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April 17th, 2012

Rod Blum: Why I’m Running for Congress

My name is Rod Blum. I am a businessman from Dubuque who is running for Congress in the 1st District.  My father quit school in the 10th grade and lied about his age so he could enlist in the Navy during WWII.  My mother cleaned houses to help us make ends meet.  My father always told me that if I “played by the rules” I would live a better life than he and Mom.

I followed my father’s rules and he was correct – I DO live a better life than he and Mom did.   That’s most folk’s definition of the American Dream.  Starting with nothing, I worked my butt off to put myself through college.  I entered the software industry on the ground floor and set out to achieve my version of the American Dream.  Our software company grew from 5 to 325 employees in just five years and as a result I was named Iowa Entrepreneur of the Year in the High-Tech category.  I am also a real estate developer, high school basketball coach, student pilot and conservative columnist.

• I’ve met a payroll every week for 21 YEARS.
• I’ve balanced a budget for 21 YEARS.
• I’ve created jobs in the private sector.
• I’ve taken risks – and sometimes failed. But I’ve NEVER expected a government bailout.
• I’ve had to deal, EVERY DAY, with the burdens that Washington DC puts on business.

I’m running for Congress because recent polls have shown that 80% of Americans do not believe their children will be better off than their parents.  One of the things that has separated our great country from the rest of the world is our citizens have always had hope and belief for a better tomorrow – belief that our children will live better than us. Every generation in this country has lived better than the previous – I am fighting to keep that dream alive for our children.

I believe the family is the backbone of our great country.  The most important thing I can do is be a good husband, father, stepfather and “surrogate” father.  It was during my high school basketball coaching stint that I coached Malcolm, who is a young African-American boy from Chicago.  When he became an orphan, we took him into our home and our family.  Through hard work and personal responsibility Malcolm, who could barely read in the 6th grade, is now a 3.8 GPA student at the University of Dubuque. As Oskar Schindler said, “He who saves one life saves the world entire”.  As pro-life Christians we are called upon to “save one life”, including the unborn.

Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over yet expecting different results. We have enough lawyers in Washington!  Lawyers stay for a lifetime in Washington, becoming millionaires in the process off OUR tax dollars – we need to send representatives to Washington who have a lifetime of experience and accomplishment – who are not going to play by the establishment “rules” of the good ole boys club.

Washington DC believes in the power of government.  Career politicians believe they can spend the fruits of your labor better than you, who earned it.  America isn’t great because of government; America is great because of its citizens.  I believe in the power of each and every individual person. Government isn’t the solution – WE THE PEOPLE are the solution.

The bureaucrats, lobbyist and lawyers in Washington DC believe they should pick the winners and the losers. From bank bailouts to corporate bailouts to Cash for Clunkers – Washington thinks they know what’s best for us.  I don’t believe in bailouts, I don’t believe in corporate welfare and I don’t believe in “too big to fail”.  I believe corporations shouldn’t  rise or fail with taxpayer money.  Individuals should succeed and fail based upon their own merits.  “Playing by the rules” is out of vogue in Washington DC.  In fact, if you DON’T play by the rules, government will REWARD YOU.  If you play by the rules and achieve success, government penalizes you.  It’s upside down.  It’s time we send people that have not only read our Constitution, but will FOLLOW our Constitution.

Washington DC is saddling our children and grandchildren with mountains of debt. Over the last three years, Washington has racked up $4 trillion in deficits. Our national debt stands at $15 trillion.  Our GDP this year will be $15 trillion so our debt equals 100% our GDP.  That’s a tragedy.  Leading economists agree that as a country’s debt grows its economic growth rates shrink.  I believe in fiscal common sense.  You can’t spend what you don’t have.

Revenues to the government have grown by 20% since 2001, the last time we had a balanced budget. But expenditures have DOUBLED.   We don’t have a revenue problem – we have a spending addiction. We need to send people to Washington who believe NO is an acceptable and necessary answer.

Many in Washington believe that abortion is a woman’s right and a woman’s choice. But who protects the right’s of the unborn?  I believe in the sanctity of life from conception to cradle to the grave. I believe that human life has a natural right to be protected – consistent with the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

I’m running for Congress because our country is in serious trouble.  We’re in trouble because we have strayed so far from our founding principles.  Rest assured I will be a strong advocate for Constitutional government, the sanctity of life, free markets, removing the curtain of secrecy around the Federal Reserve and stopping their printing presses, personal freedom and ending nation building abroad.

I lived through the Carter presidency – the last time our country had severe economic problems. The good news is that we have a template for restoring our economy.  A template that’s not a theory but a template that actually worked in the real economy.  Look no further than the Reagan Administration.  The bad news is that President Obama’s and Bruce Braley’s policies are the exact opposite of Reagan’s.

Though America is struggling right now, I am optimistic about our future because I am witnessing an increasing number of citizens in this country who are willing to stand up to Washington DC.  For example, the phenomenon of the Tea Party movement is the greatest example of grassroots citizenship I have seen in this country in my lifetime.

  • I stand with every Patriot who believes Washington DC is out of control.
  • I stand with every Patriot who believes the proper role of government should be limited.
  • I stand with every Patriot who wants to hold Washington accountable.
  • I stand with every Patriot who believes America’s greatness comes from its citizens
  • I stand with every Patriot who believes our representative should read and follow our Constitution.

I do not covet a career in politics – rather I am a citizen who wants to serve our country and restore the principles that made us great; principles such as personal responsibility, limited government, fiscal common-sense, free markets and sanctity of life.  I respectfully ask for your support.

I am looking forward to debating trial lawyer Bruce Braley on his economic policies, liberty/freedom, how we define compassion and what is the proper role of government. I have the AGE, EXPERIENCE, and ACCOMPLISHMENT to beat Bruce Braley in November.

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