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, 2010 Republican Primary, 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?
I believe in the sanctity of life and that all innocent life is precious. However, given the circumstances of a mother's life being in danger, or a woman being the victim of rape or incest, the woman should have the right to make this very difficult choice.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
1) Maintain a strong military approach in the Middle East designed to eliminate Isis, Al Queda, and any of their allies; 2) Enhance on the ground intelligence in the Middle East to cut-off formation of youthful cells; 3) Enhance cyber-security vigilance and monitoring to cutoff funding; 4) Enlist help of American loving Muslim community to speak out against radical Islamic terrorism; and 5) Support Middle East allies that take a strong stance against radical Islamic terrorism, especially, Israel.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
In establishing this unique experiment called "democracy," our founders understood that while the rights of man were inalienable rights given to man from God, man's sinful nature - if unchecked - would work against the experiment in self-governance. Our founders brilliantly understood that we had to monitor ourselves to avoid abuses in our democracy and therefore, the constitutional system of "checks & balances" was born.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am a born again Christian, which means I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and is my redeemer for eternal life. We have been blessed with a wonderful church family over the years and our children were raised to honor God first in their lives. I am thankful for God's blessings in my life and I believe that to whom much is given much is expected. I could not stand by in good conscious and allow hatred and lack of respect for our Constitution to take over our great nation. I hope to be a voice of reason during a turbulent time in our nation's history.
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 have served on a myriad of public boards from the 1990's forward - all as listed above. This has led to interactions with hundreds of board members who could all be called upon to to speak to my political beliefs on a liberal to conservative spectrum. Most recently, while serving on the Broward County Charter Review Commission, after the tragic school shooting in Parkland, FL, board members tried to use this board to pursue gun law resolutions designed to circumvent a Florida statute that preempted any such measures. I argued it was improper, it was the wrong venue, and that a charter review commission should not be used to undermine state law or for scoring "political points." Nevertheless a vote was taken, and I was the single, lone vote against the resolution.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I believe that the private sector is the backbone of our economy and our healthcare system. That requires a structural reformation to healthcare financing to assure a better balance between insurance companies and healthcare providers. Beyond the President's goal of allowing insurance companies to rate across state lines (in order to facilitate lower premiums), encouraging regional systems, like that of Memorial Healthcare System in Broward (on whose Board I served for 8 years), would place providers in a better position to negotiate rates that would allow them to deliver healthcare services at reasonable costs. Assuring cost coverage and a profit eliminates the spectacularly outrageous examples of runaway medical invoices, e.g., the $6 aspirin, while still allowing us to maintain quality healthcare for all (including those with pre-existing conditions – a must).
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
Government's primary role is to "stay out of the way." That's not to say you cannot assist and influence economic development, for example, like through tax policy - tax cuts, deferrals, or delays - all designed to discourage poor performance, bad actors, or failing industries. But, in general, I see government like a condominium where the association takes care of the common areas - law & order, local first responders (e.g., firefighters), military, border control, disease control, safety net providers, natural disaster responders, etc., and the citizens take care of their themselves and their units.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
I would simplify it. Back in the '90's Steve Forbes called for a 10% flat tax. Back then they laughed at it. Today, it seems to make a lot of sense. President Trump's 2017 tax cut bill has spurred a roaring, economic recovery by taking it to a new level not seen in decades. It has served to make the point - if you simplify it, companies and people won't spend time working to "get around it" or worse, send it overseas. It is the proverbial Laffer's Curve coming to life. As a private sector employee and business owner of 30 years, I would galvanize local talent (e.g., chamber leaders) to help us develop further approaches designed to help boost small business growth & development, and introduce legislation that would serve to affirm those approaches. A strong economy is the best "public assistance" program the federal government can offer its citizens.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Jobs, jobs, and more jobs. That, coupled with a reasonable, forward-looking, revamped, overhauled, immigration system should keep America working for decades to come. As those changes begin impacting existing sectors, it's crucial to treat the issue of unemployment holistically. The private sector should be incentivized (or de-disincentivized) to explore and expand growing employment sectors - from high-tech to renewable energy to space exploration and automation. Our existing workforce should also be afforded every opportunity to retrain themselves and embrace a new career, whether it be learning a trade, apprenticing, or investing into higher education. In the end, flexible and mobile work force makes an economy resilient.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Social security is a social compact made with our seniors long ago, and it must never be broken. Current senior citizens already retired and those within 15-years of retirement, can be assured I will honor that commitment. With regard to future generations, the numbers don't work and would require "Tweaking" if unchanged to keep it viable - e.g., reduced benefits, extend the retirement age, or provide healthy, younger, people the right to take their tax allotment and place those monies in Health Savings Accounts. It is this latter approach which younger generations seem ready to embrace. I would work with experts in the field to design a plan that offers a hybrid approach that works for current and future generations to ensure we have the cash-flow necessary to meet our current, short-term needs and have the system in place that will help us meet future commitments.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I have Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. I have a Juris Doctorate degree. I have been a practicing attorney for 30 years. I have served on numerous public boards, including being a gubernatorial appointee to the Memorial Healthcare System, a $1 Billion+ healthcare system. I have also been very engaged in the private sector having been a partner at major law firms, smaller firms, and my own law firm over many years. Additionally, I've held ownership interests in other, related business ventures which have all served to provide me with very practical insights to doing business and in particular, to the impact of government intrusion or mandates.
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I have never run for office before. My commitments have always been God, family and community. When approached about public office, it was in the midst of President Trump's victory and what one-man had done to shake up the political landscape. Living in South FL, I knew we were in need of a similar shake-up. From there God opened doors to make this possible. My kids are adults, but I look at my grand-kids and realize they deserve the America my parents came here for, & my sisters and I were born into. My parents left Cuba for the land of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I have embraced "that" America and believe - all is possible in America. Coupled with a strong faith, family, family values, & a zealous work ethic, we have been blessed in abundance. It is our time to stand up and defend this great country from the extremists that want to tear us down. If God see fits to place me in this position, I will honor my commitment to stand firm for America.