Have you heard about the great Libertarian conspiracy? Libertarians want to take over the government … and let you live your life as you see fit.
I am running for Congress because I believe that we have too much government interference in the lives of Americans under the guise of individual safety, national security, or protection of the environment. That interference or intrusion may take many forms, including monitoring of private conversations, intrusion into medical decisions, interference in the relationships between parents and their children, intrusion into our ability to travel freely within the boundaries of the country, intrusion into what benefits a small business can afford to offer its employees, intrusion into the services and benefits that a church has to offer to its parishioners or employees, and even into decisions of how we spend our money. This control costs a great deal of money, money that the United States doesn’t have. We need to significantly reduce the size of the Federal Government and return as much control as possible to the states.
There are often unintended consequences when the government passes new laws. These may impact consumers directly by adding to the cost of consumer goods, or indirectly by increasing the cost of doing business in the United States. In the case of small business, private schools, and religious institutions, these extra cost burdens can mean the difference between continuing to serve the public and going out of business. If we want clearer air, or less dependence on foreign oil, why do we mandate that our cars have catalytic converters or run on electricity? If we want clearer air, legislation should require improved emissions regardless of whether the emissions come out of a tailpipe or out of a smokestack. If we want less dependence on foreign oil, we should limit imports of oil by restricting or taxing it. We need to let industry figure out the best way to achieve the goals we want, not mandate specific solutions through legislation. Specific legislation that adds significant indirect cost to businesses includes Oxley-Sarbanes, HIPAA, and HITECH. We need to find innovative ways to achieve the goals of these types of laws without causing hardship to the American businesses that have to implement them.
Why does Washington feel that we need more laws? More laws generally mean that we need more Executive Branch employees to enforce them. I believe that we need fewer, more focused laws. Look for the candidate who pledges to repeal more laws than they pass.
By choice, I am a Coloradan and, by vocation, I am an Engineer. I have lived in the West for 29 years, mainly in Colorado. I grew up in the Great Lakes states and I have lived in Texas and New York. I choose to live in Colorado because Coloradans are the most down-to-earth, practical people I have met anywhere in the United States. By nature and education Engineers are problem-solvers. We have a different way of looking at things than do lawyers or legislators or even educators. Partisan politics are not solving this nation’s problems and they aren’t making the world a safer place for our children. Our founding fathers never envisioned that we would devolve into a two-party system. Washington desperately needs problem solvers and pragmatists who do not have a stake in partisan politics, not more career legislators who will spend your tax dollars raising money for future campaigns and their political party.