William K. "Bill" Grogan – Biographical Profile and Positions on the Issues

Previous Candidate for House Of Delegates 68th District, Virginia

Independent
www.billgrogan.comwww.billgrogan.com
2911 Monument AvenueRichmond, VA 23221
804-237-6214
Biographical
General (political statement of goals, objectives, views, philosophies)

NO INCOME TAX!

The bold heading above requires some explanation, and that will be forthcoming, so keep coming back. I assure you I am serious, and I assure you we can have a tax system in which individuals are not taxed on their earned income. This site will be under construction and revision for the duration of the campaign, but I want to start with a straightforward declaration of my views on certain issues and challenges.

I think the two most pressing issues/challenges facing Virginia, Virginians, and all Americans is the trend away from problems being solved at the lowest level of government and the increasing cost of government at all levels. These two issues are so closeley intertwined as to be only one issue. Solving one will solve both.

At present the cost of government is exorbitant. Most of this problem is the result of legislators seeking to control and parcel out enormous sums of money for power and influence and to keep themselves in office. This practice separates the average citizen from the government that is supposed to serve him or her. This practice attracts candidates whose motivation is not the best interest of their constituents, or the district they represent. This practice also dictates that government will just grow larger and more expensive.

There is a solution to this problem. The present tax system should be changed to one of a credit based system. Each tax paid at one level of government would be a direct credit to any tax imposed at the next level of government. This would ensure that problems are dealt with at the lowest possible level of government. It would ensure that each level of government deals only with those matters it was intended to handle. It would keep government small, efficient, and economical.

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Personal (gender, age, marital status, spouse's name and age, children's name and ages, home town, current residence)

William “Bill” Grogan grew up in Bassett, Virginia, a small town in the Piedmont region of Virginia, and at that time the furniture capital of the world.

Education (times and places of schools, colleges, major, degrees, activities, sports)

Bill received an appointment to West Point, whose motto,“Duty, Honor, Country” fit Bill to a T. After suffering a football injury at West Point, Bill took up rugby, which he played for 36 years. Bill left West Point after two years and then obtained a B.A. degree from Lynchburg College, majoring in history. He then came to the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, from which he graduated in 1971.

Profession (professional and work experience outside politics)

Bill worked his way through both Lynchburg College and Law School at various jobs, such as hotel night clerk, home sanitation system sales, furniture factory worker, and police officer. After Law School he began his career as an attorney at the IRS for seven years, a bank tax department manager for one year, and since 1979 has been in the private practice of law.

Military (branch, years of service, active duty experience, highest rank, medals, honors, type and date of discharge)

Veteran of the United States Army: 2 Years Active Duty, 4 Years in Reserves

Civic (past and present organizations, charities involvement)

Virginia Historical Society

Virginia War Museum

Families of the Wounded Fund

West Richmond Little League and Chamberlayne Athletic Association- Coach

Richmond Citizens' Police Academy

Inter-racial Dialogue Forum

Richmond Rugby Football Club

Richmond Elks Club

Citizens Against Handgun Violence

Neighborhood Watch

Focus Forward

West of the Boulevard Association

Museum District Association

Virginia Baseball Congress

Political (dates and titles of previously held political offices)

Independent

I believe the only way for the voters to get the best of the Republicans and the best of the Democrats would be to run as an independent taking the best from each party and none of the negatives.

Religion (current and past religious affiliations, beliefs)

Baptist

Accomplishments (significant accomplishments, awards, achievements)

President and Board of Directors: West Point Society of Richmond

Past President of Federal Bar Association: Richmond Chapter

Richmond Rugby Football Club- Past Presdient, BDir

Professional Memberships:

Richmond- JD American

Richmond Federal Bar Association

Was responsible for bringing a sociopathic career criminal to justice. Acting in capacity of a private attorney developed a case against this career criminal that resulted in seven years State Prison time and 27 months Federal Prison time. Acted on behalf of 42 victims of this criminal.

Reasons & Objectives
Areas to Concentrate On

I am a tax lawyer, and over the years I have learned that the tax system is not fair and is not simple; these are the only two requirements for a tax system to be legitimate. Under our present system people who make minimum wage and therefore do not make enough to survive, are still hit with some income tax both at the state and federal levels. This is unacceptable; it is immoral. After much thought, I came up with a plan that I think would make the tax system fair and simple and would shift the burden from those who are less able to carry the burden to those who are both able to carry the burden and receive sufficient benefits from our tax system that they should carry the burden. I would remove the tax on earned income, that is wage, salary, and self-employment income. Money is like water; as long as it is flowing, it is healthy and everybody benefits from it. When money is backed up and its flow is impeded, it becomes stagnant and is no longer of benefit to anyone. As long as money is flowing within our economic system, then everyone benefits from the flow. However the government tries to impede the flow of money by taking a significant portion of earnings from the source upon receipt of the funds. This prevents a person from getting the full benefit of his labors, impedes the flow of funds, and does not have the full benefit to society that it should have. When no tax is imposed upon this type of income, people can do with the extra funds as they may please. Human nature says that spending will increase. Therefore sales tax will increase. Studies show that a dollar spent in an area turns over five to seven times, so a major part of any revenue loss will be made up through increased sales taxes. In addition there will be a major savings from the reduction in the size of the agency administering the tax laws. Eighty-five percent of people would not have to file taxes; those are the people who file taxes now only because they had income from which funds were withhe [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: William K. "Bill" Grogan (11/02/2007)

Why I Am Running for Public Office

WHY AM I RUNNING? Frankly, I became angered, frustrated, and embarrassed at the amount of money being spent to obtain an office. There is a direct correlation between the increased spending in campaigns and the increased cost of government. In my opinion, spending $150,000 to be elected to a job that pays $18,000 per year simply does not reflect economic common sense. If a candidate cannot show economic common sense when seeking office, why should we expect change once in office? The present system of spending small fortunes in campaigns is nothing more than the selling of offices to the highest bidder.

This expensive system goes against the basic principles of democracy and representative government; it puts government out of reach of ordinary citizens, whom it is supposed to serve. This system easily falls prey to corruption, as was seen in the recent Abramoff scandal in Congress. I believe strongly that citizens should take a stand and attack this flawed system; when I saw no one else leading the charge, I felt compelled to do so.

Source: www.billgrogan.com/lettersfrombill.html (10/25/2009)

Goals If Elected

I sign off on all my policies. My primary issue is tax reform. The tax system has become the tail that wags the dog at every level of government. The only two requirements of a tax system are that it be fair and it be simple; neither our federal nor state system meets either of those requirements. I would like an opportunity to enact a fair and simple tax system for the Commonwealth of Virginia, one which other states will see as a better system and enact it themselves. Ultimately my goal would be to bring pressure to bear on Congress to enact a truly fair and simple tax system. I would also like to see a form of modified term limits, if elected officials do not exercise voluntary restraint by limiting their terms themselves. I believe in a frugal government, and one of the best ways to have a frugal government is to elect people who show economic common sense in seeking office by exercising voluntary restraint in spending - so that our election process does not turn into a sale of offices to the highest bidder. I would also like to see enacted a law or a policy which requires elected officials to have the issue of their pay raises put to a vote by their constituents, even if the vote is only advisory, before elected officials can vote themselves a pay raise. And there are more; I've got the issues, if you've got the time.

Source: www.billgrogan.com/q_and_a.html (10/25/2009)

Achievements If Elected

WHAT DO I HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH? I hope to prove that a person can still be elected without selling out and spending enormous amounts, but by running a frugal campaign based upon basic principles and common sense. It may be too late. We may have already passed the point of no return. It may be that all future elections will be decided by the amount of money spent, with the office holder being beholden to special interests. I hope not.

Source: www.billgrogan.com/lettersfrombill.html (10/25/2009)

Government
Virginia State Government and Agencies, a General Statement

I would also like to see a form of modified term limits, if elected officials do not exercise voluntary restraint by limiting their terms themselves. I believe in a frugal government, and one of the best ways to have a frugal government is to elect people who show economic common sense in seeking office by exercising voluntary restraint in spending - so that our election process does not turn into a sale of offices to the highest bidder. I would also like to see enacted a law or a policy which requires elected officials to have the issue of their pay raises put to a vote by their constituents, even if the vote is only advisory, before elected officials can vote themselves a pay raise. And there are more; I've got the issues, if you've got the time.

Source: www.billgrogan.com/q_and_a.html (10/25/2009)

Changing Governor's Term In Office

I would also like to see a form of modified term limits, if elected officials do not exercise voluntary restraint by limiting their terms themselves.

Source: www.billgrogan.com/q_and_a.html (10/25/2009)

Virginia Voting and Election Reform

First of all, I think the term for Delegates should be extended to three years, and I think the limit should be three terms. A three year term would save money, because there would not have to be the elections every two years. This would stagger the terms so that one third of the legislature would be elected each year. It would give legislators time to concentrate on their work and free them from having to begin campaigning for the next election the day after they are elected. I would also like to see the Virginia Income Tax form contain a section that would allow a taxpayer to allow within certain areas where they would like their tax money to go. This could be advisory at first, to let the legislators know how taxpayers feel about certain issues. This innovation is still under consideration, and when I have perfected it, I will present it for public review.

Source: William K. "Bill" Grogan (11/02/2007)

Virginia Campaign Spending Limits

I believe in a frugal government, and one of the best ways to have a frugal government is to elect people who show economic common sense in seeking office by exercising voluntary restraint in spending - so that our election process does not turn into a sale of offices to the highest bidder.

Source: www.billgrogan.com/q_and_a.html (10/25/2009)

Transportation
Abusive Driver Fees

More than 174,000 people have voiced their opposition to the law by signing an online petition. There has been an avalanche of letters to the editor opposing the law. It is the topic of conversation wherever you go. It has been called excessive, confusing, unfair, outrageous, unjust, and ill-advised -- and those are just the comments that can be printed.

I agree with all those descriptions. The law also definitely is unconstitutional. It violates the principle of equal treatment under the law by establishing one punishment for one class of persons and a different punishment for another class of persons who commit the very same offense.

How did such a law come about? Simply because of the mindset against taxes of any kind, by certain legislators. But those legislators' explanations treat voters as unintelligent. Legislators try to dupe us by saying the purpose was not to raise revenue, but they earmarked the fines for a different program than usually. It just so happens that the fines go to the program they have been crying about for the past five years.

Voters are intelligent enough to know if there is an immediate need for funds in a crucial area, such as our road system, there must be a reasonable way to raise the funds. Larry Sabato said, "The blinders were on for the obvious solution: the user fee known as the gas tax." Legislators missed a golden opportunity to pass a reasonable law because they did not want to upset voters. Instead, they passed an unfair law that has upset nearly everyone.

A raise in the gasoline tax was the best solution for many reasons:

Users of the roads pay for it;

The burden on drivers is reasonable -- each 1-cent per gallon increase would cost the average driver $8.00 per year;

Each 1-cent increase would raise $50 million. The abuser-fee law raises $65 million;

Most important: Out-of-state drivers would share the cost.

I oppose the abuser-fee law and will work to repeal it.

Source: www.billgrogan.com/abuserfees.html (10/25/2009)

Traffic & Transportation, a General Statement

More than 174,000 people have voiced their opposition to the abusive driver law by signing an online petition. It has been called excessive, confusing, unfair, outrageous, unjust, and ill-advised -- and those are just the comments that can be printed.

I agree with all those descriptions. The law also definitely is unconstitutional. It violates the principle of equal treatment under the law by establishing one punishment for one class of persons and a different punishment for another class of persons who commit the very same offense.

How did such a law come about? Simply because of the mindset against taxes of any kind, by certain legislators. But those legislators' explanations treat voters as unintelligent. Legislators try to dupe us by saying the purpose was not to raise revenue, but they earmarked the fines for a different program than usually. It just so happens that the fines go to the program they have been crying about for the past five years.

Voters are intelligent enough to know if there is an immediate need for funds in a crucial area, such as our road system, there must be a reasonable way to raise the funds. Larry Sabato said, "The blinders were on for the obvious solution: the user fee known as the gas tax." Legislators missed a golden opportunity to pass a reasonable law because they did not want to upset voters. Instead, they passed an unfair law that has upset nearly everyone.

A raise in the gasoline tax was the best solution for many reasons:

Users of the roads pay for it;

The burden on drivers is reasonable -- each 1-cent per gallon increase would cost the average driver $8.00 per year;

Each 1-cent increase would raise $50 million. The abuser-fee law raises $65 million;

Most important: Out-of-state drivers would share the cost.

I oppose the abuser-fee law and will work to repeal it.

Source: www.billgrogan.com/abuserfees.html (10/25/2009)

Veterans
Veterans, a General Statement

I am the only veteran running in this race. I am very familiar with veterans' issues. I am one of many who assisted in forming the non-profit Families of the Wounded Fund. We found out that returning injured soldiers were being treated at Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, but their families could not afford to visit them there because of the cost of taking time off from a job, or simply just the cost of staying in this area for a significant amount of time. Under the leadership of such respected men as E. Bruce Heilman, Paul Galanti, and other veterans and concerned citizens, an organization was formed to collect and provide money for the families of wounded service personnel while they are being treated at McGuire. Families are given from one thousand to five thousand dollars to cover the cost of meals, lodging, and transportation so that they can visit with their wounded veterans while they recuperate. A major veteran issue is the lack of treatment for soldiers returning from Iraq suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). McGuire simply cannot handle all of the returnees. There is a movement to have the state of Virginia allow those affected veterans who are Virginians to be treated outside the federal system to be treated by the state mental health and medical systems. I support this.

Source: William K. "Bill" Grogan (11/02/2007)

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