We are facing huge long-term problems: an $11 trillion national debt, a giant budget deficit, a $12 trillion social security shortfall this century, prisons that are bursting at the seams, urban schools that are struggling, a wounded economy with rising unemployment, a health care system that needs major reform, the lack of a coherent national energy policy that will protect our economy and the environment, and a government that has been encroaching on our civil liberties. For decades we have lived with irresponsible public policies from career politicians in Congress who care more about increasing their party’s power and getting re-elected than they care about solving long-term problems. They haven’t been honest with us, and they have been lousy public servants.
I’m different. I do not want to be a career politician. I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I’m a Problem Solver. I want to force members of Congress to be responsible, and implement real solutions to real problems. Please read the positions I present on this website, and spread the word to friends, family, and pollsters that you are going to vote for me in 2010. Get me into the debates so I can challenge other candidates to really talk about the issues. Vote for John Mertens for U.S. Senate in 2010! I will fight tooth-and-nail for our future.