As a scientist, having earned one science degree and another advanced science degree by the age of 22 and as an engineer running my own small data communication business for over 30 years, I am a huge fan of technology in our daily lives. The last thing we need is to somehow take away or limit these rights. Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) were two egregious attempts at violating the open and free internet that we’ve all been enjoying. I am strongly against any attempts at violating such rights.
Ever since the uprising of Occupy Wall Street and the 99% movement by a few million Americans nationwide, Autumn 2011, and the Citizens United decision by the US Supreme Court, some two years before that, the flood light attention has been on the rights of and abuses by corporations and Wall Street. Certainly, I am not against corporation’s right to exist. In fact, I formed my own corporations back in the ‘90s. My beef along with that of millions of other freedom-loving Americans is that corporations (companies and unions equally) should not be able to purchase our government to address their special interests. It’s not WE the Corporations, it’s WE the People. “WE the People” are the first three words of our US Constitution which I so love, admire, and defend. In fact nowhere in our Constitution are any rights guaranteed to corporations (companies and unions). I promise to fight vigilantly to reverse the unfair power corporations have in our political system over and above the rights the forefathers of our Constitution fought for to guarantee us, WE the People, not WE the Corporations. I support the solution proposed by the grassroots movement Move-to-Amend.
My opponent, Walters, supported NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation (Say-On-Pay Bill; Bill H.R.3269). Many corporations that received government bailouts with our taxpayers’ dollars gave their very same executives that caused the near demise of said corporations, bonuses instead of reinvesting in more jobs - and they call themselves the job creators? One way some of this corporate special interest can be curbed would have been to allow shareholders to deny executives such outrageous bonuses. Walters supported NO on establishing "network neutrality" (non-tiered Internet) (Communications, Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act; Bill HR 5252 Amendment 987). She says that she is for personal liberty – sure she is. Internet must stay open and free. Walters is not in Congress working for WE the People. She is working for her Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!
Walters’ Voting/Support Record:
- NO on letting shareholders vote on executive compensation (Say-On-Pay Bill; Bill H.R.3269)
- NO on establishing "network neutrality" (Communications, Opportunity, Promotion, and Enhancement Act; Bill HR 5252 Amendment 987)
- NOT standing up for WE the People
Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:
- Take money out of elections and politics
- Government is not for sale to the highest bidders
- Corporations and Unions are not people and must stay out of our elections
- Net neutrality (internet must stay open and free)
- WE the People must ban federal, state, and local taxation of internet access
- Shareholders must be able to vote on executive compensation
- Invest in tomorrow’s technologies through NASA, superconducting super collider, and Nano-technology programs
- Lower Corporate tax rates in order to be more competitive with the rest of the world
- Tax breaks for manufacturers to bring back their factories inside our borders
- Reform regulations that choke small and medium businesses from starting and growing
- Label our genetically engineered food
- Standing up for WE the People
- Not for sale