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:
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Whenever the safety or welfare of the mother or other children in utero are threatened by a continuing pregnancy; or in cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape, sexual assault, or incest; or whenever a physician’s medical judgment is that the fetus posses an abnormality that is incompatible with life.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
The United States must acknowledge the threat posed by radical ideologies, such as Islamic terrorists, and address this as a problem endemic to a group of like-minded ideologues, which is more akin to a war between nations than a series of discrete, individual criminal acts. Consequently, the United State should employ its diplomatic and military resources to address the threat, rather than relying solely on law enforcement resources.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
America's Founders realized, quite rightly, that absent sources of control, human nature inclines individuals to amass power and resources for the benefit of themselves, as well as their friends and family. This natural and ordinary impulse is corrupted whenever the power of government is used to further such ends. Therefore, the three branches of government were each designed as a check on the ambitions of either of the other two.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a Christian who attends both Catholic and Protestant churches, and I believe that the fundamental tenants of Christianity form a basis for morality, the adherence to which will lead humans to lead a good life that benefits themselves, their families, their neighbors, and their adversaries.
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.
You may review any of the three candidate forums that have been held in this race thus far. Prior to standing for public office, I did not lead a public life, and I generally find social media to be a misuse of precious time.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Approximately one-third of the healthcare costs in the United States are administrative costs relating to the collection of payment for services. Simply streamlining this process would save billions. Additionally, the current incentives in the healthcare system are misaligned: doctors are only paid if they see patients, they are not compensated for preventative care; and patients are disconnected from the cost of services. Increasing health savings accounts and providing for more billing transparency will align consumers' use and cost of care. Pilot programs should be explored wherein doctors are paid a flat rate for the care of certain populations. Insurance companies should be required to compete across state lines, and insurance coverage should not be one size fits all.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The government should boost the economy by reducing taxation to the minimum levels necessary to provide essential services and maintain low rates that are competitive with foreign countries. Governments should boost the economy by providing critical infrastructure investment at either the federal or state level, as appropriate, e.g. law enforcement, roads, airports, sea ports. Governments may legitimately boost the economy by providing economic incentives for companies to locate within their borders, particularly incentives that increase citizen employment through reduced government taxation.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
The tax code is an instrument of fiscal policy. Therefore, it should incentivize desirable behaviors, such as, saving for retirement and emergencies, marriage, home ownership, donating to charitable endeavors, etc. It should also be simplified to the greatest extent possible, as it ceases to be an effective incentive if it is not understood.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Reduce taxation and illegal immigration.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Social Security must immediately be reformed to address the imminent changes in demographics and current life expectancy of Americans. It should be restructured into a baseline mandatory savings/poverty avoidance combined with a savings incentive. Social Security, as it presently exists, is both mathematically unsustainable and incentivizes the wrong behaviors. For examples of the latter, it incentivizes early retirement; however, it disincentives voluntary savings and young adults having children,
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Our most challenging issues in this country are presently financial and it is the role of Congress to pass laws. I have an undergraduate degree in Political Science, an International Masters of Business Administration, and a law degree. I am licensed to practice law in multiple states. I have served as counsel for the then largest bank headquartered in South Carolina when Dodd-Frank was enacted, and I have served as an executive for the largest accounting firm headquartered in South Carolina.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I am a husband and a father and I am seeking the office of Congressional Representative because we need adults in Washington DC to make difficult decisions for the benefit of our children and future generations.