Where I Stand
Politicians should say what they stand for. Here is what I believe:
The purpose of politics and law-making is to promote freedom, dignity, and ownership of property. Freedom means the right to make choices without interference from politicians. Dignity means being treated as responsible for yourself, not treated as a victim, an incompetent, as a person who is unable to make good decisions. The right of property means controlling the outcome of your labor and ideas.
To promote these things, politicians should mainly get out of the way of ordinary life and confine themselves to that which law-makers do best—providing for basic services, order, and protection, but no more. That is why my platform is one of limiting the reach of politicians and legislating for lower taxes and less spending by elected officials.
When there are lower taxes and less spending by politicians, the money does not disappear. The money stays with the people and ultimately is spent by them and by the institutions that the people choose—institutions that are in a better position to do good work than the politicians are able to do. I am speaking of institutions like private charities, private businesses, churches, private schools and universities, community organizations, and other institutions. These institutions not only build, invent, and create jobs, but they can usually respond to the needs of society more efficiently than can a centralized agency run by politicians.
Many of today’s problems—unemployment, dysfunctional medical care delivery, increasing school drop-out rates, poor housing stock, and other problems have been caused by—not ameliorated by—-the programs that politicians designed to help these very things.
Applying the principles of freedom, dignity, and property to the problems of taxes, schooling, transportation, medicine, and the environment is the purpose of my running for Texas Senate.