I would like to thank the people who came out to vote for my candidacy. In the end it was not enough to prevail.
The best part of the election process has been meeting with individuals of all political persuasions and discussing what is important in our country.
At this point I will return to my small business. I will continue to work on delivering a better economic future for all Americans.
I am running for the United States Congress, 6th district. People often ask to which political party I belong. My question back is whether political party affiliation is important to them. I fit neither the Republican nor the Democrat box; each party supports someone other than me in Sacramento; this is probably as it should be. The major parties have their agendas and they are not mine.
My values and views of government are outside of the partisan, political divide. Both parties have brought us to the economic collapse that we have been in for these four years. Neither party's steadfast positions will bring us out of this jobless economy.
I support employers and workers (this is different than corporations and unions). With Yahoo, Sony and others cutting jobs due to poor revenues, our future rests with small business entrepreneurs. These are the creative, risk taking souls that will launch a dream and hire willing workers as their dream takes flight. It is essential that government stays out of the way of these dreamers; government kills with red-tape.
The United States has dropped to tenth in economic freedom, just barely ahead of Denmark. My father left Denmark to pursue the American dream; what would my father do today?
Our Professional Political Class is responsible for this decline; this must be corrected.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Steven Alford
CSUS College Republicans Endorse Erik Smitt for Congressional District 6
The College Republican club at California State University, Sacramento has endorsed Erik Smitt for the 6th Congressional District.
“In recent years, government policies have lessened the opportunities of college students by burdening our generation with debt and over regulating our future employers. Erik Smitt understands what it takes to create jobs because he’s lived and led in the private sector. He has balanced budgets and reached agreements under difficult circumstances, and his leadership experience is something we could use in Congress," said Matt Reed, Membership Director of the CSUS College Republicans.
19 March 2012
Reference: Levees, Natomas in Sacramento, CA
I was pleased to hear that you have toured the levees that hold back the flood waters from my home and my neighbors. I have lived in the area for ten years; during that time, ratings of the levees have declined; risk and insurance costs have escalated. Members of the community have "taxed" themselves with special assessments to enhance the flood protection.
I oppose the earmark system of the past that created expensive bridges to nowhere; I have lived in Alaska and visited near the proposed earmark and see it as wasteful government spending. However, the current house rules have prevented the Army Corp of Engineers, Chief's report from being acted upon to improve the flood protection for our homes in Sacramento.
Worse, due to the delays in federal support for necessary improvements in flood control, FEMA rating of the area has prevented repair and rebuilding of homes damaged due to fires and other events. This bureaucratic stale mate is not the right way for government to work.
I ask you to fund the flood protection program for Sacramento as an essential investment in the safety of persons living in the area as well as for the future economic viability of Natomas.
Erik J Smitt
March 3, 2012
From: Erik Smitt for Congress, 6th Congressional District, Sacramento
· Erik Smitt has qualified for the June 5 primary election ballot.
· The campaign will focus on jobs, the economy and the federal deficit.
"We need to eliminate the growing partisan divide and work on solutions to benefit the American people." Erik Smitt is a transformational candidate.
For further information see:
Erik Smitt for Congress
After three years of permitting and sixty days extra, the Obama administration has failed to move forward with the Keystone XL pipeline. Obama's indecision is caught between environmentalist wishes to prevent additional carbon based fuel from coming to market and the need of the nation to have jobs and energy independence.
The Canadian border is the longest, undefended border in the world; Canada is an energy partner; we share cultural and political ties with our neighbor. Currently, pipelines run across the border as well as throughout the US; pipelines are safer, more environmentally favorable transportation than tanker ships.
At this moment the USS Abraham Lincoln and the US 5th Fleet are defending free and unfettered access by world trade (oil) in the strait of Hormuz; besides the threat of a shooting war with Iran, we share few values with Saudi Arabia and the oil states. Venezuela and Nigeria are not our political soul mates.
Obama called Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who told the president Canada will seek to diversify its energy exports after Keystone was rejected. Harper “expressed his profound disappointment” with the Keystone decision, according to a statement from his office. Canada will seek to export to China.
To those who are unemployed ... find a government subsidized job at the next Solyndra, because President Obama won't let you have a real, market driven job on the Keystone XL pipeline.
You and I take a pay cut due to the economy and budgets ... the State Senate gives its own, raises ... this is what's wrong with government!
California's chronic budget problems haven't stopped the state Senate from giving some of its own staff members a bump in pay, handing out raises averaging 7 percent to dozens of workers in recent months.
The Senate increased the pay of at least 169 employees – nearly one-fifth of the staff – during a three-month period ending October 31.
The raises affected staff members serving in many levels of Senate operations, including Capitol security technicians, printing specialists and district workers.
The changes also boosted the paychecks of some of the Capitol's highest-paid aides. Nine chiefs of staff, including the top aide to Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, saw their six-figure salaries rise by as much as 10 percent.
At least 10 additional staff members are making more money because of changes to their job classifications, with promotions leading to salary increases of more than 25 percent in some cases.
Steinberg spokeswoman Alicia Trost cited several factors for the salary increases. She said some were merit-based raises, while others resulted from increased hours or added responsibilities. A full breakdown was not available Wednesday evening.
Trost defended the merit-based increases as "reasonable" considering most Senate staffers have not received merit raises or cost-of-living adjustments since 2007.
"Even with these increases, the Senate has reduced its overall budget this year by millions of dollars," she said.
Still, one good-government advocate said that given the state's fiscal troubles, now isn't the time to raise staff salaries.
"Nobody's getting rich being a Senate staffer, and the amount of money is minuscule in the scheme of things, but it sends the wrong message," said Robert Stern, a former legislative aide who served as president of the recently shuttered Center for Governmental Studies. "Agencies are being cut, welfare recipients are now getting decreases and everyone is tightening their belts except, it sounds like, the Senate staffers."
The raises, reported in salary data posted on the Senate website this week, come as schools and colleges across the state brace for mid-year cuts due to lower-than-projected revenues. Some Democratic lawmakers have renewed calls for tax increases to help fill a projected $13 billion deficit and avoid more cuts next year.
Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association, said moves such as staff raises could make it tougher for lawmakers to make the case for those taxes. Coupal said that while the amount of money in question is "negligible" compared against the total deficit, increases in staff salaries are the "kind of thing that voters are going to look at when they are asked to raise taxes."
"There's not a lot of sympathy from people who have lost jobs to hear someone say 'I haven't had a raise in (several) years,' " he said.
The Assembly has not given any raises unrelated to promotions since August, when payroll data for the first eight months of the year was last made public, according to Assembly administrator Jon Waldie. He said any decisions on merit-based increases would likely be made in the next couple of months.
More than 200 aides in both houses saw their salaries jump earlier this year.
At the time, leaders in both the Assembly and Senate said many of those increases were tied to job changes or increased hours.
30 Oct 2011 Sac Bee article: Latino numbers are up; why isn't their clout
Three thoughts on clout:
First is the Sacramento redistricting orchestrated by the Council Six (Cohn, Sheedy, McCarty, Pannell, R Fong, D Fong) clearly marginalized the Latino vote; I testified and marched in opposition to this illegal gerrymandering.
Second, I am late to being a political activist. Others will decide our laws, opportunities and futures unless each of us are willing to get involved and support campaigns of those we identify with. Get involved ... bring your friends.
Third, my values are post racial; I support candidates and causes independent of race or ethnic origin; I do not vote for or against a candidate based on race. I am white … I am running for office to change the direction of our government and would hope that Latinos would vote for our common values and not by race.