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Issues

 

I've listed some issues here that are important to me and that will give you some idea of how I might vote if elected to Congress for Washington State's 2nd Congressional District. Thanks for checking them out!

U.S. Foreign Policy

The United States should not waste precious blood and treasure abroad. Foolish foreign engagements disrespect the soldier and add more debt, which now stands at over $21 trillion. The peoples of other countries must choose and be responsible for their own governments. The United States must seek diplomacy with all nations but be cautious of being a patron to governments or peoples.


Taxes and Spending

Our debt is now over $21 Trillion. We must collect sufficient revenue to pay for the federal government and not overspend. We do neither, which is why we have huge deficits. We must be willing to cut domestic, foreign policy and military spending. Moreover, we must be careful how much we lower taxes if there is a failure to cut spending. I would love for Americans to keep more of what they earn, but if government does too much at home and abroad, it is difficult to lower taxes.


The Military

Roughly 15% of federal expenditures and over half of discretionary spending is for national defense (excludes veterans services and benefits). This percentage is definitely high enough to consider significant spending cuts. Although we should try to reform military spending to maximize savings, we should not neglect asking how much the U.S. military should be doing abroad and how many new weapons are actually needed to keep America safe. We should not be buying every weapon that has new bells and whistles. However, we should make sure veterans are getting the mental and physical care that they need.


Trade

Although international commerce is important to the United States, I believe that the United States should be cautious of trade agreements with countries that do not have a similar standard of living (wages, laws, and regulations).


Jobs

I support an economic environment that creates and maintains jobs. I support the elimination of laws and regulations that do not support those goals. And with the status of current labor law, I oppose a national Right-to-Work law, which would have government dictate what can be included in a contract between an employer and a private-sector union.


Marijuana

I believe that it is time to repeal the federal prohibition of marijuana. I do not believe the U.S. Constitution gives authority to Congress to regulate marijuana and other issues within a state. And I do not believe that the sick should be criminalized for using marijuana.


Native Tribes

I believe that Congress should move towards giving Native Tribes more sovereignty over their affairs. Furthermore, I would like to work with Native Tribes to help facilitate more cooperation from the federal government in matters that affect their communities.



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