Today’s issues are more important than ever. They represent how the country will run, and how it’s governed.
A candidate’s position on issues represents his passion for America, his commitment to his constituents, his awareness and values.
I’ve initially chosen some issues important to me and the citizens of our country and I’ll add more as they are presented to me.
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Being a border community, the people of CD 2 are affected every day by the issue of illegal immigration and wide-open borders. Congress has failed in its duty to defend the national sovereignty and security of the people of the United States. This must change. Our states, and in particular border communities are being over-run, and the cost, in the hundreds of millions of dollars annually, is being born by state and local governments.
An Open Border Is a National Security Threat. Whether it is the threat of gang members from infamous groups such as MS-13, or people with terrorist connections, a wide-open border is a serious threat to the citizens of this nation. Add to this the human smuggling, trafficking and drug trafficking that occurs regularly across the unfenced portions and it is a mystery that anyone in Congress would oppose securing the border by any and all means necessary.
- I support the construction of a Border Fence
- I support increased funding for our Border Patrol in order to increase the number of agents, provide them pay increases, and give them the means to get better, and upgraded equipment and technology
- I support the use of any and all methods to STOP the flow of caravans of people entering this country illegally.
There are many reasons why the problem of illegal entry into this country is so rampant, and why little has been done to stop it. To be clear, no one has the right to come to the United States. It is a privilege that should be earned. However, many of our problems regarding illegal immigrants could be easily solved by fixing our guest-worker programs, student visa programs, and citizenship process, and by fixing the loopholes that are being abused by people to gain entry to this country.
- I support the immediate changing of our asylum protocols. Everyone who does not come into this country at a port of entry should be immediately deported. No waiting. No trial. Enter illegally, be deported immediately
- I support the creation of more judges (even if temporarily) to speed up the asylum hearings, where we have over 800,000 cases in backlog
- I support an end to the so-called lottery system for determining the legal immigrants who will be allowed to come into the country
- I support the expansion of the annual number of legal immigrants allowed to come to our country
- I support streamlining the process to make it easier for legal entrants coming to the U.S.
- I strongly support the reform and expansion of the H-2B and H-2A visa programs
- I fully support the mission of ICE as they root out those who are in this country illegally
- I support the enforcement of E-verify. This is already the law, companies and corporations that are willfully in violation of hiring illegal aliens must be held accountable
- I support the passage of a law that would allow for the expedited return of all illegal aliens who are incarcerated for a criminal offense to their country of origin. We should not be footing the bill for non-citizens in our penal system.
A major concern for many people in CD2, and across the country, is the issue of healthcare, and what to do about. To the honest observer, Obamacare has been an abject failure. From its inception, it has done nothing to lower healthcare costs, but rather has created a more expensive, less efficient, and less patient friendly healthcare system. The greatest evidence of these realities are the high-deductible plans that are offered in the Obamacare exchanges, the long waits at hospitals and emergency rooms for services. People have coverage, but at what cost, and at what hit to quality? What else would one expect from a plan that was implement on the basis of lies and ignorance.
As a representative for CD2, I can promise I will fight for common sense legislation that loosens the power of the free-market to address the needs of the consumer of healthcare, by starting the conversation with the healthcare needs of each individual. So, what can we do specifically to fix our current broken system?
- Repeal Obamacare Immediately!
- Encourage competition among insurers in an effort to keep costs low: Obamacare has killed competition, with most state-run exchanges being dominated by one provider alone. There must be a system in place that makes insurers want to offer their plans, and a public that both wants to buy them, and can, otherwise it will not work.
- A strong economy: Creating good paying jobs, and creating an industrious people that can fill them is essential to creating a healthcare system that is beneficial to all members of our society no matter their place in the economic strata. Democrats have argued for expansion of Medicaid as a means to help get more coverage. This is foolish though. It is taxpayer subsidization of healthcare for those who genuinely cannot afford healthcare on their own. Rather than expanding the program we should look on lowering the cost of that healthcare, and getting more people better paying jobs. Those who support Medicaid expansion are not only advocating for more dependency, but also raising taxes for everyone else, because someone has to pay for those in Medicaid. Taxes also slow down the economy, as seen by the stagnation under President Obama.
- Get rid of needless regulations and bureaucracy: The mountains of paperwork to comply with all the new regulations in healthcare means physicians spend even less time with patients. It also has been a contributing factor to private practices refusing to take more clients. The more patients you service, the more paperwork. These regulations are onerous, and they lead to inefficiency in healthcare servicing, the one thing you don’t want inefficiency in.
- Tort Reform. The malpractice insurance that physicians and hospitals are forced to carry, only adds to the cost of healthcare that is passed down to consumers.
- Increase doctors and private practices: One of the greatest problems with Obamacare is the loss of private practices and doctors in general. This has created an even worse healthcare system then before the arrival Obamacare, at even greater expense to the average consumer.
- Strengthen Medicare: Medicare, like Social Security, is something that Americans pay into. This sets it apart from other kinds of federal “entitlement” programs. This program provides a measure of insurance coverage for our elderly population.
However, it nowhere is near capable of providing all the coverage needs of these people; this is why the vast majority of recipients have other coverage options. Obamacare took $716 billion from Medicare to accommodate for their expansion of the Medicaid programs. This was done by reducing Medicare’s payments to doctors and hospitals. What happens when you reduce payments to doctors? Doctors stop being willing to see Medicare patients. And if you can’t actually get a doctor’s appointment, what does it really matter what your insurance plan covers on paper? Under Obamacare, Medicare reimbursement rates are set to fall below those of Medicaid, which means even worse healthcare options for our elderly.
- Block-granting Medicaid payments to states: Medicaid is supposed to help the most unfortunate members of our society with not just access to healthcare, but to quality healthcare. In its current state, sick and injured children can’t get appointments to deal with urgent medical conditions, because Medicaid so severely underpays doctors relative to private insurers, that it’s not accepted by those doctors. What good is having insurance without access? Medicaid’s management should be turned over to the states through a block-grant allotment of funds. Block granting Medicaid to the states would add a new incentive structure to control costs while holding state lawmakers accountable for delivering quality care.
- Encourage people to enroll in Health Savings Accounts (HSA): (HSAs), which allow consumers to set aside money tax-free for health expenses. HSAs empower patients to take charge of their care — and can make visits to direct-payment practices even more affordable. Right now, if you wanted to enroll in a Direct Primary Care practice, the IRS will not allow you too also save money in a HAS. This should be changed immediately.
- Repeal Obamacare so that new, streamlined, catastrophic plans can be offered: Aside from all the hidden taxes that are driving up costs for the consumer of health care, the reason costs continue to go up is because of what is being mandated that insurance companies cover. If health insurance was being used by people to cover what the vast majority of people cannot cover on their own—a major health crisis, like cancer—the prices would drop astronomically!
- Changes to tax policy that discourages over-consumption of healthcare: Our tax system encourages the over-consumption of healthcare. Employer-sponsored insurance benefits are not taxed. So, a worker receives a full dollar’s worth of health benefits for every dollar his employer pays for insurance — compared to less than 85 cents for every dollar his boss spends on wages. As a result, health costs have grown at double the rate of inflation elsewhere in the economy. That’s not sustainable. Direct-payment could check that cost growth, particularly in the primary care realm, by empowering doctors and patients to negotiate mutually agreeable prices, free of interference from insurers or the government.
- Creating a fund to provide catastrophic care for those who can’t afford it: There needs to be something separate to provide for catastrophic care for those who can’t afford to provide coverage for themselves. Though I would prefer not to have this occur at the federal level, and would rather see states do something like this on their own, after their people vote on it, one of the things that could be done is create a pool of funds that can be drawn on when someone in the poorest economic strata is either diagnosed with a catastrophic health need such as cancer, or has a catastrophic event such as a car-wreck that leaves them a quadriplegic for example. It is these people that Obamacare advocates were constantly talking about when speaking of those with pre-existing conditions who could not afford insurance.
Economy: A robust economy is essential to maintain a good standard of living and is a must for achieving solutions and protections for those who are working, retirees, and future generations; it will also help to arrive at sustainable and moral solutions to things like the healthcare needs of the citizenry. Unfortunately, the best ideas for obtaining strong economies involves government relinquishing control mechanisms and allowing more freedom in the economic space. There is a place for government, but when it implements tax and regulation policies that are too onerous, or actively participates in picking winners and loser by subsidizing certain industries, this creates far more problems than the positive effects intended to be produced.
As a federal government representative, though limited in having a direct impact on changing the anti-business attitude of local officials in places like Tucson, there is still things that can be done to help change things there and to help continue the robust growth that many other areas in the District have seen due to the economic policies that have been fostered by the Trump administration.
Dealing with stagnation in both wages for workers and job creation need to continue to be a priority, and will be if I’m elected, as I will make every effort to see increased real wages for the residents of CD2, while also working to bring jobs into the region.
There are several things that we can and must do.
- Continued reduction of regulations for businesses: One of the major reasons the U.S. economy has begun to kick into high gear is the voluminous and onerous regulations that the Trump administration has begun to rollback. This is a blessing for small businesses and consumers alike. The impact of getting rid of needless regulatory burdens cannot be overemphasized in growing the economy. Along with this is the need for Congress to work on things such as the standardization of the retention process for America’s smallest businesses, which would save them combined millions of dollars and countless hours in compliance time.
- I support expanding and making permanent Middle-Class tax cuts: One of the things that President Trump discussed just before the 2016 midterm elections, was his intention of an even more specific and targeted tax break for the American middle class. This is something I will advocate for as well. Tax cuts work, and when done right only help to generate economic growth. Middle America benefitted for sure, but a much bigger tax break for them is not only feasible, but it will also help continued economic growth as Americans will have more money in their pockets to spend.
- I support renegotiated, bilateral trade deals: One of the largest issues of the Trump presidency has been dealing with the global theft of American wealth through globalism. This is at the heart of his tariff policies. Some conservatives have even attacked such policies as detrimental and anti-conservative. They aren’t. They are entirely practical and necessary. We are in an economic war with China that we have heretofore refused to engage in, while American jobs wealth has been redistributed abroad. This has lined the pockets of big multinational corporations and bank conglomerates. President Trump’s move to renegotiate equitable trade deals, in a win-win for each nation, has resulted in an explosion in the American main-street economy, most notably in the manufacturing arena. Median household income has actually risen, real wages are on the rise, the job market is absolutely exploding. Why? Precisely because of these America first policies. We must continue to support the President in any of these efforts to bring the stolen wealth of the U.S. back to its citizens.
CD2 - Economic Plan:
CD2 Economic Plan
Economic security is national security. This has been the mantra of President Trump and it is a position I agree with. If we have a strong economy, then we are in a position to fix so many other things that are important to the people of this nation, and to the people of CD2. This truism has become very poignant for the citizens of CD2, as “solutions” to job growth have either been lacking entirely from local political leaders, or they have hindered or slowed that growth.
A strong economy will do the most to help solve many of the societal ills we face. Things like poverty, high incarceration rates, lack of access to healthcare, and even abortion can be dealt with in large measure just by having a population that is economically secure. There are even economic solutions to dealing with the problem of illegal immigration that respects our nation’s sovereignty. The proposed solutions are efficient, sustainable, moral, and to the general welfare of all. But they require vision, leadership, and a willingness to work with others. I believe Southern Arizona’s best days are in front of us, and that’s why I have stayed here to live and work, and one day, I hope to raise a family here.
A bright future awaits us all.
This is my SAFE action plan to see upwards of 50,000 new, high-paying, high-skilled jobs brought to Southern Arizona in the next 10 years. A brighter, hopeful future for all of us starts today, and it will require all of us to see it accomplished.
Synergy: Federal and local leaders, business developers, chambers of commerce, and educational institutions working together to achieve the goal of a successful and prosperous CD2.
Awareness: What are the key issues facing our region, and what are the things that must be addressed in getting to solutions?
- We do not have enough skilled laborers
- Lost jobs, lost revenue, lost local economy
- Poor public policy at the local level
Forward-thinking: We must have plans in place to be ready to receive money/capital so it can be put to good use. Whether waiting for proper authorization for federal contracts, or for the commission of studies to come through or dealing with political roadblocks, we must find a way to work within the bureaucratic system/systems (while maybe finding ways to get rid of any unnecessary red-tape)
Efficiency: Technological advancement and innovation is key to creating a more streamlined and efficient society as a whole. Plus, it is the key to protecting and enhancing national defense and security. It’s a win all around.
- Efficient use of tax dollars
- Efficient use of technology
- Efficient use of our workforce
- Efficient use of our resources
- Efficient use of our educational institutions
- Efficient use of our weapons/defense systems
CD2 has 15 billion in government contracts coming into the region.
- We are a national security/defense/homeland security hub.
- We have a national, critical asset: Raytheon.
- We have two, nationally critical military bases: Ft. Huachuca, Davis Monthan
These assets are among the largest employers in CD2:
- 1st, Raytheon Missiles System: 14,000 employees; 3rd, Davis Monthan: around 12,000 employees; 4th (1st in Cochise County), Fort Huachuca: around 8,000 employees; 12th, DHS/Border Patrol stations in and around the region: 4,200 employees
Raytheon ($8-$10 billion/year) receives the lion’s share of government contracts to the region.
- Possible infusion of $2 billion dollars more in government contracts
- Utilize existing contracts more efficiently to create more high-paying jobs
- Write educational funding into grants for programs that will turn-out a high-skilled, local, labor-force
- Expand cyber-security mission in contracts
- Each new $1 billion represents 10,000, high paying jobs, many approaching $100,000
- Ancillary businesses will grow from this; the service economy expanded
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base mission (Legitimate National Security Use of tax dollars)
- Expand mission = more DOD money & people here
- Manned drones and the F-35
- Tucson is a perfect fit for the F-35
- The limited window for this. Only so much will be built. Appropriation limits.
Fort Huachuca mission:
- Information/data collection of intelligence
- One-of-a-kind (electronic-test range)
- The Fort is the single, greatest contributor to Sierra Vista’s economy
- Much more to do to fix this than a physical barrier
- Technology is the key
- Advance/develop that technology here!
- More funds appropriated to DHS, for more border agents and better funding
Develop a cybersecurity hub:
- China and Russia are way ahead here
- Our missiles and power grids are at grave risk
- Private sector money
There are 16 federally designated, critical infrastructure sectors:
- DHS money can be received to help in improving security for most of these critical areas
- These have mostly been left untouched/unguarded since 9/11
- Protecting our power grids, healthcare facilities, mining, etc. from attack (cybersecurity)
Other opportunities: Creation of another 48,000 jobs.
Trump declared 27 Federal Opportunity Zones. Many are right here in CD2: Sierra Vista, parts of Tucson, Douglas, Bisbee, Benson
- Creation of 21st Century Smart Infrastructure & Photonics Technology Areas — centered in deserts around Douglas, Bisbee, and Nogales.
- Green Energy Sector – Solar Panels: lower electricity bills, international commerce, economic solution to border/immigration problems
- Utilize Public-Private Partnerships and government contracting
- Generate new border economic activity of around $23 billion!
- Lower electrical costs, and water usage in the region
Optics Valley: Rebuild “incubator ecosystem”.
- Several hundred start-up companies just 25-years ago. Most are gone.
- How can we get that back? Create new jobs, revenue generated?
- These can be suppliers of Raytheon, Fort Huachuca, DM, Extensive Healthcare Network
- A small/entrepreneurial business opportunity that needs aggressive support
Educational Infrastructure: U of A, PCC, Cochise College, GCU Local School Systems
- Federal funds written into grant proposals to create a skilled workforce to fill jobs
- Intentionally connecting students with career opportunities here
- Leverage aerospace/defense/military industry we already have
- Develop skills in our high school programs, or community college programs
- Create K-12 talent pipeline for high-paying, skilled workforce
- Pima Community College — Centers of Excellence and Good Jobs
- PCC Center of Excellence for Applied Technology, a new facility still in development
- Converging of engineering, computer science, automotive technology and the like
- Expand UA STEM programs, Optics program, schools of engineering
An emerging workforce of students and military veterans
The right to keep and bear arms, as codified in our Constitution, is a fundamental right to personal security. This includes not only the right to defend oneself from individuals who would seek to do them harm, but also from the government. It is a natural right and would exist even if we come to a point where its constitutional protections are removed. Of all the rights, it is the one that helps ensure all the rest. As such, it is not to be infringed. I believe this, and will defend it.
The first right that is explicitly laid out in the Declaration is the right to life. This is the most fundamental right. There can be no discussion of any other right without correctly defining this one. Science is very straight forward in determining the issue of life. People can debate when an unborn child is viable outside the womb, they can debate when an already born person in a vegetative state is viable as well. What one cannot do is deny the humanity of either. When a woman becomes pregnant, she knows beyond any shadow of a doubt that if carried to term, she will give birth to a child. She won’t birth a cat! Those who advocate for abortion are advocating for the delegitimization of a human life, as are those who advocate for unchecked euthanasia. I fully support the right to life, and oppose legalized abortion, except in the cases of the life-of-the-mother, as state-sanctioned murder.