Candidate Profile – Ron Miller for State Senator – Vying for Senator Mike Miller’s seat

Ron Miller of Huntingtown, Maryland is a Republican candidate for the Maryland Senate in 2010. Ron is a consultant in the information technology field and a nine-year plus veteran of the U.S. Air Force. The married father of three writes columns for Southern Maryland OnlineRed CountyRegularFolksUnited.comAmerican Thinker, and his own website,, in his spare time.

Ron is an outspoken advocate for free enterprise, low taxes and reasonable regulation, limited and effective government focused on national security, public safety and administering justice, traditional two-parent families and the sanctity of human life. He also writes extensively about identity politics and the repercussions of placing race above values, emphasizing the harmful effects of liberal policies on the black community.

Ron served in the federal government from 2001 to 2004 as a senior executive with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Small Business Administration. During that time, he was recognized by Federal Computer Week in 2002 and 2003 as one of the “Federal 100” leaders in government information technology. Ron was cited both years for his technology leadership in the homeland security arena. Since 2004, he has held senior management positions with the American Red Cross and in the private sector and is currently a homeland security principal for a major technology professional services firm.

Prior to joining the federal government, Ron was a senior requirements analyst, project manager, and division manager in the private sector from 1992 to 2001, and served in the U.S. Air Force as an air intelligence officer from 1983 to 1992, attaining the rank of Captain. His military honors include the Meritorious Service Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Mr. Miller holds a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Tech University and a M.S. in International Relations from Troy State University. Mr. Miller is active in various ministries at Chesapeake Church in Huntingtown, Maryland, and serves as the communications director for the Calvert County Republican Party. He was a Republican candidate for the Maryland Senate in 2006 and will seek that office again in 2010. Mr. Miller has been married for 25 years to the former Annik (ah-NEEK) Aeschbach of Hegenheim, France and they are the proud parents of two daughters and a son.

Ron Miller’s Solutions
We all know what the problems are.

Maryland’s report card is dismal; 4th highest tax burden in the nation, 5th least friendly to businesses, 6th highest in cost of living. Yet our government in Annapolis has no plan or solutions for our state’s long-term fiscal health. Every year, they spend more money despite the economic climate and hope for a rescue.

In 2007, it was the rainy day fund that Governor Ehrlich had built up to well over a billion dollars. In 2008, it was a $1.4 billion tax increase, the largest in state history. In 2009, it was more than $1.4 billion from the federal government’s so-called “stimulus” package where they’re spending money borrowed from our children and grandchildren with no guarantee of repayment.

Let’s not forget they strong-armed the voters into putting slot machines in the Maryland Constitution as a source of revenue. How’s that working out so far?

They increased spending in the fiscal year 2010 budget by $1.1 billion despite the fiscal crisis in which we find ourselves. The projected deficit for fiscal year 2011 is at least $1 billion, and they have no idea how they’re going to deal with it. Maybe they’re hoping we won’t notice and will re-elect them before they have to raise taxes or make dramatic program cuts, or they’re hoping for yet another rescue of undetermined origin.

We can’t keep kicking the can down the road. Leadership requires honesty with the people about our problems and collaboration with them to find sound and lasting solutions. For all their years of experience, the one-party monopoly in Annapolis has failed the people when it comes to leadership. It’s time to turn the page. Here is what I will advocate if I am elected.

When people keep more of the money they earn, they spend it, save it, invest it or pay their debts, directly stimulating the economy. We don’t need government as a middleman doing these things for us. We need a Taxpayer Bill of Rights to protect Marylanders from the greed of their government. It’s your money.

Government spends and wastes too much of our hard-earned dollars on things the government shouldn’t be doing. They don’t track what they spend and they don’t demand results or else. We need to put Annapolis on a diet. Everything they do beyond keeping order, providing infrastructure and administering justice ought to be critically reviewed. It may be a worthy cause but is it something government should be doing?

The budget is a mess – it’s time to zero it out and start from scratch. Programs need to define the public interest outcome they’re hoping to achieve, develop measures to define success, and report on their progress to us. If they aren’t delivering results, they should be terminated. My solutions are zero-based budgeting, performance and risk measurement and management for every program, regular progress reports and sunset laws to terminate programs that aren’t working. That’s good government.

Maryland has the 9th most educated workforce in America, world-class institutions of higher learning, major waterways for commerce, and proximity to the nation’s capital and major cities in the northeastern corridor. Businesses should be flocking here and creating jobs and dignity for thousands of Marylanders, but they don’t. The Democrats have rolled up the welcome mat with some of the highest taxes and most burdensome regulations in the country.

Taxes should be reexamined with the objective of attracting businesses that not only bring in additional revenue but create jobs, thereby adding to the public treasury by subtracting people from government assistance and adding their taxes to the pot. Higher corporate taxes and taxes on the wealthy, most of whom own businesses, keep new businesses away and force existing businesses to raise their prices, cut jobs, or move out of the state, all of which hurt the people, not the intended targets of the higher tax rates.

Regulations should increase transparency and accountability, promote competition, ensure fairness and equal opportunity in the workplace, and protect the public. Everything beyond that is unnecessary and needs to be eliminated.

Small business regulations should be minimized to the maximum extent possible; holding them to the same standards as larger firms costs them too much and drives them out of business.

We should not rest until all Maryland’s children have access to a quality education. More choices and more accountability are the key. Parents should be able to send their children to a school where they can learn and not be forced into a poor school because of where they live or who they are. Charter schools, home schools, private schools – all these options and any others that expand choices for parents and their children must be supported. Schools must be held accountable for our children’s success and the money spent on education must show demonstrable results. The bias in the educational bureaucracy toward their own preservation will not be tolerated. The children come first and we must give them choices today, not somewhere down the road while we wait for the public schools to improve. We cannot lose another generation to hopelessness.

Expanding health coverage to more people does no good if costs aren’t first addressed. On the legal front, establish health courts for medical malpractice litigation to protect the rights of the patient and the doctor and eliminate the onerous costs of medical malpractice insurance. Fewer regulations on health insurance providers will expand options and spur competition, lowering prices. Partnerships between government, non-profits, and businesses are already expanding care options and providing low cost drugs for people without health insurance. Tackle the costs first; only then can coverage be addressed intelligently. There is no single magic bullet for health care; solutions must be developed for each component of the health care system, and anyone who claims to have a one-size-fits-all solution is selling snake oil.

Thomas Jefferson declared to a group of Maryland Republicans in 1809 that “The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

We are a moral and just society and we do not exclude any human being from their birthrights of life, liberty and opportunity. Where there is doubt, we must always err on the side that advances our inherent rights rather than denies them. If this philosophy is applied universally, we will have the answers to some of society’s most challenging ethical dilemmas.

While there may be such a thing as an unwanted pregnancy, there is no such thing as an unwanted child. Both the child and the mother should be given the opportunity to live and thrive. Prenatal care for the mother and child, childbirth assistance for mothers without health insurance, and adoption placement services should be provided. Only in this manner can the mother continue to pursue her dreams and the child grow up in a loving home and realize the plan for his or her life.

While marriage is exclusive to a man and a woman for the purpose of providing the best possible environment for raising, nurturing and modeling responsible male & female behavior for a child, consenting adults in permanent living arrangements should be able to make life decisions for one another. This could include adults caring for older or disabled family members or friends, siblings living together, or any other combination of consenting adults imaginable.

This policy is not based on orientation or gender so it is free from the baggage of that debate. If the legal instruments currently in place to authorize reciprocal beneficiary agreements aren’t in place, they should be established.

No one should be discriminated against in the workplace for consensual and legal behavior conducted in private. That is antithetical to our nation and state’s guarantees of liberty and opportunity.

The right for individuals to own guns for personal and family safety, hunting and recreation or as collectibles is clearly established in the law of the land and reaffirmed by the Supreme Court in 2008. Gun laws that take weapons from the hands of law-abiding citizens only aid criminals and put the safety of our communities at risk. Treat the lawbreakers with guns like criminals, not law-abiding citizens.


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