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, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I believe we should protect life at all stages. Without life, you can't have liberty. That being said, if someone wants to have an abortion they will find a way to do so, either on the black market or using some other unsafe measures. I believe the government should do everything in its power to limit unwanted pregnancies in the first place, starting with making birth control available over the counter. I don't think we should encourage abortions or make them easy, but punishing people for doing them safely instead of getting it done via the black market doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
We need a strong military at home, and to stop meddling in the affairs of other countries in the middle east. Most of the time when radical Islamists hate us and try to attack us it's because we're over there killing civilians with drone bombs. We'd get angry too if we were in their shoes. We're trillions of dollars in debt as it is, and don't need to be spending more to prop up dictators in these countries, historically setting them up for failure a few years later.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Our founders saw the dangers of a tyrannical government that they had lived under for years, and knew that a limited government with separation of powers would be a good way to combat the corruption and abuse of power that had become the norm.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I was raised Catholic, but now consider myself a Christian. I believe in helping and supporting my fellow man to the best of my abilities, and it is a life goal of mine to make a large and positive impact on the world.
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 Libertarian. You can view my website and Facebook page for more information on some of my positions. I am in agreement with a majority of the Libertarian Party's beliefs, which are outlined here - https://www.lp.org/platform/
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I would firstly get the government out of it as much as possible. Some of the meddling the government has done has been very harmful and caused prices to soar. I'd also love to see the Insurance companies have less power. Back in the day you would pay for routine doctor visits out of pocket, and only rely on insurance for extreme/catastrophic situations. Now you need insurance for everything; prices are way too inflated, and everyone knows it. I'd also love to see the tie between employer and insurance severed. It does not make sense that if you lose your job you should lose your health insurance, an it should be handled separately.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
Get out of it and let the free market function.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
It needs to be extremely simplified. We are being way over-taxed and our government spends our money recklessly and wastefully. The tax code is also extremely complicated with way too many loopholes, and it's borderline impossible for someone who is not an accountant or using some software to file their own taxes. I am a fan of the Penny Plan, where we reduce the amount of government spending across the board by 1 penny on the dollar every year until the budget is balanced. This would allow us to lower taxation over time and free up the wallets of the American people to help boost the economy.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Reduce regulations on small businesses and the market. When businesses have to comply with regulations (usually lobbied for by bigger companies that are their competition) they have to spend money that could otherwise be used to make new hires. I'd also love to see the barrier to entry reduced for many markets out there, which would allow Americans to be more entrepreneurial and start their own small businesses. It is daunting sometimes when you look at the amount of licensing you need to start some companies.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
We can't. The program is going to go bankrupt and everyone knows it. We need to let young people opt out, because they're paying into a program they will never see benefits from. If they instead invest that money into a retirement account they'd be a lot better off. As for people who are relying on it in the future - we need the government to stop stealing money from the program to fund other things. After that we should cut other wasteful spending and unnecessary federal agencies & programs to help fund what should be paid out to Americans.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I went to Stevens Institute of Technology and received a Bachelors degree in Computer Science. I have worked for several start-up companies, currently enjoying success at Players' Lounge (https://playerslounge.co) where I have gotten great exposure to many aspects of business. I have never held any political office, but I view that as a positive. I believe we need more smart people in office with varying career backgrounds, instead of just Political Science majors and Lawyers.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (551) 258-3268
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I believe in maximum freedom, minimum government, and liberty for all. If you are fed up with the broken 2 party system, and Albio Sires' stranglehold on NJ's 8th Congressional District, please cast your vote my way. Thank you!