Elections are about issues and voters have a right to know where each candidate stands on the fundamental issues in clear and simple terms. It is my belief that a majority of voters in Mississippi’s District 2 hold many of the same common sense beliefs that I hold.
To most Americans, the state of the economy is the most important part of their daily lives. Many of our fellow citizens are out of work. Their job losses have, to a great degree, been caused by the economic policies of the administration and congress. The tax and spend mentality of our President and the Democrat-led congress is making it harder to create new private industry jobs. The only way out of this recession is to permanently lower taxes and cut the size of government.
The tax burden on the citizens who pay taxes is abusive. Democrats have used the tax code to reward their supporters and to punish those would oppose their socialistic programs. The American citizens are willing to pay for constitutional items; such as national defense, bridges and highways, but are not willing to pay for “pork projects”.
The preamble of the constitution clearly states the federal government is limited on what tax payer’s money can be spent. I will support holding government to these constitutional limits. I believe the “Fair Tax” plan is the only fair way to fund Constitutional Government.
I do not support bailing out the people and businesses that created the current economic crisis. Rewarding failure is not the American way. I do not believe in the idea that anyone or anything is “too big to fail”. Failure is often the route to innovation and innovation is the road to prosperity. About his many failures while inventing the lightbulb, Edison was quoted as saying, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Edison knew that failure was simply part of the price of success, as did our Founding Fathers who guaranteed all Americans the “pursuit of happiness” not it’s achievement.
Education is the cornerstone of the nation. It is important to educate our children so they can compete in the world markets. Science and math are essential in keeping America great. It should be a requirement every student study The Constitution so they will understand it’s principles and be able to promote good citizenship.
Encouraging competition between school systems by allowing vouchers and charter schools will improve the quality of education. The tax dollars should follow the child regardless of what type of school the parent decides their child should attend.
The first responsibility of the Federal Government as outlined in the Constitution is to provide for the “common defense” of the Nation; a goal which requires a military force that is second to none in technology, advanced weaponry and the infrastructure to support an advanced global fighting force.
I support our troops and will assure they have the best equipment to fight our enemies. Our forces must be able to project our Nation’s power throughout the world at a moments notice. In order for our military to accomplish this mission we need a strong, effective Navy. Soon, we may face a Chinese Navy which is expanding rapidly. We must be focused not only on present threats, but working to prepare for future threats as well. September 11, 2001 was a wake-up call and the United States must never be caught unprepared again.
Drill here, Drill Now!
It is insane that in America, we do not take full advantage of our own domestic energy resources. We have large oil and gas resources within our national boundaries, but, currently we are buying oil and natural gas from countries that have openly vowed to support the destruction of our Nation. We need to stop giving our money to our enemies. I will support all forms of alternate energy sources; however, these resources will take time to develop and be commonplace so in the meantime our current energy needs must be fulfilled by our national oil, natural gas and nuclear sources.
I will not allow our country to be crippled by the so called “Globe Warming Environmental Terrorists”. Like our other enemies, the environmental terrorists are not trying to protect our environment but rather “fundamentally change” our country by using an energy crisis to push their belief in a world government. This does not mean that I’m against recycling or protecting our environment, but it does mean that I’m against reducing America’s standard of living just to “provide a level playing field” between countries. America is the greatest Nation on the face of the planet and our mission should be to lead the world by finding better solutions to everyone’s energy needs.
The United States has the best health care in the world. When was the last time you heard of someone flying to Canada or Mexico to get medical treatment? The Liberals say that health care in America is broken, but when was the last time you heard of anyone dying in the streets because they were refused medical assistance? Every hospital in the U.S. is required to treat anyone who is sick or injured without regard to their ability to pay. Liberals have framed the debate and made it about a presumed broken “health care system”. They argue that their solutions can be paid for by removing waste and fraud from Medicare; to which I say, “remove the waste and fraud from Medicare first” then you’ll have the funds to help provide insurance to those who cannot afford to pay for insurance. It is not necessary to take over 1/6th of our Nation’s economy to solve our health care problems.
A few simple things can be done without huge government bureaucracies and without spending more of money we do not have.
For example, we can guarantee insurance be portable so following a person from job to job. We can make sure insurance companies do not “cherry pick” applicants by covering only those without pre-existing conditions. We should promote Heath Care Saving Plans. We should make medical care costs transparent to the patient. We should re-engage consumers in the process by making doctor and hospital success rates available and accessible so patients can make their own decisions about their treatments. We should allow insurance companies to sell products across State lines to increase the pools of applicants and reduce insurance costs. And finally, tort reform needs to be passed as soon as possible to reduce malpractice insurance costs which have skyrocketed in the past two decades due to attorneys who file “Jackpot Injury” cases or play the game of filing of frivolous injury lawsuits in an effort to force unjustified settlements.
Government involvement in any program only increases the cost. One final question on this topic: Can you name one single government program that has ever come in on-time and under budget? If not, then why would we trust the government to take over our health care?
My immigration policy is very simple. If you come into this country illegally, you must go home. Legal immigration has always been good for America. But, our policy which allows the freeflow of immigration through un-controlled borders is a danger to the national defense of America.
Not only do illegal immigrants come across our borders, but it has already been proven that terrorists have crossed our border with Mexico on more than one occasion. It is only a matter of time until terrorists use our lack of border control to attack us. Southern border states have been fighting hard against the drug kingpins who are flooding their streets with drugs and crime; their fight is made infinitely harder with our open border polices. We do not need more laws against illegal immigration; we simply need to enforce the laws we already have on the books. Homeland Security starts with secure borders.
Respect For Life
What is called abortion is really the killing of unborn children. Since the 1973 Roe vs Wade Supreme Court decision, there have been over 45 million unborn babies killed of which 17 million of these precious lives have been minority children. This is a continuation of the Democratic/Progressive policies of the 1900s, specifically the eugenics movement which believed there were people who were unfit to live. These murderers have directed most of these killings toward minority and poor children.
There is no debate that infants in the womb are people. We need to protect the lives of the unborn.
I believe in the sanctity of marriage. There is no doubt in my mind that the definition of marriage is the bond of holy matrimony between a man and a woman.
The Second Amendment guarantees law abiding citizens’ right to bear arms. This is not up for debate.
The Tenth Amendment states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Our Founding Fathers understood that big government was the enemy of Freedom. They placed limits on the central government and left all other questions to be decided by the individual States. As a United States Congressman, I will never forget what the Founding Fathers intended and I will work to live up to their expectations by protecting and defending The Constitution and all of it’s amendments, including those that guarantee the rights of all States.