Make America Great Again! We all know the slogan… Behind it is a simple philosophy that we need to return to proven truths about what works and what doesn’t work. We need to take the power away from the government and give it back to the people. We need to remember to care for the forgotten man, who works, produces, saves, and provides our country with its lifeblood, while largely being ignored by the media and those in power.
This won’t be easy. The people who have the power today will not give it up without a fight, and we have seen that they will lie, cheat, and steal to try and keep it. They want Trump to fail because they want his agenda to fail. We are running out of time to save our country. We must not lose this fight!
Much as our hearts might want to, we cannot take in everyone in the world who simply wants a better life. That is why America’s immigration policies must be designed with just one question in mind: What policy is in the best interests of America? The first steps to a sound immigration policy is to enforce our existing laws, build a real border wall, properly equip our U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, and eliminate all of the magnets that encourage illegal aliens to risk their lives to come here. If you watch Fox News or CNN then you may have already seen me arguing against Amnesty. I remain opposed to Amnesty because it is an affront to those who have done things right already as well as those who are waiting to come here legally, and it only encourages more illegal immigration.
Too many politicians are talking about replacing ObamaCare and skipping the actual repeal of it. What they’re really talking about is modifying ObamaCare and that will never work. ObamaCare is rotten and must be pulled out by its roots, as soon as possible. No health care system is perfect, but the best system will be based on free-market solutions that empower consumers and doctors to make decisions that are best for them. That includes buying insurance across state lines, health savings accounts, and tort reform. ObamaCare is failing us here in Arizona. Insurers are leaving the state, costs are skyrocketing, care is suffering. The time to act is now.
I’ve been a leader in Arizona’s fight to restore our Constitutional rights and I’ll continue that fight in Congress. Liberals are after our 1st Amendment rights when what we need as a country is a greater freedom of speech. Liberals are after our 2nd Amendment rights even as the need for self-defense is proven in headlines with tragic regularity. Liberals are after our privacy rights as they seek to expand government control over everything they can. Here in Arizona we have said no more and we have fought back. Nowhere are our victories more apparent than in how we respect the 2nd Amendment. I’m proud to have helped pass Constitutional Carry to give Arizona the best gun laws in the country. As your Congressman, I will defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic!
Liberals believe the government creates jobs. We know that’s a lie. The best we can hope for is a government that gets out of the way and allows the private sector and free markets to create jobs. So when liberals are in charge, they spend trillions to “stimulate” the economy while ignoring that the money they’re spending was pulled by brute force from the economy, or was borrowed, adding to the already suffocating debt our country carries. As a legislator, I have cut government spending and voted for policies to create a pro-job environment here in Arizona. The results? Our state is a national leader for job creation, we’re a top destination for employers leaving high-tax states like California, we’re a top state for new start-ups, and our economy is growing more diverse so we are less vulnerable to economic downturns.
High taxes kills jobs and slow the economy. Excessive regulations do the same. That’s why here in Arizona we cut taxes and regulations. The problem is far worse in Washington D.C., where the regulatory complex employs tens of thousands of people who spend their time coming up with new ways to control our lives and punish behavior they do not approve of. The Trump Administration is serious about eliminating job-killing regulations and I look forward to joining that fight. I will also attack the tax code with the same energy I did in the Arizona Legislature.
Eight years of Obama have emboldened our enemies, funded our enemies, and made our enemies stronger. Today, our world is an incredibly dangerous place as we deal with a nuclear North Korea, a resurgent Russia intent on reassembling the old Soviet Union, and an increasing aggressive China. Add to the mix the battle against radical Islam, ISIS, and other jihadists, and it is clear that we must rededicate ourselves to rebuilding a military largely hollowed out by the previous administration. Democrats hold military spending hostage, refusing to increase spending unless they are given an equal amount of pork spending. That is simply shameful. We cannot afford everything we are currently spending on, but we must prioritize the resources needed to maintain the world’s strongest fighting force. Freedom around the globe is at stake.
God bless the men and women who serve or have served our country. We owe them everything. So why are so many lacking basic care? We need to fix the VA, offer private-sector alternatives, provide early intervention to veterans dealing with mental health issues, and we need to also be ready to help the families of those who have served and who carry heavy burdens as a result. Some gave all, but they all gave their best. They deserve the same in return from us.
Congressman Trent Franks was the author of the Seniors Financial Security Act which is a commonsense proposal to end the practice of taxing social security income. Much as the estate tax is a tax on earnings you’ve already paid taxes on, being taxed on your Social Security benefits is another double tax, and it should be ended.
I have a 100% pro-life voting record and believe that Life was the first God-given right listed by our founders for a reason. Without a right to life itself, what value do the rest of our rights hold? As a State Legislator I wrote and passed the nation’s first ban on abortions performed for the purpose of race or sex selection, and I will always vote to protect children and their mothers from the devastation offered by our nation’s abortion mills. I will also vote to defund Planned Parenthood. No taxpayer money should be paid to organizations that fund or perform abortions.
We don’t need to read the studies to know that strong families are in everyone’s best interests -- Best for our children, best for our communities, best for our nation. As a State Legislator I made sure that one of my litmus tests for bills we were considering was how it would effect Arizona families. As a Congressman I will do the same.
The Trump Administration is serious about energy independence for America, and I agree wholeheartedly. It is not just a national security issue but an economic one as well. Energy exports strengthen our hand in international relations and it creates hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs. Government must also be guided by real science and consider every energy resource available. Subsidizing or favoring fashionable technologies creates an unlevel playing field and cheats American taxpayers. Clean, abundant energy is not only a possibility, it is an inevitability if we are guided by sound policy.
I wrote the bill to give Arizona taxpayers access to detailed information on how government spends their money because I know that accountability and transparency go hand in hand. I know that I am going to have to fight that fight all over again in Congress but I look forward to doing so. We face a massive national debt and part of that is because Congress is not properly accountable for how it spends our money. I will work to let sunlight into the process so that American taxpayers have the same access to data that Arizona taxpayers now have.
Recently, some of my opponents have been telling people that I oppose the Electoral College or voted to eliminate the Electoral College. Both claims are false and utter nonsense. I remain a staunch supporter of the Electoral College as I do all parts of our Constitution, and any suggestion that I voted to eliminate the Electoral College can only come from someone who is ignorant of our Constitution. You can't vote to eliminate parts of the Constitution or liberals would have already gotten rid of most of it. I will always defend the Electoral College and the rest of our Constitution.