GOVERNMENT

 

“It appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need for government.”

~ Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

 

“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.”

~ P.J. O’Rourke, American Political Satirist, Journalist, Author

 

As United States Congressman, I will work to:

  1. Respect, encourage and empower our friends and family in the civil workforce
  2. Reduce regulation and overlap that makes it harder for federal employees to do their job
  3. Develop relationships with State and Local government officials within Virginia’s 8th District
  4. Build relationships with the other 10 Virginia Congressional District Representatives
  5. Develop relationships with whomever is United States President and our two United States Senators
  6. Reduce overreach/influence of the Federal government in our personal lives
  7. Preserve the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution

I agree with President Lincoln that government is necessary because of the nature of man.  Lincoln is also attributed with saying that “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.”   Our government is not perfect but can always be perfected.  That is the spirit behind the ideas of our United States Constitution.

We have two different areas of focus because there are two segments of our federal government:

  1. Elected officials (Politicians)
  2. Federal employees (Our friends and family)

Our friends and family are not “Washington” as it is parodied in the media.  They may work in Washington, DC but they also work in our 8th District, throughout Virginia, the country and around the world.  Our military professionals and intelligence are also federal workers for example; they serve our country with distinction. These civil service workers deserve our respect, our adulation and our support.

Elected officials on the other hand, left unwatched by a trusting constituency, can be corrupted absolutely.  This is where we, as members of We the people…” must limit, monitor and if necessary, remove politicians.  This is our responsibility as citizens.

 

2012 is an Olympic year and it is our turn to grab the torch. 

 

Our 21st century world is complex.  It requires an effective, innovative government with representatives willing to build relationships domestically and abroad.  The world needs a functioning United States of America with political stability, legislative certainty and interpersonal diplomacy.  I fully recognize that Government MATTERS.