In the Arizona where Sinema grew up, strong schools and tight-knit communities meant opportunity for future generations. The hard-working middle class could get ahead, and government was there to help ensure that opportunity for all who were willing to work hard and play by the rules. Unfortunately, that vision of America at her best has been corrupted by the special interests as most of us struggle to get a fair shake.
Sinema knows firsthand the struggles families face. As someone whose family at times faced serious poverty growing up, she knows what it means to struggle just to meet the most basic needs. For a couple of years, her family lived in an old gas station – a rectangle building with no electricity or running water.
Luckily, her hard work in school paid off with a full-ride scholarship to college. She also saved money by earning over 60 college course credits at community college while attending high school.
After college, Sinema became a social worker helping struggling families. She soon realized that the problems they came to her with – poverty, homelessness, job loss, abuse – were common to so many families, and that solving these problems meant thinking bigger than one family at a time. It required fighting for real change to rebuild an America that works for ALL Americans.
So Sinema went back to school and started working at the grassroots level to help people access our leaders and talk about their needs. She helped them argue for better schools and fought to ensure that the services we fund were actually helping the people who need and deserve them. Her feeling was that if she could help these struggling people change the circumstances in which they live, instead of just giving them a food box and trying to help them find a place to sleep for a night, that she had done her job.
She soon discovered that the political system is rigged for the powerful, shortchanging those who work hard and play by the rules. A whole lot of politicians seemed more interested in scoring political points than working for the people who elected them. Because she believes that everyone should get the same shot and that the system should not favor those at the very top, she ran for the legislature and won.
There she worked to pass tough immigration laws, securing funding for our vets, working to provide business incentives for job creation and fighting back against attempts to gut basic health care for kids, cuts to services for the elderly and dramatic drops to school funding.
Sinema has been lauded as someone capable of working with members of both parties, while never letting go of her progressive values and principles. That’s exactly the kind of leadership we need in Congress.
In Sinema’s view, Congress gets an “F” for so completely failing to get it done for the American people—especially on the jobs and deficit front. “That is what prompted me to run for office, to be the voice of the forgotten middle and working class. The rich and powerful have a voice – trust me, I get badgered by their lobbyists all the time and I’m good at saying ‘no.’ It’s the rest of us who are now not getting heard because of the special interests. There are three words that I vow to never forget: We the People.”
Sinema is the kind of new leadership we need in Congress—standing up for us, taking the power away from the special interests and their high paid lobbyists, and giving our country back to We the People. For example, she has promised not to take a Congressional pay raise until the outrageous deficit is under control, and will fight to suspend all Congressional pay raises. Sinema also doesn’t believe that Congress should get paid when they do nothing but argue and attempt to score points as they did with the embarrassing and ridiculous debt ceiling fight. She also wants to put an end to insider trading in Congress.
Sinema is committed to helping our country return to the values that make America great—the same values that have guided her life so far: hard work, access to public education, fairness and opportunity.
[Information courtesy kyrstensinema.com]