Issues

Limited Government –Regulations hamper business growth and can be confusing when different agencies develop conflicting regulations.  Reduce redundancy and remove conflicting regulations, policies, and programs. Government is supposed to support the people, not control the people.
2nd Amendment – “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Removing guns do nothing to address the root cause of violence. We hear the argument that background checks are not strong enough. That is because not all states and entities input all data into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). Instead of embarking on any new law, policy, or regulation initiatives we need to use NICS to it's capacity.
Pro-Life – Abortion is killing an unborn child. We cannot accept abortion as a choice for birth control. It should be only as a last resort to save a life, or in instances of rape/incest. Changing the legality of abortion cannot be viewed as the only answer to ending abortion. Laws will not necessarily change behavior, but a shift in society mindset to regard the precious nature of all life will have a greater impact. 
Healthcare - Healthcare and health insurance are not the same thing. Rather than government control, the health insurance system should be free to offer various types of coverage to create affordability with incentives to cover pre-existing conditions. Expanding Medicaid or Medicare would only serve to overwhelm the healthcare system, especially in rural areas where healthcare is lacking. We need to create incentives, and new initiatives, to expand healthcare facilities in rural areas. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners 2018 report the average health insurance company had a profit margin of only 3.3% . The move to government-controlled health care insurance will cause health insurers to rely on government funding to remain solvent increasing the taxpayer burden. (https://naic.org/documents/topic_insurance_industry_snapshots_2018_health_ins_ind_report.pdf)
Education – Education is a complex issue that offers multiple challenges. School choice is important to allow parents options for their children’s education and a role in deciding education paths. Additionally, the typical neighborhood public education facilities need a set of standard requirements of size, staff, and funding. Finally, Teacher pay needs improvement to ensure we have the best teachers and they are properly compensated for their education and talent. We should have a combined strategy that gives flexibility to allow focus the area of greatest need and ability to shift focus when the need changes.
Lower taxes – By lowering taxes we show a commitment to the American people, provide for industry growth, improve job creation opportunities, and encourage consumer spending. Using tax incentives, we have already created Economic Opportunity Zones to help bring jobs to distressed areas. Using that leverage we can also promote businesses to provide more benefits, higher pay, and greater career opportunity.
Jobs/economic growth – Along with lower tax motivations we should ensure those growing businesses offer training and apprenticeship programs to help local communities. Partnering with community colleges and other technical/trade training resources those businesses will help build community confidence and safety. An added benefit to large business job creation is the growth in other supporting businesses in the surrounding area that raises the economic impact and provide even more job opportunities.  Developing economic growth can make local prosperity become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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  • Mick Rankin
    published this page 2020-08-25 10:45:00 -0400