My Vision & Mission
What I Believe
DECREASE REGULATIONS TO SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESS
Excessive regulations make it hard for small businesses to survive, and compete. Regulations are often favored by large corporations, who can afford to abide by them, limiting competition from small businesses. Legislation-granting regulatory power to the executive branch needs to be narrowed, and include an expiration and renewal date. It is time for regulatory blank checks issued by congress to end.
DRIVE EDUCATION AT THE LOCAL LEVEL
Education requirements should be determined at a local level, by school boards, where parents can take part in the conversation. While this will continue to change along with the political party of any given administration, I would support the Bill introduced by U.S. Representative Massie to eliminate the Department of Education. It is the parents’ responsibility to oversee the education of their children, not the Government’s.
INSTITUTE THE PRIME ACT TO SUPPORT FARMERS
America’s large-scale food supply is vulnerable to interruption, as we quickly learned in 2020.The PRIME Act would allow small farmers and those raising livestock to sell direct-to-consumer without going through a federally inspected plant. America’s national security and quality of life depend on it. Free and fair trade systems should be maintained, and American exports allowed into new markets. Foreign subsidies put American products at a disadvantage. Regulations need to be eliminated and taxes lowered. Farms should be transferable to the next generation without the added financial burdens.
DECREASE FOREIGN AID
With the U.S. budget routinely topping out at a trillion dollars a year, we cannot afford to continue spending on foreign aid. Funding the UN should continue in order to protect our seat on the UN Security Council and our veto authority. Foreign aid cash should be halted. Foreign aid should be limited to food and technical expertise.
LIMIT SPENDING TO DECREASE TAXES
Income and property taxes are collected by threat of force. This runs contrary to the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). Americans should keep more of their earned compensation. In lieu of income tax being used for roads and bridges, I’d like to see a national sales tax on non-food items implemented for this purpose. Federal spending should be limited to what is required by the constitution. We need a balanced budget. And, by all means, we need to stop borrowing against our children’s future.
BRING OUR TROOPS HOME
The United States had a responsibility to create stability in the countries we destabilized amidst regime change. Enough time has passed to create that stability. After more than two decades in Afghanistan and almost 18 years In Iraq, it is time to bring our troops home. We need to end our contingency operations overseas. The checkbook for the contingency operations budget needs to close.
2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS
The 2nd Amendment allows us the right to bear arms without infringement. It provides for our security, and is what keeps our Government honest. It was not added to the constitution to simply allow us to hunt, but to defend ourselves, our property, our rights, and our country.
Discrimination, in any form, is abhorrent and against the principles that this country was founded on. The Government should have no policy that discriminates against anyone for any reason.
LEGAL IMMIGRATION WITH REASONABLE STANDARDS
America was formed by immigrants. We are the world’s melting pot, and celebrate that. Legally, immigrants should be able to come to the United States, but should not have to meet unreasonable standards to be allowed entrance. By reducing federal programs, the primary incentive to come to the United States would be to work for a better life, and that should be encouraged. For those who are already in the country, I would recommend a reasonable path towards legalization.
ADDRESS VETERAN SUICIDE
Twenty two (22). That is the number of Veterans that commit suicide every day. Twenty two of my brothers and sisters – EVERY DAY. Over 8,000 lives a year. Twenty two Veterans a day since 1999. I believe in small government, but basic obligations still need to be fulfilled. Our Veterans deserve better. We need to invest in veteran support groups, and ensure they get help they need without worrying about activating red flag laws. Funds meant to support vets should not go towards administrative costs or meeting regulatory requirements. Twenty two a day is twenty two too many. What I propose… Tricare (military medical insurance) should be offered to every Soldier leaving active duty. That coverage would include: mental health care (no copay), and coverage for any injury or illness documented in their medical records (reasonable copay). Veterans would be able to choose from any network provider, regardless of whether or not the VA has an approved disability claim. How would this be funded? The Medicare deduction for active-duty Soldiers, along with the contingency operations budget would be reallocated to this fund. Eliminate VA hospitals and use the funds from the sale of those properties. In theory, this would also reduce the number of VA disability claims.
END THE DRUG WAR AND DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA
The drug war has disproportionately filled our prisons with people of color. Fighting the drug war and maintaining prisons, for those who committed victimless crimes, ties up a lot of money. We need to remove the stigma from marijuana. It should be treated no differently than alcohol. Those with possession charges should have their records cleared so they can freely return to society. The growing of cannabis for home use should be allowed.
STRONG NATIONAL DEFENSE
The United States needs a strong defense policy, and it is a responsibility of the Federal Government to provide for it. That said, I prefer Teddy Roosevelt's “speak softly and carry a big stick” approach. We should not be the world's policemen. We need to limit our troops overseas. Countries need to take responsibility for their own defense. Foreign military action should be cleared through congress, except in cases of an immediate threat. Any time we put our military in combat, the expense for that action lasts long after combat has ended. Our obligation to those troops will continue as long as they live. Loyalty deserves loyalty.
MAINTAIN PROPERTY RIGHTS
Your property should be yours, and yours alone. Governmental property control should be severely limited, so long as you are not causing harm to another. I am against civil asset forfeiture and eminent domain, especially when it is used to benefit private companies. I would push for legislation that would restrict eminent domain’s public use clause to specify public infrastructure only.