Health Care
Many Americans, like me, wanted health care reform legislation, but we didn’t want the legislation that was signed into law in March. I will vote to defund or repeal the health care bill and replace it with a bill which includes tort reform, the ability for insurance to be sold from state to state, and the recommendation that insurance agencies to reimburse providers based on outcomes, not on procedures.

Reducing the Debt
If a family earns $44,000 annually (the median income in my home town of Ware), how long can they spend $60,000 annually before they run out of room on their credit cards? When they can’t borrow any more, what do they do? They must either declare bankruptcy, or they must buckle down, reduce their spending, and repay the money that they borrowed. Our federal government needs to respond in the same way, because when those bills ultimately come due, our children and grand children are going to have to repay the debt.

The Second Amendment
I will always stand by the right of the individual American citizen to keep and bear arms.

Taxes
April 9 is the day when Americans have collectively worked enough to pay their federal tax bill. That means that just over 26% of your income goes to the federal government. Let’s be frank. That is too heavy a tax load. (To put this in perspective, the average percentage of income spent on a mortgage in America is just a shade over their tax burden at about 28%.) I will always vote to reduce the tax burden of American taxpayers.

The bank bailout (TARP) and the GM and Chrysler “emergency loan”
In a word, no. It is irrelevant that the banks and car companies paid their loans back sooner than expected, or that certain entities were saved. Why should the federal government be allowed to give your money to private enterprises of their choosing? If a company behaves badly, it is up to that company to bear the consequences of their actions. It is not up to you, the taxpayer.

Farmers’ Rights
As your Congressman, I will absolutely protect our farmers’ rights to farm how they see fit, and I will protect our consumers’ rights to buy the food that they choose. The National Animal Identification Act (NAIS) tried to mandate that every farm animal be registered with the federal government. Now it is being touted under the guise of varying “food safety” bills. I think that the people know better what kind of food to buy for their families than do the legislators in Washington, and I will fight to keep it that way.

States’ Rights
The United States Constitution places only seventeen pages worth of power in the hands of the federal government. The rest of it belongs to the states and to the people. As your Congressman, I will work to give the power back to the states, cities, towns, and people, because that’s where it belongs.

Availability
Conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, I will be your representative. I promise to be available to all of my constituents, not just to those who will vote for me in future elections. I promise to hire staff who are capable and well-versed in the Constitution and current bills.

Political Behavior/Good Government
I will not take a pension, because I see no need for the people of the United States to fund my retirement. If the law requires me to take a pension, I will donate it in full to Homes For Our Troops.

I will read every bill which comes before me for a vote. If, after having read it, I can determine that it passes constitutional muster, I will make it available for seven days online in plain English for my constituents to read. If the Congress is unwilling to grant its members the time for this kind of scrutiny by the public, my vote will be no. Would you ever sign something that you hadn’t read?

Parental Rights
Our rights as parents are nearly absolute when it comes to making decisions about our children’s education and social awareness. Our schools should have “opt in” programs rather than “opt out” programs. When children are forced to “opt out” of a program or event, they are often ostracized (bullied) by others. A hidden benefit of “opt in” programs will be a measure of the actual desirability of a program; if a program is desired or needed it will be filled, if not it will not be.
Parents enjoy the right to choose the social morays taught to their children. Parents enjoy the right to teach the religion of their choice to their children. Parents enjoy the right to discipline their child as they see fit, barring abuse.