The Issues

I am running for Congress to give the voters of the 5th District of Washington a chance to make a different kind of choice than they’ve had in the last generation -
the Choice for Liberty! 

If I am elected as your representative, I will stand on these platforms and I will work hard to bring greater freedom to our state and our country on all fronts.​​​​

​Together we can change DC and make things better here at home.

I want to be your representative to bring as many checks and balances to a failing system as I can - and to be your voice in doing so. ​​​

Whatever input and ideas you have to make these changes work,
I welcome them and the chance to serve you!

Vote Libertarian
Washington and the 5th District
As your Represenative, my first priority will always be what is best for the 5th District and WA as a whole.  While National issues will be  a necesary part of the job, state and local issues will guide me in my decisions.  I will vote for nothing that harms our District or state in any way.

While some in Congress make DC their home while in office and only come home to raise campaign money or votes, I will NEVER become part of "the DC insider scene."  Every day that Congress is not in session, I will be right here where the people of this District can come to me with their concerns or ideas.  I will try my best to be in one of the offices at least one day a week.  My schedule will be on my website.

Each and every bill that comes before the House will be posted on my site at least a week before the vote so you have a chance to comment.  I will be YOUR Represenative and and its your opinions matter most.

Spending and Debt
The top concern for our country is our ballooning federal debt.
We are currently spending roughly $7 million per minute, and this reckless habit has gone on for way too long.  We currently face a debt of nearly $19 trillion.  This is unsustainable.  The fiscal crisis that faces our nation must be taken seriously and immediately addressed.

I will support balanced budgets that would cut the debt, and I will work tirelessly to balance our budget and only spend what comes in.  We must cut spending in all areas, particularly areas that are better run by state and local governments.

In 46 states across the nation, a Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) has been enacted in their state constitutions.  I have long been a proponent of adopting the same principle for the Federal Government.

We must work together to reach common sense solutions that will solve our nation’s fiscal crisis.
End NSA Spying
Today, the United States government engages in the bulk collection of personal data from every American with a cell phone, yet intelligence officials can’t point to even one terrorist attack that was foiled with this outrageous infringement on our liberty.

The Founders would be ashamed if they could see the massive growth of government that has taken place at the expense of our constitutional liberties.

YOU DON’T GIVE UP YOUR RIGHTS WHEN YOU PICK UP A PHONE

I believe that every American has a constitutionally guaranteed right to privacy which must be protected.  Simply put, the phone records of law-abiding Americans are none of the government’s business!  If the government has probable cause that an individual is a criminal or suspected terrorist, then they must first go to a judge and obtain a warrant as required by the Fourth Amendment.  Mr. Verizon, Mr. Sprint, and Mr. AT&T are not individuals and “general warrants” which authorize this dragnet surveillance on millions of Americans violate the very intent of the Fourth Amendment.

Simply owning a cell-phone does not mean you forfeit your constitutional rights.  From your phone records, the government can discern the most intimate details of your life — whether you smoke, whether or not you own a gun, go to church, gamble, what books you read, what magazines you read, whether you see a psychiatrist, or what medications you take.

This domestic NSA spying is simply not acceptable in a free society, yet those who crave power over American citizens tell us its necessary to keep us safe while effectively admitting their spying schemes don’t even work.

We must remember that our rights are unlimited, unenumerated, and given to us by God and the Constitution.  Your rights are who you are, your rights are what you are, your rights are in your DNA – and the government can get over it.
Term Limits
We have all seen the consequence of long-term incumbencies. Career politicians seem to care more about their career than what is best for their country. We have seen politicians grow more and more out-of-touch with each successive term.

The House of Representatives was originally intended for "Joe Farmer" (or in my case "Trucker Joe") to go to Washington and represent his district and friends for a few years and head back to their REAL life.  Senate, on the other hand was given longer terms in office to provide continuity of Government.  Senate is where the career politicians belong...not the House.

It is time to put an end to the profession of “career politician,” and impose limits on how many times a House member is allowed to seek re-election.  As your Representative, I will push for legislation that would limit the amount of time a member of the U.S. House of Representatives may serve.  I will continue to support term limits in the hopes of ensuring that your elected officials act in direct representation of you and your needs.  My idea is to limit the House to terms equal to one term in the Senate.

I realize that almost every candidate runs on term limits, but isn't it amazing how their opinions on this matter change once they get inside the beltway and become just another party hack?  I pledge to you right now that if I'm elected I will only stay in office for the amount of time I propose.
 
Taxes
I propose we cut taxes for everyone — rich and poor.  I want to shrink the Federal government and expand the private sector.  Our Founders never intended for the tax code to be used as a weapon against US citizens. Burdensome tax regulations hurt small businesses and slow down our economy.

Politicians and lobbyists tinker with the tax code so they can pick winners and losers.  It’s time to simplify the tax code and downsize the IRS so we can unleash an economic boom that creates millions of jobs, boosts wages and expands opportunity for all.  My tax plan will get the IRS out of your life, and out of the way of every job creator in America.

My plan is to either abolish the IRS and substitute it with a National Sales Tax or enact the Fair Tax. Studies have shown that a sales tax (in lieu of an income tax) will generate more revenue as well as stimulate our economy.
Foreign Policy and Defense
I believe the most important function of our Federal Government is national security.  As your Representative, one of the most important votes I could ever make is on a Declaration of War.

Today, with the continued rise of threats like ISIS, we’re seeing the results of President Obama’s misguided foreign policy.  That’s why I believe it’s critical we look to the guidance the Founders passed down to us as we debate how best to defend our great nation.

The Founding Fathers understood the seriousness of war and thus included in our Constitution a provision stating that only Congress can declare war.  We must maintain this important check and balance, and the decision to wage war should not be taken lightly.

I believe in Ronald Reagan’s “Peace through Strength.”  I will continue to stand with Israel and our allies abroad.

I believe we must stop the endless Government policy of nation building.  We are not the world's police department (though it seems we have become just that) and our troops should never be put in harms way on the whims of politicians.  

The only military we should station outside our own borders are those needed in the role of supply and support for our naval fleets.  Every country has its own military and they should rely on those troops as a first defense.  The only time our military should be used is in defense of our country or with a Declaration of War issued by Congress.
Health Care
Today, Americans are all too familiar with ObamaCare’s soaring health insurance premiums, shuttered hospitals, and poorer quality healthcare.
As your Representative, I will fight until every word of ObamaCare is wiped off the federal books.

HEALTHCARE NEEDS REAL REFORM — NOT OBAMACARE

Prior to the implementation of Obamacare, our health care system was over-regulated and in need of serious market reforms — and ObamaCare has only made it worse.  Government interventions in health care have driven up the cost of coverage and decreased competition within the market.

More — not less — freedom to choose and innovate will make sure our health care system remains the best in the world.
Energy
Washington’s bureaucratic regulations, corporate subsidies, and excessive taxation have made it unnecessarily difficult for energy developers to take advantage of new and innovative forms of cheap and clean energy.

Meanwhile, as Washington citizens know all too well, traditional energy sources like coal and oil are routinely demonized as Washington, D.C. attempts to regulate their use into oblivion.  As your Representative, I will fight against out-of-control EPA, which is destroying jobs left and right.

I’ll also fight to cut the red tape and encourage energy freedom and new technologies.

I support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and I will vote to allow this project to proceed.

RESTORE A FREE MARKET IN AMERICAN ENERGY

Like all other sectors of the economy, allowing businesses to compete in a free market will not only produce the most efficient forms of energy, but will also pass along the cost savings to the consumer.  Creating a robust economy depends on the availability of low-cost energy.  That depends on Washington, D.C. getting out of the way.
Immigration
There’s no question our country has been enriched by those who come to our country seeking the American Dream and a chance at a better life, but millions of illegal immigrants continually crossing our border without our knowledge threatens our national security.  That’s why, as your Representative, I will oppose amnesty and fight hard to secure our borders while most in Washington, D.C. offer nothing but talk.

SECURE THE BORDERS.  NO MORE GAMES.

I’ll also support legislation that would make immigration reform conditional on Congress voting on whether the border is secure, requiring completion of a border fence in five years and stopping the federal government from establishing a national identification card system for citizens.

Congress needs to write and enforce a border security blueprint rather than relying on bureaucracies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, to come up with a plan.  This should also provide new national security safeguards to track the holders of student visas and those provided asylum and refugee status.

I also believe we should streamline the process for those immigrants who seek to jump through all the hoops required to enter the U.S. legally.  Legal immigration is a tremendous benefit to our country, but in order to protect our nation and reform the immigration process we must know who is and is not entering our country.  That cannot be done without securing our border.
Regulation
I Support Cutting Regulations and Allowing Businesses to Flourish.  Fighting burdensome federal regulations will become a centerpiece of my time in Congress.

Few states have been hit as hard by President Obama’s regulation-happy EPA than Washington.  We cannot allow this to continue.  If we want to create a dynamic, healthy economy with jobs and opportunity for all, we must cut back on unnecessary regulations that tie up American business.

As your representative, my goal will always be to find a balance between environmental, safety and health protection without compromising the ability of small businesses to flourish.
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GET GOVERNMENT OFF SMALL BUSINESSES’ BACKS

Unelected bureaucrats should not have the power to enact regulations that affect the lives of everyday Americans.  Nowhere in the Constitution is there authorization for an unelected “Fourth Branch” of government, but growing regulatory requirements are crushing small businesses who just don’t have the resources big businesses have at their disposal.

Whether it’s ObamaCare or EPA regulations, cutting red tape and opening the regulatory process to scrutiny is an important step in holding government accountable to all Americans.

As your representative, I will fight against burdensome regulations that are holding back the American economy and ingenuity.