Many of you have crossed the Brooklyn Bridge into New York, driven into Washington DC, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta or many of America’s other big, bold metropolises and marveled at the majestic skylines.
It’s important on this Labor Day to recognize that, although many of these beautiful structures are owned by faceless corporations, they were built with the calloused hands of America’s laborers.
As the son of a plumber, the brother of an electrician, and the grandson of a barkeep, I want to thank those making a living by the sweat of their brows. You built this country and the monuments to all of your incredible efforts are all around us as we drive on your roads and work in your buildings.
Finally, although I’ll miss a few and I apologize in advance, I want to use this page to extend my deep and sincere gratitude to the carpenters, steam-fitters, truckers, tin-knockers, electricians, dock-workers, cops, miners, firemen, EMT’s, nurses, mechanics, woodcutters, bricklayers, drywallers, and the millions of others who aren’t worried so much about the equity in their stock portfolios but the sweat equity that keeps this country on its feet, even when circumstances try to knock us down.
Thank you for all of your heartfelt words as of late. I read everything posted here and am always moved and inspired by the expressions of support and encouragement.
May I ask a small favor? I’m not a preacher, I’m just a sinner, but I resolutely believe in the power of prayer and redemption, and two special people need it right now.
I attended a viewing for Sylvia “Cookie” Harris tonight and was deeply moved. Cookie was the wife of US Congressman Dr. Andy Harris. She passed into the Second Creation this past Thursday when she suffered a fatal heart attack. Today would have been her 58th birthday. Cookie was a giant in the pro-life movement who, through her selfless commitment to the dignity of every woman and child, likely saved the lives of many. Sadly, in the end, she lost her own.
After returning home from the viewing tonight, I received a call from one of my closest campaign staff members. This staff member’s family is going through an extremely traumatic time right now and could use the collective power of prayer to help them heal, along with the family of Congressman Harris.
Thank you for considering this, I deeply appreciate it.
Lately, I’ve seen some comments on this page asking about congressional “dysfunction”, and the lack of cooperation with the President. Given the degree to which both the media and the White House have propagated this “obstruction” theme, it is an understandable question. If I may, I would like to shed some light on this with a few points:
1) “Dysfunction” is a two-way street. The only major piece of legislation in modern American history to pass without any input from the opposition political party, and not a single vote from them, was Obamacare. You can’t slam the door on the opposition party when legislating, dump a major healthcare reform package on their heads via a suspect parliamentary maneuver, watch it fail, then complain about “obstruction.” Your moral case is lost.
2) The President has proposed a number of policy ideas which are just not very good. Members of Congress are elected by the citizens in their districts to represent their interests, not the President’s. Large portions of the country, with properly elected Representatives, do not support the President’s tax-hike proposals, or Obamacare. Voting, in the best interests of your constituents, is not “obstruction”, it’s representation. And the same dynamic will occur if a Republican wins the White House in 2016.
3) The Congress consists of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. The Senate is run by the President’s Party, not the Republicans. So when he talks about dysfunction, is he talking about the Democrats? Whether you agree with the Republican Party or not (and many of you following this page know where I stand on this), it is undeniable that they have sent bill after bill to the Senate to die a legislative death at the hands of the Democratic Senate.
4) Finally, and most importantly, America is overflowing with the hardest working, most creative, and most entrepreneurial people in the world. We are the world’s bread-basket, and idea-basket, and not every problem requires a growing government to fix. It takes courage, in this media and political environment, to acknowledge your limits and to admit that sometimes getting government out of the way of the problem will do far more to solve the problem than another government “solution.”
The time for the blame-game is over. Fix it or move on.
Here’s additional proof of just how disconnected today’s elected Democrats are from the Democratic Party of JFK.
While I applaud my opponent’s massive personal fortune (estimated to be between $50,000,000 to $250,000,000), I find it a bit odd that he is lecturing us on taxes which his wealth immunizes him from.
Here’s his response, from an interview he gave yesterday, when asked about the incredibly high tax-burden placed on the citizens of Maryland, and the businesses leaving the state because of those taxes:
My opponent said Maryland can’t try to beat other states on taxes stating, “We would lose. The businesses that only want to talk about taxes will move out anyhow.”
There you go folks. A multi-millionaire many times over, at a small-business function, allegedly representing their interests at the federal level, telling small-businesses to go pound sand. Sadly, this is not a joke, but it is the reason we are converting Maryland Democrats in droves.
When you are elected to represent people’s interests and they are struggling to keep their businesses open, food on their tables, gas in their tanks, the red ink out of their checkbooks, and their healthcare plan from being ripped from their hands, you cannot laugh in their faces as they are looking for help.
Unlike my opponent, I understand that you did “build that”, and that taxes matter. When taxes go up, your costs go up and, in an era of shrinking take-home-pay, that means sacrifices have to be made by your family while DC-insiders continue to live high on the hog.
A short list of items that no longer appear to matter to the President:
1) The Border - because regardless of the law, everyone is now “entitled” to be here, and to a hefty dose of your tax dollars as well.
2) The Rule of Law - because the President has a “pen and a phone”, instead of a pocket Constitution.
3) The Separation of Powers - because the Congress (although half of it is run by the President’s own party) is “dysfunctional.”
4) Your Business - because “you didn’t build that”, although he’s never built anything.
5) Targeting by the IRS - because the President “learned about it through news reports” while Conservatives learned about it through IRS agents at their doors.
6) Veteran’s Healthcare - because they also “learned about it (the crisis) through the reports.”
7) Your Healthcare - because “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Although you can’t, but he can.
8) Presidential Leadership - because “Bush did it” although, even if this were true, why can’t Obama fix it?
I promise to use all of the strength I can muster to fight this strategy of false ignorance and blame. You deserve better, and I intend to provide it.