I Stand for the Following 

machat-poster-11x17d-copyI am running as an Independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in the great state of Florida.

I will do what I can with who I can and where I can.

Anyone that tells you they have all the answers most likely has none at all.

I still believe the Sunshine State is ready for a radical shift in leadership and believe most of you do as well.

We are experiencing a government that’s at war with itself. Instead of honoring the commitment our elected officials made to our country and respecting the incredible privilege they have, they are behaving like children and playing politics with our population.

I have now visited all 67 counties in Florida by car, many multiple times. I’ve visited every city with a population over 40,000 as well as back roads, fishing holes, coffee shops, college campuses, houses of worship and backyard BBQ’s. You can hear yourself talk, or listen what’s being said. From those travels, I have made a commitment to do whatever is in my power to help make the changes that are necessary – beginning with an open mind.

I am an INDEPENDENT candidate for the very simple reason that in doing so, not any one political party can dictate what I can and cannot vote for on the Senate floor. I’m #21 on the ballot; a lucky number if there ever was one.

I believe in EQUALITY. I do not judge, nor do I believe anyone ever has the right to judge how another human being chooses to live their lives whether it’s their religion, race, gender, nationality, gay, straight, trans.

EMPLOYMENT WITH A FAIR WAGE, NOT A MINIMUM WAGE

I don’t know anyone that doesn’t want the opportunity to wake up each morning with a sense of purpose, and go to sleep at night knowing they have contributed in some small way to themselves, their friends and family, their community.

If you own a business, you need to operate that business with a responsibility to yourself, your family, your employees and your community.

If you are employed, those same basic principles apply; show up each day, on time, with respect for yourself, your fellow workers, your employer. We all have a right to work, but we also have to equally recognize our responsibilities.

AND ON THE SUBJECT OF EQUAL WAGE …

If a woman has the same title and responsibilities as a man in the same company, and she does a better job than him, does she not have the right to a better wage than him? Let me clarify that again – a better job should mean a better wage, not just an equal wage.

I believe there must be CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM.

Double-digit millions have been spent on the U.S. Senatorial campaign by the Democrat and Republican candidates; they lead the nation in Wall Street contributions.

That money goes towards the flyers stuffed in your mailbox, the negative ads you see on television and newspapers; hear on the radio, see on billboards and online. The more money contributed to the campaign, the more advertising you are subject to.

I will propose each qualified candidate will be allowed an equal amount of advertising. No negative ads; no lawn signs invading your neighborhood and no billboards along the highways.

Flyers will be kept to two mailings in the primaries and two in the general election.

Perhaps then, all qualified candidates will finally be allowed

to debate on the public airwaves and in turn, registered voters will get the truth and information they need to make educated choices for their future, with the type of democracy our voting process was first created for.

 

These below remain, to me to be some of the important issues to be addressed. They are not every issue – they are ones that you have told me are important to you and in turn, I have found them worth posting.

I continue to learn more about what else is keeping you up at night and it presents me with sleepless nights as well. Our conversations will continue.

EQUALITY

People need to be treated equally; with respect, and dignity. The Declaration of Independence gave us the ability to pursue happiness. Our citizens have the right to safely and openly live their lives in the manner they will find that happiness with the understanding that all laws are equally applied to everyone, no matter who you are or your social status.

ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE AND PREVENTATIVE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL

I believe the Affordable Care Act was good beginning. We need to understand that health insurance companies are in the business of insurance, not health. I am in favor of a single pay health plan for all Americans that includes dental, vision, preventative health care, treatment and standardized, flat fees for what pharmaceutical companies can charge if prescription drugs are necessary. Americans need affordable access to preventative screening tests – and to medical professionals that can heal and prevent the cause and the cure of an ailment or disease. There is a devastating drug crisis in this country and the practice of distributing pharmaceuticals to treat any number of symptoms must stop now. We need to continue Medicare and Medicaid.

TERM LIMITS

Serving our country can be a lifetime commitment you make to yourself, but not if you’re in public office. When our Constitution was written, the average American lived a total of 48 years.

I would propose the following:

Supreme Court Justice – 13 years

U.S. Senate – 12 years

House of Representatives – 10 years

END COMMON CORE

Children need the freedom and dignity to discover how to use their imagination and in doing so, will want to learn and share their knowledge. Teachers in Florida cannot be directed by someone in Washington as to what will work best in their classrooms. The billions of dollars used to integrate the Common Core standards into our schools could instead be used to build new ones in the neighborhoods where our children live. Instead, our schools are crumbling, we’ve lost kindergarten, art, music, physical education and intramural sports. Our teachers are purchasing school supplies out of their personal bank accounts, our students are being bussed miles away from home. They’re being given hours of homework and standardized tests instead of the opportunity to learn by engaging with their teachers and their classmates. Knowledge is power. Creativity is freedom.

ACCESS TO CONTINUED EDUCATION/LOAN FORGIVENESS

We need to create a mechanism where in exchange for service to their communities or the government, American citizens can alleviate the interest on their outstanding school loans. Those that want to attend community and state colleges will make that same commitment towards service and be able to attend-free. The circle of debt that our Federal Reserve has created in all of this must stop now.

BACKGROUND CHECKS ON GUN PURCHASES/BAN ON ASSAULT WEAPONS/LARGE-CAPACITY AMMUNITION MAGAZINES

Our Second Amendment was written in 1790. A gun then is not a gun now. There is absolutely no reason for any private citizen anywhere to own an assault rifle or automatic weapon.  I support background checks and a waiting period for handgun and hunting rifle purchases, and a federal ban on assault weapons/large-capacity ammunition magazines. I am vehemently opposed to the sale of any firearm online or to anyone who is or has been under suspicion of terrorist activities.

IMMIGRATION

How often must we be reminded that the majority of our ancestors came from other countries? How could anyone think they can separate a family who came here for a better life and the opportunities our country offers? Equally, if you’re here and not a citizen, you have two choices. Go through the legal process that will result in earning your citizenship or leave the U.S. now, as we must provide security, protect our country and protect our citizens.

KEEP OUR LAWS OFF A WOMAN’S BODY

No discussion necessary.

ENVIRONMENT, EVERGLADES AND WATERWAYS

NO FRACKING. PROTECT THE EVERGLADES. STOP BIG SUGAR.

STOP GMO/MONSANTO

Climate, health and environmental concerns continue to challenge our daily lives. We need to take the steps necessary to educate ourselves towards making decisions that best impact our citizens in a positive manner and healthy evolution.

We must protect the Everglades, all waterways and our terrain from the abuse of companies volunteering short-term profits that turn into long-term disasters.

Big Sugar Must Be Stopped Now. They have decimated our waterways and continue to do so. I’d make it a priority to have them fund the cleanup by hiring those in need of employment, followed by the purchase of American-made equipment necessary to do the job. They’d then have a set deadline to present a plan with a timeline for approval on how they will move forward in a responsible way to protect the environment, and provide a realistic wage with benefits for their workers – or no longer be allowed to conduct their business in Florida.

Stop Monsanto

Our food needs to be sourced from plants and nurtured by farmers, not factories, instead of our citizens becoming science experiments buried under an avalanche of GMOs.

FILM AND TELEVISION TAX INCENTIVES

We need to keep film and television production in Florida and not lose it to Atlanta, the Carolina’s and Canada. The trickle down from that alone creates double digit millions of dollars in jobs, tourism and what’s called “below the line” opportunities and training.

My Florida background includes my grandfather Sam was a building supplier to the Miami Beach hotels, two of which still stand to this day – the Deauville and Carillon. Miami Beach was my mother’s favorite place and where my parents began my life. I have been coming to Miami since the 60’s. Both grandmothers and my maternal stepfather moved here later in life and stayed until they passed. I attended University in Miami, graduating with a BBA in Accounting. I returned to Florida in 2011 after living in over 100 locations around the world. It’s my favorite place on earth.

I’ve been asked how my background in music compares to politics. Art is an emotion and a process. There’s an unlimited amount of give and take from the creative end and the business results; work and flow and the difference between creation or the perpetuation of the same thing over and over again.

My tenure has been as a dealmaker; the person who finds the talent, nurtures the talent and selects the best teams to promote that talent. I had to learn what I couldn’t understand could make the difference between a successful career and a dismal failure on behalf of my clients.

It’s almost impossible to maintain ones’ integrity in the music business. Every morning you wake up to what your short and long-term goals are and by 10am, the game and the players have changed. In both cases, you’re dealing with people’s livelihoods and their futures. You can be seduced into taking a shortcut, but in the end, you know it will become a long, hard road back, if at all.

The lessons I’ve learned about negotiating, compromising and responding to the information you receive as you go about each day keep you focused on what’s important. We must always engage with a healthy exchange of ideas, in order to understand why people don’t see what you see.

The past year has shown me the same holds true in politics. I must leave it at that for now, as our current political process is a disappointment to almost every person I speak with. I agree.

PLEASE DONATE NOW

My request for campaign contribution from you serves to fund the very basics of operating an incredibly lean and mean campaign whether it’s buying breakfast, lunch or dinner for my volunteers, paying for mailings you receive online, what you read online through my website and/or the continual gas station stops to fuel up. I work out of my home as until this election is over, my days and nights are spent in my car, going to where you live, work and spend time with your friends and family. There is not a dollar wasted anywhere at anytime.

I’ll continue to travel by car through Florida up through Election Day. If your neighborhood watch, community group, house of worship, sisterhood, brotherhood, college campus, office staff, yoga class or any group you’re a part of would like to hear and be heard, please contact us.

If you agree with what I stand for, please forward this on to your friends. I’d appreciate the effort more than you know.

Just like your one vote does count, `I humbly ask for your support and any donation, no matter how small, to my campaign.

I am realistic that not one person can change everything, but we have to start somewhere. I am confident that that somewhere can start with you, and with me.

Thank you.

Steven

 

The United States is the only nation in the world created by the people, for the people and of the people. The Declaration of Independence promised to put people before property. The United States Constitution of 1789 put property before people, but did provide a way to amend the Constitution for each new generation. The amendments we have to date are all political. I run to reintroduce the mantra of our Declaration of Independence. That mantra promised we would be a land of equality where everyone can pursue happiness. In line with Thomas Jefferson, I hereby propose a Second Bill of Rights that will provide the health, welfare and safety for all 21st century Americans.

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CBS INTERVIEWS STEVEN

Story by Izzy Balderas & Linda Figuredo/CBS12

PALM BEACH COUNTY (CBS12) — Music has the power to break down barriers, transcend emotions and send a strong message. A rock ‘n roll mogul is using it as his platform for politics. Attorney Steven Machat says he’s tuned in and ready to take the stage. “I have a song.  My song is unity, and we’re sitting here with two political parties that believe that the other party are horrible people and that’s wrong,” said Machat. Machat, who’s also a music producer, is running as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate in Florida. You may not recognize Machat outright, but you know his work. Some of his legal and music clients include Ozzy Osbourne and Phil Collins. Machat sees an America that’s ready for a comeback hit. READ MORE

21st Century Bill of Rights

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

Laws of Equality
Create an understanding where all laws will be equally applied to everyone, no matter who you are or your social status. This is non-negotiable in all three branches of the Government.

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

We must alleviate the unfair banking interest on all current school loans.
In addition, we need to create a mechanism where in exchange for service to our government, American citizens can attend college without paying for tuition.
K-12 schools need a curriculum, not Common Core, for our students that teaches the Humanities of Mankind so morals, ethics and sense of community becomes ingrained in our future. Lack of a well-rounded, continued education is a consequence and cause of inequality.

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

Economic Growth and Development
Transact business in an atmosphere of freedom from unfair competition and domination by monopolies of business or individuals at home or abroad. If it’s too big to fail, it’s too big be owned by the few.

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

Health Care for All Americans!

Every American should have the equal right to a healthy life – not one based on the ability to pay. Let’s build on the Affordable Care Act with a single pay health care system and continue to support Medicare and Medicaid.

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

Domestic:

Our Second Amendment was written and published in 1790. A gun then is not a gun now. I support background checks and a waiting period for gun purchases, and a federal ban on assault weapons. I am vehemently opposed to the sale of any firearm online or to anyone who is or has been under suspicion of terrorist activities. Our police must enforce laws equally applicable to all.

International:

We must protect our borders. This requires leaders who understand the cause of human conflict that creates dissension that results in the breach of universal laws of peace and harmony. We need to mind our own nation’s’ business. The whole world does not need to be like us, nor do they.

Terrorism:

The source of terrorism is hate. Until we can effectively stop the education and infiltration of the belief that no life is worth living, we will lose this battle. We must uncover and punish those that finance these thoughts that manifest into privatized wars of hatred wherever and whoever they are. This category of people is as responsible as the terrorists themselves.

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

Debt Free America
Nationalize our federal reserve (central bank) so it works for the best interest of our country as a community, not personal third-party pocket books. Reenact the Glass-Steagall protection that prevents other commercial banks from gambling our money away.  

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

The right to a useful and remunerative job with a living wage. If business doesn’t support it, community can.

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

Environmental Justice for Florida

Stop Big Sugar from our waterways. Protect the Everglades. Stop fracking from entering this fertile state. Stop Monsanto’s intrusion into the seeds Mother Earth created for us.

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

War on Drugs
We have immigrants from Mexico and Central America, including children traveling alone, that are the first of countless victims of the narco-terrorist drug wars.
U.S. drug enforcement has fallen behind in the battle and instead has created a black market for the supply and demand of illegal narcotics. Death, whether through violence or abuse, is an epidemic with no end in sight.

Steven Machat: The Independent Choice for the United States Senate

Legalization of Marijuana
I believe that this must be instantly implemented. Each state and/or county should be responsible for their own laws, just as they are with liquor and tobacco.
Our Federal mandate must be to educate and rehabilitate – not incarcerate.