Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Dr. Davis' December Letter to Editor

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. For many, possibly for most, my hope is that they will be merrier and happier than the last two.

I’d like to challenge everyone who reads this to think about what they might do to make the holidays, both religious and secular, happier for all Americans and for people everywhere.

I believe that this country remains the best hope for much of the world. Founders from Washington and Jefferson to Franklin and Adams felt that the only hope for the republic they created lay in a citizenry well educated and informed, virtuous and fair-minded. As our democracy has been extended to more and more of the population, this does not change.

For more than a hundred years we Americans have, in varying degrees, tried to push our ideas of government on much of the rest of the world. In doing so, we have begun to lose much of what our form of government has to offer both ourselves and the rest of the world.

At this time when people seek peace and make New-Year’s resolutions, I challenge you to do all you can to make yourself that educated, informed, fair-minded and virtuous citizen and voter. None of us are perfect, but as we enter another election year, let us try again to become an example of freedom and justice for the world, not a world-policeman or an empire.

Sincerely,
Richard J. Davis, D.D.S.
Libertarian candidate for Congress
www.davis4congress.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November Letter to Editors

As Veteran’s Day approaches, I’ve been pondering why I accepted when the chairman of the Maryland Libertarian Party asked me to run again for Congress.

I concluded that, like my service in the Navy, I owed it to my community and my country. I owe it to those who came before me – the great-great-grandfather who fought for three years in the Union Army; my father and late father-in-law who spent several of the prime years of their lives in the Army Air Force in World War II; my father’s high school friend (whose first name I carry) who died on Iwo Jima in his fourth invasion in a thirteen-month span of 1944-45; my Boy Scout buddy’s older brother, killed as an army medic in Viet Nam.

I owe it to those here with me: family, friends, neighbors and patients who live with me in a free and prosperous country that is becoming less free and less prosperous.

I owe it to those yet coming. To my children, nieces and nephews and their friends who will inherit what we leave them: the freedoms we preserve or fail to; the prosperity or debt; the peace or the unresolved conflicts; the clean air and water or the pollution.

Whether or not I serve in Congress will be up to the voters of this district, but I owe it to myself to know that I did my best to offer an alternative and to serve if I am elected.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Davis, D.D.S.

Libertarian for Congress

www.davis4congress.com

Monday, October 12, 2009

October Letter to the Editor

Over the last few weeks a few people have offered monetary contributions for my campaign and have seemed a bit surprised when I refused. Let me repeat here that I am accepting no cash contributions. I encourage supporters to pass the word along asking others to vote for me and to seek out groups I might address with my positions, but I will accept no campaign money.

I DO realize that this is NOT how the current system works: the Republicans and Democrats, individually and collectively, take in huge numbers of campaign contribution dollars. When they get into power, they then dole out vastly larger numbers of (tax) dollars in the form of grants, subsidies, tax breaks, government contracts, “stimulus packages”, “bailouts”, various entitlement programs, and so on.

I believe this is not only wrong but self-destructive for the country. Neither Congress nor the executive branch seems to have any clear idea that there are limits to the resources you can expend, however limitless may be the means to expend them.

I also recognize that, even if elected, I cannot change this by myself. My hope is that other candidates in other districts share my concern and goals for this country and its citizens. Only when enough voters in enough districts demand the kind of changes I seek for can we really hope to get those changes. Even so, we need to start somewhere. Why not here?

Sincerely,

Richard J. Davis, D.D.S.
Libertarian for Congress

Monday, September 14, 2009

Letter To the Editor

September 12, 2009

Dear Editor:

As we continue to face a difficult economy, I feel there are a number of things all Americans should be asking themselves: as an individual, are YOUR family, job, healthcare, and retirement truly matters of national importance?

If so, then our present system and our present course may well be appropriate. However, in this case, if our economy is to survive, there will need to be greatly increased federal influence and control in all these areas.

If not then we ALL need to be taking back more control in these areas of our lives. In this case we must greatly reduce many areas where the federal government influences the economy, as it is nearly impossible for an individual to plan in these areas when faced with frequent, numerous, and sudden changes in tax policies and regulations combined with the prolonged periods of inflation and deflation that we have seen over the last hundred years.

Most of all, the fluctuating inflation resulting from a currency with no stable backing, where it is possible to simply print more “dollars” as policy or “need” indicate (known as “counterfeiting” if done privately) make it difficult to make long term investment plans, whether for business, retirement, or home purchase.

If you believe this, then it is time to return the focus of the federal government to national defense/security, foreign relations, and interstate commerce. Let it focus on getting these things right and let us live our individual lives as we see fit.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Davis

Libertarian for Congress

www.davis4congress.com

rjdavislp@gmail.com

Saturday, September 12, 2009

A Libertarian question--and answer--about bringing health care to millions of uninsured people ... now

The question is, why can private organizers do what the government can't: bring basic health care services to those in need on a shoestring budget like Remote Area Medical?


Here's what the purely private organization does:

The organization was founded in 1985 and years of research and planning yielded a vast, carefully developed network of men and women who have come together to make RAM a highly mobile, remarkably efficient relief force. Volunteers are doctors, nurses, technicians, and veterinarians who go on expeditions at their own expense and treat hundreds of patients a day under some of the worst conditions.

Volunteers have provided general medical, surgical, eye, dental, and veterinary care to tens of thousands of people and animals, with 60% of the expeditions serving rural America. There are plans for expansion of US expeditions, an airborne medical treatment center, a permanent clinic site in Guyana, and a program start-up in Africa.


I never thought Inglewood CA would be considered remote, but maybe urban California is remote in terms of accessible medical care. So here is what RAM is doing, even as I write:

Inglewood, CA (AHN) - Charity clinic Remote Area Medical (RAM) started its eight-day free medical, visual and dental check-up to uninsured and under-insured individuals at the Forum in Inglewood, California on Tuesday.

RAM volunteer doctors will serve 1,200 individuals per day starting at 5:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. As usual, RAM will not require individuals seeking treatment to show proof that they don't have healthcare insurance or have low income.

RAM has set up 45 medical exam rooms, 100 dental stations and 25 eye exam sites at the basketball stadium. Exams include mammography, chest X-ray, PAP smears, blood pressure screening and diabetes test.

Prescription eye glasses will also be fitted and prepared on site.


RAM has some corporate sponsorship and gets donations, but its average yearly budget ranges in the $100-250K range--that's thousands, not millions.

With that, and a willingness to go anywhere, jump through any hoop necessary, and practice in fairgrounds, animal stables, or even on bleachers in the rain, they make a difference and save lives--over 300,000 patients and counting.

RAM founder Stan Brock epitomizes the humanitarian (and libertarian) ideal that it is not acceptable to wait for the State to do it for you.

Which brings me to my major point: the answer.

Why can't the government do this? Suppose Stan Brock had a budget of $1 Billion and worked for the government. Government regulations would not allow him to just lease pieces of ground with no real facilities. Government would require records and authorizations of those who came to be treated. The government would have to have a multi-thousand page manual, a quality control panel, a diversity impact committee, a physician licensing inspection office....

For $1 Billion I will be willing to be you that the government could not treat the 300,000 people that RAM has treated over the past twenty years for less than $5 million.

One of the more ominous pieces of bait and switch in the current debate is when the administration and key congressional leaders stopped referring to what is going on in Washington as health care reform and started calling it health insurance reform.

And rushing us to pass a bill immediately that won't even change anybody's level of insurance or treatment until 2013....

We could make a difference right now, if the State were not so mired in being the State.

Toss some regulations overboard and send the US Public Health Service doctors and nurses out to do RAM-style expeditions at the drop of a hat, with nothing but what they can carry in....

Give poor communities matching grants they can use to invite RAM to come visit them.

Too simple. We need bells, whistles, health advisory panels whose membership is driven by obscure qualifications.

Ah horseshit --waves hand in disgust--you know the answer as well as I do, even if you're not willing to admit it publicly.

So what to do? They need money, and anybody can send it.

I have twenty-one years experience as a medic in the US Army, including specialties in innoculation, physicals, and record-keeping. There is an RAM expedition in Grunday VA on 3-4 October. I'm calling today to volunteer.

If one out of every thousand people jacking their jaws on either side of health care reform would actually get off their ass and do something positive, there would not be a health care crisis of such magnitude in this country.

Monday, August 17, 2009

August Letter to the Editor in The Daily Times

I have read and heard a number of comments from people who feel my candidacy for Congress has helped or will help the candidate of one or the other major parties. This misses my point. If you are happy with what either major party has accomplished in the last twenty years, your choice must already be clear.

I believe that a vote for either of those major parties encourages that party’s leadership to continue what they have been doing in that time. In the last election, my impression was that both of my opponents were decent men who were much more conservative than their party leaderships. I believe the election of either could have (at most) minimal influence on those leaderships.

Refusing to vote sends little or no message, as those leaders appear to count winning or losing vote totals. I believe only a significant number of votes for another party altogether will send a message that voters want a REAL change of direction – electing a number of third party candidates would obviously send an even stronger message.

Believing we need a major change in the way this is done, I am running this campaign accepting NO monetary contributions. I hope to begin by providing more content in these editorials with 250 words per month than can be conveyed in a 60-second radio or TV commercial, much less a sign or bumper sticker.

They will go on my website at davis4congress@gmail.com, possibly occasionally in somewhat expanded form.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Term Limits

I had mixed feelings for many years on the idea of term limits, but over the years I have concluded that prolonged time in Washington, D.C. puts people more in touch with D.C. and more out of touch with anywhere else in the country, or, indeed, the world. My proposal is for continuation of the limit of two terms of four years for the presidency, with the addition of a modified limit for both houses of Congress.

Senators would be limited to a single six-year term and Representatives to a maximum of three consecutive two-year terms. Both would be allowed to run for further terms, but only after a return of at least four years to the private sector, which would NOT include any government employment or private employment requiring dealings with the government (most especially lobbying or dealing with industry regulatory compliance in a capacity that involves direct contact with regulatory agencies of any kind.)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dr. Davis on Taxes

The libertarian ideal is to do away with all taxes. However, recognizing that there will always be need for government (or at least for as long as people live in any proximity to each other) there must be a source of whatever funds are necessary. I propose the following measures as a means of initiating discussion on what should be taxed:

1. Short term capital gains (< 1 year) and ordinary dividends collected to be taxed as normal income
2. Long term capital gains and reinvested dividends and interest taxed at 10% below $75,000, as ordinary income for any in excess of 75,000 with these limits adjusted annually for inflation. For those disabled or retired, no tax up to $75,000, 5% above 75,000.
3. Individuals over age 80 exempt from tax on interest/dividends/capital gains.
4. A shift from tax on income to tax on consumption. Exemptions for necessities such as food and medical care, partial exemptions on shelter, clothing, energy/utilities to be determined by a determined level of what constitutes necessity versus luxury. Obviously this would be a complex process, but there are already examples in individual states that define, for example, foods that qualify as necessities versus luxuries such as snack foods.

Ultimately, reducing taxes is pointless without limiting government spending. Whether government takes resources as taxes or in the form of borrowing and inflation, the resources are taken. As the current economic crisis has spurred individuals to increased savings, we must encourage this trend, as money saved by an individual, whether invested in stocks and bonds or simply saved in a bank is ultimately reinvested in the economy, allowing growth at a pace determined by that saving. (There is, of course, one exception: money hoarded, whether buried or stuffed in a mattress, grows nothing.) Not all consumption is bad, but too much consumption in the present with too little saving to build for the future leads to disaster on both the individual and the national levels.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Dr. Davis on Social Security

The extreme libertarian position is that Social Security is a huge Ponzi scheme and should be abolished immediately and completely. I differ in that I believe a true Ponzi scheme is at least voluntary for the investors. For almost 75 years, millions of people have had money removed from their pay totaling billions of dollars, with the implied, if somewhat shaky promise that it will be returned to them as retirement funding. I believe the social and economic disruption from a sudden termination of the “plan” would be catastrophic. I therefore propose the following steps:

1. Establish a credible Consumer Price Index based on the living needs of retirees: food, shelter, utilities, medical care, and clothing. Cost of living increases in benefits to be both determined and limited by this. (I suspect this might actually add to the cost of the system.)
2. No other changes for EXISTING retirees.
3. For everyone aged 55 or younger at the effective date of the appropriate legislation end the option of eligibility for retirement earlier than the full effective retirement age except in cases of medical necessity.
4. With the effective date of the appropriate legislation, retirement effective date for anyone aged 40 or younger would be life expectancy minus 15 years. For those born after the new system takes effect, retirement eligibility would be life expectancy at birth minus 15 years. (When Social Security began, five years was a normal retirement life expectancy.)
5. Allow an individual to opt out of the system at age 35, 40, 45, 50, and 55. To opt out, the individual would be paid the full amount of contributions to date in his or her choice of five or ten year government bonds at the prevailing rate of interest. Eligibility for any other benefits would be waived at opt-out. The individual could hold the bonds and roll them over as they matured or sell them at any time, but would be responsible for their own retirement in any case. (For years the argument has been, as Congress borrows from the “trust fund” that “we owe the money to ourselves”. Since much of what “we” owe is now to the Chinese, the Japanese, the Saudis, and anyone else who has bought large quantities of U.S. government bonds, this would return choice to the individual as to whether he or she wishes to entrust the government with retirement savings. This should, at least in theory, require Congress to take more seriously the levels of debt it is willing to incur, though I remain a bit skeptical that anything can really accomplish that, short of more frequent changes in the membership of Congress.)
6. Ultimately, this should allow a gradual phasing out of the current system, with all its complexity and bureaucracy. People who wish to do so could invest all or part of their retirement savings in government bonds, but would do so entirely by their own choice and would retain full control of those savings. The only control they would cede to the government would be of the creditworthiness of the bonds, which could be influenced by the fiscal responsibility – or lack thereof – of their representatives in Congress

I believe this system would return to the individual citizens increased control over their own financial destinies while reducing the cost of government by eliminating (gradually) a huge bureaucracy and spurring people to take a much more active interest in both their own financial affairs and in the spending policies of their government, while potentially raising their incomes by the 15.3% currently withheld for retirement benefits by the Federal government.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Congressional candidate represents Shore values

Many of the complex issues that face our society are simply the result of too much government. This is a problem that has been decades in the making as our liberties get chipped away bit by bit. Our Constitution as it stands today either means what it says or it is not worth the paper it was written on.

The president, Congress and the Senate have all sworn oaths to protect and defend the Constitution. Yet their actions are nothing short of treasonous, as they consistently violate it with the numerous laws, acts, treaties, and countless amendments they pass -- without even reading and understanding the very legislation for which they cast their votes.

Elected Republicans, Democrats and President Bush violated nearly every Article and Amendment of the Constitution with the Patriot Act and by invading Iraq.

President Obama and Congress have violated nearly every one as well, with the massive amounts of legislation they have passed.

In the pipeline are more centralized control, more tax increases, more spending and more control of your life and liberties.

We consistently elect people to Congress and the Senate who become nothing more than patsies for their lobbyists and party bosses. We have given these two parties too many chances and we simply cannot afford them anymore.

Maryland's 1st District has an opportunity to make a difference, as Libertarian Dr. Richard Davis is running again for Congress. Anti-war, anti-Patriot Act and anti-bailout, -- Davis represents true Eastern Shore values.

Muir W. Boda

Salisbury

Boda is on the Maryland Libertarian Party's executive board and serves as director of communications. -- Editor

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Daily Times Grapvine Comment

Good choice for Congress

I read last week that Dr. Richard Davis is planning to run for Congress again for the Libertarian Party. Great to see we have more qualified choices with principles and ideas. I am so tired of Democrats' tax-and-spend policies and the Republicans' borrow-and-spend-as-we-conquer-the-world policies. I like Davis' temperament and very limited government positions and giving us more liberty mantra. He will have this Republican's vote.

Friday, July 10, 2009

STATE POLITICS: Maryland Liberterian Party introduces candidates for 2010 elections

Originally Posted by the Daily Times
TIMONIUM, Md
., — The Maryland Libertarian Party is proud to present its first group of candidates for the upcoming 2010 election. The MdLP plans to run candidates for all federal offices and some county and state offices.

The party has selected Dr. Richard Davis to run for a seat in First Congressional District and Lorenzo Gaztañaga has accepted the nomination for the Second Congressional District.

In the House of Delegates two candidates were nominated: Justin Kinsey in District 5B, and Brandon Brooks in District 11.

Davis, the Libertarian Party's First District Congressional candidate, is a Hurlock, MD resident and operates a Dentist office out of Federalsburg, Md.

For more information on the Maryland Libertarian Party go online to www.md.lp.org or www.mdlibertarian.com.

Maryland Libertarian Party 2010 Candidates

Timonium, MD: The Libertarian Party of Maryland has nominated four candidates in the upcoming 2010 election. In the First District, Dr. Richard Davis has been nominated as the Libertarian candidate for Congress; he ran in 2008. Lorenzo Gaztañaga has accepted the nomination for the Second Congressional district again; he ran in 2008. In the House of Delegates two individuals have been nominated: Justin Kinsey in District 5B, and Brandon Brooks in District 11.

Dr. Richard Davis, the Libertarian Party’s First District Congressional candidate, is a Hurlock, MD resident and operates a Dentist office out of Federalsburg, MD. In 2008 he accepted the Libertarian Party’s nomination for Congress in the First District, where he received 8,873 votes (2.5% of the vote). His mild manner and firm grasp of the issues attracted many voters. Dr. Davis can be contacted at (410) 943-8314.

Lorenzo Gaztañaga has been chosen to run for the Second Congressional District seat; this will be his second run for Congress. Mr. Gaztañaga was born in Cuba and became an American Citizen in 1973. He attended Loyola College and Towson State University, majoring in History and Political Science. During the 1980’s he studied Psychology at the University of Baltimore. Mr. Gaztañaga currently works in a security business. He is active in his church, Cliftmont Community Wesleyan Church. In 2008 Lorenzo got 8,786 votes (3.2%) in his run for the Second District seat. Mr. Gaztañaga can be contacted at (443) 414-6539 and email at diazvivar@aol.com.

Justin Kinsey has been nominated as the Libertarian Party’s candidate for Maryland House of Delegates District 5B. Mr. Kinsey is a Sparks, Maryland resident. He works as a Patient Transportation Coordinator for Northwest Hospital in Randallstown and he is a part time EMT. Mr. Kinsey is also an instructor at the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. He currently attends Baltimore County Community College where he is Double Majoring in Sociology and Political science. His website, www.Kinsey5B.com, is scheduled to be up on July 13, 2009. He can be reached at (410) 456-3584 and email at FriendsOfJustinKinsey@gmail.com .

House of delegates District 11 candidate Brandon Brooks is a longtime resident of Pikesville, MD. Mr. Brooks is an Electricians Assistant in a family business. He is a graduate of Western School of Technology Science in Catonsville, MD and specialized in Information Technology. Mr. Brooks has been a part of the Civil Air Patrol, where he has been involved in search and rescue operations, and training other personnel. This is Mr. Brooks’ first time running for elected office. His contact information is (410) 207-1458, SonOfLiberty076@yahoo.com, and his website is brooksfordelegate.webs.com.

The Maryland Libertarian Party is proud to present its first group of candidates for the upcoming 2010 election. The MdLP plans to run candidates for all federal offices and some county and state offices.

For more information on this issue, or to arrange an interview with the Maryland Libertarian Party, please call Communications Director Muir Boda at (410) 603-3347, or email at mwboda@mac.com.

The Libertarian Party is America's third-largest political party, founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. You can find more information on the Maryland Libertarian Party at www.md.lp.org, their blog at www.mdlibertarian.com, and the Libertarian Party by visiting LP.org. The Libertarian Party proudly stands for smaller government, lower taxes and more freedom.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Candidate Background Information

Candidate Background:

Born in Buffalo, N.Y. Raised in Alden, N.Y., a small town 20 miles east of there.
B.S. in Biology, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
Graduate work in Aquatic Ecology/Fisheries Biology, S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo
D.D.S. The Ohio State University 1980
LT, Dental Corps USNR: Naval Regional Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA 1980-1982
Private dental practice, Hurlock, MD since 1982

Married 30 years to Sue; children James (25) and Christine (19)

Memberships:
Unity-Washington U.M. Church, Hurlock MD
Life Member, Hurlock Volunteer Fire Co. (8 years vice-president)
NRA Life Member
American Dental Association/Maryland State Dental Association/Eastern Shore Dental Society (7 years delegate to MSDA, 2 years Trustee)
The Society for Military History

Other:
Former Scoutmaster, Troop 167, BSA