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Senate Republican Poverty Alleviation Agenda

Compassion
Fight poverty by empowering families in need
Republicans will alleviate poverty and strengthen families first by encouraging an ownership society, providing work opportunities and partnering with faith-based groups, community charities and businesses.

Fighting Poverty/Strengthening Families
March 4, 2005 - The ladder of success must reach down to the most vulnerable in our society. Many of our neighbors continue to be overwhelmed by social breakdown, economic decline, and educational failure. This crisis demands a national response that encourages local community reform efforts. Senate Republicans unveiled a plan this week that establishes a vision for alleviating povertyone that brings a decisive legislative voice to the problem of urban poverty and makes government a partner in the fight to reduce poverty in America.

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It was believed by my mother and some teachers that I was a gifted student. I remember that my proudest moment in school was when I earned the honor of Female Student of the Quarter and was also #1 out of 800 studnets the Autumn of my freshman year at Morton East High School in Cicero, Illinois.
 
This early gift, however, was squandered when in February 1994 I was placed under the care of the state Department of Children and Family Services. This experience was the first exercise in unfairness and being held back that I recieved. Part of this unfairness was when I was informed that "You can't be adopted because you are a teenager." This is devastaitng for a young person who only craves love and understanding.
 
I fell behind and was kept there in high school. For example, I was placed in Remedial history courses wnen even the teacher thought that I should have been in Honors or Advanced Placement courses. However, if I was given the chance the state would lose special education funding. The only comment I got to my protestations was, "You can't handle that." To which I said, "Give me a chance and I will show you that I can." I never got the cahnce and suffered mightily because I was held back in school.
 
Today, I am fighting my way through college. I am a junior political science major at DePaul Univeristy in Chicago and will graduate in June 2007. I am planning to enter law school and earn a Master's degree in Public Policy/Administration after graduation. My top choices are the University of  South Carolina, University of Tennessee--Knoxville, Univesity of North Carolina-Chapel HillUniversity of Virginia and Regent Universty.
 
University of South Carolina: School of Law, Political Science Department
University of Tennessee--Knoxville: School of Law, Department of Political Science
University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill: School of Law, School of Government
 
I have been criticized  lacking direction and being unsure. I am very ambitious: wanting to go into the Air Force Reserve and be a lawyer. The only thing I am unsure about at this time is weather I will ever run for office, though I have thought about it. Though not sure of these things I know I am a conservative. My desires are to serve my country and share my ideals with people.
 
 I am a former Catholic who was confirmed on Pentacost Sunday 2001. I am converting, first because of conflicts I have with the fundamental beliefs of the church and, second their handling of the sex abuse scandal. After much reserach I decided to convert and be a Southern Baptist. I attend Sunday Worship Service at Immanuel Baptist Church in Chicago.

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Troublemaker at Maryville

As a youth at Maryville academy I developed a strong independent streak and started telling them how I felt about things that were happening. This trait did not endear me to the staff of "Family Educators" who were charged with teaching me discipline and values.

 

I remeber being a small, underweight, and unhelathy young lady. I got beaten up by the other girls in the group home and assaulted by one of the staff. They kept telling me "They are a bad influence on you," referring to the military people I was talking to at school. I had developed a friendship with the Marine recruiter that came to the school.

 

Needless to say, I never joined the Corps because I saw better opportunities because I almost was admitted to the United States Naval Academy twice. However, I decided to enter the Air Force.

 

I had converattions with a recruiter and joined ROTC. I walked into the Unit and impressed the Commandant of Cadet with how much I already knew and my enthusiasm for serving that he wrote a reccommendation to the Recruititng board to clear my record so I could finish the enlistment process. 

 

This was not the problem at Maryville. Their problem was that they wanted me to do things only their way. One day, upon returning from training in my Class B blues they wanted me to complete my chore, doing dishes.  I asked them to let me change out of my uniform because I was not supposed to do house work in my uniform. "I do not care what the rules are," they said, "just do the dishes." I protested, "I can't, I must change out of my uniform." I was changing at this time. They proceeded under their rules to give me two instructions and I eventually earned a negative consequence for apparently refusing to do a chore that I did after I changed. I protested again, "This is not fair. I did the chore." They did not care they said, "Your commanding will not know if you do your chores in your uniform." They did not understand that I knew and that is what mattered. Integrity is "doing what is right even when noone else is looking."

 

I also rasied questions about their systems and rules because they inssted on trying to stop me from talking to people. I cited the first amendment verbatim and they had no answer.

 

Another "troubling" act was that I tried to care for my younger brother and they did not want to allow me the chance to have conact because they did not want me influencing him. 

 

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Struggling Student

I have had an uphill battle since I started college because I was not ready for the challenge. I was ill prepared and had no one who was willing to help me get a leg up. I transferred five times and changed degree intentions three times.


I have settled on finishing my BA in Political Science at DePaul University. I have had an uphill battle since starting here but I will succeed despite having to appeal a dismissal. I plan to graduate in 2007. I am researching the law schol options mentioned earlier and will begin the application process in 2006.


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Military Ambitions

My first exposure to the military was whn I spoke to a Marine recruiter in high school. I thought I wanted to be a marine, but after researching it more thoroughly I discovered that this would be difficult at best and impossible at worst. I also spoke with Navy recruiters and actually took a physical, which I failed because of an eye condition.
Source:United States Naval Academy
 
I also applied for the Naval Academy twice and earned a candidacy both times. I however did not make it to the next stage because my academics were not strong enough. During this time I was also asking questions about the Army, though not seriously thinking of joining.
 
Finally, after researching the Air Force for two years I spoke with a recruiter with serious intent to join. while I was in the application process for enlistment in to Basic Military Training (BMT) at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.
 
I joined  Researve Officer Training Corps Detachment 195 as a Cadet. This step was taken in furtherance of the goal. After initial examination of my medical records, however, I was denied the first time because of being on psychotropic drugs in the past. I also thought that the eye condition was a reaction to stress and having not slept the night before the first exam. I was granted another chance when the Commandant of Cadets at the ROTC unit wrote a reccommendation. The record was also cleared of any mention of the prior medical treatment. However, when I took the second exam the eye condition was confirmed and I was denied enlistment. If I had been allowed to enlist I would have wanted to be a personnel specialist.  I finished up the year as a cadet and then began life as a civilian.
 
While I was a cadet I held three corps positions: publications representative, supply representative, and military ball representative. I also joined Arnold Air Society and Mach 4, two student organizations. In Arnold Air Society I attained the rank of Cadet First Lieutenant and was the Public Affairs Officer for the Scobee Squadron. As a civilian I plan to start a local chapter of Silver Wings.
 
I joined several military related organizations: Air Force Association, Association of Air Force Missileers, and the Reserve Officer Association. My membership in the Reserve Officer Association expired because I am no longer a cadet.
 
I was a special student in the ROTC unit through Spring 2003 and still do a great deal for the Air Force. I assist the ROTC unit during orientation and the recruiters during the air show. As a reward for this I earned a Certificate of Appreciation from Air Force Recruiting Service.  I have taken care of the eye condition and might qualify to enter the Air Force.

Political Player
My first experience came as an intern in the Chicago office of U.S. Senator Richard J. Durbin. In this capacity I sorted mail, worked with constituent case files, and assisted the staff. I worked closely with the Press secretary, chiefly organizing press clips, and the veterans affairs staffer.

Next step was to work for a campaign. I volunteered for Paul Vallas for Governor in 2000. I maintained the fundraising database. I did not volunteer at all in 2002, however, I volunterred for two campaigns in 2004. First, I volunteerd for
John Edwards for President and Dan Hynes for U.S. Senate. I traveled to Davenport, IA and Milwaukee, WI to volunteer for Edwards. I volunteered for John Kerry for a short time but stopped because I did not believe in Mr. Kerry or the Democrat platform. 

Despite volunteering for all these Democrats in the past I am a conservative. My plan in 2008 is to be attending school in South Carolina and volunteering for the reelection campaign of U.S. Sen. Lindsey O. Graham. I would also consider working for State Senator Dan Rutherofrd when he runs for reelection in 2008 or in 2006 if he decided to run for Secretary of State.

Currently I am volunteering for the
 Cook County Republican Party as well as in the 43rd/32nd Ward Republican Office.

I have contributed to the National Republican Congressional Committee, and John Edwards for President.

I am a member of the DePaul College Republicans.
 
I am a moderate conservative with a strong independent streak. This leads me to believe that every life is sacred, the family is the foundation of society, homeland and national security are paramount, and that common sense gun control measures can be taken with out infringing on the rights of law abiding citizens. More
 
My personal and political role model is Sen. Lindsey Graham.

What I believe
  • Every life is sacred. Abortion on demand should be made illegal. I allow for three exceptions: rape, incest, life.helth of the mother. To facilitate the pro-life position adoption programms should be strgthened.
  • Homeland and national security are paramount concerns.  Enforcing our immigration laws, building a strong military, and preservig and protecting our civil rights provides the base for a strong and secure nation.
  • Economic prosperity is central to an ownership society. In furuerance of this we need to to have fair trade that incorporates human rights, environmental standards and minimum wage requirements so our companies can compete if they invest in America. Fair competition would promote companies to stay here and hire American workers.
  • Common sense measures like background checks and trigger locks can preserve the rights of citizen to own firearms, protect the gun manufacturers from lawsuits, and safeguard our children from gun-related accidents.
  • The family is the foundation of a strong society, therefore marriage needs to be protected.

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President George W. Bush
 

North Carolina
Elizabeth Dole
Richard Burr
David Price (4th District)

South Carolina
Lindsey O. Graham
James W. DeMint
James E. Clyburn (6th district)

Tennessee
Lamar Alexander
William H. Frist
Johnathan J. Duncan (2nd district)

Virginia
John W. Warner

George Allen
Thelma D. Drake (2nd district)
Virgil H. Goode (5th district)

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Governor Rod R. Blagojevich
Senator John Cullerton (6th District)
Representative John Fritchey (11th District)

North Carolina
Governor Michael F. Easley
Senator Eleanor G. Kinnaird (23rd district)
Representative Verla C. Insko (56th district)

South Carolina
Governor Mark Sanford
Senator John E. Courson (20th district)
Representative James E. Smith (72nd district)

Tennessee
Governor Phil Bredesen
Senator Tim Burchett (7th district)
Representative Joseph E. Armstrong (15th district)

Virginia
Governor Mark Warner
Senator Frank W. Wagner (7th district)
Senator R. Creigh Deeds (25th district)
Delegate Robert Tata (58th district)
Delegate Mitchell Van Yahres (57th district)


County
Illinois: Cook

President John Stroger
Commissioner Mike Quigley (10th District)

North Carolina: Orange
Chairman Moses Carey, Jr.

South Carolina: Richland
Councilman Paul Livingston

Tennessee: Knox
Chairman Scott Moore

Local
Illinois: Chicago
Mayor Richard Daley
Alderman Ted Matlak (32nd ward)

North Carolina: Chapel Hill
Mayor Kevin Foy

South Carolina: Columbia
Mayor  Bob Coble
Councilman Hamilton Osborne (4th district)

Tennessee: Knoxville
Mayor Bill Haslam

Virginia: Virginia Beach
Mayor Meyera E. Oberndorf

Republican Oath

I am a Republican Because...

I believethe strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person's dignity, freedom, ability, and responsibility must be honored.

I believe in equal rights, equal justice and equal opportunity for all regardless of race, creed, sex, age, or disability.

I believe free enterprise and encouraging individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity.

I believe government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.

I believe the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals or private organizations and that the best government is the one which governs least.

I beleive the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people.

I believe Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times.

I believe Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world.

Finally, I believe the Republican Party is the best vehicle for translating these ideas into positive and successful principles of government.

Republican Creed

I do not choose to be a common man.
It is my right to be uncommon.

If I can seek opportunity, not security,
I want to take the calculated risk to dream and
build, to fail and to succeed.
I refused to barter incentive for dole.

I prefer the challenges of life to
guaranteed security, the thrill of fulfillment
to the state of calm utopia.

I will not trade freedom for beneficence,
nor my dignity for a handout.

I will never cower before any master,
save my God.

It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and
unafraid. To think and act for myself, enjoy the
benefit of my creations; to face the whole world
boldly and say, "I am a free American."