Rights of the Unborn

I am pro-life for the whole life, from conception until natural death. I will never vote to fund any organization that performs abortions. I will always protect the Right to Life of the unborn child in the womb. 


Doesn't a woman have the right to choose to control her own body?

I have no intention of legislating a woman's body. I have every intention of protecting the baby's body that now resides inside the woman.


But didn't Roe V. Wade give women a right to an abortion?

The Roe V. Wade ruling states that through the 14th and 9th amendments (14th to include every gender and race, and 9th to include rights outside the constitution), the woman has a right to privacy in the first trimester of the pregnancy, and after the first trimester the State has an interest in the pregnancy and may enact legislation. If abortion was a right, the Supreme Court would not let the State enact legislation during any point of the pregnancy.


What about in the case of rape and incest?

Rape and Incest account for 0.1% of all abortions in the United States. I do not believe it is proper to base legislation off 0.1%. I also believe that the nature of conception should not dictate the life of the child.


Government Debt

The United States has $22.3 Trillion of debt, and currently adds $1 Trillion each year. My proposal will balance the budget in 3 years, and cut the debt in half in 17 years. 


Why not raise taxes on the rich?

The 2018 tax cuts reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%, cut individual tax rates, and doubled the standard deduction for those who do not itemize deductions. Federal revenues for 2018 were a record $3.33 Trillion. History proves to us that when tax rates are lower, tax revenues increase.


Where do we cut spending?

96% of the federal revenue is spent on 4 items.  To balance the budget and pay down debt, these items must be reformed for younger generations.

 

The top 4 budget items in the United States:

1) Medicare/Medicaid         $1.16 Trillion

2) Social Security                  $1.02 Trillion

3) Defense                             $637 Billion

4) Interest on Debt              $296 Billion

Total                                      $3.19 Trillion


So what is your proposal?

Cut spending by 8%, and each subsequent year reduce spending by 1% less (7%, 6%, etc.) Once a 2% cut is reached, keep reducing spending by 2%. The budget will be balanced in 3 years, and the debt will be cut in half in 17 years.

2nd Amendment

I am an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and will fight tirelessly to never see it infringed upon. I firmly believe guns help provide protection and security. 


Do you support background checks?

No. A background check consists of employment, education, criminal records, credit history, motor vehicle, and license record checks. This criteria simply does not highlight whether the customer will use the gun for good or bad purposes. 


What about the Gun Show loophole?

There is no loophole in federal law that exempts transactions at Gun Shows from any laws. Any registered Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) must confirm you are legally required to purchase a gun regardless of the location of the transaction.

 

Don't criminals get their guns in Indiana and commit their crimes in Chicago?

A 2017 Gun Trace Report produced by the City of Chicago traced the purchase point of guns used in crimes. Indiana only had 3 dealers in the top 10. (#3, #4, #9)


Term Limits

I support enacting term limits for both members of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. I propose a 2-2-2 term limit: 2 terms in the House of Representatives (4 years), 2 terms in the Senate (12 years), and 2 terms as President (8 years). 


Term Limits curtails career politicians.

Senate Majority and Minority Leaders Mitch McMconnell and Chuck Schumer were first elected to the Senate in 1984 and 1998, respectively. House Majority and Minor Leaders Steny Hoyer and Kevin McCarthy were first elected to the House in 1981 and 2006, respectively.


34 of the current 100 (34%) U.S. Senators have served more than 2 terms (12 years)

287 of the current 435 (66%) U.S. House members have served more than 2 terms (4 years)

Education

I support investing in "Soft Skills" rather than STEM for K-12 education.  Soft Skills can be used across all industries and job types. According to Forbes, 94% of recruiters believe that outstanding soft skills outweigh experience.


What are the "Soft Skills"?

1) Communication

2) Teamwork

3) Adaptability

4) Problem solving

5) Creativity

6) Work ethic

7) Interpersonal skills

8) Time management

9) Leadership

10) Attention to detail


Why do you focus on K-12?

According to a study by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, there will be 55 million job openings in the economy through 2020. Of these openings, 36% (19.8 million) will not require an education beyond high school.