The responsibility of a Representative in Congress is to serve the people of the Congressional District, and the people of the United States, according to the timeless principles contained in the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. The Constitution, being the supreme law of the land, is the foundation for all law and policy within our government and society. A Representative’s goal should always be to determine the original meaning of our founding documents, as intended by the framers, and legislate accordingly. The Tenth Amendment clearly reserves all powers, not specifically delegated to the Federal Government, to the States and the People. Government in general, and the Federal Government in particular, have over stepped their Constitutional bounds. As a citizen of New Jersey, and as a Congressional Representative, I will stand
up to protect our State from the overreaching arm of the Federal Government.
- I support and would vote for the Enumerated Powers Act, a proposed law that would require all bills introduced in the US Congress to include a statement setting forth the specific Constitutional authority under which the law is being enacted.
“Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”
-- James Madison--
See: The Constitution of the United States of America
Government does not “create” jobs. Available jobs are a response to a need that arises from opportunity and desire for liberty, property, and security. Government does not “produce” anything, it just takes, and what it takes, it takes from the people.
The more you tax something, the less you get of it. The Federal Government, by excessive borrowing, taxing, spending, and regulating is doing precisely the opposite of what should be done to allow our economy to thrive. The Government needs to get out of the way of the private sector economy.
- I support The FairTax (HR 25). The FairTax solution is a comprehensive proposal that would eliminate all federal income tax (payroll tax), capital gains tax, and death tax. Under the FairTax, the IRS would be dismantled along with the 67,000- page tax code under which our society now labors. The entire code would be replaced with a single rate national retail sales tax, a “prebate” would be issued to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, and, through companion legislation, the 16th Amendment (income tax) would be repealed
The FairTax would unleash the private economy by eliminating all corporate taxes. Companies from all over the world would relocate to the US instead of leaving our shores; domestic industry would likewise thrive.
Reckless taxing and spending has created a staggering 14 trillion dollar federal debt, and a 1.5 trillion dollar budget deficit, both of which are clearly unsustainable. Government has over stepped its bounds, and must be turned back. No more bailouts and corporate welfare; we will not borrow and spend our way to prosperity.
- I support a balanced budget amendment and the elimination of earmarks and pork barrel spending.
Americans have a right to choose their own health insurance and medical providers, or forego insurance and contract directly with medical providers, free from government mandates, and any penalties for noncompliance. I will fight to defund, and then repeal the ‘health care’ bill, and offer common-sense alternatives instead. I will fight to initiate Tort-reform, and limit malpractice lawsuits.
- Our health insurance system does need to be reformed. This should be accomplished by:
- Tort reform: Lawsuits, and the “threat” of lawsuits, add tens of billions of dollars to health care costs requiring doctors and hospitals to practice “defensive medicine”.
- Allowing health care insurance providers to sell policies across State lines to increase competition.
- Demonstrating a commitment to stop Medicare and Medicaid fraud, estimated to account for 20% of those program’s total cost to taxpayers.
- Eliminate taxpayer subsidized health care for those illegally in the United States.
- Encouraging HSAs – Health Savings Accounts, which would put people in direct control of their healthcare, without any third party interference.
- Remove anti trust protection for insurance companies.
US energy policy must rely on free market solutions rather than government regulation and heavily taxpayer subsidized alternative energy programs. The private sector can, and will, provide the leadership and initiative required to develop new energy technologies that are efficient and economically viable, providing we remove the burdensome regulations. We need a comprehensive energy policy that develops domestic energy sources in an environmentally responsible way. This should include domestic production of oil, natural gas, clean coal, and nuclear. In addition, we must aggressively invest in alternatives to fossil fuels, and commit to eliminate our reliance on foreign energy sources.
Any environmental policy must be based on proven science. Cap and Trade is essentially a power and money grab based on the false premise of “Man Made Global Climate Change”. I will stand against any legislation based on this premise, and will oppose any similar EPA mandates. Whether through legislation or administrative regulation, any attempt to manipulate the use of energy will only serve to further hold back an already severely weakened economy, with no resulting benefit to our environment.
See: Climate Change... incorrect scientific premise
The United States is a country of immigrants. A sincere and common sense immigration policy will help ensure a prosperous future. However, a country, which does not secure its borders, will cease to be a sovereign nation. Stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into our country is the first step in the process of regaining control of our Republic, and insuring our national security. Our borders need to be sealed to incoming illegals by all means necessary.
- I support the Border Fence Act of 2006 and would vote for its funding.
In addition, all our systems and institutions must be reformed to prohibit illegals from receiving any public services. Having these services available to illegals becomes an incentive to illegally come here, or coming here on a visa and then illegally overstaying.
We must not “allow” employers to hire illegals for the benefit of “cheap labor”, and laws must be enforced to sanction employers who hire them.
- I support the E-Verify system and would vote for its continued funding.
I would not support legislation that grants “amnesty”.
- I fully endorse Israel's right to defend herself against all enemies.
- The United States must recognize that Israel knows best which policies are most effective in ensuring stability in the Middle East and the safety of Israeli citizens.
- Israel is the party in the Middle East conflict most interested in peace.
- The United States must not ask Israel to risk the safety of its citizens.
- Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem ensures open access to the holy sites for Muslims, Christians, and Jews.
- Israel is our ally and the only democracy in the Middle East region. The US must support our allies.
- The United States should be guided by Israel in strategy for our War on Terror, and related airport security measures.
The United States must maintain a superior military, and be willing to use it when necessary. We should employ quick and overwhelming military response only after all other options have been considered.
Many of our allies need to assume a larger role in their own defense consistent with the interests of the United States.
An act of terrorism against the United States, or its citizens, is an act of war. Terrorists are enemy combatants and should be tried in military tribunals. I support common sense profiling, and other human intelligence, being utilized more broadly in eliminating our enemies.
I strongly support the Second Amendment. As the US Supreme Court recently held in Heller v. DC, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms extends to the individual, not just to the “militia”. I will vigorously work to protect this fundamental right.
See: District Of Columbia v. Heller (No. 07-290) 478 F. 3d 370, affirmed.
Parents and students should have freedom to choose the school that best meets their needs, regardless of whether that school is public or private. Choice in education fosters competition and improvement. Students should not be locked into failing district schools simply because of geography or financial concerns.
Human life begins at fertilization. My positions on every aspect of abortion are consistent with this premise. Unborn children are protected under the United States Constitution too. By our nature as human beings we are given certain inalienable rights by our Creator, among them Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. All babies in the womb are human beings.
"Make no mistake, abortion-on-demand is not a right guaranteed by the Constitution. No serious scholar, including one disposed to agree with the Court's result, has argued that the framers of the Constitution intended to create such a right." Ronald Reagan
I support parental notification when a mother under the age of 18 seeks an abortion. I also support requirements that an ultrasound be performed and viewed by the mother before any abortive procedure begins.
Roe v. Wade is bad law and effects an unconstitutional federal mandate upon the people and the states. It should never have existed, and should be overturned.
I support federal legislation that defines "Life" as beginning at the moment of fertilization.
I oppose embryo destroying stem cell research. I support adult stem cell research and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (IPS) research which changes adult stem cells into embryonic-like stem cells with promising results.