1. Free enterprise and the right to private property turn mankind's natural self interest into the fairest and most productive economic system there is, and are the key to national prosperity.
2. It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health care and a livable income.
3. The United States must maintain a nuclear arsenal that is safe, reliable, modern and numerically superior to those of potential adversaries.
4. Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.
5. The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) should be repealed by Congress.
6. Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
7. Marriage is a union of one man and one woman. No government has the authority to alter this definition.
8. Efforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.
9. Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
10. Governments should pay to develop wind and solar energy solutions when these are not economically feasible.
11. More restrictive gun control laws are needed now to protect public safety.
12. The founders established pure democracy in the Constitution because they believed that it is the best form of government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of all citizens.
13. People should be able to vote without photo identification.
14. What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers within the Constitution?
"Separation of powers" is intending to check the abuse of power by any one person or group. (Regarding question 12 above, the founders established a Republic, not a pure Democracy. That being said, they did form the US government to ensure the safety and equitable treatment of citizens.)
15. Briefly list three (3) political or legislative issues of most concern to you, and explain why each is important to you.
1) Partisan divide: Division and dysfunction in Congress is the most important issue effecting the United States. I'm running for Congress to counter the unproductive partisan wrangling that characterizes Congress with common-sense solutions and practical problem-solving. 2) Infrastructure: Our nation's roads, bridges, electrical grid, water and sewage systems, levies, etc. are crumbling. This infrastructure is the foundation of our civilization. We neglect it at our peril. I will work with my colleagues in Congress to prioritize spending to renew and rebuild critical infrastructure. 3) Regulatory reform: Congress needs to review burdensome regulations with the goal of simplifying, streamlining and when necessary, eliminating them. I support an incentives approach to regulatory policy as opposed to a punitive, mandate-focused approach. Encourage the private sector use innovation to meet incentives, not mandates.
16. Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?
The issue of abortion should be between a woman and her family and doctor and not the business of government. I will say it would be beneficial to individuals and society if there were fewer abortions in the United States. The best way to achieve that goal is through education, birth control and the acceptance of personal responsibility.
17. Based on the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, please arrange the following entities, starting with the highest source of authority, and continue the list in descending order of authority, skipping any that do not apply: Academia, Congress, Constitution, God, Industry, Media, Professional Sports, Supreme Court, Voters.
God, Constitution, Supreme Court, Voters and Congress. Nothing is said in the Declaration or Constitution about academia, industry, media, or professional sports. I am hard pressed to assign them authority, at least in the context of this question.
18. Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I live my life based on a system of values, among them honesty, courage, sacrifice, patience, kindness, accountability, self-reliance and self-control. I believe that some truth can be found in most philosophies and religions. It is the individual's responsibility to seek the truth through ongoing study. My view on this is best summed up by a passage attributed to the Buddha: "Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."