Issues

Immigration [Back]

We must, for the sake of our Republic and our freedoms, secure our borders! We must fund and protect our Border Agents and give them the tools necessary to stop the illegal flow of people and drugs into our country. Sanctuary cities exacerbate our immigration problem.  I support withholding Federal dollars for sanctuary cities who issue orders for their law enforcement to not cooperate with Federal Immigration authorities.  Law enforcement must work together at the Federal, State, and Local levels to ensure the safety and liberty of American citizens.

Gun Control [Back]

2nd Amendment – The 2nd Amendment is clear, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed".  Gun control advocates claim certain firearms are too big, too scary, fire too many bullets, or are weapons of war.  The list goes on and on, but what they want is to ultimately rid our country of firearms like Great Britain or Australia. 

I will protect the 2nd amendment for all Americans. This is one of our most important rights as citizens.  It is what allows us to remain a free people in the face of tyranny.  We, the people have the right to stand up and fight against a tyrannical government who would deny us our God given freedoms of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!  I will not support any legislation that further chips away at Law abiding Citizens' right to keep and bear arms or that denies a citizen their right to due process under the law.

Budget [Back]

The US Government must learn to live within its means!  Our debt is now at 23 Trillion dollars and we have hocked the future of our children, grandchildren, and beyond.  Posterity will not forgive us if we don’t act now to balance our budget, shrink the size of government, pay our debts, and begin spending within our means.  This leaves two choices for Americans, cut spending on wasteful programs such as billions in aid to other countries, or collect more revenue.  I believe we can do both.  We should cut wasteful spending and we should look for new revenue streams through improving our economy, helping small businesses, fighting for better trade agreements, and improving our GDP.

One of the main reasons I support the legalization of marijuana is that it will create a very large revenue stream for our country.  I would like to see all federal tax revenue from the sale of legalized marijuana go straight to reducing the Federal debt.

HealthCare [Back]

I believe that government has no business running healthcare for Americans.  The ACA was a disaster.  There are many options besides a national Single Payor System, or expanding Medicare for all.  These programs will cost trillions, they will bankrupt America, and they will lower the quality of healthcare in this country for all Americans.

We can do better by incentivizing businesses to provide healthcare for their employees and fight to lower the cost of prescription drugs and hospital care through a National Fee Schedule, or cost transparency and competition.  We can also increase federal and state tax deductions for individual insurance premiums.

Further, I will go after all so called "Non'Profit" Hospital Corporations who do not reinvest their revenue back into lowering the cost of care.  Too many of these Non-Profits simply continue to build more clinics, buy up more Doctors offices, and pay their executives extreme salaries and bonuses.  They should, at the very least, reinvest what they are saving in Federal, State, and Local taxes. 

Education  [Back]

Education is much more than schooling. It is the whole range of activities by which families and communities transmit to a younger generation, not just knowledge and skills, but ethical and behavioral norms and traditions. It is the handing over of a cultural identity. That is why American education has, for the last several decades, been the focus of constant controversy, as centralizing forces from outside the family and community have sought to remake education in order to remake America.
  • The National Education Association and the Red for Ed movement both push an agenda which is contrary to Conservative Values. I cannot support either organization when their primary goal is to indoctrinate our children, our teachers, and our schools to a progressive, socialist way of thinking.
  • Purple for Parents is a Grassroots organization seeking to place responsibility back into the hands of Parents. They are dedecated to empowering parents to get involved in their children’s education, to take charge of their rights as taxpayers and to having access to the best schools the state has to offer.
  • I support options for learning, including home-schooling, career and technical education, private or parochial schools, magnet schools, charter schools, online learning, and early-college high schools. Empowering families to access the learning environments that will best help their children to realize their full potential is one of the greatest civil rights challenges of our time. A young person’s ability to succeed in school must be based on his or her God-given talent and motivation, not an address, ZIP code, or economic status. I propose that the bulk of federal money through Title I for low-income children and through IDEA for children with special needs should follow the child to whatever school the family thinks will work best for them.
  • As a former public school teacher for 15 years, I believe in teachers and I believe in Indiana’s Public School System. I believe that the majority of teachers are overworked and underpaid. Teachers spend a full day at school with students, only to go home and work on grading papers, creating lesson plans, making phone calls to parents for several more hours. They deserve, better pay and smaller class sizes.
  • I would like to see the US Department of Education expand the Blue Ribbon Schools Award for schools that continue to show improvement and excellence nationwide. The federal government could expand this by awarding grants to these schools or districts which go directly to the classroom and the classroom teachers. nothing else. The grant could make class sizes smaller and could boost teacher pay.
  • If we begin recognizing achievement more than we punish failure, our schools, our teachers, and our students will rise to excellence.

Government Reform [Back]

Term Limits - Political office was never meant to be a lifelong career.  I am for term limits for Congress and I've signed the pledge TermLimits.com.  We have too many politicians who no longer serve the people they were elected to represent.  They take entirely too much money from PAC’s and corporations, of which have no vested interest in the districts or states they serve.

Campaign Finance Reform – Most older adults remember a time when it seemed plausible that anyone could participate in government and strive to become President of the United States.  Today, one needs millions upon millions of dollars to achieve that goal, and in most cases, the person with the most cash wins.  It’s time to level the playing field.

Marijuana Legalization [Back]

I believe it's time to legalize marijuana nationwide.  There are too many benefits to legaliztion that, by far, outweigh any drawbacks.  By legalizing weed, we will create a large revenue stream for the Federal, State, and Local governments; we will virtually eliminate smuggling across our borders; we will create a much safer product for individuals for either recreational use or medical use; we will lower the cost and eliminate black market/illegal dealing; and we will free our law enforcement services to concentrate other issues.

It's time our Federal Government De-schedule Cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug. By comparison, Alcohol and Tobacco are not Scheduled drugs.

The medical benefits have been researched and continue to prove new medical applications every day.  In Short, medical marijuana has been shown to ease the pain of Cancer patients, decrease nausea and improve appetite after Chemo treatments.  Cannabis helps sufferers of Parkinson's Disease, FND, Dysplasia, PTSD, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, Glaucoma, and many other conditions.  Further, medical marijuana has helped thousands shake the bonds of addiction to Fentanyl, Heroin Crack, and a host of other highly addictive drugs.

I support the MORE ACT of 2019.

Trade [Back]

We need better negotiated trade agreements that put America first. When trade agreements have been carefully negotiated with friendly democracies, they have resulted in millions of new jobs here at home supported by our exports. When those agreements do not adequately protect U.S. interests, U.S. sovereignty, or when they are violated with impunity, they must be rejected.

We cannot allow foreign governments to limit American access to their markets while stealing our designs, patents, brands, know-how, and technology. We cannot allow China to continue its currency manipulation, exclusion of U.S. products from government purchases, and subsidization of Chinese companies to thwart American imports.

President Trump is standing up to China and demanding better trade agreements.  Further, I agree with President Trumps handling of NAFTA and seeking better trade agreements with Mexico and Canada with USMCA.

 

Drug Abuse and the Opioid/Heroin Problem [Back]

The abuse of Heroin and Opiods is tearing our communities apart.  Cracking down on prescriptions for opioids is a start, but the Fentanyl pouring into our country from Mexico and through the US Postal service is creating an epidemic. 

We need to address these issues head on, with better scrutiny of our mail service.  We also need to address the Sinaloa Cartel. We know this cartel and others are pouring millions of pounds of drugs into our country each year, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths from overdoses.

With recent events in Mexico, it’s obvious there is deadly competition among the Cartels for turf along our border.  It’s time to call these organizations what they are, Terrorists. These cartels are killing more Americans than ISIS ever has and it needs to be addressed.

Medical Marijuana has been researched and proven to help addicts ween off of highly addictive drugs such as Heroin and Fentanyl.

 

   

 

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  • Stephen Wade
    commented 2020-03-28 15:22:43 -0400
    You may want to have someone thoroughly proofread all the text on this website. I found many errors. Thanks!
  • Phil Caldwell
    commented 2020-02-15 22:08:14 -0500
    wow if he stays true to course that is exactly what we need .It’s actually kind of exciting to hear what he is proposing. THE Constitution
  • Brook Edwards
    commented 2019-12-20 23:23:55 -0500
    You have thumbs up from me on many of your beliefs and I applaud you for your stand. I hope you realize that we did not get 32 trillion dollars in debt over night it is going to take 20+ years to get it down to zero. Also on the pain medication there are those that cannot live without it such as severe back pain, you have to work with these Hoosiers who actually need it, I am not one of them. The final thing is your ok with weed legalization. You must realize Indiana will be the last State that old it and if you make it a big deal in your campaign you might as well throw in the towel now. You must only say that you would like to look at it for medical purposes for Hoosiers. Then expand from that.
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