I immigrated to the United States from Poland in 1984 and since then I have resided in this state. I am married to my wife, Yvonne, and we have two great sons, Tommy and Scott, who after graduating from college started working for the federal government. I grew up on a small farm where my grandmother and both parents worked besides having professional careers. My mother was a teacher and my father was an auditor for an agricultural corporation until his tragic death when I was only four years old.
During my college years in Poland, I was active in the Solidarity Movement and I helped to organize the first independent political party, Renaissance. After graduating with master's degree in business/political science, I received an assistant professor position at the local university. Then, due to the increased political prosecution, my wife and I decided to leave Poland and immigrate to the United States.
After coming to this country, I graduated from the University of Washington with a master's degree in international relations. A few years later, I started working as a social worker for the Department of Social and Health Services. Over the course of my career, I have assisted thousands of clients in improving their lives. I have always been dedicated and sensitive to the needs of my clients and I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of this state.
I am running for office as an independent populist Republican who is fiscally conservative and moderate on social issues. I am seeking office because I deeply care about our country and its future. In this race, I want to represent the silent majority of people who feel their voices are not being heard by the establishment on both sides - people whose personal liberties, constitutional rights and individual freedoms are under attack.
I am not running to promise you anything free of charge like most politicians would do because I am not a politician; I am one of you. I am one of the millions of hard-working patriots who sincerely care about this country - people who tend to their children, homes, farms and environment. I am a citizen who realizes that money actually does not grow on trees, but is earned through hard work.
So, actually I am going to go in the opposite direction and promise you that I will be working on reducing free goodies provided by the federal government, but in exchange, we are going to foster a better, healthier and more prosperous country for ourselves and our children.
I would like to work towards restoring America's trust in our government. The government needs to serve its people, be accountable and obey our laws, rules and regulations. Promises which have been made need to be kept, and the lies and abuses need to be investigated and exposed.
We need to restore fiscal sanity to our budgets and work on lowering our national debt. We should work on providing a better future, including proper world-class education, for our next generations. Our borders need to be secured and our immigration policies need to be re-worked to benefit United States citizens. We need to work on restoring the manufacturing base in our country, supporting free enterprise and farming, and securing our energy independence from the outside world. We also need to work on ending crony capitalism, corporate welfare and renegotiate foreign trade agreements.
Our unemployment levels have remained high; the remedy should be empowering free market enterprise, including small business and agriculture, where many jobs are generated. Wages have remained stagnant and household incomes are still lower than they were six years ago. There is an oversupply of labor on the market which keeps wages suppressed. One simple solution could be cutting our immigration levels by half and deporting more undocumented workers. There are many well educated and willing Americans who deserve the opportunity to make a living.
Other solutions include approving the Keystone Pipeline and investing in our infrastructure. Newly proposed EPA regulations and full ObamaCare implementation should be postponed until our economy recovers. We should also regulate and restrict the influence of the Wall Street, the Fed, and big banks, and reinstated the Glass-Steagall Act.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This is one of a series of commentaries from candidates in the Aug. 5 primary election. John Orlinski, R., is a candidate for U.S. Representative for the 1st Congressional District. The top two vote getters in the primary will be on the Nov. 4 general election ballot. The 1st District includes nearly all of Whatcom County outside Bellingham, plus portions of King, Snohomish and Skagit counties.