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EDUCATION

I believe more emphasis should be placed on community colleges and technical institutes. I believe a redirecting of public funding for students excelling and graduating high school in 3 instead of 4 years should be used to fund community college and/or technical institutes. I believe in school choice, yet continue to support public school with fewer demands and concentration on standardized testing. I do not support Common Core and believe the states should have the rights to set and maintain the standards for their residents education. I support volunteer student initiate prayer in schools at all levels.

 

The goals are to:

  • Support legislation continue to get Washington out of the classroom and return the responsibility of educating the children back into the hands of the experts.
  • Promote school choice as a viable option.
  • Fight to ensure the $10,000- $12,000 per student is able to follow them where they go:
    • Charter
    • Online
    • Traditional
    • Or Trade School
  • Increase graduation rates by challenging how students are educated.

VETERAN AFFAIRS

The United States of America must fulfill its promises to the best of its ability. This is nowhere more important than with the promises made to those people who have put their lives on the line to defend this country. It is not acceptable that these people should be cheated by the intentional delay and partial fulfillment of these promises. Veterans should not be summoned to war at an instant notice while serving, only to have wait over a month at time to see a care provider.  It's time to not only provide better protections for veteran's rights, but also a right to better service!

                          

The goals are to:

  • Provide for an option that allows veterans to seek outside care when certain criteria are met, as an option to V.A. HealthCare.
  • Ensure the expedient release of those in leadership that prove to be inefficient and ineffective in carrying out their jobs.
  • Ensure our Veterans disability benefits are protected now and in the future.

HEALTHCARE

I reject any notion of government-run universal health care as we have seen evidence from around the world that government-run health care leads to inefficiencies, long waiting periods, and often substandard health care.

                            

The goals are to:

Provide an avenue for Texans and Americans to be able to afford reasonable healthcare. 

  • We must strip away anti-trust exemption that allow monopolies (with AMA price fixing and Insurance Companies).Insurance companies are already profiting from tax payer dollars in the area of 15 billion dollars per year.
  • Allow insurance companies to cross state lines.
  • Allow individuals and employers the opportunity to opt out of ACA (Obamacare).We must have an immediate repeal of the individual and employer mandates which requires most Americans to purchase government-controlled health insurance.
    • May reverse trends with reductions of full-time employees being hired.
    • May encourage economic growth in general.
  • Allow seniors to opt out of Medicare and ensure the protection of other benefits earned through years of working.
    • Protect seniors who disenroll from Medicare from automatically losing their Social Security benefits and from any requirements to pay back any benefits they've received in the past.
    • May allow options and other access to care.
    • May allow more options as far as doctors are concerned as many refuse to take Medicare patients because of inefficient government reimbursements.
  • Ensure Americans can have Tax Deductible Healthcare Savings Plans or Health Reimbursement Arrangements
    • Increase the amount individuals and employers can contribute.
      • $3,350 inv. / $6,750 fam
      • Average Employer $600 inv./ $ 1,250 fam
    • Allow HSA's for seniors on Medicare.
    • Allow greater flexibility for items that can be purchased from HSA such as vitamins, supplement, and even over the counter drugs that may help keep the individual healthy and avoid doctor’s visits.
  • Encourage more HSA (Health Savings Accounts) and Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA) or (Health Reimbursement Accounts) and allow greater flexibilities with yearly roll overs.
  • Allow individuals to join groups to combat high cost. 

SECOND AMENDMENT

I stand to protect the rights of individual citizens to bear arms and defend the constitutional right to do so. I stand with the G.O.P. platform and oppose federal licensing of law-abiding gun owners and national gun registration as a violation of the Second Amendment and an invasion of privacy of honest citizens.  Overall, I believe in an individual’s right to keep and bear fire arms.

                                

The goals are to:

  • Allow concealed license carriers to bear arms in schools and other highly populated, vulnerable gun-free zones, etc.
  • Promote awareness and sharing.“Be Aware and Ready to Share!”
    • Encourage and ensure people are pro-active in reporting concerning behavior and known threats.
  • Understand death statistics from guns vs. other methods:
    • 1,670 children died from abuse or neglect in FFY 2015 – average 4.5 per day. (National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS)
    • 1,604 people killed with “knives or cutting instruments.” FBI: UCR Table 12
    • 656 people were beaten to death with “hands, fists, feet, etc. Average 1.7 deaths per day. FBI: UCR Table 12
    • 374 people were shot and killed with rifles (of which AR-15 included).Average 1.2 death per day.FBI: UCR Table 12
    • Of the 30,000+ Deaths with Firearms, 20,000+ are suicides.
  • Designate 1% of the annual federal tax dollars collected for firearm sales ($123,000,000), which would be $6,150,000 to mental health education profession scholarships, fund public and private mental health opportunities for those under or uninsured, marketing.The education factor will hopefully encourage people to enter field and commit time in public sector offering services.

ISRAEL

The land of Israel is the ancestral homeland of the descendants of Israel / Jacob. This title was not lost when foreign powers drove most of the people out of the land. This was clear to the world after World War II when the state of Israel was again recognized. As their titled land it is theirs to defend and manage with the same rights as any other country.

The descendants of Israel / Jacob remain a special people to God and other nations will be judged according to their treatment of Israel.

  

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Among the constitutional freedoms listed by the founding fathers in the first amendment, the restriction upon the government from interfering with religious expression comes first. The government may not limit this expression directly through regulation, indirectly through taxation or other power of government, nor may it use its spending power to promote or discourage any religion. In essence, I believe that people of faith should be allowed to practice their faith freely as their holy books prescribe as long as it does not become a threat to the safety and welfare of our citizens.

                                      

LIFE/ABORTION

Life begins at conception and any attempt to destroy human life is murder. Life is not defined by size or developmental stage. No life is more important than another.  I AM PRO-LIFE.

The 'Voiceless' needs a 'Voice'! Abortion Statistics (U.S.):

  • 2,500+ per Day!
  • 105+ per Hour!
  • 1+per Minute!

Everyone deserves an ‘Advocate’, even if they ‘Cannot Speak’!

I will be a ‘Voice’ for the “Voiceless”!

          

The goals are to:

Continue to focus on passing pro-life legislation that will protect the unborn from the moment of conception by supporting legislation such as

  • Life at Conception Act which would in essence dismantle the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade ruling that favors abortion.It will also provide protection for the unborn under the 14th Amendment.
  • Parental Intervention Laws requiring minors to inform parents before any abortions are performed.
  • End tax payer funded abortions.

IMMIGRATION / BORDER SECURITY

Many foreign immigrants have no doubt enriched our country.  Nevertheless, immigrants who enter this country illegally should not be provided the same benefits that legal citizens are.  Any new immigration laws or reforms must address national security.  Those coming into the country are greatly welcomed; however, they must enter legally, as this provides the greatest safety and security to our country.

We must uphold our Constitution (Article 4 Section 4) and ensure people follow the law in route to becoming citizens of our great nation.  Amnesty should not be an option as it will only encourage those entering our country illegally to continue to do so.  We must also increase reconnaissance cameras, border patrol agents, and unmanned aerial flights at borders.  In addition we must provide border patrol agents with more advanced technology, tools, and structures to properly secure the borders.

Further, we must provide workers within those agencies that will be responsible for overseeing children and unaccompanied minors to free up agents.  End any form of catch and release.  Implement harsh penalty for those entering the country illegally.

INFRASTRUCTURE (ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT)

Promote Infrastructure-driven development.   Fight for resources that will be systematically directed towards long term resources such as transportation, energy, and social infrastructure which includes our schools, universities, hospitals, training facilities, etc.  Such resources can contribute to economic growth, technological advancements,  better transportation networks, power grids, and much more.

TAX CODE

We have over 70,000 pages of Tax Codes and regulations. We must simplify them and possibly get back to the basics and use just one form for filing. Complex tax codes cost the taxpayer as they typically acquire paid assistance to complete filings, while the IRS spends countless man hours ensuring accuracy against mistakes (and some abuse).

Further, such simplification will allow for a sizing down of the IRS and government in general.  Also, having a flat tax across the board would assist in simplification. 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT

We must ensure that small businesses are promoted and that regulations hindering their growth is limited or eliminated.  Small business need not be overly concern with the threat of new regulations that cause huge uncertainties, thus leading to a reluctance to hire.  Further, when businesses don’t know the cost factors of new regulations per employee, growth can be slowed or nonexistent.  Small businesses make up 64 percent of net new private-sector jobs and favorable and stable regulations for them can translate into increased employment.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY

Guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations – Increase the number of workers per retiree by continuing legislation favorable toward job creations.  Help workers with disabilities remain employed so as to lower the withdrawals from the Disability sector of Social Security.  Ensure that we curb illegal workers, many of whom are not paying into the Social Security System money that would increase funds for this benefit.  We may also gradually raise the age for Social Security beneficiaries for those that will be at least 10 years from eligibility to receive benefits. 

The Social Security Act was signed into law by President Roosevelt on August 14, 1935, whereby at 65 years of age a person could begin to draw this benefit. We must keep in mind that in the 1930’s the life expectancy was only 58 for men and 62 for women, and the retirement age was 65 which meant that most people that could draw Social Security, would only do so for a limited time.  However, today it is about 76 for a man and about 81 for a woman.  So that has changed but the age for drawing benefits hasn’t.  Therefore, if we gradually raise the age for Social Security beneficiaries for those that will be at least 10 years from eligibility to receive benefits, this is also help to ensure benefits for the future.

 

PROPOSED LEGISLATION

Employee Evacuation Protection Bill

 

                 

When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city.

Joshua 6:20



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