Here is the brief background to my candidacy: Like most retired professors, I am a progressive in my opinions but not an activist by temperament nor a rebel by inclination. I ran for political office some years ago and have joined my share of demonstrations, but basically I am not the one to shout “to the barricades.” I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but eventually I decided enough was enough. I had to do something. Maybe it is because most Americans have not had a pay raise in the last generation although their share of the national debt has skyrocketed. Maybe it was when I read Thomas Piketty who showed that, in the last 30 years, 60 percent of the national income went to the richest one percent. Maybe it was when I saw data from the National Center on Health Statistics indicating that for the second year in a row life expectancy in the United States was declining. That was supposed to happen only in third-world countries. Clearly, something has structurally broken-down in America.  Everyone should do what they can.

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