Secure the Blessings of Liberty!
Ronald Reagan once said that our problems aren’t easy, but the solutions are simple. And for most of our problems at the federal level, the solution is to limit government so that people can enjoy the blessings of Liberty.
How will I do that? The first test for any new or existing legislation is simple.
Does the legislation restrict people’s liberty without the clear, compelling, Constitutional authority to do so?
To that end, here are a few specific examples of how I would apply that test as your new Senator.
Federal Budget: The Budget process in Washington is completely broken. The process is so convoluted that the citizens have no real idea how their tax dollars are being spent, or even if funding for a specific program is going up or down. Beltway power brokers count on this confusion and fight any changes that would make the process clearer and more honest.
Solution: The Senate must not be allowed to shirk its responsibility to actually create a budget. I will work to end the baseline budgeting standards which rewards waste and bloating. I will use the real numbers so that we can stop the shadowy budget process that allows career politicians and powerful insiders to hide the spending that has driven us more than $17 trillion in debt.
Obamacare: The entire law is a complete disaster on almost every conceivable level. The budget, the economy and the liberty of the citizens of this nation are all at risk every day this law is allowed to stand.
Solution: Repeal Obamacare. Limiting the available options and forcing the purchase of a government-defined health insurance plan is just plain wrong. They claimed Obamacare would fix the problems with the old system by moving healthcare further away from the free market. What they didn’t understand, and still don’t, is that removing the health care system from the free market is what caused the problems in the first place.
If we want to be a healthy nation, America must move our healthcare closer to the free market, and create focused, state-level solutions for the problems of pre-existing conditions, lifetime limits, and providing basic care for the uninsured. The free market is self-correcting and the more we let the free market work, the better off we’ll all be.
Abortion: The law allows the killing of millions of unborn children. I believe that an unborn child is a person who has an unalienable right to life that must be protected. Abortion is an infringement of the natural rights of our unborn.
Self Defense: The Federal Government regularly passes laws that infringe on the 2nd Amendment.
Solution: On the 2nd amendment, what part of “shall not be infringed” is hard to understand? I will fight any legislation that infringes on the 2nd Amendment.