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Greetings to those seeking another option to the establishment representation we are currently enduring.  I know how frustrating and disheartening politics can be for many of us.  I believe that if you read my true representation proposal and explore some of my viewpoints on the issues you may find what you’re seeking in a Congressman.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

The one minute case for True Representation:

Is anyone truly represented when a member of the establishment is elected to be our collective voice?  In our two party system a large minority will ultimately have to endure feelings of dissatisfaction when the other party prevails.  If we’re fortunate enough to find ourselves in the voting majority, there is still little comfort knowing that our collective voices are overshadowed by that of the party’s leadership. 

This is the situation we now have with Congressman Sean Duffy.  He will diligently listen to his constituents and then place his vote under the trust and directive of the party leadership.  [SEAN DUFFY’S VOTING RECORD]

Last year I addressed this issue with 40 of his loyal attendees at a Congressional town hall meeting in Superior.  The question was raised on who here supports the John Boehner leadership agenda of which Congressman Duffy completely yields to. 

Only 2 people raised their hands.  [EXPANDED FULL STORY]

Or as I see it 95% disagreed or do not want anything to do with establishment representation ~ listening to constituents desires and voting as party leadership dictates.

While there is no way to completely satisfy everyone’s political beliefs, there is a seldom used procedure that ensures your voice will be heard, respected and used as a guide to ‘true representation’.  That procedure is the advisory referendum. [WHAT’S AN ADVISORY REFERENDUM?]

I would be honored as your Congressman to let your voices be heard and use an advisory referendum as a guide in my representation.  The most useful aspect of using this tool is when there is disagreement focused effort (listening sessions, town hall meeting, etc) can be applied geographically to better understand where the differences lie and what are the possible solutions to arrive at common ground. 

   Explore these issues and

find common ground with me

Abortion

Since Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in the United States in 1973, it has unfairly become one of the main litmus tests for determining which party you belong.  As decisive as this has been in choosing a representative, the House of Representatives by itself can do nothing and is extremely limited to overturn this law without the full cooperation of the Executive Branch and Congressional majorities.  The beliefs and the differences of the Democrats and Republicans are polar opposites and are well beyond the debate of a woman’s right to choose.  I’ve linked here for you the party platforms because I believe that many form an opinion not even realizing the strongly worded beliefs and differences that each party’s candidate stands for.

    The DNC platform states:  The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and the woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay
    The RNC platform states:  Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert, the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.

abortionmemeAs it stands now, with the newly mandated Patient and Affordable Health Care Act, every American is indirectly supporting abortion with their healthcare premiums and tax dollars.  When the rights of those in favor of  abortion prohibit the free exercise of religious beliefs, guaranteed by the 1st amendment, then we have a problem that must be rectified.  Were I to be elected, I would fully support efforts to ensure that those not in favor of abortion are not unjustly burdened by being forced to participate financially in a act that may infringe on their 1st amendment right.  I would also support the House in removing the funding for Planned Parenthood whose sole purpose is performing abortions and reverse various parts of mandated health laws that allow for direct and indirect financial support from our pooled tax dollars.  Also, I fully support the re-implementation of the Hyde Amendment to lock in place the ban on federal funds being used for abortion.  Again, the House does not have the power to stop abortion, but it can protect those not for abortion.

Bailouts

bailoutsNo more bailouts, period!  Not only can we not afford this nonsensical expenditure that our most recent presidents have indulged in, but it grossly rewards inept business practices and unjustly punishes the American taxpayer.  What this next Congress will likely see are potential bailout requests from health insurance providers, municipalities such as Detroit and Chicago, states like California, and even territories such as Puerto Rico.  My answer to these and any others, be it commercial or governmental, that come looking for bailouts is simply this - No More Bailouts!

Balanced Budget

balbudgetIt appears that Congress and past Presidents have always been incapable of taking steps toward balancing the federal budget.  Though the act of spending more than the tax revenue taken in has been around since the founding of our country, only in the last 10 years has it really accelerated to uncontrollable levels.  I am in complete favor of a balance budget amendment to the US Constitution.  I’m convinced the vast majority would prefer to have a constitutional mandated law placed upon their elected government to do the right thing, rather than feel completely helpless in having to watch our politicians continue to destroy the financial survivability of this nation.  There is no magical way for government to borrow or print its way out of record deficit spending.  It must adhere to the rules of financial survival that we all must to succeed.  As with any government program that is nearing insolvency, the options are the same - either tax more or spend less.  I’m all for spending less to solve our massive unbalanced budget.

Deficit Spending/Debt Ceiling

Currently at a staggering $19.5 trillion, debt ceiling increases that pay for habitual deficit spending must not continue to be treated by politicians as an election year hindrance.  This is an extreme threat to our prosperity, well being, freedoms and national security and must be treated as such.  This must play into the debate of all spending and governmental endeavors.

Don’t be confused by Ivy League Educators and socialism advocates pushing keynesian economic spending policy insisting that this will take care of itself - it has never worked and has left countries and their currencies in complete ruin.  The tough reality is there are only two unpopular solutions to solving this problem - increase tax revenues or reduce spending, or any combinations of either.  Were I to be elected, I will side heavily on the reduced spending side of the balancing equation.

I will never vote for any bill that simply adds to this debt.  Any new spending bill that is brought to the floor of the House needs to have a real and substantial means of paying for it.  We are all tired of the financial juggling of expenditures and revenues that never materialize as estimated.  As a whole, all existing spending must also have reasonable cuts and saving measures implemented starting first with those most recently added under partisan tactics.

Domestic Spying/NSA

I can’t imagine why anyone would be for the unlawful tapping of your own phone or computer communitcations.  It’ not just an invasion of your privacy, but a clear violation of your Constitutional rights.  The fourth amendment to the US Constitution is quite clear and reads as follows:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. 

Some will argue this is protecting our country from terroristic threats.  How many freedoms do we need to lose under the guise of terrorism?  Intrusions on American’s protected rights needs to end.  I am very uncomfortable with the power grab, privacy invasion and the gross overstepping of the Constitution on American citizens.

    “Those willing to forfeit liberty for security, will have neither.”       Benjamin Franklin

I’d say that under this administration it’s highly likely all internet traffic associated with your IP address is also archived.    Instead, I believe we should fully secure our borders, limit legal immigration from known terrorist countries and do a much better job of monitoring visa holders and deporting visa violators.  However, I do believe that you do lose some aspects of privacy when communications are made outside of the United States to countries known to harbor terrorist.

Economic Recovery/Jobs

It has been reported that U.S. based companies have collectively been holding several trillions in cash reserves because of the uncertainty that our current President has created.  We must not continue to place more undue burdens, many of them political in nature, on these businesses.  These hindrances are stifling development and expansion and is resulting in stagnant or declining employment or worse, creating more of an opportunity to drive business overseas.  Our nation’s economy would be very hard pressed to survive without industrial and manufacturing based companies that provide well paying jobs and keep the cyclical flow of money from leaving this country.  So why are we continuing to take these risks by hampering big business?   

We must work with our industries and include their input in the decision making process rather than succumb primarily to political environment special interest groups.  New restrictions on oil, natural gas, and coal exploration need to be loosened, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, relax stifling EPA mandates on oil refineries, coal and nuclear power plants - these and many more opportunities on hold all need to be set loose.  Government needs to create a more welcoming environment for industry and manufacturing to thrive and reclaim the jobs that have been lost to cheap labor overseas.  If it’s private based capital that’s funding a project and can be safely done, I’m all for it. 

Education

SallieMaySince we all collectively support education with our tax dollars, it would only be fair to expect the best out of our K-12, vocational schools, and public colleges.  Overwhelmingly, these institutions are supported with your local property tax and additional state tax revenues and need to be regulated at those more appropriate levels of government.  Since the federal government is in a state of deficit spending, I am not in support of adding to it by funding more federal bureaucracy in a largely controlled state matter.  Any residual grants or incentives for furthering the adoption of Common Core standards and curriculum need to be instantly halted.

As with limiting involvement in education institutes, I am not for governmental involvement in student loans.  When adults make an informed decision to take on debt to further education there is a balance of risk and reward that needs to be adhered to.  I do agree higher education costs have gotten out of control, but most of these institutions are private or state run and need to be handled at the appropriate level.  Increasing federal involvement or throwing federal monies at these institutions only prolongs the hard decisions these institutions must take to be sustainable and affordable to the students and accountable to the tax payer.

Energy Conservation

All states, by their own initiative, are well above any renewable portfolio standards set by the Federal Government.  In Wisconsin, overall electricity production has been state mandated to include 10% from renewable energy sources.  I think this is a reasonably fair compromise, compared to Minnesota’s 25% goal, coepansidering alternative energy’s much higher production costs and its unreliability as a primary energy source.  These alternate energy sources are extremely limited as a major power source since at any moment they can go off-line and create very costly and dangerous rolling blackout conditions.  Most of these green energies are heavily subsidized and this distorts public opinion as to it’s viability as a sustainable energy option.  It doesn’t make much sense to spend federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize renewable energies that aren’t anywhere near self sustaining efficiencies.  Until new sustainable technologies are developed there will always be a demand for reliable electricity and affordable energy sources and right now those sources are coal, nuclear, and natural gas.  Subsidized energy production only makes sense when the subsidy exists.  In the future, when our over spending government ends the subsidy, the increased burden will fall on the unexpecting consumer. 

Energy Producers Reporting Requirements

Seems like every few years the consumer gets pinched by various energy sectors.  Cold weather we can endure, but [potential] hidden deceit in fabricated shortages for financial corporate gain is detrimental to the trust and well being of all Propane-shortageAmericans.  I typically don’t support expanded governmental involvement and regulation, but we have helplessly endured unnecessary and predictable energy spikes on an all too frequent basis.  My rationale is based on the obvious lack of industry communication and the inability to maintain consistent overlapping production schedules to avoid volatile so-called shortages resulting in price spikes.  This was the case in propane production in 2014, as storage tanks were kept empty and the depropanizers were not near capacity going into the heating season.  This is frequently the case with gasoline refineries, as apparently all refineries have to go into maintenance mode - at the same time.  Natural gas also gets it shot at profit gouging - there’s no shortage, just commodity trading greed stealing your hard earned money.  I’m more than willing to accept a price increase due to supply and demand economics, but to continually call it a shortage when nobody is actually getting shorted is near criminal.

Environmental Policies/EPAepa2

There’s a fine balance when it comes to society’s existence and advancements and the acceptable level of burden placed on the environment.  Obviously, and I think everyone agrees to some degree, the burden level on the environment needs to be kept as reasonably close to neutral as possible.  I don’t believe it should be the governments position to reward taxpayer money to the direct production of the newest technologies, as there has been numerous politically well connected companies that have squandered billions of taxpayer dollars.  Increasing demands on efficiencies need to advance along with the development of new technologies, forcing it only leads to hardships and additional financial burdens placed on all of us.     

Fluoride

getitoutSodium Fluoride is a toxic poison.  We are lead to believe that by consuming water, at the right fluoritic level, our teeth will be strengthened against decay and yet at the same time there has been no outcry from rural well water drinkers and their rotting mouths demanding fluoridation.   Fluoridated water is not recommended for babies and the elderly as it has complications for both age groups, yet everyone in between is presumed fine.  How many babies and elderly, due to low income conditions, are left with no choice?  Why is there such a divisive fight over this when it comes to removing this chemical that has so many proven negatives that overwhelm any claimed gain by its use?  Our friends in Chippewa Falls have done battle several times to keep fluoride out of their water and still, after all this time, no reports of mass decay and rotting teeth.  Let’s finally do something about an known toxic compound.

Food Safety/GMO Food/Health

Our food is nutritionally dead and is likely killing us from within!  I believe that we either don’t know, don’t care or don’t have the time to investigate everything on a item’s ingredient list of which we consume.  We do need government involvement in eliminating dangerous additives that most Americans can’t comprehend.  You can still GMO-billconsume whatever you want, the food just needs to be ‘fixed’, and in my experiences you would never know the difference.  There are literally 100’s of chemicals added to your food that make it look more pleasing, but not necessarily taste better.  In all likelihood it is doing various degrees of damage to our bodies.  Let’s look at just two - azodiacarbonamide and the more common MSG (monosodium glutamate), both by the way found to cause cancer in rats.  Azodiacarbonamide, until recently, was added to Subway’s bread, to give it more fluff, it’s also found in yoga mats.  MSG, found also to cause severe obesity in rats, is not surprisingly still added to almost all forms of junk food.  I’m pretty confident that, if you understood and had a chogmocornsice, you’d ask to hold the MSG and azodiacarbonamide.

 The FDA has done an extremely poor job of monitoring ingredients such as those above and Congress has done an even poorer job of keeping abreast of the changes made in the food industry.  Maybe even more disturbing is the FDA green lighting nearly all genetically modified foods.  With GM foods - the farmer, in conjunction with using harsher pesticides, is able to grow more food faster and cheaper than conventional methods.  The trade off is these Frankenstein foods have virtually no nutrients compared to non-GM and those deadly pesticides are introduced into your body and environment.  The big winner - Monsanto.  Holding most of the GM cards and the patented pesticide poison Roundup.  Don’t even get me started on their patents on aluminum and  barium resistant seeds and plants.  Monsantos’s monopoly strangle hold is a threat to the health and well being of our country and the people need to be protected by Congress taking action.

Pictured is a corncob test using GMO and organic corns placed side by side in the woods.  Note how the squirrels eat mainly the organic corn, only eating the GMO as a last resort.  This similar test was shown by a farmer near Chippewa Falls, where a cow was given a choice of each and had similar results.  What do animals know that we humans are incapable of figuring out?  As a side note, all this farmer’s non-GMO corn and others in the region grown traditionally and certified as non-GMO are sent to the west coast for shipment to Japan.   

Foreign Aid

The United States spends roughly 45 billion dollars a year on both humanitarian assistance (60%) and military assistance (40%) to foreign countries. foreignaid Israel receives the biggest taxpayer handout at slightly over 3 billion dollars a year.  Given the current financial state of our country, I’d strive to lower this number as close as possible to zero.  I am definitely not for any aid being administered in a cash like payment - if there continues to be such aid then it must be closely accountable.

The United States has shouldered the ills of the world for far too long.  This burden needs to be shifted to the United Nations and be part of a world solution.  Now with the threat of Russia moving on Ukraine, there is talk of a billion dollar aid package - that makes no sense.  We can’t seriously be considering backing Ukraine in the event of Russia claiming it’s once held territory.  This money would be much better spent on humanitarian aid on our own people.

Global Warming

icecapGlobal warming is a whole lot to take in especially since the global temperatures have been actually cooling and the head spokesperson Al Gore is making tens of millions of dollars from his personal crusade.  Do we all need to be good stewards of our environment, absolutely and we are doing just that [see my stance on Energy Conservation].  There is no need to squash certain industries and their workforce, the majority being union labor, just  because of political pressures and misguided theologies.  There is simply just not enough historical data to support global warming theories.  Global alarmists tend to ignore that this planet has always had a history of cyclical temperature changes.  Record sun spot activity, earth wobble, and numerous solar cycles are seldom accounted for in these theories that the media influences you by reporting it as fact.  In reality, the earth has gone through a complete industrial revolution in all countries and the best insufficient 100 year data that they can come up with shows only a quarter of a degree in temperature rise.  Not enough in my opinion to sound the alarms and take billions of dollars from various industries and redistribute them to others or even other counties.  It’s important to keep in mind that you the end consumer ultimately will bear all of the costs of any government mandated rules and regulations based on disputed theories and agendas.

God and Religion

I take great offense to when my religion, religious beliefs, and my God come under attack from the extreme minority of this nation.  Our country is steeped in a history entrenched in religious liberties and beliefs.  Our Founding Fathers, whom nearly all were deeply religious, wrote the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing thisdnc underlying freedom for all so that no one or no religion undergo any type of religious persecution.  As your Congressman, I will always side with protecting our 1st amendment Constitutional rights, whether religious or not both are deserving of respect and equal protections.

Many religious Democrats don’t even realize how deeply hard-line liberalism has infiltrated their political party’s leadership.  This collection of individuals, though a minority within the Democrat party, has an extensive commanding control on the influences and the direction of where the party is headed.  This is not the God loving and fearing leadership of past Democrats as JFK, Carter and Proxmire.  This is the new Liberal Democrat party hell bent on wiping away all existence of God.  Click on the image of DNC 2012 Convention Chairman to watch the video of the convention delegates vote on adding “God” and Jerusalem, as the capital of Israel, back to the official language of Democrat party platform.  Let’s forget about if he indeed received the 2/3 voice vote necessary for approval, the fact that it was even that close should be extremely disturbing to all Americans.   

Government Size

We have a big government that we’ve been mortgaging our children’s future to pay for.  Big government carries big costs and much of the time it’s not just paid with taxpayer dollars, but with diminished freedoms and rightsgovsize.  NSA, TSA, ICE, EPA and IRS are the fastest growing government agencies and there’s no question that most Americans have growing concerns over their overreaching powers.

    “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.”                              Thomas Jefferson

We must strive for a more reasonable and sensible sized government that we as taxpayers can afford.  To accomplish this, hard decisions on trimming agencies and reducing expenditures will need to be made.  Political parties will argue on how we can do this in such a fragile economy.  I maintain, how can we not, when this bloated government is paid for by the our children’s future.

Gun Control

I am in full support of our 2nd Amendment Constitutional Rights!  I cringe when there is news of a politicized shooting.  The anti-gun crowd Gun-Controluses the tragedy to instantly swarm looking to seize another piece of your rights or if for anything else to continue to fester public doubt.  These people fail to see the importance of this right, for it’s not just about the ability to protect one’s self, family and property.  The framers of the Constitution wanted you to possess the ability to defend ourselves from being enslaved by a tyrannical government.  The short amendment to the Constitution is arguably the most important and reads clear and true:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bare arms, shall not be infringed.

Congress must be on guard at all times.  Ready to challenge and defend against any limitations President Obama’s potential successor will try to instill by use of unauthorized executive authority.  There can be no weakness or compromise in this matter.  To me, any comment, such as the one made by President Obama to take action with or without the support of Congress, is a threat to any law abiding American and puts all our rights and freedoms in danger.   

Homosexual marriage/rights

My view on gay marriage fairly put, is one of recognition and here’s why.  To me there is no difference from allowing a homosexual union or a homosexual marriage, it’s a matter of semantics, they’re both civil unions.  To a homosexual couple however, that may ultimately be the finally pinnacle of acceptance and happinessgay-marriage they rightfully should be allowed to pursue in our civil society and that view is shared with the high courts.  As a Christian, who am I to lay judgment?  Christians, conceivably the largest group against homosexual marriage, should focus more effort on strengthen their own marriages with God through Holy Matrimony.  That being said, if elected, I will lead the fight to protect the 1st amendment rights of religious institutes if there is any type movement whatsoever to forcibly contrive homosexual marriage into any religious establishment that rejects it.

Is there truly separate rights known as ‘homosexual rights’?  I support everyone’s rights, as long as your rights don’t infringe on another’s rights there shouldn’t be a problem.  Arizona conceded the rights of the religious community in 2014 by the threatening powers apparently possessed by the NFL and now it’s North Carolinas turn.  Using the Arizona example and now North Carolina, I do support the rights of anyone seeking to purchase common goods and services from a business open to the general population.  However, a business owner offering specialized services to the general population that has a reasonable objection based on their 1st amendment right of religious belief should be allowed to chose their customers.  Quite frankly I can’t imagine why anyone would seek to do business where they are not welcomed.

Illegal Immigration

Immigration is a privilege, not a right. Those that are illegally present in our country are not entitled to citizenship simply because they are present. I will vote to strengthen our borders and will not reward amnesty to illegals. Open borders are allowing all sorts of non-immigration related issues to enter this country including: drugs, human trafficking, weapons, gangs, potential terrorists, and eradicated diseases.  This is not about the few media propagated hardship stories that may need special legistlation...this is about the security of our nation and our liberties and rights.

immigrationWe, as a nation with a real adjusted unemployment rate closer to 18%, can not afford to release these jobs to people that are here illegally in this country. Along with the job loses are the additional massive social service costs, schooling costs, health and emergency medical costs, police enforcement costs, jail and prison costs, and the least talked about is the hit on the U.S. monetary supply when currency is shipped out of the country.  Having a weak and porous border has dire economic consequences to everyone’s pocketbook 

No one is saying that immigrants are not worthy to live in this country. What needs to be understood is legal citizen status is an earned privilege and not a right that we are lead to believe. There is an official orderly legal process that needs to be followed if someone desires permanent entry into our great nation. Our federal government needs to be the strong enforcer of our borders instead of wasting time and resources on trivial lawsuits against states that need this enforcement now. This is an utmost matter of national security. I would vote for the strengthening of our borders to ensure total protection from all known and unknown threats and wouldn’t vote for amnesty for those illegally in our great country.

Marijuana

pot1Even though there are Federal laws prohibiting it’s use, there are now 23 states with some form of legalized medicinal marijuana laws on the books, 4 of them [Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington] also allow for recreational use.  About half of those states approved it through pubic referendum, generally with comfortable majority margins.  This federal/state conflict cannot exist in a responsible society.  My viewpoint on this topic is one of acceptance of responsible use as long as it doesn’t trample on the rights of others.  Participants are still subject to public intoxication and illegal distribution laws.  I also believe that legalized recreational users forego the right to many of the governmental social services.  Marijuana is already a highly accessible drug, just as your high school aged child.  By legalizing it, the criminal element is greatly reduced, tax revenues that never existed are now collected and states can now use these new revenues to cure problems that were likely already there.  I cautiously await increased abuse reports from these states, but have yet to see one that is troubling over the past several years.

Medicare

My belief on Medicare is much the same as my belief on Social Security.  There are so many people that are depending on Medicare’s promise to be there for them at retirement that this health care option must be protected.  Just as social security is in danger of insolvency, so too is medicare and without any changes the program will not be able to pay benefits fully in the next 10 years.  Much like most government spending programs there are limited and unpopular solutions available - add more to the program through tax revenues, limit coverage or lessen benefits.  There is much confusion as to the exact available numbers and complex data on the survivability of this program, but as a generic belief for me there should be little change for those on medicare now or about to qualify.  There are currently no planned changes in the funding of this program.  If providing less benefits is to be avoided, then the current 1.45% rate and the $118,500 taxable ceiling or the .9% premium on income earners over $200,000 must be adjusted upwards to account for expenditure increases.  With Obamacare in the mix, and diverting funds away from Medicare, there could be any numerous changes to the current program structure or solution. 

Minimum Wage Increase

Democrats have been talking a lot this campaign cycle about raising the minimum wage to benefit the low income wage earner and literally no mention of its impact on everyone else.  Labor is a component of cost of goods sold and if that increases the minwageprice of goods and services offered to the public will also need to increase.  Small businesses work with much smaller margins than the silicon valley companies frequently worked into this discussion.  Many of these businesses may not be able to absorb a 40% cost increase in their labor force.  If the public shies away because of lack sale due to the higher prices, workers will need to be terminated or possibly the business may close.  The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) newly released report clearly explains the disadvantages and gross unfairness of such a destructive potential mandate.  Lifting 900,000 low wage earned out of poverty at the expense of 500,000 workers losing their job is not an acceptable tradeoff.  No where is it governmentally written that minimum wage was purported to provide an individual with a ‘living wage’ and any argument based on this is grossly misstated.  If there was such a great concern by Democrats, other than the current vote grabbing tactic, then it should have been taken care of in 2009-2011 when they controlled all branches of government.  Is it time for an viable increase after the last one in 2009?  Maybe, but I haven’t seen any CBO feasibility studies other than $10.10/hr and $15/hr.  This decision can’t just be about the wage earner, it must incorporate fairly all economic aspects for a justifiable outcome.

National Defense

Our country must be so enabled to protect its sovereignty and that of its ‘closest’ allies.  A military force with superior weaponry must also be maintained.  Nuclear weaponry must continue to be a vital part of our nation’s defense as the ultimate threat deterrent.  We cannot afford to be spread so thin around the globe and continue to be the world’s guardians.  We need only to be so equipped to trounce the largest, most capable and most threatening force that is a viable risk to our nation’s sovereignty and way of life.  Military budgets will need to minimized and cuts will need to be made, but only to the extent that our nation’s safety is not in jeopardy.  The morale of our military personnel needs to be restored to a high honorable level.

    “Military Spending is welfare for the well connected military-industrial complex, which enriches itself manufacturing useless boondoggles like the F-35 fighter.  We should never confuse legitimate defense spending with military spending, which promotes interventionism overseas and actually undermines our national security.”                  Dr. Ron Paul

ObamaCare/Affordable Health Care Act

Sold to the American people by a river of lies:  If you like your doctor - you can keep your doctor, if you like your plan - you can keep your plan, for the first time 30 obamacaremillion people will be covered by health care, it will cut the cost of your health care, and it will not increase the deficit.  All of these promises have been proven to be grossly inaccurate or what I believe are blatant agenda lies.  This plan is thus far a massive failure as it was intended by design and will continue to crumble to set the stage for socialized medicine.  According to the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) this plan, over the next 10 years, will cost American taxpayers 2-3 trillion dollars and eliminate 2.5 million full time jobs.  As of now, only 11% of all new enrollees were people deemed uninsured, a far cry from the sham 30 million figure that this law was purported to fix.  This disastrous economic juggernaut needs to be stopped now!  Tort reform, open interstate insurance exchanges and other economic options need to be enabled and given time to evolve and work properly.  With all the federal and state health care programs that were already operational, there never existed such a dire need to sacrifice so much for so few, that of which the numbers are now currently exposing.

4 out of 5 new enrollees are receiving subsidized policies for now with your tax dollars.  When these subsidies end in a few years there will be such a cry over skyrocketing policy prices and deductibles, it just may be too late.  United Health Group, the nations largest health care insurer, has now announced in will be leaving most markets and provides further proof of Obamacare’s failure.  We’d be so far better off just repealing this disaster and for now and just pay the 10-12 billion dollars that was being absorbed annually by the hospitals to care for the uninsured in providing basic health care.  That’s what originally sparked an opportunity for this future single payer plan to be set in motion in the first place.

Reforming Washington

Everyone’s a reformer when it comes to elections.  It all starts by electing the right House leadership that’s willing to bring reforming type bills to the floor for a vote.  I believe all elected officials need adhere to a much higher and stringent standards.  That they should succumb to a FBI background check and pass it.  Their financial data and income flows need to be monitored, as well as that of their relatives beyond immediate family and needs to include friends and cohorts - especially when sponsoring spending bills.  Lobbyists and others that interact with such officials also give way to more such scrutiny.  All forms of communication needs to be open for inspection.  No Congressman should be accepted with a history of learning, psychiatric, and behavioral disorders - even if treated by medications.  Some may find that harsh, but if it’s a zero defects mentality standard (2-27) required of those that serve our military forces, then it certainly must be a standard for those that guide it.

Social Security

A recent CNN poll found 43% of Americans had less than $10,000 saved for retirement, 65% had inadequate savings to retire, and only 10% had a comfortable level of planned savings for a lengthy retirement.   There are so many people that are depending on social security to be there for them at retirement.  I believe we must work toward preserving this crucial program for all.  My last Social Security statement had the following statement:

I would suspect, like most government estimates, that those numbers are overstated.  Nonetheless, sacrifices that are unpopular will need to be made in order to achieve solvency.  Making no sacrifices at all is ensuring complete system collapse for all future retirees.  These sacrifices could include raising the retirement age, raising the maximum taxable earnings ceiling - currently at a $118,500 level, raising the the employer/employee contribution - both at 6.2  % of earnings or reducing benefits paid.  I believe the biggest fix needs to come by limiting early program qualification of able bodied individuals that are financially busting this age based system.  Specifically, Congress needs to put limits on what conditions qualify a person to be disabled and not the American Medical Association.  There are simply too many AMA backed conditions, such as depression and obesity, that lawyer backed able bodied claimants unfairly succeed in getting put into the system. 

Supreme Court

supcourtClearly the Supreme Court and many other Federal Courts have overstepped their capacity in order to facilitate their political agendas.   They are abusing the balance of powers by overturn legislative and executive created laws and stifling the general population’s voice by disallowing direct referendum legislation.  What we have here is misbalance of power.  The nine politically appointed adjudicators sit wielding their authoritative might, many times exposing their obvious political prejudice, commanding the ultimate unquestionable decisive authority.  Nowhere in the Constitution is it written that a Supreme Court justice shall have a lifetime appointment.  Only by tradition has this been allowed to carry on for so long.  While the conversation on term limits has been focused on legislative members, I believe that these nine justices need also to be included in the discussion.  I am in full support of adding a Constitutional amendment to limit their term of judgeship.  In Wisconsin, the State Supreme Court is elected by the people to a reasonable 10 year term.

Taxes

Nobody enjoys paying taxes.  Yet, the majority of voters have no problems with sending the same old rank and file politicians to Washington to continue the usual business of tax and spend policies.  I’d like to say “if you elect me, I will lower your taxes”, but I can’t.  If we can’t agree on cutting spending, then how can we even hope for a reduction of our taxes.  You may find some satisfaction in knowing the tax rate for the most wealthy individuals and corporations climbed from 35% to 39.6%, but that won’t help our financial situation much.  Though it’s nice thought knowing that JayZ and Miley Cyrus will be paying more, somehow I just know that we’ll be paying just that much more for the products and services we purchase. 

    “We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work”      Milton Friedman

In a responsible world without borrowing and printing capabilities, the truth is quite simple: more government spending equals more taxes you pay and less spending equals less taxes.  Here’s what I can promise were I to be elected - I will vote heavily on the less spending side, starting with the most recently added new spending.  So if the government program you’re benefiting from now, existed say 10 years ago, you’ll probably not feel that much of a pinch.  Any new spending will be paid by real tangible current spending reductions.  It is possible to bring our taxes down, but we’re going to have to pull together and make some tough sacrifices in order to see some results.

Term Limits

term-limitsDid the founding fathers envision term longevity such as recently retired John Dingell (D) MI, who served 58 years.  What about our own Dave Obey and his nearly 42 years?  I believe term limits are necessary to ensure a fair balance of new ideas and viewpoints, keep disloyalty and potential corruption at bay, and it limits the damage of suffering through a rogue official that votes consistently and sometimes blindly along party lines and irresponsibly ignores the facts when making decisions.  Ideally, I’d like to see a cap of 12 years of service, but even that number should be put to a national referendum.  I also believe that any retirement package need to be limited and any other future benefits need to be kept to a modest level.  I also believe a constitutional amendment needs to be added to limit the life time appointments of Supreme Court justices.  [See my stance on the Supreme Court here]

Trade Agreements

From the Office of the United States Trade Representative, trade agreements can create opportunities for Americans and help grow the US economy.  I believe this ‘opportunity’ may or may not be the case for everyone, which may lead to inequalities that may not have been present when enacted.  Such was the case with NAFTA, which my blue collar union friends love to bring up, to which I maintain it was passed with a Republican Congress and signed into law by Democrat Bill Clinton.  I feel that in an open free trade society such agreements may be antiquated, unnecessary and extremely hard to fairly enforce.  Yet, without them it could lead to an  inflow of exploitively low priced products that would lead to an even more complicated balancing of duties and tariffs.  I believe before any such agreements are entered, there needs to be a clear understand of who the benefiting winners are, the potential losers, and all costs and potential gains to the American people.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one of those disgraceful secretive deals.  I am extremely reluctant to favor any free trade agreements.

Veterans

thankuflagAll Americans owe a debt of gratitude to the United States Armed Forces for preserving our country’s freedoms.  Promises made at time of enlistment to our military personnel need to be bindingly kept and adequately maintained as future needs evolve.  Our wounded warriors need to be treated with the best medical services available and the utmost care in order for them to proceed in a normal and capable productive life.  We must invest funds now until the massive claims backlog at the Veteran’s Administration is cleared up so these veterans can then receive the timely medical care and services that they’ve earned with their service.      

Wars/Military Conflicts

I believe the only war we should ever enter should be in defense of the American homeland and those of our greatest allies that directly affect our national sovereignty.  The continental Americas, geographically protected by massive oceans, need to be strategical protected from foreign incursion.  The US can ill afford to get drawn into future hotspots such as North Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, and numerous African and Middle Eastern countries that are not in our direct interests.  Much of my opinion of noninterventionism by the United States military comes from the political saddling that our boys have to endure after the conflict has started.  Instead of letting our military forces dominate with all its might and bring it to a quick ending, some political dinks in Washington have to handcuff them with a modern day version of ‘don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes’.   This of course leads to more needless deaths, endless money being flushed and even more global hatred toward the United States.  I am reluctantly supportive of the use of our Air Force and Naval services, in a no boots on the ground role, to provide support to nations when dealing with such purely evil groups that have no bounds when it comes to recklessly destroying humanity, such as ISIS and Boko Haram.

Wasteful Spending

This is OUR money! Yet we let the government spend it like they had inherited it. Too often the government is spending with no sense or no record of where the money went or what was done with it. We need Cut-government-spendingfull disclosure of the money trails and routine audits to ensure all spending is accounted for and used responsibly.

Fiscal responsibility needs to be mandatory of our elected officials. You certainly would not spend recklessly with your family’s money and then hope for the best in the future. Yet somehow it has become common place for our government to do just that. The national debt has become such an enormous problem that it literally hinders the decision making of all spending legislation. It doesn’t matter what political party you belong to, either way it is fiscally irresponsible to continue such unsustainable and reckless spending with no regards to the national debt.  Those officials that routinely continue to do so need to be quickly removed from office.  Imagine if we had 218 Congressmen that actually had the will to say NO...it all starts by you voting for a candidate that isn’t afraid to put the will of the people first.