Tax Reform: Our Tax Code is 80,000+ pages and growing… it’s too big, way too complicated and is designed for career politicians to hand out favors so they can stay in power. It’s counterproductive… it hurts job growth, small businesses & working Americans. It only benefits the largest of organizations with political influence, and illegal immigrants and drug dealers who pay no federal income taxes. For years, I have actively supported the FairTax (a national sales tax which eliminates all income taxes, payroll taxes, capital gains taxes, corporate taxes and estate taxes). The Fair Tax eliminates the IRS; takes power out of Washington D.C. and allows everyone to keep their whole paycheck. With the Fair Tax, America will become the best place in the world to start and grow a business… which means more jobs and higher wages. The FairTax will result in tremendous wealth creation and immediately make us competitive with China, India and other nations and bring our manufacturing sector back to life.
Special Interest Groups: I am against special favors for select groups i.e., Bail-outs, Corporate Welfare, Crony Capitalism and Earmarks. I am for equal rights and liberty for all. That is why I believe we need an ethical change in Washington, before we can expect positive change for most Americans. I am also in favor of term limits for congress to help end the motivation of congressman to hand out favors to special interest groups.
Energy Independence: We need to drive down the price of gas (almost $4.00 a gallon) and energy, and the burden it places on the average American family. America’s combined energy resources are, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service (CSR), the largest on earth. We eclipse Saudi Arabia (3rd), China (4th) and Canada (6th) combined – and that’s without including America’s shale oil deposits and, in the future, the potentially astronomic impact of methane hydrates. We currently import approximately 50% of our energy resources from foreign countries costing hundreds of billions of dollars annually… in other words; we unnecessarily export American jobs and wealth.
It is outrageous that we will not take advantage of all of our natural gas and oil resources and equally outrageous that we would rather import dirty oil from our enemies and make them wealthy instead of using the much cleaner natural gas resources we have here at home! I’m in favor of using all of our own natural resources. We should also continue to pursue nuclear energy, solar wind and other alternative energy and implement when it makes sense.
Education Reform: The Department of Education has failed miserably and is a complete waste of resources that could be used to better educate our children and prepare them to start their own businesses and compete successfully in the 21st century global marketplace. I believe in charter schools and school choice. I also believe that we need to teach our children the values and limited government principles of our Founders, teach them economic truth and why free enterprise and a limited federal government resulted in America becoming so prosperous. Finally, all of our children should learn a specific craft, trade or profession when they leave high school or college so they are not stuck with a General Studies degree and $50,000 dollars of debt with no job when they graduate. Our high schools and colleges are not setting our youth up for success and opportunity which is easily fixed with the right leadership.
National Defense & Our Veterans: Like President Ronald Reagan, I believe in peace through strength and funding a strong military. I will support military action to make sure that Iran does not acquire a nuclear bomb and take the threat of the radical Islamic Jihadists seriously and know they must be defeated!
I also believe that we must do a much better job of providing for and taking care of our veterans, including making sure they are employed when they return home after serving us so heroically!