I'm a Democrat because…

Joanne Kaus

Joanne Kaus

I believe in a market economy and that it works best when there is a strong social safety net.

I grew up on a farm in Nebraska, where I learned a good work ethic. Life was hard. My family never seemed to have enough money. We always had something to eat because my mother grew a garden and canned for the winter. When people came to our house, my mother made people feel welcome and gave them something to eat. She was willing to help anyone who needed it. It is because of her that I am serious about my spirituality and continue to strive to become my best self. 

I guess I was always a Democrat, because I believe in a market economy that works best when there is a strong social safety net. For this to happen, extreme inequity needs to be regulated by progressive taxation. Families deserve to have affordable housing, food, health care, and the ability to save something for the future.  Good wages for folks will provide this. Too many are denied their rights because of poverty, religion, race, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation or immigrant status. 

I am active in the Democratic Party of Ozaukee County, devoting much of my time during campaigns to meeting Ozaukee residents at their door, discussing with them the values of democratic candidates and the party.

I have enjoyed traveling. I taught science and mathematics for 44 years. For 20 of those years, I was a nun. I left the order and was married for 11 years. My husband died in 2009. 

Currently, I take care of my great nephew three days a week, while his parents work. My greatest hope for the future is that we get a handle on climate change as we work on our other problems. It is wrong to pass our failure-to-act, and a ruined planet, onto future generations. Folks subjected to unfair situations lose hope, and that is a terrible thing to leave our children.