I have heard both Republicans and Democrats have been invoking my father's name lately, without truly understanding who President Ronald Reagan really was. Mark Reed understands that Pennsylvania Avenue is a two-way street. Mark also understands that the office of president and the Congress are co-equal branches of government and, together, set the course for our great nation. I believe Mark will represent both the 30th District and our country with honor and integrity. I endorse him! I will be voting for him and I encourage all of you to do the same regardless of you personal party preference. Together we can restore America!
Dem. Rep. Brad Sherman Dismisses Benghazi Hearings: Is This Really More Important Than North Korean Nukes?
by Andrew Kirell for Mediaite.com | December 21st, 2012
Immediately after Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) made news by using his speaking time at the congressional Benghazi hearings to lambast the GOP and apologize to testifiers for being “used” as in a partisan “ruse,” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) piled on, calling into question the very existence of the hearing and suggesting that everyone involved had better things to focus on.
Sherman began by suggesting the Republicans were hypocritical for calling into question diplomatic security only now: “We’ve lost 11 diplomats in the 10 years before Benghazi and our focus on diplomatic security was modest. But now it becomes the preoccupation of this committee and the preoccupation of foreign policy, those concerned with foreign policy nationwide. Why now?”
“Partly because,” he explained, “we lost an ambassador and a great man. But mostly it’s now Benghazi is not just a loss of diplomats — we’ve lost 11 before — but now because now there’s a partisan advantage to be sought by one side or the other.”
Sherman than dismissed the notion of these Benghazi hearings being of any importance compared to other serious matters:
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Israel’s very existence is threatened and the current administration continues to treat it and its Prime Minister not as close allies but as insignificant. Now, Brad Sherman and Howard Berman, my two opponents in the upcoming primary for California’s 30th District Congressional seat, are both quietly distancing themselves from the very same person they helped elect -- only to get themselves re-elected!
I’m not challenging their support for, or emotional connection to, Israel; however, I want you to take a serious look at their silence concerning the Middle East and the State of Israel, our only true friend in the region. I would speak loudly and clearly in opposition to:
In 2008 the American people voted for change. In his first two years, Barack Obama has increased government spending by 21.4%, increased welfare spending by 54% and 11 million more people are now collecting food stamps. Inflation is on the rise in the form of increased gas and food prices. President Obama has added an additional 4 ½ trillion dollars to our debt and we are running record deficits. The world's respect for the United States is at an all-time low and for the first time since 1947 Israel's existence is truly in danger.
My opponent has blindly supported his party 97% of the time. He has been bought and paid for by Union bosses, and does-not represent the rank and file. My opponent also misrepresented his record and used underhanded and misleading attacks on my character in the last race because he was afraid to stand on his record and debate me one-on-one.
In November of 2010 the American people once again spoke loud and clear; reduce spending and to stop driving our country into an economic black hole. It's time for Democrats and Republicans to do the right thing and let the tax payers know their voices have been heard. A spending freeze at the current out-of-control rates is UNACCEPTABLE. The federal government needs to cut everything it can. This would be a good start for now. The fate of our nation depends on whether we can get our economy back on track. The United States of America is heading towards a complete economic collapse if we don't get entitlement spending under control. China is poised to pass us as the world's largest economy and we will not be able to compete if we don't reduce our debt and balance our budget.
Republicans have promised to cut $100 Billion from the 2011 budget and so far the Democrats and the White House have been unwilling to compromise on spending cuts. Twenty-five percent of the Federal budget goes to pay for the interest on our debt. One hundred billion is just a drop in the bucket.
The Government Accountability Office has identified over $200 Billion in government waste. The report shows thirty-four areas where duplicate programs in the federal government are operated across agencies and bureaucracies and forty-seven other areas where money could be save without cutting any services. This would be an even better start.
I believe America was not built by unions, labor and management, or by Republicans and Democrats. It was built by Americans through the mutual respect we have for what each of us has offered in the building of America and that acknowledgement by our fellow Americans. It is the free market that has given us the opportunity to build a nation second to none and every time we fail to acknowledge this we work to undermine that very system.
I understand the government's desire to help those in need. However, time after time, the people of the United States have always reached deep into their own pockets and helped them as well as those devastated by natural disasters. We do not need the government to remind us of who we are and we do not want our government to cripple us financially and stifle our ability to be the generous people we've always been. No other country has ever matched our concern or private generosity when it comes to the general welfare of the people in this country or around the world. It is because of the average American that we are the greatest nation in history, not because of the size of our government. The government needs to believe in the people of our nation and follow the Constitution that is there to guide them and legally bind them.
Robert Murphy once said:
"Only by fostering private enterprise can the United States truly capitalize on its most basic advantage over communism."
And Winston Churchill said this:
"Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery."
The strength of our country does not come solely from the free enterprise system but the mutual respect we have for each other. We have been given the individual responsibility to use our God-given talents to become all that we can be and improve the lives of our fellow man.
I'm asking you to join me in demanding that our elected representatives hear each of our voices in demanding fiscal responsibility, just as we do in our own homes and businesses. I will work to pass legislation for a balance budget amendment, and I will fight to reduce the size of government and the federal debt. I will always work to foster private enterprise over big government so that each and every one of us can remain free to pursue our goals and vision for ourselves and our families.
Please join my campaign by making a donation or volunteering some of your talents and time. Please send me an email or join me at one of my events. Together we can restore America for our Grandchildren and preserve the freedoms promised to us by our Founding Fathers. I am humbly asking for your support and vote.