Welcome to my new blog. I am seeking the nomination from the Republican Party to run against Xavier Becerra in Congressional District 31, Los Angeles.
Until recently I have been a decline to state. I have become very frustrated with the incredible lack of fiscal responsibilityby this current administration and past administrations. Most importantly I mourn the loss of Liberty we are experiencing by the recent power grabs by the Obama administration and fully supported by the Democratic Congress. I seek solutions to the problems of the day using the principles established by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. These principles include the protection of the life, liberty, property (a free market and the building personal wealth) and the pursuit of happiness, from the tyranny of the government as well as tyranny of the majority. Our founding fathers believed that these unalienable rights were granted to us by the Creator and thus were not to be changed. They took into account that as times and needs changed that amendments could be added to the Constitution but the basic principles should never be changed. The federal government was directed to provide for the common defense (the military) , regulate interstate commerce (not own G.M. or AIG) and promote the general welfare (promote means to encourage not force or provide).
We are involved in a great philosophical battle between the secular humanist, progressive and yes even Marxist ideals versus the dream of individual liberty which was so loved by people such as Jefferson, Washington and Madison. The progressives and Marxist believe that we have become so smart and advanced that a small group of the best and brightest know better what is best for you than you do and that the experts should make most life decisions for you. Further Americans such as President Obama believe that the Constitution is a flawed document which does not define what the government can do especially in terms of wealth redistribution and thus should be constantly reinterpreted by those who are currently in power. Look at the new health care bill which has experts and committees appointed by the President who will dictate to parents how to raise their children, and exactly what standards and practices should be for receiving any specific medical treatment. These take away your choice in both and removes your doctor from the latter. Xavier Becerra’s voting record has always been consistent with more spending,less individual liberty and more federal control of lives all in the name of ”I know what is best for you” , I am just being fair and for you its free, the rich and those evil people who make profit will pay for it. He would actually say “Someone has to pay for it.”
I want you to be given the opportunity to succeed, to grow in liberty and property so you may better provide for yourself and through charitable giving others. Our duty as a responsible people is to give the people the tools they need in order to provide for themselves. More trade schools and teaching of marketable skills. The great benefits our society has achieved in the past has come from a free market of ideas and products, not under government direction. Big government creates more and more dependency and discourages growth.
With that in mind I would like to see the basic issues of the day to be approached with limited government and free market in mind.
Health Care. Cancel Medicare, Medicade etc. Regulate the health insurance industry by providing cross state purchase of insurance. Guarantee coverage for pre-existing conditions and portability. Tort reform. This could be affordable if each provider only had one universal pool. Then for all who we have promised to aid in health care (those on Medicare etc) and the underemployed simply provide vouchers to purchase health insurance. This would eliminate billions of dollars in fraud in the current government programs and eliminate a huge and costly bureaucracy. The total cost savings would be enormous and everyone who wish to be covered could be.
Global Warming and Cap and Trade. Just build the new power plants both solar and nuclear. Do not punish and tax. Let these plant be built to local rules and standards except for safety. No directed ethnic or special hiring, feds stay out. 1/2 of the cost to be provided to the local city utilities to be paid back in a usage surcharge once operational.
Well thats it for now. I hope I have provoked some thought.
Stephen Smith for Congress 2018