Troy Transit Center - gathering dust and aging since 2013

Troy Transit Center – gathering dust and aging since 2013

Introduction 

In a previous blog post, I offered Troy City Council candidates the opportunity for free campaign space by responding to survey questions. This 2014 election, I’ll offer the same to all political candidates, posting their replies on the Patch and on the USA Melting Pot website.

Some of the club principles can be found in the description of our logo. Recent activities of this club, founded in 2011, are detailed in our update to the Troy City Council:

http://usameltingpot.org/usa-melting-pot-club-update-to-troy-city-council/

http://usameltingpot.org/updates-of-usameltingpot-2/

 

State Senate Race – 13th District

Five Republicans and two Democrats are running for the 13th District State Senate Seat, which includes Rochester and Rochester Hills, Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Birmingham, and Bloomfield Hills.

Please see previous survey response from Republican Rocky Raczkowski.

 

Survey Response from Al Gui, Republican Candidate for State Senate

Questions in italicsanswers from candidate in bold:

1.  The Troy Transit Center is a government project with federal funds allocated by the state, approved by a 4-3 majority on the Troy Council. All three levels of government were involved: federal, state and local. It has not yet opened because of an ownership dispute over the land. What lessons can be learned from this? (See more background in this article.)

Let’s wait for the court decision. We will go from there after all the facts are made public.

2.   Have you read The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, by former Reagan Justice Department attorney and conservative talk show host Mark Levin?

I did not have a chance to read this book. Nonetheless I appreciate someone using the constitution as guidance as long as he/she remains as objective as possible for the sake of the whole nation.   

3.   What do you think of the eleven specific amendments? You can read a summary of them in this National Review article. Should each of them be adopted, modified or discarded? Please explain. 

When it comes to any decision involving the life of a nation as a whole, one should not jump to a conclusion. Therefore I cannot comment on those amendments. I would need all the details surrounding each amendment before giving my personal opinion although I think that people have the right to democratically amend a constitution by following the rule of law.

4.   What other statements would you like to make on behalf of your campaign?

I would like to emphasize some statements.

  • Things are not working right, our roads are bad, gas price is going up, people are losing their jobs.  It is time we send to Lansing new people who are capable of making a real positive impact in Michigan as far as the quality of life is concerned.  I’m one of those new people. 
  • I’m a dedicated problem solver who is naturally analytical. I will not be that elected official who would cut himself off from people’s daily concerns. I will be close to voters and their families.
  • Teachers also need support not always blame and income reduction. 

Candidate Forums

There will be a State Senate candidate forum at Walsh College, 3838 Livernois, Troy, on Tuesday, July 8 at 7 p.m.

Another forum will be at Clawson City Hall for the 52-3 District Judge Race (Troy/Clawson) Monday, July 14 at 7 p.m. The 11th Congressional District Forum will be held at Milford High School at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16. More details can be found at the League of Women Voters website.

 

 

Liberty Amendments Summary

I’ve read Levin’s book and am interested to know what candidates for public office think of it. More description is in a previous blog post, including links to a National Review article summarizing the book. Below is a brief summary:

Term Limits for Congress, Supreme Court and More Control for State Governments

The first amendment limits members to a total of 12 years in Congress! Supreme Court justices would also be limited to 12 year terms. Other provisions would return more decisions to the states and promote economic growth through the “laboratories of democracy.” (the states)

The closer government is to the people it represents, the more responsive and less wasteful it will be.

Fiscal Tipping Point

President Franklin Roosevelt said, “Any Government, like any family, can for a year spend a little more than it earns. But you and I know that a continuation of that habit means the poorhouse.”

America has reached the tipping point, where its debts will soon be unmanageable if it doesn’t act soon. The growth of the Federal Government must be restrained. Levin’s Liberty Amendments may need some modification. But they are a good start, in my opinion.

Offer to All Political Candidates

I hope candidates choose to read this important book. Since my blog is the most widely read on the Troy Patch, I’ll offer all candidates the exposure to answer the above four questions and give them free publicity for their campaigns.

As with the Troy Council election, I’ll print their responses in the order received.

Easy way to help a great club

If you wish to support the USA Melting Pot club, a Michigan non-profit corporation, you can make your Amazon purchases through the link on our website. The club will get a percentage of the purchase to fund community service activities and our scholarship fund. Thanks for your support.

 

Conservative columnist Dale Murrish writes on historytraveltechnologyreligion and politics for the USA Melting Pot club and the Troy Patch. You can read his articles on other topics by clicking on the links.