Here are my views on some of the key issues facing Americans in the next decade. (Because I see each of these as being of such critical importance, the only possible order is alphabetic.)
As your representative, I'll make it my job to discover and work for meaningful solutions to all of these.
(These are indeed interesting times, though, and we have more concerns than appear on this list. Click here for some of the additional challenges that I'm ready to face.)
Teachers have a tough job. This is especially true when so many kids these days come from families that don't know how, or can't afford, to support a child's school experience. Despite my respect for teachers, what I see is that the educational system we have today remains widely broken despite numerous attempts to fix it.
One thing we must do is to stop rewarding students merely for "a good try" and go back to encouraging and rewarding actual achievement. We must return to teaching solid, livable skills, such as critical thinking and memorization, and how to competently conceive of, create, and accomplish plans and projects. We must put renewed emphasis on science and technology, on fabrication arts and constructive communication skills, in order to prepare students for the job market they will enter. That market includes the trades and technical jobs. We must do this, or we won't survive as a society. Likewise, we must reward teachers for consistent results, not just for longevity in a complex system.
We also have a culture in which funding for schools and universities depends on presenting young people with an increasingly leftist, socialist view of the world. School time is a formative time, when opinions take root. When only one side is presented, there can be no balanced understanding; without balanced understanding, how can we hope to arrive at optimum conclusions? If I'm elected I'll work to bring our schools back to their mission of preparing our young people to face the world.
No one has to tell the daughter of a farming and ranching family how vital the environment is to our wellbeing. These days, though, NGOs seem to have a louder voice about the environment than do we, the people--even though the true stakeholders are, in fact, we, the people. Many career politicians are beholden to extreme environmental and special-interest lobbying groups. The influence of such groups therefore impacts small businesses, homes, our schools... our very freedom of choice. The EPA is far too large as has too far-reaching a grasp. This is equally true of the developing United Nations environmental program, which seeks to influence choices even at the local level.
The powers of the EPA and UN must be curtailed. Elect me, and I'll do everything I can to encourage intelligent environmental policies that support positive outcomes for ourselves and for future generations.
Our Federal government does not have a balanced budget. They're not even working on it. We have government pension plans that are out of control, and lavishly wasteful government conferences on the taxpayer dime. There must be reform. Elect me, and I'll focus on choices such as helping the homeless, fixing the educational system, and reforming the foster-care system, as opposed to things like putting up city banners in multiple languages.
Your money is already being pulled away to fund Affordable Health Care; full implementation of this law is scheduled for 2014. We can and must stop this.
For those who were at Debbie's Health Care Town Hall in San Mateo on September 7th, here are the links as requested by Town Hall attendees:
Note: Due to overwhelming response, a second Health Care Town Hall is now being planned, with medical experts from around the country to answer your understandably urgent questions. Check back here or contact us for details.
Jobs and the Economy
It is inexcusable that the unemployment rate today is as high as advertised. It's even more so that the numbers actually are much higher than discussed. Small business contractors, owners of "cottage" industries, and farmers and ranchers aren't even included in the official number.
It is unconscionable that our nation, the greatest in the world, the nation that has changed and bettered the world, is facing historical unemployment numbers--most of it due to government intrusion in our businesses. Elect me to the House of Representatives and I'll work not only for a true assessment of the American unemployment picture, but to support tax restructuring that brings American jobs back home from foreign soil.
There is far, far too much regulation. It's killing our freedom of choice, killing opportunities, and killing American business. The last few years have seen over 100,000 new laws enter the books; California is getting thousands of new ones every year. We need less regulation and less government intrusion, not more of either. Elect me, and I'll work to enact only laws that are in concert, not in conflict, with the Constitution, and to reform laws that work against American freedoms and our founding concepts.
I believe in the rights of American citizens to hold private property, and see it as urgent to defend private-property rights. One of the unique things about America our right to earn and keep private property, whether that be physical or intellectual. Stewardship of private property is key to prosperity.
My concerns about private property rights include informing the public on the One Bay Area and high-speed rail plans. Transportation is a challenge in the Bay Area, yes, but forcing the One Bay Area Plan down citizens' throats is not the way to solve that challenge. There should be an informed public debate and a public vote. If I'm elected I will ensure that this happens.
People, we've got a country to save. Elect me to the House of Representatives, because I'm ready to get to work--in fact I'm just getting started.