On The Issues: Solomon vs Dingell

Congresswoman Dingell is a perfectly nice person. But she is not a Progressive. 

We live in one of the most progressive districts in the country-- Democrats get almost 70% of the vote here. We deserve a representative who will champion our progressive values. 

In this election, we have a choice. A choice between an unapologetic progressive and someone who is progressive in name only. A choice between someone who has taken almost 2 million dollars in corporate donations, and someone who will never take a cent of corporate money. A choice between someone who is part of a political dynasty that has held this seat for 87 years straight, and someone who has been a grassroots activist for years.

Solomon Rajput is the only Progressive running in MI-12. 

But don't just take our word for it. Scroll down to look at the differences between the candidates on the issues.  

Money in Politics

Solomon's Stance

Solomon has vowed to refuse all money from corporations, including the fossil fuel and health care industries. Solomon also wants to get money out of our political system once and for all, and advocates for publicly-funded elections as well as ending the revolving door of politics.

Dingell's Stance

Solomon and Representative Dingell vary significantly on this issue. Representative Dingell has taken almost $2 million in corporate PAC donations, from companies including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, DTE energy and other fossil fuel companies, as well as Boeing. Dingell was also a lobbyist for several years before she took office, and has personally participated in the revolving door of politics. 

Higher Education

Solomon's Stance

Solomon supports tuition free public college. He also supports the cancelation of student debt. Solomon believes every individual should be able to afford college, and it is vital to our economy that young people can fully participate and are not buried by student loans for their adult lives.

Dingell's Stance

Representative Dingell supports student’s ability to refinance student loans, but she has not supported complete debt cancellation or tuition-free public college

Environmental Issues & Climate Change

Solomon's Stance

Right now, our nation is facing one of the largest periods of unemployment in recent memory. FDR got us out of the Great Depression by paying unemployed workers to plant trees and engage in government-sponsored work. Solomon believes that, in order to get us out of this recession, we must adopt a Green New Deal. Why not transfer to a 100% renewable economy and create millions of good-paying, unionized jobs in the process? Solomon does not believe that market-based solutions that promote technological innovation will solve our climate crisis as quickly as we need it to be solved. There is no excuse for a representative in one of the most progressive districts in the state of Michigan to not sign onto the Green New Deal. The GND is a non-binding piece of legislation that is simply stating a goal for our future. So, why does Representative Dingell not share this goal? Could it be the thousands of dollars she has taken from energy companies?

Dingell's Stance

Rep. Dingell has refused to support the Green New Deal. Rep. Dingell’s most significant piece of environmental legislation is the National Climate Bank bill. This bill would use public investment in private companies to attempt to stimulate development that would reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dingell proposes a $35 billion investment in private industry over 6 years. This means we are giving public funds to private companies, instead of investing these public funds into green technology to decarbonize our economy now. This bill is giving money to the companies that destroyed our environment, and we can not trust these enterprises that have constantly found new ways to dodge environmental regulation. It would be different if Rep. Dingell supported a public-private collaboration as well as significant public investment and the GND, but she has refused to sign the GND.

Law Enforcement and Civil Rights

Solomon's Stance

Solomon supports defunding our police departments and reinvesting this funding into community services like education, mental/bodily health resources, sexual assault and domestic abuse help, as well as a new kind of law enforcement that is rooted in community enforcement. Solomon does not support decreased accountability for cops, and believes that every cop that has committed an act of brutality or discriminatory behavior must be prosecuted under the greatest extent of the law.

Dingell's Stance

In 2018, Rep. Dingell voted for H.R. 5698, the Protect and Serve Act. This Act creates a new crime for attacks targeted at law enforcement, and expands police protections. Dingell’s vote has been condemned by the ACLU because police officers have significant protections already, and this would allow prosecutors to tack on another crime for victims of our unethical criminal justice system. This bill sadly propagates the ‘war on police’ narrative, one which is untrue as we have seen an uptick in police militarization and funding throughout the years. Even if she has changed her stance in recent weeks, a Congress person should be judged on their actions taken when the world is not watching. 

Trade and Labor

Solomon's Stance

Solomon believes that free trade agreements like NAFTA and the USMCA trade deal have incentivized corporations to ship jobs overseas, and have continued to allow human rights abuses and environmental degradation to occur in these overseas communities. We must re-negotiate these trade deals to both benefit the laborers in our country, as well as lower-income countries where corporations take advantage of low wage laborers. 

 

Solomon believes that we must rewrite these trade agreements to include stronger environmental regulations, protections for laborers and wage increases, end incentives for outsourcing jobs, as well as end federal contracting with companies that have outsourced jobs.

Dingell's Stance

Representative Dingell has voted for the USMCA trade deal, even though there is little environmental protection or improvement since the NAFTA trade deal. 

Immigration

Solomon's Stance

Solomon believes we must abolish ICE because they are terrorizing our borders. We must re-allocate their funds to the Department of Justice and to efforts to help asylum seekers. 

Dingell's Stance

Representative Dingell does not support abolishing ICE.

Legalizing Marijuana

Solomon's Stance

Solomon supports immediately federally legalizing marijuana, expunging the records of those who have and are still serving marijuana convictions, and he also supports fair licensing laws to ensure that recreational growing and selling is not monopolized by white and wealthy individuals.

Dingell's Stance

Rep. Dingell has recently spoken out about how she believes that marijuana should be federally legal. However, in 2015 she voted against an amendment that would make it easier to legalize marijuana. Specifically, she voted against the McClintock Polis Amendment, which would have made it easier for states to legalize marijuana and protect them against federal interference in this issue. Only 24 democrats voted against this bill -- and Rep. Dingell was one of them. This Amendment did not pass, however if it did, this could have helped stop thousands of senseless drug convictions all across the country.  

Rent Relief During COVID-19

Solomon's Stance

Solomon supports cancelling rent, utility, and mortgage payments for the duration of this pandemic. This disease is not going away anytime soon -- and more and more individuals will lose their jobs, but their rent will still be due. This can be one of the most effective ways to provide immediate relief to working people. Solomon also supports creating a fund to ensure that landlords do not lose money during this cancellation.

Dingell's Stance

Rep. Dingell has not signed or co sponsored Ilhan Omar’s Rent and Mortgage Cancellation Act. She has not publically supported cancelling rent for the duration of this epidemic. 

Military Spending

Solomon's Stance

In 2019, our nation’s military budget has accounted for more than 50% of our annual spending. This is ridiculous. Somehow we have enough money to destabilize other countries, but not enough to provide health care or tuition free public education to the people in our country. Solomon promises to never vote for a military budget increase, and instead advocate for defunding our military and the reapportionment of this funding into clean transportation and creating a green economy that will benefit the entire world, instead of terrorize other countries.  

Dingell's Stance

Rep. Dingell did not support Trump’s military increase in 2019, however she did support the military increase in 2018. A measure that many progressives did not support because they knew the consequences this increase would have in middle and low income countries.

Palestine and Israel

Solomon's Stance

Solomon supports the BDS movement, and he supports a two-state solution negotiated by both parties. Solomon believes the United States must hold the Isreali government accountable for the human rights abuses that their occupation had caused. These abuses are also condemned by the U.N. When Solomon gets into office, he will immediately co-sign House Resolution 2407. Dingell has recently taken her name off of this resolution.

Dingell's Stance

This past year, Representative Dingell removed her name from H.R. 2407, which bans U.S. funds from aiding military detention, abuse or maltreatment of Palestinan children. Even though the Representative supports a two state solution as well, Solomon supports withholding U.S. funds to Israel that will go towards the mistreatment of Palestinanes.

Nuclear Energy

Solomon's Stance

Solomon believes that we should use clean sources of energy like solar panels, wind, and water energy in order to decarbonize our economy. Studies have shown that these technologies are able to meet America's energy requirements completely. Building nuclear energy plants takes years — and we do not have any time to waste, especially since we already have adequate technology. Solomon does not support increasing the use of nuclear energy because it will take too long to build, and also because nuclear energy creates dangerous nuclear waste as a byproduct. Why would we invest in an energy source that takes a long time to build and creates hazardous waste if we can create enough energy in this country through solar, wind, and hydroelectric?

 

In terms of disposing of the waste that is currently being made or already exists, Solomon supports consent based approaches. It should be mandated that the company that is dumping nuclear waste in a community informs the community of this, and the community agrees to take on this burden. Solomon also believes these communities should be given compensation for their sacrifice. We should only place nuclear waste in communities where the health and environmental impacts are the lowest.

Dingell's Stance

Representative Dingell co sponsored HR 3053, a bill that has been condemned by many environmental organizations. In terms of nuclear energy, this bill would roll back public health standards, environmental standards, and would make it harder for communities to consent if waste is placed in their own community. Organizations like the League of Conservation Voters condemned this decision, and they instead advocated for a bill that did not roll back environmental and health regulations, and one that took a much more community consent based approach to nuclear waste.

Affordable Housing

Solomon's Stance

In Michigan's 12th district, housing insecurity is one of the biggest problems facing our community. In 2018, Ann Arbor rent went up 14 percent. We are seeing increasing gentrification in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. Solomon publicly supports federal rent control, and he believes this would provide a significant amount of relief to the residents of Michigan's 12th district

Dingell's Stance

Representative Dingell has stayed silent on the issue of rent control.

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