About Joe Shammas

Introduction to Joe Shammas


Greetings to all my valley neighbors, family, friends and supporters!

As a proud first generation immigrant born to George Shammas (Syriac Christian Orthodox) and Virginia Arakelian (Armenian) and a United States Navy veteran with almost twenty five years of service first as an enlisted person and later as a commissioned officer I am humbly seeking your support and vote to serve as your congressman in California’s 29th Congressional District.

I am running for Congress because I want to work for what matters most. I believe our focus must shift back to our communities, our children, seniors, veterans and our small businesses. Our main focus must revolve around our schools and places of worship to help rebuild our communities by better educating our children without the excessive weight of student loans and exorbitant costs of healthcare. By providing not only improved access to higher education, but also improving classroom availability as well. We must address the needs of our communities and protecting our homeland before any costly overseas foreign military adventures. Together, we can build opportunities by focusing on the following:

Help small businesses grow: We need to take actions in cooperation with local chambers of commerce, business associations and neighborhood councils to recognize small businesses as the real engines of our economy. We must reduce regulatory obstacles and support growth to help small businesses thrive.

Making education affordable and accessible to all: Today, our youth seek higher education, but too often find themselves crippled by the excessive weight of student loans. Those seeking an opportunity for higher education and a better life should not have to worry about the high financial burdens.

Making quality healthcare available to everyone: As the wealthiest country we should be able to provide the highest quality healthcare to our children, seniors, and veterans. Everyone should be able to choose his or her doctor and get medical attention when needed. Too often, those who need health care the most find themselves waiting too long to get access to specialists and having to pay ridiculous out of pocket costs.

Support for Our Seniors and Veterans: Our Seniors and veterans served our nation honorably and are the foundation of our democracy. They built and defended our way of life and we must honor and protect them

We love our country for the promise of opportunity, but it is time that those opportunities are made available to everyone. As a retired military officer, I will work very hard to keep our people safe from terrorism at home and abroad. I am committed to serving the best interests of our community and ensuring that we have a voice in Congress.

More about Joe

I am honored by your consideration and humbled in asking for your vote.


  • I am a proud first generation immigrant.
  • Enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1973 Completed “Boot Camp”, Great Lakes, Illinois
  • Basic Medical Training, Great Lakes, Illinois
  • Basic Submarine Training, Groton, Connecticut
  • Graduated from Naval Undersea Medical Institute
  • Served as the “Doc” on Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) Nuclear Submarines
  • Commissioned in the United States Navy Medical Service Corps in 1981
  • Retired from the United States Navy in 1996
  • VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Lifetime Member
  • American Legion Lifetime member
  • Member Chamber of Commerce (Panorama City)
  • Member TEAM Referral Network

Why I Am Running for Congress

My name is Joseph Shammas. First and foremost, I am NOT a politician. As a proud first generation immigrant and a United States Navy veteran with almost twenty five years of honorable service first as a Hospital Corpsman and later as a Medical Service Corps Officer. I am humbly seeking your support and vote to serve as your congressman in California’s 29th Congressional District.

I am running for the United States Congress because I believe it is time to repair the ladder of opportunity for Californians and Americans. I will fight hard for the jobs our people need by bringing home federal dollars that will improve business and educational opportunities for the San Fernando Valley. By providing education and training in conjunction with local chambers of commerce, business associations and neighborhood councils our communities will benefit.

I believe that we elect people to government to help solve the issues facing us, the voters the constituents. Unfortunately, most of our problems today are as a direct result of and reaction to actions of our politicians.

Our politicians continue to demonstrate little value for the lives of our young military men and women. Politicians eagerly engage our peace loving country in “Foreign Wars”. In the process our national debt has soared coupled with the continuous loss of our young military men and women. It seems that the mismanagement of our foreign relations is deliberate. The politicians in Washington are the biggest obstacle to our nation’s security.

Our national attention must refocus on domestic issues on job creation on fostering business creativity and innovation, by educating our youth and retraining our veterans and seniors.

As a retired military officer, I will fight for our veterans who deserve our support upon their return. I will work very hard to keep our people safe from terrorism at home and abroad. Thank you for your consideration.

Time for new leadership!

Joe’s Priorities

All law abiding Californians including Immigrants to be treated fairly and equally and to live in peace and tranquility without fear of persecution and or deportation.

Improve Valley Employment so that everyone who is looking for work can find work. Through cooperative efforts with local chambers of commerce, business associations and neighborhood councils and educational institutions we can provide vocational and on the job training tour workforce to be competitive occupationally for satisfying employment.

Support small businesses through better tax incentives and credits can be at the center of community achievement by providing on the job training to seniors veterans and new entrants to the workforce to prepare them for meaningful employment. In cooperation with local chambers of commerce, business associations and neighborhood councils we can succeed in reinvigorating our communities and meet the challenges.

Education is at the heart of our mission. Our children are the future we must work together to provide them with high quality education with available courses and classrooms to compete and grow without the burden of high student loans. Some will pursue academics while others vocational fields.

Healthcare should be a fundamental right and be readily and reasonably affordable to all. Together with State and Federal programs we must ensure that healthcare is affordable and accessible to all our residents.

Seniors and veterans contributed to building and protecting our country. We owe them a great debt. Together through educational and skills training programs they can to reintegrate as productive members of our society.

Schools and churches and other places of worship must be the cornerstone of community focus for our valley residents. Through enhanced academic, vocational and adult education and guidance our communities will prosper and grow.


Learn where Joe stands


The bedrock and undeniable foundation to a better future is education. Our youth who are the future
must be one of our highest priorities. Through education enlightened minds blossom and create endless
opportunities for the future. For years we enjoyed our status as the educators of the world’s greatest
minds. Students from every corner of the world pursued their post secondary education at our colleges
and universities. Today, I believe we have lost much of that luster. Our academic institutions are falling
behind and the reasons are many albeit convoluted.

For starters, particularly here in southern California, many required classes are not readily offered which
results in great delays of matriculation for students. Where typically in the past, a student completed a
college degree in “four years”, today, it may take six or seven years and at a much higher cost. Student
loans have become a nightmare for our youth and their families. Cost of education coupled with
healthcare and other expenses cripple our youth as they start their careers. They are indebted for
years and due to financial burdens are less productive and creative. This is a formula for failure. If the
youth are the future, then we must facilitate workable vehicles for their success. This starts with student
loans. In conjunction with local chambers of commerce, business associations and neighborhood
councils we can create vocational training and on the job training with our businesses which will benefit
our communities.

Years ago, our nation had a compulsory military service known as the ‘draft”. Kids served, earned GI
benefits and pursued higher education with minimal financial commitments. Today, that has all but
disappeared. Without the draft, only low and middle income families conscript into the military and
yes while they do earn GI benefits, those benefits have been so dramatically altered that it is difficult at
best to utilize them. Coupled with the massive physical and psychological traumas endured by these
veterans, education becomes less achievable. Actually veterans are so disillusioned after completing
their military service that many become homeless.

Education in most other European countries and Canada is a benefit enjoyed by their citizens at no
additional costs. While we do not advocate tuition free public education, we do demand that our youth
have options to “repay” costs associated with their education. To illustrate, here are some examples: a
student having completed their education can make student loan repayment on a “minimum wage”
hourly basis for public service, including volunteering as teacher assistants, civil servants in various
public institutions, publicly funded service, non-profit institutions and the like. This provides a means
for them to pay back society for their education and more importantly become intricately involved in
and aware of their own communities and perhaps provide answers and solutions for local issues.

Another option is to reinstate the compulsory “draft”. While this may sound radical, it is in fact a very
viable solution to provide for “earned” education benefits through uniformed or other public service
(Peace Corps). Additionally, as this would include the children of affluent families as well as politicians’
children, the temptation to engage in unnecessary overseas military adventures would be dramatically
reduced. With less wars, we have less traumatized veterans who can then pursue higher education.

I believe that as we focus more on what matters most, our communities, schools, students, veterans and
seniors we evolve and reflect our values more clearly not just at the local and national levels, but also on
the international stage as well. Join me in “Education is the foundation to a more prosperous nation”

Health Care

For many without health care coverage it is a major decision. During a conversation with George, a
recent nursing school graduate, he pointed out that his health care premiums were over $300.00 per
month. When added to other expenses such as transportation, student loans (over $80,000.00) and
other expenses it becomes a huge burden. That is wrong. Our great country can and should do better.

Healthcare is a fundamental right in Europe, it is “not for profit” business rather it is a state function and
responsibility thereby providing earlier opportunities for their citizens to be productive, to be creative,
to remain healthy for the benefit of all. In the Unites States private health companies take pride in the
insane profits they make. That is wrong.

The United States military “defense” budget is by far the largest in the world. In fact our military
“defense” budget is larger than all other countries’ military budgets combined. The focus on what
matters and our priorities has been hijacked by politicians and the military industrial machines.

We love our children, yet politicians continue to burden them with massive student loans and high
monthly health care premiums. We must make dramatic changes to our dysfunctional system and
misguided priorities. Our children are the future let’s lift their financial burdens and allow them to be
creative and contribute to the great country they will inherent from us. They deserve better.

The answer is a single payer system. We actually have one, it is called Medicare! Ironically, it is only used
when we reach a certain age (early 60s) when our bodies and systems require more medical care and
attention, the government (through our payroll contributions) pays for the care. While during our
younger years when we least need medical attention, healthcare care coverage is provided by FOR
PROFIT insurance companies! Simple, rake the profits for many years and then dump on the government
when it is time to spend. This is a great formula for maximum profits by the insurance companies who of
course donate to the politicians to keep their insane profits.

We advocate for a single payer system such as Medicare for All!

Healthcare should not be for profit. People’s lives are at stake. As Americans we deserve better!


As a first generation immigrant, I take great pride in and am eternally thankful for the wonderful
opportunities our great country provided and continues to provide. As young children we were often
told how the streets in the United States of America were paved with gold. When we finally made it here
we were surprised to discover that the streets were made of cement and other substances but not gold.

As I grew up and achieved the coveted American Dream, I often reflect on the “Streets of Gold”
memories and the answer becomes clearer by the day. America’s streets of gold are in fact the unique
and special opportunities we enjoy. It is the pursuit of and the achievement of our goals that make it
the greatest country in the world bar none! Our greatness is founded by equal opportunities and the
pursuit of those opportunities. Together we are stronger. Our diversity makes us stronger. Our
multicultural origins make us stronger. Because of our immigrant based nation we are stronger. We are
greater primarily due to the sum of the diverse and rich immigrants we are made of.. As Americans we
are all equal!

How often have you heard the phrase “We are a nation of immigrants a melting pot of different
nationalities” or some other variation of this campaign speech? A slogan it is and a slogan it will remain.
The truth is somewhat different. Our great country was founded by immigrants seeking relief from
religious persecutions, from taxation without representation and those seeking new and better
opportunities for their families.

As Americans we all abhor discrimination of any sort. Yet, we witness direct and indirect forms of
discrimination of our immigrant population. We are immigrants first and foremost whether first
generation or tenth. We should celebrate our uniqueness and empower our children to do the same.

A wall is not the answer, ICE raids are not the answer and mistreatment and discrimination of
residents are not the answer. The answer is that all law abiding Californians should be able to live in
peace and tranquility without fear of persecution or deportation.

With Pride and Honor I am humbled in asking you to join me in “Stop bashing the immigrants”
movement. Time for new leadership.

Small Business

Small business is often quoted by politicians as being the “engine” of our economy, but that is a “slogan” often only used during election campaigns. The day after an election, small businesses are forgotten along with most if not all the other election promises made.

It is time we take actions to not only recognize small businesses as the real engines of our economy that they are, but to enact and put in place programs reducing regulatory obstacles to help businesses not only to survive but to succeed and grow.

In cooperation with local chambers of commerce, business organizations and neighborhood councils, small businesses have the capacity to provide unique opportunities to train and hire returning veterans and seniors who are willing and able to work. Small businesses could and would readily enact training programs in a short period provided politicians do not create new regulations to impede enactment of said training and hiring programs.

Small businesses must receive financial incentives through tax credits and other means to facilitate full implementation and to realize expedient results with mutual prosperity for businesses, veterans and seniors they train and employ.

Politicians should talk less and do more. Our small business owners and communities deserve better.

The Great American Dream

To many, home ownership, the “Great American Dream” is more elusive than ever. The recent devastating and degrading as well as tortuous tragedy that befell many homeowners was and continues to be wrong. Notice that banks paid “fines”, but only one European banker was charged, however not one single, not one executive was reprimanded, prosecuted or jailed?

Where is accountability for the crimes committed against so many hard working people who lost their homes when the financial meltdown occurred? Banks are again making insane profits while they continue with a barrage of new fees to increase their profits. Where is the outcry? Who is looking out for the American middle class?

I believe that we can do better.

Currently banks “borrow” funds from the Federal Reserve Bank at interest rates ranging as low as 0%. Banks then turn around and charge the home buyer several percentage points above that. To illustrate the actual numbers for a loan (average) in the San Fernando Valley:

Loan at 1.0% (30 years)

Loan Amount: $500,000.00

Payment: $1608.00

Total Interest paid: $78,880.00

Loan at 4% (30 years)

Loan Amount: $500,000.00

Payment: $2387.00

Total Interest paid: $359,320.00

From the above example the amount a typical valley home owner could save is substantial. There should be a mechanism to address home ownership interest rates that is more equitable to the consumer. Home owners (owner occupied) mortgage rates should be no more than 1% point above the interest rates the financial institution borrowed from the Federal Reserve Bank or other Government Financial institutions.

Home ownership should be affordable to more hard working people. We all deserve better.

Veterans, Seniors and Students

As a veteran with almost twenty five years of active military service, I am keenly aware of and relate to the needs of our veterans. Upon separation from active military service, some veterans readily adapt and integrate back into society, while others become homeless. Our Veterans are often forgotten, albeit on one or two days a year. Many of our veterans commit suicide at a much higher rate than any other group. Veterans should be afforded an opportunity to address their inner “devils” that later could drive them to self destruct. This can be through group events and therapies as well as individual mental health training. They served with honor and we as a nation should do the same. To ignore their pain and suffering is wrong. Our current politicians eagerly send them to self created wars and upon completion of their service they are relegated to and treated like second class citizens and as a burden to our society. It is time to fully retrain and help our veterans and seniors.

Our seniors, the most vulnerable among us are forgotten and often ignored. At the time that they need help the most, when they are no longer able to work, they incur the most expenses that often deplete their life savings. That is wrong! They contributed to the building of our great country and our country should be there for them in their time of need. Enough “Lip Service” or any more talk of taking care of seniors, it is time to actually do something! I will advocate for making changes and necessary adjustments to our tax codes to properly address the financial plight of our seniors. As an example, under the current system, seniors are penalized for working when they retire until they reach a certain age. This is wrong, we should provide incentives for small businesses that train and employ seniors. It is the least that we should do. They deserve better.

Our students ARE the future. We owe them a solid education unencumbered with debt. Many will pursue academics, while others may chose vocational paths. Both paths are needed in our communities and when we address the needs of adults pursuing academics or career path changes, we must rely on local chambers of commerce, business associations and neighborhood councils to coordinate and implement workable means to achieve the desired outcomes. Our priorities must be on what is important!


Federal Income Taxes

Taxation with minimal representation is the “mainstream” way our politicians seem to operate. We are taxed and overtaxed to support many government agendas that are in direct conflict to our national interests. It is time to change that. It is time to have the taxpayers and their voices to be heard. The current system of spending hundreds and hundreds of millions of dollars with little or no regard to how hard the average taxpayers had to work to pay their tax burden escapes the politicians. It is as if the money is not real money. The value behind the source of these funds they so eagerly and freely “spend” and give away is never on a politician’s mind. Politicians receive a great salary and terrific benefits, while the average taxpayer works for many months just to pay their taxes.

It is time to seriously consider making changes to our broken federal tax code. The current system is fraught with hundreds and thousands of pages of “codes” and regulations requiring most honest hardworking Americans to retain the services of a professional accountant and or tax attorney to prepare their tax returns. That is wrong.

The current Federal income tax system is designed AGAINST the hard working middle class taxpayer. The very wealthy retain tax consultants/attorneys and make business decisions based on tax implications (rather than sound business considerations) resulting in reduced and extremely limited tax bill. In fact they may pay no taxes at all. The poor often have insufficient income thresholds and pay little or no tax at all. Many actually file Federal income tax returns only to receive “tax refunds” instead of paying taxes. Large Corporations and businesses have tax accountants on their payrolls, while small business owners without special tax accountants end up paying more. The current system is rigged to benefit the wealthy and penalize small businesses and the middle class.

Senior citizens who work to supplement their income after retirement are taxed through an offset of their retirement pay and benefits. Average people with some savings pay taxes on the meager interest they earn. The system discourages savings, in fact interest (dividends) on savings are taxed. Rather, the system encourages spending and borrowing. Interest paid is deductable while interest earned is taxed. It is indeed time for an alternative tax strategy to be seriously discussed, considered and implemented that is fair and equitable to all. The new Federal tax system should be simple and not convoluted. I believe it must consist of two parts.

Personal income taxes (Federal): Filing personal income taxes must be abolished and eliminated completely. It should be replaced by a national Federal sales (consumption) tax set at a few percentage points of the sales price of products. The product and or goods sold must be inclusive of the tax in the listed and or advertised price. The tax must not appear as an “additional” fee in the sales transaction. This would be similar to the European Value Added Tax (VAT) system. This new consumption tax should be phased in over a five year period and should be coordinated with and or collected through existing state tax agencies. No other taxes would be due from individuals. Most states currently have a state sales tax imposed as a percentage of the sale price of goods/products, so by adding a few percentage points for a Federal tax would treat everyone equally regardless of income.

With this system people can make life decisions that best suits them. We would all be treated equally under the law. Renters and homeowners will be treated alike, single or married status would not matter, one child or five, again it is a personal choice, you want to leave your valuable to your heirs, the government would not be able to tax you. Government would no longer dictate our life choices. People will make life decisions based on their values and not ones imposed by the politicians. Savors can save, spenders will continue to spend. Our seniors will no longer be penalized for working to supplement their income. Tax “cheats” will almost disappear. Employers will continue to collect social security and other programs, but not federal taxes.

Corporations and Businesses (Federal): Corporate and business taxes would also be set at a few percentage points of gross income (total corporate and business operations) regardless of location. Corporations and businesses will have mixed reactions. Those legally avoiding paying taxes through convoluted and creative techniques will lose their ability to do so. They will start paying taxes. Small businesses on the other hand will see positive changes and coupled with training and employment incentives of veterans and seniors, they will overcome the financial handicaps they currently face. Businesses as well as corporation will be forced to make decisions on the legitimate business merits and not on tax considerations.

As Americans we all must contribute and bear an equal share of the tax burden similarly the politicians must not “spend” freely. All programs requiring Federal funding must be thoroughly evaluated and prioritized. Our politicians perhaps will be finally “forced” into making budgetary decisions with our national interest first and foremost and not waste taxpayer dollars on unnecessary military adventurism or on foreign aid. American taxpayer dollars should be used to improve the lives of Americans and on America’s interests above all others.

Our future depends on it, our children deserve better, we all deserve better.

Time for New Leadership!

Recognizing Genocide

My fellow Americans, it is be One Hundred two years since the great ethnic cleansing by the Ottoman Empire of a select group of its subjects. The Armenians, Assyrians, Greeks and many other Christian minorities who were systematically butchered, removed from their homelands and forced into massive migrations. My grandparents were part of that group that suffered severe loses around the turn of the century.

Yes, it was war and yes, the Christians sided with Christian Russia against the Islamic overlords the Ottomans. War or not, systematic decimation of indigenous populations was carried out and history is very clear of the events, yet 102 years later, we as the world’s only remaining superpower have not recognized the events for what they were GENOCIDE.

So many other nations have come to terms and let their conscious make the decision, even the Russian Federation has finally recognized the Armenian Genocide, yet we remain resolute in our support for the Turkish Republic (the remnant of what was once the Ottoman Empire). We are politically tied with them and year after year place the military alliance of NATO (which Turkey is a member of) and the fact that we have military bases in Turkey cloud our judgment leading to our inaction.

Today the Turkish republic which was restructured by the late Kemal Ataturk to be a secular republic is slipping back to the dark days of yesteryear. It is fast repeating the horrible crimes committed against the great Armenian, Assyrian, Greek and other Christian populations during the previous century. The United States of America and the European countries are morbidly silent! Why do we allow this to happen?

Turkey suppresses any free press and their academics who dare to point out differences with the current regime are often harassed and jailed. We must sever all strategic and military cooperation with ruthless dictators. Politicians must not be bought by or lobbied on behalf of foreign governments and they must be held accountable.

We must close the US/NATO military bases in Turkey.

We, as a God fearing nation must insist that our leaders recognize the genocide of the previous century.

As your congressman, I will fight relentlessly to have this atrocity to be finally recognized as GENOCIDE!

Military Adventurism

The military industrial complex has ruled over and controlled our politicians for a very long time. Military procurement and logistics decisions are not based on the needs of the military services nor are they in the long term best interests of our country. Decisions are prepared by lobbyists for the politicians who vote and cement the deals. Look at the most recent procurement of the new stealth bomber, over sixty billion dollars, or how about the recent revelation that the Pentagon built in Afghanistan a gas station (no-bid contract) for $43,000,000.00 (forty three million dollars) compared to an average cost of $500,000.00 (half a million dollars) and the Pentagon refuses to release details of this no bid contract. Do politicians understand those numbers, or have they become numb and accustomed to spend and spend with total disregard and wanton?

We are all Americans and as Americans we should strive to address the needs of our people here at home. Our military industrial machine and their lobbyists continue to generate a new “BAD GUY” every few years for us to go after and through military engagement attempt to destroy at great expense and sacrifice our great young men and women in uniform and steadily add to the ever mounting national debt. Military hardware costs are in the billions, costs of conflicts are almost immeasurable.

In fact the politicians and military lobbyists have become bolder and actually plan for and advocate the overthrow of other governments through force. What would our reactions be if another country made a similar attempt to topple our government by force? Needless to say we would all be against such attempts. Yet, our politicians do not take the time to contemplate such scenarios. Warfare has changed dramatically from the World War II days, even from the Korean and Vietnam days.

As a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the United States provides a large military presence and “protection” to Europe at great expense to the American taxpayers. The USSR was defeated and the WARSAW pact was dissolved. Germany was re-united. We have no real military adversaries other than the ones we create. Yet, we continue to add new member countries to the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO). Why, with no WARSAW alliance, why do we continue to grow the NATO alliance? Clearly because it benefits the military industrial conglomerates, as it certainly is not for the safety and security of our great country or Europe! Europe should be responsible for and fund its own defense.

With military installations in hundreds of locations around the globe, ours is clearly not a Department of Defense. Defense should be focused on the homeland and not overseas. Let Europe, Japan and other locations fund and regain responsibilities to defend their own. We should not and cannot afford to continue on this path. Our young military men and women volunteer to defend the USA, not Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Germany, England, Japan or any other country where we have military installations. All U.S. military and logistic installation should be relocated to the mainland and US territories. Protecting the homeland must be our priority.

Our leadership readily sends our sons and daughters to war, as the first and only tool to address the conflict (real or “made up”). Would politicians send their own sons and daughters to war so readily? Diplomacy has been “forgotten” and or rarely employed. We often refuse to communicate with what we consider adversaries. How can conflicts and or misunderstandings be resolved without dialogue, unless the intent is the use of force? Have we learned anything from the blunders of Vietnam, the invasion of Iraq, the tragedy of Libya and now the ongoing tragedy in Syria? What country or group will they target next?

Our politicians continue on the path of aggressive confrontation instead of dialogue and diplomacy. In fact they have recently admitted that our government has been coordinating with, funding and providing training, equipment and logistics in foreign countries in secret to fight and overthrow the “host” country’s legitimate government. Some figures provided to the U.S. Congress at a recent hearing admitted to spending over FIVE HUNDRED MILLION Dollars to train a few “moderate” terrorists. Imagine that, to secretly plot for, train, equip and fund “moderate” terrorists with our tax dollars, to overthrow other legitimate governments, all in secret. By undertaking aggressive actions and destroying other countries, the politicians have seriously compromised and degraded our security by inviting others to do in our homeland the same thing we do in theirs.

History is there for us to learn from, to repeat the good and great lessons and concurrently avoid the bad ones. Yet rarely does our government and politicians review history and emulate the lessons learned. Our children’s and grandchildren’s future is at stake. They deserve better.

Time for New Leadership!

National Debt

Our national debt is out of control. It is more than Twenty Trillion Dollars and growing daily. Our politicians pay lip service to making any changes to address and or to reverse the pattern that created and continues to add to our national debt. Our politicians do not seem to care, as it will be inherited and paid for by our children and grandchildren. The jaws of the special interests and military industrial lobbyists are constantly in the ears of our elected government officials to fund their pet projects (of course with reciprocity through campaign contributions). In Washington it is the loudest voices and largest campaign contributors that get the attention and the corresponding legislation.

A few days ago, the Pentagon announced plans for a new Stealth Bomber at an initial cost of over $60,000,000,000,000.00. Yes, that is Sixty Billion Dollars, and that is the initial estimate. Historically, estimates are traditionally on the very low end, and “cost” overruns are the normal in defense contracts. It is outrageous that this kind of spending of taxpayer funds are routinely committed without regards to the long term effects of our foreign policy and our national debt.

Additionally and coupled with the excessive Pentagon spending our foreign “aid” is equally out of control. For example, the most recent figures of tax payer dollars “GIVEN AWAY” by our government in the last fiscal year was over $40,000,000,000,000.00! Yes that is Forty Billion Dollars through which we continue to “buy” friends with our foreign “aid”, while we are actually mortgaging our children’s future by borrowing money to give away. It is insane. Imagine a family deeply in debt that continues to borrow more to give away. This borders on treasonous acts by politicians, as our elected government official continues to burden our children with massive debts just so they give away to “friends and foes” indiscriminately.

We must address domestic issues BEFORE worrying about issues in other countries as we cannot continue to keep supporting the world and keeping getting deeper and deeper in debt in the process. It is time that together we change that cancerous “spendthrift” system. Imagine the additional benefits to the economy if all those “foreign” aid dollars are spent at home from increased employment, reduction in our tax rates, and repairs to our infrastructure.

Time for New Leadership!

Protect the Homeland

Our Constitution specifies that protecting the homeland should be one of the prime goals of the government. Yet our government fails to do so. Our focus for “defense” has been based on the old “cold war” strategy that is completely obsolete. In the process we have established hundreds of military installations in as many countries. Today, we would be hard pressed to actually identify any region in the globe where we do not have military installations. We are obsessed with projection of power overseas, and have in the process made our mainland vulnerable. It is time we reassess this policy and bring our young men and women of the military home.

Our leaders fail to recognize that the future of military engagement and the related theaters have changed dramatically.

Today, we have dramatic positioning and logistical capabilities that were unavailable before. We can transport units and equipment just about anywhere in the globe within a twenty four hour period. So why do we continue to negotiate and pay exorbitant funds to keep and establish new military installation overseas? Our capabilities have changed, our policy has not.

While I am a strong advocate for repositioning our military installations here at home, I am certainly not suggesting that we cut the number of our current military personnel (that is a separate issue); rather I am suggesting that all those military personnel be stationed on the U.S. mainland and U.S. territories.
These military members currently “spend” the salaries we pay them in foreign lands. These salaries benefit the foreign host countries where they are assigned, not businesses in the homeland. When these same personnel are assigned on the U.S. mainland and U. S. territories, those salaries will be spent here and would benefit our country and NOT FOREIGN COUNTRIES!

As noted previously, our politicians at a recent congressional hearing publically admitted to training, arming and equipping “moderate” terrorists secretly to fight against and to overthrow the legal governments of other countries. Not only did they spend over five hundred million dollars, but that they continue to do so. The politicians have destroyed any credibility we had in the world as a peace loving nation, they destroyed the empathy we enjoyed and shared after the great tragedy of 9/11.

By undertaking aggressive actions in other countries, the politicians have seriously compromised and degraded our security by inviting others to do in our homeland the same thing we do in theirs. The politicians continue to make abhorrent and callous decisions and pose grave threats to our security. It is time that together we demand change.

As a retired military officer, I will work very hard to keep our people safe from terrorism at home and abroad.

We Are All Americans

“We the People of the United States of America, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America”.

These are the actual words written in the Constitution of the United States BEFORE any of the specific articles that address the formation and separation of our three branches of government. Please note it states very clearly WE THE PEOPLE. It does not state, we the men or women rather the Constitution is for We the People” which is inclusive of All Americans.

It is an absolute shame that we are so fragmented as a nation into different groups or categories of group such as Native American Indians, Hispanic Americans, African Americans, Irish Americans, Italian Americans, LGBT Americans, and the list goes on and on. When we are segregated into small groups, we lose the power of We the People and replace it with a much smaller voice of We the (fill in the blanks).

The United States of America is the only remaining super power on this planet and why is that? The main factor is the fact the United States is a cohesive representation of millions of people with a common heritage and guiding principles established in our Constitution. Together we are strong, separate and divide us and we become weak. We have applied this principal throughout the globe. We weaken others through division whether by national origin, race, or other factors. Yet, here we have remained strong because of our union. This was the vision of our forefathers when they drafted the Constitution, We the People!

We must take notice and reflect on the suffering experienced by the various groups in their struggles to attain recognition as equal partners in our society. For some the struggles lasted decades for others it is still ongoing. While we believe in an equal society the reality is that there are many that continue to face discrimination in an overt manner, while some in subtle manners. Many continue to focus on rhetoric than to acknowledge and articulate sober-minded policy proposals of equality for all. We must continue to learn and mature in our thinking and actions. For our nation to be truly united we must embrace our differences and rejoice in our diversity. It will surely be a very boring society if were all the same, therefore we must declare that our greatness and power is due to our diversity for we are “We the People”.

To the rest of the world, we are a strong nation, but the truth is far from that. As a divided people, we cannot sustain our strength. We must revisit the reasons for our divisive approaches to our fellow Americans and embrace the undisputable facts that together we will succeed and apart we will fail. It is time for divisive attitudes to be replaced by inclusive approaches throughout our land. We are all Americans!

As diverse as we are, and as a united people we must continue to strive towards greatness by not forgetting those overlooked or neglected in our society for their struggles are real and their pain is genuine. Join us in celebrating our cultural backgrounds, our heritage and most importantly our individual freedoms to be ourselves in our own wonderful and all inclusive United States of America. God Bless the USA!

As your congressman I am committed to fight for equality for All Americans!  

Vote Incumbents Out – We All Deserve Better

With politicians’ approval ratings in the low teens, how is it possible for incumbents to get re-elected into office election after election?

While the system favors incumbents, we, the voters actually get to chose who should and will represent us in the government. It is time we chose someone who will actually represents the interests of the voters and not the special lobbyists. Politicians have forgotten the voters who sent them there and whom they should be serving. Look at their donors (WWW.FEC.GOV) and you will see where their donations are coming from and who they actually represent!

Do not send career politicians to the US Congress. These “IDIOTS” have put us in 20 + Trillion dollars in debt. They have spent so much on needless wars and are always finding “creating” new “Bad Guys” to go after. Our country has been in perpetual wars for decades. We are currently saddled with a congress NOT focused on domestic issues their priorities are continued overseas military adventures. Politicians are bankrupting our economy.

By undertaking aggressive actions and destroying other countries, the politicians have seriously compromised and degraded our security by inviting others to do in our homeland the same thing we do in theirs. Even today our government continues to interfere in other countries’ affairs, our politicians have not learned from the mistakes of the past, will they ever?

It is time to send a clear and loud message. Change is here! With your support and votes, it is my honor and privilege to undertake the challenge to be your choice for congress in California’s 29th Congressional District. I will work hard and diligently for you and represent the best interests of the District, California and our great country above all others.

Time for New Leadership!

Can We Trust Our Politicians?

No more politicians for U.S. Office. These “Idiots” have put us in 20+ Trillion Dollars in debt! They don’t care
about us “The People” or America’s future. They have abandoned us the constituents who elected them and
no longer serve the needs of the people and our communities. They promise but never deliver.

Why politicians never answer direct questions? Have you ever noticed when a politician is asked a question,
their answers are rehearsed, memorized and scripted just like a young student before taking a middle school
exam. They stick to their “Talking Points” to advance their agenda. They do not want to respond for fear of
giving the wrong answer!

Can we trust politicians who only respond from “CANNED” talking points?
Can we trust politicians who cannot make their own decisions?
Can we trust politicians who don’t respond to our issues, but only advance theirs?
Can we trust politicians who cannot relate to our priorities, again only advancing theirs?
Can we trust politicians who receive endless campaign contributions from special interests?

My concerns were confirmed while during a recent nationally televised debate, and to my surprise one
candidate even after being questioned about his rehearsed “canned” talking points as his responses, kept
repeating the same response over and over. He did not hear the question and clearly did not “catch” himself
repeating his mantra, not just once, not twice, but often. He was an embarrassment not only to himself and
political party, but to the entire political arena.

Our politicians appear angry about something or another. They clearly do not relate to the daily issues facing
ordinary Americans. Our politicians are fixated on the WWI and WWII mantra “USA GOOD, RUSSIA BAD” and
have made every effort to engage in military conflicts against our best interests. We need to move on. Quit
provoking war with other nations fix our own problems of which we have plenty. We deserve better!

As your congressman I am committed to fight for what is best for our communities and great country!