Friday, July 30, 2010

Jesse Young for Congress in Washington's 6th District

As I will be moving back to the 6th district very soon, I felt compelled to voice my opinion about the candidates running, as the winner will be my congressman, and we all know how much Normie and I get along.

My family and I have decided to support Jesse Young in his quest to defeat Norm Dicks and to represent the 6th Congressional District in WA.

All candidates have their stories, that much is true. But it is up to the voters to determine whether those stories are useless rhetorical fluff, or whether the candidate's background gives us a window into understanding his or her view of the world, which is extremely important. For example, does the candidate view individualism negatively and does he or she believe in "the collective?" Or, does the candidate, informed by his or her experiences, view the individual as supreme, voting to uphold those sacred individual rights?

Jesse's story, rather, his life, is one that I believe has prepared him to be a steward of this country at this particular moment in history. With the country heading off of a cliff in terms of spending, debt, and the deficit; with the unprecedented growth and intrusion of the federal government into our lives; with 10% unemployment and small businesses teetering on the edge, desperately trying to survive, we need someone like Jesse in the US Congress.


Because Jesse wasn't handed a thing. Everything he has accomplished was earned through his own hard work, perseverance, dreams, and tireless efforts. At times during his childhood he was homeless while trying to attend school, but through his own commitment and tenacity he took himself to the University of Notre Dame. He held jobs during high school and all during his college years, sacrificing summers to earn money for school.

Through those tough times, through his work consulting for various industries, and through his role as a husband, father, volunteer, and community member, I believe that Jesse learned the lessons he will need to make the right decisions while in Congress. We need people who know how hard it is to earn money and to take care of a family, but who have the guts to do it themselves, without waiting for Big Brother to build them a comfortable prison. We need someone who is not afraid to look at a budget and to say, "cut," because he's had to do it with his own family's budget.

Lastly, Jesse Young was born the same year that ol' Normie was first elected to Congress. We all know what a swamp and cesspool that Washington DC is, and we all know how it can corrupt even decent people. Norm has been there so long that he is now known as the "King of Pork" (amazingly, another WA elected official, Patty Murray, is known as the "Queen of Pork," go figure) and if he remains in Congress he in line to become the chair of the Appropriations committee. It's time for ol' Normie to retire and let someone with fresh ideas have a chance to govern. Norm Dicks has become the antithesis of the word "Representative." It's time to retire him.

I believe Jesse has the integrity, the vision, the experience, and the fortitude to go to Washington DC and to remain committed to his principles. He believes in the Constitution and free markets, but even more important than that, he believes in the truly exceptional nature of our country. He understands and recognizes the hope and the optimism of America that is inextricably bound to our history as a nation. It is the belief in individual rights so that each child, regardless of color, creed, gender, income (or any other box the left wants us to solely identify with) may dream as big as he or she desires because the possibility that the dream will come true exists in America. It is the American dream, and because Jesse has lived it, he appreciates it, and will defend it for all of us as the next Congressman from Washington's 6th District.

Ballots have been sent out for the primary and Jesse will need every vote to make it to the general election! So when you are voting, VOTE FOR JESSE YOUNG! :)

If you want to learn more about Jesse, go to his website here and please consider volunteering and donating money to his campaign.


  1. What I like about Jesse Young is that he does not change his stand on issues to please his audience. I have heard him speak at 4 different events and he has the courage to stick with his principles. While public servants should possess the intellectual curiosity and courage to grow and even change--when facts prove them wrong--I want an elected official who won't dance around his opinion. I want someone who is frank. It is great if this can be done with a sense of humor and even a little humility...but I want some steel in the spine. So far, Jesse Young seems to have it.

  2. That was the best article I think I've ever read about Jesse! I couldn't agree more with what you said. Jesse is truly a solid candidate with a history of moving mountains and he can do it again!

  3. How eloquent your words were. I like the part where you said that Jesse's not afraid to look at a budget and say cut because he's had to do it in his own family.
    I, too, had a childhood of hand-me-downs and learned to appreciate every little thing that came my way. Now, 40 years later with the ecomomy going south, I have to learn how to tighten my belt again. That appreciation of what I do have is coming back. It almost feels good to have to take stock of what you have been blessed with for so long and start to differentiate what things REALLY matter!
    Think of Glenn Beck having hit bottom in his life and then overcoming it. He has more appreciation of what really matters in life because of it. Think of what Jesse can do representing us in congress, when he knows the value of a (our) dollar!


  4. His insistance on building a fence around the US (or at least, I suppose, between the southern US and Mexico) disturbs me. He is obviously playing to the crowd without any thought of the cost of building and trying to operate something like that. I see that he has no position on the national debt - understandable, since proposing an expensive fence would clash with reducing the debt.

  5. hnjchild: Jesse Young does have a definite position on the national fiscal decline. It is called "Fiscal Responsibility" and requires a REDUCTION in government spending. Maybe hnjchild did not recognize it on the website because it was not called "Raising Taxes".

    hnjchild, where are your FACTS?

    I am not sure how much the fence, if built all across the southern US border, would cost... guess it depends on whether it was built under Federal Contract Overruns or under a contract that demanded strict compliance with the bid that was accepted.

    What I do know is that the cost of providing medical and social services to illegal immigrants is adding significantly to our government spending and therefore to our national debt.

    For a start, take a look at the website of the Federation for American Immigration Reform which details the cost of illegal immigration:

    And if you think this information may be slanted, take a look at the Snopes article at:

    This verifies the story that Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX has nearly 16000 births per year and 70% are babies born to "undocumented" immigrants. In one year, this cost Medicaid (the Federal gov't) $34.5 million; the Dallas City taxpayer, $31.5 million; and the Feds threw in another $9.5 million.

    Multiply that by hospitals throughout the country every year, and you are talking real debt. Then throw in the annual costs of education (incl. bilingual and other special ed)and incarceration in jails and prisons. Then add in the personnel costs of increased border patrol and other law enforcement personnel and public defenders involved in trying to deal with cartels and drug runners and illegal immigrant lawbreakers and, pretty soon, the cost of building a good fence seems like a pretty good bargain.

  6. Hmm. OK, "fiscal responsibility" on his webpage equates to somehow subsidizing ("strategic investment" in) small business and somehow cutting overall spending (which, as I said conflicts with his concrete desire to build and operate expensive border fences).

    I would be very interested in any -complete and unbiased- analysis of a border fence (which would have to include a northern fence) that would estimate the true cost-effectiveness of its construction and operation relative to the -total- cost of illegal immigrants. I haven't seen one yet. Yes, there are many studies of aspects of illegal immigration but they're all cherrypicking data and quoting anecdotes to support the bias of the analyst. This includes a couple I've seen that actually assert that immigration, both legal and illegal, is a long-term -plus- because of our aging citizenry.

    I do find it difficult to believe that we could build border fences that would be very effective in the long run, anyway. There's an awful lot of open country and coastline out there, folks. How many guards per mile would it take, and how would we be able to keep all of the guards honest? What's next? Mine fields? And then what about the coastline borders? I repeat, he's playing to the crowd. Just another politician.

  7. Show me the hard data.

    Besides, if you want to cave and stop trying to enforce the immigration laws on the books, have the huevos to come out in the open and argue for changing federal law.

    This is supposed to be a nation where laws are enforced equally, where men don't decide on the selective enforcement of laws. You want to change the law, then do it with due process. Have real congressional hearings; go state to state and listen to the people as much, at least, as special interest groups like La Raza, MECHA, MALDEF and the International Unions are listened to. Stop encouraging violent demonstrations and economic boycotts when our economies are already crumbling. And stop arrogantly spending taxpayer money suing one of the United STATES.

    How about sending one of the diplomats, who say they can negotiate with Iran, to sit down and talk with the Legislators and Governor of Arizona, one of the United STATES. Maybe THAT would be cheaper and more effective than misusing the courts. But no. Sounds like just another Democrat.

  8. hnjchild, whoa, dude.... here's some facts wo/ people in da know 'bout CRIMINAL illegales....:
    On June 11, 2010, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council and its constituent local representatives from around the nation, acting on behalf of approximately 7,000 ICE officers and employees from the ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), cast a unanimous “Vote of No Confidence” in the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, and the Assistant Director of the ICE Office of Detention Policy and Planning, (ODPP), Phyllis Coven.
    While ICE reports internally that more than 90 percent of ICE detainees are first encountered in jails after they are arrested by local police for criminal charges, ICE senior leadership misrepresents this information publicly in order to portray ICE detainees as being non-criminal in nature to support the Administration's position on amnesty and relaxed security at ICE detention facilities.

    The majority of ICE ERO Officers are prohibited from making street arrests or enforcing United States immigration laws outside of the institutional (jail) setting. This has effectively created "amnesty through policy" for anyone illegally in the United States who has not been arrested by another agency for a criminal violation.

    CE Detention Reforms have transformed into a detention system aimed at providing resort like living conditions to criminal aliens. Senior ICE leadership excluded ICE officers and field managers (the technical experts on ICE detention) from the development of these reforms, and instead solicited recommendations from special interest groups. The lack of technical expertise and field expertise has resulted in a priority of providing bingo nights, dance lessons and hanging plants to criminals, instead of addressing safe and responsible detention reforms for non-criminal individuals and families. Unlike any other agency in the nation, ICE officers will be prevented from searching detainees housed in ICE facilities allowing weapons, drugs and other contraband into detention centers putting detainees, ICE officers and contract guards at risk.
    The foregoin' comes straight from da lips o' da pony via da Washin'ton Times. Specific'ly: ...the Center for Immigration Studies yesterday posted a letter that was authored on June 11, 2010 by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Union President Chris Crane titled: "VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN ICE DIRECTOR JOHN MORTON AND ODPP ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PHYLLIS COVEN."
    So, hnj,child, we got us some probl'ms wid deses illegales. No offens, wo/man, but we bettah git to protektin' dis country. Have a gud da'....

  9. I agree, the current situation isn't working, mostly because funding is too limited and there aren't enough people and resources to do the job right. How much money and how many people would it take? That's what my question is, and nobody is attempting to answer it. 'Nough said...


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