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 elections:
2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
Whenever the woman who has the baby growing inside of her feels that it is the right decision for her at that time in her life. Unless you are OK with arresting and strapping women to tables for 9 months? Are you OK with that?
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
Stop poking the fire of religious extremism with our own version of the same. People around the world are mostly good, decent and peace-loving. Once you realize that, it becomes clear that shouting all angry like about "radical Islamic terrorism" makes you sound less like a follower of Christ the peacemaker and more like a terrorist yourself. Make peace with your enemies. That is what we are instructed to do.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
It is indeed our capacity to overlook our own faults and believe too fervently our own truth that led the founders to create the brilliant system of checks and balances that has kept our government so stable for so long.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I believe that the spiritual should guide and inform the way we approach our fellow man. At the center of my faith is a belief that every human is born with inherent dignity and as such should be treated with respect and given every opportunity to thrive. Goodness exists in all of us, a reflection of the original goodness of God, and it is up to us as a human community to help each other develop, protect and cherish that goodness.
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?
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In a world full of extremes I believe we need to refocus on practical and pragmatic solutions to the problems we face together. It is not healthy or productive to insulate ourselves from each other by attempting to label one another as this, that or the other type of person. We are one American family and should listen to and treat each other as such.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
We need to experiment with opening up Medicare to all Americans. With over 90% approval by those who use the program and only 2% administrative costs (compared to 18% on the private market) there is no excuse for perpetuating the broken system of employer based "health insurance" that has left so many Americans dead or bankrupt. There should be no "health insurance". There should only be "health care", and in the richest country in the world it should be guaranteed as a right.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
Of course the government has always and will always be a substantial player in the economy. Money spends the same no matter who spends it and the Federal government in particular has an essential role in funding projects in infrastructure, education and scientific research that would otherwise not be pursued. The interstate highway system and the internet itself are both perfect examples of advancements only the United States government could have accomplished.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
We need a return to a tax code that gives a boost to the regular working families of America, trying desperately to get ahead, while asking the millionaire investor class to finally pay what they owe, to a society that has given them everything. The initial tax bracket should be dropped to ZERO for the first $30,000 everyone in this country makes. The top marginal tax rate should be returned to what it was in the "great years" of the 1950s and 60s, when millionaires were asked to pay more of their substantial fortunes so the rest of the country did not waste away from lack of revenue. Moreover we need a new Financial Transaction tax on Wall St, one that does not effect the steady 401ks and mutual funds that invest in the future of America but that, with a small tax on each trade, finally reigns in the short-sellers and high-speed traders who leech money from the markets to fund their own extravagant lifestyles.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
Restore power to the unions. Encourage companies with record profits to reinvest in their own workforce instead of using hundreds of billions of dollars on unproductive stock buybacks. Invest in infrastructure and affordable housing. Stop pretending that top managers are worth some 400 times as much as the average worker at their company. Invest in the technologies and jobs of the future instead of doubling down on the obsolete industries of the 20th century.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
By finally raising enough revenue to treat taking care of our Seniors with the seriousness of purpose that such an important task deserves. If you want the rich to be as rich as they could ever be, then the poor will inevitably be that much poorer. We need to start taking care of each other again in this country and that means getting our priorities straight and putting our money where our mouth is.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
I studied Comparative Government and Foreign Policy at Louisiana State University and am a small-business owner who runs a Family Farm here in Louisiana with three generations of my family. Whats more important is that I care about the people in this community and will make it my purpose in life to be a bridge between the differing sides of our policy debates, until we can remember that we are all part of one American family.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
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Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Louisiana's 5th District is one of the poorest in the nation but we are currently represented by a multi-millionaire. I am running to be a voice for the regular working men and women of this state, to start doing better by one another and get back to an understanding of how we are all one people in this greatest of all nations. Vote Jessee on Tuesday, November 6th and let's start being good to each other again.