In Oregon’s 5th district, there is a clear choice between a career politician (Kurt Schrader) who has been in Congress for four terms, and a young man (Colm Willis) who brings a fresh perspective and fresh energy to Congress.
Kurt Schrader is simply part of the problem. He is a liberal who votes consistently with the leadership of his party in the House of Representatives: for increased spending at every opportunity, against values of the people of the 5th district, for more federal regulation and control of local government. Kurt Schrader no longer represents the people of the 5th district; he now represents the Washington special interests, such as the big pharmaceutical companies, who have given him 77% of his campaign war-chest.
Colm Willis favors cutting government spending and regulation. And he is against the federal government trying to bully people into changing their firmly-held beliefs. He is against the federal government dictating the content of local education through the common core education program, and he against the federal government tracking student performance which will be used to “guide” the student into careers appropriate to their intellect and personality.
Mostly, Colm is against the corruption of Washington – the tragic fact that our government usually acts in the interests of the rich and the well-connected, and against the interests of the middle class. For whom has the economy mostly benefitted over the past nine years: the rich and well-connected or the middle class?