Our country is in crisis. Hard working men and woman are wondering how they are going to pay their mortgages, how they are going to feed and clothe their children, and how they are going to send them to college. They want a better life, but are uncertain as to how they can achieve it. The old "work hard" formula doesn't seem to be enough these days. Wages have been stagnant for years, and costs have increased significantly. Many owe more on their homes than they are currently worth, they pay very high interest rates, and a large percentage of their income goes toward just paying the interest on the mortgage. Individuals are underwater and can't find help. The banks were willing to accept taxpayer bailouts, but don't feel any obligation to pay it forward. The cost of education is increasingly prohibitive and people who valued education and acquired advanced degrees in respected fields are now suffocating under student loan debt. Many are out of work or are underemployed in entirely unrelated fields. They worry about securing affordable health care, and, God forbid, how they will pay for the health care costs that aren't covered by insurance if they even have insurance. Our government says the recession is over. Many politicians are saying that we are on the right track. Tell that to the millions of Americans fighting every day just to get by. They probably wouldn't agree.
When I was younger I thought that this was the land of opportunity for all. Increasingly, however, it seems to be making the transition to becoming the land of opportunity for a select few. I believe our country is going in the wrong direction, and many of our elected officials and career politicians are not adequately representing the people who elected them to office. I am not a career politician. I am a financial advisor and instructor; an individual who listens and helps others to formulate effective strategies so they can achieve their goals. I hear the concerns being voiced by my clients and students and I understand. I can relate. I have an MBA and my wife has a PhD. We, too, are suffering in this terrible economy. We continue to ask ourselves why life has become so difficult. Our government is failing. It has become, or is quickly becoming, exactly what our founding fathers most feared; an omnipotent power which destroys the individual liberties of the people. The Constitution was written under the auspices of a small federal government. The federal government is anything but small, and it is growing out of control. We do not need a larger government. We need a more effective government.
My message is simple. We need to shrink the size of the federal government by restoring the power and responsibility to the states. Government policy makers should be as close to home as possible. The further government gets from home, the less effective, efficient, and accountable it is; the more costly it becomes. Very few of us have ever spoken with the president, but many of us have talked with local governing officials. The state senators, representatives, mayors, and city council members are far more in touch with the needs of the people they serve than are the more distant politicians. Many of them are so busy trying to get re-elected and keep their jobs that they have lost sight of what we sent them to Washington to do; to represent all Americans!
I love this country, and for that reason, I am running for the U.S. Congress in the newly formed fourth congressional district. It would be my life's greatest honor to serve you as Minnesota's next representative to the United States Congress.