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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