We need effective, sustainable solutions.
When more than 100 million Americans are living in poverty and struggling to keep their homes, when millions of Americans are looking for employment and others have given up, we need jobs.
Many establishment politicians have made themselves icons for insularity, arrogance and corruption offering nothing or little to help us move forward in overcoming the challenges confronting our community and our nation.
In light of these challenges, I choose to stand in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District. I was struck to read Jeff Barnett’s commentary in last week’s edition sharing the difficult decision he made with his wife to not run in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.
Let’s review the litany of complaints Barnett placed at the feet of Republicans.
“They also stripped faith in government to regulate our economy. Wall Street and BP are the results — along with the deepest recession in 80 years.”
My primary opponent, Jim Moran, voted to kill the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 shortly before the worst recession since the Great Depression. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act was signed into law by a Democratic president.
Even Joe Barton, the Texas Republican who apologized to BP, did not vote to kill the Glass-Steagall Act.
Moran’s legacy remains the record of an elitist. He voted to limit bankruptcy remedies for people in 2005, then to bail out Wall Street banks in 2008. He obviously is in favor of Wall Street as opposed to ordinary Americans.
As Barnett wrote, “Republican lies and corporate greed are destroying our middle class. It’s time for the 99 percent to stand up. I am one of the 99 percent.”
While I do not support Barnett’s rhetoric of economic stratification and blind eye toward Democrats, I share his perspective: It’s time to stand up and move forward.
Pointing fingers at Republicans does not help create effective, sustainable solutions. Pretending that affluent Americans are all alike oversimplifies an important issue. And excusing Democrats fails to create a single job or preserve a single home.
As an ordinary American, I take responsible action, embrace accountability and stand for public office ready to serve the people of a great nation.
In 2010, I wrote a plan for positive action. It remains the only comprehensive economic and fiscal plan Moran sent to the Congressional Budget Office for analysis in his time, more than 20 years, on Capitol Hill.
An updated edition of the plan’s summary is available along with Moran’s cover letter at www.VA8.com for your review.
A. Will Radle Jr., Fairfax
The writer is a Democratic candidate for Virginia’s 8th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.