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
At this point I will return to my small business. I will
continue to work on delivering a better economic future for all Americans.
Thank you so much for the support by the California Republican
National Hispanic Assembly. I value the relationship with the Hispanic
community; our working together will move America onto the right track.
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?
Political Class is responsible for this decline; this must be corrected.
2012 Index of Economic Freedom
April 4, 2012
Contact: Steven Alford
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
“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.
Erik J Smitt
211 Menard Circle
Sacramento, CA 95835
Speaker of the House
1011 Longworth H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515
19 March 2012
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
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
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
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.
Need a job?
I returned to my roots in North Dakota a year ago (10/2010) ... born in Williston during the first oil boom, Williston is booming again; "help needed" marked local business signs. Jobs at $22/hour, 12 hours per day, seven days per week, developing the oil fields. US jobs ... reduced oil imports.
Forget 'clean energy.' Oil and gas are boosting U.S. employment.
So President Obama was right all along. Domestic energy production really is a path to prosperity and new job creation. His mistake was predicting that those new jobs would be "green," when the real employment boom is taking place in oil and gas.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported recently that the U.S. jobless rate remains a dreadful 9%. But look more closely at the data and you can see which industries are bucking the jobless trend. One is oil and gas production, which now employs some 440,000 workers, an 80% increase, or 200,000 more jobs, since 2003. Oil and gas jobs account for more than one in five of all net new private jobs in that period.
The ironies here are richer than the shale deposits in North Dakota's Bakken formation. While Washington has tried to force-feed renewable energy with tens of billions in special subsidies, oil and gas production has boomed thanks to private investment. And while renewable technology breakthroughs never seem to arrive, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have revolutionized oil and gas extraction—with no Energy Department loan guarantees needed.
The oil and gas rush has led to a jobs boom. North Dakota has the nation's lowest jobless rate, at 3.5%, and the state now has some 200 rigs pumping 440,000 barrels of oil a day, four times the amount in 2006. The state reports more than 16,000 current job openings, and places like Williston have become meccas for workers seeking jobs that often pay more than $100,000 a year.
Or take production in Pennsylvania's Marcellus shale formation, which the state Department of Labor and Industry says created 18,000 new jobs in the first half of 2011. Some 214,000 jobs are now tied to a natural gas industry that barely existed in the Keystone State a decade ago. Energy firms are also rushing to develop the Utica shale in eastern Ohio, and they are expanding operations in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma, among other places.
Good news? You'd think so, but liberals can't seem to handle this truth so they are now trying to discredit the jobs that accompany it. The American Petroleum Institute recently commissioned a study by the Wood Mackenzie consulting firm, which estimated that better federal energy policy would create an additional 1.4 million jobs by 2030.
This has caused a fury on the political left, which complains that the study included estimates of direct and indirect jobs (such as equipment suppliers) but also "induced" jobs, or jobs created when oil workers spend their salaries at, say, hotels, restaurants or bowling alleys. It seems these claims rely on—drum roll, please—"multipliers" to produce estimates of knock-on jobs.
Liberals know all about multipliers, which are the central operating conceit of modern Keynesian economics. The entire public justification for the $820 billion Obama stimulus was the claim that every $1 of spending would have a multiplier effect of 1.5 or more and thus create millions of new jobs.
That looks like a joke now. But Democrats and liberals continue to cite the black-box multiplier claims of Moody's Mark Zandi, who says the latest Obama jobs bill will create 1.9 million jobs. Some 750,000 of those jobs are supposed to appear merely from extending the payroll tax holiday for workers, giving them more money to spend on, say, hotels or restaurants or bowling alleys. All such multipliers are suspect, but the liberals can't have it both ways and invoke them to justify government spending but then repudiate them for private business.
In any case the beauty of the oil and gas boom is that multipliers aren't needed to predict job growth. It's happening right before our eyes. And it stands to reason that if the Obama Administration dropped its hostility to oil and gas energy, even more jobs would be created as the industry invested to exploit other areas with new technology and production methods.
Yet earlier this month the Interior Department released a new five-year plan that puts most of the Outer Continental Shelf off-limits for oil drilling. And the Administration has delayed for at least another year the Keystone XL pipeline that is shovel-ready to create 20,000 new direct, pipeline-related jobs.
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue recently noted that federal revenue from offshore bonus bids (from lease sales) in fiscal 2011 was merely $36 million—down from $9.5 billion in fiscal 2008. The Obama Administration has managed the nearly impossible feat of turning energy policy into a money loser, pouring taxpayer dollars into green-energy busts like Solyndra. The Washington Post reported in September that Mr. Obama's $38.6 billion green loan program had created a mere 3,500 jobs over two years. He had predicted it would "save or create" 65,000.
Mr. Obama nonetheless keeps talking about "green jobs" as if repetition will conjure them. He'd do more for the economy if he dropped the ideological illusions and embraced the job-creating, wealth-producing reality of domestic fossil fuels.
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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.
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30 Oct 2011 Sac Bee article: Latino numbers are up; why isn't their clout
thoughts on clout:
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.
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.
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.