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