We are facing huge long-term problems: a real unemployment rate of 18%, dysfunctional banks that are "too big to fail", a regressive tax structure that's stifling economic growth, prisons that are bursting at the seams, urban schools that are struggling, a health care system that still needs major reform, the lack of a coherent national energy policy that will protect our economy and the environment, and a government that has been encroaching on our civil liberties. For decades we have lived with irresponsible public policies from career politicians in Congress who care more about increasing their party’s power and getting re-elected than they care about solving long-term problems. They haven’t been honest with us, and they have been lousy public servants.

I’m different. I do not want to be a career politician. I am not a Democrat or a Republican. I’m a Problem Solver. I want to force members of Congress to be responsible, and implement sustainable solutions to real problems. Please read the positions I present on this website, and spread the word to friends and family.

Please email me at John@Mertens2010.com, and become a supporter on Twitter at @mertens4senate or Facebook: John's FB

Monday, June 28, 2010

John to Deliver Major Address on the Economy July 1st, 3pm, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford

U.S. Senate Candidate John Mertens will deliver a major address on the economy on Thursday, July 1st at 3pm, followed by an open question and answer session. The event will be held in the Garden Room of the Pond House Cafe, located in Elizabeth Park, 1555 Asylum Ave., West Hartford, CT. This event is free and open to the public.

It will be broadcast on CT-N, Connecticut's State Public Affairs Television and Streaming Network.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hartford Courant "Capital Watch" posts John's response to President Obama's speech


Here's the content:

"I think politically, it was a fair speech," Mertens said via email this morning. "He emphasized the efforts that they are implementing and starting to implement now, and touched on all the issues. But it also exposes the weakness of the initial response, in the first two weeks, to the accident. I was infuriated during the first week by the usual practice of taking a 'best case scenario' view of the situation."

"As an engineer, I know that in order to protect the public good, we must always assume and prepare for the worst case scenario. Also, as an engineer and energy policy teacher, I was very disappointed that his discussion of energy alternatives was extremely vague. He didn't mention electric cars! We will never wean ourselves from oil until we convert to electricity as our transportation energy distribution system. And, unfortunately, I do not have a lot of confidence in Dr. Chu or Mr. Salazar."

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

T.V. Show "John Mertens for U.S. Senate" Running in All 169 Connecticut Towns

Candidate for U.S. Senate Dr. John Mertens announced that his monthly television show is now airing on every public access television station in Connecticut. "John Mertens for U.S. Senate" features thirty minutes of in-depth discussion of a different issue each month, between the candidate and the guests.

The show has been running in most of the state since November 2009, but it wasn't until recently that it began running in East Hartford and Bloomfield. It is the first time that any public access show has run state-wide. "Every station has different technical and sponsorship requirements, and it has been a lot of work and logistics," said Mertens. "I would love to see other candidates spend thirty minutes talking about different issues, instead of campaigning with thirty-second commercials."

The broadcast schedule varies around the state, but in most towns it runs weekly or twice a week, often in prime time slots.

Show titles have included: "U.S. Drug Policy", "Social Security", "Health Care", "Jobs", "Afghanistan", "Energy and the Environment", "John Answers the Debate Questions", "Meet John" and "The Independent Party". Most can be viewed online at YouTube.com.

Monday, June 7, 2010

John Mertens Responds to Warren Mosler's Million Dollar Challenge

John Mertens says that Warren Mosler's million dollars are safe. Mosler has offered one million dollars to any Connecticut U.S. Senate candidate who is on the ballot who can prove Mosler's economic theories are wrong.

"As one of two candidates currently on the ballot in November, I can say with certainty that Mr. Mosler's economics are correct: the U.S. will not run out of dollars or face a solvency crisis like Greece. And Mr. Mosler's jobs plan, while differing significantly from my proposals, would also work. Voters should pay close attention to the ideas of third-party candidates."

Sunday, June 6, 2010

John Mertens Attending 33rd Annual Yeshiva of New Haven Gathering Tonight

U.S. Senate Candidate John Mertens will be introduced at the 33rd Annual Yeshiva of New Haven Gathering tonight, Sunday, June 6th at 7:00pm at the Peabody Museum's Great Dinosaur Hall, 170 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT. All other candidates for Connecticut statewide office have been invited to attend and be introduced.

The Keynote speaker will be Al Konetzni, Jr., Vice Admiral, USN (Ret.), Commander, Pacific Fleet. There will be a special tribute to Jeffrey B. Butler, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Connecticut Light and Power Company, and the presentation of the Community Service Award to Andy and Paige Weinstein, owners of Star Tire.

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