VoteVets.org, an organization that describes itself as the largest progressive group of veterans in the nation, has announced its endorsement of South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg in his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Iraq War veteran and VoteVets chairman Jon Soltz has said that they need a candidate who will win and Pete is the best shot at doing just that. He further stated that It is time to rally around him, and stop the walking, talking national security threat that is Donald Trump. He emphasized on the fact that beating President Trump in the 2020 election is “the number one priority”.
Soltz added that Pete is someone who has the experience, as a war veteran, to be an exemplary Commander in Chief as he perfectly understands and has the experience of handling the unique global security challenges the states face right now, and he also has the personal understanding of the veterans’ needs. Pete Buttigieg took a leave of absence in 2014 to be deployed to Afghanistan to serve as an intelligence officer from the U.S. Naval Reserve.
The group is 13-year-old and claims to represent roughly 700,000 veterans. It has long backed veterans in congressional races, but this is first time that they have endorsed someone in a presidential primary. They have announced that the group would be immediately contributing to Buttigieg’s campaign. They have also stated that VoteVets.org will also be using its social media networks and email list to support the White House bid.
Rural America needs help with Affordable Housing
America has been facing the issue of affordable housing in major cities and fast-growing urban areas for so many years now, that we almost take it for granted. But what we did not see coming, as a nation, was the same problem sprouting in rural America. This is what is going on, right now, as people from all financial spectrums struggle to find a house that they can afford. Here is why and which solutions should be looked at.
Not enough Jobs, Education and Health Care Availability
What explains housing difficulties is the same as in all other economic sectors: The offer is not sufficient for the demand. And why is that, in rural America? The answer is simple: There are not enough jobs to be handed out in these parts. Also, the children lack sufficient education, and the people are not provided with good health care facilities. Therefore, you don’t find contractors that want to build more homes to invest in the future, in these regions, even though there are more people living there, every year.
Also, most of the houses that exist need to be renovated. They require new facade systems, in order to become more energy efficient. The people that live in these parts, barely make enough to make ends meet, and they have to pay higher energy bills, simply because they can’t afford new aluminium windows and doors, that would greatly reduce their costs. New sustainable materials need to be added outside their walls, to protect their home from high or low temperatures outside. But instead, they are simply fighting each other to find a house that they can live in, at an inflated price, and that won’t even provide them sufficient protection in the warmest and coolest months of the year.
Public Investment is required to start the Process
Money is at the core of the problem. To built more houses, or to renovate the ones that already exist in rural America, a large investment will need to be made. Since it is clear that private owners are scared to enter into this rebuilding of the land by themselves, the different levels of governments need to envision new help plans that will make all this possible. But it isn’t the only investment they must make.
Today, wages are not growing as fast as they were before. We find ourselves in uncertain times, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis and the current war going on in Ukraine. Having a larger part of the population to buy a house, is simply impossible in view of these issues. And yet, this is exactly what rural America needs. Therefore, young adults need to be helped, in some ways, in order to create a larger group of potential home buyers. This will help kick-start the market of housing in rural America, which hopefully will create a dynamic that will continue on, with wealthier individuals investing in construction, in these areas.
Affordable housing has become a necessity in rural America. Otherwise, small towns will continue to disappear. This is not a long-term solution for a growing America, that wants to lead by example.
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