Jobs & The Economy

Our nation has experienced an anemic economic recovery which has been marked by high unemployment, poor labor participation rates, and slow growth. A true economic recovery requires positive economic action through comprehensive tax and regulatory reforms that will incentivize, reward productive investment and encourage hiring. Congress must act to make the United States’ economy strong and continue to be a top competitor in global markets.

Education

I believe every child is entitled to a first rate education, a safe learning environment and the opportunity to succeed academically. Unfortunately, the State of California and the United States are failing to meet the needs of our children.

As a State Senator I was committed to returning control to the local level. Local school boards, administrators, educators and most importantly PARENTS know what is best for their children, not bureaucrats. I believe that given the flexibility to determine what is best for their students, local decision makers, those closest to the students, can and will meet the needs of every one of our children. As a congressman, I want to continue this commitment and work to empower parents and local leadership.

Immigration

Our immigration policy must address the current issues of the 21st century immigration. Our border with Mexico has proven to be dangerous and must be secured with adequate border security. In addition to our borders, we need to address the immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. We need a plan that deals with illegal immigrants and includes a strategy for economic benefit. Our priority should be the security of our borders and protection of our citizens in both safety and jobs. Any type of immigration reform that is considered in the future must also protect the jobs of American workers and include a provision to include a provision to monitor visa holders when they enter the country and when they exit the country (if they exit).

Defense & Military

Our defense budget should never be on the chopping block. As multiple conflicts arise and expand throughout the world, our national security should be our top priority. We should continue to focus on diplomacy but more importantly, support our allies and provide our military with the capacity to keep conflict away from American soil. I may not always be a proponent of war but I will always invest in the men and women who are dedicated to keeping our citizens and our families safe.

Foreign Affairs

I believe in democracy. I believe that democracy should be a ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people’ and that all men and women are entitled to this liberty. We need to support the young democracies that are fighting for their new constitutions and the right to remain free.

Right now we find ourselves at a crossroads where our enemies no longer fear us and our allies no longer trust us. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the situation in Russia, and the abhorrent occurrences taking place in Iraq due to Isis and its Islamic fundamentalist movement all present extremely difficult situations that cannot be taken lightly and should not be approached with a broad stroke resolution. We need to support our allies, protect our citizens and continue to encourage Democracy.

Guns (2nd Amendment)

Laws that forbid the carrying of arms… disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes… Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” – (Commonplace Book, Thomas Jefferson)
The 2nd Amendment guarantees the right of the people to keep and bear arms. As a believer and advocate of our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, I find that these laws, that constrict the rights of law abiding citizens to bear arms, to be both foolish and unconstitutional. Criminals, by their very nature, ignore laws. Creating more gun laws has never and will never reduce crime.

History has proven that in order to reduce crime, lessen violence and increase safety we must aggressively pursue, apprehend and punish criminals. California already has the most restrictive gun laws in the Country and its time that we started enforcing the laws we already have, not writing more. Those who commit acts of violence, regardless of how they do it, should be put in prison, where they belong. We can make our schools, neighborhoods and cities safer by limiting the ability of criminals to commit crime, not by limiting the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.

Debt & Deficit

The “tax and spend” politics that has become commonplace for our government is egregious and unnecessary. The federal government must be held accountable for spending just as the American people are. To ensure a sustainable future, we must take measures today. First, we need to start with a balanced budget. We need enforceable caps on government spending and pay down the national debt. Through long term fiscal and debt policies, we can reduce annual deficits and reduce our fiscal burden for our children.

Affordable Care Act

Frankly, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not affordable. It does not fix the problems of the healthcare system and costs have risen dramatically as a result of its implementation. Americans are not getting adequate coverage and small businesses are suffering because ACA was bad policy from its inception. We need to rectify our healthcare system by eliminating the employer mandate and the penalty. This will allow smalls businesses to pool together, reduce insurance costs and provide equal tax treatment for self-employed individuals who choose to deduct health insurance premiums from payroll taxes.

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