We Americans are the world's movers and shakers, problem-solvers, innovators and inventors. My philosophy is that we get the federal government out of the way and We the People will solve problems and meet challenges.
2nd Amendment/Red Flag Laws
“Shall not be infringed”. The Founders lived under tyranny and knew the importance of being able to defend oneself against a government that over reached. With all the talk among Democrats about removing weapons from individual citizens, we have to be more vigilant than ever before.
Red flag laws are simply a means to strip citizens of their 2nd Amendment Rights and have little or nothing to do with curbing mass shootings. We know that mass shooters have things in common and these are social concerns that local communities and states can best tackle.
In addition, guns are used many more times to save lives than to take them. We must do a better job of telling the WHOLE story. We know media won’t.
Healthcare is not the purview of the federal government. We saw with the passage of Obamacare that telling lies, manipulating emotion and mandating the purchase of a product does not work. Forced health care insurance is anti-American and another challenge best met by the states. Although I do not agree with how they are structuring their system, Colorado’s state legislature has picked up the baton and is designing a health insurance system that will work for the citizens of Colorado.
I want to see a law passed that allows companies to sell health insurance across state lines, incentivize health savings plans and more of the creative problem solving that brought us Boutique or Concierge medicine.
In Utah, we believe that the Constitution of the United States was divinely inspired. John Dickinson, signer of the Constitution, wrote this, “[Governments] could not give the rights essential to happiness… We claim them from a higher source: from the King of kings, and Lord of all the earth.”
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia put it best, “”It’s a legal document, and it says what it says and doesn’t say what it doesn’t say.” No matter how many ways others want to twist the words in the Constitution, it is designed to protect the rights of the individual, first and foremost.
Members of both houses of Congress need to stand up for constitutional principles, the only way we can be truly free in this country.
The federal government has no authority to tell the states how to educate the children of this country. The people of Utah know best how to educate kids in Utah. The people of Maine know best how to educate kids in Maine. People in Alaska, Texas, Arizona, all of the states know best how to educate the children in their respective states.
Shutting down the federal Department of Education will save taxpayers $68 BILLION and can be done in two years. In year three, half of the money budgeted for the Department of Education can be distributed to the 50 states to plan to create their own departments of education and the other half will be applied to pay down debt.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. The continuing argument of the separation of church and state, seems never ending. Most of what we hear in this discussion is wrong. Government is restricted from establishing a national religion. That does not mean government can restrict citizens from worshipping in the way they choose.
There is nothing more to say.
One of the reasons we are a successful nation is that we respect the rule of law. Those who enforce the law are the keepers of the gate and we need to support them in their important purpose. That’s not to say the federal government should interfere with local law enforcement. Local communities are best suited to handle local issues.
Social Security and Entitlements
Social Security and Medicare are NOT entitlements. Citizens have been forced to pay into the system as were employers. It is our money. The Social Security Trust Fund has been raided to the point that it will not be there much longer. We must reform this system.
We do that by:
- Raising retirement age
- Lowering benefit amount in relation to earnings (we know people are staying in the workforce longer and many are returning after a year or two after retirement)
- As people age, the number of recipients will be reduced because of death
- Younger people will be needed to keep the promises made to older generations but over time, their contributions can be reduced and they can be given more freedom to participate in the system or plan for retirement on their own
Entitlements are intended to be a hand up, not a lifestyle. A work requirement and/or training requirement must be included in the system to allow recipients an opportunity to experience the pride we get only from providing for ourselves.
Ronald Reagan got it right. “We don’t have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven’t taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.”
Socialists keep telling us we need to tax more. Of course, that’s so they can spend more, wanting to give federal government more authority in our lives. We cannot allow that to happen. A balanced budget will free the American people to be who they are, the world’s problem solvers.
Civil Rights, Women’s Rights & LGTBQ issues
All Americans have civil rights that must be honored. Many Americans are frustrated that it seems special interest groups demand that they are giving special protections, meaning that the average American is told what to do, even when they don’t think it’s the right thing to do.
Agriculture and Rural Issues
In some of Utah’s 2nd Congressional District counties, the federal government has literally destroyed economies. In the process of exploring a run for this office, I asked a rural county commissioner what one thing could the federal government do to make his job easier and he said, “Get out of my county”. I agree. The Brian Head fire of 2017 is a great example of how federal agencies do not manage the land it claims to own. Far too often, the federal government kowtows to special interest environmental groups, ultimately causing damage needlessly.
Coming from a military family, my father, brother, daughter, granddaughter and two nephews have served, I have a great respect for those that serve our country. We need a strong military. However, that does not mean that we should allow unfettered military spending. The overall federal budget MUST be cut, we MUST move to a balanced budget but the military budget is the last place to make cuts.
Foreign Policy and Foreign Aid
We must honor our friendships, end nation building and regime change, allowing people around the world to determine their government for themselves, even when it may not be beneficial to the US. A strong defense is effective.
There are some countries that receive foreign aid and they use it wisely. Those countries deserve to receive the help they need. In other countries, money and supplies end up in the possession of a select few and that has to stop by our no longer sending aid to those countries.