Campaign

Policy Positions

  • Fiscal Responsibility

    Pillar 1

     The number one threat to the United States and our way of life is our out of control spending and debt.  In October of 2019, we as a nation just passed 23 trillion dollars in national debt. We also have 100 – 150 trillion in-unfunded liabilities.

      For F/Y 2020, we are looking at a 1 trillion dollar deficit. The United States will be taking in an estimated 3.6 trillion in total tax revenue for 2020, and yet, we are planning on spending 4.6 trillion. We have a major spending problem in our nation, not a lack of taxing problem.

      Where is our money going? How do we correct our budget? What happens if we continue down this path?

     

    Current budget –

    https://www.congress.gov/resources/display/content/Appropriations+for+Fiscal+Year+2020

     

     Now we are here with the 2020 elections less than 10 months away and we are seeing a complete lack of fiscal responsibility from our current administration, but a worsening ideology grow from those running to replace the current administration. We hear daily a call for Medicare for all, student loan forgiveness, and a plethora of other spending projects like the green new deal; with each of them costing 10’s of trillions of dollars over the next 10 years.

      It is time for them to be honest with America and say that these ideas are simply that, ideas and nothing more. We as a nation do not have the funds or the means to be able to pay for these items. If we choose to go down this path, we will bankrupt our nation and lose our prosperity and the prosperity of our kids and grandkids generations. We need to come together and hold our government responsible, and put in place fail safes to protect our nation and our generations to follow.

     

     My plan for fiscal responsibility is simple but difficult.

     

    • Create and implement a balanced budget amendment.

    • In the event that we must raise our debt ceiling, it must be agreed upon by a 2/3rds vote. There has to be full bipartisan agreement if we are going to incur greater debt on our future generations.

    • A full audit of the government. The government is funded by we the taxpayers, we have a right to know how are money is being spent.

    • Comprehensively cut waste from the federal government based on what is illuminated by the federal audit.

     

    These are not easy tasks that need to be tackled, but we must stop the bleeding, the over spending, rampant increase of debt, and waste of our money. Our politicians have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the money that we are required to give to them. It is time to say no more, it is time to take away the national credit card and put our nation on a budget that must be adhered to. It is time to stop spending away our next generations.

  • Education

    Pillar 2

    We need a complete overhaul of the education system in America. Our primary K-12 education system needs to be focused to the success of our young people. This cannot happen fully at the federal level; we nee to give the main control back to the states. They are the one’s that are in the day to day and can make the quick necessary changes that take the federal government years to see.

      How do we do this? What are the immediate necessary changes that must be implemented? What are the biggest issues affecting our education system as a whole?

     

    • Need to readjust the approach of the federal government and the oversight of local and state legislation.

      • Focus on regional assistance to counteract the breakdown in local education systems.

      • Assess the discrepancy between the Rural and Urban educations.

      • Assess the discrepancy between public and Charter/homeschool programs.

      • Audit current expenditures of local school systems and assess any under/lack of funding for successes of students.

    • Remove federal overreach into local education systems.

      • Limit number of federally mandated standardized tests.

        • Two standardized tests – one at the end of 5th grade – second at the end of 9th grade.

        • 5th grade test to show proficiency’s – up to mandated levels

        • 9th grade test – to engage PATH program.

      • PATH program – set students onto their correct engagement.

        • P rioriety focused – Where are students excelling

        • A ccountability – Student – Parents – Teachers – Students

        • T est and try – Document successes- ensure students succeed

        • H elping hand – Improvement through education coaching

      • Constant assessment of struggles and improvements.

      • Create life development classes for 11 and 12 grade to better prepare our students for the world.

        • Focus on necessities – credit, debt, banking, home economics, automotive and real estate purchases, credit cards, etc.

    • Give the power back to the local school districts to better prepare our students for world – without requiring them to go into secondary education for employment.

      • Work with local unions for trade schools.

      • Work with local colleges for early access to college courses at minimal or no cost options.

     

    Secondary Education and student loans

    • Adjust the funding into non-profit and for profit schools

    • Mandate standardized 3rd party accreditations for all secondary education

      • Same standards for all non-profit and for-profits schools

    • Student Loans

      • Immediately eliminate all negative amortization of all student loans.

      • Cut current interest rates to .5% on all federal student loans.

      • Work with all consumers to implement income based repayments without negative amortization.

      • Implement new rules and guidance for new students looking to take out federal student loans.

      • Ensure ability for repayment based on choice of study and ability for employment after finalizing schooling.

    • Ensure focus of all state funded schools is on education – adjust funding from extracurricular activities to educational.

      • Oversight on expenditures for sports.

        • Tuition should not increase to support exorbitant coaching salaries and support staff.

      • Adjust degree fields to eliminate education pyramid schemes.

     

     

    With our nationwide education system, we need to focus on being able to educate our next generations to be proficient in life after 12-grade graduation, without the immediate need to head in to secondary education to be able to be successful in life. We need to be able to partner with local businesses and unions to create paths of real world experience without trapping our next generations in thousands of dollars in debt before they have an opportunity to branch out into adulthood.

  • Health Care Reform

    Pillar 3

    Complete Health Care Reform – EMMA

     

      Healthcare in the United States is broken. We are trapped in the middle as two sides continue to fight about radically different ideologies of what our healthcare should be without taking a step back to see the fallacies in their own plans. On the left we have a cry for Socialized medicine, on the right we hear nothing but Free Markets. Both have their issues and problems.

      With the free market, if you have a heart attack, or get into an accident, you do not care about price. You, and those around you, are only focused on getting you to the closest hospital with the best doctors that can save your life. This allows for corruption and price gauging that can end up bankrupting you after your life was saved.

      With Socialized medicine, we see help in emergency and major medical situations, but we see horrific wait times and complete lack or rationed care when it comes to preventative care. In addition to this, we see 600,000 jobs in heath insurance wiped out if we were to transition to a “Medicare for all” program. What is the additional cost that we the taxpayers will occur if we destroy an entire industry?

     

      We can do better then this. 

     

     My plan is E.M.M.A. – Emergency and Major Medical for All

     

     With EMMA, we reform Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) completely. EMMA will have all emergency and major medical facilities become non-profit and funded by the government. This will allow price controls on treatments and medications. Preventative care will be free market and can be for profit. The only government oversight is the requirement of posted pricing and nationwide uniform documentation.

     

    E.M.M.A.

                - All EMMA facilities – non-profit – government funded

                - Employees are public servants with availability for student loan forgiveness

                - Triage facilities to determine EMMA payment qualification

                - Work with medical schools for student placements

                - Nationwide uniform documentation

     

    Preventative Care

    • Privately owned practices – for profit

    • Must post pricing

    • Nationwide uniform documentation

    • Full open competition

    • Insurance options and availability

     

    It is time to change our way of thinking and change our healthcare for the betterment of all of us. It is time for real reform and real solutions.

  • Health Care Reform

    Pillar 3

    Complete Health Care Reform – EMMA

     

      Healthcare in the United States is broken. We are trapped in the middle as two sides continue to fight about radically different ideologies of what our healthcare should be without taking a step back to see the fallacies in their own plans. On the left we have a cry for Socialized medicine, on the right we hear nothing but Free Markets. Both have their issues and problems.

      With the free market, if you have a heart attack, or get into an accident, you do not care about price. You, and those around you, are only focused on getting you to the closest hospital with the best doctors that can save your life. This allows for corruption and price gauging that can end up bankrupting you after your life was saved.

      With Socialized medicine, we see help in emergency and major medical situations, but we see horrific wait times and complete lack or rationed care when it comes to preventative care. In addition to this, we see 600,000 jobs in heath insurance wiped out if we were to transition to a “Medicare for all” program. What is the additional cost that we the taxpayers will occur if we destroy an entire industry?

     

      We can do better then this. 

     

     My plan is E.M.M.A. – Emergency and Major Medical for All

     

     With EMMA, we reform Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) completely. EMMA will have all emergency and major medical facilities become non-profit and funded by the government. This will allow price controls on treatments and medications. Preventative care will be free market and can be for profit. The only government oversight is the requirement of posted pricing and nationwide uniform documentation.

     

    E.M.M.A.

                - All EMMA facilities – non-profit – government funded

                - Employees are public servants with availability for student loan forgiveness

                - Triage facilities to determine EMMA payment qualification

                - Work with medical schools for student placements

                - Nationwide uniform documentation

     

    Preventative Care

    • Privately owned practices – for profit

    • Must post pricing

    • Nationwide uniform documentation

    • Full open competition

    • Insurance options and availability

     

    It is time to change our way of thinking and change our healthcare for the betterment of all of us. It is time for real reform and real solutions.

  • Abortion

    Pillar 4

    Abortion-

     

     This is a topic that immediately polarizes people at the hint of the word. It strikes to the heart on both sides of the isle.  An unborn baby’s rights vs. a woman’s rights, this is the way the argument always goes. This topic is far deeper than this. This topic is far more human than either side wishes to discuss. Let me share the story of our daughter, our million-dollar baby.

     

      My wife and I were first made aware of issues with the pregnancy after the 20-week ultrasound. Over the next six weeks we were told three times that our options were to go home and wait for the heart to stop beating or to terminate. This was not easy to hear, this was not easy to fully comprehend. We sought a second opinion. My wife spent the next 12 weeks on bed rest, and throughout all of the complications the best flicker of life that we were given was less than 1 percent survivability rate of our child.

      Throughout the entire process, the option to terminate, to abort, was available to us. It was a decision between my wife, my self, and our doctors. This was a time that we were grateful that the heavy hand of government was not in the room. This was a stressful time that my wife and I had to have the difficult conversations of what are we going to do; with the danger to my wife and to our child, so much so that I was told that there was the possibility of losing them both.

      On that fateful, and ultimately wonderful day in December, through an emergency C-section our daughter, Maggie was born at 2lbs 6.8oz. She has grown to be a wonderful 8 year-old little girl that is full of life and that we treasure everyday.

     

      The reason I share this story, is to show that there are many other stories to this topic. This is not as black and white as the parties would like to make it. When a woman or couple is making the decision to terminate a pregnancy, it is not one that comes easy. It is not a choice that happens lightly. It is a choice that has significant impact for years to come, whether the choice is one way or the other.

     

      It is time that we have the honest conversation and stop the accusations. These are our loved ones, our wives, our daughters, our sisters, our friends and those that they love that have to struggle with the difficult choices and conversations. We all need to remember this. I am grateful that it was a decision between my wife, our doctors, and myself, and not the choice of the government.

      This topic should never be celebrated. The topic of abortion should be handled delicately and with grace. We need to work on other options and allow true choice for women. Now is the time to work on adoption reform, Now is the time to have an actual federal abortion bill that was not legislated from the bench. It is time to have the honest difficult conversation about a difficult topic that has many implications throughout local, state, and national levels. We are better than the parties say we are. We have a heart for the betterment of all.

  • Housing Costs

    Pillar 5

    Cost of Housing –

     

      This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. I am a mortgage loan officer. I work everyday to try and help my client’s dreams come true. Whether they are purchasing their first home, dream home, or we are refinancing their current mortgage to consolidate debt or build or refurbish their home into their dream. 

      The hardest part of my work, is saying no. Looking across the desk and showing the hard numbers that my client, even though they are working hard, sometimes multiple jobs, saving money, that they cannot afford a home. It is devastating.

      Why are we in this situation?  Why are housing prices going up so high? Is there anything that we can do about it?

     

     The situation –

    • Ever growing costs to build homes

      • Material costs, land costs, utility costs

      • Limited supply – excess demand

      • Loss of controls meant to regulate prices – cash buyers

    • Current supply stagnation

      • Inability to move to larger/better house due to costs

      • Fixed income/empty nester owners unable to “downsize” due to smaller houses costing more than current homes

     

      We are in an interesting situation now within northern Colorado, as well as Colorado as a whole. This is an incredible state and many people want to come here and build their American dream in the Front Range and in the mountains. This is a great problem to have as we have such diverse industry that brings many people from out of state. This is where we are seeing a negative impact as well. With the influx of out of state people and funds, it has increased the overall cost of housing within the state. It boils down to basic economics of increase demand and limited supply. This has triggered an increase in the overall housing costs and decreased availability in both the purchase and rental market.

      In addition, the overall cost of building residents has increased as well. The cost of water, gas, and electrical tap costs have doubled and tripled. Costs of building materials have increased in part because of tariffs on metal and wood. The costs of labor have also increased, as there become fewer and fewer trades in the employment field.

     

    How do we fix the problem?

     

    • Work with municipalities to increase production of multifamily units

    • Increase and incentivize small/tiny home production

    • Implement a “downsizing” option for seniors/empty nesters on property taxes

      • Current residences that have lived in there home for greater than 10 years and are over the age of 62 receive a 50% discount on property taxes. Allow them a 1-time transfer of the discount within their current county. To allow them to “downsize” without causing them to increase their taxes to an unaffordable level.  

    • Work with unions and schools to implement a training program and hands on training in the field

    • Reassess section 8 housing – create incentive plan around it

      • Change the section 8 housing program to include a savings program to allow savings account tax free to be used on the purchase of a residence.

     

    This is a long term problem that will take creative work with all parties to be able to change the current course that we are on. This is a wonderful problem that shows our growth as a state, but we cannot leave behind those that already live and work here, those that have built our district and state to a level that entices others to move here. We can do both as long as we are willing to work together.

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