Every new year I make a resolution, as many Americans do, vowing to improve my life and the lives of others around me. 2012 will be no exception. This year, I am making that resolution as a Republican running for U-S Congress from the 5th district of Connecticut.
Washington is a mess and has been for many years. With this 112th Congress those making decisions that affect all of our lives sit in the U-S Senate and the House of Representatives. Along with the Democratic President there are 51 Democrats in the Senate, 2 Independents and 47 Republicans. In the House, which changed control this session, there are 193 Democrats and 242 Republicans. As we have witnessed none of them seem to be listening to the concerns of the average American. Remembering that more than half of the population is female it may be partly due to the fact that only 90 – 17 in the Senate and 73 in the House are women. Having a more equal representation of our population makeup would go a long way in bringing about a more healthy balance.
The majority of people who sit in the chambers of Congress seem more concerned with getting re-elected and keeping their powerful jobs than with creating new jobs for the millions of unemployed and underemployed Americans looking to them for help.
As recently as 25 years ago our elected officials would do what they were sworn to do, represent the best interests of their constituents. These men and women would work together to create solutions that would bring the best change for the American people. They crossed political isles to come up with workable strategies. Congress and the White House worked together to help get through tough times. What was best for the American people was most important to our politicians. We need to swing the pendulum back and return to this balance of power.
We can do it by sending the right people to Washington. My resolution is to be the person who will truly represent my constituents.
I believe that most people in Congress do want what’s best for the American people. They just don’t know how to leave their egos behind and make the tough decisions and cuts necessary to balance a budget or end uncertainty for Main Street so small businesses can create new jobs.
My resolution is to use my skills as a successful entrepreneur and teach my colleagues in Congress how to get these things done. Your political views shouldn’t matter. In order to bring a healthy balance of power back to Washington we need to elect people who are not career politicians, people who have been in the real world and have the true desire to work together to solve these real problems.