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Why We Need A Change

For Long Island's working families it's all about jobs and the economy.

I am sure most, if not all, of you have now read about the very serious ethical and legal questions surrounding Congressman Tim Bishop and his shady fundraising practices.

The fact that Newsday, other local newspapers, and the leading non-partisan ethics group in Washington are all calling for an investigation into Congressman Bishop, suggesting he may have even broken the law, speaks volumes.

Congressman Bishop’s attempts to blame others for his own actions – going so far as to claim that the allegations are somehow an attack on his family – reek of desperation.

If this whole sordid tale teaches us anything, it’s that the career politicians who have made a mess of Washington simply cannot be the ones trusted to clean it up.

We need to change Congress. And we can start by changing our Congressman.

Last week, I made the 2nd stop on my 10-week tour of Long Island small businesses and stopped at Johnny’s Burgers in Centereach.  In addition to getting a great burger, I also had the privilege of meeting and talking with Anthony and Gina DeLuca, who took a risk and started this business in 2010. 

I am running for Congress for people like the DeLuca’s – a middle-class, Long Island family who had the courage to dream big and take a risk.

My 10-point plan, which I encourage you all to read a www.Randy2012.com/jobsplan, outlines real solutions to the problems we face.  My plan will foster a climate of job creation, boost small businesses, attract new jobs to Long Island and help to transform our local economy for the future.

As the father of two children under the age 6, my wife and I are deeply concerned about what awaits them in the future.  On the campaign trail, one of the chief concerns I hear from parents and grandparents is the lack of jobs for their children and grandchildren here on Long Island.  I couldn’t agree with them more.

With your support, I will work with common-sense people on both sides of the aisle in Congress to clean up the mess we have now and build a brighter future for Long Island and our country.

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Mary Beth August 27, 2012 at 02:53 PM
The reason the 50% do not pay FEDERAL INCOME TAX is because we have a progressive tax system (supported by Republicans for decades, including Ronald Reagan) and they do not make enough money. The reason the wealthy pay a majority of taxes is because they make the majority of the money. Our country currently has the largest income gap since the great depression - the rich get richer and the poor get screwed. T he question of the 3% tax increase is completely valid. Forget the deficit - as Dick Cheney said "Deficits' don't matter" and then proceeded to squander a huge surplus. Without tax revenue the gov't cannot function and those who get hit are the WORKING poor and middle class. Enough of your "suffering rich people" baloney. Yours is a party that believes that when Ann Romney stays at home to take care of her kids it is a sacrifice, but when a poor, single mother does it she is a "welfare queen." And don't foreget, the average millionaire still pays at a rate lower than the average middle class family of four making $60,000.00 who DO pay Income taxes - and property taxes, and sales taxes, etc. To say that 50% do not pay ANY taxes is a complete lie and one of those right-wing tricks meant to deceive - but it won't work.
Mary Beth August 27, 2012 at 02:59 PM
"When it comes to caring for the poor, the disabled and the elderly," Romney said, "Massachusetts is one of the most generous states in the nation. And despite facing the worst fiscal crisis in a generation, we will stay one of the most generous." Lest you are tempted to brush this off as an anomalous quote from a then-moderate governor of the state that produced Ted Kennedy, consider Ronald Reagan's words as he accepted the Republican nomination for president in 1980. Tucked into a speech mostly devoted to pledges to trim the government, he added this: "We Republicans believe it is essential that we maintain both the forward momentum of economic growth and the strength of the safety net beneath those in society who need help." We are unlikely to hear similar words from Romney this week as he takes the podium at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., to accept his own nomination for the presidency. Not unless he is inclined to risk being hauled from the stage by the mob of ideological extremists who have captured his party. In the modern-day Republican camp -- a tribe that would have cast out Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush and even Reagan as namby-pamby liberals -- disdain for the poor is embraced as a virtue, a signifier that sentimentality will not get in the way of dismantling the social safety net."
TaterSalad August 27, 2012 at 03:41 PM
The seats are full, the people are riveted to find out the "truth" of Barack Obama and his hate for America as it is! A powerful movie and the truth about Barack Obama that has never been exposed to the public. The government does not want you to watch this movie! http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2012/08/22/a_powerful_movie_115175.html
harold gordon August 27, 2012 at 06:13 PM
So Randy wants his children to have a great life enjoying all the rights due them as American citizens.... I hope they aren't gay, ...his party's platform will make sure they don't! It amazes me how a member of one of the most persecuted groups in history, via the holocaust alone, can be a member of a political party, that systematically tries to take the rights away, one by one ,,such as the right to serve their county in the armed forces, marry under the auspices of the state, be protected in the death of a parent via social security. have jobs open to them because the can do the job and on and on.. from peoples, whenever they get the opportunity. This what the Nazis did in Germany , Austria, the home of Randy's alma mater and the rest of Europe they conquered "legally" and otherwise.. L'shana tova Randy,,I hope you take this time to reflect on what your party stands for, outside of economic issues.
Griffster August 27, 2012 at 06:20 PM
harold, not a single person on this planet cares where you slip your willie in your private time. Your willie and how you utilize it for sexual gratification is not a political issue and you are a sick creep for bringing up any candidates children in any feeble attempt to communicate some demented thought that popped into your deficient brain. To compare the plight of jews who were killed by the millions with gays who do whatever the heck they want and a free to poke a head of cabbage if you so choose shows that you are not only extremely ignorant but you have no place in communicating anything to anyone. The end of your lunacy comes complete with a tradition hebrew greeting? You are disgrace to the LGBT community, the jewish faith and humanity in general. Any questions?

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