I realize that any press is good press, so therefore, I should just completely ignore those who are running against our incumbents. But, I was passing through Barry Welsh's 50 state page and came across Dan Mansell, Republican candidate for the NC-02. I thought it would be fun to highlight his policies and where they differ from Progressive policies.
Education and School Choice
Now more than ever, education is vital to success in life. As our economy is constantly growing and changing, we must provide our children with the education necessary to succeed.
No difference with the Progressive agenda here.
The federal government can play a role in education, but schools should be controlled to the greatest degree possible on the local level. Dan believes that children should have the ability to escape failing schools and supports ideas such as charter schools and vouchers.
Parents should have the ability to move their child from an under performing school to the educational institution of their choosing that will best facilitate their child’s learning needs.
Ah, Dan. That kind of cut-and-run strategy just won't suit us Progressives. We are at war with illiteracy! What was it your ideological sister said, "Marines never cut and run, cowards do." Don't give up the fight for equal education Dan because this isn't about black and white, it is about rich and poor. The Republican position favors the wealthy over the working class.
Gas Prices and Energy Policy
The United States depends too heavily on foreign resources. It is time that the United States puts together a comprehensive energy plan that focuses on supply, demand, capacity, and alternative sources.
Amen, brother! Preach it!
Capacity remains to be a lingering problem for U.S. oil production. The United States has not built an oil refinery in nearly three decades! With current refineries working at nearly 100% capacity, any unexpected maintenance will directly affect our nations supply and cause gas prices to continue to grow.
Oh, you moronic twit. Capacity is a ruse, a mirage cooked up by the petroleum industry to keep prices high while supplies dwindle.
While addressing capacity and supply, we must also increase research and development into newer technologies and alternative energy sources that reduce consumption and pollution. The United States should lead the world in next generation technology that can provide for a cleaner environment, reduced reliance on foreign energy sources, and new industries that will provide thousands of jobs to future workers.
....that actually sounds reasonable. Kind of like the "Clean Air Initiative" that puts lots more pollution in the air, I suspect the facts of Dan's position would be dirty.
After serving for 2 years on the Johnston Memorial Hospital Board, Dan has seen first hand how important Healthcare can be on a day to day basis.
Access to new drugs must be improved. In order to control skyrocketing healthcare prices, we must cut the red-tape and undue bureaucracy within the FDA so that the approval process for new and potentially lifesaving drugs can be accelerated without sacrificing safety.
Dan also believes that small business who would not otherwise be able to afford healthcare should be able to band with other small businesses to purchase such coverage as a group so that more working Americans will have access to the healthcare coverage that they need.
Dan, the FDA isn't the problem, spending by pharmaceutical companies on advertising (33% of their budget including R&D) is the problem. Get Pharm companies out of the drug pushing business and into the drug designing business.
Serving 16 years in the Armed Services, Dan fully understands the sacrifice and hard work put forth by those who served to make the United States the greatest nation in the world. North Carolina is one of America’s leading military states. That is why our congressional delegation must continue to stand firm in our support for our troops and our veterans. Dan will insist that our troops are paid the good salary they deserve and have the supplies and training they need to effectively defend our nation. We must continue to work hard to maintain quality healthcare for vets, and find ways we can modernize an often inefficient VA bureaucracy, to make sure those who wore the uniform receive first rate benefits.
It's always the bureaucracy isn't it Dan? It couldn't be the massive cuts in spending by the Bush administration during a time of war could it? Here are a couple questions to pose for Dan.
1. When will Republicans support good body armor for all our troops?
2. When will Republicans give full healthcare to all of our veterans and stop cutting benefits?
3. When will Republicans stop sending the same soldiers back to Iraq and Afghanistan over and over and draw on new soldiers?
4. If not ever, why?
5. Why is the U.S. building four permanent bases in Iraq if the President claims we will have full withdrawal of our soldiers?
6. When will Republicans make Support our Troops more than a bumper sticker, but instead a fact of life?
There is more on Dan's homepage, which I won't give him the courtesy of a link, but it amounts to the same thing we always hear from Republicans. Well-phrased platitudes backed up by policies that are failures. Republicans have had two chances to run our country unopposed and in both cases, their policies have proven to be failures.