I believe America is unique and rare, not because of its government, but because of our shared values of Liberty, Hard Work, Compassion, Respect for Life, and Personal Responsibility. We must all play our part in protecting what makes America great.
1. Strong Personal Integrity and Accountability
Stay true to your convictions, remain consistent, and develop external systems of checks and balances to keep everyone accountable.
2. Limited Government
The role of government is to create a strong platform for both individual and collective growth and development. It is also to create limits and boundaries that protect and promote the general welfare of all our residents and citizens. The role of the individual is to exercise his / her rights and to keep all levels of government accountable.
3. Free Market System
The entrepreneurial spirit is one of the most powerful engines America has to generate prosperity for all. The individual has the capacity to move faster, be more creative, and be more flexible in the economic market than government. The role of government is to promote the rights of the individual to be an entrepreneur and to only restrict activities that cause significant harm to the rest of society.
4. Personal Faith
The Declaration of Independence says that people are created and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. The Bill of Rights states that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. It is not the role of Government to promote one faith or religion over another, but to secure the ability for individuals to practice their faith as they see fit, as long as it brings no harm to other individuals.
National Security and National Defense:
One of the primary duties of the federal government, as listed in the Preamble of the US Constitution, is to provide for the common defense of the Nation. We must support our military forces with the best training, equipment, technology and infrastructure necessary to allow them to protect its citizens. When we are engaged in military action abroad, we must have a clearly defined mission and objectives. We must allow our ambassadors and diplomats to negotiate from a position of strength, not weakness. And we must have systems in place that reach a balance between national security & secrecy and the rights of the individual to know what the government is doing. And the rights of the individual trump the needs of national security. And we must never forget about our men and women in uniform that protect us.
Domestic energy production and consumption have become national security issues. It is imperative that enough energy, in the forms of gasoline, electricity, etc., is available to meet our growing demands. Currently, our top foreign sources for oil are (in order): Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Venezuela. Although Canada is one of our staunchest allies, Venezuela is not. In order to decrease potential political and security issues abroad, we must encourage increased energy production at home. Environmentally friendly renewable energy production, such as solar and geothermal, is part of the solution. However, it by itself is not enough to fulfill the country’s needs. Each type of energy production has its strengths and weaknesses. But it is not the role of government to choose winners and losers. Allow private individuals to bring various forms of energy to the market, and let the market decide. The primary role of the federal government in this case is to ensure the safety of individuals. Certain forms of energy production, such as nuclear fission, can be extremely dangerous. Laws and regulations should be in place to significantly reduce the risks. However, the federal government should not be directly funding specific businesses or organizations. It should be focused on encouraging innovation.
Energy distribution is another significant issue. In 2003, much of the Northeast (about 55 million people) was without power for about two days. It was caused by a power surge that made a power plant in Ohio shut down. And in 2011, a severed power line in Arizona forced the San Onofre nuclear power plant near San Diego to go offline. This terminated electrical power to about 5 million people in Arizona, California and northern Mexico for almost a day. It is imperative that a plan is implemented which improves the efficiency and redundancy of these electrical distribution channels.
I have been involved with the business community since I was 19 years old. I worked my up through the US Chamber of Commerce to become one of its most successful leaders, developed my own successful corporations, and became a speaker and author on business strategies and business leadership. I have been working directly with lobbyists, Congressional leaders, business owners, and non-profit organizations for many years. The solution to our current economic problems is simple: Allow private-sector innovators to do what they do best and get government out of the way. The federal government needs to do the following:
1) Eliminate many government programs that are obsolete or counterproductive to private-sector market growth.
2) Develop fiscally sound financial budgets for all aspects of the federal budget that must be adhered to.
3) Make it easier to bring a product or service to the marketplace by reducing or eliminating requirements created by the federal government.
Legal immigration has been a part of our American heritage since the birth of our Nation. We pride ourselves in both diversity and the rule of law. We cannot financially support a policy that allows everyone who wants to be here to freely enter the country without restrictions. We must have adequate and efficient systems in place that regulate our borders to reduce and prevent foreign nationals from entering the country without prior permission. We are also a compassionate country. The 14th Amendment states, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.” If we want to adhere to the laws the we ourselves as a country have voted into place, we must find a way to integrate the millions of children that are born here from both legal and illegal immigrants into our society. The best way to do this is to encourage them to become well-adjusted, educated, and active tax-paying participants of our local communities and our Nation as a whole.
I am co-producer of a website that directly tackles issues within our current educational system. The website (StoriesofUSA.com) is in fourteen languages and gets thousands of visitors daily from all over the world. It has received a commendation from the US Department of Education. I have also written or co-authored ten books on the subjects of business leadership, youth leadership, American patriotism, politics and education. It is our collective duty to ensure that the next generation is able to compete in the global marketplace. The federal government must set the example and establish and maintain national standardized tests in which all students across the country must pass in order to graduate with a high school diploma. These educational goals can be accomplished, however, without any significant expenditures from the federal government. If we establish base level curriculum standards at the collegiate level, these standards will then be passed down to K-12 schools through the accreditation process. And the federal government should issue tax credits to legitimate businesses and organizations that assist in the development of any non-payroll infrastructure development within any accredited public or private school. This will foster involvement between our schools and their local communities.
We must strike a balance between the needs of our current generation to expand and the desires to protect our lands and our environment for future generations. I encourage funding and protecting our current National Park System. I would like to make other underdeveloped federal lands (especially those that fall under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management) open to joint business opportunities, such as timber production and mining. The land would be leased to businesses that qualify. They would manage daily operations of that business, and in return, would pay royalty fees back to the federal government. I am also adamantly against any form of carbon cap and trade policy. There is not enough scientific evidence to show that controlling carbon emissions would significantly alter global climates, especially when many other highly populated countries like China and India do not have such regulations in place. And this cap and trade policy could increase production costs for a business. I do understand the need to protect endangered species, and I respect the actions of groups like the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society. They try to create legislation through legitimate grassroots support. I respect the current environmental laws that are in place, as long as they have broad national support.
The federal government should not be directly involved in the operational management of hospitals and doctors. Health care is a highly specialized field that requires years of scholarship and practical experience. The high cost of insurance is due in part to the significant risk of lawsuits and the way that health insurance companies and government health plans pay out on claims. The federal government should work with organizations like the American Medical Association to consider eliminating regulations that either directly or indirectly increase the cost of health care and do not add any significant protection to the individual. The government should also work with these same organizations to develop laws and regulations that find a balance between consumer protection and reduced risk of consumer litigation that in the end will significantly reduce the costs involved in providing medical care.