||I was born and raised near Pella, Iowa, graduated from Pella Christian High School and studied engineering at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. I married my wife, Ruby in 1970 and we have 3 children .
I served in the Army Reserve for 6 years and worked as an electrician in Ames, Iowa. The weak construction market in 1982 prompted us to move to Longmont, CO. I started my own electrical business in 1985 and added a separate business, manufacturing tools for the construction industry, in 1990. Both businesses are still viable today, although the current economy has been especially difficult for the construction industry.
I consider myself a social and economic conservative, pro innocent life, an evangelical Christian and a firm believer in American exceptionalism.
Why would he run for President?
The national debt has been an issue of public debate for most of my voting life. Now, thanks to the massive deficit spending of the last couple years, it has become a threat to the American way of life and to my country as I know and love it.
Nearly every year for the last forty years the United States government has had to borrow to pay the bills. My five grandchildren's share of the national debt is almost a quarter million dollars. In addition, each of them will be assessed nearly one thousand dollars in interest this year alone. This is not only immoral but is bordering on the criminal. Taxation without representation is a major issue with today's Tea Party and was a driving force behind our revolution.
Here's the problem:
In 2010 we had receipts of $2162 billion
In 2010 we spent
$707 billion on Social Security
$452 billion on Medicare
$624 billion on income security (disability/unemploy, etc)
$197 billion on interest
$182 billion is all that is left to fund all other aspects of government including education, defense, health, research, transportation, justice etc. Increases in those first four items, due to higher interest payments and more people retiring will take up most of that $182 billion in 2011.
The Congress had difficulty cutting $60 billion from a deficit of $1600 billion in the 2011 budget. The debt ceiling compromise gave Obama permisssion to borrow another $2500 billion, the Republicans settled for some marginal spending cuts that may never materialize, and those grandchildren will be $40,000 deeper in debt.
We have half heartedly attempted to address the problem over the last 40 years with different combinations of political persuasions and backgrounds.The little success we have had was an energized Republican Congress coupled with a booming economy in the late 1990's. We've tried liberals, conservatives, and moderates. The only thing they had in common was that they had come up through the political system. (How's that worked for us?) We don't need a genius as much as we need someone with the fortitude to make difficult and, in many cases, unpopular descisions. It's time we put some bluecollar common sense in charge.
I believe the 2012 election is probably the last reasonable chance we have to get our budget under control. I am running, for the sake of those grandchildren, for the job of President of the United States on a platform focused on growing our economy and reestablishing a government that operates in a fiscally responsible manner.
I will only run if there is enough financial support to run a credible campaign. I will not borrow. I will not mail you a plea for money every month. I expect that most contributions will be small ones from fellow Americans who go to work every day, who support their families, who pay their taxes and who want to pass on to their children and grandchildren the opportunities that they have enjoyed. Americans who tired of the seeing the problem continue to get worse year after year. Americans who are tired of supporting the "looters"; both rich and poor, who Ayn Rand described as the people who believe that their"needs" give them a right to other peoples property and money.
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