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Dave Saulibio: As your congressman, I’ll back Trump 100 percent

Dave Saulibio

Recently, I had an opportunity to speak at a candidates forum in Waitsburg in Walla Walla County. I received positive feedback about my speech. But one gentleman very politely said that I was interesting but a little crazy. I took that as a compliment. I jokingly told him that my parents also said that same thing about me. (He admitted he did not vote for Trump.)

Am I a little crazy? Perhaps in a good way. I am the only 5th Congressional District candidate who trusts in President Trump 100 percent. I trust Mr. Trump’s instincts, keen situational awareness, and his superior business acumen. The man knows what he is doing. He is a once-in-a-century president. And I thank God daily.

My top issue is the $21 trillion national debt. If unchecked, America will be facing bankruptcy in 2035 like Greece is today. Nothing else matters if we don’t fix our debt because we won’t even have a country. With Trump’s Tax Cut and Jobs Act generating 3 percent GDP growth, in concert with the elimination of burdensome regulations, the return of manufacturing jobs, energy independence, full employment and balanced budgets, we can be rid of our debt before 2035. I am all for being debt-free. How about you?

Please visit my website for more information.

Below is the text of my Waitsburg speech on June 27. I invite you to read it and judge for yourself if I am a little crazy or not. Here’s what I said:

My name is Dave Saulibio and I am running for Congress. I am a Trump Populist Republican.

I’d like to start by sharing an incident that happened to me in June 2016. After 39 years of renewing the tabs on my little aluminum boat, I was told that per new federal regulations the ID number was now out of compliance. This new government regulation was a big imposition on my time and cost me extra money to have my boat legal again. I asked myself: Whose dumb idea was this?

After Trump got elected president, I had this ah-huh moment. I realized that the narrative of being politically correct was all about control. You know, shut up. Don’t offend anyone. I was never comfortable with political correctness. My political beliefs are very clear and they can be summarized simply in the three basic principles of our Founding Fathers: (1) The fruits of our labor belong to us. (2) We are citizens, not subjects. (3) Our rights come from God, not from the state.

In Congress, I will advocate the following: (1) Term limits for Congress. Eight years. Done. Go home. (2) No pensions for Congress. Serve your country. It’s not about getting rich. (3) Balance the budget so we can start to fix our $21 trillion debt, Social Security and Medicare. (4) I promise to support President Trump 100 percent. With me, Mr. Trump gets the full benefit of the doubt and the first bite of the apple.

Tonight’s forum is basically job interviews of me and the other candidates. Your challenge tonight will be to first consider our qualifications. Then comes the hard part, trying to figure out what’s in this person’s heart, our character skills. And remember, never judge a book by its cover. My first wife, Wendy, was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis. She went downhill fast. But I stuck around. I made Wendy a promise. I took care of her for 30 years. She passed away in 2014. I raised our three kids basically as a single parent while working as a manager at the Boeing Co. in Seattle. I was one busy guy.

Here’s the bottom line about me. My qualifications are second to none. I keep my promises. I finish what I start. And I don’t give up.

It is my hope that you will not let this election become an auction where big money wins. I will do a better job for you as your congressman because I have no IOUs and I will be totally free to help President Trump 100 percent. Thank you.

Dave Saulibio is a candidate for the 5th Congressional District of Washington. He lives in Colbert.

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