Shrinking Government

Government is far too big and intrusive

Government's job is not to provide for its people, but to protect the rights of its citizens. Government only has one source of revenue: you. When some people have the expectation that government can or should provide for them, what they're really saying is that they want you to provide for them. This is how government grows and liberty is diminished - when politicians want to gain favor with voters by giving them your money. This is socialism. This is theft. And I will fight to reverse this very bad practice.

Taxes

Reduce government spending; reduce the taxes we pay

Taxes in our state are completely out of control, and they need to be reined in. Worst among these are the perpetual taxes and fees which the government charges as a condition of ownership. These taxes and fees turn owners into renters. They strip citizens of one of their most fundamental rights- the right to property. Property taxes are the most egregious example, and need to be reduced and/or eliminated completely at the first opportunity.

Values

Let's let Texans manage Texas according to our values

America started because people sought the freedom to worship God and to follow their Christian values. Today, too often Texans pass bills to reflect Texas values, and a federal court will step in and stop the will of the people of Texas. The Constitution does not grant the federal government this power. In fact, the First and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution were designed to keep the feds from taking Texas’ rightful authority in this way. We must strive to bring Texas values back into the public discourse, and not allow the federal government to overstep its bounds.

Jobs

Government should get out of the way of employers

Government cannot create jobs. It can kill them through needless and over-burdensome regulation, though. Texas needs to stop trying to regulate commerce, and get out of the way. If it does this, the state's economy will flourish.

Immigration

Secure the border - period

It is important for our southern border to be secure, but it is also important for people to have freedom of travel. Immigration protections should not overly burden citizens traveling within the state of Texas, nor should any law place locally elected sheriffs or officials under the jurisdiction of Austin. Sanctuary cities should be eliminated by a combination of defunding and local voter activism.

While protecting the border is a Federal responsibility, we Texans should do what we can to help as well. We can do this by eliminating government handouts (welfare, etc.), holding businesses accountable for hiring illegal immigrants, and so forth.

Gun Rights

Self-defense is your God-given right

Human beings have an inalienable, God-given right to protect themselves and their families. The founders of the United States agreed with this, which is why they included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. It includes the right to own firearms and other weapons, as well as the right to carry (bear) them. No one should have to pay for their rights, nor should their rights be suspended while in any public place. For this reason, We need to pass "Constitutional Carry" legislation in the state of Texas, and remove all carry restrictions on public and government owned property. This includes not only firearms, but also knives, pepper spray, stun guns, etc. This must be a top legislative priority.

Abortion

Abortion is murder

There are at least two human beings involved in every abortion: the mother, and the child. We know this is true, with absolute certainty. It is basic biology. When a mother elects to have an abortion, she is killing another human being. At the moment of conception, a new human being is created, and that human being is entitled to all of the same rights and protections as any other. We must abolish abortion.