We are facing huge long-term problems: a real unemployment rate of 18%, dysfunctional banks that are "too big to fail", a regressive tax structure that's stifling economic growth, prisons that are bursting at the seams, urban schools that are struggling, a health care system that still needs major reform, the lack of a coherent national energy policy that will protect our economy and the environment, and a government that has been encroaching on our civil liberties. For decades we have lived with irresponsible public policies from career politicians in Congress who care more about increasing their party’s power and getting re-elected than they care about solving long-term problems. They haven’t been honest with us, and they have been lousy public servants.
I’m different. I do not want to be a career politician. I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I’m a Problem Solver. I want to force members of Congress to be responsible, and implement sustainable solutions to real problems. Please read the positions I present on this website, and spread the word to friends and family.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
U.S. Senate Candidate Dr. John Mertens is the guest on “Eye on Windham” on Wednesday, November 18, from 9-10 PM. “Eye on Windham” is a one-hour, live, unscreened telephone call-in show that is broadcast to 16 towns on Charter Communications Cable TV Channel 14. The show is co-hosted by Marvin Edelman.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
The poll has been ongoing since Nov. 6, and can be viewed at http://groundupct.wordpress.com/polls/
2010 US Senate Race. Which one will you vote for?
Christopher Dodd (D) US Senator
Sam Caligiuri (R) State Sen., Ex-Waterbury Board President & Attorney
Roger Pearson (D) Ex-Greenwich First Selectman, Attorney & Sports Agent
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I'm going to discuss this in my class tomorrow: "The Engineering and Public Policy of Global Sustainability"
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
The first show addresses U.S. Drug Policy, with guests Cliff Thornton, Green Party Candidate for Governor in 2006 and founder of Efficacy (www.efficacy-online.org), and Joseph Brooks, retired Connecticut police captain and spokesman for the national organization L.E.A.P. (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, www.LEAP.cc)
The show will be broadcast November 6th, 9th, and 16th at 9:30pm on West Hartford Community Television, and will be shown on numerous stations around the state in December. It is available now on DVD to media representatives upon request: John@Mertens2010.com
Sunday, November 1, 2009
He has oversimplified the problem. See my posting on healthcare for a detailed explanation:
The bottom line: we must reduce the cost of health care per person, and confront the $36 trillion shortfall that we face in Medicare over the next 75 years. The public option is a component of comprehensive health care reform that will help us do that.