Education, Environment, Immigration and Pro-Choice

I do not fit easily into America’s current political parties. I am a fiscal conservative who is socially progressive. This position is reminiscent of previous generations of Republicans who were advocates for low taxes, small government and regulatory relief for small businesses. We all know that the top-down command economy that Barack Obama advocated is not a sustainable model for economic success.

“Foreign immigration, which in the past has added so much to the wealth, development and resources and increase of power to this nation, the asylum of the oppressed of all nations, should be fostered and encouraged by a liberal and just policy” – Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 Republican Party Platform

Like Lincoln, I value equality and respect immigration’s contribution to the economic and cultural dynamism of our country. To be a successful nation, we can not discriminate against groups based on their country of origin or their religious beliefs. Our nation must also acknowledge the contribution immigrants make to our nation’s economic and political development. Congress must improve our visa programs to allow all students receiving advanced degrees in the United States to remain in the country to work. Finally, our government must not discriminate against immigrants based on their religious beliefs. The seven country ban proposed by President Trump was a thinly veiled attempt to discriminate against Muslims. Congressional leaders must take a stand against religious bigotry whenever it occurs, even if it is proposed by our President. We are better as a nation when we work together and respect our differences.

“I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us.” – Theodore Roosevelt

The environment is one of the most pressing issues facing California. Like Roosevelt, we must appreciate the national treasures that we have inherited from previous generations. Our future in California depends on slowing climate change. We must make this our highest priority. If we fail to act, future generations will not enjoy the beautiful beaches which we currently benefit from, because rising of sea levels. Additionally, our drinking water and agricultural production will be decimated by the impact of extended droughts which will impact the Sierra snowpack and are a natural extension of global warming. I believe that market-based mechanisms which put a price on carbon have the most promise to successfully protect our planet.

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects something that never was and never would be.” – Thomas Jefferson

Education has always provided the gateway of opportunity for Americans and the cornerstone of a civil society. After World War II, the government provided all veterans free college with the G.I. bill which made the United States the most educated and most prosperous country in the world. We must recommit ourselves to making our nation the most educated in the world. Our democracy depends on it!

The average college graduate in 2016 had $37,172 in student loan debt. This debt prevents students from buying homes and starting businesses. It is a drag on our economy and congress needs to find a solution which will increase college affordability and not balloon federal deficit.

“I’m not happy that the speaker has decided to include the defunding of Planned Parenthood – an extremely controversial issue – in the (health care) package,”
Susan Collins R-ME

The government should not interfere with women’s reproductive health. Where women receive their health care and how they exercise their reproductive rights is a choice for each individual, not the government.

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Fiscally Responsible & Socially Progressive

Congressional district CA-45 is a red district.

Party registration on 9/2016 was about 42% Republican, 31% Democratic, and 27% No Party Preference/other. In all previous elections, the No Party Preference/other has voted heavily Republican, because the Republican candidate has always won by about a 20% margin. The Republican margin of victory has been between 40,000 to 67,000 votes every year! In the most recent (2016) election when Hillary Clinton won the district by 18,000 votes, the Republican congressional candidate won the district by a whopping 53,000 votes!

You should ask yourself, “In a district with a huge Republican voter advantage and history, can a Democrat win?”

I am asking traditional conservative Republicans and fiscally responsible Democrats to support me and join in an effort to make Washington more responsive to Americans. We need market-based policies that free small businesses from the regulatory burden of the past decade.

What can we do to get a responsive representative?

Ask yourself, “Are you better off with a pro-environment, pro-choice, Republican who is fiscally responsible and socially progressive or do you want the current Tea Party representative who is supporting bills that harm our district because she wants to earn Paul Ryan’s favor?” We need someone who will fight for free markets and reject massive government intervention that picks the winners and losers in our economy. Over the past decade, we have regulated ourselves out of jobs and created a form of crony capitalism that fixes our system for the establishment.

We need someone who will fight for free markets and reject massive government intervention that picks the winners and losers in our economy. Over the past decade, we have regulated ourselves out of jobs and created a form of crony capitalism that fixes our system for the establishment.

I will put AMERICANS first

I believe that we must prioritize spending. We must make choices that invest in Americans. Investing in Americans means prioritizing education and infrastructure projects that are shovel ready (roads and bridges). However, we must be responsible, we will not waste money on a “bridge to nowhere.” Both education and quality infrastructure projects must improve business efficiency and innovation, create jobs and make Orange County an ideal location to start a business.

Government spending must be examined to determine how it directly benefits Americans and frees businesses to creates jobs. I would prioritize infrastructure and education because better roads and bridges will increase business efficiency and will provide jobs. Educational investments foster innovation. Students who graduate without a heavy debt burden will start businesses that move our economy forward.

Government decisions need to focus on jobs and business efficiency.

I am Pro-Environment
I believe any representative must recognize that California is on the front line of climate change. Our research universities and our economy is benefiting from efforts to move away from a carbon-based economy. We need to continue to exploit our advantages in this area. On the flip side, we are also particularly vulnerable to drought and rising sea levels if our current representative continues to support policies which increase global warming.

I am Pro-Choice
I believe that government should not be making healthcare decisions for women. Government involvement in woman’s reproductive rights is a classic big government approach. Health choices should be made between a patient and their doctor.

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My Priorities

My priorities are as follows:

1. Quality public education must be the top priority for America to continue leading the world in innovation and productivity. Education is the key to a civil society and is the gateway to achieving economic advancement.

We must recommit ourselves to making our nation the most educated in the world. Our democracy depends on it!

The average college graduate in 2016 had $37,172 in student loan debt. This debt prevents students from buying homes and starting businesses. It is a drag on our economy and congress must make it a top priority to increase college affordability and ensure that all Americans can graduate college debt free.

2. I will hold regular town hall meetings in the district.

3. Protect women’s ability to control their own reproductive rights. We do not need big government making decisions on women’s health issues. I will publicly speak out against the defunding of Planned Parenthood. They are the largest provider of women’s health services in America and they should be reimbursed for their services like any other provider.

4. We must reduce CO2 emissions.
I will publicly speak out against legislation which will accelerate global warming. Easing EPA regulation of CO2 will negatively impact the Sierra Nevada snowpack and will negatively impact our beaches and coastal communities because of rising sea levels.

Higher temperatures cause droughts that impact our water supply and devastate our agricultural production.

5. I stand for ethical behavior.
Publicly stand up to Donald Trump when he signs unlawful and unethical executive orders which discriminate against our CA-45 residents who are from Muslim majority nations.

6. Remain fiscally conservative.
We need to prioritize government spending. I would prioritize education and infrastructure projects (roads and bridges) instead of wasting money on a wall between the USA and Mexico. In America, our university students should not graduate buried by massive debt and our roads should not be littered with potholes.

Fiscal conservatism means making choices with our government’s financial resources. We can not wage war, massively increase military spending, build a border wall, and increase infrastructure spending while reducing revenue. This lack of fiscal discipline leads to massive deficits. We must prioritize government spending.

7. Fix the ACA in such a way that all Americans will continue to have access to affordable health insurance.

I have no intention of becoming a career politician. If elected I will speak out for the policies listed above, even if it offends party leaders and costs me their endorsements and their financial support. I will work for the residents of CA-45!

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Affordable Care Act (ACA)

If I was on the Energy and Commerce committee that Mimi Walters serves on, I would have voted against the proposed ACA replacement for the following reasons:

First, I have stated that any replacement must provide affordable health coverage to all Americans. Paul Ryan’s proposed replacement does not even attempt to provide affordable coverage to all. If a young healthy person pays $500 month, under this plan, a person between 50 and 65 years old would pay a whopping $2500 a month ($30,000 a year!). Even after the tax credits, the senior citizen would pay about $25,000 a year. Paying $25,000 a year for health insurance is not affordable.

This proposal is simply going back to the old days when health issues caused 60% of bankruptcies in the United States and some states had up to a quarter of their citizens uninsured.

The second reason that I would have voted against the ACA replacement is because the process has been rushed. Health care impacts nearly 20% of the United States economy and will impact jobs in our district. Bills of this magnitude deserve full hearings that include experts in the areas impacted. As a fiscally responsible representative, I would require that the bill has cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office before a committee vote. HOW CAN MIMI WALTERS CLAIM TO BE FISCALLY CONSERVATIVE WHEN VOTING ON A BILL WITHOUT KNOWING ITS COST?

It is mind boggling that our representative would vote in favor of a bill which impacts jobs in our district and will effect over 30,000 individual’s health coverage in her district without some basic information on its impact.

Our Representative’s support of this bill has been irresponsible and CA-45 deserves a representative who will act ethically. I believe rushing a bill that impacts nearly 20% of our economy through committee before the cost and impact is known is unethical and irresponsible.

Individual Donors Not Corporations!

During the general election, Bernie Sanders was able to harness the power of millions of small contributors to fund his campaign. He was able to spurn large corporate donors in favor of individual contributions.

Was this a one-time phenomenon?
Can it be repeated in CA-45?

The jury is still out on whether a congressional campaign can exist without large donations from corporations and special interest groups.


This campaign will cost vast sums of money and I will not be seeking corporate contributions. I am testing whether a grassroots campaign, which relies on individual donors is viable. If not all of our future candidates will be doing the work of their corporate donors. You can change this! Stopping the corporate influence on campaigns begins with individual financial participation. 

Please contribute and send the message that individuals can fund campaigns. Even if you send a Bernie-like contribution of $30, that sends a strong message the “We The People” will control our future! Not special interest groups and corporations!

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