Category: Issues

FACT CHECKING PAT HACKETT

FACT CHECKING PAT HACKETT

Joshi Campaign Responds

Pat Hackett’s suggestion that Yatish Joshi is a pay-to-play politician is both factually incorrect and falls far short of the legal standard of the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Joshi’s business practices and philanthropy clearly demonstrate a sustained engagement with and concern about our community. No one is better equipped than Yatish Joshi to serve the people of Indiana’s Second District in Congress.

Hackett stated in a recent interview (19 April 2018) that Yatish Joshi’s military contracts create an inherent conflict of interest, since Congress has both war powers and the power of the purse. As an attorney, Hackett should know that Mr. Joshi – and all members of Congress – are required by the Committee on Ethics to avoid “instances in which an official allows his personal economic interests to impair his independence of judgment in the conduct of his public duties.” This can include complete divestiture of one’s company or companies to assure no conflict of interest exists – which Mr. Joshi is fully prepared to do when elected. Unlike Trump, Joshi will not use his elected office for personal profit; he will vote against future military actions and make sure our tax dollars are not used to foment violence around the world. He has demonstrated his deep and ethical commitment to our community for more than 40 years.

Much has been made of Mr. Joshi’s contracts with the US Government, but Hackett’s team has told only part of the story. Joshi’s company, GTA Containers, manufactures collapsible tanks of his patented design that are used by farmers for fertilizer, salt brine on winter roads, clean drinking water in disaster areas, and by the US military to support our troops with fuel and other resources when they are deployed around the world. Joshi’s foreign policy is distinctly anti-war in its orientation. He emphasizes that we can secure our borders with sound foreign policy that helps stabilize rather than destabilize countries; supports functioning economies abroad rather than exploiting them for our gain; and cultivates peace in global communities instead of waging war. For the 2018 Budget, Trump has requested $679 billion dollars for military-related spending; that is 59 cents of every tax dollar. Joshi believes this is an abomination and that Congressional spending must be realigned to reflect Democratic values and Progressive ideals.

Mr. Joshi has been deeply committed to this area for more than four decades. He and his family have worked to better our region every single day. For example, they started Bike the Bend to bring family and friends together to ride bicycles side-by-side and explore our community; endowed the South Bend Youth Symphony so that low-income children can learn music for many years to come; renovated the Performance Hall at IUSB to be the best venue within 300 miles; and endowed full domestic and international scholarships to create opportunities for music students to advance their careers without financial concerns or limitations. They also support the Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio and endowed the Burn Unit at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan to provide annual training for nurses. They also sponsor the Symphony, Chamber Singers, and programming at WVPE. This is the community Joshi chose and he is committed to helping to make it the best.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Araquel Bloss, Campaign Manager at 574-318-6474 or email at ABloss@JoshiForIndiana.com

April 27 is GLSEN’s Day of Silence!

April 27 is GLSEN’s Day of Silence!

GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”) was founded in 1990 with a mission to create safe and affirming schools for all students regardless of the gender identity, gender expression, and/or sexual orientation. During their annual “Day of Silence,” participants take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQIA+ people at school. Team Joshi supports these students in their efforts to create a more just world for everyone.

As your Representative, I will fight against discrimination in all its forms. We must value and care for every member of our community. I will

  • Champion legislation that empowers marginalized groups, such as LGBTQIA+, Native Americans, and people of color
  • Advance policies that allow students to attend school without fear of prejudice
  • Promote initiatives to reduce suicides and drug addiction, which unduly affect minorities
  • Fight to increase funding to create small businesses, youth centers and programs, and other investments in disadvantaged communities

Diversity of background and experience is what makes America great. Together, America Works!

Pledge for the U.S. Term Limits Amendment

Pledge for the U.S. Term Limits Amendment

I pledge that I will cosponsor and vote for the U.S. Term Limits Amendments of three (3) House terms and two (2) Senate terms and no longer limit.

“I support amending the United States Constitution to 1) secure fair, free elections by limiting the undue influence of money in politics; 2) protect the rights of all Americans to equal participation and representation, rather than overrepresentation of donors and special interests; and 3) protect the unalienable liberty of people rather than new privileges for the largest corporations, unions, and special interests; and

I pledge to use my office to advance such a 28th Amendment in the ways and means available to me as a public official, including, but not limited to: sponsoring or cosponsoring bills, resolutions, or other legislation advancing proposal or ratification of such a 28th Amendment; voting in favor of such bills and resolutions in committee, subcommittee, floor or other votes; working to build cross-partisan support; and publicly advocating for the necessity of such a 28th Amendment.”

My vision and policies for the Second District

My vision and policies for the Second District

My vision and policies for the Second District are very clear and people-centered. I believe that “Together America Works!!!”

I am an innovator, job creator, and successful business owner. My company GTA Containers manufactures collapsible tanks that are used for fertilizer, salt brine on winter roads, clean drinking water in disaster areas, and by the US military to support our troops with fuel and water.

We must move beyond partisan politics. Those who disagree with us or belong to a different political party are not our enemies. They are our family, neighbors, and friends. Vilifying those with whom we disagree makes collaboration impossible.

As candidates, we are all held to the same ethical standards established by the FEC. I am 100% in compliance with these regulations and fully prepared to divest myself of my companies when elected, as required by law, to guarantee no conflict of interest.

From the beginning, my campaign has been focused on issues and firmly grounded in concrete policies.
I was the first candidate to advocate for Medicare for All – to assure excellent care for our seniors, our veterans, our children, and ALL Hoosiers.

I am the only candidate who is fighting for:
1. raising the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour, so that American workers can earn a living wage;
2. tying corporate tax cuts to employee wages and benefits — the higher the wages and the better the family-friendly benefits, the higher the tax cut they will earn;
3. decriminalizing marijuana and ending the failed war on drugs, including closing all for-profit prisons;
4. providing a path to citizenship for Dreamers AND their families, while also abolishing ICE, which has become a militarized force for implementing racist immigration policy;
5. We must get big money and its corrupting power out of American politics. We must restore our democracy to one that is truly OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people.
6. Keep net-neutrality
and
7. forgiving student loan debt without tax implications and end the government profiting of $1.6 billion a year off of students seeking to improve their lives through education.

We must
– strengthen Social Security by removing the cap on taxable income to increase funding and end earning limits so retirees can supplement their income if they want to;
– end school vouchers that are siphoning resources from our public schools and recommit ourselves to investing in education – from pre-K through college or trade school;
– support the 2nd Amendment, but permanently ban military-grade assault rifles that have no place in civilian society; including bump stops and enhancer.
– am uniquely proposing that gun owners have to buy liability insurance, just like car insurance to lower the burden on tax payers for the cost of gun violence. Currently, approximate annual cost is $229 billion dollars and we the tax payer pays 87% of it.
– make tax cuts permanent for low and middle-class Americans and small businesses;
– end fossil fuel subsidies and use those resources to invest in green energy to protect our environment;
and
-strengthen voting rights so that every vote counts as our Founders intended.

We can create a more just and inclusive world by working together to assure that every member of our community is valued and served.
I want to make the 2nd District the best for everyone by being your listening ear, fight for issues that matter to us most, and work across the aisle to collaborate and find solutions that benefit the Second District and our Nation.

We must repeal and replace Jackie Walorski! Together America Works!!!
I am asking for your vote on May 8th.

April 17 is Tax Day!

April 17 is Tax Day!

Taxes are the hard-earned money of the American people, but everyone must pay their fair share. The recent GOP tax cut was passed on lies that it was for the middle class and small businesses. Now we know, the tax cuts are mainly for large corporations and extremely wealthy people. In Congress, I will

  • Propose to repeal and replace these tax cuts by introducing legislation for true and permanent tax cuts for average, hard-working Americans and small businesses
  • Fight to improve the lives of everyday Hoosiers
  • Encourage corporations to create well-paid, meaningful jobs by tying their tax cuts to employee wages and benefits, including paid annual leave and family-friendly policies. The higher the wages and the better the benefits, the higher the tax cut they will earn.
  • Hold Congress accountable for wise use of our tax dollars

I have heard your stories. I know how much many of you are struggling, sometimes working three jobs and still barely getting by. We must implement substantive and permanent tax cuts to secure long-term benefits for Hoosier families – and I will fight for you in Washington.