Economy and Jobs. Our economy runs on businesses, not government. Wisconsin made significant progress over the past two years, but we still have work to do. The best way to create jobs is for the government to step aside and let capitalism work. My main goal if elected to the State Senate is to continue to create a more business friendly state so that our families can get back to work. That begins by repealing unnecessary regulations that make it difficult for businesses to growing. It also means taking an aggressive stance on passing a mining bill, improving the balance of our litigation environment between business and consumer, and lowering the overall tax burden through budget reform.
Taxes.Taxes are necessary for our government to run and carry out the duties required in our constitution. Those in office in turn need to be good stewards of the resources provided from the citizens. I want to bring more accountability into place that will help lead to more responsible spending. As I went through the most recent state budget it was difficult to get details on where the money was going. It shouldn't take a CPA to understand how our money is being spent. I ask for your vote because I have extensive qualifications in this area and would make a positive impact in the Senate. Lets get spending under control and reduce the overbearing taxes in this state.
Welfare. I believe that part of our moral obligation is to ensure that those in society who are unable to care for themselves are cared for. What has been blurred is the definition of who that is. My goal in Madison is to to significantly refine this definition. Benjamin Franklin understood this issue over 200 years ago when he said "In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer." People who are on welfare that are capable of working are being cheated out of their pursuit of happiness and a feeling of purpose, and that goes against the very core of our constitution.
Immigration. The responsibility of Government in regards to those applying for citizenship is to provide a reasonable process of review in a timely manner. Those who go through the legal process of citizenship are entitled to the amazing opportunities this country has to offer, but those who chose to bypass our laws are not. If we want to fix the immigration issue in this state, which has an estimated annual cost to taxpayers of $425 million, we simply stop giving benefits to illegal immigrants. No more welfare, healthcare, tuition discounts or drivers licenses. We need to send a message that Wisconsin, and our Country for that matter, does not provide for those who break our laws. These laws were put in place to protect the citizens who legally abide here, which is especially important in the dangerous times we live in.
Role of Government. The Constitution specifies the role of government in the Pre-amble. This clearly defines and limits the purpose of our government, and I believe it is the role of our State Senate to measure all legislation against those purposes. No law should be passed that goes beyond the defined scope, with the exception of a passed amendment taking place that changes the scope. It is clear some want to expand the scope of government to all areas of life. This is because they feel the citizens they represent are not capable of thinking on their own. I could not disagree more. This country became great because of the people who make it up, not from big government.
Education. Our State education system historically has been ranked top in the nation, which is something to be proud of. That has declined over the past decade, so we have some work to do. Having two kids in school and being involved on the School Board has given me an appreciation for, and insight into, education. The key to quality education is solid teachers, involved parents, and local decision making. We must continue school choice and vouchers to ensure there is accountability. Strong schools will thrive but weak schools will not survive. We must get parents more involved, because teachers need active partners in order to maximize their effectiveness. Also, we need to get our cost per student under control, as this is not in line with the quality of the education being provided. This is especially evident in our inner city schools.
Environment. Caring for our environment is an important part of government. Growing up on our 500 acre farm and being an avid outdoorsman gave me a deep appreciation for our natural resources. Protection of these resources must be balanced with the taxpayers ability to pay. Based on the current economic environment I feel we should reduce funding initiatives for increase government ownership of land and green initiatives. I believe in programs such as increased use of nuclear power, which would decrease pollution and our dependence on fossil fuels. Protection of the Great Lakes is also essential, as they provide drinking water to over 30 million people. I would use common sense when reviewing, drafting or voting on environmental legislation.
Religion. I have spent a significant amount of time researching the first amendment, which includes "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." After my studies I believe the purpose of this amendment was to ensure that Government did not establish a national religion, as England had implemented and was enforcing with an iron fist. This is what drove the first settlers to America. Thus Jefferson’s statement about having an" impenetrable" wall between Church and State. Many miss the second part of the clause that restricts government from “prohibiting the exercise” of religion. Exercise of this freedom must be upheld, and only when religion conflicts with the well-being of society should government step in.
Abortion. I believe that life begins at conception, and that it is the duty of government to protect individual rights and freedoms. We in district 33 have overwhelmingly voted pro-life. For these reasons I would fight for the rights of the unborn in Madison that are currently being infringed upon. I would also work to ensure no funding in the government healthcare system for abortions or organizations that promote them. Educating parents and students on abstinence is our best offense to reduce unplanned pregnancies, not providing condoms and killing the child.
"People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend."
Walter Savage Landor