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Since 1791, the Second Amendment of the Constitution's Bill of Rights has guaranteed the rights for all Americans to own and bear arms as it declares,"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I support these rights guaranteed to all Americans. In the period 1994-2014, violent crime and murder in our country dropped to an all-time low while Americans purchased an additional one hundred and sixty million firearms. Guns are not the issue but rather the improper use of weapons such as their violent use by mentally unstable individuals, most of whom acquired the weapons illegally. Weapons such as semi-automatic rifles are now derogatorily referred to by gun opponents as "assault" weapons, a description which has been broadly expanded to encompass an ever-growing list of personal firearms. It is important to note that studies by the FBI reveal that rifles of all varieties are used in only 1%-2% of murders. As Americans, we must not and cannot hand over our freedom and right to bear arms.
Since 1973, more than 60 million precious lives have been tragically lost in our country as a result of abortion. An unborn child is fully human with unique personhood created in the image of God. In 1974, the former medical director of the largest abortion clinic in America shockingly wrote in the New England Journal of Medicine, "There is no doubt in my mind that human life exists within the womb from the very onset of pregnancy."
As a Republican, I am staunchly pro-life and will work to eliminate abortion from our culture. Additionally, I do not support the use of tax dollars for the performing of abortion, whether by Planned Parenthood which currently receives $569 million tax dollars each year as they perform in excess of 320,000 annual abortions. My pro-life position also supports improving efforts by local, state, and federal agencies to undergird foster care, adoption, and provide meaningful support of mothers with newborn children who need assistance.
Human Trafficking is a serious issue that affects hundreds of thousands of victims in the United States. 50% of these victims are children. As your next U.S. Congressman, I will fight human trafficking and protect women and children by helping stop illegal immigrants and traffickers from coming across the southern border, and by giving law enforcement officers the resources they need to rescue victims and arrest traffickers. I will also help increase human trafficking awareness among Americans so that they can prevent themselves or their families from being trafficked.
My philosophy is, “seek to understand and to be understood.” However, I will not violate my fiduciary duty to the people I serve nor endorse and support legislation that I believe will be detrimental to the people of my district.
To put it simply, we cannot have open borders and an ever-increasing welfare state which will eventually break the financial backs of our government, and feed a disrespect for the laws by which we all should live by. We also cannot contine to allow birthright citizenship, the use of anchor babies to earn the right to legally stay here. Lastly, we must put an end to sanctuary cities, which actively work against the efforts of federal law enforcement agencies trying to enforce our nation's laws.
I want to both allow and support immigrating families who wish to come here legally, who want to contribute to America and have the opportunity to help our economy sustain its record growth. Those who desire to both experience and support what we all know as the American Dream should be welcomed with open arms!
Texas spends $10,456 per student in our great state, but that ranks Texas nationally at only number 36 in spending per student.
At the K-12 level, I intend to support our teachers and school administrators so that they have greater freedom and discretion over how the learning process for our kids takes place. We need to direct these desperately needed funds, at whatever level is needed, to our schools as soon as possible.
It's critical to understand that Texas receives far less money in federal grants and other forms of support from the Federal Government because Texas knows how to run a fiscally responsible government.
The economy has achieved record growth since 2008; I want to continue to promote this growth. A strong economy improves the quality of life for citizens and gives future generations more opportunities to succeed. The DFW area is quickly becoming the popular home for corporate headquaters of major companies. As your representative in congress, I intend to continue convincing companies like Amazon to consider this district to move their corporate offices to the area, which will bring high paying jobs with them.
The American people are in a crisis right now with our debt. Our debt has accumulated and is now estimated to be near $80,000 per American citizen and is still climbing.
We must reduce the debt by continuing to support economic policies that have strengthened our economy, increase our workforce, reduce an ever-increasing entitlement state, fight for a balanced budget amendment, and audit every federal government agency to target uneecessary spending in order to eliminate it.
Forty-five million students or recent graduates carry an average of $30,000 in school debt and a monthly payment of $393. The university education systems have been spending money at historic levels which further burdens the students entering the workforce as they suffer from this ever-increasing debt.
The first thing we need to do is get the federal government out of the student loan bussiness. For too long they have been a guaranteed buyer of education, allowing the universities to take advantage of students by raising the cost of tuition far past the rate of inflation. After ending federal student loan programs, the universities will be forced to begin lowering their costs. To help those who took on this burden, the best method to allow for these debts to be paid off is by offering students a federal tax deduction for every dollar that students spends in repaying their educational loans. I predict that this plan will greatly motivate students to quickly repay their student loans, reduce the rate of forfeiture on those loans, and make room for more money to be injected into the economy.