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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Our friend William McGaughey is Independence Party candidate for Congress in the 5th District.

Please click onto the COMMENTS for the story.


Anonymous Bill said...

I will be the Independence Party candidate for Congress in the 5th District. There will be only three names on the ballot in November: the Democrat, the Republican, and me.

I will not be discussing the topics that we’ve been involved in but economic policy at the national level. The campaign will be focused on two questions: How can the U.S. reverse its $700 billion annual trade deficit? Can our grandkids be happy in a world with dwindling supplies of petroleum and clean water?

As an owner of housing, I’m most worried about general economic conditions in this country, especially the shortage of good, high-paying jobs. If people have good incomes, then housing becomes affordable. The foreclosure crisis can be met if people with adequate incomes need housing. Likewise, I can find renters if people without homes of their own need housing and can afford to pay the rent. But instead we’re in a cycle of declining incomes where government thinks the solution to housing problems is more subsidies.

I don’t think the two major parties are discussing jobs in a realistic way. My view tends to be long-term. Free-trade policies have caused many U.S. jobs to escape to low-wage countries. I’m a trade protectionist. I favor increased use of tariffs - but also a system of greater international cooperation to achieve economic development in the poor countries without eroding the economies of countries like ours. I also favor a crash program to develop wind power, solar energy, and electric cars so we will not be depleting our limited supplies of petroleum.

My website at
some of these issues in greater detail.


9:17 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Bill favors Obama for president.

If you haven't gone to Bill's website please go there and check it out. Many of you will be in agreement with what Bill has to say.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like he's put thought into things.

8:28 PM  
Anonymous McGaughey's publications Betty Speaker said...

Just Love McGaughey his writings to assist Betty Speaker,and others
Thank You for being Candidate for Congress 5th Dist.

Water the basic necessity of life is Congressional Issues

We will help where needed

10:22 AM  
Blogger William McGaughey said...

I want to thank Bob Johnson for posting information about my Congressional race in Minneapolis and for the kind comments from bloggers. An additional thought -

There is an apparent contradiction in the issues I am raising in the Congressional campaign - about our long-term job prospects - and the concerns that we have had with respect to housing in St. Paul and Minneapolis. At the local level, we’ve run repeatedly into dishonest, incompetent, and corrupt government. What am I doing, then, advocating new government action to solve long-term economic problems? Good question.

The answer is that I see no alternative. With respect to trade policy and increasing scarcity of natural resources, the human community must act in a consistent, intelligent way to avoid approaching catastrophe. That means that government must become involved. Does the American system of government, from the federal to local level, provide assurance that this will be done? Frankly no. It’s a blind leap of faith on my part that we can have good, honest, and effective government, even if recent evidence points in another direction.

With respect to supporting Obama, it’s also a leap of faith to suggest that his performance in office, if he is elected President, will match his campaign oratory. For the moment at least, I’m buying into the message of hope. I do know that I want no part of continuing Bush/Cheney policies.

Government itself (and the political class) is on trial in the situation that we face. Can it be honest? Is it up to the job? Stay tuned.

We’re all entitled to our own opinion on these political questions. More than most blogs, A Democracy believes in free speech. So thanks for allowing my voice from the other side of the river to be heard.

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


As you know, politics is partisan. In Washington there is no other place that this partisanship is clear. Not only is it a political town of partisanship but, seniority plays a big role on who gets what.

Right now, the 5th CD has Keith Ellison. Ellison was an early supporter for Obama and has campaigned for him in other states as well as here. They have worked together in Congress. Ellison is also a member of the majority party that decides the agenda.

How can you assure anyone that you will even have the opportunity to present any part of your agenda since the Democrats set the table? Why get rid of Ellison who has a seat at the table already for someone who won't even be in the same room?

Aside from the hurdle of getting elected, if you don't agree to caucus with the Dems or the Repubs- you will only be one of 435 Yeah or Nea votes AFTER the fact of setting the agenda and priorities. You will not be in leadership will not have committee assignments that matter to the people of the 5thCD.

So, why would the people vote of the 5th vote you in?


12:05 PM  
Blogger William McGaughey said...


I would worry about those questions if I got closer to beating Keith Ellison. If I did happen to beat him against such long odds, that in itself change the political equation in Washington to overcome the disadvantage you're talking about.

What we know now is that Congress isn't getting the job done. What many people, including me, are looking for is change. Change comes from a shift in public opinion. That's my object now. Public opinion is the most powerful force in politics.

What will force things my way is not the lineup of partisan votes in Congress but the economic crisis that Americans may be feeling in the not-too-distant future. I think it's worthwhile to talk about those things now.

Tell your friend Ellison that if he adopts my program, I'll praise him to the skies.


1:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bill McGaughey is one of the most stand up guys I have known. He says what he believes and stands by it. That puts him ahead of the rest just by itself. I'll vote for him.

4:09 PM  

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