This is the latest in a series of topical columns to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our country at every level of government.
During conversation with the owner while enjoying a meal at a favorite restaurant, the owner confirmed many thoughts on the subject of the Affordable Care Act and other government programs. Because of changing economic conditions, his franchise corporate headquarters has determined that some menu items and specials have to be eliminated and prices increased on other items.
When a regular customer became aware of the demise of a longtime bannered special, she promptly made warning calls to friends and family while still sitting at a table.
Things change due to many circumstances, i.e.: increased regulatory requirements, taxes, insurance, supplies, “Obamacare,” proposed minimum wages and other issues. Who is supposed to pay for it?
All costs in business are passed on to the consumer. Each day when the doors open, the business owner is in the hole until enough business comes through the door to break even. How anyone has the nerve to deal with this concept is a credit to the owner but consistent with the American can-do attitude of following your dreams.
Our congressman, Rep. John Garamendi, has served in many levels of government for 40 years. His record is consistent and strong for support of increased regulation of the above-stated issues.
How has that worked out for the businessman, taxpayer and consumer? The many empty storefronts around Fairfield and beyond tell the all-too-familiar tale.
Many phases of our lives, down to personal medical records and telephone calls, are now subject to review by federal bureaucrats. The nation’s Founding Fathers feared government encroachment, which is why they specifically limited the power of the federal government in Article I of the Constitution. Sadly, many politicians today ignore that intent even though they are sworn by oath to protect and defend the Constitution.
In our area, several local businesses have elected to close their doors and move to areas more favorable to business. This particular business owner does not have the option of moving his business to Texas, Idaho, Nevada or anywhere else, so his only option may be to close his doors and go out of business, which leaves another group of good employees out of work.
The unhappy customer called the wrong people. Her lock-step liberal politicians should be on speed dial, because they are the ones who continue to support the policies coming out of the present administration. How many of our local politicians have the courage to stand up and say enough is enough to the Washington, D.C. politicians of both parties who believe big government is the solution?
Garamendi is too expensive, in finances and in liberties lost, for Solano County.
Rod Keck is a Fairfield resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.