I have something a little different for everyone today. Many of you have a lengthy history at Stand Up For America. And during that time we have had some fairly in depth discussions and debates about what it will take to begin the process of taking back our country from a government that is growing too fast and spending too much. We have always concluded that change is going to have to begin at the local and state level, with candidates that truly care about getting America back on track. Candidates that truly care about serving the people that elect them to do so. I agree completely that the local landscape is the place where the people must begin to make a difference. Tonight I offer a look at one of those candidates that meet all the criteria we have discussed over the last year.
Many of you who have been reading here since the beginning have spoken with this candidate when she was running her own blog and posting comments here. Her insight was always informative and her passion for making her community better and more fiscally sound was always evident in every thought she shared. So I would like to offer all of you the opportunity to get to know her a little better and, perhaps, to even offer her your support as she runs for office. So I offer you all an article in support of:
RANI MERRYMAN for Maryland House of Delegates, District 8
Rani Merryman is just a typical Marylander; concerned about the same day-to-day worries as every other Maryland Mom. She lives in Northern Baltimore County, and only a year ago was content to be a good wife to her husband Jimmy, a blue-collar worker putting in long hours, and a good mom to her children. She had given up her career to dedicate herself to raising their two sons, AJ and Max, ages 2 and 4. Over the last several years, she paid attention to the happenings in government at all levels. And her concern continued to grow. You see, she and her husband want what every other parent wants. They want their children to have the opportunity to study hard and succeed. They want their boys to have the same freedoms and liberties that America has promised since its inception.
However, watching the government in action didn’t necessarily inspire confidence that this was going to happen. Out of control spending, stifling business practices, and taxation that eliminates the average American’s ability to build a better life all pointed to a future that was not in line with the American dream. The growing debt that threatened the future for her children became more than she was willing to tolerate. Being a person of action, she could no longer sit idly by and watch today’s politicians throw away her boy’s future. Rani was called to action by a desire to prove that things can be done better.
Rani is running for the House of Delegates in District 8 for Maryland and believes that 2010 will be the year of the Patriot. Her belief is that the time has come for every-day Americans to once again step up to the plate and begin the process of making government work for the people (as it was intended?) once again. She is running on the foundation of working to lower taxes for citizens and small businesses, reforming education to get better results with incurring additional increases in funding, and decreasing the scope and reach of a government that become far too removed and far too intrusive.
Small business is what makes America run. More important, small business is the primary employer within communities and the largest contributor to the welfare and improvement with the community. Government has lost its way in terms of ensuring legislation is created in a way that serves the community ahead of government or corporate titans. As a delegate, Rani will work to ensure that new legislation focuses on the sustainability and advancement of small businesses in her district. Furthermore, she will work to repeal or amend existing legislation in order for government to better serve small businesses and the communities that they serve.
Education is the key to America’s future. It is no secret that the public education systems in Maryland are failing. Maryland spends $2 Billion more than the national average on education, and the result is a state that is ranked twentieth in the nation for results. Something needs to change, and the answer is not increasing the money spent. Throwing good money after bad is never a good decision. Instead the answer is to find a way to make the system work smarter. Ingenuity, efficiency, and a completely honest look at the system’s faults and successes are the keys to increasing education effectiveness in Maryland without increasing the burden of debt.
An overreaching government is a growing concern for all citizens, both in Maryland and across the country. The time has come for Maryland to lead the way in showing other states how to operate more efficiently and with more concern for the welfare of their citizens. One of the key components of Rani’s plan for stopping the ever-increasing size and scope of government is decreasing taxes, which puts money back in the hands of citizens.
Decreased taxes allow the citizens to be empowered, ensuring that funding goes back to where it can impact the citizens in the most effective way: locally. Another key component is the commitment of elected representatives to hear and understand their constituents instead of their party or the best paying lobbyists. Every decision Rani makes will be in the direction of decreasing government’s scope and size and doing what is best for the citizens of District 8 and Maryland as a whole. Fiscal responsibility has fallen apart in government. The time has come for a reduction of the debt burdens placed upon Maryland’s citizens. The new breed of local politician must diligently be a guardian of our financial future. Those in power today have proven incapable of reducing debt and setting a course for a sustainable future for our children.
During her time as Delegate for District 8, Rani will also work towards decreasing the longevity of the modern political career. It is her strong belief that longevity in public office is the ultimate cause of corruption of otherwise principled and value driven public servants. Public service is a temporary position. Rani intends to stand by this belief by serving her community, doing her duty to right a listing ship, while ensuring that the next line of public servants are prepared to continue to move Maryland forward. While serving District 8 will be a great honor for her, Rani will not allow herself to become victim to the traps of longevity in public service. Her interests are not power or prestige. Her belief is that it is her turn to step up to the plate and set the table for the batters to follow.
As we have discussed on this site from the beginning, the key to turning this ship around is to begin to affect change at the local level. The time has now come for us to use our wallets in place of our words. Rani is a candidate that represents everything that those of us espousing liberty, freedom, fiscal responsibility, and smaller government could ask for. So I ask any of you who are willing and able to please visit her official site and offer financial assistance to her campaign. Rani is not getting her pockets lined by businesses with an agenda, so her success will be based directly on her message and the good will of those who have the ability to contribute. The amount of money is not important. What is important is that we do what we can to help when we find the few local candidates who support the principles that so many of us at Stand Up For America believe in. Please donate what you can by following the link below to her site. The first step to building a better America is affecting the campaigns that we have the ability to make an impact in.
As a final note, allow me to say that I am not simply endorsing a candidate that happens to share our values. I have known Rani for over 25 years. She is like a sister to me. This is one candidate that I can truly say that I know what is in her heart. She is the ideal candidate because of a simple truth; she will never default to simply taking the easiest path forward. She will always work to ensure that she does the right thing. She is one of the most principled and values driven people I have ever known. Most of you know that I don’t say that lightly. She is intelligent, compassionate, and charismatic. She is passionate, driven, and self-reliant. Above all, she is honest and has the ability to inspire those around her to do what is right and to do it because it is just the right thing to do.
You visit Rani’s official campaign sight here (which as a bonus has the video of a phenomenal speech she delivered): http://www.ranimerryman.com/