Monday, June 4, 2007

Many aspects to a debate...


Powerful couple of weeks and much to write about but sometimes hard to keep on track when things get rolling as fast as they have. I was pleased to see the “Debate” at Blue Ridge between Sayre and Hanger and I had told both candidates from the beginning that a public forum like that was needed for the citizens of the 24th to make an informed decision. The format worked well and I believe the questions were in order and brought out many interesting responses from both Hanger and Sayre. I only wish the candidate from the Libertarian Party Mr. Sime was included for I have spoken with him several times and he has very good points and opinions that would have enhanced the “Debate”. Unfortunately the Libertarian Party is not as recognized or understood as well as it should be. I cant tell you how many times I have gotten a blank stare when I mention the “Libertarian” party in a conversation for people just are not aware of the party. And some I have even had to explain that they are not the party of “Librarians”…

I also told both Candidates that competition was a good thing even within the same party for it makes the party as a whole stronger in the end. Unfortunately on the “Outside” it has gotten ugly in places but the principles and beliefs of the Republican party are strong in the citizens of the Valley.

The week following the debate I attended the “Americans for Prosperity” luncheon in Richmond and heard several strong speakers on what has made this strong economy we have. I was very impressed by the former Lt. Governor of Maryland Michael Steele and there is no doubt this is a man that we need more of in our party and government. All of these speakers spoke of the booming economy along with the problem of overspending which has overshadowed the perception of America in many eyes of the citizens. There is no doubt we have a very strong economy as evident in the stock market, increased incomes, incredible tax revenues coming into the treasuries, and retirement accounts. The problem is we have severe spending problems at all levels of government and into our private finance dealings. These are problems that we must address sooner then later and this has been discussed in many forums recently.

It was a key point in the Sayre \ Hanger debate and continues to be an active topic in many blogs and news reports. I am encouraged by those who understand that our strong economy is the result of hard work by the working citizens of America and also the ability of businesses to respond and operate to the best of their ability. I am encouraged to see those who understand that by lowering the taxes on ALL Americans and businesses this results in increased investments and outstanding economies. John F. Kennedy understood this. So did Ronald Reagen. So did George W. Bush. And I believe Scott Sayre understands this also.

Numerous times during the debate I saw examples of how Scott Sayre understands the power of the American worker and a business that is allowed to respond in effective ways and policies. I believe that he understands the problems of wasteful and overspending in our government and the looming “Thunderstorms” in the future facing us in Social Security, Medicare, and the numerous budget problems facing us in our State budget as well.

Many times during the debate, as well as in the national debates, the topic of raising taxes to “cure our ill’s” comes up and it is interesting to see this discussed. Some people feel that with a strong economy it is appropriate to raise taxes to pay for programs and correct the results of wasteful overspending. Some people feel that this is the appropriate way to cure a problem instead of dealing with and preventing the root cause and at the same time ignoring the effects increased taxes have on an economy.

I am encouraged by those who understand and believe in the power of the American worker who is allowed to keep more of his earned income to spend, save, and invest as he sees fit. This results in personal ownership and increased efforts to provide the best possible for themselves, their families, their communities, and their country.

I am encouraged when I see Scott Sayre speak of supporting these working Americans and at the same time limiting government and it’s wasteful spending habits.

Remember. There are many forms of “The Hunt for Red November”…
More to come…
Steve Kijak


Blogger Spank That Donkey said...

Amen, Brother Kijak!

June 4, 2007 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't generally invite people from other parties to a debate for a republican primary.

June 5, 2007 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice tone. Same spin that's been spun a thousand times in this election. The logic breaks down when you assume that by saying one is for business that other is not. And we've heard so many times how Senator Hanger wants to tax our air, but that line is about spun out, too.

June 5, 2007 at 10:11 PM  

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