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David Smith

Executive Director: Illinois Family Institute

Hello, friends! I am going to start sharing with you all a bit about my experiences and my positions on state policy. If you want a full view faster, my team will have the website up and running sometime within the next 7 days.

I served 20 years in the military, retiring from the Marine Corps in 2013. I was a Supply Officer for quite an eventful career! As a Supply Officer, I had to solve numerous supply chain and budgeting problems. I also did quite a bit of logistics planning at progressively higher levels throughout my career. I deployed twice to Afghanistan (the attached pic is from our training before one of those deployments) and once to Iraq. I also headed an effort to purchase 70 Swedish vehicles from Norway and to transport them out to California.

The one thing I was never allowed to do was to go over our given budget. Had I done so, I would have been subject to a court-martial for violating the Anti-Deficiency Act! Neither was I allowed to fail to succeed in our mission despite a limited budget. While we had our challenges, we always met our mission, often under budget. So, I find the Illinois government's current fiscal condition to be absolutely reckless! It seems the politicians and bureaucrats have forgotten their position of public trust. I want to bring us back from the fiscal cliff we are currently standing on and return Illinois to a AAA rating. I am open to working with everyone in the legislature to get us there, but I will not compromise a fiscally responsible policy that also lowers our taxes!

I look forward to the next post. Feel free to ask me questions and I will do my best to answer. I will also release a special announcement when the website is ready. Thanks!