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?
Ideally, under no circumstances should abortion be allowed.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
First, the United States must adequately fund the Department of Defense to the levels required by the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs. Second, Congress must fund border security (including any required wall or fencing), modern security surveillance over all borders, ports and points of entry; and modernize our immigration system to understand who is entering our nation including the use of e-Verify for foreign nationals using work visas in the United States and our territories around the world. Third, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security must have sufficient robust, plans to track and neutralize threat from radical Islamic terrorist organizations and persons against the United States homeland and our territories around the world.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The threats of prosecution for one’s religious beliefs led America’s Founding Fathers to flee their homeland in search of a new home. Through the trials and tribulations against their former oppressors, they won independence in the Revolutionary War and created a government that protected their God-given freedoms found in the United States Constitution.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I am an Evangelical Protestant Christian.
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.
First, my voting record as Sussex County Councilman is available at sussexcountyde.gov/county-council. Second, see the positions found on my campaign web site – robarlett.com. Third, I am paid member of the Delaware Family Policy Council (a Family Research Council affiliate) and the Faith & Freedom Coalition Delaware, a state affiliate of the Faith & Freedom Coalition.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
My first action would be to sponsor or co-sponsor the repeal of the 1987 Safe Harbor Statute which allowed for rebates (or kickbacks) to be rewarded to certain health group purchasing organizations (GPO) or pharmacy benefit managers (PBM). This allowed for certain entities to control access and costs of health care services and pharmaceutical drugs. I became aware of this law during a health care town hall I hosted in Newark in June 2018. I find this very troubling and intend to fix this as this is impacting far too many Delawareans with high health care costs. Additionally, I would partner with my Senate colleagues to implement reforms to the health care industry by opening up competition of health insurance companies to Delaware and American consumers. In Delaware we only have Highmark Delaware operating on the public exchange, and that is just not acceptable. The last action would be to implement national medical tort reform to limit judicial penalties for medical procedures.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
The federal government through the federal departments must continue to remove regulations that make it harder to set up a new business, or expand one. Regulations are costly impediments to economic growth and must be minimized to make setting up a business easy and fair. Congress must make the 2017 tax cuts for individuals permanent and ensure that no changes to corporate taxation are made. Congress must support the President and his administration in reviewing any trade deals to ensure they are fair and benefit the American people.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
At this time, the 2017 tax cuts for benefits should be made permanent. Many small businesses which create the majority of net new jobs are taxed at the individual or sole-proprietorship level.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
The best way to bring down unemployment is to understand there is dignity in work, and that every health American should be able to obtain employment to meet the needs for themselves and their families. Ideally, with right to work still in only 28 states, a national right to work law may be necessary to ensure that all Americans have equal access to suitable employment. Right to work based on the dignity of work principle is about having a fair, level playing field for businesses to establish and grow. The states with the lowest employment numbers are the ones without right to work laws.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
The first step is to pass a federal law making it a illegal to use any Social Security funds to fund the general fund (to fund federal government operations. Additionally, the Social Security Administration must be required to publish reports to Congress on the health and soundness of the Social Security program including current and prospective funding levels for all benefits. Congress must have oversight over the program working with Social Security Administration semi-annually to ensure the program, investments and benefit allocation projections will meet the needs of current beneficiaries and future generations.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Robert Arlett currently serves on the Sussex County Council, representing the 5th County Council district. The 5th County Council District represents southern Sussex County. The son of a career U.S. Naval officer, Mr. Arlett has lived in many areas of the United States, including California, Hawaii and Virginia, where he attended George Mason University and enlisted in the Naval Reserve. There, Mr. Arlett served as an intelligence specialist with top-secret security clearance before eventually leaving and coming to Delaware in 2006.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
Voters may reach me directly at email@example.com or via phone at (302)858-0211
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Born in Rhode Island, but raised in Southern California, Mr. Arlett found his way to the nation’s second smallest state in 2005, when he started a real estate business and put down roots with his family in coastal Sussex County. Rob and his wife Lorna have been married for nearly twenty-nine years. Together they are the parents of two adult children, one of which attends the United States Naval Academy.