Washington D.C. has become a hotbed of corruption and division. The same entrenched politicians have been their for decades and put their own self-interests above those of the American people. We need new leaders willing to fight for their constituents and not special interests. America cannot afford more of the same old politicians being sent to Washington and hope that something will change. My promise is to fight for you in Washington and stand up to the political cartel that has taken hold of this nation, just as I have stood up to the Good Old Boy system in La Mirada. America needs young leaders willing to fight for the coming generations, which I why I humbly ask for your support on June 5th. Together we can send a bold message to Washington that We The People are watching and we will hold them accountable.
The recent GOP tax cuts have not even come into full swing and we are already seeing the positive effects for the American economy. Not only has the economy grown tremendously, but everyday working Americans have also begun to benefit from this positive legislation from the Republicans. So, the question remains, why is it that most Americans are benefiting while we here in California stand to lose out. The answer is simple, Democrats run California. To put this in perspective, Rob Lapsley, president of the California Business Roundtable wrote: “Since Fiscal Year 2009, state taxes, fees and other charges have increased by $10 billion a year, now totaling $72 billion more in all. Of that increase, $26 billion is due to higher fees, special taxes and other charges shifted to special fund.” Nearly 20%, or $13 billion a year, has gone to state employee salary and benefit increases.
Despite irresponsible management in California, we continue to see growth in the rest of the country. However, true economic reform requires a second aspect and that is the reduction of overbearing regulations that hinder our economic growth putting us at a distinct global disadvantage. My goal is to give every American the opportunity to succeed and live their American dream. Without job opportunities and a strong economy, many will be unable to live out the American dream of independence, financial security, and overall prosperity.
America has a deep underlying problem and that is unabashed corruption in our nation’s capital. For decades we continue to send the same politicians to Washington D.C. expecting them to carry out our interests and represent their constituents. However, the reality is in stark contrast to this hope. How many lobbyists can you as an individual afford to send to Washington to promote your interests? I myself can’t afford a single one, yet special interests like pharmaceutical companies pay people millions of dollars a year to “lobby” (or better put buy-off) our representatives. I believe this to be the underlying evil that exists in our government today and does not allow the voice of the people to be heard.
As a city councilman in La Mirada, I fought against these special interests. I took the side of residents over big developers, big government, and special interests. The result was backlash from these individuals and my fellow council members. However, I was never bothered by it and even though I suffered politically, being passed over for the position of Mayor Pro-Tem and Mayor three times, I did it for my residents who I promised to represent. That is exactly what I will do if elected to serve you in Washington. I do not care what broom closet they will attempt to throw me in to silence what I have to say, I will continue to serve you in exactly the manner that I have promised. Washington needs new blood; our nation needs new young leaders willing to stand up to the forces entrenched in our nation’s capital. If we continue electing the same politicians, we can never expect a different result. If we are to take control of our nation again, it must begin by clearing out the rhinos.
When I was first elected to La Mirada city council at the age of 25, some were concerned I would be on council for decades like many of my predecessors. That was never my intention and having just begun my second term, I decided to not run again even though we do not have term limits in La Mirada. The people of La Mirada honored me with two terms as their elected representative and in turn I have worked tirelessly to fulfill the promises I made to them. However, if I am unable to do it in two 4-year terms, what are the chances that I will do it in 30 years when energy and motivation are low?
I truly believe members of Congress should be limited to the same amount of time. Eight years is more than enough to fulfill promises made to constituents. One of my biggest objectives in Congress would be to begin to the process of obtaining a constitutional amendment to limit the number of terms an individual can serve in Congress. For the House of Representatives four 2-year terms and for Senate two 6-year terms. This will allow for new generations of leaders to grow, develop, and implement the ideas of their time. The hardest part of growing old is often times letting go, but if we have done our jobs right and raised the next generation to cherish and value the principles of this great nation, then the future is truly secure in our posterity.
Much debate and discourse has been had over healthcare this past decade more than ever before thanks to Obamacare. Many Americans have grown fond of the illusion that is universal healthcare for the promises such a system makes. However, those promises are not true and in fact have failed all over the world in countries they have been implemented. Thanks to our biased media we have been given a picture of successful universal healthcare systems all over the world, but once people really look into what goes on in those countries reality begins to set in. The system is one: unaffordable, two: lacking in quality, and three: filled with corruption.
Instead of following bad examples, we as Americans need to get back to the foundation of this great nation: competition. By limiting the power pharmaceutical companies and insurance providers have over our elected representatives we can begin implementing a strong system of healthy competition among these firms. By allowing healthcare providers to cross state lines, limiting the monopoly of pharma companies, and ensuring Americans are not priced out of necessary medication we can begin to fix a system that is collapsing under its own weight. Obamacare put the burden on the backs of millions of Americans which is completely contrary to everything this nation stands for. Instead the burden should be placed on these companies that have exploited Americans for decades all in the name of money, greed, and power. The fix is not complicated, it just takes leaders with enough courage to challenge the corrupt, cartel like system in Washington D.C. and stand for the American People.