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Principles and Integrity Matter in a Candidate



I started this race back in January when I realized I couldn’t take it anymore. The previous year, the Democrats had passed an enormous Stimulus bill, spending nearly a trillion dollars, and they didn’t even read the bill! It was filled with payoffs and paybacks to special interest groups. This is not only typical behavior of the Democrats, but also of career establishment Republicans as well.

My family and friends encouraged me to run and we vowed to conduct a campaign based on integrity and principles. We were determined to always tell the truth and be able to walk away from this, win or lose, with our heads held high.

Now, in the final days of the campaign for Michigan’s 1st District, my opponent, Jason Allen, shows that he is a desperate man. He is a career politician, long beholden to special interests in Lansing and he is looking to continue a political career. He did not choose to run until incumbent Bart Stupak, who betrayed the people, decided to retire. Bart Stupak was a Democrat career politician, supported by special interest groups. Jason Allen comes from the same mold. Long known for his connections and special interests in Lansing, he represents the type of politician to whom the people refer when they say, “Enough is enough!”

Mr. Allen’s last-minute entry into the race was encouraged by other establishment career politicians with whom he has close connections, and the decision was not made until it looked like an easy run – Bart Stupak was retiring. But, you the people have been speaking up everywhere, and, as grassroots activists, your choice is not a career politician, but someone who is one of you and will represent you, and not special interests and politics as usual.

Jason Allen, a Republican, is acting like a Democrat. Yes, like Bart Stupak, who betrayed this district, and who spent his political career catering to the special interest groups of his party. Based on the behavior that I have seen in his campaign, I have no reason to think he will behave otherwise if he goes to Washington.

Grassroots activism, which is strong and growing all across this country, represents an awakening of the American people, and certainly the people of Michigan’s 1st District. The people want, no require, integrity and honesty in their representatives. Candidates who try to smear other candidates with lies and distortions lack integrity, and demonstrate behavior typical of professional politicians; they don’t truly represent the people. You, the people, have said, “no more politics as usual.” Remember the support Jason Allen received from SEIU? SEIU and ACORN use similar tactics in smearing anyone who opposes them. They demonize their opponents, which is why they called us racist for supporting Arizona. Do you like the idea of Jason Allen, a Republican, taking cues from the SEIU? I just can’t believe it, nor will I accept it.

I have run my campaign with integrity and my commitment to you is to be your principled representative. If you nominate me and send me to Washington in November, I will be an activist Congressman. Seven months ago, I decided that “enough was enough”, now let’s seal the deal in the primary on Tuesday.

Help me take our government back. You have helped so much already, providing the necessary resources to get our message out. Now I am asking you to stand with me this weekend, and give of your time to help me respond to these negative smears. Would you be willing to call voters across the 1st District and refute these attacks and lies? This can be done from your own home; all you need is a phone and a computer with access to the Internet. If you have friends or family in Michigan’s 1st District would you call them and let them know about my campaign? Together, you and I can do this.

Thank you,
Dan Benishek

P.S. I would like to thank Mr. Herman Cain for the support he has given me as expressed in the video below.

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Wealth is not Created at the Top: It is Only Devoured There



The UK has left the EU and we can argue about the minutiae of Wealth until we’re blue in the face. But the overriding factors are apparent and in one of the richest countries in the world it is shocking that so many people can’t even be sure if they are going to be able to eat enough today or provide for their loved ones.

These days, politicians from the left to the right assume that most wealth is created at the top. By the visionaries, by the job creators, and by the people who have “made it”. By the go-getters oozing talent and entrepreneurial-ism that are helping to advance the whole world – Opinion by 


… across the spectrum virtually all agree that wealth is created primarily at the top and so entrenched is this assumption that it’s even embedded in our language. When economists talk about “productivity”, what they really mean is the size of your paycheck. And when we use terms like “welfare state”, “redistribution” and “solidarity”, we’re implicitly subscribing to the view that there are two strata: the makers and the takers, the producers and the couch potatoes, the hardworking citizens – and everybody else.

Bankers, pharmaceutical giants, Google, Facebook … a new breed of  rentiers are at the very top of the pyramid and they’re sucking the rest of us dry


In reality, it is precisely the other way around. In reality, it is the waste collectors, the nurses, and the cleaners whose shoulders are supporting the apex of the pyramid. They are the true mechanism of social solidarity. Meanwhile, a growing share of those we hail as “successful” and “innovative” are earning their wealth at the expense of others. The people getting the biggest handouts are not down around the bottom, but at the very top. Yet their perilous dependence on others goes unseen. Almost no one talks about it. Even for politicians on the left, it’s a non-issue.

To understand why, we need to recognise that there are two ways of making money. The first is what most of us do: work. That means tapping into our knowledge and know-how (our “human capital” in economic terms) to create something new, whether that’s a takeout app, a wedding cake, a stylish updo, or a perfectly poured pint. To work is to create. Ergo, to work is to create new wealth.


But there is also a second way to make money. That’s the rentier way: by leveraging control over something that already exists, such as land, knowledge, or money, to increase your wealth. You produce nothing, yet profit nonetheless. By definition, the rentier makes his living at others’ expense, using his power to claim economic benefit.

But here comes the rub. Most rentiers are not as easily identified as the greedy banker or manager. Many are disguised. On the face of it, they look like industrious folks, because for part of the time they really are doing something worthwhile. Precisely that makes us overlook their massive rent-seeking…


The problems we face are that the politicians are firmly in the hands (pockets) of the uber wealthy. We live in a corporate plutocracy and those holding all the wealth and therefore power have no intention of changing the status quo, even if it isn’t sustainable. They remind me of bacteria (or cancer) devouring the host body more and more even though eventually it will kill them too.

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Donald Trump Forgets Important Lesson From Grandad:




Harper’s Magazine reprints an interesting letter from US President Donald J. Trump’s own grandfather that may get you thinking. Here is it then:

The Emigrants – By Friedrich Trump – From a letter written in 1905 by Friedrich Trump, Donald Trump’s grandfather, to Luitpold, prince regent of Bavaria. Trump had been ordered to leave Bavaria for failing to complete mandatory military service and to register his initial emigration to the United States twenty years earlier.


Prince Luitpold rejected Trump’s request for repatriation; the family later settled in New York. Translated from the German by Austen Hinkley.

Most Serene, Most Powerful Prince Regent! Most Gracious Regent and Lord!

I was born in Kallstadt on March 14, 1869. My parents were honest, plain, pious vineyard workers. They strictly held me to everything good — to diligence and piety, to regular attendance in school and church, to absolute obedience toward the high authority.

After my confirmation, in 1882, I apprenticed to become a barber. I emigrated in 1885, in my sixteenth year. In America I carried on my business with diligence, discretion, and prudence. God’s blessing was with me, and I became rich. I obtained American citizenship in 1892. In 1902 I met my current wife. Sadly, she could not tolerate the climate in New York, and I went with my dear family back to Kallstadt.

The town was glad to have received a capable and productive citizen. My old mother was happy to see her son, her dear daughter-in-law, and her granddaughter around her; she knows now that I will take care of her in her old age.

But we were confronted all at once, as if by a lightning strike from fair skies, with the news that the High Royal State Ministry had decided that we must leave our residence in the Kingdom of Bavaria. We were paralyzed with fright; our happy family life was tarnished. My wife has been overcome by anxiety, and my lovely child has become sick.

Why should we be deported? This is very, very hard for a family. What will our fellow citizens think if honest subjects are faced with such a decree — not to mention the great material losses it would incur. I would like to become a Bavarian citizen again.

In this urgent situation I have no other recourse than to turn to our adored, noble, wise, and just sovereign lord, our exalted ruler His Royal Highness, highest of all, who has already dried so many tears, who has ruled so beneficially and justly and wisely and softly and is warmly and deeply loved, with the most humble request that the highest of all will himself in mercy deign to allow the applicant to stay in the most gracious Kingdom of Bavaria.

Your most humble and obedient,

Friedrich Trump

… Well then. Long ago, yes.. Still applies? You tell me.

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