[learn_more caption=”Why I’m Running”] America is a great country, but career politicians have brought us dangerously close to the abyss that threatens the American Dream for future generations, not to mention threatening our God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To be sure, the Constitution never guaranteed happiness to any individual, group or class; only the right of individuals to pursue it as long as they don’t infringe on the rights of others. In effect, elected officials and unelected bureaucrats have established themselves as the protected political class, feeding off the hard work, creativity and initiative of others. I am running for Congress to remove that burden and restore a government of the people, by the people and for the people, but I need your help.[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Public Corruption”] A good friend and mentor once characterized The Golden Rule of Politics as, “He Who has the Gold Makes the Rules.” From my experience as a volunteer investigative reporter, I’ve added a corollary to The Golden Rule of Politics, which reads, “He Who has the Gold Enforces the Rules. To put it bluntly, with few exceptions, we cannot count on law enforcement or the courts to reign in the ambitions of career politicians. The fastest and surest way to accomplish that is to vote them out of office at the earliest opportunity. Mitch fighting corruption in Greene County, Ohio[/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Term Limits”] Term limits Term limits was one of ten promises in the 1994 Republican Contract With America. The GOP used the Contract to gain majority control of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Unfortunately, most of those who promised self-imposed term limits backed away, putting their own self-interest above service to the people. Gen. Bill Creech, who many consider the father of the modern Air Force, believed training new leaders was critical to keeping our military strong. Surely you’d get another story from career politicians, whose last agenda item is even thinking about their replacement. If elected, I would take Gen. Creech’s approach, and from day one reach out to potential Constitution-minded candidates who would then compete to serve as District 7’s next Representative to the U.S. Congress. I would serve no longer than four years from when I begin my first term in January, 2011. “Citizens for Term Limits” [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Tax Reform”] Tax reform is another promise broken after the 1994 Contract With America. As U.S. Senator Sam Brownback often said, “we need to take the income tax code behind the shed, kill it with a dull ax, and bury it.” It’s time for a new tax code that rewards, not punishes saving, initiative and productivity. And the FairTax will do much more – it will return jobs and investment to the U.S. lost by NAFTA and other one-sided trade deals; it will make Social Security and Medicare solvent forever; and it will be an engine of small business job creation, to name just a few outcomes. FairTax [/learn_more]

[learn_more caption=”Balancing the Budget”] I will never consider voting for a budget deficit unless it follows a declaration of war by the U.S. Congress. National defense against a declared enemy is the only justification to even think about a budget deficit, period, and that decision should be made only after drastic cuts to both discretionary and non-discretionary spending. If declared war is chosen as an instrument of foreign policy, each and every American is a stakeholder and each and every American has to sacrifice something. Debt to the Penny [/learn_more]