In 2010, one of the big goals of conservatives running for Congress is to take the podium and power away from Nancy Pelosi. The goal is a renewed, Republican majority with Nancy Pelosi out of power. There's another thing they forget - there's more than one way to remove Pelosi's power. One is to hope for a new Republican Majority and while some are saying that's possible, it's going to be difficult to win in all those districts across the country. There's another way to destroy Nancy Pelosi's power base: Defeat Nancy Pelosi personally in November. That's right - let's get a Republican elected in California's 8th Congressional District. How? With John Dennis.
Dennis is an accomplished designer and businessman, founding Humanscale, one of the world's top 10 design firms, specializing in human ergonomics. He is a founding member of San Francisco's Republican Liberty Caucus and is a member of the NRA.
Dennis is right with conservatives on all fiscal issues. On health care reform, Dennis said, "Currently about 60 cents of every health care dollar goes through the government. If you think health care is expensive when the government is involved at 60 cents on the dollar, wait until they're involved at 100 cents on the dollar." On taxes and spending - Dennis proposes the following:
- Dramatically cut federal spending immediately, including abolishing the Department of Education.
- Effectively abolish the Departments of Commerce and Agriculture. Any Constitutionally appropriate functions may be moved to the DOJ or DOI.
- Abolish capital gains taxes
- Drastically cut, with an eye toward ending, the income tax
- Unwind and end both wars within 6-12 months
- Federal budgets must have a surplus
He opposes the progressive income tax and goes as far as to question its Constitutionality. Dennis said, "The premise of an income tax, that government has a right to the fruits of your labor, is antithetical to a free society. An income tax implies that a government owns you and allows you to keep a portion of what you make."
Now two issues that put Dennis at odds with certain members of the conservative orthodox are his stances on same-sex marriage and the war in Iraq / Afghanistan. Dennis supports immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan - with a December 2011 timetable. He opposed Proposition 8 in California and supports repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act. He's also actively campaigning for votes in the LGBT community - which many Republicans tend to avoid. While these views are heterodox to many conservatives, they make him a good fit for his district and a good contrast to Nancy Pelosi who has time and again alienated the LGBT community.
Dennis is the type of candidate that can win in deep blue California and he can take on Nancy Pelosi. His libertarian stripes make him a great alternative to Pelosi. If you would like to learn more about Dennis, check out his website here. Also, consider a donation to his campaign. He's in the middle of a fundraising push to raise a million dollars - and is less than $90,000 short.