I agree that most acts by Congress are questionable, that we print money without considering the blowback of indiscriminate spending, but I think that even Congressman Tipton would agree, that any candidate can promise the world, but once in the seat of power they find many walls before them. No one knows what’s on the other side of the door in Washington, except someone who is already there, and what does that say?
I ran for Congress in 2010 on a platform of only policy, no special interest funding and I refused to bash my opponents. I still believe in everything I said in my campaign. I thought that I was giving the people what they so desperately demanded in a candidate and a representative. The daily opinions and letters to the editor that begged for policy in issues that serve the people compelled me to walk in a certain direction, and that the people were desperate enough to push back that fear of the unknown when dealing with an Independent.
I received many e-mails and letters that supported me, if I only had a Party platform. I replied to all that it is Party that is causing the conflict and chaos that prevents Congress from moving beyond partisanship. Party politics is all about money, and the only money that matters is lobby money, as it falls on the parties in 55 gal. drums. The only way to curb this interest is to send a hard message to Congress.
We must demand pledges of character from our candidates, not just term limits, or special interest pledges. I am talking about policy upfront during a campaign that tells America that you have a plan, that you will forsake your party while in office, that you will push legislature without earmarks and that earmarks will stand alone in separate bills.
Party candidates have an innate guilt to repay donors to their campaign, and when a candidate takes party into office, they are a pry bar in forcing Congress to repay that debt in some way, shape or form. It is very hard to run a campaign under these terms, but the course Washington is on will place the debt on those who still have a few bucks put away, then what?
An example is the statement by Obama that 500 employees from his budget office will be furloughed. With technology as it is today, why would Obama need 50 budget employees much less 500 or more? Any agency organized correctly should only have to send detailed expense and inventory lists to the budget office, computer to computer, with an average labor cost request from the previous year in order to determine who needs what. This should even put warning flags up on waste etc.
Any businessperson could handle a budget in this manner and weed out waste at the same time, and the result would be a budget of about half of what is proposed every year. I am not the President, but if I were it would not be hard to deal with a budget. The hard part is foreign policy. After two centuries of “Party Politics” you would think we understood the problem. Maybe next time we will “John Hancock” that Independent write-in candidates name and send a real message.
John W Hargis Sr.
Author and former Congressional
candidate CD-3 2010