Priorities are the broad categories of focus for Scott’s candidacy and are both a statement of direction as well as a starting point for additional growth.

The recent leak at the Supreme Court puts women's rights at the very top of the agenda.

As a matter of principle, I believe in a woman's right to choose.  This should be not be about politics or religion, but simply about women's right to privacy when it comes to their bodies and their choices.      

The possibility that the Supreme Court may disregard decades of precedent on a fundamental question of rights is alarming not just for abortion, but for all rights.   The partisan politicization of the Supreme Course is a cause for concern for all Americans.

It is time to fight for an amendment to the constitution that will guarantee a woman's right to choice, equality, and privacy regardless of religion or political affiliation.  

This campaign was not focused on foreign policy, but the harsh reality of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, a European democracy, and the visceral revulsion at seeing attacks on innocent civilians requires a firm response.

I know people that are Ukrainian.  I work with someone with friends and family in Ukraine. This unprovoked aggression by Russia is causing death in Ukraine and trauma on a global scale.  

Ukraine is a democracy and we must support their freedom.

If elected, I will support all actions needed to support Ukraine’s right to self-determination, democracy and freedom.  I will support providing weapons.  I will support providing humanitarian aid.  I will support lend-lease of military equipment.  Anything they need, they should get.

If elected, I will also support all actions needed to punish Russia and separate Russia as a pariah state from the global economy including a 5-year plan to help Europe replace and eliminate all Russian oil and gas imports, preferably with renewable sources of energy.   

There should be a huge price to pay for an unprovoked invasion and an attempt to subjugate a country of 44 million free people in the heart of Europe.  

Tucker Carlson recently asked why we hate Vladimir Putin.  The answer should be clear.  He is a psychopath who threatens and invades democracies and he stands for the opposite of everything that is truly American, from our constitution to our democracy to our freedom.  The bigger question is how and why Tucker Carlson became a mouthpiece for the Kremlin.

UPDATE May 9:  

On May 9, despite predictions he would escalate, Putin did not declare war on Ukraine during Russia's May Day celebrations.  He clung to the rationale of fighting the Nazis in Ukraine - which we all know is a fake rationale.  But could it be the basis for an end to this war?   This is a big test of American leadership.   Why not offer a UN de-Nazification 'assessment' and 'certification' to confirm that there are no Nazis in Ukraine.   They won't find any because there are none.  But is there something that could be done to give Vladimir Putin a face saving way to retreat?

Real people are dying.  We should be resolute in helping Ukraine defend itself, but the mission cannot be regime change in Russia or 'weakening' Russia's military.  The only goal is to help Ukraine defend itself.  No more, no less.

A top priority for Scott is to support the creation of high-paying jobs in Oregon both in the Portland metro as well spreading those opportunities out to rural and coastal Oregon. Scott believes that a massive transformation is underway globally to adopt solutions that use Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Tens of millions of jobs are going to be created in AI/ML, Data, and Cloud and this wave is just getting started. He wants to capture some of those jobs for Oregon.

Oregon has a chance to become a high-paying jobs superpower. Scott believes one possible way to get there is through a large-scale commitment from the state to invest in AI job training and skill development. A state investment would, in turn, attract federal funding and even more private-sector dollars. Scott is proposing an ‘AI Jobs for Oregon’ ballot initiative for 2024. The goal is to bring Oregonians together to invest in creating 100,000 jobs that pay more than $100,000 per year within 10 years.

Learn more about AI Jobs for Oregon

On Climate Change, I believe we urgently need to meet or exceed America’s Paris Agreement commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  On current trends, we will fall well short with profound implications for the future my children (and yours) will have.  Time is running out.  We need creative and scalable solutions to reduce climate change both at home and abroad.  

But we are also going to need new ideas to bend the curve.

Our Democratic Party has led with initiatives that tell people in the carbon-producing sectors that they must lose their jobs, livelihoods, and communities to protect the planet.  We have not offered a convincing approach to replace those jobs or help those communities that will suffer economic consequences adapt to those job losses.  As a result, those people have turned their backs on us.  This is our fault.

If elected, I will work on policies to help us transition our energy infrastructure to green solutions, but I will also focus on what we need to offer oil & gas workers, coal miners, truckers, and farmers and their communities to make this transition one that they can believe in and have faith that it will not destroy their lives and livelihoods for our cause, no matter how noble.

Intel is our largest employer in the Oregon 1st Congressional District. The last 10 years, however, has seen a dramatic loss of leadership in making advanced semiconductors. Today, none of the most advanced chips in the world are made in America. Zero. Intel, America’s champion and Oregon’s biggest manufacturer, has lost the lead. The most advanced chips are now made in Taiwan and South Korea.

Intel has new leadership in Pat Gelsinger, a CEO that lived in Oregon for 25 years and knows us well. He is committed to rebuilding Intel’s leadership in advanced manufacturing, but he needs support for what will be a long, hard road against strong global competitors.

To regain our leadership in advanced technology, Scott believes the next representative in Congress must have a focus on technology, must relentlessly and passionately support Oregon’s semiconductor industry, and must drive new ideas and incentives to create more jobs in this critical industry for our national security and prosperity. Scott promises to be a relentless advocate for semiconductor manufacturing in Oregon.

Two years. We must end this crisis in two years. Today, nearly 600,000 Americans are homeless in America. This is unacceptable and we must set a national goal to get everyone off the street within two years.

If an earthquake or hurricane hit a city and left thousands homeless, we would know what to do. We would spring into action. We would declare an emergency. We would bring in FEMA and get the resources needed to help. We need to have a crisis trigger for FEMA intervention and the unleashing of federal dollars. If there are any more than 500 homeless in a city, it should require an emergency intervention with federal coordination and action.

Scott believes we need to fund and create homeless shelters for short-term needs.  We need federal dollars as inputs. We need local towns to cut red tape.

We also need more mental health and drug addiction programs and facilities to house people who need treatment.

These are the basics for short-term needs.

But we also need to recognize that low-cost, permanent housing is a long-term problem that will not be solved easily or soon.  While people wait for long-term housing, we cannot keep leaving them in camps, shelters, or tents outdoors.  We need a solution in between shelters and permanent housing.     

We need a transitional housing approach that is cost-effective and scalable to house large numbers of our homeless population that is safe, secure, supportive, and creates a community for intervention and growth.

Scott believes dorm-style housing (1-person, 1-room), similar to what college campuses have, is a missing tool that could be quickly mobilized and scaled through federal funding to create safe, affordable, and secure transitional housing for a large number of people currently living on the street. If viable, this solution could be mobilized very fast and could eliminate homelessness on our streets within two years.  And not just in Portland, but nationwide.

See our proposal for 'Dorm Housing for Homeless' under Bold Ideas.

The entire western world is transitioning into a knowledge society where a college degree is the key to earning higher income. America was once first in the world in college attainment. We have lost that leadership. Our citizens are losing access and opportunity. The high price of attending has become a threat to students’ future as the debts get ever bigger. The barriers to getting in are increasingly a stress on families and futures. This system must change.

Scott's first step will be to seek an institutional X-ray comparing the cost structure of American public universities against their lower cost equals in Europe and other countries.  The Netherlands charges just $2,500 a year in tuition for its citizens.  How do they do that?  Are the costs the same or are there unique factors that have made American public universities so expensive?  This is a first tactical step.

Scott will also focus on a bigger vision goal of cutting the cost of a college degree for working adults by up to 90%. He will target increasing college attendance for working Americans by 400%. His goal is to increase the average education level in America from 12 years to 16 years of schooling within 10 years, which would make America the most educated society on the planet.

Beyond better, cheaper, faster, it is important to dramatically change the terms of access to college education for working Americans. Better, cheaper, faster is not good enough. Instead, we must empower communities and people to learn when they want, how they want, and what they want - and get certified credits for what they learn that are transferrable to any college in America. Every book club, church group, or social circle can  become a pathway to a university degree.

Finally, Scott believes the debt burden of Americans that have graduated from college is limiting opportunities for young people all over the country. Writing off this debt is not fair, but neither is letting it remain a crushing burden. Scott will propose a zero-interest conversion for all federal backed loans.  Scott will also explore more modular approaches for community service as forms of payback or debt forgiveness on loans.  For instance, can volunteer teaching or tutoring be used as a credit to reduce the principal on a student loan?  

Rural communities are suffering all over America. Family farms are closing. Rural counties are losing population and their tax base, increasing the burden on all who remain. Scott believes we must help rural farming communities just as much as we focus on helping our core urban constituencies. American farming is critical to successfully adapting to a warming world. Rural voters are critical to a stronger Democratic Party.

Scott grew up with family connections to rural America. His grandfather was a field inspector for Green Giant and from an early age Scott looked forward to summer trips to the fields to take soil samples. As a college student, Scott worked a summer wheat harvest, driving a truck from the farm to the grain silo. He also worked in a cannery. During his Peace Corps service, he was an agriculture extension agent and community organizer focusing on agroforestry.

In Congress, Scott will promote investing heavily in rural communities with subsidized and interest free credit for rural technologies from robotic harvesting and planting to indoor agriculture, from drones and data analytics to IOT and plant-based protein products. We should focus these investments on small family farms not giant corporate collectives. In addition, Scott believes all farmers deserve to own the data collected on their farms as a basic right.

The future of farming will be high tech, high value, and highly productive. We need to raise future farmers in America by investing in education and skill building to help young people find high paying jobs in the revitalized rural American communities of the future. We need to help young people all across rural America become farmers and provide the support to get started.

When it comes to healthcare, I have 1 Goal, 1 Challenge, and 1 Question:

1 Goal:  If elected, my goal will be to pursue 100% healthcare coverage for all Americans.  I am not committed to any specific way to achieve this.  I’ll need to be flexible and mindful that there is major opposition to every proposed change and it will require new approaches to build enough support.  I don’t yet know what is possible, especially if we lose the House and/or Senate to Republicans in the mid-terms.  But 100% coverage is my focus.

1 Challenge:  As we look at options to provide 100% coverage, I’m mindful that some solutions may impact hospital revenue dramatically.  The last time I looked at the OHSU annual report, I recall that a large share of OHSU’s operating revenue was from private insurance that paid higher rates than Medicare.   My back of the envelope calculation at the time suggested converting to Medicare level fees might cut as much as 20% off of OHSU’s revenue which would dramatically impact staffing and capabilities at one of our most prestigious institutions in Oregon.  These numbers were very ad hoc, but they mean I will need to fully understand the impact on institutions like OHSU of any major change to healthcare funding and financing.  

1 Question:  During their presidential campaigns Senator Elizabeth Warren proposed a universal healthcare program that would cost $20 trillion dollars over 10 years and Senator Bernie Sanders proposed something similar that would cost $32 trillion dollars over the same 10 years.  Cost was a major issue in the campaign.  The problem I have with this is that when I looked up the total forecasted health expenditure in the US over the 2021-2030 (10 years), that estimate from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) was $55 trillion.   If Bernie can do it for $32 trillion, that’s a savings of $23 trillion to the US economy.  If Elizabeth can do national healthcare for $20 trillion that’s a savings of $35 trillion.   Let’s say Bernie’s plan is more realistic but round up to $25 trillion.  If elected, I want to know who gets that $25 trillion back and how might we change the discussion to focus on what is saved versus what it costs.  (Oh, and by the way, if anyone can save the US economy $25 trillion or more in 10 years, shouldn’t they get a medal for that?)

What it would take to create a union of the future, a union for the 21st century.  What would such a union look like?  What characteristics would it have?  How would it be different from a union today?

Why ask these questions?  The long-term trend in union membership in the private sector has been steadily downward largely driven by business hostility to union formation and unionization campaigns.  Given a choice, the vast majority of businesses will go to great lengths to avoid working with unions.  Can we change this dynamic?

My experience is in consulting, an industry businesses choose to hire and often pay a premium for.   So, here’s the stupid question:  Can we reinvent unions to have some of the characteristics of a consulting company - the ones that companies want to hire?

What if unions owned intellectual property that could help a company be more productive?  What if a union had specialized knowledge and skills that could help a company fill an urgent need?  What if a union was a critical partner in creating higher quality products?   What if a union could help a company become the lowest cost producer with the most skilled workforce in the world?   

How many unions and union contracts already have some of these characteristics?  Can federal investments be made to increase union capabilities?  What changes to legislation would be required?   

I am not interested in undermining unions as they exist today or undermining worker protections so urgently needed.  But I am interested in understanding if we can change the game for the better in a way that drives higher wages and more and higher-paying jobs tomorrow and well into the future.  I would like to create more options for unions to grow and thrive, not just a binary win or lose as it seems to exist today.  

I believe the need for companies to rebalance and redesign global supply chains after the Covid pandemic and the Ukraine war - as well as the potential for conflicts in other regions - has never been more urgent.  Companies need a partner that can help them change the shape of global supply chains and make things domestically again.   There has never been a greater opportunity than now to reinvent how unions work with companies and create more higher paying jobs in America.

To repatriate global supply chains representing many millions of jobs, we must create an economic and business formula that will help domestic production become the lowest marginal cost per unit in the world.  A union designed for the 21st century and aligned to this goal could make this a real possibility.

I am particularly interested in learning more about the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), a union that should be at the center of rebuilding America's manufacturing base as well as on the cutting edge of building a future in space.

Poverty is a driver of social injustice and this campaign believes we need to redouble efforts to dramatically reduce poverty all across America in every community and for every ethnicity.  

We believe there is a need to focus on both short-term and long-term solutions.  Reducing poverty must also reflect a multi-pronged, integrated plan implemented simultaneously across several areas:  Education, Employment, Crime, Housing.

Focus:

We believe focusing on pockets of concentrated poverty in largely urban areas can significantly reduce long-term poverty for the most number of people in the shortest time possible.  (Broader public programs from welfare to food stamps currently help people regardless of location and would not be reduced.)

Short-Term:  An Integrated Poverty Reduction Plan:

  • Housing.  Migrate people living in poverty from renters to homeowners to avoid gentrification and displacement and create an opportunity for long-term home equity and wealth building.    
  • Employment.  Jobs are the singles most powerful way to stabilize a community and reduce poverty.  We need a plan to increase employment in targeted geographic communities of high poverty.   
  • Education.  Quality K-12 education is the best predictor of future success and we need a federal program to help rescue failing and underperforming schools to fund teaching assistants and expert teachers into schools where achievement at grade is falling behind, primarily in urban school districts.
  • Crime.  Crime undermines opportunity, safety, and prosperity for every community it touches.  We need to build a better model of policing for impoverished communities where crime is high, but trust is low.  This campaign will promote policing models that build within the community and are multi-layered.     

Long-Term: An Opportunity Fund/Baby Bond.

We support ideas such as Senator Cory Booker’s plan for Baby Bonds targeted at children living in poverty.   A small annual investment into a Bond or Stock account that starts at birth and then grows and compounds in value over the 20-25 years could have a major life impact on people who do not have money today to buy a house or go to college.  Knowing that savings are building up can change the math for many people to invest in themselves.  

Coastal economies need a diversified job market that includes new technologies from offshore energy to maritime technology innovation and job creation.  This campaign supports investment in coastal job development and high-paying industries for better balanced coastal economies.

This campaign supports enhanced tsunami preparation and training including construction grants for tsunami towers in Oregon’s coastal communities.    

Affordable Housing is critical up and down Oregon’s coast and while this campaign supports a healthy tourism industry, it must not at the expense of local people being able to afford housing in their own communities.

FEMA trailers that take 16 months to deliver to hurricane victims: government networks and confidential data that can be roamed at will by Chinese and Russian hackers; Benefits that require standing in line rather than checking an app on a phone; quality ratings on everything from nursing homes to prescription medicines that are hidden, opaque, or kept secret.

Our federal government is riven by inefficiencies, errors, special interest favoritism, and downright poor service. Yet, we have some of the most talented, honest, and committed public servants in the world. How is this contradiction possible and how can we keep living with it?

Our federal agencies are politicized and nitpicked, micromanaged and buried in the accumulated regulations of legislative and executive whim, lobbyist manipulation, and Congressional clutter. We need to reinvent our government and free our public servants from the shackles of poorly written laws and outdated, bad ideas.

Scott believes our federal agencies need to have a budget for innovation and the freedom to remove, reduce and eliminate the excessive layers of bad regulations that hamstring federal employees from doing what they know is right and necessary.

Scott believes we must make Congress a leader in innovation by enabling Congress’ General Accounting Office (GAO) and the Congressional Research Service (CRS) personnel with advanced technology skills and training to better identify and conduct ‘innovation’ audits to find opportunities for better services, new products, and breakthrough value creation in public service all across the executive branch.

Finally, Scott believes every public agency needs an AI investment and skills training plan and a strategic roadmap for how to apply this new technology to solve big problems, protect data, and create innovation. The private sector is already on this path. Government must catch up.

We are nearing a grim milestone:  1 million Americans dead from Covid.  That is more than the total that have died in every war since WW1.   We failed this test terribly.   Our institutions were not ready.   Our politics too divisive. 

We cannot wait to end the pandemic before we gather the lessons learned and implement the needed reforms. Congress has botched its oversight. Scott will push for an Independent National Commission on the Covid Pandemic Response to identify lessons learned, future plans & needed reforms. We must have a focused, independent, nonpartisan, apolitical analysis of what went wrong and what needs to be fixed. The next one could be worse.

We must get testing working right. It’s a national embarrassment that yet another variant has hit after two years and we do not have a robust testing network in place. Testing should be Fast, Free, Easy, and Everywhere (F2E2). If Europe can do this, why can’t we? If China can test an entire city of 14+ million in 48 hours, why can’t we?

The US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is America’s seventh uniformed service and has 6,000 health professionals. It is led by the Surgeon General. We must reinvent this organization and its role in America. The pandemic exposed our weaknesses and failures as a country. In a pandemic, we must be able to mobilize from 6,000 to 600,000. We must have a plan and a process for waging war on a virus that threatens us. The Surgeon General can never again be a political appointee. He or she must have the skills, experience, and authority to mobilize in an emergency when duly authorized by Congress.

Finally, we must focus on our children. This pandemic changed their world forever and the path to recovery has only just begun. We must anticipate the long-term consequence on learning, mental health, and culture and we must begin to invest not just in beating the disease, but repairing the world our children live in from school to playground, home to park. We blew it this time out. We need to get it right fast and repair the lives that have been changed.

Reforesting the Amazon.  Rebuilding war torn countries like Ukraine.  Supporting public health across Africa.  The need around the world is almost limitless, the opportunity to help enormous.

For decades America’s Peace Corps had a goal of deploying 10,000 volunteers around the world, but could never quite get there.  This was not because there was any shortage of need in a world of developing countries with challenges in poverty, education, or environment, but because of budget limits and a failure in Congress to rise to the spirt of volunteerism in America.

If elected, I will champion sending American volunteers of all ages to help nations around the world deal with their most pressing issues from reforesting the Amazon to rebuilding war-torn Ukraine to supporting public health in Africa.   Peace Corps volunteers have always demonstrated some of the very best spirit of America.   We need a Peace Corps that can get them where they are needed at the scale to make a difference.

In addition, I support enhanced benefits for former Peace Corps volunteers including healthcare coverage and TSP 401k contributions for years of service.

We have asked many Americans to serve their country in foreign wars this past two decades and we owe a debt of gratitude as well as a need to honor that military service with benefits and support.

I support universal 100% healthcare and mental health services for veterans and their families.  The national scandal over soldiers’ exposure to burn pits and the lack of VA coverage for their subsequent ailments shows why we must move to 100% healthcare for veterans and all citizens.

Saving for the future when young is the most important investment and allows for compounded interest to work its magic over time.  I support an automatic 401k (TSP) annual $5k bonus payment for each year of service (exclusive of matching funds) and automated enrollment at 10% of base pay with the option to opt-out.  I support matching funds up to $5k for all base pay contributions.   

This campaign supports LGBTQ people’s right to fair and equal treatment without discrimination, harassment, or oppression in the workplace or anywhere else.   

Realizing you are different from what others may expect based on appearance is a lonely difficult journey for many people in the LGBTQ community.   At the very least, we as a community and larger society should promote basic human decency and courtesy to those around us whatever their gender or orientation.  Everyone deserves dignity and respect.   Everyone deserves a safe environment to live and work.  

If there is anything we should understand, it is that deterrence is cheaper than war.

I know.  I’m a Democrat.  Democrats don’t pitch higher defense spending.  But this time is different.  One word says why:   Ukraine.  

Ukraine changed everything.  Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine made it clear that we have an axis of authoritarian regimes in this world that believe the West is in decline, that military might is greater than the rule of law, and that conquest is the right of the strong(man).  They are not restrained by integrated global economies, government checks and balances, or global public opinion.  They don’t care how you feel, only what they want.  And they want power.  Tyrants always have.

Tyrants exploit weakness.   Tyrants start wars.  Tyrants never stop until someone stops them.  

The bravery of the Ukrainian people and army is showing that a massive force can be resisted, but at a terrible cost.  It would have been better to deter this war before it started.  Ukraine has also taught us that big, powerful weapons are not always the smartest, best choice.  Javelins.  Stingers.  Switchblades.  NLAWs.  These are the weapons that are changing the war in Ukraine.  Small.  Lethal.  Powerful.      

On the other side of the world, another tyrant is getting ready.  In the western Pacific, we are losing the ability to deter an authoritarian state (China) led by a strongman-for-life (Xi Jinping) with a stated desire to force Taiwan to submit and be absorbed.  We are not as strong as we like to think and China knows it.  

China has 355 combat ships.  Our Navy has 305 and only 60% are in the Pacific.  We are already outnumbered 2:1.  They are building more.

Our ships are bigger.  Too big.  Their size makes them vulnerable.   China knows and we know that in a conflict the U.S. Navy will face a swarm of Chinese anti-ship missiles that already makes it too risky to get in close and fight.  (The recent sinking of a Russian cruiser in the Black Sea should demonstrate just how real the missile threat is to big surface ships.)  China is at risk of concluding that they can use force against Taiwan and we won’t have the backbone to stop them and may be too late to even try.  They may try for the fast win that Vladimir Putin thought he would get, but China now knows to prepare better.   

To stop this thinking, we must re-architect our Navy to be less like the Russians and more like the Ukrainians.

The 6,000 ship navy is a construct to force a rethink.  How would we do it?  Obviously, we can’t afford building 6,000 of the same old navy of big, heavy ships.  They are too big, too expensive, and too vulnerable as large floating platforms at sea to the other side’s smaller, cheaper swarms of missiles.  

We need a PT-109 culture shift.  Small ships.  Lethal.  Networked.  Autonomous.  Agile.  Drone ships and human crews.  Mini-flotillas.  What would a navy looks like that covers the ocean like a swarm each with a lethal weapon that collectively adds up to one vast arsenal?   We need ships smaller (maybe much smaller) than 200 feet with crews less than two dozen that can sail and fight with a dozen drone & decoy ships tagging along - each with a single powerful weapon - and all operating as one integrated unit.

That is the navy we need to fund, build, and deploy.  That is the navy that will force an authoritarian regime to redo the math and stick with peace.   If we want peace, we need that navy urgently.  Time is not on our side.

Democrats have largely ignored the U.S. Space Force because it was created by Donald Trump.  I believe this is a mistake.   The Space Force is a high-tech jobs factory and it is growing rapidly from just a few thousand, heading to 16,000 in the next year depending on budget authorizations.

Today, the Space Force is located in just three states - Colorado, California, Florida.  Its members are focused on satellite operations and cyberdefense.   These are high-tech jobs in every way.   Space Force also employs civilian contractors to provide support for its high tech mission.

Because space will be a high growth frontier in the coming decades, we can expect to see an increase in the size and scope of the Space Force and the activities it is asked to support.   

If elected, I will work to bring Space Force to western Oregon.  Hillsboro would probably be a good candidate for a small base focused on a specific mission like planetary defense against asteroids, satellite operations, or protection and support of commercial efforts in space.  

If space, as many believe, is destined to be an enormous frontier of growth in the coming years, a Space Force presence in Oregon would position our state for better jobs, new startups, and higher economic growth.

We like to mock the most successful entrepreneurs in American history for what we see as a juvenile male interest in going into space on big rockets.

Here are a few questions we might want to consider:  What if these - the most successful entrepreneurs of all time - are right and we are wrong?  What if a space frontier is potentially an economic bonanza that could deliver a future of extraordinary economic growth and domestic prosperity?   What if, because of short-term thinking, we squandered that opportunity?

We are a country that has experienced two major crises in the last decade - one financial, one pandemic - and we are now as indebted as we were at the end of World War II.  This has potentially severe economic consequences in the not too distant future. 

We urgently need to identify new opportunities for growth on the frontiers of science and technology that can create new jobs and new opportunities to transform our economy and create more widely spread benefits than what we have seen in the last several decades.

What if a future space economy could deliver an extraordinary return on public funds invested, help pay off (not just down) our national debt, and also create - simultaneously - high paying jobs for millions of Americans?  We should know if this is possible.

If elected, I will advocate for establishing a national independent commission to explore these questions and determine what the true economic growth potential is for a more aggressive and expansive presence in space.  I think we should all find out if the space billionaires are right or not.     

If an independent commission completes an economic analysis and confirms that a positive return on investment to the public would be significant, I will support funding a greatly increased budget for NASA and a more expansive roadmap for an American future in space.  

Disclaimer.  I’m the author of The New Frontier Playbook, www.newfrontierplaybook.com, (available online, free).  I have a very expansive view of the potential for economic growth in space.  I admit my bias.  But I'm also fiscally responsible.  I pledge to limit my own bias by following the public interest as defined by an independent panel created to study and determine if there is a future of economic growth that can be harnessed to solve our very Earthly problems.