was a 2014 Democratic
candidate seeking election to the U.S. House
to represent the 4th Congressional District
. Bert Smith
defeated Si in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.
Si highlighted the following issues on his campaign website:
- Labor Unions: "People have the right to organize. Collective bargaining is an important tool that gives workers control over their work lives. A lot of CEOs are paid high salaries to run companies into the ground while rewarding hard working employees with low wages and then a pink slip. I believe we must strengthen Labor Unions, and they are needed more than ever. I will fight for family wage paying jobs. The working men and women of Oklahoma deserve it."
- Education: "The U.S. used to be #1 in education. Now it’s not even in the top 10. The curriculum of many schools is redundant and does not meet the needs of this country. High school students from other countries graduate with the equivalent of some college education. In order to make Americans competitive in the global economy, we must revolutionize our educational system. I will enact a program so students can start earning college credit in middle school. Also, I'll provide technical education to prepare students who excel in other talents besides academics. I will push for a public school voucher system to help struggling families attend good public schools. The voucher can't be used for private or charter schools. Last but not least, we must all work together to give teachers the respect and pay they deserve."
- Defense: "America needs a strong defense. However, not all defense spending is necessary. America spends more on defense than the next 19 countries combined. There is no need to have military bases in Germany, France, England, Japan, South Korea, or any other country to increase their defense at our expense. If every discretionary spending except defense was cut, the US federal budget would still not be balanced. I will fight to bring our soldiers home and stop the endless wars by cutting the defense budget of its $500 billion of waste. Other countries that might “attack” us will have their defenses weakened. The cut will also increase our defense, help cut the deficit, and we would still be #1 in defense spending. More importantly, we can reallocate the money to fund other programs and help our veterans."
- Taxes: "For some, taxes do not apply. If the tax rate was set to 100%, many businesses like Citigroup, Google, Bank of America, Facebook, Berkshire Hathaway, and Apple could still pay nothing in taxes and instead get billions of taxpayer money. The tax code is set up to make the poor poorer and the rich richer. Through questionable accounting practices, oil companies can claim they paid taxes, but the taxes that get reported are the ones its employees pay through payroll or the ones you pay at the gas pump. Serious tax reform needs to be done, and the first thing I would enact would be no more free money for billionaires. Taxes do not need to be increased as it will do no good anyways. Once the free ride for the rich is over, I will start closing loopholes so they will start paying their fair share like the rest of us."
- Energy: "Everybody in the world needs energy and the demand is growing. Alternative green energy only supplies about 8% of the energy needs in the US. However, if we don’t find alternatives, we will all lose. Solar energy prices are coming down while increasing output. Oklahoma can make use of its natural wind power to create energy. While we continue to advance in cleaner technologies, I support natural gas as it is a cleaner and cheaper alternative to other fossil fuels. I do not support the Keystone XL Pipeline. There are lots of things wrong and very few things right about it. Abuse of eminent domain to kick people off their homes so some rich individuals can get even richer is not what America is about. It doesn’t make sense why the oil needs to be brought all the way from Canada to Oklahoma and Texas to be refined. It does, however, make sense if you consider bringing the oil to trade free zones to dodge taxes. Thousands of miles of pipeline only increase the environmental dangers. If it is so safe, TransCanada and the Koch brothers should build the refineries next to their place of business instead."
- Guns: "It is the right of the people to bear arms. However, like all things, there is a limit. One cannot yell fire in a crowded theater if there is no fire. Likewise, we must not ignore the “well regulated” part in the 2nd amendment. It is common sense to use background checks when hiring a person for a high security job or hiring a teacher who was entrusted with your child. Background checks on people before purchasing a dangerous weapon is no different."
- Disasters: "Hundreds of thousands of people are affected by natural disasters every year. Lack of food, clean water, and a safe place to stay while homes get rebuilt is a major problem. The nation, including Oklahoma, needs to be prepared. Technology has now advanced to the point where food can be preserved for 25 years. Storing food and water in strategic locations will help bring essential provisions faster. Currently, one-time use tents provide temporary housing. That is not environmentally friendly. I will upgrade the tents to provide comfort and reusability while people make arrangements for a longer term housing solution while homes get rebuilt. I will also make it easier for health care providers to volunteer in another state by creating a national licensure model. Instead of waiting weeks to get approval, it will take seconds."
- Economy: "There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. The economy is growing at a slow rate, but we can fix that. The G.I. Bill helped returning veterans from WWII get a college education. Every dollar spent on education under the bill returned $7 through higher wages, consumer spending, increased productivity, and tax revenue. My revolutionary education system will yield better results. Stopping the theft from the poor and middle class through serious tax reform will ensure people will have money to live on while economic recovery is underway. Most importantly, we need to start creating real wealth by bringing back manufacturing from overseas. China already surpassed us in manufacturing. It won’t be long until Japan overtakes us as well. In order to bring back manufacturing from overseas, I will make immigration easier. If all the workers are here, businesses will have no choice but to move back. Many foreign companies already want to operate their business here. Some people argue that the influx in immigrants will mean fewer jobs for the people who are already here. However, when Arizona tried to get rid of people, the economy over there started breaking down."
- Healthcare: "The Affordable Care Act accomplished many things such as preventing denial of coverage to children, making rescinding coverage illegal, and giving a $250 rebate to 750,000 Medicare Beneficiaries to name a few. However, the healthcare law is far from perfect and more work needs to be done. The US is further down in the rankings in healthcare than education. We must advance to a true universal healthcare system. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t."
- LGBT: "I support equality for all. Sexual orientation should not matter when getting married or receiving benefits. I will fight until everyone has equal protection under the law. Everyone must be proud of who they are."
- Wall Street Reform: "There are too many protections for Wall Street and almost none for the American people. We need Wall Street reform to stop abuses in the system. Banks need to be held accountable for their actions. Those who caused to Great Recession are repeating the same reckless actions as if nothing happened. I will force banks to have greater reserves. Taxpayers will no longer be on the hook for bank mistakes by no longer guaranteeing risky loans. Finally, I will reinstate Glass-Steagall."
- Social Security: "Unfortunately, Social Security is the only source of income for many Americans. Private retirement accounts have gone under, and the taxpayers have footed the bill to give Wall Street CEOs bigger paychecks. There is a new scam to cheat people out of their savings. People will get less than what they have put in unless we stop the con. Republicans want to introduce the Chained Consumer Price Index to lower what inflation is stated on paper to decrease Social Security payment to those who have been paying into it year after year. I will fight this injustice and fight to get you what you have earned."
- See also: Oklahoma's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014
Si ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Oklahoma's 4th District. Bert Smith defeated Si in the Democratic primary on June 24, 2014.
|U.S. House, Oklahoma District 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
| Tae Si
|Source: Results via Associated Press
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Si's reports.
|Tae Si (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$0||$5,000||$(1,675)||$3,324|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$3,324||$75||$(280)||$3,119|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$3,119||$3,280||$(6,374)||$25|
|April Quarterly||April 1, 2014||$25.27||$1,930.01||$(1,861.26)||$94.02|
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- ↑ The Green Papers, "The Green Papers: Oklahoma 2013 General Election," accessed February 20, 2014
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Associated Press, "Oklahoma - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 24, 2014
- ↑ Campaign website, "Home," accessed February 20, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Tae Si Summary Report," accessed February 20, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "July Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "October Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 20, 2014
- ↑ Federal Election Commission, "April Quarterly," accessed April 29, 2014