On the issues
Politicians in Washington DC and Sacramento have neglected our kid’s educational needs while using the public-school system for their own social engineering agenda. As an educator with twenty-five years of experience, I am fully aware of the deceptive curriculum being imposed on our students, parents and teachers. We need to get back to the basics of equipping students with the fundamentals while expanding options for vocational education and trade schools.
The 16th district’s unemployment rate in 2018 was 16.9%. This is almost five times the national average! As the Principal of Clovis Adult School, my staff and I had tremendous success with job training and community networking, successfully placing students in real world jobs. As your congressman I will continue to focus on employment preparedness and job creation, so all our districts residents will have the opportunity to better paying jobs.
We are spending billions of dollars on homelessness in California, and yet our homeless population continues to grow. Government solutions like providing clean needles have only exacerbated the problem. Let’s be honest, homelessness is mainly a drug, alcohol and mental health issue. Faith based organizations have a history of success in treating these issues. I will seek out and empower these non-profits, as opposed to throwing money at failed government solutions.
In California, we have over 800 Community Health Clinics. These clinics provide care regardless of income level or citizenship. Also, no person can be turned away from a hospital emergency room. We are a compassionate Country and State. I believe that health care is a fundamental need, health insurance is not. Investing in proper health care facilities for the impoverished and our Veterans is the right thing to do.
Our Central Valley is the bread basket of America and water is its lifeline. We must create new water storage below and above ground like Temperance Flat Dam, while adding more efficient transport. We must also explore new technological and conservation methods that won’t burden farmers or consumers.
We need tax-reform, not new tax bills. The tax code is far too complicated and rewards or penalizes behavior. We need a tax code that is simplified, unlike the current one where those that can afford high priced accountants or lawyers to unravel it, are the biggest beneficiaries. While I applaud Congress for passing the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it was flawed, instituting a politically motivated State and Local Tax (SALT) cap that has cost Central Valley residents millions. I support repealing the SALT cap and will work to pass real tax reform.
After counseling hundreds of hurting students who had been deceived about abortion, I became more aware that abortion results not only in the death of the unborn child but incredible emotional wounding on the would be mother. I have never heard a student who experienced abortion mention any informed consent or counseling they received from the abortion facility. I am a staunch believer that all life, born and unborn, is sacred. Abortion has been redefined by many as healthcare or a right. We need to place the highest value on the most vulnerable, the unborn, and provide counseling support for those who have been deceived into having an abortion. We as a community need to care for unwanted or abandoned children.
Our southern border needs to be secured! Many immigrants cross our border seeking a better life, yet there is still a pervasive criminal element that is using our unsecured border to traffic drugs and children. For those that are seeking a better life, we need to reform our immigration system so they are not waiting in line for years. We have the technology to both secure the border and create an expeditious vetting system; we just need to stop playing politics with people lives and get it done.
There have been many attacks on our constitutional right to religious freedom. It is now common for schools, businesses and government agencies to discriminate against people of faith; this is wrong! I will always defend the Constitution and fight for everyone’s religious freedom.
Never is my lifetime have I seen such hate towards our friend in the Middle East, Israel. Both in Congress and in our Country, there is an anti-Sematic culture growing. One of our closest allies, I will always support Israel and stand up to hateful anti-Semitism that threatens our relationship with our good friend to the east.