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Kevin D. Korenthal: Very different visions offered in election

Posted: November 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 2, 2012 2:00 a.m.

This is the most import election of our time. How many times have you heard that said? But some elections are more important than others. Still others are perceived to be very important when in fact there is very little distinction between the two parties.

But the election we face today is very important indeed. In recent years, Democrats and Republicans have come to stand for very different visions of America. Democrats believe in more taxes, more regulations and more spending. Republicans, not innocent of having increased spending in this nation, have recently realized that a prosperous and safe America requires a return to the values set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Have you read either lately? The values enshrined in those documents cannot and will not be achieved by a society that puts ever greater value on growing government at the expense of the individual citizen. Republicans believe that successful individuals are the key to a free nation and vice versa.

That is why we need to elect Republicans where there are now Democrats and re-elect Republicans where they are already holding office. America needs to return to the fiscal conservatism of Ronald Reagan that powered the 1990s and ushered in the greatest peacetime economic expansion in history. Mitt Romney’s plan to lower taxes for every taxpayer, while making the tax code fairer by removing or lowering deductions that benefit the wealthiest Americans, will do just that. Of the candidates, only Mitt Romney has made specific spending cut proposals that will pay down the deficit over eight years.

Unchecked growth in the federal government is a huge part of the problem in our U.S. Senate. We needed a candidate in this election that is not only capable of winning this seat, but that possesses both the Washington experience and the lessons of small business and charitable foundations to be ready to serve the citizens of California in Washington, D.C. on day one. That candidate is Elizabeth Emken.

Another candidate that will be ready on day one is 38th Assembly District candidate Scott Wilk. Wilk, a small-business owner and former chief of staff to Tom McClintock and others, has a record of fiscal conservatism on the College of the Canyons Board of Trustees that we can be sure will drive his decisions in Sacramento.

A candidate that also deserves a special trip to the voting booth is 27th State Senate District candidate Todd Zink. Zink, a reservist officer in the Marine Corps., has done tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and now as a deputy district attorney, in the legal trenches of our county courts. His campaign emphasizes reducing expensive bureaucracy while strengthening our schools in ways that increase accountability and empower teachers to inspire students through learning.

I’d be remiss in my recommendations if I did not point out a very qualified candidate also running for a state Senate seat in the area. Current Assemblyman Steve Knight has worked hard to reduce the size of government both as an assemblyman and a little more successfully as a Palmdale city councilman before that. He believes that a government that runs lean rather than fat is a government that exists to serve the people rather than people serving the government. I share that sentiment and if you do too, you should vote for State Knight if you live in the 21st Senate District.

Running in the 36th Assembly District is small businessman and former Lancaster City Councilman Ron Smith. Smith is an advocate for small government, low taxation and better schools and deserves your vote.

Alan Jackson is the Republican candidate running for county district attorney. Jackson has successfully prosecuted the most high profile violent crimes committed countywide and is endorsed by many local police and victims’ rights organizations.

Finally, it is important that we re-elect Congressman Buck McKeon so that Republicans maintain the majority in the House of Representatives.

However, this election is not just about the candidates. Two propositions on the ballot this year are also representative of why this is the most important election of our time. Vote no on Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s sales and income tax increase to prop up public employee pensions that were robbed to balance the budget, but vote yes on Proposition 32 which stops automatic withdrawal of union dues for political purposes and prohibits corporations and unions from contributing to political campaigns.

Kevin D. Korenthal is a lifetime resident of California and wants it to stay that way.



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