My Positions

First, and foremost, the United States of America is a Constitutional Republic!

Our Constitution is the supreme law of the land . . . Follow it!

Congress passed this healthcare act without having read the bill and then exempted themselves from following this new law. Members of Congress are subject to the same laws as all Americans, with one exception. Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution.

Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution was created to protect the legislative branch from abuses of influence or authority by the executive branch.  The exception does not apply to Members of Congress when Congress is not in session, and it does not provide Members immunity from prosecution for commission of a crime.  In all other cases, Members of Congress are subject to all federal, state, and local laws.

Does the constitution permit the federal government to own land? Yes it does, but there are very strict limitations. Our founding fathers were very specific concerning federal ownership and control of land.

Article I, section 8, clause 17 of the U.S. Constitution gives the feds control of 10 square miles of Washington DC. It further states that land within the boundaries of a state may only be acquired if they first have the consent of the state legislature. The federal government is limited in it’s acquisition of land to four purposes, military forts, arsenals, dock-yards, and other needful buildings. Nowhere in the constitution does it grant the federal government the power to “own” millions of acres. The so called “public lands” that they currently control must be returned to the states. The lands belong to The People, not the Federal Government. (Please note: currently, the Federal Government owns 85% of the land in Nevada.)

Congress passed a term limit law, for the President, in 1947 (the 22nd amendment). It was ratified by the requisite 36 of the then-48 states on February 27, 1951. If 8 years is sufficient enough for a president, it should be sufficient enough for all members of congress. Our founding fathers did not intend for the leaders of our country to remain in elected office for long periods of time. The Articles of Confederation contained term limits for delegates, but our Founding Fathers chose not to include term limits in our constitution. They decided that members of the House of Representatives, would be sent back to the people every two years for re-election. They thought that this would assure that our elected officials would remain accountable to the people. However, over the last 4 decades, we have seen the result of extremely high re-election rates. The abuse of power and privilege of our elected public servants is at an all time high and the idea of term limits has gained much popularity across our great country. While term limits will not solve all of the problems within the Federal Government, it’s a start. If Congress passed a law for term limits, it would begin to repair the mistrust between The People and our government. Imagine . . . . if our elected officials knew that in a short period of time that they would be back out into the private sector (having to abide by the same laws that We the People must follow), perhaps they would be more responsible writing bills in the first place. No more Omnibus bills! Only clean bills! Wouldn’t it be more efficient to have bills that do not exceed 3-5 pages? It would certainly be better than the current 3,000 – 5,000 page bills that our representatives don’t understand themselves and don’t read before they pass them into law. It’s just a thought . . .

Common Core . . . end it! The education of our children should not be left in the hands of the incompetent, federal government. Common Core is not about education, but more of an indoctrination.

We, the parents and educators, should be focused on expanding the minds of our children. We should be encouraging them to seek the limitless possibilities that their future holds and not confining them to only one way of thinking. Let’s get back to the commitment of excellence!

Overhaul the VA! Our veterans deserve better! They have sacrificed far too much for us to continue to make excuses as to the difficulty of proper reform.

The following is a list of Ten Principles For Veterans’ Health Care Reform as laid out by a bi-partisan policy task force via Concerned Veterans for America . . .

1. The veteran must come first, not the VA.

2. Refocus on, and prioritize veterans with service-connected disabilities and specialized needs.

3. VHA should be improved, and thereby preserved. Those veterans who choose to use VHA facilities should receive timely and quality care.

4. Grandfather current enrollees. Veterans should have the option to seek care outside of the VA system but current enrollees who wish to continue to receive care within the system should retain the option to do so.

5. Veterans should be able to choose where to get their health care.

6. Veterans health care reform should not be driven by the budget. More efficient health care for our veterans may reduce the cost of their care, but reform should not be viewed as an avenue to reduce federal spending.

7. Address veterans’demographic inevitabilities. Any reform proposal must consider substantial forthcoming demographic shifts in the veteran population, including substantial shrinkage in overall numbers – save for another protracted conflict – and disproportionate decreases in future enrollment.

8. Break VHA’s cycle of “reform and failure”. Only fundamental reform will break the cycle and empower veterans.

9. Implementing reform will require bipartisan vision, courage and commitment.

10. VHA needs accountability. The VHA must be accountable to both veterans and taxpayers for its performance. An independent VHA will have more latitude to reward high performers, fire poor performers and monitor the quality of health care delivery.

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