When I think of government “stimulus” I am reminded of a line in a song I once heard which goes, “It’s funny how falling feels like flying for a little while”.
Falling does feel like flying and the only difference between the two is really the only thing that matters, the landing!
The reason government “stimulus” never works is because, at some point, we have to “land”. When government spends money it has to come from somewhere and that “somewhere” is your pocket.
Any temporary “growth” achieved by government spending is nullified by the decreased future growth from the accumulated debt. It’s similar to taking a loan to fund your business at a 10% interest rate knowing that your business will only grow at a 5% rate. Eventually you will pay the piper, and the saddest part of all is the piper has an office on Capitol Hill.
I’ve learned a lot in my time on the political side of the fence, but one lesson stands out as nearly inviolable. Sadly, the lesson is that negative campaigning “works”, but negative candidates do not.
I am consistently surprised by the need some candidates feel to strike back at a political opponent who is in the process of self-destruction due to being overcome with emotion in their campaign, rather than focusing on reasoned issues.
Stay focused, knock on the doors, look people in the eyes, shake every hand you can, show up at every event you can, and always, always, always, make the case for a better tomorrow and resist the tendency to constantly complain about the troubles of yesterday.
Can I offer you a trade?
Both the administration, my congressional opponent, and scores of Maryland legislators have been tripping over each other to get in front of the first television camera they can to advocate for an increase in the minimum wage.
As a candidate for Congress I want to express my support for this measure with the caveat that we make a trade. After all, the Democratic Party has publicly called for more “compromise” in DC, and here is a golden opportunity. Here’s my offer, I will publicly advocate for a hike in the minimum wage, both at the state and federal level, if you will agree to these conditions:
1. We open up our vast energy resources, both here in Maryland and nationwide, to responsible development and let the local residents decide what to do with their own land.
2. We ensure that the federal and state governments conduct a cost-benefit analysis of every regulation they force upon us and if it costs Americans more than it benefits Americans then it must be scrapped and re-worked.
You may ask what the significance of these conditions are as it relates to the minimum wage, and here is your answer. Where the economic principles behind these conditions have been applied wages are exploding and people’s lives are improving dramatically. Where is this you ask? North Dakota, where you can make $15 an hour serving fast-food, $25 an hour waiting tables and $80,000 a year driving trucks.
I challenge my political opponents to stop fighting for $10 an hour, when the Republican Party will help you get to $15 or more. I will trade you my vote on the minimum wage for your vote on maximum economic growth.
Do we have a deal?
If you like your plan and you want to keep your plan, then vote for Dan. #Bongino2014
We need a Constitution to protect us against people who see no need for a Constitution.
This is no small matter as bending “the rules” always leads to breaking “the rules”, and the rules are there to protect you from concentrated interests.
You may not like politics but politics will always like you and your wallet. Fight back in 2014.
The tendency to ignore evidence in policy debates and retreat to the false safety of Party politics is doing significant damage to the country.
Here’s what I mean; whenever I debate someone married to Party over principles, and I bring up President Obama’s historic levels of government spending, the standard response is, “Bush spent a lot of money too”. Yes, President Bush did spend a lot of money, but Obama’s smallest annual spending deficit is larger than Bush’s largest, so can we agree that this is not a partisan issue but a spending issue?
If we cannot get past allegiance to political labels over productive ideas then we will never solve problems and will be bickering and finger pointing at each other as we are slowly drowned in a sea of national red ink.
I bring this up because as we continue to present positive ideas to fix current problems, and prevent new ones, we continue to get attacked by some on both sides uncomfortable with breaking up establishment dynasties. Although I’m used to it, and it is an unfortunate part of politics, that doesn’t make it right. I am going to do my best to stay laser-focused on problem solving measures and fighting to break up the DC “Members-only party” being held at our expense.
Thanks for your continued support.