Why is Darrel Running?

Darrel is running for Congress to demonstrate that if our current representatives will do little more than grandstand and gridlock the government, other individuals in our districts who are willing to govern will step forward.

I want to be the candidate who can find common ground.

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About Darrel

Though I have supported both Democrats and Republicans, I find supporting Republicans increasingly difficult. President Bush tried to introduce the idea of "compassionate conservatism". That concept now seems gone. In current Republican thinking, any increase in capital gains taxes is called "class warfare." Needed immigration reform languishes, deferring the acknowledged national benefits included in the DREAM Act. Partisanship abounds. I hope for something better. Read more →


Common Ground

Can anybody find any common ground?

Our nation's unemployment and debt problems cry out for some bipartisan cooperation. But we mostly get gridlock and maneuvering for political advantage. Economists from Stanford and the University of Chicago have argued that the increase in political uncertainty is one of the factors slowing economic growth. Read more »



The healthcare debate can be considered as two questions: "How do we pay for it?" and "Why does it cost so much?"
"How do we pay for it?" is the question we spend the most time on. "Why does it cost so much?" arises from the fact that we spend 50-100% more per person than other industrialized countries with no better health outcomes on average.
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Farm Bill

The farm bill has finally become law. There is much good in the bill. However, the increases to crop insurance in what should be an austere budget environment are inappropriate.Read more »

Caterpillar before Congress

Caterpillar has joined a line up of iconic American corporations who have been called before Congress to answer questions about a possible shell corporation established in another country for the purpose of reducing tax liabilities.  Whether these arrangements comply with the “letter of the law” is the business of U.S. tax courts.  However, they certainly do not comply with the “intent of the law”.

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