The fact that we accept and allow by law the killing of the most innocent in our society makes us uncivilized. We can do better than this. Many politicians pay lip service to pro-life advocacy, but very few have actually fought to pass legislation to end abortion. I pledge to do everything in my power to stifle and end this murderous practice in Texas. I am dedicated to the restoration of the right to life for every innocent person, born and unborn.
Rest assured, I walk my talk. During the 2nd Special Session I spent time in Austin supporting the abortion bill. I was proud to join with many hundreds of other Pro-Life Texas activists in that effort.
At the time of its signing, the framers of the United States Constitution had fought a war for their liberties against an oppressive government just five years earlier. This war was not fought with sticks and stones, but with rifles and cannons. The founders knew that an armed people stood a better chance of remaining a free people. Those brave souls who fought against Santa Anna and claimed Texas’ independence knew this as well. The purpose of the 2nd amendment was not to enable the people to hunt or defend themselves from common criminals, although these are benefits of the 2nd amendment, but rather to enable the people to protect themselves from their own government if it ever became oppressive.
The problem with gun laws is that they only restrict law abiding citizens. The notion that stricter gun legislation would reduce violent crime is ludicrous. A criminal is not restrained by law until they are caught. So if a criminal is willing to break the law to commit a robbery or murder, then they would have no problem breaking the law in order to obtain the gun to do it with. Therefore, I am opposed to ALL gun legislation that gets in the way of a law abiding citizen owning a gun.
Property Rights & Taxes
When hard working people are not allowed to keep what they have worked hard to earn, they will soon become an unproductive people, especially when they see so many around them getting something for nothing. I oppose any tax that targets a specific group or taxes productivity.
Individual property ownership does not exist in the State of Texas. When property owners have paid off their mortgage, they are still required to pay a tax to the state each year in order to keep their property. This is not freedom!
I support a broad based sales tax. A consumption tax is the best way to be sure that the tax burden is spread out evenly. The wealthy would automatically pay more in taxes because they consume more. The poor would automatically pay less because they consume less. Let’s stop taxing what is earned and start taxing what is consumed. Let’s end property taxes and eminent domain abuse. Let’s restore property rights in Texas.
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The 10th amendment gives the states the final say in matters not addressed in Article 1 of the US Constitution. Whenever you see an overlap between federal policy and state policy on a given issue, one or the other entity is usurping power. For example, the State of Texas establishes health care policy. Likewise, the federal government seeks to establish health care policy through Obamacare. There is no mention of health care policy being delegated to the federal government, therefore the federal government is usurping State power through Obamacare. I support the sovereignty of Texas and I will push for non-compliance when it comes to unconstitutional federal acts and mandates. This includes regulations from the EPA and the Department of Education.
It is not the role of government to “create jobs”. The proper role of the government is to protect and promote the free market so that the private sector can flourish. I support less government regulation and I will work to decrease regulation on small businesses. I will also fight any legislation which targets green house gases. Man made global warming is a myth and I will work to expose it for the lie that it is.
Texas has open borders with our neighbors to the south. Illegal immigration poses a significant threat to the security of our state and it also contributes to our skyrocketing healthcare costs. While I support legal immigration, I will work hard to produce and pass legislation which will put an end to illegal immigration. I support the employment of minutemen on the border. I support the use of the Texas State Guard on the border. I do not support levying fines against businesses which employ illegal immigrants because it is not the employer’s job to act as a policing agency. I support the requirement of proving ones legal status prior to buying or renting a home or apartment. I support allowing law enforcement to check for legal status during routine traffic stops. We must take action soon and stop waiting on the federal government.
More Local Control
Each community across our district, our state, and our nation is different from all others. We know best how to handle the local issues of crime and education and we do not need the state or the federal government meddling in local issues. I would like to see more control returned to the counties, cities, and school districts in Texas. The practice of prayer in schools should be left up to school boards. Building codes and street sign specifications should be left up to the county commissioners and city councils. Investigation and enforcement of non-federal laws should be left up to the Sheriff’s departments and police.
We have to get spending under control! The previous occupant of this State House seat authored the largest budget in this Texas history in the last session. That is unacceptable and inexcusable. I will vote in the Texas House the same way I live my life: with frugality and thrift. I will root out the waste and work to eliminate it. I will find the biggest bang for your bucks. I will work to end subsidies and entitlement programs in Texas, along with unnecessary bureaucracies. The best way to reduce spending is to reduce the size of government.
I support public education. I am a product of public education (Red Oak ISD). However, I believe our public education system in Texas is broken. It’s broken because we allow bureaucrats in Austin to dictate to teachers how they are to go about educating our children. It’s broken because we treat children like numbers and we want them to conform instead of promoting individuality and treating them like the special individuals they are. It’s broken because we spend too much money on buildings, stadiums, administration, and bureaucracy and not nearly enough on the ones who actually educate: our teachers. I am committed to cutting the waste in public education, but I am just as committed to taking care of our teachers. If we take care of our teachers, we will have better teachers and better public education.