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- Published on Friday, 22 March 2013 00:18
- Written by Administrator
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When I volunteer weekly with the Hays County Area Food Bank, sometimes things don't go according to plan. We rely on churches and other organizations for the facilities for our distributions around the county, and some times those facilities may not be available until the last minute, or they may unavailable due to renovations. We have to figure out “on the fly” how to get 75-100 families checked in and how to provide safe and orderly distribution of the donated food that will keep these families going for 2-3 days. We can't turn these people away because of a hiccup in our planning, and we certainly can't let disagreements among the staff get in the way of our mission. Our failure is simply not an option when these folks are relying on us for a hand up in their hour of need. It is up to my leadership at that moment to ensure that we accomplish our mission of Helping Other People Eat (HOPE). It is up to me to get the job done.
When I hear about the “gridlock” in Washington and how our legislative system is unable to get things done, I have to question why our elected leaders are allowing failure to become an option for our country. Is it a failure of the system? A failure of bi-partisan compromise? A failure of leadership? All of these things are certainly problems, but all could be solved if our elected representatives would simply do the job that we hired them to do. And that job is to represent the people with honesty and integrity, to take initiative to solve problems that government can solve and to leave the rest alone, to obey the laws of the land, and to protect and defend the Constitution. That is precisely how I will serve you in Congress, and that is how I will get things done.
But “getting things done” does not mean cutting corners or compromising on key values. Too many of our elected representatives sign and even sponsor legislation that they haven't even read! And they do this in the name of “expediency” or "necessity". I call it dereliction of duty. If any one of us failed to carry out a key job requirement, we would be fired - and what is the job of a lawmaker if not to read and write laws?
Throughout my professional career in quality control, I have been responsible as the final check-point for mission critical systems in oil, gas, and nuclear plants. If I ever allowed failure to become an option the result could have been catastrophic damage, or death. I have had to make life and death decisions, decisions that potentially effected hundreds of thousands of people, and I have always made the decision that in my best judgment protected human life, property, and prosperity. And I have never allowed politics or corporate pressure to prevent me from getting the job done.
Working to formulate and support legislation in Congress that will affect this district requires the same philosophy and approach I have demonstrated in my manufacturing career. We must keep in mind our cornerstone beliefs, approach every issue with attention to quality, fairness, and accurate representation of the interests of the people, and abide by the laws of our land and our founding principles. We must be conscious of the effects of our actions, not only for today, but ten, twenty, and fifty years in the future. We must leave a legacy for our children that exceeds what our parents left for us, rather than squandering our inheritance and leaving a legacy only of debt and darkness. We must begin to reverse the corruption, perpetual gridlock, and the never-ending campaign mentality of career politicians. We need government to exercise common-sense conservative values, and the “buck-stops-here” mentality that I apply in my own life every day.
And that is why I decided to become your candidate for the US House of Representatives. Because it's up to regular hard-working citizens like us to stand up and take responsibility to help to put this country back on the right track. I consider it my duty to serve this district, to serve Texas, to serve my country, and to serve our children's future. But I am not asking for your vote just so that I can go to Washington and "do something". I need your vote because I am the best candidate to represent our district, and I am the one with the skills, the values, and the Texas spirit to go to Washington and do what needs to be done.