I am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Afterwards I graduated from Gonzaga University as a biochemist and I spent my career researching and developing cancer therapies. Since retiring I have volunteered my time helping conservative candidates seeking elected office. I was elected as a Republican precinct committee officer, then vice-chairman of Legislative District 44 and later as chairman on the Snohomish County Republican Party executive committee. I am not a rich career politician nor a lawyer want-to-be politician, instead I consider myself to be a "citizen politician" as Ronald Reagan referred to himself; someone closest to the people. Isn't that exactly what a House Representative is supposed to be, someone close to the people? Yes. Isn't this missing today, with most members of Congress being multimillionaires who continually ignore their constituents? Yes. If we want to change Congress then we need to change who we elect to Congress. I am proud to say that this is the first time I have ever run for a major elected office. It is time we change who we send to Washington D.C. if we hope to change what they do once elected.
We've witnessed a downturn in America's economic might, the long-term deterioration of America's once strong moral and spiritual values and the never-ending decline of the U.S. dollar resulting from bad monetary policy by the Federal Reserve. Thus today we see the lowest workforce participation rate; high gasoline prices; a decline in the middle-class and an expansion of the welfare class. Optimism is down, the president's ratings are down and Congress has never seen lower approval ratings. It's time to take the necessary actions to reverse these downward trends before it is too late. And that's exactly why I am running for U.S. Congress. I want to help save America for the next generation.
Let's fix the economy. Lowering corporate tax rates to global competitive levels, replacing 74,000 pages of complicated IRS tax code with a simple and fair flat tax, approving the Keystone pipeline, unleashing the entrepreneur spirit of Americans, all these things will help fix and grow the economy. "A rising tide lifts all boats." With a rising economy American's hard work will be rewarded in the form of greater workforce participation (lower unemployment) and higher wages for poor and middle-class families.
"Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime." Let's stop ruining people's lives by giving them unlimited free stuff without requiring them to "learn how to fish." Let's help them become a proud, productive member of society instead of someone who becomes a depressed, discouraged dependent of the state. That's how to solve "income inequality" that some politicians, including my opponent, use as an excuse to give away free stuff.
The government should balance the budget and not steal from the next generation to pay for their out-of-control spending habits today. We need to secure our borders, preventing the free flow of illegal drugs and terrorists from China and the Middle East from coming here. Afterwards we can discuss immigration reform. Until then the federal government should enforce current immigration law.
Other priorities: Replace Obamacare with a truly free-market healthcare system that works for everyone. Allow us, not the government, to choose our doctor and the health insurance plan we want across state lines, just like we do with auto, life and mortgage insurance from providers who produce the best coverage at the lowest prices. An education system second to none. Education dollars should follow the student so that parents can decide which educational facility is best for their child, whether public, charter, private or in-home schooling, not a state or federal bureaucracy. We need to fix the VA by firing those who prove incompetent and allow our veterans to seek treatment elsewhere whenever there is a waiting line. Their medical dollars should follow them! And we need to reign in the NSA, BLM, EPA, DOE, DHS and the ATF. Thank you in advance for your vote. It's about common sense solutions. It's about timeless principles, not endless politics. Please visit my website for additional details and updates at www.sutherlandusa.com and Facebook (SutherlandUSA).
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
This is one of a series of commentaries from candidates in the Aug. 5 primary election. Robert Sutherland, 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.