Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wardell and Wisdom to Host Town Hall Meeting in Nixa

I and Jeff Wisdom will be hosting a town hall meeting at the Nixa Community Center on Wednesday the 30th of June 2010 at 7:30PM. This is free - for - all, with only 4 rules:
1. Rude behavior will not be tolerated
2. Questions are limited to 30 seconds
3. No Statements of opinion, if you wanted to opine please put your name on a ballot.
4. No personal attacks

We should be done by 8:45

Thursday, June 10, 2010

State Senator Gary Nodler Endorses Wardell's Jobs Plan

It’s evident that Gary Nodler is following my lead and approves of my plan for real job creation in Southwest Missouri. On Twitter and Facebook, Nodler points out job creation works when Missouri businesses export products to places like Asia. Three months after I announced my trade mission to Asia to increase exports from our district, Nodler confirms the best way to create jobs is not by waiting for tax cuts but real economic development that encourages production.

Nodler attended the groundbreaking ceremony at K&S Wire Products in Neosho, Missouri yesterday. K&S has doubled their employee base after increasing their exports to China. Nodler writes, “I attended the groundbreaking ceremony at K&S wire to accommodate additional work; they have doubled the number of employees. In this economy Gene Schwartz and his folks have found a way to sell products to China. K&S is an employee owned company that is showing America how to do business!”

Regardless of whether I came up with this plan or not in March is not important. Authorship of this plan is irrelevant. The real winners are more Southwest Missourians going to work through the global economy, K&S Wire Products for finding a need and increasing their output, and all the Missouri companies and families who benefit from real economic stimulus.

Expanding trade into Asia puts more Missourians to work. It’s time to start thinking outside of the box, and the Seventh District needs real leadership to ensure more success stories and job creation. My jobs plan to increase exports is critical for job creation as Senator Nodler notes.

For more information about how Michael Wardell plans to increase exports to create jobs for Southwest Missouri, visit

Monday, June 7, 2010

Wardell Joins Freshman 50

Brian Miller, the founder of the Freshmen 50, contacted Missouri Seven Republican Michael Wardell over the weekend for a meeting over the phone. Miller, an Air Force veteran, personally asked congressional candidate and retired Marine Wardell to join the Freshmen 50. The two spoke on the phone on Saturday, and Wardell agreed and noted it was a great honor to be asked by the founder and would be a greater honor to make the list once the final 50 are announced.

The Freshmen 50 is an independent political action committee whose mission is to place 50 new fiscally and legislatively responsible citizens in the House of Representatives during 2010. They have the following platform:


1. Apply the Law Equally: All laws that apply to all citizens also apply to Congress.

2. Limit Terms in Office: Amend the Constitution to limit Congressmen and Senators to no more than 12 years, respectively.

3. Enforce Congressional Ethics

a. Mandatory, yearly tax and expense audits of every member to be made fully available to the general public each Oct 1, until the federal tax code is reformed (see item #5)

b. No member of Congress, or Congressional staff member, can ever be hired as a lobbyist, paid or otherwise, to Congress

c. Unleash the ethics committee: require only 50% of an ethics committee to approve an investigation

4. Read the Bill: Prior to final vote, the bill to be voted upon must be read out loud, by one or more of its sponsors, in its entirety, on the floor of the House. Should amendments be required, they must also be read in the same manner. A member may not vote on the bill unless he or she was present for the entire reading, including applicable amendments.

5. Reform the Federal Tax Code: Repeal the 16th Amendment and replace the current federal tax code with a clear, simple, and fair tax code which includes the following principles:

a. Tax only once

b. Tax at one rate

c. A Constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds majority for any new tax or tax hike

6. Balance the Budget: Amend the Constitution to require a balanced budget, unless sanctioned by a three-fifths majority in each house of Congress.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wardell's Jobs Plan Gains Steam

While other Republican candidates troll for votes today eating fish and passing out stickers, Michael Wardell continues to work towards creating a favorable environment for job expansion in Southwest Missouri. Wardell did not spend time at the annual Sucker Days event in his hometown of Nixa, other than a brief stop to say hello to his neighbors, speak to veterans and friends at the American Legion, and enjoy a few minutes in the sunshine.
It was back to work then as he developed his presentations for Japan and Asia for his upcoming trade mission as well as numerous meetings coming up with chambers of commerce organizations around the Ozarks. Jobs are more important right now than passing out stickers in hopes of votes.
Wardell has already won the interests and the support of multiple companies in the Ozarks that look to increase their bottom line by expanding their markets into Asia or anywhere else in the globe. These businesspersons understand the importance of his trip and what it means to the local economy and they are hoping Wardell will open up relationships so their products hit shelves in Asia.
Wardell and these businesses believe exporting products from the Ozarks to the rest of the world will help families in the Ozarks through job creation. These companies know they cannot wait for tax cuts to expand their businesses. They also realize tax cuts may not be immediately around the corner to create a more favorable economic environment. That is why Wardell’s plan has generated the interest of so many Southwest Missouri business leaders.
It’s also the reason why Southwest Missouri voters have a different choice in this year’s Republican primary. The other candidates are speaking typical platform politics, but Wardell’s plan gives each Southwest Missouri business an opportunity to grow, either directly or indirectly from the benefits that will trickle down if Southwest Missouri grows their exports to Asia and other parts of the world.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Newton Co. Mo GOP reverses it's decision against fellow vet Jeff Wisdom

I guess Jeff and I raised enough attention about Newton Co GOP's decision to bar him from speaking that they have reversed their decision.
I applaud them for their reconsideration and look forward to going to Neosho next week to speak.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Wardell in solidarity with Jeff Wisdom over Newton Co. Mo. GOP's refusal to let him speak.

I am shocked and dismayed in the Newton County, Mo. Republican Committee’s refusal to allow a representative of Jeff Wisdom speak on his behalf while he serves us in the Middle East, while on active duty with the U.S. Navy.
This is a slap in the face of every man and woman who has ever put on the Uniform of an American Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine.
Mr. Nick Myers’, who is the Chair of the Republicans in Newton County, decision to refuse a man who is at this moment in the Middle East serving his country, the ability to share his vision with voters in Newton Co., is, to put it politely, Bovine Scatology, and should not be tolerated by Americans of either party.
As a Marine and a Brother in Arms with Jeff, I stand united with him and will boycott this event until this wrong is corrected.
I also implore my fellow candidates to join Jeff and I in denouncing this horrible decision as well as its boycott.

Michael J. Wardell Sr.
United States Marine Corps (Retired)
Candidate, United States House of Representatives, 7th Congressional District, Missouri

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Jobs are my number one priority, tax cuts are second.

I can already hear the howls of protest about the title from my opponents, but hear me out. Tax cuts are nearly impossible given the current political climate. I'm going to give everyone something to think about. So here is goes:

Everyone who is running on the Republican ticket want's to cut taxes. But lets be real. We are in mid-term elections. If we do win the House back, which is very possible, it is virtually impossible to win the Senate back, but it's a good chance we will make some inroads. The President would Veto everything that is sent his way for the next two years as he slides into the title: Lame Duck President. Then we have to win the White House back to begin to repair the damage this current President has done, and only then be able to cut taxes or implement the Fair Tax, which I support completely.

So we are talking Summer of 2013 before we can even hope for tax relief. Many of the people in Southwest Mo. don't have that much time to waste. People need to pay bills and mortgages. We Need JOBS! Waiting on the Federal Gov. to change to a more favorable environment is unacceptable. We must start doing things different in order to achieve a different result. Exporting products to Asia, South America, Europe and Africa will increase demand which in turn creates more production. "Hey! We need a second shift!" is a problem every business want's. But we also need to step up our game as well. Learn to eat with your left hand is awkward if your a righty like me, but it can be done. My connections to Japan and Asia will open doors for business to begin. It's like dating, you can't go to dinner unless you first start a conversation. There are people in the district that are available to assist in the logistics of getting our products out the door, but its up to us to take the initiative to act first. People in other countries LOVE Made in America products, we just have to show them what we have.