About Stephanie Himel-Nelson & her Blog
Stephanie is a winner of Top 25 Political Mom Blogs
Where do you fall on the political spectrum?
Overall, I'm on the moderate side of the progressive spectrum. I'm extremely liberal on social issues like gay marriage, abortion, and the rights of women and minorities. I consider myself a fiscal conservative but I also don't have a problem paying a bit more in taxes so that our most vulnerable citizens have the food, shelter, and healthcare that they need.
What political issue is most important to you?
Poverty. It's not an issue that gets a lot of political play in any election cycle. Poor people don't tend donate to political campaigns and children (who can't vote) make up about 25% of those living in poverty. But so many of our hot button political issues are related to poverty or disproportionately affect the poor - health care, education, social security, welfare and tax reform, war, and even the environment. I worry that we're becoming a nation of "haves" and "have-nots" and no one is paying attention to what's happening to our have-nots when these are the people our political system and our society should be working to protect the most.
If you were in charge at the White House for one day, what would you do?
I have a problem answering this because I'm too realistic. I realize that the President can't make legislation and our nation's problems can't be fixed in 24 hours. It's so overwhelming that I'd probably spend the day demanding rides on Marine 1 - I've never flown in a helicopter before! - and trying to stump the chefs in the White House kitchen.
Although, now that I think about it, I think I'd also have to invite the entire Republican Congressional delegation to the White House just so I could make all of them call me "Ma'am!"
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