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My wish is that we all get out and vote

To the Editor,

Greetings. Two years passed in a blink of an eye since I last ran for election. I was honored to serve as this district’s representative to the state government and would like to serve 2 more years before age and energy render me less effective. The learning curve is steep in legislative procedure and can be compared to cramming for a complicated college course. Part of my mission is to educate the people in this district, so if some one wants this job they will be better prepared for it. I have always listed my phone number and email for anyone wishing to visit.

After being in Pierre for two sessions, I have been exposed to the workings of government and the problems in this state. The challenge is to find the solutions. I still believe the solutions will be found by talking to the people on the ground. More local control. The problem is the state and federal governments have taken control of local issues in a one size fits all solutions, and even though it doesn’t work that well, they will not cede control back to where it belongs because of power and money. If you hold the money strings for programs, you have the power, and many bureaucrats like that power and do not want to loose it.

Do not get me wrong, there are many good people in government that are doing great jobs. But a bigger and bigger government such as we are seeing is not what the founders fought and died for.

Right now, the federal government creates programs and funds them with money they do not have. Think about that. We are in debt to the tune of $20 trillion dollars. Do you think our government has a spending problem? It’s not a problem, it’s an addiction to power. Our state needs to really take a hard look at the money we get from the feds or we will end up with an addiction also. Might be we already have one.

My wish is to hand down a country to the future generations a more perfect union that still has the freedoms we have enjoyed. This country is not perfect, but it is better than anything else out there and has the frame work to keep getting better, but not if we let a certain few that believe in socialism gain power. Socialism means less freedom and more government control. Socialism means government ownership and control of about everything, land, businesses, and industry to name a few. Venezuela is the perfect example of what socialism brings.

That is my mission. Fight against socialism and bigger government and more taxes. Fight for more local control and funding for people at the local level.

My last note. VOTE!!! We are so blessed to be able to pick who represents us. But it don’t do a dang bit of good if we don’t show up to vote. It’s desperate times. If we don’t use our voting rights we may end up with a country we don’t like.

Steve Livermont
Candidate for District 27
House of Representatives

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