Economy

The free market system, competitive capitalism, and private enterprise create the greatest opportunity and the highest standard of living for all.  Free markets produce more economic growth, more jobs, and higher standards of living than those systems burdened by excessive government regulation.

Congress should promote entrepreneurship and investment with policies that would create jobs without adding to the deficit.

Congress must recognize that a strong economy and new hiring depends on the confidence businesses have in the future. Uncertainty is a fact of life for all businesses, but when Washington adds materially to that uncertainty, businesses invest less and hire less.

Looking Forward at the American Falls

 

Immigration

The lack of leadership in our government has caused the current issues we face with respect to immigration into our country.  Elected officials in Washington have called for securing the borders for decades but this has turned out to just be lip service.  Lack of enforcement has created large numbers of people that are considered illegal or undocumented. 

The United States has caused this problem.  The United States will need to solve this problem. 

The borders should be secured and maintained to avoid extending the issue into our future.  Current illegal or undocumented immigrants, those that have not committed crimes within our society, should be given the choice of becoming citizens provided with a path to citizenship and given a time period in which to follow that path.

Read reasonable steps towards a solution posted on blog here

 

War on Terror/Terrorism

Terrorism poses one of the greatest threats to the U.S. 

Terrorists must be stopped and destroyed.  Diplomacy and good intelligence-gathering is the best initial way to deal with nations that are supporting terrorism.  If diplomacy is not successful the use of military force is the best way to defeat terrorism around the world. 

 

Abortion

Pro Choice.  The decision is a personal one and will be made by each individual based upon their respective beliefs.  To impose someone else’s beliefs onto any individual is morally wrong. 

 

Gun Control

The Second Amendment gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms.  Individuals have the right to defend themselves.  Responsible gun ownership is lacking currently in our society.  Steps to ensure gun owners are responsible citizens need to be implemented and enforced.

 

Term Limits

The people have the power to limit their elected officials already.  This power can be exercised each time the voters go to the voting booth. 

The need for term limits is called for due to self-serving career politicians' desire to stay in office.  The problem arises because these same self-serving career politicians are the individuals that will need to impose limits onto themselves.  This is a serious conflict of interest.

People would limit incumbent’s re-election efforts if voters would consider the effectiveness of the entire body as opposed to the individual running for re-election.  How effective has the Senate been in recent years? 

 

Student Loan Debt

A heavy burden is placed on our youth in order for them to obtain a higher education.  Just as incentives are in place for home ownership and saving for retirement so should an incentive be in place to pay off loans for those that seek post-secondary education.  One possible incentive would be to establish a specific annual amount be set before taxes for repayment of student loans.

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