Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.
Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.
Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
I believe that the DOJ should increase its use of RICO in terrorist cases. It worked against the mafia, and it will work for religious extremists. At the same time we must scale back the PATRIOT Act and its unconstitutional expansion of the government’s right to search Americans. We must not continue to allow the CBP to perform searches on all the electronic devices that enter America. We must not continue to permit the NSA to wiretap us all and demand that Google release all its information on law abiding citizens. We must not abandon our freedoms for a modicum of security – or we will have neither.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
It is no surprise that Adam Smith and the Founders were both writing their masterpieces in 1776. The Capitalist and Republican revolutions are two sides of the same coin. The idea that everyone operating in their own self-interest and competing against each other would lead to a more robust, efficient system permeates both. Sadly our founders did not anticipate that congress would abdicate its role as co-equal branch, deferring to the President on all matters.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am Roman Catholic.
When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
I am a Registered Republican. I am an energy attorney. please go to www.stefanofortexas.com where you can see all my public interviews and comments on the issues.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I would be a freshman Senator, so I will support any bi-partisan legislation that will address our failing healthcare system. That being said, I have a policy prescription: 1. We split healthcare into two categories – catastrophic and routine. 2. We use the HSAs that everyone has now, and the government funds them with, say, $10K each year, to every citizen. It can be used for any medical expense as cash. It rolls over, but it cannot be inherited. A person can spend more if they desire, but it they run out of money, there is no public insurance plan for the routine items this money is for. 3. We have a subsidized federal catastrophic risk policy for all Americans, with subsidized rates for the poor and middle class. Anyone can opt-out, but each year you start out enrolled. This will reduce the cost for things like MRIs, colonoscopies and check-ups by 40-80%, not have a mandate, and save companies about 1/3 of the cost of their labor.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
It is not the federal government’s job to create jobs or to intervene in the economy. It is the federal government’s job to provide a base of standards and common goods that enable private citizens and private industries to create jobs and grow the economy.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
Our tax code should be simplified, with a bi-partisan, long-term deal that provides business with certainty and eliminates the deficit. We should eliminate subsidies on coal and ethanol.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Having a competitive, booming economy, with simple regulations and free markets, is the best path to prosperity and a low unemployment rate. Every time the government interferes in the operation of free-market capitalism, it wreaks havoc and results in unintended consequences.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Social Security’s insolvency has been a constant in my life. My generation, and all those after it, assumes that we will pay into Social Security our entire working lives, but receive nothing – or worse, worthless paper that only nominally has the value of what was paid in. So when we talk about Social Security, what we are really talking about is how we will sustain retiring boomers for the next 30 years. I propose the following: First, nothing changes for anyone over 50. Anyone between the ages of 30 and 50 will not be eligible to retire until age 70, and with incentives for postponed retirements. Since there is no subsequent generation paying for us, whatever remains will be divided equally among those who are below a lifetime income cap. Everyone under the age of 30, millennials all, should be given private SSA accounts. In other words, everyone under the age of 30 will remove politicians from the provision of this safety net.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the University of Fordham Law School, I am an attorney with 10 years of experience in the energy industry successfully negotiating major domestic and international transactions and major projects onshore, offshore, in LNG, and representing or negotiating against governments. I also gained a deep understanding of our financial system while representing major financial institutions during the financial crisis. I am the son of an Italian immigrant doctor and Army reservist who moved to Texas when he first came to America, I am married to a wonderful Puerto Rican wife and the father to two wonderful children and I speak English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Mandarin Chinese. In short, my family and career have given me an insider's view of the major issues that affect Texas and America and I have the negotiating chops to reach pragmatic solutions that benefit real people, not just the donor class.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
This is my first, and likely only, run for public office as I have not made my career in politics - a good thing in my estimation. Washington has been filled with ambitious, career government officials with years of building political donor networks. I find it odd and hypocritical that these people, constantly disparaging the government, are the same ones who have only ever nurtured careers and ambitions in the government sector - never seeking out the experience of the rest of us in the private sector. These people have focused on divisive partisan issues to raise their profile at the expense of the real issues that plague Texans every day. Each time I sit down at the negotiation table during a business deal, my priority is always to facilitate the best possible outcome for my client. I believe a willingness and respect for the give-and-take process of negotiating will better serve Texas' interests in the U.S. Senate than its current representative ever possibly could.