Friday, June 25, 2010

Should Just Anyone Run?

[[I am re-posting this article (with some edits and a new title) after having deleted the original article. The reason the original article was deleted was because there was something in the original article that I said that should have been omitted. So, instead of just editing the article, I am just going to make some corrections to it and re-post it as I am doing now.]]

There is a candidate running for Oklahoma's House of Representatives for District 100 that I feel just should not even bother running. She is running as a Republican and her name is Elise Hall.

Her website speaks of her vast business experience and what I don't quite understand is how someone that is 21 years old and still living at home with their parents claim to be a businesswoman.

A quote from her website states:
"As the Director of Marketing for [name of company omitted], a local landscape management company, I believe that as we reduce the burden that government has placed on businesses, our state and society will be strengthened."

While I agree that some of the burden from small business owners should be relaxed, I question her motives behind this statement.

You see, the company she is referring to which shall remain nameless has had a little bit of trouble dealing with the government in the past. They have failed to pay their taxes and according to a news article back in 1996 by NewOK.com, the company was raided for hiring illegal immigrants.

According to NewsOK.com, nearly 25% of its workforce was made up of illegals.

In addition, at one point in time, the company owed the state over $250,000 in back taxes.

And she calls herself a conservative. Is this the type of conservative we want as an elected official? I don't.

Here's another quote from her blog I also want to touch on:
"The fact is, we do not need more career politicians or lawyers in our legislature, but businessmen and women like myself who see this role the way the Founding Fathers designed it....."


Again, while I agree with the statement about not needing more career politicians in our legislature, why the slam on lawyers? Does she not read our nation's history? The history of our Founding Fathers that she mentions here? Most of them were LAWYERS!!! Thomas Jefferson? Lawyer. John Adams? Lawyer.

I'm not saying that we should have a legislature comprised entirely of lawyers but here is something you probably haven't thought of.

It is the job of the legislature to what? Create laws. Lawyers know the law. Lawyers study law. It seems to me that a lawyer is the best type of person suited to make our laws better due to the fact that the law is what they do.

However, I don't think we necessarily need any ambulance chaser type lawyers like Tim McCoy, who by the way is also running for House District 100.

To be quite honest, I don't necessarily think that Elise Hall is all that viable a candidate to begin with. Mostly I think she is just using her youth as an appeal to the young voters but I that once the primaries come, most voters aren't going to buy into that sort of thing.

In any case, I have no intention of supporting this candidate...as if you couldn't tell.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:10 PM

    I am a forensic accountant that specializes in white collar crime and complex financial crime investigations. I have done my own public record search related to the candidates for House District 100 (just a habit of mine). The nameless company in your post has had an immigration issue in the past, which concerns me. What concerns me more is the repeated tax issues starting in the 90s and going into the early 2000s. Sheri (poster on the previous Jun 25 post), check the court dockets (subscribe to WestLaw or LexisNexis and put in the business's owners name...ignore any familiar information you might find, I am sure it is just a coincidence ). Hundreds of thousands of dollars we are talking about here. As a licensed CPA, I know that the IRS leaves 400 Million or more on the table every year in uncollected taxes. You know what that does? It makes people like me, my clients, and other hard working people pay more then their share of taxes to make up for people that do not pay their taxes or pay them after years of litigation. It would seem to me, holding all else equal, that what experience Ms. Hall does have, comes from some questionable sources.

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