I’m Tim Bjorkman and I’m running for Congress. My wife, Kay and I believe in South Dakota.
We have deep roots here. Our two grandchildren represent our family’s 7th South Dakota generation. We know what it’s like to run a business, to serve in the community and invest in those around us. And, having watched three of our sons go off to war, we know the gravity of a vote to send soldiers into harm’s way, and how that decision affects them and their families long after they return.
A year or two ago, running for Congress was not on our radar.
But today in America we face a dramatic economic gulf between those with exorbitant wealth and those who work a full-time job yet must depend on welfare just to survive. There is something seriously wrong when, in the wealthiest nation in history, one in three of our children grow up poor, and when a single family owns more wealth than the bottom 130 million Americans.
In the midst of this economic divide, our national debt has ballooned; and millions of Americans suffer from a lack of timely healthcare, with devastating consequences, that include threatening the American Dream for our most vulnerable children. Our prisons have turned into mental hospitals, and you and I pay for all this with higher taxes and medical bills.
Too many elected officials from BOTH political parties are beholden to special interests instead of our interests. I am especially troubled by the proposed budget and healthcare cuts, which amount to a War on the Heartland. We need to send a strong advocate to Washington. It’s time for fresh leadership in BOTH parties. Issues such as healthcare should not be about political maneuvering; and they’re not about left or right; they are about our moral center, about who we are as Americans, and how we care for one another. We need to return to traditional Democratic values that honor hard work and allow us to live good, productive lives. Government’s role should be to lend people a hand-up rather than a handout, and we should again encourage a strong work ethic and the virtues necessary to develop it: like personal responsibility, diligence, and perseverance.
Our time on earth is brief, but how we live here will determine the kind of America and South Dakota we leave for our children and grandchildren. That’s why I am running for Congress. Thanks for listening. God Bless you and God Bless America.