As your Representative, I will fight to:
- · Secure Data Privacy and Data Protection
As a result of my 30 years’ combined experience as a systems engineer, a technology lawyer, educator, and business leader, I understand from many perspectives the complex issues surrounding data protection and data privacy. I am committed to fight to put in place sound Constitutional and legal safeguards to protect the private data of all of our citizens from invasion by not just the government, but also by those who seek to do us grave harm by stealing our financial data, our health and other personal data, and critically, our identities. One of my top priorities is to secure the Fourth Amendment’s` promise of freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures so that it applies without exception to our personal data. I will do this through aggressive oversight of those government agencies that put our private data at risk, as well as by proposing legislation that addresses these issues that affect our liberties and freedoms as U.S. citizens.
- · Unleash Entrepreneurial and Industrial Economic Growth
Free Market economies cannot function if they are burdened by unnecessary, unconstitutional and uncontrolled federal, state and local regulations. While a Congressman can do little to rein in state and local regulations, there is much that we can do to stop the massive over-regulation of our businesses, large and small. We have to act to overturn burdensome regulations so that job supplying projects like the Keystone pipeline are not unduly delayed by special interests, whose goals seem to be to destroy our economy through aggressive attacks on our commercial and industrial activities. Job killing regulations such as those that implement Obamacare must also be fought for as long as we can raise our voices in opposition to the worst example in the history of our country of a government takeover of a free market industry sector. I support providing Congress with a simple mechanism for vetoing regulations and Presidential orders and so that Congress, and not the President, remains the only branch of government to write the laws that govern our nation’s job producing activities.
I also support a massive overhaul and simplification of our tax system and commit to put on the table all forms of fair, flat and consumption taxes that cut the tax burden on the average American to provide only that revenue that is strictly necessary to meet our Constitutional obligations. Removing from the IRS any program and personnel that seek to use tax regulations to suppress our rights as citizens to be politically active is an essential component of my plan for government reform.
- · Reform Congress and the Executive Branch
I will support any legislation that requires Members of Congress, Congressional staffs, the Executive Branch and its employees to live under the same laws and regulations that our government imposes upon the rest of the nation. We are a representative democracy with a Constitutional, Republican form of government, yet our government barely resembles that when we have established an elitist class of leaders who are not our servants, but believe that they are our rulers. It is time to get rid of the class of elitist career politicians and elect citizen legislators who return to their communities after a short period of government service and live under the laws that they pass. In order to do this, we must break the stranglehold that incumbents have over our electoral process, and must provide an incentive for the Members of Congress to represent the citizens and the interests of the state from which they are elected. For that reason, I support both term limits and modifying the 17th amendment to provide for the recall of a US senator by a 2/3 vote of the legislature of the state they represent.
- · Return to the People a Constitutionally-limited Government that is not Drowning in over 17 Trillion Dollars of Debt
Our debt burden is unsustainable, and if we were a private enterprise, our government would have long ago been liquidated in bankruptcy. The massive amount of debt we have accumulated is putting at risk not only our future, but also the future of generations yet unborn. How do we best address this? In my view through a rigorous, zero-based budgeting approach through which we examine in excruciating detail every government program and stop providing funding to any program that is not Constitutionally or fiscally justifiable. We must also excise the cancerous practices of our government that lead to waste, fraud and abuse of our tax dollars and the erosion of our civil liberties. Through active Congressional oversight of the Executive Branch and through the passage of Constitutionally-sound budgets and legislation, I believe we can restore our government to the Republic that our founding fathers bequeathed us. We need to work hard and think like an entrepreneur, and creatively make do with limited resources so that we right the ship of state before we capsize in a sea of debt and are submerged under the flotsam of failed government programs.
- · Restore our Promises to Our Veterans
We must meet the commitments that We the People, through our elected leaders, have made to our men and women who served under our nations flag to defend our Constitution and to keep America safe and free. It is simply unconscionable that we would take any steps to reduce the pensions of those who have pledged their lives for the protection of our freedoms. I support the efforts of the Members of the House and Senate who are seeking to restore benefits to the members of our Armed Forces who have given much, but have asked for so little beyond the respect they deserve for the job they are doing on our behalf.
- · Defend and Restore our Constitutional Freedoms that are Under Relentless Attack
All of the Constitutional guarantees of Liberty, particularly those enshrined in the Bill of Rights are under constant threat of extinction by those who do not believe in American Exceptionalism. They do not share our conviction that we are on the verge of losing the Republic that our Founding Fathers meant for us to keep, not discard to the dust bins of history. Our opponents are relentless in their pursuit of a different form of government where the State, and not the People, is the final arbiter of what is right, just, necessary and proper – a State where individual freedom and liberty are required to bow to the authority of the government and its so-called leaders. We need to be as vigilant as the Minutemen of our founding to speak out on a moment’s notice against the continual onslaught against our fundamental liberties. We must educate our fellow citizens as to why these basic, natural rights are important to maintain for ourselves as well as the generations that follow us. We need to defend in Congressional hearings against encroachments upon our basic liberties in the name of national security. We must continue to insist upon our rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures as well as from warrantless detention. And we absolutely must defend against attempts to weaken and disarm us, as the right to bear arms is our final and ultimate weapon against a tyrannical government.