The following is a brief summary of where I stand on some of the more prominent issues. I am looking forward to discussing these and other matters of importance to you during this campaign.
Jobs and the Economy - Our economy is in serious decline with stagnant growth and a high level of unemployment. Much of the problem is due to government policies that have discouraged investment in business start-ups and expansion. Government does not and cannot create a vibrant economy - no society has ever taxed or regulated itself into prosperity. Economic growth occurs when investors and entrepreneurs have incentive to create businesses that promise a good return on investment. Business owners should be able to run their businesses as they see fit to produce quality products and services with minimal government interference and regulation. All investors, owners, and employees must be allowed to keep most of what they earn as an incentive to keep businesses and the economy growing and prosperous.
Voter ID - The concept of "one person, one vote" is the basis for our system of government. It is our right as citizens to be governed by the representatives we have chosen in free and fair elections. There have been too many elections recently where the legitimacy of the outcome has been called into question due to how votes were cast and tallied. A simple and effective means of protecting the right of all voters to have their vote count equally with those of all others is to require proper and valid ID when voting. I support the Constitutional amendment to require proper ID for all Minnesota voters.
Family and Life Issues - Strong traditional families and the values they instill in our children are the cornerstone of a free and prosperous society. Government policies should not hinder the ability of people to support their families and raise their children in accordance to their values and beliefs. The primary purpose of government is to protect all of our inalienable rights, the most fundamental of which is the right to life. Traditional marriage is the ideal foundation for strong families. I support the Constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage.
Health Care - We all want and need good and affordable health care, but turning over more control and regulation of the industry to government is not the answer. Socialized medicine has always led to decreased availability and quality of health care wherever it has been implemented. Over 60% of Americans oppose so-called Obama-care, and for good reason. A major reason for the high cost of health care is too many government mandates and excessive regulation of health care insurers and providers. A return to more of a true free market for health care will maintain high quality care and bring prices down through competition and lower costs for providers.
Size and Scope of Government - Government has grown far beyond what was envisioned by the founders of our nation. Massive government growth on all levels has led to out of control spending and interference in far too many aspects of our daily lives. State government spends far more than is needed to deliver essential services. Cutting the size and cost of government, along with the scope of its reach into our personal lives, will help to solve many of the problems present in our society.
Education Reform - The Minnesota Constitution requires the state to provide an equal and quality education for all residents. The quality of our public education system has been declining for a long time while becoming more costly and unresponsive to concerns of parents. Pumping more money into the educational bureaucracy will not solve the problem. There is no reason why we can't return to a less bureaucratized, locally controlled public education system that focuses on the educational needs of students rather than the continued growth and perpetuation of the education bureaucracy.