Class of 2011 is Counting on Us

Teaching full time while running for Congress in North Carolina's 8th District has it's moments, but it has endless possibilites too. Next week the graduating class of 2011 will begin high school and we have an opportunity, even a responsibilty, to get our Country back on track before they head out into the world.

Our next generation deserves so much more than mine has left them, but with your work here, and in communities like it both on-line and off, we will rise to the challenge.

There is a 'Mindset' list published each year by Beloit College. It is designed to help faculty remember where the students' points of reference lie. It can be entertaining and can also make you groan at how old you are getting. Regardless, it is a great way of looking freshly at each new crop of students.

What we really need, however, is a political mindset list. We need to remember that these kids born in 1993 are coming up in a time where in their short lives we went from having a budget surplus and record home ownership to record deficits and record foreclosures. Income is falling for the first time since WWII. We have a lot of work to do and their short lives remind us how fast we can also turn this all around.

The hard work left to be done can be overwhelming. I could write volumes on the need for independence in education alone, as NCLB expiration is fast approaching. But as for the big picture, and I mean the really big picture, it's obvious what we need to do to move forward. Get our fiscal house in order, bring our brave men and women home to start getting back on track here and abroad, and (I can't say this one enough) - get serious about renewable, alternative energy now - or the next generation can't even begin to hope for the kind of life we've all taken for granted.

Politics-as-usual Washington must get busy, and in a most unusal way - working for the People, for a change. I wish this could all be blamed on the Republicans, but it can't. We've got to put politics aside and start making progress on these important issues rather than just using them as a political football. We far too often let ourselves get sidetracked by what divides us. Let's rise to the occasion this time and make a real lasting change not just for ourselves, but for future Americans.

Join my fight, help me make one less fundraising call tonight after school by visiting my contributions page. I'm honored that so many have. Also, thanks a million times over to those regular foks that already have joined our "inner circle" of recurring monthly donors to sustain us until the election. You can't imagine what that means to us, and I'm so grateful for your investment in tomorrow.

In all your endeavors today and forward, do something for the future. I'm getting ready for a new batch of young students next week, and hopeful.

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Thank you BlueNC!

Also cross posted on KOS if you want to recommend. I'm looking forward to the best future ever now as I head back to work. Thank you!

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

Larry Kissell
Democratic Candidate for Congress
North Carolina's 8th District

Someone Working...For a Change

We're with you, Larry

and thanks for this:

get serious about renewable, alternative energy now - or the next generation can't even begin to hope for the kind of life we've all taken for granted.

We must put aside our fears of rising energy costs and take the steps that need to be taken. If we wait until Solar and Wind energy is cheaper than burning coal, it will be too late.

The people of this state need to understand something—America is (by far) the biggest carbon-emitting nation on the planet. North Carolina is the 4th largest carbon-emitting state in the U.S. Do the math. We're not just jeopardizing ourselves, we're putting the whole world at risk.

We need change. Not slight, incremental change like the utility companies want. We need to rewrite the book on energy, and we need to do it now.