Spending and Debt
I support a Constitutional Amendment to Balance the Budget. Washington has a spending problem. While I applaud Republicans in Congress for making some progress by reducing total spending two years in a row, the first time that has happened since the Korean War, there is so much more that can and should be done. There is still a lot of waste, duplication, fraud and abuse in the federal budget that we must address.
In the end though, we won’t be able to balance our budget until we tackle entitlement reform. We spend over $2 trillion a year on mandatory, automatic spending and it’s driving our national debt higher every day. We need leaders in Washington with the political courage to address the problem seriously while keeping the promise to America’s Greatest Generation by protecting Medicare and Social Security.
Raising taxes on hardworking Americans is the last thing we should be doing. Washington does not tax us too little…it taxes us far too much. The government already takes too much money from its citizens. At a time when many Americans are facing financial hardships, the last thing they can afford is higher taxes. We can promote economic growth by following conservative principles: cut spending and balance the budget like every hardworking family has to do in their family budget. Washington needs to stand up for hardworking American families instead of asking them for another bailout.
We need to simplify our tax code and get rid of the complicated tax brackets and secret tax loopholes. A simplified tax system that reduces taxes and encourages economic growth, will reward small businesses but will also reduce the tax burden on families.
Our current economic state is simply unacceptable. Over the past three and a half years, our government has failed in one of its core duties: promoting an economy where lasting, well-paying jobs can be created in America.
Washington has resoundingly failed the American public in ensuring that Americans secure meaningful employment. By investing in the creation of local private sector jobs, the federal government can support the American people to provide a better life for their families.
It is the will of the American people and their pursuit of the American dream which fuels economic growth in the United States, and the American people should be encouraged by the government to create new businesses and reinvest into our American economy. By adhering to policies that focus on producing and protecting well-paying American jobs, we can ensure we keep the American dream alive for all of us.
Keeping America safe at home is the most fundamental duty of our government. The enduring flame of liberty was lit on our shores in 1776, and has been transcendent for over two centuries because of the resolve of the American people and the hard work of our men and women in uniform. The United States remains a leader in the world, and a strong national defense will allow America to remain strong throughout the world.
As the son of a career military soldier, in Congress, our men and women in uniform will have no greater ally fighting to ensure they have the resources they need when they serve and are treated like the heroes they are when they retire.
Israel and the Middle East
In December of 2003, my wife and I had the opportunity to briefly visit the Holy Land. We met with members of the Knesset, staff to the Prime Minister, and the Mayor of Tel Aviv, and we toured an air force base in the Negev Desert and visited Jerusalem. But our military briefing on current and international affairs by an Israeli Army General was the most poignant. He cautioned that Israelis always have to be on alert and that Israel’s enemies are unrelenting. After speaking about the difficulty of keeping Israel’s people and borders safe, he concluded with a smile “What can I say? We live in a bad neighborhood.” And while he attempted to be light-hearted, we knew the issue was gravely important. Not a week after our return to the States, a bomb exploded in a marketplace near where we had been.
Our visit brought home to me that Israel is on the front lines of our war for freedom and democracy and that America must do everything in its power to defend and support Israel in this effort – not only for Israel’s sake, but ours as well. We must have a strong and stable Israel in order to promote a stable and peaceful Middle East and a more stable and peaceful world.
It is not an understatement to say that the security of the entire world hinges upon our support for Israel, the perpetuation of a strong Israel, and Israel’s continued active democratic presence in the Middle East.
When I am elected to Congress, I intend to be one of Israel’s strongest and most vocal allies. But what are words without actions? What one has done in the past is a good indicator of what he will do in the future.
While in the California Legislature, I authored two resolutions in strong support of Israel. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 81 from 2003 reiterated California’s stance in solidarity with Israel, expressed our commitment to support Israel’s right to self-defense, condemned the Palestinian suicide bombings, and asserted that Yasser Arafat’s actions were not those of a viable partner for peace.
In 2010, I authored Senate Concurrent Resolution 117, which declared California’s support of Israel’s actions to defend its blockade of the Gaza Strip and authority to protect itself. Additionally, I endorsed Assembly Bill 221 also known as the California Public Divest from Iran Act, which prohibits investing public employee retirement funds in companies that have energy or defense related operations in Iran.
I was a founding member of the NRA’s member council for Ventura County and former Rifle and Pistol Association legislator of year. I support the NRA and will continue to oppose and actively fight any legislation that would take away our 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.