My name is Phil Black and
I want to thank you for your interest and welcome you to my web
site. I am entering the District 2 Congressional race because I
want the chance to make a difference in Washington so that our
children and grandchildren can have the same opportunities and
quality of life in the future that we have enjoyed.
Let me tell you a
little about myself...
All of my family was
born and lived in Barnwell South Carolina. I am a graduate of
Riverside Military Academy and the University of Georgia. I have
worked in banking, real estate, construction and have been a small
business owner (Black’s Supply in Barnwell is still going strong
after 33 years). I am retired from the US Small Business
Administration. My wife Martha and I are members of Lake Murray
Baptist Church where I have served as Trustee, Moderator and
Chairman of the Building Committee. I have served on both Barnwell
45 and Lexington 1 School Boards.
One of my biggest
concerns...The President tells us we are in a slow
down of the economy --- I am here to tell you that I am afraid we
are in a full scale RECESSION. We have sent our industrial base off
shore and we are trying to borrow ourselves out of debt. Bottom
line – we need change in Washington starting with someone who has
lived and walked in the shoes of the working class. I am not a
Career Politician. The Federal Government is broken and many of our
elected officials are in denial and have their heads buried in the
sand. Our problems did not happen over night but with a few quick
fix procedures we can begin to cut fuel costs and work on the long
range solutions for the economy, immigration, health care, education
and national defense. I am asking for your most precious
possession, your VOTE. I pledge that when I get to Washington I
will work to change the way Washington does business and bring their
focus back to the needs of the citizens of this great nation.
The reason that that I am running
- The last two years have been a
- The umbrella that we live under is
the ECONOMY and it is broken
We have six grandchildren and I am
ashamed of the total mess that we are leaving them.
The foundation of our economy
has been lost:
The problem is our government:
2. Academia- the program that looks
good on paper, but does not work in the real economy-no child left
behind-ethanol-many bailouts=record deficit debt
3.Special image groups
Lobbyist-Unions, etc. The voter has no say so!
We must create JOBS
1. The SBA had a grant program for
investors. The program got the intention thru to the final pattern
and from that point the inventor got private shareholders.
2. Use the 2 billion dollar grant to
Haiti and send unemployed USA construction workers to rebuild and
the same Economy will aid USA as the workers from Mexico assist the
Mexican economy. Plus use USA products in the rebuild.
3. Give small tax breaks to
businesses both large and small to create apprenticeship skills so
that the young can rebuild our USA workforce with needed skills
4. The best and everlasting is to buy
USA manufactured products
1. Have each state govern their
schools- Get DC out of the picture. Each state has a different
educational skill and need- No child left behind was a disaster
2. Take some of the closed Military
Bases and create a self supporting campus using John de la Howe
school-McCormick, SC (as it was in the late 50's) as a model
3. Three things in present schools
must be addressed- parents should be held accountable,
discipline back in schools, and students shall wear uniforms
1. Use the current Medicare billing system for all private
insurance companies (would cut overhead cost by 30% or more).
2. Separation of the current Emergency Rooms into a real
EMERGENCY room and the other rooms into healthcare rooms (as a small
lad we went to the Health center
3. The persons entering the Healthcare rooms who are drunk or on
illegal drugs do not go to rehabilitation but to the Sheriff's room.
Also all persons on welfare shall be drug tested.
1. Establish an Employment Agency in Mexico so USA companies can
employ needed workers. Each worker shall get a work permit card
(example: the current credit card with an expiration date)
2. Permit workers shall pay a Health Insurance Premium
3. USA worker shall withhold 20% of workers pay and when permit
has expired, permit workers go back to Employment Agencies in Mexico
to get their withheld 20% monies.
country needs a revitalized energy policy that reduces our
dependency on foreign oil, encourages research and development of
renewable energy sources and encourages private sector investment in
natural gas and oil exploration. We must provide relief for our
citizens who are struggling at the fuel pump with gasoline prices
that drain their funds when trying to get to work and we must
provide relief for our citizens who can no longer afford to
adequately heat their homes. This country must look beyond carbon
based fuels that threaten our environment and poison the air we
Phil Black will work to
reduce our dependency on foreign oil and reduce the price of
gasoline at the pump.
active military forces are the nation’s best deterrent
against aggressive actions by rogue nations or terrorist
organizations. After the collapse of the Soviet Union,
successive administrations, both Democratic and Republican,
attempted to reap a “peace dividend” by reducing our active
military forces. These cuts were particularly heavy in the
support branches (engineers, military police, supply, and
logistics) so necessary to conduct stability operations.
Accordingly, we have had to rely too much on the Reserves
and National Guard to perform these functions in Iraq and
Afghanistan. Members of both active and reserve forces are
subjected to numerous repeated tours of duty in these
conflicts, subjecting both them and their families to many
hardships. Furthermore, the Reserves and National Guard are
not available to accomplish their first missions of disaster
relief and homeland security.
The current administration pays lip service to supporting
our troops, while at the same time submitting budgets that
reduce benefits to the warriors who are sacrificing for our
Reducing the budget of the Department of Veteran’s
Affairs, resulting in long waiting periods for veterans
to get health care and the creation of Category 8
veterans who have a modest income. Category 8 veterans
cannot even apply for VA health care.
Reducing the budget of the military health system,
resulting in incidents such as that involving Walter
Reed Army Hospital being unable to provide adequate
health care to wounded warriors.
Repeated attempts by the Administration to increase
TRICARE enrollment fees, premiums, deductibles, and
copays, resulting in financial hardship on our warriors
elected to Congress, Phil Black will not only provide
moral support to our troops, but will seek to provide
funding to strengthen our active and reserve military forces
and provide decent benefits to our troops and veterans.
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