Thank you for all the support, given the % of precincts that have reported Keating is the winner. It was a great run. I learned much but more importantly met so many great people. It is because of the people that we have done as well as we have. For a complete unknown non-party candidate to come on scene and get above 10% of the vote is unprecedented. That in and of itself is a messege to those in Congress work for the people who put you there. I am honored and humbled to have been able to share my views, and can only say that this is only the beginning.
I am the underdog in this election but have been and will continue to work hard to raise awareness on the issues that I believe to be important to our new district. Nationally, the economy and unemployment are on everyone’s mind. Here in our new district more so then in other parts of our State we have been hit especial hard by the closing of companies like Quaker Fabric. The Fishing Industry once a source of great pride for the opportunity to make a good honest living has been ravaged by over regulation; our proud fleet now sits rusting at the docks. These are not just statistics, but matters of fact; cities and towns in our district have a much higher unemployment rate compared to our other areas of the state.
My plan is to advocate for drastic taxation reform to stream line the tax code, more specifically I will support HR 25 the FairTax a national consumption tax similar to that of what our country was founded on. In our regulatory environment I advocate for a level playing field for all. Too often large conglomerate or industrial entities have unfair advantages that are extended to them because of mere scale. Although I believe in the economic principle of economies of scale, I do not believe regulation should be geared to bar entry or discourage the small entrepreneur.
I will work especially hard on these two areas which touch all facets of the industries across our country and are crucial to bring jobs back to our area. The second stage of the plan would be to then champion our state and district to bring firms back to our area. To highlight the existing infrastructure and plans that are already in play to extend commuter rail service connecting Fall River and New Bedford to Boston. Adding and expanding to our current freight rail system which will expand upon rail shipping across our district and state. Fall River has the second deepest port which could receive goods and ship goods to and from our entire district and can be a crucial player in our district’s economic growth.
Additionally, the people of our district have the drive and the ambition to get back to work and earn a living The Universities and Community Colleges in and around our district position us well to be marketable to potential employers who need skilled labor. By forming partnerships & coops between educational institutions and private business we could tap into an engine that drove our country towards great innovation. Our district, with its many educational institutions, could help firms be the leaders in innovation and it can all happen right here in our newly redistricted ninth congressional district.
If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of then please join us on this campaign, we could use your help.
Daniel Botelho: I have come to have a contempt for the CBOs calculations which always seem to be off and consistently need revision. It’s calculation on the ACA is no exception. This article highlights the ever-increasing cost of the legislation which honestly I believe will not truly be known until the bills are incurred. The second point this article indirectly make is the need for the CBO to publish its calculations for these and all other costs of legislation. We deserve transparency in our legislative processes and should demand nothing less from any government office commenting on said legislation.