I am a member of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA), Gun Owners of America (GOA), and the National Rifle Association (NRA). I understand and respect America’s commitment to the Second Amendment and the need to protect our rights from infringement at every level. I oppose all forms of “red flag” laws.
I believe all life is sacred, and I am encouraged by recent bills in the Idaho legislature to educate women, via ultrasound and other methods, before they choose to end a pre-born baby’s life. I also believe we need to protect our religious freedom and make efforts to return basic universal principles to our educational facilities.
Slowing down the economy is not progress. We need free-market solutions that lift people out of poverty, rather than trap them into subsistence-level lives with welfare programs. I oppose any further government expansion related to health and welfare. The solution to poverty is to eradicate it, not to subsidize it.
Government has imposed a plague of artificial regulations and rules that stand in stark contrast to a way of life as old as the Garden of Eden. Agriculture, small business, transportation, and virtually every other means of earning a living is inundated with fees, audits, permits, licenses, and assorted barriers that discourage business startups and job-creating business expansions.
If progress revolved around government spending, we’d have solved all our problems long ago. The money you take home to spend on your family, invest in your business, or make your own life better, doesn’t belong in some bureaucrat’s pocket. I signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in 2012 and I stand by that pledge today. I oppose any and all efforts to increase taxes in Idaho.
Even here in Idaho, starting a business or building a house requires confronting a mountain of fees, inspections, permits, licenses, and other regulatory barriers. New agency and department rules should require approval by both of the relevant House and Senate committees in order to take effect. Sweeping changes, including Common Core, have made it into Idaho through the rule review process.