Apr 12

10 Questions With William Drummond II

For Immediate Release – William Drummond is a well spoken man with subtle hints of his Southern raise. He pronounces each sound perfectly except he occasional “thanks” an idea or uses a local argot that would be unknown to those outside the region.

He is polite, and speaks with genuine enthusiasm unlike most politicians, but then again he has never held a political office. His political experience comes from holding positions in the Reform Party, which he joined because he believed in Ross Perot’s principles. As the treasurer of the Reform Party of Florida, he is tasked with overseeing the financial integrity of periodic filings, and as the Southeast Representative of the National Reform Party’s Communications Committee, he aids in building the party’s message and image.

Last year William Drummond II, known as “Cleave” by his friends and colleagues, decided to run for office in Florida’s Second Congressional District. The second district is expected to be heavily contested this year by his Republican and Democratic oppression as it seen as a tossup race. Incumbent Republican Steve Southerland and Democratic challenger Gwen Graham are expected to spend millions of dollars as they battle it out.

William Drummond is looking for victory on the Reform Party line, and hoping to cause an upset. I had the pleasure of speaking with him on the phone, and asked him several questions.

Q. Why are you running as a member of the Reform Party rather than a Democrat or a Republican? Wouldn’t you have more resources if you ran on a major party ballot line?

I would have more resources, but I would also have more strings attached to me. My backers would use those strings to make me dance like a puppet. I was a Democrat once, and I saw how the major parties operate. They are in bed with the special interests.
As a Democrat, I watched the morals of honest men waiver in return for donations from Political Action Committees and bundlers. I don’t wish to be one them. That’s why I believe in the principles set down by Ross Perot in his 1992 and 1996 runs for the presidency. He wanted to get rid of the PACs and reign in the special interest influences.

Q. Mr. Drummond, what do you expect to change if you are elected to office?

Please, call me Cleave…I would like to create a government that is fair and representative of all Americas, not just a select few. The major problem is that special interests control our representatives. Our representatives are working for the few people that donate millions of dollars to their campaigns, and not the millions of voters that vote in the polls. If we got rid of the special interest influence, we’d have fair and equal representation.

Q. Let’s talk about the economy. Our economy is currently in a slow recovery. What would you do to help strengthen the recovery and create jobs?
The biggest economic engine is the American consumer. The economy is powered by people like you and me purchasing goods and services. In order to strengthen the economy, we have to look at the tax code. Our current tax policies are unbalanced, and strangling our largest consumer base – the middle class.

Our middle class is taxed unproportionally high when you look at the ratio of assets and income to taxes compared with the higher classes. If we restructured the tax code to be fair, it would allow the middle class to have more disposable income and drive economic growth via higher consumption. As the economy grows, more jobs will be created and economic growth would accelerate.

We also need to look at the needs of small businesses. I know a lot about this, because I am a self-employed graphic and web designer. The economic playing field is unbalanced, and treating larger business entities with more benefits. This is absurd. It’s not only unfair, but American small businesses employ a majority of the work force. If the playing field was balanced, these businesses would see more growth and employ more people. This would also cause economic growth.

Q. The healthcare debate is hot right now. This issue has been the subject of much debate. What would you do to help people afford better healthcare services?

The American healthcare system is flawed. People pay premiums for health insurance, and the pay thousands of dollars for deductibles before their insurance starts covering costs. This causes people to pay for insurance that they never use. For this reason, I am an advocate for the single payer system.

Q. Social Security is seen as the third rail of American politics, but you do live in Florida. If you win the election, you will have to represent a large number of retirees and cannot avoid this issue. What are your thoughts on Social Security?

Social Security is insolvent, because it keeps getting raided to pay for other programs. It has been threatened with dismantlement, mismanaged and used in politically motivated games of chicken. I would secure social security by making sure that every dollar paid into social security goes into an account with your name on it. That account would work like a treasury bond so that any money borrowed from social security accounts would be paid back with interest.

Q. That kind of social security system could only be paid for if the budget is balanced. Right now America has a 17 trillion dollar deficit and a more then 600 billion dollar deficit.

I know! and that’s one of the many reasons that I would work to balance the budget. Our congressional representation is spending America into bankruptcy. We can’t keep up with spend and spend policies.

I would do something unpopular. I would restructure the tax code to close loopholes and tailor tax rates to be what they were under the Clinton Administration. Then I would start cutting by reorganizing the government’s agencies and departments to reduce overlap, and cut unnecessary government programs. In addition I would cut 92 billion dollars worth of corporate welfare giveaways.

Unlike the war hawks, I have no problems cutting national security spending. National defense is not dependent on how much we spend alone, it is also about how we spend that money. Without taking any money away for equipment and military personnel, we could cut tens of billions of dollars by streamlining administrative practices, and reducing unnecessary expenditures for items the military neither wants nor needs.

Q. You said you were a supporter of Ross Perot’s principles. He was an advocate for transparency and an accountable government. What do you think about those ideas?

Government should be open. It should have few secrets, and those secrets should be reserved for ongoing operations were the lives of American assets are at risk.

Q. Let’s switch gears and talk a little about foreign policy. What are beliefs?

I believe that America is trying to be the police force of the world. America has enough problems of its own, and we are involved in too many fronts in areas we shouldn’t be. This is causing us to spend money that we can’t afford, and risk American service members to do things other countries should be doing for themselves.

Q. What do you think of the American education system?

The American education system is failing. When I was in school, people were taught how to learn. We were taught to read, comprehend what we read and use that to form abstract thoughts. That was a great foundation for education, and teaching people to think for themselves helps students in the long term.

Today’s education system teaches how to pass a test. It forces students to memorize facts rather then comprehend the world around them. That, in my opinion, the greatest flaw.

Q. Last question. I’ve read a lot of the Reform Party’s statements, and they hit trade a lot. What are your thoughts on that?
America is giving away its jobs, its manufacturing base, and all of its economic production. The government has created a trade system that favors the consumption of cheap, mass produced goods over American jobs. It’s a joke. The politicians in Washington should be ashamed.
America hasn’t had a trade surplus since the 1980s. Our trade deficits have increased by almost 2,000 percent since we signed NAFTA in 1994. Our manufacturing jobs are being lost because of it. Manufacturing companies used to be the largest private employers in the United States, and now the largest employer is Wal-Mart, which makes its money selling cheap imported goods.

CAFTA is another great example of this. Before America signed CAFTA into law, we had a trade surplus with every nation involved with that treaty. Now we have trade deficits with every single one. Two years ago, we signed a free trade agreement with Korea, and their exports to the United States jumped by three billion dollars while our exports to them fell.

We can’t keep this up. Our trade deficit is the second biggest threat to this country, and stands only behind our 17 trillion dollar debt in importance. We have to raise protections. We have to bring our jobs back home.

Dec 02

Rep. Steve Southerland’s

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program logo 150x150 Rep. Steve Southerlands claiming that the high numbers of individuals is the defining moral issue of our times. This is the same Congressman that is leading the charge to cut 40 billion dollars cut from the program. The program that is keeping people feed when there would be no other way to get food. In a time when the U-6 and U-7 numbers show that for every 1 single job there are at least 6 people trying to fill it. How can this Congressman be for the people when he doesn’t even want to see them fed.

In a recent statement from his website he said it was time to …give thanks this holiday season for the tremendous blessings we enjoy… I personally feel that what he has said in that statement is not in keeping with the American values that we grew up on. I would really like to see the community that he is referring to while people are hungry and went hungry on Thanksgiving Day. I personally know people with next to nothing that will give a starving person the last bit of food that they have when they themselves are not doing much better then the person that they are helping.

If Mr. Southerland want to understand and help the people then he needs to work in Congress to find ways to grow jobs in this country. He needs to put forth plans that will ensure the stability of America with economic stability. To have that people need to be working. Trying to force someone to find work when there is no work to be found is not going to change the situation. This country needs MILLIONS of jobs and not just words being tossed around and playing with big numbers to make them seem important.

I say this Mr. Southerland, if you want people off food stamps then make sure there are jobs that can get those people off food stamps. If you have consumers that are self sufficient then you wont have them being “takers” as some politicians have called the poor.

Oct 29

Congression Candidate Cleave Drummond Donates Hair To Locks Of Love

IMAG0012 150x150 Congression Candidate Cleave Drummond Donates Hair To Locks Of Love Cleave has received some flack about not looking like an appropriate candidate for Congress over his two races, but there is a method to his madness. He has been growing his hair out for the last three and a half years to donate to young cancer victims and chemotherapy patients to build their confidence and be a part of society and enjoy their time with their family and friends. This is about as personal as a donation can get, when one considers the time it takes to grow hair out like this. So, watch what it takes to give a part of yourself, literally, to someone in need.

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Oct 25

Republicans Set The Constitution Ablaze While Killing One Million American Jobs

 Republicans Set The Constitution Ablaze While Killing One Million American Jobs By Rmuse of Politicususa

At the beginning of each session of Congress, every member swears a straightforward oath that they will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and “faithfully discharge the duties of the office.” One of their duties is keeping the government running and paying its bills, but since January 2009, Republicans have broken their oath of office repeatedly by deliberately undermining the government’s ability to function and creating as much economic damage as possible with an emphasis on killing Americans’ jobs.

It is likely teabaggers and Republicans do not understand the purpose of the Constitution, and it is curious because it is concisely stated in the preamble that says, “We the People, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, and promote the general Welfare.” Obviously, Republicans violated their oath when they closed the government on October 1st and threatened to default on its debts that exposed their purpose of preventing domestic tranquility and undermining the general welfare of the people and the government. Last week, 18 Republicans in the Senate and 144 in the House violated their oath again when they voted to default on the government’s debts and against re-opening the government that damaged private sector businesses as well as cost the nation $24 billion.

The Republicans’ latest legislative malfeasance was a continuance of their three-and-a-half year crusade to keep the government in crisis that has cost Americans over one million jobs and reduced GDP growth by 0.3% each year that translates into nearly one percentage point of economic damage since Republicans won control of the House in 2010. Despite killing jobs and retarding economic growth with their numerous fiscal crises, conservatives are panting to increase economic damage in the future by removing or replacing any Republican who did not vote for a default and continued shut down by electing candidates who will “not look to meet in the middle.” Apparently, the shutdown that killed 120,000 American jobs and reduced fourth quarter GDP by at least 0.6% was not enough damage for extremist conservatives and they are livid with Republicans that Rafael Cruz said “damaged the Republican brand” by “caving” and fulfilling their oath of office.

If Americans thought freakoid revolutionaries like Ted Cruz (TB-TX) and Mike Lee (TB-UT) were discouraged by their low approval ratings and damage they wrought on the Republican Party, they can rest assured there are more wing-nuts waiting in the wings to join them and disavow their oath of office and the U.S. Constitution. The teabaggers’ goal was best summed up by then-candidate Cruz who said in 2011 that it would “fundamentally shift the character of the Senate if the five or six strong conservatives elected to the Senate in 2012 became 10 or 12,” and it portends more damage to America and its people from right-wing extremists panting to win seats in the Senate and begin shredding the Constitution on the way to dismantling the government.

Anti-government conservatives are lining up at least three Cruz-like cretins to run against establishment Republicans who voted to re-open the government and pay the nation’s bills according to the Constitutional mandate that “the public debt of the United States, authorized by law…shall not be questioned.” The three challengers said they would have voted in concert with Lee and Cruz to default on the nation’s debt unless the President paid a ransom, and would have opposed every deal that settled any of the Republicans’ fiscal crises because as Ben Sasse, a 42-year-old former Health and Human Services assistant secretary calling himself “the anti-Obamacare candidate” says; “I’m not looking to meet in the middle.” Sasse is one of the anti-constitution challengers pledging to break the oath of office if he is elected to the Senate and was promptly endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund that backed Cruz and Lee. Sasse is running for retiring Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns’ seat who voted according to the Constitution to pay the nation’s debts and re-open the government. The only thing Sasse has not yet touted is how breaking the oath of office and rejecting the Constitution is tantamount to fighting for liberty; a claim two other Cruz acolytes and Senate hopefuls say is what defaulting on the nation’s debt is all about.

The man challenging Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS) is Chris McDaniel, a 41-year-old Mississippi state senator who said, “I am reminded of that first revolution. I stand here with you, with the silent majority of Americans who believe we can retake this country, who still believe in liberty.” According to McDaniel, paying the nation’s debt without “concessions out of the compromise” is untenable and he claims he would have “stood and fought because you fight every day, you get in the trenches, you do the right thing for your republic even if it hurts.”

McDaniel, like Republicans who voted for a credit default, reveals that in his dysfunctional mind rejecting the constitutional mandate to pay the nation’s debts is good for the republic even though it hurts the republic, the people, and the world’s financial system. His primary challenge so excited the conservative Club for Growth that they immediately gave him $1 million to unseat “a career politician bankrupting our country” by paying the country’s debts. The dysfunctional thinking is only matched by the probability that a freak-of-nature like McDaniel could actually unseat an establishment Republican who faithfully discharged the duties of the office and fulfilled his sworn oath.

A South Carolina state senator, Lee Bright, is challenging Senator Lindsey Graham because he voted against Cruz and Lee to pay the nation’s debts. Bright said “I would have voted with Cruz and Lee. There’s nothing they’ve done up to this point that I disagree with. We lost, but at least we’ve got a roll call vote in the Senate, and we know which senators fought for liberty, and which ones put up the white flags before the battle started. We’ve got a list.” Bright is hopeful that more conservative senators will put the fear into “squishy moderates” the next time Congress is expected fulfill their sworn oath to fund the government or raise the debt limit; two Constitutional obligations Senators swear to faithfully discharge as duties of the office.

It is really unclear where, or why, these dysfunctional teabaggers come up with their idea that liberty is equated with opposing the United States Constitution or a sworn oath to discharge the duties of the office they either seek or already hold. The Constitution, like the “public debt, shall not be questioned,” but for extremist conservatives the Constitution, like the oath to support and defend it, is an arbitrary concept Republicans and teabaggers will shred as they “fight for liberty” to dismantle the government because Americans twice elected an African American man as President.

Simply put, we need to stop these fake patriots and vote in people that can get the job done using their logic AND creativity. Even the old school Republicans are sick of the Teabags.

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