Jobs and the Economic Growth: As an engineer working in the Aerospace and Defense industry for over 25 years, I have seen many jobs leave Arizona because the taxes and overhead are lower elsewhere. We have a talented work force here. I will work to get those jobs back by lowering taxes, and providing partnerships with current businesses in the state to maintain and create more employment in Arizona. Arizona has a lot to offer and is a great place to live and work.
Health Care versus Health Insurance: Health care represents a significant part of our states’s economy.
Health care is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, illness, injury, and other physical and mental impairments. Your healthcare is delivered by a practitioner of your choice.
Health insurance is the financial vehicle which is used to pay for the health care given by the provider (doctors, hospitals). Its purpose is to provide for those cases that are random, unplanned and catastrophic (car accidents, cancers, long-term illness). A devastating illness or accident should not bankrupt a family. Individuals and families should be able to choose an insurance policy that meets their needs relative to their stage of life. Young, healthy people, for example, who are just starting out in their careers should not be forced to pay hundreds of dollars per month in excessive health insurance costs. They should have the choice to select the right plan for themselves and their families. To facilitate this, I will support free market policy that increases competition and offers more customer choice.
Border Security: The federal government can do more in preventing drug cartels and human smugglers from crossing the border. We must secure our borders in order to protect our state from individuals entering illegally. Currently, the federal government has not fulfilled its most basic responsibility. Arizonans send a large number of dollars to the federal government to do this job and sadly, this effort has been ineffective. I will work with our Congressional delegation to not abdicate local responsibility and defend Arizonans’ safety.
Natural Resources: We have our own natural resources located within the State of Arizona. We should take advantage of our advances in technology to use safely our plentiful resources and make ourselves energy independent.
Pro-Life: The right to life is in the United States Constitution and I will vote to preserve life from conception to natural end.
Education: Arizonans are in the best position to determine the most effective ways to train, teach and motivate our children without the intervention of the federal government. Statistics show that parental involvement in a child’s education is a factor in that child’s success. Arizona needs leaders who promote the crucial relationship between families and teachers, and support an environment where the best teachers are motivated to undertake the job of educating our children.
Marriage: Marriage is not mentioned in the Federal Constitution and is therefore, not the federal governments’ business. There are many ways to protect the basic human rights of all. Redefining marriage says that women-mothers are dispensable; or fathers-men are dispensable. Men and women matter. They are equal but different.
Immigration: Most of us can trace our lineage to immigrants who came to America seeking a better life. Immigrants built America and we embrace our prosperity as a result. While we celebrate our country’s diversity, we also recognize that key parts of our current immigration system need to be addressed.
We have a pathway to citizenship, and I was proud to see this first hand when I recently attended a Naturalization Ceremony. Candidates followed the legal process, and are now proud citizens of the United States. Our laws, our processes, need to be enforced. Adherence to our current immigration policy is necessary to ensure continued prosperity and national security.
Military: Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution states Congress’ powers are: to raise and support Armies, provide and maintain a Navy, provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions. As the oath I intend to take states: “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic”, and I will absolutely legislate accordingly to protect our state and support our military.