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IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — Continued
A few years ago I wrote to Representative Rick Larsen (District 2, Democrat) about something that concerned me with the TSA. Although I am a Republican and he a Democrat, I felt that he was still my representative, was deserving of respect, and that I in turn deserved to be heard. After filing my letter on his website, I received notification that he or a staffer would get back to me. Instead, all I got was his newsletter – to which I had apparently become subscribed.
When I met with Dan Matthews, his Republican challenger, I was struck by a significant difference in attitude
Among the first things he said to me was that he was running to be the congressional representative for the whole district, not just republicans. His appearance is clean cut and he is obviously the kind of man you would trust. He flew planes for a living and served for two decades in the armed forces. That’s the kind of job where if you make a bad choice people actually die, and there is no place to hide or political equivocation that can conceal bad behavior.
Again, contrast this with Rick Larsen. In 2011 he was forced to fire three of his staffers for drinking on the job and referring to Larsen as “my idiot boss.” They were caught because they were dumb enough to tweet about it.
• I believe that the proper function of government is to do for the people those things that have to be done but cannot be done, or cannot be done as well by individuals, and that the most effective government is government closest to the people.
• I believe that good government is based on the individual and that each person’s ability, dignity, freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized.
• I believe that free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative and incentive have given this nation an economic system second to none.
• I believe that sound money policy should be our goal.
• I believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all, regardless of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.
• I believe that persons with disabilities should be afforded equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity as well.
• I believe we must retain those principles worth retaining, yet always be receptive to new ideas with an outlook broad enough to accommodate thoughtful change and varying points of view.
• I believe that Americans value and should preserve their feeling of national strength and pride, and at the same time share with people everywhere a desire for peace and freedom and the extension of human rights throughout the world.
• Finally, I believe that the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideals into positive and successful principles of government.
Here are bills that matter this session and are worth watching. See the Freedom Foundation’s analysis below . This analysis was prepared by Scott Roberts of the Freedom Foundation. For more information go to www.myfreedomfoundation.com
Budget and Taxes: HB 2127 Proposed Supplemental Budget for 2011-2013 – Cuts spending, shifts funds and increases revenue through a new tax and revocation of a tax preference. Read our overview of the House Democrats’ budget proposal for more info. Fails to address systemic problems that led to government over-spending, continues habit of playing budget games to balance the books.
Transportation: SB 6445 Concerning the Interstate 5 Columbia river crossing project. Designates the Columbia River Crossing project as a toll facility and allows total project expenses up to $3.4 billion. Increases fees and taxes