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CAMPAIGN BLOG: The New Normal

Massachusetts and America will have a very clear choice about what path we want to take in this election, and the major political parties represent two competing world views.

Gasoline prices have been steadily rising over the past month. They now hover around $3.70 per gallon. The “official” unemployment rate has climbed to 8.3 percent (although the “real” unemployment rate is closer to 16 percent) and millions of Americans are “underwater,” owing more money on their mortgages than their homes are worth.

In all of these cases, we’re told by voices in our government and the op-ed pages of major newspapers that it is not that bad and that mediocrity is to be expected in our current economic climate. According to President Obama and his progressive friends, everything is “just fine”.

This, of course, is election-year nonsense.

Claiming that our current situation is the best we can possibly do is utterly defeatist and emblematic of failed “big government” assumptions and policies.

Massachusetts and America will have a very clear choice about what path we want to take in this election, and the major political parties represent two competing world views. Most Democrats falsely believe that the government creates economic growth and, therefore, must play an ever-growing role in our lives, (taking more money and freedom away from us in the process). Most Republicans accurately believe that we need to encourage economic growth via the private sector and that too much taxation, regulation and legislation is a major barrier to job growth.

The liberal/progressive/Democratic attitude is embodied by Rep. Ed Markey who thinks “regulations create more jobs.” This mindset is also shared by Elizabeth Warren, who doesn’t understand that it is the business owner that initiates commerce by hiring workers - who then pay taxes and use their remaining wages to purchase goods and services. Then, of course, there is President Obama’s now infamous comment denigrating all entrepreneurs by telling them “you didn’t build that.”

All of these individuals are either career politicians, academics, or both. They are beholden to a failed BIG government ideology. Republicans, on the other hand, have a decidedly different outlook and world view. We know that the free market creates economic growth. We know that necessary government spending is the result of economic activity, not the cause of it. We also know that the greatest anti-poverty program in the history of mankind is capitalism.

Where does that leave us? Where do we go from here? The answer is rather straightforward. Republicans know unemployment can be reduced dramatically, and significant economic growth can take place, if we cut government spending, reduce taxes and implement only sensible regulations. Democrats think we can grow our economy with more federal spending, higher taxes and increasingly burdensome regulations. Republicans are right, Democrats are wrong--and every American voter has the opportunity to voice his or her opinion about which vision will succeed this November.

In my view, (and this is shared by the voters I meet everyday in my district), we should not accept high unemployment as a fact of life. We should not accept higher taxes as a “fix” when we should really be holding our elected officials accountable for reining in spending and tackling tough issues. We should not mortgage the future of our children and grandchildren with deficits and debt that kill jobs for regular people while creating busy work for bureaucrats.

Here’s an example of what we should not do. We have an incredible abundance of domestic energy resources that can be safely and responsibly developed, decreasing the cost of living for all Americans. Yet, Rep. Ed Markey intentionally pushes legislation and policies that keep energy prices high. In so doing, he puts hard-working citizens in the position of having to choose between filling up their gas tanks or saving for their retirement, and in some cases, having to decide between heating their homes or putting food on their tables!

Decisions like these should not have to be made. Our government should empower citizens to be independent from government, not dependent on it. There is a bright future for America, but that future will continue to elude us if the government dictates how we live our lives. On the other hand, our success as a state and nation will be secured if, and only if, we embrace the brilliantly-crafted founding principles that place individual sovereignty above government intrusion.

This must be the “new normal”. Let’s make it happen in November.

For more information about Jeff Semon for U.S. Congress please visit www.jeffin2012.com

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Aron Levy August 16, 2012 at 02:47 AM
And you're right: there is more to me than meets the eye. I don't just roll over and accept your Fascistic blathering. I will attempt to destroy even the tiniest bit of credibility you have left. You Nazis destroyed my entire heritage in Europe the last go around. This time, it won't be so easy.
Earnhardt August 16, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Ahhh yes! censorship at it's best! A perfect example! let's delets whatever we judge to be inappropriate.
Patrick Ball (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 01:36 PM
@ Earnhardt, I guess this is where I remind you of our terms of use. Here's a link: http://lexington.patch.com/terms. And, to make it easy for everyone, I'll paste the pertinent excerpt below. "While we encourage people to be honest and post what’s on their mind, communities thrive when people care about each other, and as such, Patch expects all of its users to be respectful of others. This means that whether you are being complimentary or critical, whether you are agreeing or disagreeing with the subject of an article or another user’s comment, you should act in a civil manner and refrain from personal attacks – after all, these are your neighbors." You, Earnhardt, and other commenters agreed to abide by these terms. As such, we will continue to delete comments that go way off topic and include personal attacks, slurs and profanity.
Craig Foster August 16, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Amen - Well Said
Aron Levy August 16, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Don't worry. The GOP is trying to gut public education as well. Just look at the mess the Florida GOP made of my alma mater, the University of Florida. Due to their absurd budget cuts, I was the last graduate from the History of Science department because they killed it. Thanks, Governor Scott!
Jim Rizoli August 16, 2012 at 02:57 PM
@Patrick Ball...."we will continue to delete comments that go way off topic and include personal attacks, slurs and profanity". So why was this allowed? Take your anti-Semitic claptrap elsewhere, Jimmy. We all know that you're a neo-Nazi, and we're tired of hearing your voice. You can continue to post, but don't expect anyone to listen to you Nice! I guess to you this isn't a personal attack, or slur.... Time to enforce your own rules. You delete my rebuttal but allow his attack of me. Jim@ccfiile.com
Aron Levy August 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
He didn't delete it because it's true. Just look at your website, Jim.
Jaeger August 16, 2012 at 03:24 PM
How does a political party cut University programs? Is that a state school or private I know nothing about it.
Aron Levy August 16, 2012 at 03:26 PM
The University of Florida is the flagship of the Florida state university system. It wasn't cut specifically by Scott, but by his party's gross mismanagement of the budget. And his failure to adequately fund public education in the state.
Aron Levy August 16, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Also, you've never heard of the University of Florida? I genuinely find that hard to believe. UF is the third largest school in the country, with roughly 65-70,000 registered students.
Jim Rizoli August 16, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Aron....My website....Maybe you should take a long hard look at it. You might just learn something. Jim@ccfiile.com
Jaeger August 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I have heard of the school but know nothing about it. Why are you starting an argument with me? I asked a question and you jump down my throat.
Aron Levy August 16, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Jaeger, if I sounded combative, I'm sorry. I just thought it was strange that you said that you'd never heard of the school.
Patrick Ball (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I'm sorry, Jim. I missed that one while deleting the cluster of others last night.
Jaeger August 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Nice to see crazy people on both sides. Wow
Aron Levy August 16, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Jim's website has everything to do with this. You and are your brother are avowed anti-Semites and bigots against just about any other ethnic group out there. If you think calling someone out on their PUBLISHED views is childish, that's fine. Just don't expect anyone to take you seriously, ok?
Diana August 16, 2012 at 04:25 PM
For serious. That's some extra-large buckets-o'-looney up there.
Jaeger August 16, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Go on his crazy web page he hates everyone.
Jim Rizoli August 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Aron...You seemed pretty consumed by us... I hate to see if you took us seriously. Define seriously....enough to blog about it? Jim@ccfiile.com
Aron Levy August 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Consumed? Hardly. Disgusted? Absolutely. And I'm not blogging, as I don't have one. I'm commenting, which is very different. And considering your resounding political failure, I don't think very many other people take you all that seriously, either. Notice the previous posts from commenters other than myself: everyone is starting to see you and your brother for what you really are. You are nothing but sad, self-esteem bereft haters who take all your own failings out on everyone else. Go back to Stormfront.
Earnhardt August 16, 2012 at 11:34 PM
@ Patrick Ball. So as I see it. you just deleted any comments you did not like. You trample on my Right to Free Speech. to suit your own needs? That is tantamount to saying something like: "I thumbed through that book you are reading and removed the pages I did not think appropriate" Its A PUBLIC FORUM! Funny though, you allow Aaron Levy to insult everyone and you do nothing. This leads me to assume (and they are only MY assumptions) that either A: you are trying to prove you are a great editor to get noticed upstairs. B: you know nothing about the right to free speech. C: Aaron called you and cried about my JOKE. or D: all of the above. Go back and look at ALL the comments, by your "Standards" there would not be a forum going on here. Shame on you
Earnhardt August 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM
@ Aaron Levy. careful Aaron, by Patrick Balls standards you are about to get censored! All you do is call people names in a roundabout fashion all the while thinking how smug you are. Censor THAT Patrick!
Earnhardt August 16, 2012 at 11:48 PM
In other words: you are a censor. enough said. I need no reminding of the rules. Funny though you do not apply the same rules to everyone.
Jenna Lafont August 18, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Hmmm. Wasn't it the GOP that vetoed tax breaks for those corps. that in-source jobs here & cut tax breaks for those that out-source? Why, Yes. So we can keep hammering the same bs over & over. The reality is: The GOP just wants to keep their pockets filled. They don't actually care about jobs. Only "their" economy not ours.
Lizbeth DeSelm August 20, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Great! He has experience in the private sector. Then he should realize that in business, to generate revenue you have the options of increasing the costs of current goods and services, decreasing the overhead, and generating new product lines and markets. These options are all valid to return to a desired profit margin. If we define this under governmental speak, then returning to the desired profit margin should mean balanced budgets, and putting some aside for a ‘rainy day’ fund. (I know, the federal government having a rainy day fund. Laugh now.) Further definitions: Increasing the costs of goods and services should translate into taking a hard look at all of government revenue, and increasing fees for government services and taxes on substituents. Decreasing overhead means looking at expenses and laying off/shutting down portions of government that are redundant, including the military. Generating new product lines would involve investing in the academic or public sector (think NASA) to cause innovation for novel technologies which in theory would then lead to novel products further developed by the private sector. The question then becomes, where do his priorities lie currently? A secondary question also needs to be answered: In his view, what is the role of government? Answer and I might consider you. Don't answer and you are just as bad as your GOP colleagues up-ballot.
Lizbeth DeSelm August 20, 2012 at 07:45 PM
And a little known factoid about Reagan's 8 years in the Oval Office. He is the only GOP President to see a decrease in unemployment numbers by the time he left office. Oh, and he raise taxes 11 times. The Dems have a much better record of decreasing unemployment numbers overall during their terms in office, with the outlier being Jimmy Carter, whose numbers were flat. Raw data: http://data.bls.gov/pdq/SurveyOutputServlet
Lizbeth DeSelm August 20, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Please cite your sources for Frank and the Dems pressuring Wall St. to make risky loans. Further, and on a related note, if you are a homeowner, when do you refinance? I would guess when the cost of money is cheap, or in other words, when interest rates are low. In case you haven't noticed, the current interest rates are so low that investors in US Bonds actually lose money when you consider the cost of inflation over the life of the bond. So, wouldn't this be exactly the right time to invest in 'home improvement' at the government level by investing in infrastructure? You know, maybe improve those levies around Lake Pontchartrain, rebuild some of those decrepit bridges across the US? Maybe provide better flooding alternatives than what currently exist?
Lizbeth DeSelm August 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I agree wholeheartedly with this. Term limits and a staunch reduction in monetary influence in politics.
Craig Foster August 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM
Here is what a noted economist and the treasury secretary under Clinton when we had strong growth says the plan put forth by you and the republicans would actually do to the economy. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-reich/romney-ryan-budget_b_1812560.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
Tom M August 31, 2012 at 08:41 PM
You're right. The politicians are politicking for a job. 99% could care less as long as they are working. I always wondered who they are really interested in serving. If they cared enough real change would take place, but it doesn't. Welfare in this State is rampid as the author say's The unemployment rate is 16% in reality. The rate is 16% cause why go to work for $10 per hr when you can get a free ride from the State. The EBT card system is a joke.

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