David Ratowitz is a patriot who after completing his commitment in the Army launched a successful property management career in the private sector. He has been disturbed, however, by the mad dash towards tyranny which the denizens in the District of Columbia have taken. Thus, he’s pledged to serve the people of the 5th district of Illinois by standing to fight beside them at freedom's gate.
Hard-fought professional achievement, personal resilience and a genuine free market outlook uniquely qualify David Ratowitz for service as a statesman representing the citizens of Illinois’ 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
David was raised in south suburban Hazel Crest, attending Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School. He went on to study Anthropology at the University of Iowa on an Army ROTC scholarship, graduating as the Distinguished Military Graduate with a BA degree in 1992.
Continuing a proud family tradition of military service, David entered active duty and graduated from U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools. He served as an officer in the 82nd Airborne and 2nd Infantry Divisions from 1992 to 1997 while stationed in Korea, Fort Bragg, NC, and deployed to Haiti. He was honorably discharged in 1997 with the rank of Captain, Field Artillery.
The 5th Congressional seat from Illinois was previously occupied by Rahm Emanuel, the current White House Chief of Staff. Rahm brought with him a Chicago Mob style approach to Washington politics. Emanuel prescribes to the radical viewpoint that the problems of the nation are not wounds which should tended to, but an opportunity to exploit and shake citizens down during a moment of weakness.
Rahm Emanuel – Never let a crisis go to waste
In contrast to his rhetoric on transparency, Rahm Emanuel is heading a closed-door negotiation to write the final version of health care legislation. It consists of a small, elite group with only three Senators and a horde of appointed administration officials.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) sits at the head of a wooden table at his office as he and Sens. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) work to merge two competing versions of health-care legislation into one bill. The three men will be joined by top aides as well as by members of President Obama's health-care team, led by White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. The sessions started on Wednesday and could be completed this week.
The group will make such key decisions as whether to include a government-run insurance plan designed to compete with private insurance companies...
"This bill is being written in the dark of night," said House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), adding that "the president ought to keep his promise to the American people and open this process up."
Media Pushed out of Health Care Meeting
A primary figure at the table is Rahm’s brother, the ‘Rationing Czar’ Ezekiel Emanuel.
Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, health adviser to President Barack Obama, is under scrutiny. As a bioethicist, he has written extensively about who should get medical care, who should decide, and whose life is worth saving. Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician’s duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient’s needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree...
In the Lancet, Jan. 31, 2009, Dr. Emanuel and co-authors presented a "complete lives system" for the allocation of very scarce resources, such as kidneys, vaccines, dialysis machines, intensive care beds, and others. "One maximizing strategy involves saving the most individual lives, and it has motivated policies on allocation of influenza vaccines and responses to bioterrorism... Other things being equal, we should always save five lives rather than one.
"However, other things are rarely equal—whether to save one 20-year-old, who might live another 60 years, if saved, or three 70-year-olds, who could only live for another 10 years each—is unclear." In fact, Dr. Emanuel makes a clear choice: "When implemented, the complete lives system produces a priority curve on which individuals aged roughly 15 and 40 years get the most substantial chance, whereas the youngest and oldest people get changes that are attenuated.
A confluence of events seems to be occurring as the president declares a national emergency over the swine flu just as his crew finishes up their secret health legislation. This is despite the fact that infection levels appear to be waning. Legitimate or not, we can expect that Rahm and his brother the 'Rationing Czar' will not let the crisis go to waste.
Ezekiel Emanuel is just one of dozens of unelected czars occupying the White House, including an avowed communist who resigned amid controversy.
Company He Keeps
Emanuel was wrapped up in last year's indictment of disgraced former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich for attempting to arrange a $2 million local grant in return for a political favor from another of Rahm's brothers, Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel.
Emanuel wanted answers. Funds from a $2 million state grant to a school in his congressional district had not arrived, so he went straight to the man in charge: Gov. Rod Blagojevich. For four successive days in 2006, then-Rep. Emanuel called for Blagojevich, with one message noting it was about the Chicago Academy, according to thousands of pages of call logs reviewed by The Associated Press...
Prosecutors claim Blagojevich learned the congressman was inquiring about the school and hatched a scheme to squeeze Emanuel, now President Barack Obama's chief of staff, to get his Hollywood superagent brother to hold a fundraiser for him in exchange for releasing the school funds.
The school eventually got its money and no fundraiser was held. But Ari Emanuel shows up on the governor's call logs for the first time 2 ½ weeks after the state issued the final payment to the school.
In December, Emanuel gave Blagojevich a list of 'acceptable candidates' to replace the president's vacant Senate seat.
Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to be White House chief of staff, had conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration about who would replace Obama in the U.S. Senate, the Tribune has learned...
Blagojevich and John Harris, his former chief of staff, face federal charges in an alleged shakedown involving the vacant Senate seat, which Illinois law grants the governor sole authority to fill.
The administration's street level mob tactics, led by Rahm Emanuel, are making a mockery of our government. Under the mantra of 'fiscal crisis', they are shoveling the fruits of our labor away to special interests at a record pace.
The U.S. federal deficit is at an all-time high--$1.42 trillion for fiscal year 2009, which ended Sept. 30.
This figure is actually less than the administration's planned deficit. Contrary to standard Democrat talking points, this debt-driven approach is plunging the country deeper into fiscal crisis. Their model is FDR's New Deal, which kept unemployment in double figures for over a decade. A wiser course would be to follow the actions of Warren Harding, who helped revive the country from the depression of 1920 in only one year by trimming government.
Escaping the Recession
Harding had a much better understanding of how an economy works than FDR. As historian Robert K. Murray wrote in The Harding Era, the man who would become our 29th president "always decried high taxes, government waste, and excessive governmental interference in the private sector of the economy. In February 1920, shortly after announcing his candidacy, he advocated a cut in government expenditures and stated that government ought to 'strike the shackles from industry. . . . We need vastly more freedom than we do regulation.' "
One of Harding's campaign slogans was "less government in business," and it served him well. Harding embraced the advice of Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon and called for tax cuts in his first message to Congress on April 12, 1921. The highest taxes, on corporate revenues and "excess" profits, were to be cut. Personal income taxes were to be left as is, with a top rate of 8 percent of incomes above $4,000. Harding recognized the crucial importance of encouraging the investment that is essential for growth and jobs, something that FDR never did.
The Constitutionally conservative veteran David Ratowitz, a former Army Ranger, will bring true fiscal accountability and transparency to Washington. Unlike the liberal imposters who posed as budget hawks and then transferred our nation's wealth out the back door, David will drive down the deficit with the same discipline which has brought him success in the private sector. He will give Chicago residents the opportunity to replace a cog in the political machine, freshman Dem. Mike Quigley, with a true patriot.
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