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Susan Shelley has been endorsed by the Los Angeles Daily News. "...she is exactly the type of GOP candidate California needs. She's smart, thoughtful, sensible, a constitutional scholar - and moderate enough to get support from voters of all affiliations. That's to say, like many Californians, she's conservative where it counts (on fiscal policy and personal liberty issues) and liberal about social policy (she's pro-choice, for example)." Click for more

Susan Shelley has been endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. "We believe you will be an excellent representative for taxpayers and look forward to working with you in the years ahead." Click for more

Susan Shelley has been endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus of California.

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Welcome. Nice to meet you.

I'm not a politician. I'm a writer, and this is my first run for public office. For more than ten years I have been writing about politics, the U.S. Constitution and government, especially about freedom. I am off the sidelines and on the ballot because something is very wrong in the United States of America when we have a $15 trillion debt, an unemployment rate that's almost 9 percent on a good day, and politicians who tell us we should be grateful to them that it isn't even worse.

I'm running for Congress in the new 30th District in California, which includes the west and south San Fernando Valley. This district is currently home to two incumbent Democratic congressmen, Howard Berman and Brad Sherman. Neither one wants to retire from Congress. They've heard that people over 50 can't find jobs in California.

My views on social issues are the same as theirs, but I have a very different view of what our government should do to create jobs and solve our economic problems.

The incumbents believe the government should spend hundreds of billions of dollars that it doesn't have and then raise taxes on the small business owners who create jobs, a strangling policy that causes economic stagnation and makes more and more people dependent on government.

This is a policy that creates fear and resentment in our country: businesses are fearful that the government will swoop in with new taxes or mandates, and people who are dependent on government are fearful that their benefits will be taken away. Everyone is resentful.

It doesn't have to be like this.

The U.S. Constitution protects every American's right to life, liberty and property. There's nothing in it about "shared sacrifice." The Constitution protects individual rights, and when individual rights are protected, people are free to work and study and invest and build and farm, secure in the knowledge that when they reap the rewards of their efforts, they will keep the rewards of their efforts.

Collectivism, the opposite of individual rights, holds that everything produced in a country belongs to everyone, and the government is the distributor.

We have drifted toward collectivism in this country, and under President Obama, the pace has picked up considerably. As a consequence, we have the economic stagnation and high unemployment that inevitably result from policies that penalize people who work and study and invest and build and farm.

The further down the path we go, the worse the economic stagnation.

A social safety net is very important, and economic growth is essential in order to fund it. That means individual rights must be protected, and people should not be penalized or demonized for making money.

In September, President Obama proposed a "jobs" bill that would raise $400 billion by removing tax deductions for individuals who make over $200,000 a year. That is a massive penalty on people who have committed no crime. People who make $200,000 are working for that money, and they're working hard. They're in small businesses, they're in professions, they've probably spent a number of years making a lot less and running up debts with business and student loans. There's no guarantee that they'll make $200,000 next year or the year after that. It is absolutely immoral for the government to draw a line at $200,000 and assign the people above it to pay the living expenses of all the people below it.

I support constitutional government, individual rights and economic liberty. That is the path to economic growth. That is the path to a well-funded social safety net. With economic growth, we can pay for programs that help people and we can do it without burying everybody in debt.

Without economic growth, all we can do is snipe at each other and drain our retirement accounts.

We can do better than that.

I hope you'll take a look around the website and see if we're on the same page on the issues. With your help, we can get our country back on the right track and secure the future we want for our families.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Susan Shelley