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Conversations again:
A little while ago, I met a homeless woman outside a store and we talked awhile. I’m leaving out some details but she wanted to pray for me, and so we held hands and she prayed so clearly, and in a way that applied to both of us. Then she asked me to look at her, and she said, “People act like I don’t exist, but I do. I’m a drug addict, but I’m a person.” She wasn’t accusing, just staying the truth. We hugged, and I left feeling I’d encountered someone with so much capacity for love and accomplishment, not necessarily material, but able to play a positive role in the community. More and more, we are normalizing drug use, and I don’t know where it will end. We have a hunger for tax dollars and had already promoted gambling to feed our habit. When government promotes harmful things just for tax dollars, it doesn’t serve people well. Still, voters made this choice via elected politicians.

I met a young man today while we were getting lunch at the Wienerschnitzel at Chapman and Haster, and I was impressed that he knew his district. That’s rare here. I gave him a flyer, and it was really great hearing how much he cares, and that he sees what politics has become, and how electing the first real independent in decades to the House would amplify our voice. The values here are the ancient ones of hard work, family and community. We could remind the nation of the beauty of these values.

Another young man I met was too young to vote, yet in talking he was so well spoken, troubled by where we are going, and so pleased at the prospect of an independent for life and Dreamers.

I want to vote for someone without feeling guilty, without disappointment that the choices aren’t better. Since that person didn’t show up, I’ll be on the ballot in June. Please look around these pages and spread the word, write me, text me, share this page or others. Many hands make light work.

We can do this, and to beat the system without donations or special interests or the Parties that have fouled our home, that would be an achievement you can tell your children and grandchildren about. If I win, we all win, and we will show the nation it can be done.

#anaheim #santaana #46th #primaryelection #primary2018 #Rushman2018

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Three Things

Money and Corruption

It’s the standard now, and reinforced by the two-party system, lots of fundraising and representatives are just telemarketers.

I’ll listen to anyone, and I think lobbyists have a valuable place, speaking for industries which employ hundreds of thousands of people. There are lobbyists for social justice, for nature, for things that matter to a lot of people, and I can’t ignore them, that would be wrong. But no money, gifts or promises should be involved. I’ll report all meetings openly and present their concerns to the people for comment.

In my work career, I’ve put my customers, my clients and my teams before myself. I’ll do the same in office.

Better Process and Communication
I’ll be communicating bill and budget facts and analysis to the people frequently and working in committees to produce quality legislation. My work requires me to consider unintended consequences and the sustainability of solutions, which I do by working with people to review proposals and plans, asking questions and questioning answers.

Respect
On the most difficult issues, I’ll maintain the same professionalism that’s been successful in decades at work. And my respect for others, including those who are not respectful, is deeply rooted in beliefs around the sanctity of all life, nature and this Nation’s attempt to unite many different peoples into a vibrant society which values both cooperation and individuality.

You May Ask

What about taxes, healthcare, poverty, abortion, women’s rights, LBQT, student loans?

I firmly believe that by approaching everything with respect and without self interest, the American People will do the right thing. Real freedom is doing what’s right with restraint.

We can solve problems much better with the right intentions, good process, and a respectful view of all life.

Please take a look at the longer presentation on the home page, too.

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Nothing’s Changed for 535

The responsibility is ours for the mess, we keep electing the same kinds of people. We don’t need them to be saints, just honest, smart and able to resist the temptations of money and power. More than 30 years ago, Charley Reese of the Orlando Sentinel wrote this. Here are a few excerpts. Please post this page everywhere since many won’t read the whole article.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 [330 in 2018!] million cannot replace 545 people who stand convicted – by present facts – of incompetence and irresponsibility.

I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense overruns, that is not traceable directly to those people.

Please note he was writing when Congress had a Democratic majority, and he later laid the same blame when Republicans were in control. Because it really doesn’t matter which Party is in charge, it’s still run by money, isn’t it?

There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take it.

And here is the whole point:

Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the power. they and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses – provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.

Do our young people a favor and fix this. Start by sending independents who aren’t funded by parties or business.

Spread the word, share this now or it won’t happen.

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Who likes money?

Looking down this older list, you’d almost think Democrats and Republicans were the same party.

This doesn’t include the clever ones who avoided detection, and in 2016 the Supreme Court added protection for Congressional bribery prevents prosecution in the future.

But it’s not all cash. Special interests can provide vacations (fact finding!), jobs or referrals for spouses, children, allies, investment info. If it’s private investment, it doesn’t count as insider trading.

If you can get me to Washington, yiu can bet my wife and children will be suspicious of any “lucky breaks” that come their way. We’ve already discussed it, and I’m confident in their ethics. But an independent from the 46th isn’t likely to attract much money anyway, an advantage to being from a hard-working district!

Have you thought about how congressional staff can profit by controlling access to Congress? Or leaving things out of a report?

So many ways to make money through public service.