Saturday, October 24, 2009

Some background on Candidate Scherer

Instead of giving you the same old political spin related to my qualifications as a congressional candidate, I decided to do something different.   Instead of merely listing my quals again like stuff related to my having an undergrad and graduate degree in management and computer management. As well as having attended law school (education).  Not to mention I was invited to attend Harvard to take some more classes in 2006 (antrhropology and advanced science fiction seminar). 

Nor am I going to drone on about my work experience of solving problems over the last 40 years. I did start humbly working as a short order cook at age 15 in 1969; to progress over time to being a highly valued database consultant for some Fortune 50 companies (1998). Or who cares that I am listed in Who's Who in Science and Technology (as well as a congressional candidate and more recently as a writer).

However, I  do think it is warranted that you know that I got tired of merely making money for corporations and myself. But who cares about stuff like education and work experience.  What voters want and expect from a congressman is morals, value and character.

So, in relation to my character, money did not make me happy. Although I had some pretty good successes in some of this work.  Money merely provided economic security, but not relative happiness.  So, instead, I got involved with some of the non-profits in Kansas in advocating for the disabled.  Which made me very poor for a while; but at lot happier helping people instead of entities.

I got lucky in my career becoming a disability and civil rights activist since 1994. I was fortunate to prevail in my first case I took to the United States Supreme Court in 1998. Based on some successes as a disability activist, I found helping people was addictive. My goals and aspirations became, and are even today, to do my best to help the most people I could; or merely help one individual at a time.  Most of you already know that stuff.

What a lot of you don't know is what shaped my character at an early age.  At 5, my father was electrocuted while driving a truck for Pillsbury.  At his death, there were four of us kids and my mom, a homemaker was pregnant with a fifth child.  And to boot, my older brother was mentally retarded (from a mosquito bite causing enchephalitis; nor was he able to walk.  So, our family knew what it meant to be poor.  But we were happy anyway despite our family tragedies and our relative economic misfortune.

When my dad died, our family received one of the largest projected Social Security payouts over time in the state of Kansas.  Pillsbury, my father's employer did not pay much of anything; despite their truck not being properly grounded.  So, my mom was naive legally, looking back.  At fourteen, my mother was now a school lunch lady at the Catholic grade school I attended.  She and my stepfather married and had another child.  This brother was premature and also mildly mentallly retarded. 

Now my mom had joined the Atchison Mental Retardation Association.  Her and several other mothers in Atchison Kansas fought for the rights of the mentally retarded. They  raised funds funds by conducting bake sales.  And I got to go to some of these events.  When my older brother was 16, he was too heavy for my mother.  And someone convinced her to be put in the care of the Kansas Neurological Institute (KNI) in Topeka.  I took several trips with my mom to see my brother.  This turned out to be a big mistake putting my brother in state custody because 2 years later, he died at this pig sty. 

Regardless, these women in the Atchison Mental Retardation Association started the first school in Atchison County for the mentally retarded; as well as hired a teacher to help these individuals since there was no school for the mentally retarded at all in Kansas.  So, from those early beginnings including trips to KNI, the bake sales and a student trip in high school to the mental institution in St. Joe, MO, a real hellhole, it might help others understand I am pretty familar at an early age what the disabled have had to endure. 

Afte graduatting from both a Catholic grade school and  high school,  I got my first very own apartment whle I was attending a a Catholic college. (Benedictine). Naturally, with all the priests, nuns and monks beating us, they made certain I developed a keen sense of moral Christian type of character. Further, being relatively poor, I developed a strong sense of work ethic and good money management skills (making me a fiscal conservative).   However, in college, I was not doing very well academically or financially.  I felt horrible at my first perceived failure. 

So I joined the US Navy for four years in January, 1972-my first job for the federal government. I served four years, most of that time aboard a nuclear fast attack submarine during the Viet Nam War as an electronic technician stationed out of Groton, CT.   (U.S.S. Archerfish).  I was honorably discharged and service decorated and left the Navy in December 1975. 

And now here it is being October 2009 and from that childhood, I became a stateman wanting to change America for the better.  Hence, why I am running to be your congressman.  Life takes us to unusual places.  As a child, I just wanted to be a left-handed pro baseball player-a pitcher with a wicked curve ball.  Instead, I became a stateman.  Which makes me a very fortunate person privlidged to run to be your United States Congressman.

Generally, I stay focused and concerned on what is happening today and having some solutions, leadership and the character to shape what can be done better tomorrow.  So, I feel a tad bit guilty writing about my long ago past explaining what shaped my character, values and morals.

So, maybe in my next writing, I will explain how from these humble beginnings, this relates to why I can understand better, what you want, expect and deserve from your next congressman. Especially since I am not an elitist silverspoon like the current and worthless incumbent who is directly responsible for the last ten years of leading our country into the shape it has taken.

It is time for the incumbent yahoo congressman to go.  Matter of fact, it it time for a whole bunch of these yahoos in Washington to go.  Let us start here in the 3rd District in Kansas in 2010.  Dump Moore.  He dumped on us many times over benefiting his special interest buddies. 

Merely because he sends you a postage free mailer every year (franking privlidges) sent by your staffers  hardly makes him a good congressman. The only good thing about Moore is some of his staff are helpful. Considering you are paying Howard, your Chief of Staff over 100 thousand, he better be good at something.

But even paying him that kind of money, how come you can't get any legislation passed. In regard to Moore himself, he is worthless in doing much of anything, other than continously campaigning and never telling you his position on any issue.  When it comes to being ambiguous, Moore is an expert. Moore is so good at being ambiguous and talking out both sides of his mouth, ask him to give a clear answer.  Good luck.  Remember, he is a professional politican.  But he is no stateman. 

This current election cycle, the number of bills Moore has sponsored is four-number approved by Congress-zero.  Bad job Dennis.  Your batting percentage is .000.  Not one hit.  What are you doing as a Congressman?  Other than continuouslly running for election?  The voters should be asking what I already know.  You aren't doing much of anything.

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