Editor's Note: We have invited all three Long Beach candidates for Congress to have their own blog, and we look forward to them.
Welcome to my first “Blog” posting.
My goal is to use this blog as a means to stimulate a thoughtful conversation about significant national issues. As many of you already know, I am a candidate for the new 47th Congressional District. 58% of the new district is in Los Angeles
County (Avalon, Long Beach and Signal Hill, and a portion of Lakewood) and 42%
of the district is in Orange County (Cypress, Los Alamitos and Rossmoor, and
portions of Buena Park, Garden Grove, Stanton and Westminster).
There are many issues currently facing our country and its citizens: a rising national debt, deficit spending by the President and Congress, changes to our healthcare system, the long-term viability of Medicare and Social Security, a poor economy, high unemployment and many more.
There are a wide variety of views on each of these topics, and no one person or one party has all the answers. As we begin our conversation, let’s keep it civil and stay on topic. Also, let’s be respectful to all who comment, whether we agree with their perspective or not.
Ok, here it goes. Should I be elected to represent the new 47th District, one of my top priorities will be to get to a balanced budget as quickly as possible. I simply don’t believe Washington should spend more than it receives in revenue. I am opposed to spending my kid’s money, no matter how worthy the cause may be. (I've attached a CNN Headline News video I was featured in, regarding my views on the Federal deficit)
I recently read an article that pointed out that Washington has created over $2 trillion in National Debt the last two years. This is more debt than was created in the first 200 years of our country, from President George Washington to President Ronald Reagan.
Over the last ten years (during both Republican and Democrat administrations), the cost of the Federal government increased by over 100%.
Washington is generating debts, and then expecting our children to pay for our expenses. We don’t behave this way in our personal lives, why are we allowing our government to create this problem for the next generation?