Friday, October 29, 2010

Baltimore Sun: Democrats Promoting Libertarian to undermine Harris

In what appears to be a national pattern, the Democratic Party is highlighting a longshot third-party candidate in an effort to undermine a Republican nominee--in this case, Andy Harris, the GOP challenger in Maryland's tightest House race.

The tactic is either a desperation move, or a sign of how close the contest is, or both. It has special resonance in Maryland's First District, where the Libertarian candidate's two percent of the vote arguably tipped the historically Republican seat to Democrat Frank Kratovil in '08.

The Democratic mailer, first reported by Eastern Shore blogger Michael Swartz, masquerades as an attack on Richard Davis, the third man in the race, running again this year on the Libertarian line, with no realistic chance of winning.

Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the flier describes Davis, twice, as an outsider and Tea Party type.

Davis "plans to cut government spending, will drastically reduce the size of government across the board, is a complete outsider . . . Davis and the Tea Party think government is part of the problem, and want to make it as small as possible."

"Richard Davis: Is he too conservative?" asks the mail piece.

Read the rest of the article at the Baltimore Sun

Your View: Libertarian agenda is to give you back control

Can we afford it? I suspect you’re way ahead of me here. I won’t try to discuss the national debt, beyond that it’s rising faster than I can write about it, much less get this into print. We are running this country as if we hold it on an interest-only mortgage, and we’ve been seeing how well those generally work out.

On any given issue, even if we can do it and we should do it, that doesn’t mean we can afford it right now. The idea that we can simply borrow or print more money won’t carry us forever. Better we end those practices while we still have hope of being in control of the situation rather than waiting for disaster to dictate to us.

This will be my last letter before the election, so let me urge you all to vote. If you want government to take care of you (and run your life, which ultimately must follow), either the Republicans or the Democrats are happy to accommodate — it just depends on whose format you prefer.

If you want to run your own life — and correspondingly, take care of yourself and your loved ones — then right now, the Libertarian Party is the only one seeking to give you the greatest possible opportunity. I won’t claim it will be quick or easy, but if you can imagine a future where the federal government doesn’t even try to control everything — vote Libertarian.

Dr. Richard J. Davis, Hurlock
Davis is a Libertarian candidate for Maryland’s 1st Congressional District. — Editor

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

MdLP Press Release on District 1 Mailings

Hurlock, MD: The Libertarian Party of Maryland on behalf of it's Congressional Candidate for Congress in the First District, Dr. Richard Davis, wants to assure voters that he is not accepting or expending any monies from donations or large in-kind contributions.

Recently, a targeted mailing was sent out with a comparison between Dr. Davis and one of his opponents, Dr. Andy Harris the Republican Candidate for Congress in the First District. The flyer does not endorse or call for one to vote either way, it just states the positions of the two candidates on a few issues.

However, neither the Maryland Libertarian Party nor Dr. Davis' campaign had any involvement or prior knowledge of this mailing and both entities do not support, encourage or endorse this type of activity.

The only items that Dr. Davis has incurred for his campaign have come out of his own "pocket" for gas and a few brochures. He has accepted two in-kind contributions, one for the purchase of the domain for his website, www.davis4congress.com and another for video production for the internet on some key issues, both from Muir Boda.

The only expenditure that The Libertarian Party of Maryland has put towards his campaign is that of a radio ad that has included all 7 Libertarian Congressional Candidates in Maryland. This was paid out our FEC account, approved by the Executive Board and the Central Committee of the Maryland Libertarian Party and has the proper authority line in the message.

The Maryland Libertarian Party is proud of the campaign that Dr. Davis has run in this election and we will not stand idly by when his integrity is questioned.

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 mdlpboda@gmail.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.

Monday, July 19, 2010

In the news, out and about

Annapolis, MD:  In an article that was published in the The Capitol, Dr. Davis is mentioned in an article about the upcoming heated race in the First Congressional District.

Crisfield, MD:  On July 21, 2010 Dr. Richard Davis, Libertarian candidate for Maryland's First Congressional District, will be in attendance at the 34th Annual J. Millard Tawes Crab and Clam Bake.   The event is held the third Wednesday every July and usually attracts politicians by the dozens in an election year.

J. Millard Tawes was the 54th Governor of Maryland and a Crisfield native.  The event was named in his honor and is held at Somers Cove Marina.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dr. Davis's June Letter to the Editor

27 June, 2010

Dear Editor:

Next weekend is Independence Day; a day to remember what America is all about. It’s also what this campaign is all about.

My no-contributions, no-ads campaign probably looks naïve to the professional politicians, and we may not yet be to where people are disgusted enough to look at something really different, but I’m trying to establish a change in the way we do all this.

If you secretly want to run your neighbors’ lives, or want the government to take care of your every need, you’ll get a lot of what you want from both the Republicans and the Democrats as long as the money holds out – there will just be minor variations in how these things are done.

If you want to be left alone as much as possible to live YOUR life and spend YOUR earnings as you see fit and not have the government meddling (in YOUR name) in the affairs of other countries, then we need a change.

I won’t pretend I can make these changes alone in Congress. I believe, however, that we don’t need a Libertarian majority to accomplish a lot of the change we want. All we need is enough libertarians (actual party members or not) to block the intrusive and expensive schemes of the leadership of both larger parties and to send them the message that we want to live and let live – WITHIN OUR MEANS – and they need to honor OUR desires if they want to serve in Congress.

Sincerely,

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

Dr. Davis's May Letter to the Editor

30 May, 2010

Dear Editor:

In 1992 Americans wanted a change and elected Bill Clinton and a Democratic Congress. Two years later they decided they didn’t like some of those changes and put Republicans in charge of Congress.

In 2000 they wanted change and elected George W. Bush. In 2008 they sought change again and voted in Barack Obama and put Democrats back in control of Congress.

Through all this both government and the national debt have increased dramatically (as has the annual federal deficit in most years) while regulation has increased and freedom has decreased.

If people really want change, then it’s time to decide what KIND of change, not just vote for some generic claim for “change”.

The change I want to see is for smaller federal and state governments, with as much as possible taking place at the town and county level, where voters have access to their representatives and can see how their tax dollars are being spent. I want to see individual freedom and self-responsibility to the greatest degree possible in keeping with the rights of others.

This should mean lower state and federal taxes, though those reductions may be limited for some time by the mountains of state and federal debt requiring liquidation. I believe a major reduction in foreign meddling would significantly free funds for debt reduction.

If there are other changes YOU want to see, I’d like to hear about them, but this summary should give you some idea of the kind of change I stand for.

Sincerely,

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

Dr. Davis's April Letter to the Editor

18 April, 2010

Dear Editor:

This week I came across a newspaper ad (nearly a full page) for federal stimulus loans from the Department of Agriculture.

As a dentist, I have been a small business owner for almost 28 years. I would be happy to provide more jobs if I could do it productively, but the largest problem, as likely any employer can tell you, is keeping up with all the regulations, taxes, and insurances required for employees by government (both state and federal). Long term relief in these areas would make it much easier and more productive to put more employees to work. I assume that in many areas of manufacturing, these things make it impossible to compete with foreign industry, where labor costs and regulations are very much less.

In addition, the uncertainty caused by inflation in NON-labor costs is a major problem for business owners. The unpredictability of costs for things like materials and energy makes it vital to keep larger reserves of cash to cover unusual increases. ( While an obvious solution would be to raise prices to cover the increases, I personally feel I need to try to keep my services as affordable as possible to the patients I serve – anyway, I thought controlling health care costs was a major concern for the federal government these days. )

Reducing or removing the role of government in labor and business is, to me, an obvious way to help get people back to work at productive jobs.

Sincerely,
Richard J. Davis, D.D.S.
Libertarian for Congress, First District

Dr. Davis's March Letter to the Editor

14 March, 2010

Dear Editor:

Despite my announcements that I will not accept any campaign contributions, I have continued to receive contacts from people wishing to donate.

While I remain unwilling (as a matter of principle) to take such contributions, I have been considering ways to make something positive of this desire to contribute.

Therefore I am requesting that anyone who wishes to donate to my campaign should pick a local charity of their choice (church, Red Cross, fire company, scout troop, etc.) and make the donation to that group in honor of my campaign and/or the Maryland Libertarian Party. Send the donation direct to the charity of your choice, thus you can take the charitable tax deduction while adding public exposure for the party and my campaign and providing a direct benefit to your local community.

My campaign and party, like any others, benefit from any publicity you, the voters, provide to it. Rather than expend money on ads, yard signs, or bumper stickers, I want to see that publicity benefit local communities regardless of the outcome of the campaign. My campaign is largely about returning maximum control to local communities, and anything that strengthens those communities from within is as valuable as what I hope to accomplish in running for Congress.

Sincerely,
Richard J. Davis, D.D.S.
Libertarian for Congress
First Congressional District

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Star Democrat Article on Dr. Davis

Below is an article on 1st congressional candidate Dr. Richard Davis, that was published in the Sunday print-only edition of the Easton Star-Democrat:


Story courtesy of The (Easton) Star Democrat
Got a campaign contribution? Dr. Davis says give it to charity
By STEVE NERY
News Editor
HURLOCK -- Dr. Davis doesn't desire contributions.
That's Dr. Richard Davis, the Libertarian candidate to represent the 1st District in the U.S. House of Representatives, and he thinks people can spend their money on more useful things than political campaigns.
Despite declining contributions since he first ran for Congress two years ago, Davis, a dentist from Hurlock, still occasionally receives monetary offers.

His response: Make a donation to a charity instead, in honor of his campaign or the Maryland Libertarian Party.
"Rather than expend money on ads, yard signs or bumper stickers, I want to see that publicity benefit local communities regardless of the outcome of the campaign," Davis wrote in an e-mail. "My campaign is largely about returning maximum control to local communities, and anything that strengthens those communities from within is as valuable as what I hope to accomplish in running for Congress."

Davis said he just recently came up with the idea of directing donations to charities, after people kept offering him contributions despite his public stance that he would not accept them.

"I figured maybe I can do some good with this," he said. "If they really want to give money, let's put it to something useful rather than to yard signs and bumper stickers."

Davis wonders what the 1st District might look like if all the campaign contributions from the 2008 election went to local communities instead of the candidates.

U.S. Rep. Frank Kratovil, D-Md.-1st, spent nearly $2 million on his successful campaign, general election opponent State Sen. Andy Harris, R-7-Baltimore and Harford counties, spent more than $3 million, and state Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-36-Upper Shore, and the former incumbent, Wayne Gilchrest, each spent more than $1 million leading up to the Republican primary, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

"With the economy on the Shore like it is ... think of what you could have done," Davis said. "I think there's too much money going in and too much money coming out of the process."

Davis said he agreed to run again when asked by the Maryland Libertarian Party.

"For a totally unknown, I thought I did reasonably well last time, plus I'm still thoroughly unhappy with what the two major parties are doing," he said.

He may spend a little of his own money on travel expenses and the like, but it again won't be anywhere near the $5,000 minimum required for filing an FEC report, Davis said.

"I'm not looking to buy votes. I would rather have people voting for me because they want what I believe in and not because they happened to see an ad," he said.

Davis received 8,873 votes last time, compared to 177,065 for Kratovil and 174,213 for Harris. He didn't win the election, but he won the title of most cost-effective candidate 
 [-] Harris' campaign spent $17.36 for each vote received and Kratovil's campaign spent $11.26 per, while Davis spent only his time.

While he's not willing to spend money on signs and stickers, Davis is willing to meet with any group interested in hearing his views. He said he's especially open to any organization that wants him to speak on a specific topic or answer questions. He can be reached at 410-943-8314 or at 
rjdavislp@gmail.com.

Davis believes in lower taxes and government spending (including shifting taxation on income to consumption), Congressional term limits and gradually doing away with Social Security. For more information on his views, visit 
 davis4congress.com.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Dr. Davis' February 2010 Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Recently a reporter called to inquire about my reaction to developments in the congressional campaign and he made a comment about “conservative libertarians.” While there may be such individuals, in general the term indicates a misunderstanding of both conservatives and libertarians.

My understanding of “conservative” indicates a desire to preserve and maintain the status quo. The status quo in government and the constitution that libertarians identify with was accepted as the norm from about 200 years ago to at least 120 years ago. Before that, from about 1765 to about 1800, it was clearly revolutionary.

From the “Progressive Era” beginning around 1890 to the present we have generally seen the expansion of the power of the federal government and its influence on the economy at many levels, as well as increasingly aggressive action in foreign affairs, all at increasing rates. This is not a status quo that libertarians accept, and, in fact, opposition to these things was in great measure responsible for the establishment of the Libertarian Party.

As a result, we have come full circle, to where the ideas of federal government limited and constrained by the Constitution, with a peaceful, neutral, noninterventionist foreign policy have again become what might be considered revolutionary.

It is with this in mind that I (and others) am running for Congress, with an aim to rolling back the expansion of the federal government in favor of more individual responsibility and self-government, less government in the economy, and noninterventionist foreign policy.

Sincerely,

Richard J. Davis, D.D.S.

Libertarian for Congress, First District

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Daily Times Grapevine Comment on Dr. Davis

Look before you vote
Seen in Grapevine: "We elect people to office to run our nation responsibly. More often than not, they yield to the wishes of big money and special interests. Democrats are no better than Republicans. Why do we keep returning them to office?" Right -- and that's exactly why I noticed the letters to the editor from Richard Davis in The Daily Times. Now I know to look for more information about him before I decide how to vote.


****On Behalf of Dr. Davis thank you for your comment. The point is that the outrageous amount of money (Over $4 Million) that will be spent on a congressional seat that pays about $175,000 a year is ridiculous. Money will pour in from all sides and every special interest group imaginable as the First District's Seat will be one of the most hotly contested in the country.

In light of the recent happenings in Massachusetts and the voters trying to send a message, not much will change. Obama will still try to push his agenda through, Congress will still spend trillions of dollars that does not exist while getting nothing done. Electing a Libertarian such as Dr. Davis will send a real message to Washington the rest of the Country that the two party duopoly must end and real workable ideas need to be enacted.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dr. Richard Davis January Letter to Editor

Here we go into another election year. I hope to make this one a little different. I believe that continuing the campaign process as it has been will continue to bring the results it has been providing. Therefore:

  1. I will take no campaign contributions; buy no yard signs, bumper stickers or ads. The 4+ million dollars the other parties put into the last campaign would have served any number of better uses on the Shore. Keep your money here.
  2. I will have little or nothing to say about my opponents as individuals. I have little doubt they are fine, honorable people. Their parties, however, have spent us into near (if not complete) bankruptcy. They have, for seventy five years, expanded the size, scope, and power of the federal government at the expense of the individual citizens. They have repeatedly and almost systematically subverted the limits placed on the federal government by the Constitution. They have maintained American troops in foreign countries long beyond any reasonable need or justification, waging at least seven wars of varying length without any Congressional declaration of war.
  3. I will do my best to communicate with the voters through these letters, which will also be on my website (www.davis4congress.com) and will welcome any opportunities to address any groups who contact me. (I prefer to answer questions on issues of concern to such groups, rather than wasting your time with broad speeches that may pass by your individual concerns.)

Please contact me!

Sincerely,

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Dr. Davis On The Issues - The Series

One of the toughest decisions Congress must make is whether or not to authorize the President to go to war. The two current military operations, Iraq and Afghanistan, are obviously two different situations. Would you have authorized the President on either of those situations? And why or why not?

"Assuming information to confirm links of the Afghan terrorist camps to 9/11, with refusal of the Afghan government to cooperate, I would have voted for war on Afghanistan to the extent of eradicating the camps and terrorists, followed by our withdrawal. I believe we should at that point have focused our intelligence resources on monitoring for any signs of recurrence, in Afghanistan or elsewhere. In the absence of extensive further information, I would not have voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq. I have yet to see any evidence of real justification for it and I believe there should be VERY high standard of proof to justify a declaration of war. I do believe that there are times and places where it is justified and necessary to go to war, but that these times and places are few and far between – which is why this power is reserved to the entire Congress in the Constitution, that it not be resorted to very easily or too hastily."


Dr. Richard Davis

2010 District 1 Congressional Candidate for The Maryland Libertarian Party

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dr. Davis On The Issues Series

In a series of questions we have sent to Dr. Richard Davis, the Libertarian Party's Congressional Candidate for the First District, he responds with candor and honesty. Here is the first series, focusing on the reason for running, Congressional work habits, and ethics.


1. To be elected by the citizens of your district is a great honor. What is the reason that caused you to decide to run for Congress?
I decided to run for Congress when the chairman of the Maryland Libertarian Party called me in January, 2008 and asked me to run. I had no thoughts in that direction prior to his request, but I felt it was a civic duty to run when asked. I much appreciated the opportunity to publicly express my concerns with the way the political process has currently been operating in this country. Apparently the party was pleased with my performance and asked me to run again, and I felt that doing so would reinforce the sincerity of my concerns with the process and my commitment to pushing for change.

2. The work habits and rare appearances of congressmen and congresswomen in their districts seem to peak near election but the rest of the time you rarely hear a peep. What type of session schedule for Congress would you like to see? How would you schedule your appearances in your district and what would you focus on?
I would like to see Congress in session for the two months prior to passage of the budget to focus on budget issues. For the rest of the year my ideal would be to have Congress normally in session two weeks out of each month and the rest devoted to time in individual districts, with sessions in Washington extended only for national emergencies. Ultimately I would like to see Congress reduced to a part time system like many state legislatures, with congressmen returning to their districts even more of the time and even to part of the time to “real world” jobs to keep them more in touch with the lives of their constituents. I do not believe service in Congress should be a career, and if the federal government were to be eventually reduced to the limits prescribed by the Constitution I do not believe service in Congress would normally need to be a full time job.

While at home in my district, I would anticipate dividing my time between several (probably three or four) offices widely separated due to the geographic size of the first district. I would, time allowing; prefer to have at least one “town meeting” type of forum quarterly. If Congress and the federal government were to ultimately be reduced to their Constitutional limits, I would hope to maintain part-time practice in my current profession. (In such a situation I would also advocate a corresponding reduction in Congressional pay and benefits.)

3. Becoming a congressman is a position where great trust is placed in you. What changes in ethics rules that govern Congress would you work to change?

I believe any conviction for any breach in ethics should result in automatic expulsion and replacement, whether the breach is directly related to work in Congress or not. In such cases Congressional pension benefits should also be forfeit. (Actually, I would advocate the phasing out of Congressional pensions altogether, as I do not believe career positions in Congress are in the best interests of the nation.


Originally posted on the Maryland Libertarians Blog.