirement and eligible to collect, we still have to pay for it and the cost is deducted from the monthly check. Even though, Mom, Dad, or Grandma & Grandpa have been paying all while working, they are still forced to keep paying for it.

Elderly may collect Social Security (that they’ve paid into), once they reach the age of 62. They may receive full benefits after the age of 65, but until then, any additional income can offset the monthly check of their own money.

Any attempts to collect disability automatically generates a mutiny from the government. They behave as if it is their money and not yours. There’s literally a fight to obtain it; a fight that usually takes years to resolve.

Medicare-Medicaid and Social Security-disability is supposed to be put into a separate account for us. The government takes our monies that we pay into the programs with and uses it as their own personal purse strings and at their discretion.

This includes spending it on Welfare programs, funding for programs that cater to illegal aliens, or in Bill Clinton’s case, paying the deficit with it. Other presidents who are successors to the Clinton Administration have additionally used the funding for numerous reasons. However, the fact remains, it was not meant to ever by touched by anyone except for We the People.

Keep in mind, there are no “government funded programs,” it’s all taxpayer funded programs and yet, the government feels comfortable in controlling the People. An unknown author once uttered these profound words: He who controls the purse strings, controls the people.

Candidates need to focus more on We the People instead of giving away “free health care, free education, supporting illegal immigration,” and so forth. All of those programs cost money and just where do you think that money is going to come from? It will come from the backs of the hardworking taxpayers of America.

I’m a Real People’s Candidate. I say that because I’m in the same boat the average Joe is in. I see what they’re (government) doing and I want to amend the problem, not add to it. The reason we’re going to run out of money for these programs is because the government is abusing it, they’re abusing their power, which means, they are abusing all of us.

We should all try to leave this world and our government in a better place for our children and grandchildren. The solutions begins with ourselves, it begins with you.

 

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Aug. 29, 2019

 I want to take a minute to talk about the difference between Medicaid and Medicare. It can be confusing to the average person. Medicare is a federal program intended for most people age 65 years or older. They do accept patients with end stage renal disease but only after 24 months of having the disease. When we are older: retired, elderly, or disabled, we’re eligible to receive Medicare. However, we’re still paying for it.

Medicaid is a state program for most people with low income. It’s also a paid into program and strictly based on a person’s income. In fact, if you noticed on your pay stubs, they deduct taxes for Medicaid/Medicare which is separate from federal or social security tax.

Simplified:

Medicare: Is insurance for old people – retired people – disabled people

Medicaid: Is insurance for poor people, a social Welfare program.

Although states determine their own Medicaid benefits, for the most part, it will cover

  • Emergency care

  • Family Planning

  • Children’s preventative services

  • Assistance in substance abuse (includes tobacco use)

  • Pregnancy and related issues

  • Doctor’s visits, X-rays, and lab work

  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care

  • Transportation to the hospital

Medicare coverage (federal) determines the insurance you have (Part A, or Part B).

Part A covers:

  • Hospital care

  • Nursing home

  • Hospice or home health care

Part B covers:

  • Mental health, in or outpatient

  • Medical equipment

  • Ambulance services

  • Some medications

If extra coverage is needed, you have to pay for it (Part D, E, and so on). Medicaid, nor Medicare will tell anyone this information about needing the additional “parts” unless you ask them and they always include extra costs. We need to rectify this. If such programs are going to exist, they need to be more beneficial to the American people.

What bothers me considerably is that our elderly and disabled (veterans included) are suffering with high costs of these insurances with very little coverage, while Mr. and Mrs. John Q (illegal aliens) who are not American citizens, get the same benefit without paying a dime into the system.

As a Real People’s Candidate, I want to work towards improving this type of health care for our citizens. There’s going to come a time when I will need one or the other; we all are so, let’s make it our mission to improve this insurance system for our grandparents, parents, ourselves, and our children.

Let's work together to get elected, not just for Nevada, but the sake of America!

If you'd like to donate to Rebecca's candidacy, here is her link. Any denomination is helpful.

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Jul. 17, 2019

I call myself the Real People’s Candidate implying that I’m a politician, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. I am a statesman not a politician. There is a large difference between the two.

By definition, a politician has a platform that (s)he stands on. IE: abortion rights, homelessness, military… Usually it has to do with current events and almost always, a politician switches from one platform to another depending on what is the recent hot topic of politics.

Their (politician’s) campaign promises are rarely ever met. In essence, a politician has their own agenda, they frequently cater to their own ego, and are very power hungry.

The perfect example would be Joe Biden: He’s been in politics for almost 50 years and the majority of that time, he’s been for border patrol and the building of a wall along our southern borders. At one point, while acting vice president, he advocated the deportation of illegals.

Now, because of his obvious disdain for President Trump, he’s switched platforms. It suits his agenda to be disagreeable with the president. The same may be said about Kamala Harris. She has beaten the horse of slavery to death claiming her ancestors were slaves.

It turns out, her ancestors, not only were not slaves, in fact, they owned scores of slaves themselves. Indeed, she’s not even African-American. Ms. Harris is bi-racially from descendants of India (maternal) and Jamaican (paternal). However; it suits her political needs to be what she believes the people want and look for.

A statesman basically has one goal: the welfare of people or constituents (s)he represents. They don’t desire more power, they desire morality to provide better living conditions and they don’t make campaign promises. They want what’s best for America. An excellent example would be Senator Ted Cruz who campaigns for term limits for Congressional members.

He knows that by setting term limits, it might be putting him out of a job just as I understand. However, it’s better for America; for our country, to stop the insanity in Congress and to move away from career-oriented politicians who are there for their own personal gain.

There is little similarity between politician and statesman. Johnny Kilfner said it best, though. He’s quoted as saying, “Both (politician and statesman) must have excellent interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of people throughout their careers. Persuasion is key to both the politician and statesman, so each must have effective communication skills to explain complex legislative processes to people who know little of politics.”

I believe this explains why politicians often gain believers or followers to their crusades… they must have charisma and the ability to communicate effectively to what the people want to hear. A statesman will likely tell you what needs to be said, and not what you want to hear.

“The bitterest truth is always better than the sweetest lie.”

This is why I do not tell people I am in politics or that I want to be a politician. I want to be a statesman who will represent the American people. I look forward to seeing you at the polls, and hopefully as I stand in Congress representing my Nevada district (4)) as the Real People’s Candidate.

If you'd like to donate to her campaign, here is the link. Any denomination is welcome.

https://rebeccawood.us/

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Jul. 1, 2019

In recent news, especially since the Democratic debates, the subject of student loans has been coming up. What is a student loan? Well, as you may well have guessed, if not experienced, its the loans we take out during college to help pay for our tuition and fees while we study. The college and banking systems are truly taking advantage of our financial needs.

According to Forbes Magazine, at the present time, America is 1.5trillion dollars in debt with student loans. “Its the second highest debt behind mortgage loans and higher than credit cards and auto loans.”

It doesn’t look like its going to get any better, either. The interest rates alone force us to continue paying on these loans for most of our lives. I know people on the edge of retirement who are still paying off their student loans from when they were in college.

Senator Bernie Sanders wants to, “wipe out our student loan debt.” But at what costs? He’s certainly not going to pay for anything so, it will be left as another burden on Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer’s back. In order to accommodate such a feat, our taxes will go up forcing taxpayers to give up even more of their hard earned money to pay for all of this “free tuition and student loans.”

Christian Barnard, a man who put himself through collage by being a janitor, used student loans. He writes that although Sander’s proposal of student loan forgiveness sounds good, it doesn’t help the lower-class. In fact, it will help the wealthy, instead.

“More fundamentally, Sanders’ proposal doesn’t even address the underlying reason why tuition has gotten so expensive, and he could make the problem even worse. Research suggests that past increases in the amount of federal aid to universities have simply caused them to raise their tuition rates, sometimes by as high as65 cents for every additional federal dollar. If taxpayers foot all of the tuition bill, as Sanders wants, colleges will have reason to inflate tuition even more. This won’t be felt immediately by students, but it’ll hurt them eventually when they graduate and become everyday taxpayers.”

I propose a median. Most student loans do not require anyone to initiate their first payment for the first six months after graduation – that is a good feature to have. It allows the new graduate to become gainfully employed and earn a wage before the burden of payment begins.

However, instead of paying for the rest of our lives, we could apply a lower fixed interest rate of 3-5%, and make payments like a personal loan. This forces the institutions and universities to take some responsibility, the bank still makes their money back, plus interest, and the student will see a light at the end of their tunnel.

Explicitly, when we borrow X-amount of dollars like several long term college courses require, set the loan up for X-amount of interest rates for 15 – 20 years enabling the graduate to eventually pay it off at a lower cost and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

As the Real People’s Candidate, I will not vote for student loans to be excused. That will only hurt the taxpayer in the long run; it will hurt America. Instead, I strongly propose we treat this like a personal loan and give reasonable interest rates, yearly term limits, and with an end in sight. After all, a student loan is, in fact, a personal loan anyway.

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Jun. 19, 2019

We need to address the issue of detainment and deportation as it correlates with illegal immigration. President Trump was not the first one to implement the “No Tolerance Policy.” According to the Political Insider, President Obama did it first and his policies were far worse than any other as he kept children separated from their (so-called) families by holding them in cages.

MSNBS reportedly, did the story “accidentally,” that showed children in cages. This policy of “caging illegals,” was instituted in 2014 by President Obama. These children were being detained for safety reasons in the event they were being brought over by illegal means by illegal aliens, not their parents, which DNA has shown to be the case. Unfortunately, the president had them held in cages – more unfortunate than that, President Trump got the blame when MSNBS reported on this.

I think each president has shown interest in deporting illegal aliens. During The Great Depression, President Herbert Hoover deported over one million illegal aliens to make room for jobs for American Citizens. President Harry Truman, also deported illegal aliens for the same reason after World War, II. President Dwight Eisenhower followed their lead in 1954 by removing several Mexican Nationals in what he named, “Operation Wetback.”

However, what we don’t hear much about is that between 2009-2015 President Obama deported over 2 ½ million illegal aliens; more than any other president to date. According to ABC News, in 2015 alone, more than 91% of those deported were previously convicted of a crime and there lies the crux of the matter with illegal immigration.

According to ICE, more criminal illegals cross the southern border than we realize. These criminals include people involved with “trafficking, financial crimes, and felony manslaughter (in one, a deportee killed another man in a parking lot).”

Reportedly, in 2017, ICE deported upwards of around 5,500 known suspects of gang members and 45 known or suspected terrorist. In 2018, there were about 6,000 known gang members and 42 suspected or known terrorist removed and deported by ICE.

During Obama’s administration, Homeland Security’s reported, “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimated there were 1.9 million ‘removable criminal aliens’ in the United States at the time. The 1.9 million total included immigrants here legally and illegally.”

When President Trump won in 2016, he claimed there were 2-3 million illegal aliens in the country and he used his findings based on Homeland Security’s current reports. As a result, the president broadened his scope of priority deportation to include those charged with criminal offenses, even if they were not convicted, yet. He did this by Executive Order.

America cannot support the influx of these illegal aliens. We have our own people we need to look after. “Clean up your own backyard first before cleaning someone else’s,” is a very accurate philosophy that Americans should adhere to.

As a Real People’s Candidate, I totally emphasize with their situation, but we must, as a nation, get ourselves back on track, regain control of our nation’s financial resources, and stop giving away what’s meant for us to people who, as the Obama Administration pointed out, are primarily criminals.

I’ve managed to uncover some of these statistics that I want to share:

“$11 to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year by state government agencies.

  • Illegal households only pay about one-third the amount of federal taxes that non-illegal households pay.

  • Illegal households create a net fiscal deficit at the federal level of more than $10 billion a year. If given amnesty, this number could grow to more than $29 billion.

  • $1.9 billion dollars a year is spent on food-assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

  • $1.6 billion is spent on the federal prison and court system for illegal aliens.

  • $2.5 billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

  • About 21 percent of the population of U.S. prisons is classified as ‘non-citizens’ from Mexico, Colombia, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. About 5 percent is listed as ‘unknown.’

Immigration costs like all costs come out of the TAX PAYER’S money. That means your and my pockets. These costs represent additional money creation that dilutes all the savings and assets in America.”

To further that statistic, in 2011, the Washington Post (and others) reported the Treasury Department’s Inspector General for the tax administration issued a report that “individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States were paid $4.2 billion in refundable credits which included $1,000 per child as ‘refundable taxes,’ meaning the parents (immigrants) may receive refunds even when they do not owe taxes.” In 2018, it went up to $2,000 per child. Imagine what it is now in 2019/2020.

We need to ban together, fight the illegal influx of these aliens, support our country, and elect better officials. It’s my heart, and I believe it is my calling, to be the Real People’s Candidate; not just for Nevada (District 4), but for America, as well.

 

 

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