5 Things I Stand For:
Country Over Party
Our nation was founded by and for “We The People” so that individuals, not political parties, could prosper. Both Republican and Democratic parties were later formed with honorable principles at their core, but they have gridlocked progress and no longer function on behalf of the people. The majority of Americans feel that our country is on the wrong track and that we need an alternative to both major parties. But the answer is not in a party at all. If we want to return sanity and civility to our political system, the answer is making the choice to put country over party.
Years of undisciplined over spending has left our country with $20 trillion in debt and the programs our citizens rely on, such as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, on the brink of collapse. This didn’t happen because we don’t know how to fix it. It happened because career politicians are unwilling to make hard choices when it hurts their chances of being re-elected. We need to elect representatives who are not beholden to partisan agenda and special interests. Who will restore fiscal sanity and balance the budget. And who will grow the economy and make reasonable reforms to ensure necessary services can be provided.
As our Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” We have an increasing social divide in our country which career politicians are exploiting for their own political gain. Instead of collaborating and finding healing for our country, they are polarizing our community to get votes. Our focus should be on healing America's division on social issues, not exploiting them for political advantage.
The role of government is to ensure that all citizens have an opportunity to contribute to and thrive in our nation. To do this it must first create an environment where the private sector is strong. Then, we need to upgrade our infrastructure and programs for them to be successful in the digital age, while also investing in all forms of education to develop modern workforce skills. Lastly, we need a finely-targeted safety net that ensures no citizen who truly needs help is left behind, but also ensure benefits only go to those who truly need them.
Our quality of life goes hand-in-hand with the state of the environment. Without clean air, fresh water and healthy soil we will not be able to survive, let alone thrive. Climate change represents a very real threat to Eastern Washington, the United States and the entire global community. We need to be good stewards of the environment to maintain our quality of life today, for our children tomorrow and for future generations. We can accomplish this through policies that are both practical and business friendly.