Heroic Marine takes on the GOP Es­tab­lish­ment Ma­chine

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Last year dur­ing a GOP can­di­date fo­rum at the Cres­cent Moon Wine Bar, Pub­lic News sat down for a quick in­ter­view with a po­lit­i­cal new­comer with some grit and chutzpa aim­ing to un­seat a then 18-year in­cum­bent in Kevin Brady (R-CD8). For two years Craig McMichael, has worked hard cam­paign­ing and set­ting the ground work for a new of­fen­sive; re­mov­ing Kevin Brady from rep­re­sent­ing Con­gres­sional Dis­trict 8 in Texas. As a for­mer US Marine, McMichael knows what it takes to be pre­pared for suc­cess.

As a cour­tesy the Pub­lic News reached out to the Brady cam­paign for their an­swers to sim­i­lar ques­tions as well as those ex­pressed to keep him ac­count­able for his votes in Congress. Brady did not re­spond to emails or calls for his par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Over the in­ter­net and tele­phone we spoke with Craig McMichael about his plans and cam­paign.

Pub­lic News: You are tak­ing on an en­trenched 20year con­gres­sional in­cum­bent in Mr. Kevin Brady, what makes your brand of Re­pub­li­can­ism bet­ter or

more pre­ferred than his?

Craig McMichael: I would say the fact that I ac­tu­ally understand and de­sire to up­hold the Con­sti­tu­tion. Our repub­lic pro­vides free­dom to all, not just the elite in­sid­ers that can buy a con­gress­man. It is time we had peo­ple who fought for our free­dom back home in the dis­trict and not their power in­side of DC.

Pub­lic News: What are some of the things that you are bring­ing to the ta­ble for vot­ers to con­sider?

Craig McMichael: FairTax, Term lim­its, end con­gres­sional re­tire­ment, pri­va­tize the VA and fi­nally at­tempt to con­trol this mas­sive fed­eral gov­ern­ment. Nor­mally peo­ple in congress fail be­cause they want to be part of the sys­tem, why break down some­thing you are part of? I will never be part of the es­tab­lish­ment in Wash­ing­ton, I’m a Texan and my con­cern is the free­dom we all de­sire.

Pub­lic News: What brought you to this point, run­ning for pub­lic of­fice?

Craig McMichael: The ab­so­lute fail­ure that our fed­eral gov­ern­ment has be­come, the spe­cific vote was the fis­cal cliff bill of 2013 that added 4 tril­lion dol­lars to our debt. I have chil­dren and I will fight for them ev­ery day so they can have the same coun­try I had. It is our duty to leave this repub­lic in a bet­ter state than we found it. It is long past time that nor­mal peo­ple stood up and took on this chal­lenge of run­ning for fed­eral of­fice. This is still the coun­try that be­longs to we the peo­ple and it is us that still have the power to re­claim Amer­ica’s great­ness. We only have to have the courage and be­lief of the sim­ple fact that has al­ways been true: we can do any­thing!

Pub­lic News: Ger­ry­man­dered dis­tricts have been drawn to fa­vor one party’s guy over the other. CD 8 was drawn to fa­vor Repub­li­cans. Do you think this is fair and is this why you are run­ning as a Repub­li­can?

Craig McMichael: The dis­trict are drawn by the State Reps, I really try to stay out of state is­sues while I am run­ning for this of­fice. I’m run­ning as

a Repub­li­can be­cause at the heart of it I stand for repub­li­can val­ues. A lot of Repub­li­cans to­day claim the party but never fight for our val­ues, we need peo­ple like me in the party to point that out.

Pub­lic News: The last time you ran against Brady you lost in the GOP pri­mary. What were some of the things you took away in that loss that you will be more mind­ful of this time around?

Craig McMichael: We ran with very lim­ited money and be­ing that I’ve never held of­fice no one knew any­thing about who I was I knew it would take time. We’ve spent the last three years get­ting to know peo­ple and this time we are out in the dis­trict en­gag­ing the vot­ers to let them know they have a choice. A lot of vot­ing has to do with name ID, I’ve spent three long years build­ing that in­side of dis­trict 8.

Pub­lic News: What are some of the con­cerns that your fam­ily had run­ning against such a per­son as Brady?

Craig McMichael: There are no con­cerns there; my fam­ily has been very sup­port­ive and proud of my con­tin­ued fight for this repub­lic. What I am do­ing now is no dif­fer­ent than what I did for ten years in the Marines.

Pub­lic News: What do you think is Brady’s Achilles heel, or does he have one?

Craig McMichael: He has a few. You could start with his votes against the Con­sti­tu­tion: NDAA, CISPA, NSA SPY­ING, Pa­triot Act. You could add his votes for big­ger gov­ern­ment: NAFTA, Debt ceil­ing in­creases (7), Crom­nibus bill, Fis­cal Cliff spend­ing, TARP. If the vot­ers start look­ing at the votes he makes and not his pro­pa­ganda that is on his web­site and fliers, they will re­move him from of­fice. In 18 years he has not writ­ten and passed a bill in Wash­ing­ton, in 18 years he has done al­most noth­ing to stop the mas­sive fed­eral gov­ern­ment from grow­ing.

Pub­lic News: What are some of the first things you plan to do once you’ve taken Con­gres­sional Dis­trict 8’s seat in Wash­ing­ton DC?

Craig McMichael: I plan to bring the truth about Wash­ing­ton DC back to the peo­ple of not only CD 8 but of Texas. I will push for three things. FairTax, Term Lim­its and pri­va­ti­za­tion of the VA.

Pub­lic News: How many terms do you ex­pect or want to serve?

Craig McMichael: I will only serve three terms, I be­lieve the found­ing in­tent of this coun­try was to have cit­i­zen ser­vants in Wash­ing­ton, not the life­time politi­cians that we have to­day. We need to ro­tate in new ideas and peo­ple who are will­ing to ac­tu­ally fight.

Pub­lic News: Do you think term lim­its in Congress (both in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Se­nate) would bring about bet­ter rep­re­sen­ta­tion than what we presently have? What goals have you set for your­self in this elec­tion?

Craig McMichael: I think term lim­its would fix a lot of the lob­by­ist is­sues we have to­day, also peo­ple in Congress would at­tempt to do some­thing in­stead of wait­ing around for more power. We’ve changed the Con­sti­tu­tion and put term lim­its on the Pres­i­dent it is now time to do the same in Congress.

Pub­lic News: Would you vote to shut down the gov­ern­ment if the debt spend­ing lim­its are not held back or in check?

Craig McMichael: I would re­fer to it not as shut­ting down the gov­ern­ment but forc­ing the gov­ern­ment to spend within it means. If you con­trol spend­ing with a zero based bud­get you would never get to a gov­ern­ment shut­down. We can­not al­low our­selves to spend our chil­dren’s for­tunes by not hav­ing the courage to con­trol spend­ing now.

Pub­lic News: How would you help strengthen the mon­e­tary value of the dol­lar?

Craig McMichael: A strong Amer­ica would bring back a strong dol­lar. We could start by a full au­dit of the Fed­eral Re­serve to see ex­actly where we stand. Once com­pleted then we could put ev­ery­thing on the ta­ble to come up with so­lu­tions for bring­ing the dol­lar back. A re­turn to the gold stan­dard would be a good start.

Pub­lic News: Tell us more about zero based bud­get­ing. How would it work and how would it be ben­e­fi­cial?

Craig McMichael: Cur­rently the fed­eral gov­ern­ment grows ev­ery year by about 3%. When Wash­ing­ton DC talks about cut­ting spend­ing nor­mally they only cut the growth of spend­ing and not ac­tual spend­ing. This has led our gov­ern­ment to be full of pro­grams that at­tempt to spend as much money as pos­si­ble so they can re­ceive more fund­ing the fol­low­ing year. This would never sur­vive in the pri­vate sec­tor and has only main­tained in the gov­ern­ment for so long be­cause the gov­ern­ment doesn’t have to pro­duce any­thing and also has a guar­an­teed in­come (Taxes). Zero-based bud­get­ing for the fed­eral gov­ern­ment would mean that in­stead of au­to­matic growth each pro­gram would have to be re­viewed each year to make sure it was worth the money spent. This would al­low the Congress to ac­tu­ally elim­i­nate pro­grams that are not pro­duc­tive. Fed­eral spend­ing has ex­ploded more than ten thou­sand times since 1800 with al­most all of the in­crease in the past 40 years. The way to truly stop spend­ing in our cur­rent mas­sive fed­eral gov­ern­ment is to eval­u­ate each year who gets the hard earned money of US tax­pay­ers and how much they get.

Pub­lic News: A fi­nal ques­tion; in your cam­paign you pro­pose elim­i­nat­ing the IRS, au­dit­ing the Fed­eral Re­serve and es­tab­lish­ing the Fair Tax. Would you urge the re­peal of the 16th Amend­ment?

Craig McMichael: You have to re­peal it as the 16th amend­ment is a vi­o­la­tion of your 4th amend­ment rights. Your in­come is your per­sonal property, the gov­ern­ment has no right to take what is right­fully yours.

Pub­lic News: What is your web­site so that Pub­lic News Read­ers can get to know you bet­ter?

Craig McMichael: They can find more in­for­ma­tion at www.mcmichaelfor­

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