FOR A STRONGER FUTURE...
HELP ME DEFEAT PAUL RYAN, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE
There are clear indications that we need new representation in our government. Many of our current members of Congress are more concerned about campaign funds and what they can do for political party posturing than they are for the good of society, yet they continue to enjoy a 95% re-election rate, despite having a sub-teen approval rating that has not risen above 20% for many years. This needs to change.
My name is Ryan Solen. I am a husband, father of four children as well as an Iraq war veteran, and former Army officer. I am well versed in how to get tasks accomplished, regardless of who I may be working with. At one point in my life, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States. That oath has not changed, nor has it expired. I am more concerned with what is right than what will get me re-elected. I made a commitment that I would not accept funds from corporations, organizations, or PACs. Votes are not to be bought. They should be earned. I believe our leadership and our representatives should be held to a higher standard.
Some of the things that I believe will help us the most:
• Balance the budget and pay-off the national debt to put the ~$260 Billion in interest payments to better use.
• Universal health care to ensure a healthy and productive population.
• Investment in our crumbling infrastructure.
• Reform university tuition and student loan regulations.
• Revise and simplify the tax code.
• Protect Social Security; raise the taxable income cap on it, and prevent any privatization of the system.
• Strict term limits on the Senate and the House of Representatives.
If elected, I would make the needs of the country my highest priority instead of focusing on re-election. This country is still great. The ideals and principles the country was founded on are still strong. Thank you for consideration of my candidacy and I look forward to serving you in the future.
Less than 1% of citizens currently serve in the armed forces, and that makes veterans a kind of novelty wherever they are. My status as a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) tends to generate a lot of questions. Once I became a candidate for Congress, the questions increased. There was a lot of interest to know my story. I was asked if I would share my experiences with all of you. I have put it off for a while because when I think about it all, a flood of emotions of all sorts hits very hard. I look back on my days with my fellow soldiers with a sense of nostalgia while at the same time, contemplating all that came with serving during a time of war also sticks out in my mind.Continue reading…