In the coming weeks Jack Davis will be releasing a series of white papers on the issues that affect Western New York.
In the meantime, please feel free to share your comments and suggestions in our Talk to Jack section.
Jack talks about supporting the Second Amendment and his stand on other important issues in the speech he gave at the Wyoming County rally. You can read that speech right here:
SPEECH AT WYOMING COUNTY RALLY, VARYSBURG NY May 15, 2011
Thank you for having breakfast with me.
Let me tell you why I am running for Congress.
I love America. I am a Patriot. A Patriot is a person willing to make sacrifices for his country.
My patriotic heroes are:
- Nathan Hale – “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” Then the Brits hanged him.
- Patrick Henry — “Give me liberty or give me death”And my favorite –-
- John Paul Jones – As his ship the Bonhomme Richard was sinking, the British captain asked if he was ready to give up and he said: “Sir, I have not yet begun to fight”.This is my motto too – I have not yet begun to fight.
Since I am asking you to vote for me I thought you would like to know me better.
I am a life time member of the NRA – Gun Owners of America, the Second Amendment Foundation, and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. I support the Second Amendment and an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.
I have a beautiful collection of Winchester Lever-Action rifles.
I have a lifetime of creating jobs, balancing budgets, and getting things done for working men and women.
I have worked in manufacturing and foreign commerce for over 56 years. That is more experience than all of Congress, the President, the Secretary of Commerce, the US Trade Representative and Kathy and Jane all combined.
I am married with 6 children, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. This election is about the debt and poverty we are leaving our children.
I grew up in Western New York and graduated from Amherst Central High School and from the University of Buffalo with a degree in engineering.
I served in the Marine Corp and as an officer in the United States Coast Guard.
In 1964, I founded the I Squared R Element Company which I own and manage. I started the company in my garage. Our United States competitors were two large multinational corporations, Carborundum and Norton. Everyone said I would not survive.
Well I proved them wrong. Those multinational corporations no longer exist and my company is thriving.
I Squared R is the world-leader and now the only United States manufacturer of silicon carbide heating elements. They are used in high temperature electric furnaces. The plant is located in Akron.
I created good paying jobs, offer employees a good health care plan and a fully funded profit sharing retirement plan.
The company is not for sale and I have never outsourced a single job.
When I retire I will give my company to the employees.
This rewards my employees for years of loyal service and insures I Squared R will not be sold, moved, or closed. Now that is what I call job security.
Last year I donated five million dollars to the University of Buffalo School of Engineering to help with the education of students from Western New York. I will self fund my campaign with three million dollars.
I am 78 and not enrolled in Social Security or Medicare. When elected I will work for one dollar a year and will not take a government pension or health care.
I have been a fiscal Conservative all my life and a Republican most of my life. I voted for Eisenhower, Nixon, Goldwater and Reagan (twice). I also voted for other Republican presidents. I am now an Independent.
Some question my switching of political parties.
I had and have very good reasons – it was to fight the off shoring of our jobs.
Both parties are off shoring our jobs.
From kindergarten on I pledged allegiance to the United States of American, not the leaders of the Republican or Democratic parties.
In the special election on May 24th I will be on the Tea Party Line.
When sworn in as your Congressman I will introduce a bill to cut spending by one quarter of a trillion dollars.
I will cut foreign aid to countries that hate us. We can make countries like Germany and Japan foot the bill to defend themselves.
We can cut corporate welfare and corporate tax loop holes. As an example of a tax loop hole – General Electric 2010 U.S. profits were 5.1 billion dollars. General Electric’s 2010 U.S. taxes were zero.
We can cut spending by not bombing Libya.
As a former Marine and officer in the Coast Guard, I say our troops have fought long enough in Iraq and Afghanistan and we won. Those countries have held elections. We can bring the troops home.
I oppose partial birth abortion and all federal funding for abortion and agencies that provide abortion.
Economics 101 — The only way to produce wealth is grow, dig or make products.
We have become a nation of consumers of foreign products. Therefore we have a huge foreign debt and huge national debt.
We are paying over four dollars a gallon for gasoline because we are spending billions of dollars for oil from unstable Muslim countries that hate us.
We must drill for oil in Anwar and off the east and west coasts and the Gulf of Mexico.
We must develop all the U.S. energy resources available in a responsible manner — coal, oil, natural gas, nuclear, hydro, solar, wind, geothermal and biomass.
We should not burn corn in our cars – we should eat it.
American should make everything it consumes or uses from the simplest cloth to CAT scan machines.
Cutting spending is good but will not solve all the deficit problems by itself.
The key to reducing the deficit is putting Americans back to work. The inflow of revenue to the U.S. Treasury and the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds from taxes paid by working Americans and profits from businesses will solve the deficit problems.
American companies will not hire American workers until they have a level playing field.
Manufacturing companies need trade balancing tariffs to be competitive with the predatory trade policies of foreign countries, like China. This will level the playing field.
We cannot make foreign countries do something they don’t want to do — but we can control our borders and cancel free trade agreements. This will put Americans back to work.
The President and leaders of both political parties continue to push free trade agreements like NAFTA – now with Korea, Columbia and Panama. We have seen the damage NAFTA has done to our country.
I will fight the new NAFTAs that Obama and the Republicans are pushing.
The White House and Congress are controlled by the money from multinational corporations and by Wall Street.
They will not control me. I cannot be bought.
In a perfect world there are not liars. Unfortunately we don’t live in a perfect world. Jane Corwin is a liar. She has stated “Liberal Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Jack Davis must be stopped”.
I am not a Liberal Democrat and never have been. I will caucus with G.O.P.
Kathy Hochul is also a liar. She stated I support the Ryan Bill. The Ryan Bill does not reduce spending enough and will cut Medicare benefits. I do not support Ryan Bill and never did. I will not cut Social Security or Medicare benefits. I will put American’s back to work. This will provide the money to make the trust funds solvent.
I deplore lying and dirty politics. I planned on running a clean campaign and keeping the contest on a high plain by presenting my personal qualifications and my platform.
Jane is attacking me with lies and she has sent her New York State Assembly Chief of Staff to harass and provoke me into a fight after a meeting with over 100 veterans. He called me a coward.
Jane’s plan back fired when a Channel 2 camera man recorded a portion of the harassment.
I am not going to let anyone push me around and I am certainly not going to let them push you around either. Lying Jane, of course, denies any knowledge of the harassment.
Jane and her Republican henchmen have been a sad disappointment to me.
At one time I was proud to be a Republican and believed they were the honest and trustworthy party – I know better now.
I think the other Republicans would be disgusted too if they knew how badly a businessman and Goldwater and Reagan Republican was treated.
I am a Marine, a patriot and a fighter and I have dedicated the rest my life to cutting spending and saving jobs, farms and industries.
To do this I need to go to Washington as your Congressman.
I cannot do this alone. I only have one vote. On May 24th, the day of the Special Election — IT IS YOU – You, who will make the change we need.
Please ask your family, your friends, and your neighbors to vote for a fighter, a marine, and a patriot.
Remember … “I have not yet begun to fight”.
America and our children are depending on you.
Jack Davis’ number one priority is jobs for Americans. We now have 17 million Americans who cannot find work. Over the last decade we have lost six million manufacturing jobs and over 53,000 manufacturing establishments.
The number of jobs lost and manufacturing plants closed is a result of trade and tax policies that encourage the outsourcing of our jobs and factories to foreign countries.
These policies have destroyed and are continuing to destroy our wealth-producing factories, and our farms. To put Americans back to work, we must change Washington’s failed economic and trade policies.
We must make more of what we buy, and buy more of what we make.
The outsourcing of U.S. jobs has given us a trade deficit with foreign countries of hundreds of billions of dollars as we import more than we export. The trade deficit with China alone exceeded a trillion dollars in the last decade.
All the products that we imported we could have manufactured in the U.S.A. American workers would have kept their jobs, homes, and medical insurance.
We can put America back to work – and as Richard Drum of Gasport says, we don’t need the government to do it. If each American spent just 18 cents a day on American made products, it would put 200,000 people to work.
Multinationals like GE are using offshore tax havens and accounting gimmicks to avoid paying any U.S. taxes at all. In 2010, GE paid no taxes even though it made $14.2 billion in profits. Just as multinationals like GE shirk their responsibility to the loyal employees that built the companies by sending jobs overseas, they shirk their responsibility to the nation where they grew up by gaming the tax system. We can’t tolerate an annual drain of $100 billion on our treasury while hardworking Americans pay taxes and the pressing needs of our nation are ignored. We must shut down offshore tax havens and close tax loopholes that companies such as GE have exploited to avoid paying taxes.
Each year the U.S. treasury loses between $70 to $100 billion from offshore tax evasion in nations such as Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Liechtenstein, Singapore and Switzerland.
In 2008, investigators from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that a five-story building in the Cayman Islands (known as Ugland House) serves as the address for 18,748 “tenants” – and that up to 9,000 of these “tenants” are American. “Hiding income offshore” is Number 5 on the “Dirty Dozen” list of 12 biggest tax evasion scams.
We need to:
- Reform the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 which allowed firms like Ford Motor Co. to get huge tax breaks despite having cut 10,000 jobs and without requiring them to create jobs here in America.
- Impose tougher penalties on corporate insiders who hide offshore stock holdings by increasing the maximum fine to $1 million per violation of U.S. securities laws, and on tax shelter promoters by increasing the maximum fine to 150% of their ill-gotten gains.
- Stop issuing tax shelter patents and prohibit the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from issuing patents for “inventions designed to minimize, avoid, defer, or otherwise affect liability for federal, state, local or foreign taxes.”
- Require hedge funds and other financial service operators to know their offshore clients and establish anti-money laundering programs as other U.S. financial institutions are required to do.
- Give law enforcement authorities the tools to detect offshore tax evasion schemes by requiring those transferring funds offshore to report the amount and destination of the funds being transferred. This will produce a trail that authorities can trace for funds going offshore.
- Give law enforcement the time to uncover complicated offshore tax evasion scams by extending the statute of limitations from three years to six years for tax returns with certain types of international transactions.
The budget proposals from both parties in Washington fail to address the real issue: jobs for Americans. Putting Americans back to work is the way we will reduce the deficit and balance the budget.
I oppose privatizing Medicare and forcing seniors to buy insurance with vouchers. This would throw millions of senior citizens into poverty or worse, and it fails to lower health care costs.
Instead of cutting Medicare and Social Security, we can save money by cutting foreign aid and foreign military commitments, from Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, to Germany, Japan and Italy. We must end corporate welfare and tax giveaways that allow companies like GE to pay no taxes at all.
We have given government an unlimited expense account – and it has exceeded it. Giving Washington more money is not the solution. That’s why I oppose raising taxes.
We need to put Americans back to work instead of pushing more trade deals like NAFTA that send our jobs overseas.
Putting Americans back to work is the best way to reduce the deficit. Right now, about 56% of Americans over the age of 16 are working. If the percentage of working Americans increases to 64%, the budget deficit disappears. To put it another way, working Americans and profitable businesses pay taxes and pay into the Social Security and Medicare trust funds. The jobs offshored to China do not pay U.S. taxes.
But instead of focusing on jobs for Americans, the leaders of both parties are pushing for more failed trade deals that send American jobs overseas.
In the next 90 days, Congress will vote on a Korea trade agreement that would outsource thousands of American jobs and open the door to more imports from communist China. The party leaders are also pushing a NAFTA-style deal with Colombia that will cost us more jobs.
I will oppose these trade deals and will fight for American jobs. I ask Jane Corwin, Kathy Hochul and Ian Murphy to join me in making an iron-clad commitment to fight against these unfair trade deals.
Washington politicians are bickering like children. It’s another example of how both parties have failed us. They are doing nothing to put Americans back to work, which is essential to balancing the budget and securing Social Security for seniors.
Right now, about 56% of Americans over the age of 16 are gainfully employed. If that percentage rises to 64%, then the budget deficit disappears entirely. If the Washington politicians took the budget deficit seriously, they’d be focusing on increasing the number of jobs for Americans instead of shipping our jobs overseas.
Both parties continue to push trade deals like NAFTA that have destroyed our economy and our childrens’ future. Both parties continue to spend valuable tax dollars around the globe instead of putting Americans first.
We need to bring our troops home from places like Germany and Italy that have not seen hostilities in more than a half a century. We need to end our endless wars in the Middle East. We need to stop giving money to every country on earth. We need to create American jobs and put tariffs on China’s unfair imports.
The money saved from doing these things would solve the problems that Washington politicians use to threaten a shut down.
We need people in Congress who will stand up to the special interests that control both parties, and who will fight for what’s right for America.
Jack Davis stands with the families of the victims of Flight 3407 and Captain “Sully” Sullenberger. He’s dismayed and angered that their common sense efforts to make our aviation system safer and more reliable are opposed by entrenched special interests in Washington. It’s a perfect example why the people of the 26th District want and need an independent voice to represent them in Congress.
Jack Davis would have voted against the Shuster Amendment.
If our nation is to go to war, it must be with the support of the people and with a clear definition of victory and an exit strategy. I commend President Obama him for addressing the American people and making the case for military intervention in Libya.
But questions remain. Our nation is facing trillion-dollar deficits. Americans are facing cutbacks at home. The elderly are uncertain about their health care and Social Security. Parents worry about the future of schools for their children. It was one of America’s greatest generals, Dwight Eisenhower, who said every rocket fired represents a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.
The money spent on Tomahawk missiles fired in Libya could perhaps be put to better use here in America. Indisputably, that is a debate properly for Congress to have – the Constitution gives Congress the power of the purse and the power to declare war. For too long, Presidents of both parties have committed American blood and treasure without seeking Congressional approval. If we are to remain the beacon of freedom and dignity for the world that President Obama spoke of tonight, we must respect the institutions that safeguard our freedom at home.
We believe in democracy and the people’s right to choose their representatives.
As in my own campaign, thousands of people signed petitions for David Bellavia to be on the ballot in the May 24th special election for Congress. David deserves the same blessings of liberty here at home which he fought to bring to the people of Iraq. As a citizen, a veteran and a patriot, I honor his service and his bravery.
David Bellavia has more than earned his place on the ballot.
The Jack Davis campaign will not challenge the nominating petitions David Bellavia has filed.
Jane Corwin should do the same.
The Corwin campaign should stop trying to keep David Bellavia off the ballot. She should do the right thing, and, as our campaign does, respect David’s defense of democracy and respect the wishes of the people of this district to have a fair and open election.