Too many of our Veterans struggle after leaving active military duty. For some it's the loss of purpose, for others it's the lack of camaraderie and for far too many it's depression that follows a collapse of their daily support system.
For too many of our nation's heroes, life after active duty leads to depression as they struggle to find a purpose in life. Many lose all passion and drive feeling left in limbo without a way out. Work provides little escape as many veterans feel they don't fit in with the people around them. Sadly, too many of our veterans turn to alcohol and drugs which has led to our nations veteran suicide & homelessness issues.
What if veterans could work with other veterans in the civilian world? How much would having a support system at work help our veteran population?
I am proposing Congress create a new Veterans Small Business Administration Loan Bank that would loan veterans with a qualified business plan up to one million dollars at 3 percent interest to start a new business plus a $6800 annual Federal tax credit for each veteran employee working a full year at the company. That is a major incentive above current VA loan programs that currently only offer up to $350K at 2.5% - 4.75% over prime rate with no tax credits. No saavy business person pays above prime rate and our veteran's deserve better!
I believe this would go a long way to putting veterans to work at good jobs when they depart active service and allow them to continue to work in an environment of mutual camaraderie and support. Healthy work with a purpose inspires a health mind and soul.
The Pew Institute estimates between 300,000 and 400,000 children are born to illegal immigrants of varying nationalities each year in the United States. Now accounting for roughly 8% of all births in the U.S. annually and accelerating.
Our current treatment of immigration law encourages parents-to-be to come to the United States illegally to have their children. They do so in order to receive costly social benefits and improve the chances of attaining legal residency themselves. Rewarding illegal behavior makes no sense! Would you or I get away with robbing a bank then depositing the money in your child’s account at another bank? No!
There is no valid basis under the 14th Amendment for the practice of granting citizenship to U.S. born children of foreign nationals illegally in America. The 14th Amendment was clearly ratified in 1868 to protect the rights of native-born Black Americans, whose rights were being denied as recently-freed slaves. It was written in a manner so as to prevent state governments from ever denying citizenship to blacks born in the United States. But in 1868, the United States had no formal immigration policy, and the authors therefore saw no need to address immigration explicitly in the amendment.
Tired of the same old Politicians? Me too!
That's why am running for Congress in the 9th District of California because I care deeply about our Nation and am concerned for our children's futures. Like many of you - I don’t feel we are adequately represented in Washington D.C. by a Congress that only answers to big money donors. I know we can do much better!
I am passionate about preserving the freedoms of this great Nation, the amazing state of California, and our district. The Valley is our home, my place of work and where my children have been raised.
We've always treasured the quality of life here and that lifestyle is under attack by elected officials who don’t hear or represent us. I am standing up to serve in order to defend what so many others have fought for and what we all hold dear as both Californians and as Americans. I pledge that if I'm elected to represent you in Congress that I will meet with, listen to and work together with people of all views to solve the problems we face.
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Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don't propose a federal budget. The President does.
You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one President, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a President to do one cotton-picking thing. I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. (The President can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.)
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? (Paul Ryan. He is the leader of the majority party. He and fellow House members, not the President, can approve any budget they want. ) If the President vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to. [The House has passed a budget but the Senate has not approved a budget in over three years. The President's proposed budgets have gotten almost unanimous rejections in the Senate in that time.]
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted -- by present facts -- of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.
If the Army & Marines are in Iraq and Afghanistan it's because they want them in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible. They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses. Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees... We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!
Let's step back from all the political rhetoric for a moment to talk about guns.
First, all sane Americans agree that nobody's in favor of children being murdered at school. I'd venture to say we are all universally disgusted by the thought.
Rushing to condemn all gun owners, including responsible NRA members, for the insane actions of a few mentally unstable individuals is counter-productive and unnecessarily polarizing. Why aren't we focusing on the real issue in America's schools which is mentally disturbed individuals who are on psychotropic drugs? There are indisputable statistics linking these individuals with a high percentage of mass casualty school shooting sprees. Yet certain people keep trying to take away guns as a solution instead of removing disturbed individuals from our schools.
Now before you dissenters say "We can't remove the kids on antidepressant or attention deficit disorder drugs from school", I'll remind you that you're quite easily proposing stripping EVERY single American of their constitutionally protected second amendment rights whenever you propose banning guns.
So how about both sides of the gun argument come to an agreement that leads to actual solutions? Those of us on the Pro 2A side will agree to federal background checks, including mental health backgrounds, waiting periods and required firearm safety courses prior to all first time firearm purchases. Those on the opposite side should agree to stop pretending like 2A rights don’t exist in the constitution, calling for the bans on semi-automatic guns and over reacting to every shooting by branding law abiding citizens as part of the problem.
Lets find solutions that really protect our children while ending the needless political squabling.
About the author:
Ted Howze is running for Congress in California's 10th district.
The United States is the living embodiment of an idea born out of tyranny and the thirst for human liberty. Our founding fathers carried a deeply rooted belief in individualism and personal responsibility. For them, the individual and his dependence upon self-reliance were of preeminent importance.
Let there be no mistake. Our Founders created the greatest nation to ever exist on this planet and the United States of America has provided more freedom, liberty and contributions to improving the human condition than any other nation ever! As Americans, our greatest gift is being born into the guaranteed freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness. Sadly, though we may all pursue, we will not all achieve.
This reality is driving louder and more insistent cries for "economic justice". Economic justice can subjectively be defined by the degree to which the political and social separation between a nation's richest and poorest members is narrowest. A society where the "value" of a human being is more important than their political power or economic wealth.
Imagine if every time you went to the bank to use your ATM card a masked robber told you that in order to use YOUR money that you'd have to first pay him a ransom for the use of the machine.
You now understand the congressional budget process!
America's budget process has become a manage by crisis shambles where special interests hold up the process or refuse to participate solely for the purposes of grandstanding in election years.
The Omnibus spending bill passed in both houses of Congress on March 22nd was the biggest & worst ever for Americans. It balloons our national debt and continues funding wasteful spending that made voting NO a slam dunk for any fiscally minded human being.
Yet elected officials like Representative Jeff Denham in California's 10 District, who did vote no, released a press statement saying he only voted no on the basis of wanting a backdoor DACA fix included in the omnibus spending bill. So DACA amnesty was all that mattered in securing a yes on insane spending that mortgages our children's futures Jeff? This is not uncommon because politicians regularly use hot button issues to deflect from real accountability and the monumental task of getting our unbridled addiction to spending under control.
Why are we in this mess? Because of the way government budgets!