The List

THE ECONOMY

We do not have a Revenue problem, we have a SPENDING problem. It is not the Federal Government’s job to pick winners and losers, act as venture capital for private corporations, or spend for Unconstitutional reasons. We can not now nor will we ever be able to afford a cradle to grave nanny state.

I do NOT support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth — federal jobs cost more than they produce. I do NOT support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation, or any other subsidies or corporate welfare. I do NOT support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation — it doesn’t work in the long term. And, I do NOT support the ever increasing extension of unemployment benefits, which allows people to remove themselves from the workforce and become accustomed to riding the government dole.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

TAX AND SPEND — Wrong, wrong, wrong!!!

The Federal government should be as small as possible to do the things that it is Constitutionally required to do. The problem with sending money to Washington to do anything is that it is NOT cost efficient. For every dollar that the Federal government takes in taxes, less than 50% is returned to the benefit of We the People. And, most of that return comes in the form of programs or “pork” spending, things which the Founders never intended the Federal government to be involved in in the first place!

The remaining dollars stay in Washington to sustain a bloated bureaucracy that exists to gain power and grow ever larger, with budgets that must be completely, even if unnecessarily, spent each year in order to ask for and justify even larger budgets next year.

Sadly, we now find ourselves in a position where we must “starve the beast” by making the deep but necessary cuts in order to save our economy and to regain our freedom and liberty. Taxes and “fees” need to remain at the most local level to allow for the greatest possible oversight and transparency. Federal taxes need to be simple to implement without confusing rules and discretionary oversight, consistent across the board for all taxpayers, and as low as possible.

Higher taxes = poor economy; lower taxes = robust economic growth — history tells us this is true each and every time it is tried.

Forcing the Federal government to live within its Constitutional limits, and within its means with a balanced budget, would do more than anything else proposed so far to correct our current economic situation.

BUDGET

What will I work to change?

Congress would make and pass a truly balanced budget each year, with no items “off budget” just to make it look right. For too many years things have been left off budget in order to continue deficit spending while giving the appearance of doing the right thing. I call that lying to the American people, and it needs to be stopped.

FROM THE NEWS HEADLINES: House Democrats ‘Deem’ Faux $1.1 Trillion Budget ‘as Passed’ 07/02/2010
by Connie Hair, HUMAN EVENTS Congressional correspondent:
Last night, as part of a procedural vote on the emergency war supplemental bill, House Democrats attached a document that “deemed as passed” a non-existent $1.12 trillion budget. The execution of the “deeming” document allows Democrats to start spending money for Fiscal Year 2011 without the pesky constraints of a budget.
THAT’S JUST PLAIN NOT RIGHT!

TAX REFORM

I am in favor of abolishing the IRS, and replacing it with the Fair Tax or other consumption/sales tax. Personally, I think tying taxes to income was a very bad choice. It provides a disincentive for earning, saving, and investing — all things that create a robust economy.

I have looked at a variety of tax options that have been proposed as alternatives to our current IRS Income Tax System, and the Fair Tax appears to me to be the most effective and beneficial replacement for our current IRS Tax Code. As a consumption tax, also called a sales tax, it frees up earning, saving, and investing for everyone. Plus, it does not require the IRS, a Social Security number, and reams of regulations to make sure that the government gets its due taxes. The system to collect sales taxes is already in place and quite functional as it stands, so no new bureaucracy and no new expense is needed to put the Fair Tax in place. In fact, by abolishing the IRS and saving its budgetary outlay, we could actually reduce federal spending!

An added benefit is that the Fair Tax, by its very nature, can not be used as a political weapon by anyone — as the IRS sadly has on various occasions with the current tax code. The Fair Tax does not allow the government to pick winners and losers by creating or removing loopholes in the code. Plus, as a sales tax, the Fair Tax brings in income from those who exist in the “cash” economy, including criminals, because everyone buys things.

That is not to say that I am against the Flat Tax. In fact, an “everyone pays something” Flat Tax is my second choice for tax reform. It is still, however, an income tax, with all the associated disincentives, AND it also would do nothing to bring the cash economy into the revenue picture.

REFORMING CONGRESS

I am in favor of Term Limits.

If I am elected to serve, I would NOT be spending all my time thinking about re-election. In fact, I signed the U.S. Term Limits Amendment Pledge on 12 Sept 2011. In compliance with that Pledge, I will volunteer FOUR-SIX YEARS to serve in Congress, and then I will campaign and work to help replace myself with some other worthy Conservative individual. I love my home, my farm, my business, my church, my town, and my state. But I love America, too, and I know that if we lose the Freedom, Liberty, and Opportunity of this country that we so often take for granted, then I stand to lose all the other things that I love as well. I would go to Washington dedicated to restoring, preserving, and protecting American Values and our Constitutional Republic, and then getting back home where I belong.

TermLimitsPledge2

According to a September 2010 FoxNews Public Opinion Dynamics poll of registered voters, 78 percent of Americans support congressional term limits. There is overwhelming bi-partisan support: 84 percent of Republicans polled favored term limits, and 74 percent of Democrats indicated support as well.

There should be no retirement benefits for elected service, beyond the standard Social Security and Medicare for as long as these programs remain functional. Public service and politics was never intended to be a lifelong profession, or a place to park for a lifetime while acquiring personal wealth. Ending the perks would encourage people to serve for a limited time and then get a private sector job for retirement purposes.

Elected representatives should be strictly prohibited from receiving compensation of any sort or form above and beyond their salary while serving in elected office, except for the customary income from working at their original local employment during breaks and vacations. This would include gifts, trips, stock tips, etc. from anyone for any reason. Currently, Representatives earn $174,000 per year — the taxpayers don’t need to be supporting anyone who can’t live on that salary. Power and money are corrupting influences, and this would help to mitigate the corruption by money. It is much too easy to be self-serving if there is a big fat paycheck attached to it, and it is appalling that many of our representatives become wealthy, some even millionaires, while ostensibly serving the best interests of We the People.

LEGISLATIVE REFORM

Any law, rule, regulation, appropriation, etc., would be justified in accordance with the limitations on the federal government by the Constitution. The creeping expansion of the federal government and the inching away from the Constitution is one of the major problems we face today. Like the proverbial frog in the pot, it has happened so slowly that we are just now noticing that the water is getting a bit too hot to take any longer. I would vociferously object to any enlargement or expansion of the government beyond the bounds of the specific limitations of the Constitution.

HE SAID WHAT?!?
When asked which part of the Constitution authorizes the government to mandate that all Americans buy a private product such as health insurance, Illinois Congressman Phil Hare replied, “I don’t worry about the Constitution on this.”
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!

Each bill should pertain to one and only one issue. Every word of the proposed legislation must be written into the actual bill and not included by reference. The final version of the bill would be IN WRITING AND PUBLISHED before any bill could come to the floor for vote. There would be sufficient time for everyone to READ THE BILL before voting on it. There would be no commingling of health care with student loans, or pork projects tacked onto military budgets. If an issue did not have merit as a stand alone bill with full transparency, it would fail — as it should.

THEY SAID WHAT?!?
Nancy Pelosi said, “But we have to pass the [Health Care] bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Christopher Dodd said, “No one will know until this [Banking Overhaul] is actually in place how it works.”
THEY’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING, RIGHT?

THE SECOND AMENDMENT

The Constitution affirms the right of every law abiding citizen to keep and bear arms. I do not believe the Government has the authority to abridge this right unless the gun owner is found guilty of committing serious criminal acts and is ruled to be a danger to the populace. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.

ITEMS FROM THE NEWS:
Key Ruling on the Right to Bear Arms 06/27/2008
by David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer:
The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled for the first time that the 2nd Amendment explicitly protects Americans’ right to own guns for self-defense — resolving one of the Constitution’s oldest disputes. In a 5-4 decision, the court said that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” is not limited to state militias, as some historians have argued.
Supreme Court rules for 2nd Amendment rights AGAIN 06/28/2010
by Lee Ross, at FoxNews.com:
In its second major ruling on gun rights in three years, the Supreme Court
Monday extended the federally protected right to keep and bear arms to all 50 states.
THE JUSTICES GOT THIS ONE RIGHT — TWICE!

SECURE BORDERS <=> AMNESTY

NO amnesty for illegal aliens.

I agree with the need to close and enforce ALL of the borders of the United States. We do NOT need “comprehensive immigration reform”, we need to vigorously enforce the laws already on the books. I also agree with the proposals to revisit the birthright citizenship issue to close the loophole of anchor babies, and to stop “citizenship tourism”. As a sovereign country, America has the right to establish the numbers of legal immigrants accepted through legitimate processes, and to deport all persons found to have entered this country illegally no matter where they came from or what their motivation to break the law.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that three-out-of-four Likely U.S. Voters (75%) now favor strict government sanctions on those who hire illegal immigrants.
Only 16% oppose such sanctions.
Fifty-nine percent (59%) also support strict sanctions on landlords who rent or sell property to illegals.
Twenty-four percent (24%) are opposed, but 17% more are undecided.
Sixty-one percent (61%) favor shutting down companies that knowingly and repeatedly hire illegal immigrants.
Nearly two-out-of-three voters (65%) believe that if a police officer pulls someone over for a traffic violation, he or she should automatically check to see if that person is in the country legally.
Twenty-six percent (26%) oppose those automatic checks.
The national survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 14-15, 2011 by Rasmussen Reports.

ENERGY/OIL <=> GLOBAL WARMING

Drill, baby, drill. Any questions? I have a working well on my property behind my house, but I don’t own any part of it or get any royalties from it unfortunately.

I am very much in favor of pursuing solar, nuclear, wind, and any new energy technology that might move us forward. But right now, today, our economy was built on oil, natural gas, and coal.

I am not in favor of laws or restrictions, such as Cap-and-Trade, that will damage the very industries that run our economy. And carbon credits are just another way for people to trade paper and manipulate markets.

ABORTION <=> SANCTITY OF LIFE

I am Pro-Life.ProLife

I believe that life begins at fertilization, and that at that very moment a singularly created individual human being exists. The rest of the pregnancy is just incubation. And I believe that every baby is a blessing. Sadly, not all babies are wanted by their Birth Parents, but there are loving families ready and willing to offer both open and closed adoption as the answer. I believe that adoption is always a better answer than taking an innocent life.

And, although abortion is often called “choice” — sometimes the man equally responsible for the pregnancy doesn’t get a “choice”, and has to live with the loss of his child even if he is willing and able to parent that child.

In the very narrow case where the life of the Mother is at stake, and the pregnancy itself is the singular and proximate cause of the risk to the Mother’s life, I can understand inducing labor to deliver the baby early to save the Mother’s life — but even in that case the delivered child should be provided medical support and comfort for as long as s/he remains alive.

I believe in the sanctity of life from conception until natural death.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

It means every US citizen gets treated exactly the same and has the same chance for success or failure regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, etc. Or, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “. . . a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” It does not mean that everyone will achieve equal success or will receive equal outcomes. The success, failure, or outcome of any endeavor is determined by an individual’s determination, skills, hard work, effort, and luck. Life isn’t fair, and everyone is bound to fail at something no matter how hard they try. Still, “fairness” is never an excuse for lack of effort or poor performance, and neither is race, religion, ethnicity, etc.

AFGHANISTAN

As long as there are Soldiers at risk, I will support them in all of their needs. However, without substantial mission and goal changes, I think our effective use of military personnel in Afghanistan has ended. That said, a timetable gives our enemy usable intelligence, and should not exist in the public discourse.

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

1) If we can finally enact term limits for Representatives and Senators, then campaign contributions will become less of an issue. Term limits helps to break the ties to special interests, and reduces power of staff, bureaucracy, and lobbies. Career Politicians give the big money corporations and unions easy targets to pay and sway.

2) Replacing the current tax code and the IRS with the Fair Tax makes it much less possible for Congress to craft loopholes and pick winners and losers. These loopholes and special legislation “favors” are what the big money is paying for right now.

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

Some crimes deserve capital punishment, and I am also in favor of life without the possibility of parole for serious crimes.

EDUCATION

The problem with sending money to Washington to do anything is that it is NOT cost efficient. For every dollar that the Federal government takes in taxes, less than 50% is returned to the benefit of We the People. And, most of that return comes with strings attached, usually things which the Founders never intended the Federal government to be involved in in the first place. The remaining dollars stay in Washington to sustain a bloated bureaucracy that exists to gain power and grow ever larger.

ENERGY

Drill, baby, drill. I am very much in favor of companies pursuing solar, nuclear, wind, and any new energy technology that might move us forward. But right now, today, our economy was built on oil, natural gas, and coal. I am not in favor of laws or restrictions, such as Cap-and-Trade, that will damage the very industries that run our economy. And carbon credits are just another way for people to trade paper and manipulate markets.

ENVIRONMENT

I do not believe the government has the right to regulate any gas that I breathe out as a normal and natural part of my Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness.

GUNS & SECOND AMENDMENT

The Constitution affirms the right of every law abiding citizen to keep and bear arms. I do not believe the Government has the authority to abridge this right except for certain individuals found guilty of committing serious criminal acts and ruled to be a danger to the populace. The Supreme Court ruled for the first time on 06/27/2008 that the 2nd Amendment explicitly protects Americans’ right to own guns for self-defense, resolving this Constitutional dispute. On 06/28/2010 the Supreme Court extended the federally protected right to keep and bear arms to all 50 states. I concur.

HEALTH CARE <=> OBAMACARE

The Constitution does not allow the Federal Government the right to force private citizens to purchase any product — but Doctors and Hospitals shouldn’t be required to give care to adults who have chosen not to purchase health insurance and can’t or won’t pay for the care they need. These are the choices and consequences of personal responsibility. It is time for a Personal Responsibility Renaissance in America! I am tired of all the excuse making and blame game that goes on as people try to dodge the consequences of their own actions and choices.

IMMIGRATION

As a sovereign country, America has the right to establish the numbers of legal immigrants accepted through legitimate processes. The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) needs to be enforced by all law enforcement. We need to close and enforce ALL of the borders of the United States — north, south, east, west, land, air, and sea. and send persons illegally here home when apprehended. I would support Legal Workforce Act (H.R.2885) for verification of employee legal status.

MARRIAGE

I believe that the definition of “Marriage” is the union of one man and one woman, for the creation of a family.

NATIONAL SECURITY

RACE RELATIONS

AN HONEST DISCUSSION ON RACE (posted 25 July 2010)

Let’s start with the basics — DNA. DNA is the code inside us that is the recipe for what other people see when they look at us. It determines our adult height, body shape, skin color, hair color, eye color, etc. Underneath those external differences, we are all human beings with the same 46 chromosomes lined up the same way. On those chromosomes are genes, and every human shares about 90% identical genes. The biology is irrefutable — we are much more alike than we are different!

Biology says a race is just a great big family of related individuals. What we call races are the families of mankind. And just like any family, a race is made up of inlaws and outlaws. If you do any genealogy at all, you will find that the generations hold soldiers and sailors, farmers and shopkeepers, clergy and lawmen, as well as bank robbers and horse thieves. Every family has that occasional crazy uncle, eccentric aunt, problem child, disappointment, criminal, or bully among the vast majority of hard working honest citizens and overachievers.

And our families aren’t purebred, either. We marry each other and raise beautiful children together — children that grow up the pride and joy of both of the families that created them.

So why should our big racial families act like the Montagues and Capulets, or the Hatfields and McCoys? Why should we continue to fight the battles of generations ago when we personally are not guilty or aggrieved? Yes, WHY?

The human heart and the human soul have no race. No one is born a racist, it is an evil that must be taught and learned. And racism has no single direction. It can come from any race and be directed at any other — and it is wrong each and every time. Racism looks at an entire family of people, and blames them equally for the slights and wrongs of a very few.

CALL ME A RACIST 1000 TIMES — BUT IT WON’T MAKE IT TRUE

Right now the accusation of racism is flying in all directions. Think about it: If white folks are so racist, then why is the charge of racism so powerful and revolting to the majority of white people? Do you think that the KKK or the New Black Panthers would care if you called them racists? It does not bother them to be called what they know they truly are. So the accusation of racism only stings those who are NOT racist, and a charge of racism is most often an arrow gone awry that pierces the heart of a kindred spirit!

SOCIAL SECURITY

Give workers a choice between a public system and private plan. People working and paying taxes into the system should have the option of remaining in Social Security or moving to a private plan. Those who choose private would have to deposit part of their Social Security payroll taxes into their private retirement account. These funds would be invested in stocks, bonds and real assets that would fund the workers’ retirement and other benefits covered by Social Security. At death, private account balances would become part of the deceased’s estate instead of becoming government property.

SPENDING AND TAXES

SPENDING

I am a Constitutional small Federal Government and 9th-10th Amendment advocate.

TAXES

We all know, and most of us accept, that it’s going to take some of our money to run the government, and to provide for the things enumerated in the Constitution. The economy, our individual personal wealth, is the lifeblood of our nation. I think tying taxes to income was a very bad choice. It provides a disincentive for earning, saving, and investing — all things that create a robust economy. I have looked at proposed tax alternatives, and the Fair Tax appears to be the most effective and beneficial. The Flat Tax is my second choice for tax reform.

Administrative Priorities

The economy is paramount. We MUST make the hard choices and CUT government spending NOW — there’s no alternative. We must do away with Unconstitutional Federal programs, agencies, and departments. I’ll do what’s necessary to cut spending and fix the economy. I won’t be one of the “good ol’ boys,” or go along to get along. I’ll say what I mean, and mean what I say. I’m not for sale, I’m hard to bully, and I don’t do politically correct. We won’t always agree, but you will know where I stand — for the Constitution and the rule of law.