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I will stand firm on these principles:
- Fiscal Responsibility - at all levels of government without debt.
- Free Markets - are productive without government intervention.
- Constitutional Limited Government - as set forth by the original intent of our Founders.
- Equal Opportunity for All - protect the God-given natural rights of the individual, within the rule of law. End cronyism and punitive regulations. Support for true tax reform.
Our national debt has risen hugely in the last several years under incompetent Congressional leadership, reaching now over $19 trillion dollars. What the Establishment leaders in Washington fail to mention is the $100 trillion dollars in unfunded liabilities (see U.S. Debt Clock). This lack of leadership by Republicans and Democrats threatens our nation's stability and long term growth. We must balance the federal budget by reducing spending to restore confidence in the American economy.
Obamacare is an economically disastrous law and an unconstitutional power grab by the federal government. The government should not be permitted to run and regulate 20% of our nation's economy. We must restore the relationship between doctor and patient and the relationship between price and service in medicine. We need to repeal and replace Obamacare with a free-market solution that lowers costs, improves quality, and increases access to care.
The free market, private sector must be allowed to invest in oil, natural gas, wind, solar, and other forms of energy. Ending our reliance on foreign oil and becoming energy independent is vital to the future of America.
We must secure our border. An open border is both a national security and economic threat that we can no longer ignore. Adding millions of workers to the labor market forces wages to fall and jobs to be lost. I support proposals that will secure our border, enforce our current laws, and restore an orderly and fair process. This will allow law-abiding immigrants to get in line to become productive and patriotic American citizens.
CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITED GOVERNMENT
The federal government has grown too large. Our Founders envisioned a nation in which the federal government's powers were explicitly listed and limited to protect our liberty. I fully support the Constitution and enforcing the Tenth Amendment and getting the government out of the way of economic growth.
The federal government is abusing our freedoms. Whether it is the NSA violating our Fourth Amendment rights by collecting phone records, or the IRS violating our First Amendment rights by targeting conservative organizations.
UPHOLD HUMAN LIFE
Human life is sacred, as proclaimed by our founding documents, with the fundamental right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These rights precede the existence of government and come from God. These core constitutional rights have been usurped by the Judicial and Executive Branches and need to be restored to the people and their representatives.
We need term limits for members of Congress. Life-long, tax-payer paid, career politicians, who are owned by the moneyed special interests have corrupted our democratic system. Ideally, the maximum congressional term would be 12 years across both the House and Senate.
The right to keep and bear arms is a fundamental right enshrined in the constitution for a reason - it provides the people with the ultimate guarantee of sovereignty.
NATIONAL SECURITY & FOREIGN POLICY
A strong military is essential to the success of our nation. As Ronald Reagan said, "Peace through strength." I support a full impartial investigation into the cover up of the Benghazi attacks in which our brave American heroes died.
As a former school board trustee, I understand the value of good education. I oppose top-down approaches by the federal government such as Common Core and No Child Left Behind. I support local control of the educational system by parents and educators, who best understand the needs of the community.
I support a full audit of the Federal Reserve system.
WE CAN WIN!