Having served as a lieutenant colonel at the Pentagon and in Afghanistan, Washington’s leadership deficit is abundantly clear to me.  Without a change in course, my young son’s generation is destined to inherit a nation with fewer opportunities -- not more.  We owe it to our children to control the national debt; revive and re-shape the American economy; and uphold our national security.  I’m a hard working guy who loves his country and serves it wherever he is needed most.  I will bring a unique and potent skill set to our nation’s challenges.   I want to get to work.

My goals include:

  • Reviving the economy by revolutionizing our energy, health, immigration and education policies
  • Controlling the national deficit and debt
  • Strengthening our national security, even during times of limited resources
  • Improving accountability and fiscal honesty in Washington
  • Ending the political gamesmanship that is crippling the federal government

Our economy is unnecessarily weak.  The federal government teeters on the brink of bankruptcy.  We need to streamline the role of government and expanding the role of community.  That way we can do more with less.  My constructive new policies for energy, immigration, health, and education will not only allow us to overcome our challenges; they will leave us stronger and more resilient than we were before.  I feel a responsibility to share my vision and provide the leadership required to realize it. 

The last best hope of a troubled world...

Thank You !! 

Wednesday, April 04, 2012 10:16:00 AM

To everyone who "checked me out" -- especially the 2,292 friends who voted for me -- I thank you from the bottom of my heart!  

"This is not the end.  This is not even the beginning of the end.  But it is the end of the beginning!" --W. Churchill

Looking ahead:  I will do whatever I can to help Sen. Jacobs ditch Dutch, because he's part of the problem, not the solution.  I've also joined forces with former Senatorial candidates Dan McAndrew and David Jones to form the Independent Conservatives Club.  So far, our only presence is on Facebook.  We'll work on expanding that presence after the November 2012 elections.  I'm also excited about supporting new organizations like the Common Sense Coalition.

2014 may see me running for Congress again ... or even for the Maryland State Senate (District 42) on an agenda of supporting fiscal conservatism; working through immigration reform; protecting the Chesapeake Bay; promoting early childhood development; instituting term limits OR ending gerrymandering; and growing Maryland's horse racing industry.  My path will be clearer after the 2012 elections...

Bottom line:  The best is yet to come! smiley


Meet Larry Smith 

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:31:00 PM


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The Great Debate: See Larry Take 'em On! 

Friday, March 16, 2012 2:51:00 PM

"Free State Patriots" Endorses Smith 

Sunday, March 11, 2012 8:56:00 PM

Free State Patriots, a state-wide non-partisan group in Maryland, has endorsed Larry Smith as its candidate for US Congress in District 02.  This endorsement was made after an inclusive, consensus vetting process based on the group's stated commitment to the principles of liberty and limited government as set forth in the US Constitution.  FSP President Lee Havis summarized their endorsement this way:  "Mr. Smith demonstrates a high level of understanding of the issues. Most importantly for me, is his ability to effectively communicate his views in a clear, intelligent manner. Larry's background of duty, leadership and integrity is evident in his years of service to our country as a military officer, and more recently, as a Congressional staffer.”

** Mr. Smith Movie Party -- March 3rd ** 

Friday, March 02, 2012 1:29:00 PM


Larry Smith for Congress & Strategic Victory Consulting Presented:

A Special Viewing of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
Starring Jean Arthur and James Stewart

"...odds against 'em didn't stop those men -- they were fools that way.  All the good that ever came into this world came from fools with faith like that."

Larry Smith's Top Legislative Priorities 

Wednesday, February 08, 2012 12:24:00 PM

Upon Swear-in, I will Co-Sponsor or Introduce Legislation that Promotes:

1.  Embracing North American Energy:  HR 909 (Roadmap for America's Energy Future); HR 1380 (Natural Gas for Transportation Solutions Act); HR 4402 (National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act); and HR 3548 (North American Energy Access Act)

2.  Improve the Affordable Care Act with tort reform; interstate health insurance exchanges that have no minimum insurance policy mandates for small businesses or religious institutions; high-risk pools for pre-existing conditions; family plans for kids under 27; no IPAB (HR 452); etc.

3.  Reducing America’s Corporate Tax Rate:  HR 609 (American Competitiveness Act)

4.  Right-Sizing GovernmentHR 1782 (Reduce Government Waste and Duplication per GAO Report) and picking from Senator Tom Coburn’s over $9 trillion deficit reduction menu, “Back in Black

5.  ** FIXED!! ** Reining in the Alternative Minimum Tax:  HR 3747 (Increase the AMT Exemption Amount and Index it for Inflation)

6.  Ending Illegal Immigration by mandating E-Verify (HR 800) and allowing illegals with employer sponsors the opportunity to work off $5,000 illegal entry fines and become taxed guest workers

7.  Attracting/Retaining High-Skilled Immigrants:  HR 399 (Stopping Trained in America Ph.D.’s from Leaving the Economy (STAPLE) Act)

8.  Reforming Entitlements by preserving Medicare with the Seniors' Choice Act; block granting state Medicaid supports (HR 2013); and gradually raising Social Security's retirement age to 70 (HR 867) and adjusting its taxable wages cap -- up or down -- as needed for solvency 

9.  Fully Auditing the Federal ReserveHR 459 (Federal Reserve Transparency Act)  ** Successfully Passed the House! **

10.  Ending Hyper-Partisanship by instructing members of Congress, “No budget, no pay!” (HR 3643)

11.  Requiring 60% Bi-Cameral Majorities to Pass Deficit Spending:  House Joint Resolution #2

12.  Establishing Term Limits that no reasonable person can oppose:  House - 20 years; Senate - 30 years.  Such limits would today remove 49 Representatives and 6 Senators.  Senator Mikulski would be serving her last term...

From 12 to 21!

  1. Tax Reform:  reduce our unsustainable borrowing by ending ethanol, oil company & hedge fund subsidies and limiting the mortgage interest deduction to $250K on a primary residence
  2. Veterans:  ensure sufficient administrative capacity at VA; fund "concurrent receipt" for all disabled veterans (HR 303)
  3. Second Amendment:  vigilantly protect the inherent right of responsible adults to defend themselves and their families
  4. Intelligence:  adopt National Security Agency's practice of including tear lines* on all Intelligence Information Reports community-wide
    [* Tear Lines specify allowable verbiage for communicating the essence of a highly classified message at lower classifications]
  5. American Business Liberty:  allow American companies to freely expand within America:  HR 1976 (Jobs Protection Act)
  6. Presidential Appointments:  require Senate to call an up or down vote within 90 days of each Presidential nomination
  7. Giving Kids a Fair Start:  promote pre-kindergarten education (HR 555) to reduce our dropout rate and avoid much higher social costs later on
  8. Mr. Smith's Rule:  Require real (not virtual) filibusters and end filibusters on motions to proceed
  9. Reform NDAA:  Strike the words, "or associated forces that are engaged in hostilities against the United States or its coalition partners" from the National Defense Authorization Act.  Such a phrase is WAY TOO VAGUE, and threatens law-abiding Americans who may contact, even unknowingly, the enemies (real or perceived) of a particular majority in power at the time.

** For information on each bill go to thomas.loc.gov

The Day I Knew I Could not NOT Run ... 

Thursday, December 29, 2011 6:21:00 AM

... I was on Capitol Hill the day the month-long fight over passing a Continuing Resolution (instead of a budget) ended with a debt reduction of $38 billion per year -- what we spend every four days and borrow every nine...  It was shameful.  Then, on May 31, 2011, Dutch voted for a "clean" debt ceiling increase.  That was the day I knew.  Three days later the Baltimore Sun published my letter of dismay.



"Our Greatest National Security Threat" 

Sunday, November 20, 2011 11:39:00 AM

The National Debt Clock


Visit USADebtClock and WeCan'tPayThatTab to learn more!

Announcement Bash, November 7, 2011 

Tuesday, November 08, 2011 12:31:00 AM

Wow!  What a night!


Larry Smith Announces Run for Congress

Larry Smith announced his intention to run next year for U.S. Representative in Maryland's 2nd Congressional District. -The Patch

LTC Larry Smith

A Whole New Game ...

1.  2008 Financial Meltdown's aftermath

2.  77 million retiring Baby Boomers

3.  Spiraling Health Care costs

4.  The end of Cheap Oil

5.  Real competition from Globalization

6.  Islam's struggle over Modernity

7.  Hyper-partisanship in Washington

... A Winning Game Plan

Embrace North American energy, reform health care tort laws, means test Medicare, block grant Medicaid, sell health insurance across state lines, raise the age and wage cap for Social Security, lower the corporate tax rate, permit American companies to expand in America, remove tax loopholes, eliminate the cap on high-skilled immigrants, regulate more sensibly, audit the Federal Reserve, build infrastructure that yields positive returns on investment, add energy saving retrofits to old government buildings, expand pre-school, help small business owners further their employees' education, require 60% majorities to pass deficit spending, establish reasonable term limits, and tell Congress, "No budget no pay."



Why I'm Running ...

... for our Kids and our Grandkids

Leadership Matters

Insufficient leadership is why Washington is so dysfunctional.  Our citizens expect their elected officials to lead on the tough issues. They expect thoughtful choices and tough decisions.  Right now, they’re not getting that.  Americans deserve economic freedom, transparent government, fiscal accountability, and leaders dedicated to protecting the nation’s safety net while keeping its government sustainable.  2012 matters.

Larry's Links


Our spending and future promises ARE our taxes. The IRS code is simply how we pay for those taxes. Deficit spending is not a means of cutting taxes -- it's a means of deferring them ... to our children.  We must right-size our government by voting out representatives who fail to recognize that the money they're spending is real  -- that EVERY bill must be judged by the values it conveys, its tradeoffs, its unintended consequences, and ultimate value added.

The District

Fixing a $1.0 trillion Deficit

* $490 billion: Spending Cuts and Entitlement Reforms (Senator Coburn's "Back in Black" lists over $900 billion worth of legitimate annual cuts)
* $370 billion: Pro-Growth Initiatives -- basic science, infrastructure, health, and education. It would be an annual deficit of less than 2.5% of GDP and about equal to inflation. Payoffs would be used for "new revenues" (below) and debt reduction
* $140 billion: New Revenues -- from new growth (above); removing unproductive tax loopholes, subsidies and shelters; and dozens of small tweaks across the code
Total: $1.0 trillion

District 2 Wins !!

Real Solutions

Dutch's Dumbest 21:

1. Voted FOR a “clean” $2.4 trillion increase in America’s credit limit
2. Voted FOR the President’s Health Care Takeover
3. Voted FOR “Cap and Trade”
4. Voted FOR the Stimulus Bill
5. Voted AGAINST requiring 60% majorities to pass deficit spending
6. Voted AGAINST reversing the President’s moratorium on offshore oil exploration
7. Voted AGAINST instituting basic health care tort reforms and eliminating the IPAB
8. Voted AGAINST sensible regulatory reform
9. Voted FOR preserving baseline budgeting rules
10. Voted AGAINST free trade agreements with three key allies
11.  Voted AGAINST reducing health care costs by eliminating taxes on American made medical devices and private health savings accounts
12. Voted FOR “Cash for Clunkers”
13. Voted FOR providing the federal government broad latitude in detaining American citizens
14. Voted AGAINST school choice in Washington, DC
15. Voted FOR outlawing domestic production of the incandescent light bulb
16. Voted FOR preserving loopholes in Medicaid eligibility rules
17. PROPOSED Senate Bill 509 to condemn viable property so his cronies could develop it. Trying to do the same thing with Fort Howard
18. Voted FOR micro-managing the Intelligence Community’s funding priorities
19. Voted FOR preserving the most fiscally irresponsible component of the “Affordable” Care Act -- the “CLASS ACT”
20. Voted AGAINST the Budget Control Act of 2011
21. Voted AGAINST having the CBO calculate and break down the impacts of major legislation on GDP


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