An Open Letter to Jim Oberweis

April 29th, 2014
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Dear Mr. Oberweis,

Congratulations on your recent win (Jim Oberweis Wins Primary in Illinois)!

Unlike many who voted for your opponent, I voted for you because I feel you actually have a better chance of beating Senator Dick Durbin in November. Why? Because you are older, wiser, and richer! Most importantly, you can afford to lose by taking bigger risks, which is what's required for anybody to have any chance of beating Dick Durbin!


Follow up:

So far, you seem to have only one key message (Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senator): term limits. It's a good start, but you need much more than that to win in November! Here are two new messages that may decisively help you win:

  1. You promise to serve for one term only, without fooling around for re-election even once!

  2. You will serve without pay, exactly as envisioned by our founding fathers (We, the Intelligent People of the United States ...)!

That way, you will draw a stark contrast with Senator Durbin.

That way, you will hugely resonate with the American people, who are fed up with career politicians like Senator Durbin!

What, then, will you do as a one-term unpaid U.S. Senator? You should seek significant constitutional changes, long overdue as proposed by Thomas Jefferson.

Specifically, here are 10 changes you could pursue:

  1. Setting term limits for the top elected offices:

    • President: One term (e.g. six years), firm!

    • Senator: Six years per term. One term, preferably. Certainly no more than two.

    • House of Representatives: Four or six years per term. One term, preferably. Certainly no more than two.

  2. Raising the statutory requirements for the American Presidency, such as the minimum age to 55 and having served as a state governor for one full-term, at least.

  3. Dissolving all public-sector unions immediately and banning them forever, by supporting an executive order to undo President Kennedy's Executive Order 10988.

  4. Abolishing the Electoral College! Just count votes, instead!

  5. Spending must be controlled!

    • Capping the spending to a certain percentage of the GDP (e.g. 15%).

    • The budget must be balanced. If there is potential of growth, some deficit is allowed. However, always figure out how to pay for it first before introducing any new big spending program.

    • Cutting the defense spending by 10%. If not, we will soon have no country left to defend!

  6. Minimizing the government, with the understanding that government does not create real jobs in quantity. The private sector does!

  7. Reforming Social Security and Medicare. Abolishing all entitlement programs (e.g. Medicaid) and replacing them with a minimal welfare system. Bottom line: No one should be better off on welfare than they are by working! To be more specific, the welfare benefit must not exceed half of the minimum wage!

  8. Simplifying everything, from laws to the tax code, so as to reduce the number of lawyers and accountants. Most importantly, you don't have to be a lawyer to run for office.

  9. Yes, a voter ID is a must, just like driving or drinking!

  10. Raising the minimum voting age to 21, so that voting is at least as important as drinking.

No guts, no glory!

For more details about the philosophy and ideas behind these messages and points, read my two books: Saving America, Chinese Style and The GOP Bible for 2016. I left two autographed copies in your Naperville campaign office on March 31, 2014. Hopefully you have read them and found something of value in each book.

Best regards,

Frank Li, Ph.D.

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