Patrick F

Patrick F

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Tell us about yourself: who you are, where you're from, etc.

I am 51 and started following the news in 1979 so I've been around for awhile, not a long long while though. My parents and three brothers were/are solidly democratic as politics was discussed in my house. I basically didn't say anything, nobody asked for my opinion. :-o I was open to The Reagan Revolution and liked being independent. I shy away from arguing but will speak up when need be. I grew up in the Boston, Massachusetts area and have lived here all my life including college. I have a degree in Business from Northeastern University going nights.

Tell us about yourself: who you are, where you're from, etc.

I am 51 and started following the news in 1979 so I've been around for awhile, not a long long while though. My parents and three brothers were/are solidly democratic as politics was discussed in my house. I basically didn't say anything, nobody asked for my opinion. :-o I was open to The Reagan Revolution and liked being independent. I shy away from arguing but will speak up when need be. I grew up in the Boston, Massachusetts area and have lived here all my life including college. I have a degree in Business from Northeastern University going nights.

What does being a "Centrist" mean to you, and why did you get involved?

A good example of Centrist's is the gang of eight. (Four Democratic and four Republican Senators who in 2013 collaborated to try to create an immigration bill. (The bill did not pass.)) Those Senators did not agree on many issues but put their differences aside to try to accomplish something.
I have voted and volunteered for Democrats and Republicans as I enjoy being involved. I think most voters were disappointed with the candidates the two major parties provided for President. I like talking and listening to voters as I've done canvassing.

What is a policy issue you are passionate about and why?

Economic growth. However, growing the economy is the result of so many things: regulations, leadership, business success, fiscal and monetary policy, and so many things beyond our control so it is not just one issue. I have a passion for immigration; that is mainly due to my father's and family's history.
Economic growth helps out with jobs, business opportunities, debt, tax collection, philanthropy and our Country's confidence. I like the book: "The 4% Solution: Unleashing the Economic Growth America Needs" edited by Brendan Miniter. Alas, this book sank along with Jeb Bush's hopes.

How do you think we can unite our country and fix our politics?

Leadership. I think some of the rules need to be changed.
Four examples are: Term Limits for Congress and the Supreme Court; Always reautherize anually being in a war; Replace the Primaries with voting for Delegates who would then vote for a Presidential candidate at their respective party's convention. (I know we do not have any control over this..); and finally find a way to make a third party candidates totally believable and electable while calling out and repealing the rules both parties created to prevent a third party election (Such as signature requirements to be on ballots and having the ability to be on the televised presidential debates..)
By changing the rules, you can have different outcomes. I think what is broken in politics is so many things go undecided; as a Country we are drifting.