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PROPERTY MANAGER CALLS BUDGET, DEFICIT MAIN ISSUES IN HIS BID FOR U.S. HOUSE SEAT

William Robbins, a local property manager, will run for the 2nd Congressional District seat this year as a Democrat.

Robbins says he "is unknown and has never held public office." He describes himself as a non-practicing attorney who makes his living managing several properties he owns in Utah.Robbins said there's one overriding issue this political year: the budget and deficit spending.

"Our current borrowing habit is nothing less than a declaration of dependence," he says. Congress' spending is a pattern, made up of four parts.

"First, we spend to silence the screaming. We no longer spend money out of a desire to do the right thing, but rather because throwing money at interest groups is the most convenient way to pacify them."

Second, special-interest businesses seek increases in government spending to enhance their own profits.

"Thirdly, we ask what government can do for us. Politicians are obsessed with pleasing their constituents, in order that they might prolong their stays in office."

Fourth, and most important to Robbins, Americans act as if they are in the midst of a series of crises. But, he said, the country has only one crisis - debt. "Debt will rot us."

Congress "isn't choosing between one thing and another, as individuals must, but choosing both and billing our children's nation."

"I'm not a genius. I have no background in politics. I'm not privy to any inside information about what to do. But I expect that there won't be any trick solutions. We won't balance the budget by means of some pie-in-the-sky miracle plan that involves creative accounting, not by cutting taxes on the rich to stimulate the economy. No, we'll balance the budget by cutting programs, many of which are not particularly wasteful and which are desperately needed by those who depend on them, and by raising taxes. Expect your ox to be gored, along with everybody else's."

Robbins, 36, graduated from San Francisco State University and from Golden Gate University Law School. For 10 years, he delivered newspapers for a living while writing computer software programs and playing second base on a semi-pro baseball team that he also co-owned.

"I'm aware of how unlikely my candidacy is. But to continue to do nothing in the face of such appalling fiscal negligence is no longer acceptable to me," Robbins said.