Category: Views

Is PAC $ a Campaign Issue?

Recently we have seen a lot of pressure placed on politicians and candidates who take money from the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The concern being that the NRA holds tremendous influence over Congressional members due to their financial support.  If that is true then why is it okay for Congress to take PAC money from other companies such as Pharmaceutical manufacturers , Healthcare Insurance Providers, and Oil Producers?

Eric Swalwell in 2012 (FEC FILES)

Eric Swalwell in 2014 (FEC FILES)

At  town hall meetings Eric continued to speak aggressively against PAC money and the negative impact.  At the San Ramon townhall he described corporate donations as (taken from my notes, actual quote may be slightly different) “Corporate money in Washington is one of the most corrupting influences that is preventing Congress from getting work done.

Yet, Eric continues to be a prolific recipient of PAC donations:

  • $25,000 – McKesson
  • $25,000 – Abbott Labs
  • $18,000 – United Health
  • $20,000 – Honeywell
  • $13,000 – Lockheed Martin
  • $5,000 – Chevron

Eric has received well over $2,000,000 in PAC contributions!    It’s time for Eric to make a choice.

Choice A: Political Action Committees

Choice B: District 15.

If he continues to accept the large PAC donations you know he’s chosen Choice A.

I have only accepted individual donations, and I have pledged to reject PAC donations.  If elected I will join the No PAC Caucus that was started Ro Khanna (D, CA17) that currently has 4 Democrat and 2 Republican members.

Is PAC $ a Campaign Issue?  It is if you make it one!!  If you really want corporate money out of Washington the fastest solution is to elect candidates that refuse PAC money.  Once candidates realize that accepting PAC money is toxic to their political future you will see more and more candidates who will only accept individual donations.

Where is Eric’s focus and judgement?

As a non-politician I have to admit that from time to time I’ve described this experience of running for Congress as “going through the looking glass.”  As some events to me simply defy the conventions of common sense and logic….and in this case – good judgment.  Below is a tweet that  Eric made this past Monday.    Eric’s comments are in blue. (click on image to enlarge)

Eric  is certainly entitled (via his 1st Amendment rights) to express himself how he wishes.  However, I’m reminded of the saying, “Just because you have the right to do something doesn’t make it the right thing to do.”

Consider the following:

  • This was sent 5 days after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School
  • He’s making a joke (fun with trolls) about killing a member of Congress (even if it is himself)
  • We’re just 9 months removed from the shooting of Congressman Steve Scalise
  • Important issues like DACA and Border Security remain unresolved and this is where his attention is focused.

This goes along with any number of tweets by Eric.  The night before the government shut down he was tweeting about pick up lines used by President Trump.

Look, even if you don’t vote for me this June and/or November, we deserve to have a representative that is focused on the important issues (DACA, Border Security, National Debt, Fixing Infrastructure, Creating Good Paying Jobs) and representing our district in a mature and dignified manner.     Members of Congress work for US.  We can and should hold them accountable.   If not at the ballot box at least with our public condemnation when they cross the line.

DACA/Border Security Deal

Nancy Pelosi has taken to the House floor to give a long-winded speech detailing the positive qualities of DACA recipients.

Here’s what Nancy Pelosi and Eric Swalwell don’t understand; DACA recipients don’t want your kind words – they want action!

If Ralph Waldo Emerson he would say to Nancy and Eric , “Your inaction speaks so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying.”

President Trump has offered  a deal that provides a pathway to citizenship (10-12 year program) for 1.8 million DACA eligible individuals.  That’s 1 million more people who will be eligible for DACA protections than who would be eligible under a simple renewal approach.   In exchange President Trump seeks to correct failures with the system.   Illegal immigration has become a problem and nothing has been done to fix it.     A 2015 government report (Source: ussc.gov) that reviewed incidents of illegal reentry into the U.S. found the following: (emphasis added)

“With respect to the 1,894 cases in which the exact number of prior deportations was known, the average offender was deported 3.2 times (with a median of two deportations). The most common number of prior deportations was one (34.8% of cases). The highest number of deportations for any offender was 73. Offenders deported 10 or more times made up 4.6 percent of the sample. These offenders averaged 17.1 deportations.”

This is clear evidence that we do not have control over entry into our country.   This MUST change.

Now, the only question remaining is will you accept the offer to provide the peace of mind that these individuals are seeking and at the same time help secure our nation?   As the Representative for CA15 I would agree to this deal.

Income Tax Reform

There has been a lot of misinformation being spread around lately about the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  Some politicians have even called it a “TaxScam”…

It’s  best to  start with addressing the question, “Why do we pay taxes?” We pay taxes to support the vision for our country that is established in the Preamble of the Constitution.

Who pays taxes?  Currently the top 50% of income earners in the U.S. pay 97% of all income taxes.  The bottom 50% pay only 3%.  The Top 1% pay  almost 40% of all taxes received by the government. This skewed distribution places the financial income of the government upon the shoulders of a small group of citizens.

So, what does a tax cut do?  Simple, it allows Americans of all incomes to keep more of their hard-earned money.

Doesn’t that benefit the “rich”?   Sure, it benefits everyone including the wealthiest who pay the most in taxes.  Thus,   it is natural that the benefits will be captured proportionally by those who have paid the most in tax revenue.   Let’s be very clear though,  everyone is simply keeping more of their own money rather than giving it to the government.   The notion that the government is taking from the poor and giving to the rich is nothing more than political rhetoric.

How do the tax cuts affect me?
The House Ways and Means Committee published this list of the impact of the tax cuts for every district in the country.

The 15th District:

4 Person Household Median Income = $137,758
Tax Savings = $4,841 ($403/mo)

Single, No Kids Median Income = $106,291
Tax Savings = $2,703 ($225/mo)

This is REAL money and it’s YOUR money.  When you keep more of your money you get to decide how it is spent.  You can pay down debt, put it away for college education, take a vacation,  invest it in the stock market, buy a gym membership…the options are endless!

I support lower taxes and will work to keep taxes low for hard working District 15 Families.  Eric voted against the tax savings preferring to have more money in Washington’s pocket rather than yours.