I want to support:

(1) the President’s Health Reform efforts–recognizing its a work in progress;

(2) our troops and their families by bringing them home;

(3) our vets by getting them the medical care and other benefits they were promised;

(4) our retired, elderly and disabled by protecting social security and their medical care benefits;

(5) alternative energy research and development so we can help put an end to dependence on foreign oil;

(6) develop a small business and entrepreneur development program that seeds small business ideas or growth opportunities in existing businesses with a combination of grants, tax credits and spot loans;

(7) offer tax breaks to businesses that use alternative energies and or add to work force and don’t outsource our service and manufacturing sector jobs;

(8) tax cuts for middle class families;

(9) protect families and businesses from predatory mortgage bankers and creditors and develop a program which actually mandates the banks re-negotiate loans in good faith for people who are working and are trying to hold onto their homes or businesses;

(10) protecting the workers’ right to organize, collectively bargain;

I want to improve our nation’s financial health by:

(11) stopping Congressional raises until the workforce experiences a true turnaround and increase in net income;

(12) reducing reliance on private contractors and their armies in our bases and operations overseas (and on US soil);

(13) allowing the federal government to negotiate prescription drug costs without limitation;

(14) pursuing foreign based companies that sell in US markets, to make sure they are not evading payment of taxes that American based companies have to pay;

(15) consolidating government agencies that perform substantially the same services.

Hello everybody!!

I would like to update all the things that happened up to and including post election misc……

I was campaigning from Barstow to Santa Clarita!   We had many people from the 25th CD and even people from other areas calling to get out the vote!

It was a tight election, very close for Mckeon!  I think that is great!!

One good thing that has happened in this election, (l no matter what some of the people say), we can say “President Obama!!” Yeah!

I would like you to know how much I appreciate all your votes and all you have done to get me to election day with the highest vote count ever in the 25th Congressional District! I could never have got this far without all of you!

I have met alot of great Californians during my campaign and still have contact with many!

People have asked me if I will run for the 2010 election–I have not decided.

You know campaigns cost money and time or visa versa….so I would like to let you know what kind of dollars were spent for this race for the 25th CD!

Well, Buck McKeon(Republican), spent over$ 800,000.000.

I spent about $10,000.00 due to the incredible grass roots volunteer effort! While that got us far, I will need more paid advertising (radio and TV) to inform people about the many issues Buck falls short on is needed, not just after a primary, but in the year leading up to the general election!

If I run for office again,  I need to reach the people who did not vote for me and the ones who might not come out to vote in a non-presidential cycle election.  It is costly to run and Buck Mckeon has already began collecting his $$money for his new Campaign to run for Re-election!!

I know  that I will  need $100,000.00 at least!   I need  more  money and more  volunteers, to make that happen!

So, that’s the hard part and I have to ask people for contributions, (not to exceed $2,300.00 per election cycle)

and….that’s so much money in this awful economy….Let’s discuss this and don’t be shy!

“What are YOUR IDEAS and WHAT CAN WE do to solve PROBLEMS in this Time of uncertainty??”

Hey…..Please write me!

You can also write me by mail:

Jackie Conaway

P.O. Box 865

Barstow, CA  92312-0865

My information is listed with the California  Secretary of State’s  Websiteor You can go to my website:   JackieConawayforCongress.com

….. Here to serve, Jackie Conaway

THANK YOU!!

Bob and Jackie Conaway at the Antelope Valley Festival Oct. 11th 2008

Bob and Jackie Conaway at the Antelope Valley Festival Oct. 11th 2008

Well it’s been an exciting couple of weeks, on October 11th, 2008, Bob and I traveled to the Antelope Valley Festival where I met and spoke to many great people then we drove all the way to Rialto to celebrate San Berardino County turning blue where I got to see Ed Ansner and Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi (who has announced he’s running for governor of California) who joined the blue county celebration where democrats had out registered republicans and turned the total county registration blue.

Jackie and Ed Asner

Jackie and Ed Asner

John Garamendi and Jackie Conaway

John Garamendi and Jackie Conaway

Get involved and help people, by getting your vote in the mail or going on November 4th. 2008 to your polling place and vote!

Today there are alot of people who are registered to vote! Some have never voted before and this November 4th, 2008 will be their first time!!

There are people who have moved and did not re-register at their new address.  There are people who have changed their party and not re-registered.  There are people who never find out where their voting location is!

Do you need to re- register? Maybe you are in one of the categories I just mentioned.   If you are, then follow through and register today!  Just to make it easier on yourself, check the vote absentee box!

What is absentee? Absentee is  not having to go to your local voter precinct and vote there on election day.  Absentee voting means that  you will get a book and ballot in the mail, with a return by mail envelope addressed to the county registrar of voters.   You complete the ballot , take off your receipt (the small one that has the number of the ballot on it-that is yours) and then put the large ballot folded) in the return by mail envelope, seal it and put enough postage on it.  There is on the back of the envelope a place where you will have to sign your name. Put a stamp on the envelope and put it in the mail! If you forget to mail it, you can drop the ballot at your polling station. Call your county registrar to see if they allow dropping it off at other polling stations.

Well on election day, your ballot will be counted with everyone else’s ballots! Let’s change America.

ust the other day when I was speaking to some local seniors , one of them spoke up  about the lack of coverage under MediCare and private insurance for FALSE TEETH!  How can we allow that!  The government pays for prosthetic limbs but not teeth. Can you believe that? How can a person take care of themselves if they can’t chew the food and break it down and how can seniors avail themselves of nutrition programs at senior centers without teeth? How strange it is to think such a thing is not taken care of?

Also I can’t believe the republicans put through the prescription coverage plan without giving the government the power to negotiate the cost of drugs downward!  Without the prices negotiates to at least cash prices that uninsured people can sometimes get from pharmacies, the MediCare drug benefit gets wiped out long before the end of the year.

So much for the republican rhetoric about the “free market”–I guess the free market doesn’t apply to the drug companies when they want to gouge us!

Well one of the problems we face in this country is the lack of health care -for millions of Americans.  For some, the care is denied by use of pre-existing condition exclusions, the care requested is experimental or not in the standard of care options their non-doctors will accept (so the requested care is unreasonable and unnecessary), the charges are excessive if they somehow authorize the care–to name a few.

Today I saw the Prime Minister of England talk with Bush in the Rose Garden. While Bush was admitting our economy was having some trouble, the British Prime Minister was talking about a tax reduction despite universal government paid-for health, dental and vision care–all of which our country does not have. We really have got to get this right and not let McCain and McKeon talk about the free market and make the ridiculous argument that a tax cut or credit would be enough for medical care, assuming the people with pre-extising problems and who have been uninsured for so long, can find an insurer that will cover them.

There are European countries that have great medical care for the entire country and we are in America – the greatest country on  this world and why don’t….. What do you have to say about all this??

Its not the talk of being compassionate that defines us–its the action of the nation’s leaders.

Its not the amount of aide we give to Darfur, Ethiopia and to the aids epidemic that makes us compassionate. Taking care of others and letting our own people suffer is hypocritical. Taking care of all citizen’s health care needs will be the only real evidence of America’s compassion.

Go Visit a local Fair!

September 1, 2008


Hello-I am having a great time visiting with people at the Antelope Valley Fair! There are some great shows and Exhibits this year!  As usual there is great food and conversations!  I like their new facility and it’s well organized!

Coming in September is the Los Angeles County Fair!  I enjoy that Fair, too.  Our family goes to thet Fair every year as we enjoy the beautiful gardens, the great music and shows, Exhibit Halls,and the food! It’s worthwhile going to!

I am a past board member of the 28th Agricultural District.  The Fair it’s self is located in Victoville.  Before I was a Board member, my husband and I used to take our children there when they participated in the 4-H program!   I love seeing the new young faces involved in 4-H and the FFA programs. There is also Grange members and Independents!  Our family continues to go every year!  All our Fairs have rich educational values, they teach great work ethics and team work!

I just want to encourage everyone to take the opportunity and go to the Fairs! I know there are alot of  good movies, but Fairs are something all family members and friends can enjoy together and build new memories!  Whether a Fair is local or a little further away, Fairs are part of the backbone of our America and a part of our great heritage!

You are the solution!

August 25, 2008

It’s amazing to me that we have people presently in office that have done nothing over the past sixteen years to work on the energy problems we are facing right now!   There are lots of excuses! Mc Keon, the current Congressman in the 25th Congressional District, takes the Newt Gingrich script insisting that off-shore drilling is the magic solution to high gas prices(remember Gingrich was the former republican speaker of the house that divorced his wife to marry one his political groupies and served the divorce papers on his wife while she was in a hospital being treated for cancer)  and blames the democrats for higher gas prices–when in reality the democrats are saying (1) off-shore drilling should not be the only part of an energy bill (like the republicans are insisting) , (2) if it was such a solution, why aren’t the millions of current oil leases being drilled given the record profits the oil companies have earned and (3) just approving additional offshore leases is nothing but a political smoke-and-mirror trick at election time to try and get people to forget he and his republican colleagues were in leadership for 10 years and did nothing (Buck was a ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee and chair of another for nearly a decade BEFORE the democrats took back the House just 19 months ago).

Our gas prices are outrageous! Just because they go down a little before the election everyone is supposed to be happy!  Wow it doesn’t take much to distract people from the utter failure of McKeon and his republican colleagues! The republican leadership talks to the oil executives after record profits for a year and a half and the prices drop just before the election! I smell a con job.

The war in Iraq can’t be ended, McCain says we may have to be there 25 years and then there are peace agreements being discussed, again before the election, but not before the defense contractors make BILLIONS on inflated billings and waste.

We need  fuel and we are competing for it with the rest of the world. We sell what we pump in this country to other countries and we let our investment bankers drive up the prices by speculative bidding on oil futures because in 1999, McKeon voting for a banking bill that took regulations off the banking community. Our supplies will run lower and lower and the prices will get so high that people will not be able to get to work. Its already happening in some parts of the country–people quitting jobs because some of our fellow Americans can’t afford gasoline and groceries and rent.  The stock market goes up not because, we the people, are doing better, but because stock portfolios go up (due to oil company, Wal-Mart and defense contractor profits) and reduced payroll (layoffs, terminations, etc).

The machinery  that needs fossil fuel today should have been improved or converted long ago. Running on different types of energy is a simple alternative.

Energy sources other than fossil fuel, such as solar, electric, geo-thermal steam and wind are out there.  We used wind to pump water over a hundred years ago. In Brazil, drying sheets are used to dry out coffee, grains and other products–we don’t need electric powered drying machines. The Stanley Steamer at the beginning of the 19th century traveled 90 miles an hour on steam! There is so-called “clean coal”, but it is STILL coal that requires the land to be stripped and water contaminated! There is nuclear energy and they say it’s no problem- it’s NUCLEAR and we can’t store the waste we have now from our limited use of it!!

Alternative energy  auto/engine types have been invented-we know that the auto industry has them available but something called windfall PROFITS  got in the way – Oh My!!

McKeon should have been working on solutions, working with auto manufactures, inventors and investors years ago -they should have demanded years ago that we change our energy, manufacturing focus and transportation planning policies across this country –instead McKeon and his buds stuck their head in the sand, asked for your vote and blame the democrats for not drilling offshore.

McKeon has driven us into devestating debt-we are over spent… there isn’t a military appropriations bill that McKeon did not like–even when the bill put profitable contracts in the hands of Blackwater, Cheney’s Halliburton, Barbara Bush’s AFIES and so many others, when our boys could not get the armour they needed, the vehicles they needed or the troop support they needed when we were losing them. McKeon was too busy paying Haliburton mercenaries three times what our comparable GI’s were getting paid to be in harm’s way wearing the uniform of our nation.  McKeon is not just a friendly country congressman, but a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee and chair of another— and what was the result, deficit spending, more debt, no energy solutions , more jobs lost to overseas competitors with the blessing of congress’ tax policies (giving tax breaks to companies that move our jobs overseas) and horrific wounds and disabilities from unprotected humvies and needless deaths from helicopters falling out of the sky due to mechanical failures!

What adds insult to injury, is that Buck McKeon, who claims to be patriotic American, is funding military build-up of Communist China.  The war debt is being funded by loans/bonds that  China is buying. Every wasted dollar pays for a part of a nuclear missile aimed at us and for the build of of an Army of the East (maybe the Biblical army from the East??) (e.g. Communist China, who makes many of Wal-Mart’s products)-most of of our debt was incurred recently for a War we are still in and now we are nearly broke. McKeon wants you to forget that record and is again asking for your vote by voting for a wilderness bill after years of supporting the coal industry’s stripping of the land, the mining companies in our area dumping waste into our water shed and tables (like CEMEX, American Borax, and many others)–do you know the water in Boron, CA is too toxic to drink? Do you know Palmdale-Lancaster’s water is full of arsenic, a toxin from military contractor’s (who Buck takes money from) dumping over the years? Do you know, the Owens Valley air in Inyo County is too toxic for people with respiratory problems? And what about the clean up in North Santa Clarita of defense contractor dumping?  What good does it do to make areas in Inyo County Wilderness areas when the water is being ruined for the people who live there? What type of hyposcrisy is that? What type of hypocrisey is it to allow the City of Los Angeles to take Inyo and Mono County water for a city that irrigates golf courses for the rich while the streams and lakes that support fish and wildlife (and people) are polluted and or shrinking due to the water abuses? Making a wilderness area that will be so dry that the first lighting strike might burn it up, is hypocrisy.

Stop making excuses for McKeon and his people – we can’t let it continue and I don’t think it is right to leave our kids and grandkids a country and District in such a mess. I love my family and care about other people and I think it’s wrong for all of us to continue being comfortable about any of it-I’m not happy with the lies and decptions and alot of folks out there are sick and tired of everything that’s going on!

To those of you in leadership Congress now-Where are you  and what are you doing??

You have nice big houses and well fed families and you give yourself raises every 2 years, no matter how bad the economy is doing or how bad of a job you have done–in the private sector,  McKeon would have been fired a long time ago.

You continue to waste alot by doing little-you are spoiled and have not changed our economy for the better!

Politicians like McKeon lie (he promised he would only stay in for three terms when he signed the Contract with America and the Term Limits Pledge–that’s only the beginning of his lies) do not re-elect the same old problem

Hello-REMEMBER!!      What now??

We need solutions-I have an idea and it’s not just my idea I’ve heard other people say this too:

Hey-don’t complain about everything — instead be a part of the solution- just get into the action and Vote for a change – it’s not a word, it’s a begining of a solution!!!!

Hello! I have been busy, busy, busy!  I have been going from Barstow to Victorville and from Palmdale to Santa Clarita!  I’ve been making new friends and learning much about the 25th Congressional District.

In May, I had the privilege to speak at a Mothers Day Event put on by the Santa Clarita Domestic Violence Center.  I spoke about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). (If you need more information about PTSD, you can call me, go to Wikapedia or to a Veterans website.)

How MUCH is the War in IRAQ costing our country? The War in Iraq costs us money and lives! It is taking a huge toll on our economy and our families! We often talk too much about the dollars.  We need to recognize the stress and strains on our families.

Our Troops, are coming back to unpaid bills, foreclosures and repossessions.This is certainly a part of what they face due the shortfalls between civilian life incomes and military pay. The other costs show up as anger, uncontroled outbursts,  flashbacks and physical irritability (all of which often spill over to the familes they return to).

War is painful finacially and physically!  WAR HURTS!

Howard Buck McKeon SUPPORTED President Bush’s WAR in Iraq!  McKeon voted for this disasterous, finacially painful war!  WHY? Because, President Bush claimed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq that terrorists could get and use in the United States of America!     By the way, there many are other Congress members, that voted for this WAR in Iraq! There are some that said NO to the WAR in Iraq, and still say NO today!  This War is longer and longer and costlier and costlier everyday by day by day etc…I know I am  driving it HOME-it’s important!  Hey- We’re still there five plus years later (which is more time than our involvement in all of WW II).  (Just a reminder: Where’s Bin Laden?  We never got him and if we ever had a chance to encircle him and capture him, we are loosing that chance by diverting our military energies and resources into the Iraq invasion and subsequent occupation.   Ofcourse, we are still in Afganistan, we don’t hear as much about it……we haven’t left there-maybe we’ll finish that up soon……

I would like to mention this OIL game, a  big reason we’re there in Iraq, (now hey-an excuse!! ) The WAR in IRAQ it is helping – it’s pushing oil prices up -at this time it’s already $125.00 a barrel, and rising…..due to our currency being worth less than it was just a few years ago.  (this has been in part created by the balance of trade deficit, created from importing oil and buying from countries like Communist China …. It’s from debt being run up because of the WAR in Iraq (and which is being financed by bonds which foreign countries are buying and or borrowing from social security trust funds) overpaying the war machine contractors ($80.00 to do a duffle bag of laundry and often doubling or tripling the salaries of  recently “retired” military personnel to do the work of experienced soldiers, sailors and marines working now for Halliburton, Black Water and others). etc., etc., etc….

We can bring prices down by reducing consumption, increasing storage capacity in the United States (by building more above ground tanks that can store oil bought at lower prices), increasing refinery capacity, dipping into a portion of the strategic reserves, mandate that more domestically produced oil (e.g. North Slope oil in Alaska) be sold to refineries in the USA- here at home first- for domestic production (and not to Japan, as is the case for most of the North Slope oil today) and finally, mandating more fuel efficient vehicles now, not a decade from now.

Those steps can be taken with the stroke of a pen. We can see change now and not decade later (so the oil companies can continue to made windfall profits and contribute portions of that profit to republican campaign coffers). We don’t need to approve more off shore leases. Putting aside the fact the existing leases are not being developed (despite the record profits of the oil companies which can pay for that research and development of new oil fields), the new oil leases that   McKeon, McCain and Bush want to develop, if the green light were given today on their development, would not add anything to our supply for at least a decade (and then only minimally).

Washington needs to  stop spending money on Howard Buck McKeon’s-John McCain’s(Bush111) WAR in IRAQ!!

(HEY- I have to mention this-what about that huge American Embassy in Iraq ? It’s as big or bigger than Vatican City!  That new embassy cost us (our tax dollars at work) $736 million dollars so far!!   WOW-that’s ridiculous !!  It is also coming out that the Embassy,  does not have enough living quarter space in it for the Embassy personnel!  the personnel that don’t want to live in the not-so-secure area outside the green zone or have to travel from the green zone to the Embassy!  Why? Because,  where the embassy people are at risk to IED attacks!!

Let’s CHANGE the way Washington does things!  We need to do the very best for Our Country -the USA!  Let’s vote in someone who cares  about the needs of the in this Country first!

We need HEALTHCARE-NOT WARFARE!  WAR HURTS!   Let’s take care of everyone’s mental, physical and emotional needs instead of an aimless war. With better health care our citizens will be able to work and care for their families, to pay taxes and be able help this country grow.

“ We need HEALTHCARE-NOT WARFARE!  WAR HURTS!  We need universal healthcare so everyone can take care of their families. We need to be healthy so we can work at getting and keeping good paying jobs.”

Listen –  everyone knows that “if  someone is sick, they need healing;  if someone is hungry,  make sure they have food;  if someone is in need of clothes, clothe them;  if someone needs shelter then give them shelter.”  AND “love your neighbor as yourself ” -Question:  If your neighbor is some one who asks you for bread, would you  give him or her a stone?”

What has happened in our society? It seems that some of the  people are too worried about their own immediate needs and not others. They have the money to go to the gas pump, to buy groceries at the local store or drive to another town purchase what they need  for themselves and their children .  They can go to the doctor and get their  prescriptions and medications.  Why? Because they have enough money and they are fortunate to have healthcare! (Well I am happy to mention, there are some who are fortunate to have an income and healthcare.  Even in this group, alot of them have very minimal coverage….But there are over 40 million people without good paying jobs and healthcare! )

Our Country, the USA – is the greatest in the world! Everyone wants to provide and care for their families needs, (I know there are those that don’t and I’m not talking about those people right now-that’s another subject entirely!)Look, we have huge problems and we should help each other find real solutions – (just like we help other nations with their problems) -WE NEED TO START A HOME – here in this Country – the USA!

We need good paying jobs,  lower gas prices,  lower food prices, lower clothing prices and housing prices. We need healthcare for everyone! We need farm incentives to grow crops(not destroy crops so prices are artificially held higher!) We need more green energy and to promote technologies that produce clean fuels, clean water, and clean air!  Let’s work together to find the solutions!!

**Listen, I know that this is a long letter to everyone out there (you the public)! But be patient if you can…and some people will complain about the minor things in life-(like grammer) I’m almost finished…really!

Finally, I am trying to speak to everyone ! This is me and I want you to know why I am asking for you to support me and the others behind me and along the side of me -People who belive in doing what’s important for everone –  not just some!

Thousands of voters want  to be part of the solution!!  There are so many people who want change for the better -to have the very best for our Country-the USA!…..We need to change this group in Washington – and to not repeat the same old mistakes!!!

Let’s Change things:  Do Not Vote for Howard Buck McKeon & John McCain(Bush111)

Let’s be the very best we can be! Not just better or put a band aide on the War or Economy or Energy or Housing – etc…you understand me-ofcourse you Do!!  Let’s ALL work on solutions- there are experts in different fields out there and given the chance will help make the change happen for the very best for OUR Country – the USA!  TOGETHER WE can do this!  – everyone is needed to make it happen!!)

One more time – “TOGETHER WE CAN make it happen!  CLEAN and OPEN Governemt TODAY!!!         Your humble servant!    Jackie Conaway for Congress- 25th District