Posted by Jake Towne at Liberty Maven on October 6:
“Know ye not, Who would be free, themselves must strike the blow?” – Lord Byron
Last night at a local candidates’ night I gave the below speech, though the bracketed paragraphs were cut out due to time limitations. The event was co-sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Tea Party and Lehighton Tea Party. My Republocrat competition – for the second event in a row – failed to show up.
During the past 6 years, the official national debt has nearly doubled from $7.6 to $13.5 trillion. Per the US Treasury, the unfunded liabilities for Social Security and Medicare is $107 trillion dollars, which is nearly $400,000 for every man, woman, and child. What has the taxpayer gotten in return?
During the past 6 years, the number of service members killed in Afghanistan has risen from 160 to 1,311.
During the past 6 years, unemployment locally has doubled from 5 to 10%. The number of people living on food stamps has increased from 25 to 41 million which is nearly 1 in 8 Americans.
Now over 3 in 4 Americans live paycheck to paycheck, a figure which has about doubled since 2006. What has the taxpayer gotten in return?
We must stop the endless debt. I have pledged to balance the budget each year, and I have called upon my competitors to join me, and they have chosen to not do so.
I am against taxpayer bailouts of corporations like the TARP Banker Bailout. Mr. Dent voted to bailout the bankers, and Mr. Callahan has stated he would’ve voted FOR the bill as well. (source) (Photo courtesy Roger Smith)
The banker bailouts served to benefit the government’s favorite corporations at the expense of every individual in America, costing close to $10,000 per household. By creating more future debt, the government worsens the present situation and places our next generation into unsustainable levels of debt.
Whether it is the military-industrial complex, Big Oil, Big Pharm, Big Ag, or the financial firms who bankroll their career politicians into power, the crony corporatism and revolving door between the government and Wall Street must end. I am the only candidate to not accept and pledge never to accept, money from corporations and lobbyist groups.
To create jobs, we must first realize that the massive unemployment we have today is purely a creation of the governments’ interventions in the economy. There is no shortage of work to be done, we must only stop the government’s harmful interventions in the tax, labor, and regulatory laws. To do this we must simply ask ourselves one simple question – does this law encourage or discourage employment? If it discourages employment, then Congress should change or amend the current laws.
While I am for some regulations like reinstating Glass-Steagall and closing loopholes in accounting laws so banks and Wall Street investment firms can no longer pull off accounting tricks, many other wasteful, ineffective regulations like the $100 billion dollar-a-year Sarbanes-Oxley Act must be removed since they place American firms at a disadvantage with the rest of the world.
To stimulate the economy, we could abolish the income tax for 50% of all Americans and lose less than 3% of all income tax collected or have an income tax holiday for several months. This is a lot of dollars to help assist individuals, and very little income to the federal government – they increase the national debt by the same few billion just about every day. It would be easy enough to cut some of the government to pay for this, as well as reduce the salaries of federal workers who make an average salary of $71,000, which is about twice the median household income.
Governments do not create sustainable jobs, only people do. Government’s role is to preserve individual liberties and a sound business environment by enforcing punishments for fraud, contract violations, theft, and acts of aggression.
Now, the salary of a Congressman is $174,000. How can any voter believe that any candidate will represent them by slashing wasteful government spending if they fail to start with themselves?
That is why I will only accept the district’s median household income of $58,000. I will donate the remaining $116,000 to local non-profit hospitals to help provide health care to the poor. I will not enlist in the federal healthcare plan nor the congressional pension plan.
I have called upon Mr. Callahan and Mr. Dent to join me and cut the reckless federal spending by starting with themselves, and they have chosen to not do so.
Our founders clearly realized that all power stems from the PEOPLE, from US, and all officers of government are NOT masters, but SERVANTS. That is why I came up with an accountable and transparent form of open government where all residents will have a public voice to comment on all house floor votes called Our Open Office. Unlike the career politicians in power, I will always tell you WHY I voted each way, and in that way I will be held accountable to the people.
Now, Americans are not faced with many good choices between the Republicans or Democrats. It is more like the Arsenic Party versus the Cyanide Party. Each party tries to convince you that their Arsenic tastes great, but the other party’s cyanide will kill you.
The two-headed, one-party system that controls the federal government is repeating like a bad record – “MORE spending, MORE taxes, MORE war, MORE debt.” If you flip the record, all you hear is “LESS liberty, LESS safety, FEWER jobs, LESS prosperity.”
Now I would like to talk for a moment about a group of Americans who write a check for up to and including their lives to defend our country. Under the US Constitution, Congress has the responsibility to provide healthcare to every veteran for physical or mental trauma sustained while in the military. Many veterans suffer for their LIFETIMES from post-traumatic stress disorder, missing limbs, and brain injuries and require help to continue with their everyday lives. If you have found yourself in a similar situation, you might want to seek out someone like these Georgia VA disability lawyers who might be able to help you with your change of circumstances.
5,735 soldiers have died so far in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. [In Afghanistan, more troops have died under the 2 years of Obama administration than under the 7 years of Republican rule.] Around 32,000 have been wounded in Iraq alone, and behind each of these casualties are families and loved ones.
Just this weekend I was knocking on doors and a gentleman had to stop talking, all choked up, since his brother was killed in Afghanistan.
Since the War on Terror began in 2001, the expenditures for the Department of Veterans Affairs have skyrocketed from $48 to $125 billion dollars. Health care should never be lessened or denied to our veterans, but there are ways to cut costs and improve care at the same time. The costs are extraordinary – but it isn’t the first war that has cost the US extortionate amounts of money. Take a read of 4 Insights on the Cost of War by Norwich University. Its things like flight costs (i.e. everything is decentralised) that money has been wasted.
For instance, most veterans are required to travel to far-away VA hospitals to obtain treatment and medicine in facilities that are very sub-par. In fact, rural heath initiatives to treat vets who live far from cities for the 2010 alone increased by over 600% to nearly a half billion dollars! Instead of requiring these veterans to go to the relatively few VA hospitals, they should be free to go to ANY existing hospital and a doctor of their choosing for treatment.
Veterans also face difficulty in obtaining employment upon retirement or separation from the military. In order to assist veterans, a temporary federal income tax credit could be granted to employers who hire veterans. This is a zero-cost benefit to veterans and employers alike.
It’s crucial that we have a strong military to deter attacks against the our country and protect it when attacked. However, asking our young men and women to participate in unjust war is a moral abyss that we as a country should NEVER leap into. If we aspire to be a just nation ruled by laws we must resolve to NEVER ask our military men and women to engage in unconstitutional warfare and nation-building missions.
That said, the United States of America has unfinished business with the al-Qaeda terrorist group. However, we are going about it all the wrong way for the past two decades.
The greatest threat to our national security is the national debt, not boogeymen living in caves in Pakistan. Osama Bin Laden and his ilk will never destroy America – it will be the Congress who first destroy the country financially and economically by looting our blood and treasure. This is the true threat to our way of life.
George Washington would be aghast at our attempts to defeat Al-Qaeda. During the Revolutionary War, the mighty British empire was not defeated militarily by the colonists – George Washington lost just about every single major battle. Instead, Washington won the war by merely surviving, by causing the British to expend vast amounts of treasure and troops over a 3,000 mile supply chain.
The government spends well over $1 trillion dollars a year on our foreign adventures, with over 760 military bases in 150 of the world’s 194 countries, yet we do NOT have a strong national defense of our borders. We have 55,000 troops in Germany and 10,000 troops in Italy.
Why should the American taxpayer defend rich Europeans from a communist USSR that fell apart 20 years ago, so those same rich Europeans can cut their defense budgets to protect their welfare spending? Didn’t WWII end 70 years ago?
[However, the fact remains that the threat of suicide terrorism is enhanced – NOT lessened – by the conventional armies stationed abroad in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Suicide terrorist groups – whether Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah, or the Tamil Tigers – have a single strategic goal in mind – to compel modern democracies to withdraw military forces from territory that the terrorists consider to be their homeland.]
[Although Osama Bin Laden was a CIA “asset” against the Soviets in Afghanistan during the 1980s, if one reads the 9/11 Commission Report, one will find a very long record of inaction in tracking down Bin Laden who bombed US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 12 American citizens in 1998 and was also tied to the USS Cole and the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.]
However, hurling armies of tens of thousands after Bin Laden is not cost effective, nor is it constitutional – nor has it succeeded after the past 9 years. Our nations’ generals admit there are less than 100 Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, and yet to capture them the taxpayer is paying to send 100,000 troops – plus many more contractors – at a cost of over $1 million apiece to fight with one pack of tribal warlords against another pack of tribal warlords. Each gallon of gas burned in the Afghanistan War costs the taxpayer $400 per the Pentagon.
A strong national defense begins right here at home with our borders, not the borders of Iraq, Germany, and Italy. If one takes the time to read the Iraq and Afghanistan constitutions that the US guided them in writing, you will find that taxpayers here are not creating democracies or rule of law – they are creating impossible utopian governments that operate under sharia law.
To defeat suicide terrorists one must capture the current generation and prevent the next generation from being created from collateral damage. Capture of the terrorists who caused 9/11 will best be attained by small units of special forces acting to enforce the law under constitutional warrants called letters of marque and reprisal and increasing bounties for the wanted criminals. Without vastly expensive armies stationed on foreign lands, creating unintended damage and death to the civilian population, the next generation of suicide terrorists will have no reason to exist.
This November 2nd, you can keep voting for those who caused all this economic strife or you can vote for a problem solver who not only has the solutions, but who will listen and be accountable to you.
I have more private sector experience than Mr. Dent, and more industrial experience working abroad than Mr. Callahan. I have a proven track record of results and success as a leader and serving customers. I am the only candidate with some formal background in the study of economics.
Washington has far too many rulers, and not enough servants of the people. When I am elected, I will be your public servant, your employee.
Congress continues to vote for more debt, more war, and fewer jobs every year they remain in power. It is like my father once told me – “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.”
What have the people of the 15th district received by voting for the Republocrats? The same results – more taxes, more debt, more war, and less liberty.
Your parties have betrayed you.
Your parties have lied to you.
Your parties have let you down.
This year you have a real choice in voting independent. I humbly ask for your vote this November 2nd. (end)
- PA Liberty Conference. Friday, October 8. I will be sharing the “Our Open Office” idea with this group at 3 PM in Harrisburg, PA. Ticketed event, see here for details.
- Crop Walk, October 10th in Bethlehem, registration at 1p.m. under the Hill-To-Hill Bridge, Main and Spring streets. This charity event benefits soup kitchens around the Lehigh Valley, including the one I volunteer at every week. The walk begins at 1:30 p.m. MAP. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 610-392-8156 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 610-392-8156 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 610-392-8156 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 610-392-8156 end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 610-392-8156 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
- WFMZ-69 Debate to be televised live, October 13 on WFMZ-69, 8 PM.
- Lunch with Allentown Rotary Club, Friday, October 15 at the Holiday Inn, 12:30-1 PM. 904 W. Hamilton Streets, Allentown, PA 18101. Map. Briefly address and answer questions from this group.
- Nazareth Area of Commerce Debate on Monday, October 18th, from 9:30-11 AM. Economic focus. Tickets are necessary for breakfast, see www.nazarethchamber.com. Location is Rt 22 and 512 at the Best Western.
- Morning Call Online Chat, online at noon on October 19th. URL TBA.
- East Penn Taxpayer’s Association Candidates Night on October 19th, 7:30 PM. Open to the public, will speak for a few minutes and answer questions. Emmaus Fire Co. #1 on 610 Broad Street, Emmaus, PA. MAP.
- Pen Argyl Area Concerned Citizens Debate, Wednesday, October 20, evening, exact time/place to be announced.
- De Sales University Debate, Thursday, October 21, 7:30-9 PM in Center Valley, PA. Located in the Commonwealth Room in the University Center (Building #48 in this map). Open Q&A from the audience.
- Express Times Debate, Monday, October 25 at the State Theatre in Easton, 7 PM. 453 Northampton Street
Easton, PA 18042. MAP. Open to public.
- Northampton Community College Forum, October 28, 11 AM. Open to public, Q&A. Location is the World War II Conference Room – CC117 located on the first floor of the College Center. 3835 Green Pond Rd Bethlehem, PA 18020. Campus Map.
- NOVEMBER 2nd ELECTION DAY!! Volunteers are needed to hand out literature outside of local polling stations, please volunteer here and share your name, phone #, city, and if you live in the district, your current polling location.