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Issues

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
Almost every public office requires an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. I have taken that oath but unlike most, I take it seriously.

I believe our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to provide a clear basis for a strong society through the Constitution, and I do not believe it is a “living, breathing document” that can or should be changed by the political whims of a few.


Economy
As an economics major, I have an understanding of what works and what doesn’t work. In my five terms in the Ohio Legislature, I have opposed every effort to raise taxes. 

If government would return to Ronald Reagan’s philosophy of spending less while simultaneously reducing the tax burden, the economy would grow. 

Average Ohioans could prosper with more money in their paychecks and their pockets.

Our state budget has almost doubled in the last twenty years. This level of growth in government is unsustainable.

 

Jobs
Ohio is considered by most job creators to be an anti-business state.  We must have the courage to fix the tax and regulatory structure in Ohio to make us more competitive to our neighboring states, including Indiana.

Job creators will overlook Ohio when deciding where to locate their facilities.  In order to bring jobs to our district, we must be competitive with other states.

 

Life
I am proud to be 100% pro-life and always have been. I have exercised my convictions by working to move forward legislative efforts to protect life from the moment of fertilization. I whole heartedly agree with our Founding Fathers and what they wrote in the Declaration of Independence. Any thoughtful reading of this truth would reveal a clear and necessary order…”life” must precede “liberty” and “happiness” or the latter two are immaterial.

 

Second Amendment
As the Constitution states, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 

As your Representative, I guarantee I will not support any law that will infringe upon the rights of legal, law-abiding Ohioans to own or use firearms to protect themselves, their families or their property.

 

Family Values
As a husband and father of young children I am very concerned about government's intrusion into our families. The traditional family is the root of a stable society, and my pledge to you is that I will work to protect traditional marriage and the rights of the traditional family in all aspects of my job as your State Representative.

 

Healthcare
The United States of America has the best healthcare system in the world. Why else would Europeans and Canadians, who have socialized medicine at home, come here for treatment? 

Socialism is not the answer to problems that plague a free society – an unencumbered free market with free access is always the answer. Many of the problems of our healthcare delivery system stem from governmental interference in the 1970’s to require health maintenance organizations, or HMO’s (third party payer system). Now, government wants to fix the problem they created by creating more problems, limiting our free choices, and forcing mandates on small businesses and even individual taxpayers.

A good start in helping stabilize the costs of our current healthcare system would be to work on the legal end of the problem – end lawsuit abuse. It’s too costly for many doctors to practice because of the rampant abuse of our legal system, and it drives up the costs to the taxpayers of basic healthcare.

 

Education
Common Core must be repealed. The Federal government has no Constitutional warrant to address education. Education is and should be returned to being a state and local issue. 

States and local communities must be free to use methods that have been proven to work for centuries, while letting parents be the decision makers for what is best for each of their children. 

Teachers should not have their hands “tied” in the classroom by unnecessary bureaucratic regulations that hamper their ability to teach.  Encouraging parental choice in education should be our goal.