29 November 2009 ~ 0 Comments

My Core Public Policy Values

This is my response to “G.O.P. Considers ‘Purity’ Resolution for Candidates”.

I am a firm believer in the intent of our Founding Fathers as they originally wrote the Constitution. As a candidate for Congress, I am a pragmatist when it comes to policy making and the role of the federal government. When electing a representative, you should foremost be fully aware of their principles and values. Elected officials should be held to the same high standards of conduct and behavior we hold our military officers too. I hold the following to be some of my core policy values:

1. I support smaller government, smaller national debt, lower deficits and lower taxes. I do not believe stimulus bills fundamentally save or create jobs or boost the economy. I believe all cases of fraud, waste, and abuse should be severely dealt with.

2. I support market-based health care reforms and oppose the option for a government run health care plan. Much of health care reform is non-partisan. These reforms include tort reform, lowering costs, increasing competition by permitting insurance policies to be sold across state lines and allowing groups to form coalitions to achieve lower prices. We should be drafting and voting on 3 to 5 specific bills to reform health care; not one massive overarching bill.

3. I support market-based energy reforms by opposing cap and tax legislation. Consumers and businesses are taking tremendous strides to go green, whether by installing solar panels, recycling, building the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) qualified green infrastructures or by purchasing carbon credits to lower their impact. The market is setting the precedent for responsible business operations. We do not need to tax businesses out of business for the sake of lower carbon emissions, especially when India and China have no restrictions.

4. I support the workers’ right to a secret ballot by opposing card check.

5. I support legal immigration and welcoming legal immigrants as proud new citizens into American society. However, I oppose rewarding illegal entry with amnesty for those who broke our laws. Many of those who aspire to live and to work in the United States are great people with a rich heart, strong family values and an impenetrable work ethic. I welcome them to stand in line, share in the American Dream and pay taxes. We can do this by implementing an effective guest worker program and immigration reform package that includes due process, tamper-proof identification cards and a path to citizenship.

6. I support victory in Iraq and Afghanistan by supporting military-recommended troop surges. Supporting our troops should never be about polls or public relations or the agenda at hand. It must always be what is best for the security interests of the United States and the safety and security of our troops, our true national treasure.

7. I support containment of Iran and North Korea and particularly in effective action to eliminate their nuclear weapons threat.

8. I support the traditional family values. These were at the very core of our Founding Fathers, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

9. I oppose health care rationing, the denial of health care and the government funding of abortion.

10. I fully support the Second Amendment and oppose any further government restrictions upon it.

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