Issues

The world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place. The United States has become weaker during the past administration. 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. 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, which 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.

The Obama Administration has undermined our support of Israel, one of our closest allies. Israel does not share the United States’ benefit of having oceans between it and these threats. Our new administration is repairing the damage that has been done between us and our middle eastern allies.

Having lived in the Middle East for two decades I have seen many of these threats in person. 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. I intend to support a strong US leadership worldwide.

An inadequate immigration policy and an insecure border have plagued our country for decades. It seems that every election cycle we hear candidates speak about making changes for the better. Now that we have a President who is taking border security seriously. I intend to support him.

Amnesty is not the answer. 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. We should not equate illegals with those who have strived to keep our laws.

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 and porous no matter what changes we make to policy now.

Additionally, drugs, weapons, and human trafficking continue to thrive along our Southern 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 a $20 trillion national debt run up by an out-of-control national bureaucracy. Congress must shoulder the blame and along with them, past administrations, for the financial despair that we, our children, and our grandchildren now face. 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 is a legitimate function of Congress. These lobbyists and members of Congress are determined to spend more of your hard-earned money. But what have they done to balance the budget.

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. A system that is based on  and based on a free market approach that certainly lowers cost and improves care. This Congress and president must overhaul the ACA (Repeal & Replace) or see families and businesses 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. Premiums are sky-rocketing and companies are abandoning the ACA.

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, across state lines, without penalty.

Additionally, you will be able to tailor 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 allied of our past president, the past administration has misrepresented the economic growth of the United States for the past several 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. Throughout the Obama Administration, small businesses created the largest number of jobs but who did Obama hand our money to? Solyndra and other failures. Who did not get funding? Small businesses.

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 late 91-year-old father, like many Americans in his generation, was a disabled World War II veteran with nine battle stars and multiple 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 veterans 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. For the last six years of my father’s life he lived with me and I understand the difficulties within the VA. We should insist that our veterans are not let down by the Veterans Administration. It is disgraceful the way the Obama administration has treated those who 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. While the left tries to assassinate the character of those who belong to the NRA, no NRA member has ever been associated with participating in home grown violence. Not one!

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 these abortions in any way through loopholes or subsidies, especially 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.

Tax reform is needed now more than ever. Everyone is a stakeholder, whether we directly pay an income tax, or we in-directly pay tax through higher prices for goods and services. Less taxes trickle down to everyone.

We need to reduce the tax burden for all Americans and American businesses. We can do this by reducing tax rates, eliminating duplicate or overreaching taxes and any other tax not specifically voted on by Congress.

I will never, and I mean never, support a tax rate increase or the creation of a new tax.

The federal government does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem, and I aim to cure that problem.

What would tax reform look like? One way would be increasing the standard deduction as wells as a simplification of the tax code.

Some ways tax reform may look like would be increasing the standard deduction as wells as a simplification of the tax code.

I 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 as well as reducing the overall size and cost burden of the IRS to the American people.

I also support the elimination of the “Death Tax”, which will preserve our family based businesses for future generations.

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.