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We're facing new challenges. America can rise to meet the challenge, but we need to elect people who will lead and tell us the truth.

There is a lot in the coronavirus relief package that I object to, especially the fact that the spending plan does not include any details on how the federal government intends to pay for the same.  That is, the federal government is either going to have to borrow the money or print the money!  Either way, we are piling huge debt on our younger generations.  

Nevertheless,  the plan will serve to help some businesses re-open, help families pay some of their bills, and alleviate the immediate impact of the financial crisis upon us.

I've put together some resources to help businesses and families get through the crisis.

I would also like to reiterate my analysis on this pandemic and the ensuing shutdown, which is based on exhaustive research from some of the best minds in America, including world-renowned experts from Stanford, Harvard, and MIT.  

Make no mistake about it, COVID-19 is a deadly and highly contagious virus.  It is the duty of every citizen to practice social distancing, to wash their hands as often as possible, to stay home if you believe you may be contagious, to work from home if you can, and to help support seniors and others who are particularly vulnerable to this deadly disease.

Having said that, I believe it is imperative to get as much of America back to work as soon as possible.  That is, with the notable exception of extremely high-density areas of our country, like New York City, which rely on mass transit in order to get people to work (you can’t social distance while being crammed into subways and buses), we ought to be able to social distance and wash our hands at work just like we do at home!

Our elected leaders cannot continue to ignore the fact that most of America are one paycheck away from poverty.  Moreover, most small businesses in America are owned by people who themselves only work for a paycheck and they, too, are only one check away from poverty.

Neither the workforce or the small business owners can withstand a shutdown of many, many months as has been advocated by Governor Gavin Newsom.  I believe we all need to do our part to alleviate the crush of our hospitals by doing our best to avoid spreading the virus, but any plan that includes destroying our economy in the process presents dire problems of its own.

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 5:25 PM

Caution, not panic during coronavirus crisis.

I walked into Costco to see for myself. Had there really been a run on water and toilet paper as a result of hysteria having to do with the coronavirus? The answer is yes! This, in spite of the fact that there has been no indication that our water supplies could either be contaminated or shut off in the event of a pandemic, and this particular flu affects the lungs and not the digestive tract. The other run on the market that at least made some sense was the hoarding of hand sanitizer.

Whereas, I believe people should be duly concerned about the coronavirus, I also believe some media and some politicians (naming this flu the Trump Virus!) have irresponsibly whipped up the populace.


Sunday, February 9, 2020 1:03 PM

24th Congressional candidate Andy Caldwell: Neither party is serving the needs of the people

Andy Caldwell believes he can see government from both sides of the aisle. He spent half his life as a registered Democrat before becoming a Republican.

But Caldwell, who’s challenging incumbent Democrat Salud Carbajal for his 24th Congressional District seat in the House of Representatives, said he doesn’t believe either party is serving the needs of the people any longer. The district encompasses Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, and parts of Ventura County.

Instead of toeing the party line, Caldwell said if he’s elected to the 24th District seat he’ll represent his constituents and vote for logical solutions to issues.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020 12:00 AM

Carbajal backs out of debate.

Congressman Salud Carbajal recently backed out of one debate and has declined multiple requests to participate in public forums with his opponent Andy Caldwell.

Several months ago, KYET scheduled a debate between the two congressional candidates during the first week of February. Last week, Carbajal canceled his acceptance, because he is too busy, Caldwell said.

“All he is doing is campaigning,” Caldwell said. “Carbajal doesn’t see participating in a debate as a duty or obligation to the voters.”

And there may not be another chance for the public to hear the candidates discuss issues. Carbajal has declined requests to participate in debates from both the Santa Maria Times and the Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020 12:00 AM

Caldwell urges a call to action to teach children the importance of freedom and demonstrate why socialism is not the answer to our problems.

Andy Caldwell, a candidate for U.S. Congress, spoke last Thursday to the Paso Robles Rotary Club at the Paso Robles Inn’s ballroom.

Caldwell shared that his father was a Batton Death March survivor and taught him the value of hard work.

“The freedom and democratic form of government his father fought for continue to provide the right path forward to prosperity and a better quality of life for all citizens.”

His opponent was offered the opportunity to participate, but chose not to, the report says.


Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:00 AM

Andy Walks Lompoc


Andy Caldwell and more than a dozen supporters hit the streets of Lompoc on Saturday, going door-to-door in an effort to win over voters in his bid for the 24th Congressional District seat.



 

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