John Dennis, a business owner and real-estate investor in California's 8th District, has decided to put the electoral smackdown on Nancy "I Love Botox" Pelosi and challenge her for the seat she has held since 1987. She has become a shining example of why congressional officials should have term limits.
Dennis, a libertarian conservative, graduated from Fordham University with a degree in business and went on to co-found Humanscale, one of the top 10 design firms that specializes in office ergonomics. In 2008, he served as Phonebank and Get Out the Vote director for Ron Paul's presidential campaign in San Francisco.
Dennis told Worldnetdaily.com:
"I became actively involved in politics about two years ago," he said. "I was frustrated with everything – even my own party and the lost opportunities we had to put a cap on spending and the growth of government. I was looking for good candidates to support, and I just finally decided to be a candidate myself."
Dennis is founder of the San Francisco chapter of the Republican Liberty Caucus, board member of the Republican Liberty Caucus of California and has served as an alternate on the San Francisco Republican Central Committee.
Here are some statements John Dennis has made on various issues. I think you're going to like what you read.
- Energy and the free market -- "The first step is to see what we can do to improve our relationships so we feel more comfortable with other countries as trading partners for our energy needs. The second thing to do is let the free market do its job. If we allow the market to do what it does best, much better than any managed economy could ever do, then, ultimately, we'll find the appropriate sources for our energy needs that'll make everybody feel comfortable and drive our economy."
- Cap and Trade -- "I'm very leery of the government," he said. "When I read the Constitution, I see our founders writing the document when they are very concerned about the potential abuse of power from the federal government. Every time I hear of a new scheme like cap and trade, it makes me ask, where's the constitutional authorization to do this? Of course, it's not there."
- Educational Credits for Homeschoolers -- Dennis proposes education credits for children enrolled in private, parochial and home schools.
"It's very simple," he said. "Make a tax credit available to those folks and give them the option to take their money and go wherever they want."
- Healthcare -- "I wonder if there's a relationship there," Dennis said. "The government got involved in a particular industry, and the costs went up."
He said free markets must be able to solve these problems, and government-run health care would seriously worsen an already overregulated system. Dennis proposes making all out-of-pocket medical expenses and insurance premiums tax deductible and using the Constitution's commerce clause to enable all insurers to compete anywhere in the United States.
- Illegal Immigration -- Dennis proposes an end to birthright citizenship, amnesty and government services for illegal immigrants.
"People come here and use services mandated by the federal government that help bankrupt states and put hospitals out of business in border towns," he said. "To the extent that those illegal immigrants weaken the dollar and usher in the demise of the dollar, I am very opposed to illegal immigration."
- Second Amenment -- A member of the NRA, Dennis said, "The Second Amendment is fine by me, and I don't even need a Second Amendment to tell me that I have the right to defend myself."
- States' Rights -- Dennis said he is a "big fan" of the 10th Amendment and advocates a complete repeal of the 17th Amendment, the 1913 constitutional amendment that calls for direct election of senators.
- Income and Capital Gains Taxes --
"Think about everything it implies," he said. "It implies that the government owns things that you work for. It owns you, and it lets you keep a portion of it."
When he suggests ending the income tax and cutting government spending, Dennis said some people ask him, "How are we going to finance our government?"
"My first question is, 'Why don't you want your money back?!'" he said, laughing. "Why are you making excuses for people taking away your money to spend it the way they see fit? Why don't you work to keep your money and spend it the way you see fit?"
- The Federal Reserve -- Dennis proposes an abolition of the Federal Reserve. "Central banking is an interesting thing," he said. "It's a key plank in the Communist Manifesto. It's another form of central economic planning, just like they did in Moscow during the Soviet Union era. Look what it's wrought."
- Gay Marriage and Abortion -- "I don't think the government has any business being involved in marriage in the first place. As much as I don't have anything against gays by any stretch of the imagination – as someone seeking federal office – I can't find a way to support gay marriage."
Asked whether he believes the issue should be left to the states, he replied, "I'm running for federal office, and the states can decide what they want to do. But it's definitely not a federal issue."
"I'm strongly opposed to the federal government getting involved in stem-cell research as well," he said. "That's just not its business. It shouldn't have anything to do with it. It's a really complex issue, and it's not in the Constitution that we should be subsidizing any kind of research, especially stem cell."
I, for one, would HOPE to see this kind of CHANGE come to Washington.