national debt/responsible spending

Washington is spending our money like a drunken sailor. What’s worse, they are mounting up new debts every day that our children and grandchildren will have to bear. As the national debt approaches the $29 trillion mark, hardly anyone down there seems concerned.

Congress right now is looking to increase the tax burden on hard-working Americans from $2.5 to $6 trillion. There’s never a right time for new taxes, but this comes at the wrong time for our recovering economy. It will be a disaster like none we have seen before.

We need to rein in out-of-control spending, and get the ship of state back on course.

Education

Let’s teach the fundamentals; like America was founded on July 4, 1776, and that we fought a Civil War to eliminate slavery. Our Founders created the greatest, freest, most prosperous and most generous country in the world’s history. When we made mistakes, we put our hearts and our minds into fixing them — and our children need to be taught this, beginning in kindergarten.

This Critical Race Theory has it all backwards: trying to teach our children that the first thing you should notice about someone is the color of their skin — is wrong. According to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; a person’s skin color should be the last thing we notice!

We should be able to choose where our kids go to school. Here in Maine, in some small communities, this has happened for decades — and it works well. Competition breeds excellence, and school choice keeps us all doing the best we can.

Economy

When it comes to the economy, the government needs to follow the same first rule doctors do when tending to our health: Do no harm. But inflationary spending is doing plenty of harm, and to those who can afford it least.

Washington should be making smart investments that will prepare our children for the jobs of tomorrow. Instead, they’re using our money to pay people to stay home. This makes it harder to run a small business, or in too many cases, even keep the lights on in one.

Meanwhile, a tidal wave of new regulations threatens jobs across the state and nation. A recent decision by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration to shut down nearly 1,000 square miles of lobster fishing waters suggests the federal government either wants to put Maine out of business, or just doesn’t care. We need a fighter for our economy.

Ballot Integrity

Soviet tyrant Josef Stalin once said “it doesn’t matter who votes, what matters is who counts the votes.” I disagree: it does matter who votes — everyone who can should, and the fact that only 20% of veterans in our district are currently voting means we have a problem. Too many people today are questioning the integrity of the system, and we need to do something about it.

Our electoral system needs to be beyond reproach. I will fight for measures to guarantee one person, one vote and real accountability for absentee ballots. In a fair system, we all agree on the rules. It helps when they are rooted in common sense.

Border Security

What’s happening on the border is nothing short of a crisis. In addition to illegal immigration, human and narcotic trafficking across our southern border is out of control and puts all Americans at risk. Ours is a country of immigrants and we are strengthened every time a new American joins us. That is why I want to fix the system of legal immigration for everyone’s benefit. People are paying traffickers three to nine times as much to enter America illegally because we are not doing the hard work of tackling our broken border and immigration system. The current administration is doing nothing, and we need security professionals in Congress to put pressure on them and make America’s borders safe again.

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