The simple truth is, corporations will only create jobs when it helps their bottom line, and “trickle-down economics” simply does not work. Giving them no-strings-attached tax breaks does nothing but line the pockets of the wealthy. I support extending the Bush-era tax cuts for working Americans. But it is time for the free money train to come to an end for those who have failed to deliver on their promises of job growth and economic recovery. Tax incentives should only be given to companies that create and keep jobs right here, in the United States. Rebuilding our economy must begin with a solid foundation rather than a top-down approach.
As we work on balancing the budget, we must be very mindful
to protect our public schools. We must
also continue to invest in higher education.
In order to compete in a global economy, an educated workforce is
Oklahoma has great potential to be a national leader in
alternative energy sources. Our state
has sunshine, wind, and natural gas in abundance. Investing in the environment can also mean
investing in our state. I support green
energy initiatives that will add jobs and money to Oklahoma’s economy. We must look for ways to reduce our
dependency on foreign oil without causing harm to our lakes, woodlands, and the
health of our citizens.
Our service members put their lives on the line for our nation. We must protect them and their families. Any military spending cuts should be mindful of the impact those cuts have on the everyday lives and safety of our service members. Likewise, military communities depend on the many civilian jobs our military installations provide. It is irresponsible for our representatives to slash and cut the defense budget without first ensuring for the well being of civilians and service members alike. We cannot drastically reduce jobs without first working to encourage job growth in our military communities. Reductions in defense spending need to mindful and gradual. It is our duty to protect those who protect us.
I support the Dream Act and believe that the children of
illegal immigrants, who were brought to this country through no fault or choice
of their own, should be given the opportunity to become productive citizens of
the country they have grown up in.
I believe marriage equality is a civil rights issue. The Defense of Marriage Act is
I believe, as long as money and corporate interests have a
grip on our congress, the voice of the citizens will not clearly be heard. I believe corporations are not people, and
their money does not equal speech.
Political campaigns should be funded by voters and not special interest
groups. I also believe that being
elected to office should not be a road to wealth. I would fight to end the questionable
investment practices of elected officials and the influence of lobbyists in
DC. Our representatives should vote
according to the best interests and will of their constituents. Current practices are nothing short of
bribery and insider trading.
I support the right of Americans to bear arms.