Issues

America is at a crossroads. Our economy is stagnating and unemployment remains unacceptably high. At the same time, our economic future is in serious peril, with a national debt approaching $15 trillion and growing rapidly. Within 10 years, every last dollar in revenue we take in will be spent on entitlement programs (Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security) and debt payments.  Not a dollar will be left for national defense or roads.

We find ourselves in this mess because of self-interested politicians who care more about keeping their job than protecting yours. As Alexis de Tocqueville foretold, “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with their own money.” Elected officials of both parties have been spending money we don’t have on things that we don’t need — crippling our economy and stifling job growth.

It is often said that our country does not have a revenue problem, but a spending problem. I agree. But our spending problem is just a symptom of an underlying disease: too much government and too little liberty. I am running for Congress because our country needs to replace big government advocates, regardless of their political party, with those who believe in freedom and limited government.

Jobs and the Economy
Our country has been home to the most prolific economy in history. Unfortunately, government meddling threatens our economic prosperity and future job growth. Read More »

Taxes and Spending
The federal taxes too much, spends too much, and borrows too much. We need fundamental tax reform, and we need to stop spending money we do not have on inappropriate, wasteful, or unnecessary things. Read More »

Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
For too long, politicians have been dishonest about the coming fiscal crisis created by irresponsible promises made by politicians. The solution, however, is not to turn our backs on the poor, disabled, and elderly. We can provide better benefits at a lower cost using market principles and more effectively targeting these programs to those most in need. Read More »

Health Care
The health care sector in America is broken — and it is the government’s fault. Few people realize the federal government pays for 60 percent of health care services in this country, either directly or indirectly. Repealing Obamacare is just the beginning — we need fundamental health care reform that empowers patients, not bureaucrats. Read More »

Energy
Western Pennsylvania has long been one of our nation’s premier energy producers. Our shale deposits are an enormous opportunity; some have referred to Marcellus Shale as “the new steel” for the Pittsburgh region. Such a proclamation is setting our sights too low. As a pioneer in the energy sector, western Pennsylvania is poised to become one of the most economically prosperous regions in the country and in the world. Rather than seek government subsidies and the inevitable government regulations that follow, our focus must be on getting the federal government out of the way in the energy industry, while eliminating wasteful subsidies. Read More »

Education
Since 1965, the federal government has spent over $2 trillion on K-12 education.  Last year alone, we spent $150 billion in grants and loans for higher education.   As the federal role in education has grown we have seen no discernible impact on student performance.  Test scores are stagnant, graduation rates are still abysmal, and college drop-out rates are unacceptably high.   We need to restore state and local control in education and ultimately put parents back in charge of their child’s education.  Read More »

National Security and Foreign Policy
I am a firm believer in a strong national defense in order to achieve “peace through strength.”  Just like every other government agency, however, the Pentagon is a bloated, expensive bureaucracy and cannot even pass a simple financial audit.  We need to rein in excessive defense spending and set better priorities with our scarce resources.  We should recognize the victories we have won in Iraq and Afghanistan and begin to a responsible retrograde. Read More »

Sanctity of Life
I am pro-life.  Taking the life of an innocent child is unconscionable and abortion is a tragedy.   At the very least, no American should be forced to pay for somebody else’s decision to take the life of their baby.   In addition to the obvious fights surrounding the sanctity of life, Americans must be made more aware of emerging threats such as the rise in chemical abortions and new drugs like “Ella” which can be used off-label to induce an abortion. Read More »

Second Amendment Rights
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the rights of individuals to keep and bear arms.   Too often elected officials inhibit the rights of law-abiding individuals in a misguided effort to reduce crime. Read More »

Term Limits and Congressional Reform
The problems facing our country are not too great to solve, but it will require courage and principle from elected officials.  Politicians care more about their reelection campaigns than their oath to preserve, protect and defend the United States Constitution.  I will actively promote term limits, pay decreases for Members of Congress, and pension reform to ensure that being a Member of Congress is public service. Read More »