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Redic: Expect integrity, transparency, accountability

by Ericka Redic

American citizens need and deserve three things from government: Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability.  Without these three key elements as a foundation, all policies, services, and supports inevitably become inefficient and ineffective.  

I know this because I’ve spent much of the last 20 years working in the accounting field with individuals, small businesses, multi-million-dollar non-profits, and government agencies.  Innovation and adaptability are essential to any organization if it is to remain efficient and able to serve the needs of its customers.  Otherwise, their customers go somewhere else.   

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Not so with the government.  Government has no reason to innovate.  It is not incentivized to run a lean budget or maximize efficiency.  It doesn’t have to.  Why?  Because in the name of kindness and generosity, government can demand more and more of its citizens’ hard-earned income. However, history shows that money alone cannot correct social woes.   

The fact is, we don’t have a money problem as much as we have a culture problem. We no longer instill the values of selflessness and community in our young people.  For generations we have been told that each of us is the center of the universe and everything we do should be toward the goal of “feeling good.” We prioritize personal pleasure over duty and responsibility. 

Too often, after creating another new government program intended to “help” people, we pat ourselves on the back and turn away. Yet those in need aren’t served by new or bloated bureaucracy, they need community and human compassion.  

As Americans we’re happy to contribute to the welfare of those in need.  We know good schools, sound bridges, and the protection of fire and police departments cost money.  But let’s face it – We would have more resources available for all those needs if Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability are restored to our government.  

Integrity: You need to trust that I will tell you the truth about 

  • What is going on in Washington,  
  • Why I make the decisions I do,  
  • Along with the framework I use for decision making.   

You ought to be able to count on your Representatives being consistent and responsive to inquiry.  

First Year Plan: Initiate Bill to implement term limits for Federal officials.  Congress was meant to have consistent turn over and be responsive to the people.  With people being in office for 10, 20 and even 48 years, politicians are incentivized to focus on getting reelected, rather than doing what is right for the American people.  It’s easy to win re-election when you promise lobbyists that you will provide them with taxpayer dollars.  

Transparency: Rigorous Honesty is more than a campaign slogan.  I am committed to telling you the truth, even when it’s uncomfortable.  You deserve that from your Representatives and the agencies that serve you.  The rules must be clear and understandable as should what Uncle Sam is doing with your money and resources.  

First Year Plan: Single Issue Bills.  This means no more 10,000-page omnibus spending packages that no one reads, filled with payouts to campaign donors.  Each appropriation or law must be on a separate bill and voted on individually, by roll call vote.  

Accountability: Most elected or appointed officials never experience the consequences of their decisions.  They are insulated from the sky-rocketing gas prices, inflation, baby formula shortages, dangerous overseas conflicts, crime rate spiking, increased over-dose deaths, and all the other ills we are suffering – Most of which arise from bad government policy.  As Ronald Reagan said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”  

First Year Plan: Balanced Budget Bill.  The Federal government is too big and too inefficient to serve the needs of its customers – the American people.  Real world businesses can’t operate that way. Real people can’t support their families or households that way, and if they tried to, they would be bankrupted – maybe prosecuted for fraud. Government can and does only because it’s playing with your money – not theirs. We need to pare down the budget to eliminate waste, fraud, and just plain government excess; and return your hard-earned labor back into your bank account.  

If what I’ve written here makes sense to you, if you feel it in your gut that our beautiful state and wonderful nation are headed for trouble if we don’t correct the course of events, I urge you to consider me as your next representative in congress. Give me the chance to show I’m worthy of your vote. 

Learn more about Ericka Redic’s campaign for Congress and her platforms by visiting RedicForCongress.com and her social media at Generally Irritable on FacebookYouTube, and Instagram — You’ll find a WEALTH of information on her positions and how you can get involved!   

The author is a Libertarian candidate for U.S. House. Op-eds and campaign statements from all statewide candidates will be considered for publication.

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    • “The author is a Libertarian candidate for U.S. House. Op-eds and campaign statements from all statewide candidates will be considered for publication. ”

      Not a RINO, a Libertarian.

  1. We the PEOPLE are not customers……..we are the EMPLOYERS of Federal, State and Local Government……..
    in any other job this bunch would be fired……..

  2. I would really like to know where Ericka Redic stands on C19/health freedom. In particular I’m looking for a strong statement that she will never support or be in favor of the severe of lockdowns or mandate mask/vaccine medical interventions that have been forced upon us over these past two years. This has become a key issue for many, and though I may have missed it I haven’t seen her address it directly.

  3. Ericka had my vote in the primary and I’ll give it to her again as the Libertarian candidate. Most of the her plans are ones that the Convention of States is working towards under Article 5 of the Federal Constitution. We need term limits on Congress, Fiscal responsibility, and downsizing the Federal Government to give back control to We the People at the state level.
    The Convention of States has a booth at the Rutland State Fairgrounds now until Saturday, come check it out!

  4. I have much hope for some significant turn-around in this state. With E. Redic and Gerald Malloy on the ticket/ballot come NOV, this would be a wonderful winning team to send to Washington. We have been at the mercy of the other end of the political spectrum for way too long. The same people will bring more of the same. Enough already.
    Ericka and Gerald, in my book.

  5. I have much hope for some significant turn-around in this state. With E. Redic and Gerald Malloy on the ticket/ballot come NOV, this would be a wonderful winning team to send to Washington. We have been at the mercy of the other end of the political spectrum for way too long. The same people will bring more of the same. Enough already.
    Ericka and Gerald, in my book.

  6. These words spoken from Erica expose the fact that she doesn’t believe in them.
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    American citizens need and deserve three things from government: Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability. Without these three key elements as a foundation, all policies, services, and supports inevitably become inefficient and ineffective.
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    First Integrity: Definition of integrity
    1: firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY
    2: an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS
    3: the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS

    *Do you know enough about her to agree with the definition? Was she honest about supporting the Republican party when PARTY RULES were changed to accommodate her?

    Second Transparency: Definition of transparency
    1: the quality or state of being transparent
    2: something transparent
    especially : a picture (as on film) viewed by light shining through it or by projection

    *Has she been open about jumping parties? Just what are her real intentions?
    ACTIONS always speak louder than words.

    Third Accountability: Definition of accountability
    : the quality or state of being accountable
    especially an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions
    public officials lacking accountability

    *I have read her attacks on people on social media for calling her out for past remarks where she has called people quoting her public statements as LIARS.

    She claims people who question her are ATTACKING her.

    We need a person from Vermont representing us in our nation’s capitol who has the ability to speak nicely to others regardless of what is said.

    Candidates say anything they can to be elected to office but forget those promises when they are elected.

    Our nation’s capitol is a place of corruption and people are easily tempted by money and promises made by lobbyists and other politicians as we have witnessed so many times.

    My personal feeling is that without Erica being fully committed to the Republican party, as she has demonstrated through her actions, she should not be supported by REPUBLICAN VOTERS in the election.

    Until we bring honesty and integrity to our party we will continue to lose.

    I hope those that read this comment will begin to put some real research and thought into any candidates before they make a choice to support them.

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