1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.
2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.
3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.
4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry into the country.
5. Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.
8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.
9. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.
11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed to protect public safety.
12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.
13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.
14. The federal government should establish Common Core as a nationwide academic standard for high school graduation.
15. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The Separation of Powers doctrine was inspired by John Locke and implemented in the Constitution by the Framers to do one primary thing: to prevent the majority from ruling with an iron fist and to prevent any one branch from becoming too powerful. Separation of Powers ensures that each branch operates within Constitutional limits and doesn’t become destructive of Constitutional aims.
16. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
1. Debt and deficit reduction. Our national debt is threatening Social Security, Medicare and a host of essential government functions. 2. Repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, because of this law, Central Washington residents are dealing with more government bureaucracy, cancelled health plans, higher premiums, loss of doctors and Medicare cuts. 3. Agricultural issues - We are an ag-heavy district. We need immigration reform to ensure a stable workforce. We need increased water storage for our arid farmland. We need sensible land-use decisions made locally, not by federal bureaucrats and government policies that promote a healthy business and trade climate.
17. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
I consider myself to be strongly pro-life. I believe that unborn children should be protected by law and that abortion should be permitted only when necessary to prevent the death of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. I believe that we also need to ensure that women who are facing these terrible choices receive emotional support and are made aware of options available to them, such as adoption.
18. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.
(1) God, (2) Constitution, (3) Voters, (4) Congress and the Supreme Court
19. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Christian conservative who believes in the balance of powers, states rights and that the Constitution is a living document. I also believe that as a Representative, I represent all people, regardless of their political affiliation or label.