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IF IT WASN'T FOR PARTISAN POLITICS, WE WOULD ALL HAVE A MUCH NEEDED ADDITIONAL $1200 STIMULUS CHECK IN OUR HANDS. This and other critical legislation are constantly being held in gridlock or killed because of the petty hatred each party has for the other. This has got to stop, or at least be mitigated, because it is crippling our country and hurting Americans. We all are facing the same critical issues, and we should all be on the same page resolving them. Congressman Welch has let himself be gobbled up by partisanship to the point he is no longer an effective representative for Vermonters. He wasted 6 months and millions of dollars trying to impeach the President with evidence that was false. We need somebody that doesn't waste time and money on partisanship. We need somebody that is focused 24/7 on resolving issues and working for Vermonters. It is probably unrealistic to hope that we can eliminate the party system or have a viable third party. What we can do is substantially increase the number of Independents in Congress to break the gridlock and move vital legislation on to the President's desk in a quick, productive, and efficient manner. That's all we have to do to stop partisan politic's negative impact.
REMEMBER - YOU DON'T HAVE TO VOTE FOR A DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN.
I think everyone can agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a catastrophe at many levels. The death toll and the efforts of our front-line healthcare workers are heartbreaking. We have pandemics every year, sometimes more than one, that kill tens of thousands of Americans. Over the years we have developed protocols and procedures to handle pandemics that have mostly been coordinated by the CDC, and the focus was primarily on those most likely to die. However, this year, with COVID-19, all of that was suddenly forgotten. Our leaders at the federal, state, and local levels all seemed to freak out. I think the panic, hysteria, and confusion were fueled by news media, social media, and the fact that it is an election year. All of a sudden governors, mayors and local health officials are giving orders shutting down schools and businesses, and making everybody stay home, stay 6 feet away from each other, and wear masks. All of which is probably unconstitutional. The Federal government frantically buried the country in trillions of dollars in additional debt. We have gotten all kinds of mixed and conflicting messages and questionable statistics from the medical and scientific communities. Instead of focusing on the mortality rate and those most likely to die from this virus, we are focusing on case numbers and those least likely to die. This particular virus should be easier to control. We now know that It only kills people that are unhealthy and have a weakened immunity system in the first place - the elderly, people that are obese, and people that have significant medical issues. We need to focus and make a concerted effort, and concentrate our resources to protect this group of people. The rest of us don't have to worry and shouldn't be burdened with restrictions. Even if we get the virus, many of us won't even know it. Nationally, the mortality rate for this virus, at this point, is 0.0%. 0.0%! In Vermont, it's 0.00%! People need to WAKE UP! It is absolutely ludicrous and irresponsible for the rest of us to be made to close our businesses, stay at home, or wear masks, resulting in massive layoffs and unemployment, the destruction of our economy, the permanent closing of many businesses, increased suicide rates, and increased domestic crimes. These restrictions have affected every single person in this country. That is wrong. Just common sense tells us that wearing a mask for hours, that decreases our oxygen intake and increases our carbon dioxide intake, is not healthy or good for us. We're essentially smothering ourselves for no good reason. And as for those people who say that if we can save just one life it's worth it, they are misguided hypocrites, whether they know it or not. Using their philosophy, why aren't we banning swimming to prevent the loss of 3800 people each year who die from drowning, or banning the use of all motor vehicles that claim 38,000 lives each year, or ban the sale and use of cigarettes that are responsible for killing about 480,000 Americans every year. This pandemic has turned into a scamdemic. At this point, the pandemic is winding down, the economy is recovering, and there is no need for further lock-downs and restrictions. However, the self-serving Democrats are trying to perpetuate the fear and the restrictions in order to get elected. I predict that a few years from now, we will look back at the way this pandemic was handled and say, what the hell were they thinking. There are going to be massive repercussions, huge class action lawsuits, politicians run out of office, bureaucrats fired. I know, IF I'M ELECTED, I'M GOING TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO MAKE SURE NOTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPENS AGAIN.
At the beginning of every year, every person who had income becomes an indentured servant of the IRS. We are required to complete and file an income tax return, We are not paid or reimbursed for the time, money, and effort that we put into completing the tax return. Billions of hours of our time, and billions of dollars of our hard earned money are wasted on this endeavor. Tax forms and laws have gotten so complicated, that almost everybody pays to have them done for them or pays to use a tax preparation service. A whole needless industry was created to service individuals and corporations to help them get their tax returns completed. And if you don't send in a tax return, you could have your savings levied, income garnished, property seized or go to jail. The Founding Fathers never intended this. The Constitution prevented income taxes. They probably also knew that income tax laws would be used by politicians to reward their friends, and punish their enemies. That is exactly what happened. There are all kinds of loopholes, credits, deductions, etc. that make income taxes unfair. There were members of both major parties that advocated for a permanent income tax, however, we can blame primarily the Democrats. The 16th Amendment that paved the way for the income tax was ratified shortly after Woodrow Wilson was elected President. A few months later a Democrat introduced the first permanent income tax law in Congress. It passed both houses and was signed into law by Wilson in 1913. Since then, Americans have been burdened with filing income taxes every year. Many have been harassed and hounded by the IRS, and encumbered with exorbitant fines, penalty fees, and interest. The time has come to repeal the 16th Amendment, or at least repeal all federal income tax laws. IF I'M ELECTED, I'M GOING TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO END THE NATIONAL INCOME TAX AND REPLACE IT WITH A FAIR AND LOOPHOLE FREE, FLAT RATE, NATIONAL SALES TAX.
Every election year has its trendy political issue that all the shallow politicians jump on the bandwagon with. They act like it's the most important thing in their lives, and always has been, even though many of them have been in office for 20 or 30 years and have done little or nothing about them. After the election, these issues tend to get lost in the shuffle again. In the past they included poverty, term limits, abortion, civil rights, equality for women, welfare reform, law and order, immigration, etc. Some have changed their name over the years, like global warming and climate change. All these issues are still important and relevant, and need to be continually addressed; they're just not sexy this election year. This year, due to some unfathomable events, latent racism and social justice are the political issues of this election year. It is up to us that they are not lost in the shuffle after the election. I have had strong feelings and opinions regarding racism, equal rights, civil rights, and social justice long before this year. When I was a teenager and was vacationing in the south with my parents, I was confused and disgusted by all the monuments, statues and flags glorifying the old Confederacy. At the time, I thought, what the hell, those people were traitors that fought against the Union to preserve slavery, and they lost! Why is this Confederate crap allowed to exist? It was later that I thought about black people in the south and what they must think about those symbols of the Confederacy. I'm totally against violent mobs trying to deface or tear down statues or monuments. That is not the way to go. I am, however, for legally removing all vestiges of the racist Confederacy from public property. That should have been completed a long time ago. I find it ironic how outspoken and indignant Democrat politicians are regarding racism in this country. Their hypocrisy is palpable. They seem to have forgotten that the Democrat party was founded by Andrew Jackson, a slave trader, and the foundation of the party was the preservation and expansion of slavery. The Republicans, on the other hand, the foundation of their party was all about freeing the slaves - and they did. The Democrats ignore that all their major party leaders throughout history were racists - Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Confederate Army, Woodrow Wilson, President that re-segregated the Federal government, Franklin Roosevelt, President who rounded up Japanese Americans and put them in concentration camps, Harry Truman, President and former member of the KKK, Senator John Stennis, a racist who for decades voted against civil rights legislation (and whom Joe Biden worked with, supported, and effusively praised). They like to say their stripes have changed, but they haven't. That's like a murderer saying they're not murdering anymore. The Democrats are still all about divisiveness, power, and control. I can't think of anything more divisive than a civil war. The Democrat Party, caused and started the American Civil War. The Democrat leadership through the years has duped and conned Americans, especially minorities, into voting for them. I don't see how any decent candidate could associate themselves with the Democrat Party when there are other more noble parties they could belong to. In my opinion, the biggest remaining symbol and vestige of racism and the Confederacy is the Democrat Party itself. It has been the root of all evil in this country, and has been trying to undermine America since the party was started. The time has come to turn the page on the racist, divisive, unpatriotic, and un-American Democrat Party. It needs to go the way of the dinosaur and become extinct. I'D LIKE ALL THE DEMOCRAT PARTY CANDIDATES WHO ARE RUNNING FOR OFFICE IN VERMONT TO SHOW THEIR COMMITMENT TO FIGHTING RACISM, AND QUIT THE HISTORICALLY RACIST AND DIVISIVE DEMOCRAT PARTY, AND RUN AS INDEPENDENTS OR MEMBERS OF ANOTHER PARTY.
Congress, in their infinite wisdom, created the student loan disaster by making them too easy and available to get. As a result, colleges went on a spending spree because they could get away with higher tuitions. A lot of poor quality colleges issuing worthless degrees were able to exist. Much of what students owe is interest and penalty fees; sometimes as much as two-thirds of what they owe. If we eliminate the interest and fees, and stretch the term of the loans, students and former students will be much more able to comfortably pay them off without having taxpayers foot the bill or the government taking the hit if they default.
Your candidate has been part of this community for many years, working tirelessly to make it a better place. He is currently a Director of the MAKEaBETTER.ME charity organization, and Member, and former Treasurer and Secretary, of the Rutland Kiwanis Club, a community service organization.
He is a former Justice of the Peace, Town Lister, Notary Public, Board Member of the Downtown Rutland Partnership, Cubmaster and Scoutmaster of the local Boy Scouts of America, and Little League Baseball coach.
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I was born and raised in Upstate New York. I earned a BA in Political Science from Alfred University in New York State, and a JD from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. I started working in financial services in Boston. In 1985, I moved to Vermont, the place I always wanted to live. I was the head of an independent state agency, a bank Vice President, an Operations Field Supervisor with a security clearance for a Federal bureau, a Benefits Programs Specialist for the State, and the owner of a business. For the last couple of years, I was working for General Electric Aviation in Rutland, until I was laid off in June of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic collateral damage. I am single, and have 3 grown wonderful children.
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