I was looking at data on the “still” wide and growing gap in our trade deficit to counter Rick Larsen’s claim that he fights to open global trade opportunities for Washington’s produce and goods. While researching on the web, a Commerce Department web site came up with a ”Closed because of Government Shut Down” notice. I find it ironic that the same officials who pass laws making it illegal to interfere with commerce shut down the government and now we cannot even check to see if we have any commerce going on at all.
No problem though, I already have enough information to see that Larsen has failed to open the door to significant shipments of American products. I would appreciate some more information from farmers who grow cherries, potatoes and apples however. Despite the objections of labor, experts, and the past history of trade agreements hurting workers and benefitting only Corporate giants and large agri-businesses, the Congress still adopted the South Korea, Colombia and Panama Trade deals.
The claim was that it helped farmers, (especially Potato farmers by dropping 18% tariffs). I do not like statistics, they can be manipulated and tell only a portion of the larger picture. But real consequences on the lives of people affected by our laws tell the real story. If you are a Washington farmer, especially in District 2, I would appreciate any input you can give me to indicate if these trade agreements have had a good, bad or negligible impact on your bottom line. And regardless of the trade agreement impacts, are there other factors you can point to that are making it difficult for you to pay the bills.
I am seeking to be the next Congressman from District 2. It is not my intention to legislate based on the amount of campaign donations from powerful interests or pressure from paid lobbyist. I intend to represent real people find out their real problems and seek real solutions that are in the best interest of the District and State. “Business as usual” will not continue during my term. I hope to meet every concerned group and individual who has a problem with the dysfunction of our government and hear their stories of how that dysfunction has hurt them.
I am a grassroots activist who intends to be a grassroots legislator. Every Congressional break or instance where my presence in not absolutely required in D.C. will find me traveling the communities of the District to give progress reports on the plan we will pursue. Community engagement and understanding of politics is crucial and I will knock on doors if need be, during my term, to solicit peoples attendance at regular meetings with me and/or my staff.
By the way, the staff I select will be knowledgeable and well versed on our goals and policies. They will have my complete trust and be given the authority to answer many issue and policy questions. My core staff will operate more as a committee. I am smart enough to know I may not have contemplated all the possibilities, know all the answers or be able to come up with the best idea for a situation. Ultimately, the final decisions rest with me, but know that my ego comes off when I do the peoples work.
Over the next year, as we head into the next election, you will have the opportunity to know more about me and my beliefs. But right now is the time for me to hear what is affecting you and how you would like me to address it. This is a job I take seriously and I want you to feel I have met your expectations and made an impact that was worth your vote.
Again, if you are a farmer please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org in regard to the trade agreements and other issues that affect you. And everyone, please don’t be shy about asking any question you have. I will do my best to answer each one individually or in a post if I receive many inquiries on the same topic.