Troy Transit Center - Completed in 2013, but yet to open...

Troy Transit Center – Completed in 2013, but yet to open…

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.

 

Survey Response from A. Rocky Raczkowski,

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.)

The most important lesson to be learned from this is that every political leader, at every level should have first researched the opposition and the support for this proposal. The land should have been titled and there should have always been a RFP Open Bid for the proposal if it went forward. The issue here is that there was a lot of spending of taxpayer dollars without any gain or result, and that is most troubling. Our political system is filled with examples as these and the learning lessons should be applied so that there is no more waste.

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

YES. I try to read or listen to all, conservative, as well as liberal thinkers to understand where they are coming from.   

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. 

The States make up the Union and the states should take the leadership to solve issues that Washington is unable to solve. Discussions for States to solve such internal state issues without National input deserve serious consideration by policymakers and the American people.

These principles are what is outlined by Mr. Levin in his book, although I have an issue with his Amendment # 2. Amendment # 2 deals with Majority Rule, and for normal situations, it is something we accept, although my issue with the 2nd point in his book is it does not protect minority groups from ‘Counter-Majoritarianism’ action. This protects a minority from being run over by the will of a super majority mob and is why our Founding Fathers created a Supreme Court.   

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

I am just as disappointed with the Democrats as I am with the Republicans. I have simple changes and goals that I am hoping to work on to make our economy strong and demand excellence in Education. That is my goal, not to be elected so that I can be a politician. I am focused and ready to work for our best interests and and bound by those tenets that will make our State great again!

 

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 Troy Patch. You can read his articles on other topics by clicking on the links.