Issues

The world has become an increasingly dangerous place. Meanwhile, the United States has become weaker under the leadership of President Obama. There are more threats than ever that we will have to deal with in the coming years. ISIS is increasing its strength in the Middle East and gaining allies. Iran is getting closer and closer to becoming a nuclear power while our leadership watches. The recent flawed deal between the Obama Administration and Iran is a clear example of Iran’s intentions to disregard most demands and continue their work toward nuclear weapons. North Korea, who already has nuclear capabilities, remains an unstable menace in Eastern Asia. It has a close ally in China which has continued to strengthen its military and economic power. Russia continues to threaten its neighbors after its takeover of Crimea.

Meanwhile, the Obama Administration has continued to show that we will not support Israel, one of our closest allies. Israel does not share the United States’ benefit of having oceans between it and these threats. We must repair the damage that has been done between us and our ally.

I have seen many of these threats in person having lived in the Middle East for two decades. We need strong leadership in Washington to deal with these threats and to restore the strength of the United States. It is through this strength that we are truly protected.

Inadequate immigration policy and an insecure border have plagued this country for decades. It seems that every election cycle we hear candidates speak about making changes for the better, yet all we have heard out of Washington is amnesty. Amnesty is not the answer to this problem. Many people have been patiently waiting for legal citizenship in the United States, and they should receive priority. We should not reward those who have broken our laws along with those who have strived to keep them.

The debate on immigration policy cannot, and should not, begin until we have secured our borders. We will continue to have problems as long as our borders remain insecure no matter what changes we make to policy now. Additionally, drugs, weapons, and human trafficking continue to thrive along our borders. It is time that we make border security a priority. Then, and only then, can we begin to fix our immigration policy.

Like you, I am sickened to see an $19 trillion national debt run up by an out-of-control national bureaucracy. Congress must shoulder the blame, along with this and past administrations, for the financial despair that we, our children, and grandchildren are now facing. A course change is demanded, and I pledge to fight the reckless spending habits of the past. I reject the notion that pacifying lobbyists and special interests groups determined to spend more of your hard earned money is a legitimate function of Congress.

Balancing the budget and eliminating the national debt will be my top priority as a member of Congress. I pledge to be a thorn in the side of wasteful spenders in Congress and vote against any attempt to borrow more money to accommodate bad spending practices.

The Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is a tax! Americans universally have been calling for the repeal of Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and replacing it with a system that is actually affordable and based on a free market approach that certainly lowers cost and improves care. The next Congress and president must overhaul the ACA or see families and business suffer needlessly with higher premiums and rationed care. This is not how President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi presented this program. Their negligence in adopting this poorly-crafted plan is crippling our nation’s health care system.

As your representative in Congress, I will work to adopt a health care system that is competitive within a free market construct and is portable so that an individual can take their health care plan with them from job to job, location to location, without penalty. Additionally, you will be able to tailor the specifics within your personal plan to fit your needs—no longer paying for services that you and your family don’t need or want. Most of all, you won’t be taxed!

With much of the media as an ally, our current president has misrepresented the economic growth of the United States for the past seven years. The private sector and the middle class struggle to recover from the disastrous policies of the Obama Administration which have essentially created government jobs at the expense of private sector jobs. Jobs created by the federal government are the product of heavy-handed regulation and are regarded as unproductive in that they produce no goods or services desired by consumers. These government jobs are supported by burdening taxes and fees creating a financial drain on the private sector. It is free enterprise that spurs true job growth and economic prosperity, not government.

The only way to get Americans back to work is to get government off the back of the private sector, and I promise to do just that as a member of Congress.

My 91-year-old father is a disabled World War II veteran with nine battle ribbons earned in the Pacific Theatre. I am proud of my dad and every man and woman who has raised his or her hand swearing an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Our service to these vets begins when they leave military service. We should do all we can to bless the lives of veterans and their families. Unless you have been in the service or are a family member of one of these heroes, you cannot begin to understand the pain inflicted both physically and mentally on these brave men and women. We should insist that they are not let down by the Veterans Administration. It is disgraceful the way this administration has treated those who have sacrificed so much in the service of their country. I look forward to defending our military veterans on every front as we insist that they are treated with quality care in an expeditious manner, preserving all benefits and backed up by appropriations that ensure continued care and services.
As an electrical engineer and former Executive Adviser and Consultant to the Saudi Oil Minister, I have seen the good and the bad of energy policy. The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has been a failure since its creation by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. Established to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, the agency has managed to handicap domestic production of oil and gas in the transportation arena. In the electricity sector, a war has developed against nuclear and coal generation which is unnecessary and dangerous to our economy. All of these efforts by the federal government have driven prices to record highs on virtually every source of energy available to Americans.

On the bright side, we have seen renewable energy establish a foothold with traditional energy sources. Wind and solar have been added to the mix of options available for electricity, and over time, their intermittency may be cured by battery technology.
Renewable energy cannot keep up with the growth America will experience in the coming decades. Traditional sources must be developed domestically for the United States to become energy independent, and that will necessitate the federal government allowing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and expansion of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
In Congress, I will support the exploration and development of energy sources on American soil.

I am a Life Member of the NRA and support the second amendment. It is the Founding Fathers way of protecting our other rights under the Constitution.
The United States has the highest abortion rate out of all Western industrialized nations. There are over 3,000 aborted pregnancies every day. That means that in the time that it takes you to read this paragraph, another child’s life will be ended before it even begins. This is unacceptable. What is even more unacceptable is the notion that the government pay for any of these abortions in any way through loopholes or subsidies from Obamacare. That means that, as taxpayers, we are unwittingly paying for the abortion of a child. I will work to protect all human life, especially the lives of those who cannot protect themselves.
I will never, and I mean never, support a tax increase. The federal government does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem, and I aim to cure that problem. I support a simplification of the tax code and would support a fair tax, which is a consumption-based tax, thereby ending the need for individuals and businesses to report income to the IRS.
In order for the United States to be competitive in the world economy in the future, we must have a quality education system that prepares our nation’s children. Education begins in the home, and I believe that parents should have the most control in helping their children succeed. The federal government should not withhold funding for bureaucratic mandates and centralized standards. We need an education system that focuses on choice, competition, and local control. Individual states should set standards on education, not the federal government.

Funding needs to get to the classroom and out of the hands of bureaucrats and administrators. Quality teachers, plentiful supplies, and competition will help our students succeed and prepare for their future. This kind of education system will firmly establish the United States as the world’s economic leader for decades to come.