Issues

Below are Dave's views on the issues affecting the Florida's 4th district. Dave's basic platform has not changed since his 2006 run for Congress.

  • Jacksonville: Homeport for the Navy and Air National Guard


    Northeast Florida is not only homeport to tens of thousands of sailors, air crews and civilians who keep America safe from all foreign enemies, our facilities support major command and control and support functions essential to the efficient maintenance and operation of our warships, submarines and aircraft. Kings Bay anchors the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile component of our nuclear triad. Mayport Naval Station is headquarters of the 4th Fleet and homeport to major surface elements essential to projecting power abroad and defending our coasts. Jacksonville Naval Air Station supports the global surveillance capabilities of the P-8, aircraft maintenance facilities and headquarters for all Navy facilities in the Southeast and the Caribbean.

  • Veterans

    I support maintaining and strengthening veterans' benefits. Veterans are entitled to no less than full medical coverage by a doctor they trust available near the place where they live. Veterans deserve outstanding mental health care and supportive services. Most importantly, our men and women in uniform deserve a Congress that takes its constitutional duties seriously. Only Congress has the power to declare war according to our Constitution, but elected representative of both parties have been ignoring this responsibility.

  • Accountable Government Starts with Campaign Finance Reform

    I believe that government must accessible and accountable to the People. In Florida this must start with reforms of Florida Election Laws to end Voter Suppression tactics. Political boundaries must be drawn by a transparent, non-partisan process that prevents Gerrymandering. Voters should pick their politicians, not the other way around. Primary elections should be open to all voters; party preference should be selected when the voter asks for a ballot. Voting rights should be promptly restored after convicted felons have paid their debt to society and are returned to civilian life. Real campaign finance reform must start with a vote by the Congress for a Constitutional Amendment that repeals the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court and that clearly establishes the principle that artificial, immortal Corporations are not, and never will be, vested with the same rights as human beings.

  • Protecting our Envrionment

    Northeast Florida has been blessed with some of the greatest natural treasures in the world, but these God-given gifts are threatened by man-made policies founded in indifference, ignorance and greed. Non-point source pollution is destroying the quality of surface waters and ground waters throughout Florida. Urban stormwater, agricultural runoff, septic tanks and atmospheric deposition discharge nutrients and toxic chemicals into the pristine springs of North Florida, the St. Johns River, the sinkhole lakes of Central Florida, the Atlantic and Gulf Coast esturaries, Lakes Toho, Kissimmee and Okechobee, and the incomparable River of Grass we call the Everglades. Just as scientists warned of nutrient pollution 40-years ago, scientists today are warning that it is a scientific certainty that, if unabated, greenhouse gas pollution will destabilize Earth's Climate.

    The question is not IF, but WHEN will Nutrient Pollution of our waters and Climate Chaos inflict irreversible and irretrivable harm on our culture, our economy, our civilization. Yet a majority of our elected representatives in Washington and Tallahassee choose to put their heads in the sand and ignore the root causes of these life-threatening problems. It's not just the loss of the breathtaking beauty that sustains our quality of life that is at stake, it is our livelihoods and our very survival. I have 47 years of experience dealing with environmental issues and developing solutions. I am convinced that Eutrophication of our Waters, Ocean Acidification and Climate Chaos present a Clear and Present Danger that must be recognized and addressed by the US Congress NOW. The good news is that solutions are not only available, but affordable and will stimulate economic development that creates good jobs.

    I pledge to continue fighting for Comprehensive National and State Plans, based on FACT and SCIENCE, that will facilitate investment in SOLUTIONS, including the rapid deployment of renewable electricity, net-zero homes, zero-emission vehicles, and more sustainable production of food, fuel, feed, fiber and economic development priorities designed to protect and preserve our natural and cultural heritage. I want to Keep Florida Great.

    By Leading by Example here at home, Northeast Florida businesses and workers will prosper by providing financing, knowledge and manufactured products to our neighbors in Africa and Central and South America.

  • Affordable Health Care

    President Obama tried to do the right thing, but he gave up too soon. Obama-care is a step in the right direction, but there's far too much give-away to drug compnies and insurance companies. We need a true national health care system. It is possible and we can afford it. Country after inustrialized country has adopted a universal health care system for far less money than we spend right now. Why do British, Japanese and Canadian citizens get to enjoy free health care but not Americans who actually spend more than all three for health care? It's because too many corporate interests are making too much money to allow a true change in health care policy. I will fight for health care as a right.

    In 2006 I supported Single-Payer legislation (HR 676).

    Now that I have been on Medicare for three years I have personally experienced the many benefits of a single-payer health care system. Yet fiduciaries tell me that Medicare will run out of money before I die; Congress MUST do something. My solution? Transition the Affordable Care Act to a Single-Payer, Medicare-for-All System; bring everybody into the most cost-effective health care financing system possible.

    My Case Study: Had Single-Payer been in effect during my working lifetime, I believe the system would be financially secure. Here’s why. Since I started working in 1969 I estimate that insurance companies captured about $250,000 in total premium payments from my employer-sponsored insurance plans. During this period my Medicare “tax” payments totaled only $18,773. I was lucky; my family and I suffered no major medical expenses. I estimate that insurance payments for the birth of my kids, childhood healthcare and minor adult medical treatment during my working life was about $100,000. In other words, net income to my health insurance companies until my kids found jobs and I qualified for Medicare was about $150,000. Had my $250,000 premium payments been invested in a Single-Payer system, along with the premium payments of millions of hard-working people like me, I believe Medicare would be solvent today.

    Is my simple analysis wrong? I don’t know, but let’s find out. Let’s get more accurate nationwide estimates of real costs and real benefits from objective economists. Let’s have an objective, honest public debate about how health care should be financed. And, by the way, let’s stop being the only major Nation without a political consensus that guarantees health care as a human right.

  • Education

    We must provide teachers with funding and tools so our children will learn to compete and prosper in the global economy. College education must be affordable and debt-free. For-profit private colleges must be cut-off from federal subsidies.

  • Jobs and Trade

    I support fairness in our trade policy. From NAFTA to TPP, the kind of "trade deals" Washington tends to make always enrich multi-national corporations and hurt American workers. As long as we make these deals, jobs will be leaving our shores and wages will be driven down for the few that remain. We would never accept unsafe working conditions and starvation wages for American workers. We simply must demand the same of any country that wishes to trade with us. 

  • Keeping America Secure

    Real security involves more than simplistic promises to deport 11 million illegal immigrants or to increase vetting of refugees from the many civil wars raging in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. The first step to providing real security for America is to be honest and transparent about the nature of real threats to this Nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Threats that have been created by powerful economic, cultural, military and even environmental forces that have proven to be beyond our ability to control, even with robust and prolonged military and diplomatic intervention.

    In my opinion, since the end of the First Gulf War in 1991 the leadership of the US House of Representatives has failed in its DUTY to provide the American people with accurate and factual information essential to understanding actual threats to this Nation and our capability to respond to those threats with rational, pragmatic and responsible action.

    In the Middle East the Congress has authorized the President to wage war with ineffective oversight since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. Executive power increased after Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990 and escalated out of control after 9/11 when the President decided to use our military to overthrow the government of Iraq and failed to destroy the 9/11 terrorists hiding in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Iraqi Fiasco demonstrated that American military power alone cannot be used to defeat terrorism nor establish stable governments. In foreign affairs real security can only be achieved through persisten, patient diplomacy backed up with intelligence and a strong military. To quote one of my favorite Republicans, Teddy Roosevelt, "Speak softly, but carry a big stick."

    I will work across the aisle to ensure that the United States continues to field the most powerful and effective military on planet Earth structured to work closely with our robust intelligence capability and competent civilian leaders in our diplomatic services.

    Closer to home, we must identify the root causes of illegal immigration and take action to stop it. This means we must work with the governments of Mexico and Central America to eliminate the violence and poverty that has motivated millions of men, women and children to leave their ancestral homes to work and live in the United States. Spending BILLIONS of dollars to construct a 2,000 mile wall from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean is a fools errand as is deporting 11 million people who have established homes in the United States. Walls and deportations will not only cost taxpayers BILLIONS and be inhumane, these policies will NOT solve the fundamental problems -- violence and poverty. 

    I will work across the aisle to secure passage of legislation similar to that passed by the Senate in 2013 but rejected by the House.

  • Energy Security

    Energy security is national security.

    As a country, we have had an unhealthy dependence on oil for far too long. It made us do stupid things like support the overthrow of democratically elected governments, FIGHT wars and ally with brutal dictators. After WWII, we made a pact with the Saudis. We keep the royal family in power and they supply the West with cheap oil. In 1953, we overthrew Iran's democratically elected government so that the British could continue exploiting that country's oil resources. We looked the other way while the Wahhabis, who had the protection of Saudi Royals, continued to export their extreme brand of Islam to the world throughout the 70’s, 80's and 90's with disasterous consequences. We supported Iraq with weapons technology and intelligence after Saddam started a war with Iran and built airfields in Saudi Arabia. We then invaded Iraq in 1991 to prevent Saddam from claiming Kuwaiti oil and based American aircraft and military personnel at those Saudi air fields. We invaded Iraq again in the 2003 on the pretext that Iraq’s chemical and nuclear weapons threatened American security when the real reason was to depose Sadaam and bring Iraqi oil back to the world markets. To this day we continue supporting oil-rich Persian Gulf dictatorships while demonizing Iran. When is this flip-flop insanity going to end? When are we going to realize we need to kick this unhealthy habit of propping up corrupt, unpopular dictators? Haven't the American tax payers paid enough for "cheap" oil?

    I believe we need to move to clean renewable motor fuels as soon as possible. We have the talent and the capacity to become a world leader in renewable energy and clean fuel production and we can help the rest of the world kick their oil addiction as well.

Jacksonville: Homeport for the Navy and Air National Guard


Northeast Florida is not only homeport to tens of thousands of sailors, air crews and civilians who keep America safe from all foreign enemies, our facilities support major command and control and support functions essential to the efficient maintenance and operation of our warships, submarines and aircraft. Kings Bay anchors the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile component of our nuclear triad. Mayport Naval Station is headquarters of the 4th Fleet and homeport to major surface elements essential to projecting power abroad and defending our coasts. Jacksonville Naval Air Station supports the global surveillance capabilities of the P-8, aircraft maintenance facilities and headquarters for all Navy facilities in the Southeast and the Caribbean.

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Veterans

I support maintaining and strengthening veterans' benefits. Veterans are entitled to no less than full medical coverage by a doctor they trust available near the place where they live. Veterans deserve outstanding mental health care and supportive services. Most importantly, our men and women in uniform deserve a Congress that takes its constitutional duties seriously. Only Congress has the power to declare war according to our Constitution, but elected representative of both parties have been ignoring this responsibility.

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Accountable Government Starts with Campaign Finance Reform

I believe that government must accessible and accountable to the People. In Florida this must start with reforms of Florida Election Laws to end Voter Suppression tactics. Political boundaries must be drawn by a transparent, non-partisan process that prevents Gerrymandering. Voters should pick their politicians, not the other way around. Primary elections should be open to all voters; party preference should be selected when the voter asks for a ballot. Voting rights should be promptly restored after convicted felons have paid their debt to society and are returned to civilian life. Real campaign finance reform must start with a vote by the Congress for a Constitutional Amendment that repeals the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court and that clearly establishes the principle that artificial, immortal Corporations are not, and never will be, vested with the same rights as human beings.

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