The Issues

A Conservative, Just, Fiscally Responsible Approach

“The real division is not between conservatives and revolutionaries but between authoritarians and libertarians.”  ― George Orwell 

Taxes

Taxes are fundamental to a well functioning government. The state and federal constitutions outline specific duties of the government, duties which require funding. Though this is true - the over-extending of our government has led to tax requirements that far overrun the system provided by our founding fathers. Our current system allows for excessive waste and oversight - one direct cause of high taxes. 


The only taxes that should be collected are those which unquestionably provide a positive benefit to those paying. I propose the elimination of every tax not tied to a visible and necessary service. 


In addition to removing excessive tax dollars currently paying for crony practices, I propose an increase in tax dollars allocated to education. With South Carolina having one of the lowest property tax rates in the nation and a very low unemployment rate - it is time that our approach shift to focus on the quality of jobs, not just their quantity. For South Carolina to grow in wages and overall heath, we need to begin investing more heavily in our education system. I do not propose raising taxes for this, but merely pulling resources away from places where they ought not be and using them to improve our local education. 


 "Public money ought to be touched with the most scrupulous consciousness of honor." 

-Thomas Paine 

Integration

District 68 mirrors the demographics of the rest of our state, and of most of the country. We have a significant Hispanic and European population that now calls our district home. They contribute to our local economy, our cultural diversity, and our identity as a community. 


Our federal government is solely responsible for who is allowed to cross into our borders, and for the removal of those who aren't here legally. The federal government is distinct in every way from our state and local governments. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the only entity authorized by the law to handle unlawful presence and removal. But what does this mean for those of us who aren't part of the federal government yet who live in communities like Forestbrook and Socastee, where our neighbors are an integral part of our community? 


The Constitution of the United States provides the individual states the authority to govern in conjunction with their local and state legislatures. While the federal government is responsible for rules regulating the immigration of persons into the United States, the state and local government possess authority over those who are already present in our communities. From a state perspective, our role is to ensure that everyone present within our borders is protected against injustice and integrated into our community. I support state laws which ensure all people are treated with dignity, respect, and justice. 


Specifically, this means that as members of our community, all people deserve access to education, right to wages paid for work, access to public services, and representation in court. 

Prison Reform

South Carolina should be leading the nation in an innovative approach to incarceration. Though we have taken steps in recent years to reduce the cost of housing inmates and to limit the sentencing for non-violent criminals, our current system invites and supports an unhealthy and potentially unethical system that address only the aspects of the system that make the prison system unprofitable, rather than extending that innovation in a way that emphasizes rehabilitating criminals and breaking the cycle of repeat offenders. 


I propose further limiting incarceration sentencing for non-violent criminals, allowing violent criminals with a record of good behavior to participate in work programs, and providing wages for work to be collected upon release. This approach will increase the success rate for reentry into society after time served. 


For whatever reason, those who end up in prison miss some essential aspect of psychology that makes them susceptible to disregard of the law. Viewing time in prison solely as punishment hurts our state in the long run, as we then expend tax payer dollars to house, feed, and protect criminals for a limited time, eventually sending them unchanged back into the same system that landed them in prison in the first place. We must see incarceration as an opportunity to develop and prepare individuals for society in a way their previous life failed to do. 


I support allowing inmates to work for tuition to state-sponsored schools and opportunity to enroll in higher education as part of their time in prison. Helping inmates to be introduced back into society better prepared and equipped for the labor force will drastically decrease the potential of repeat offences and will save the state countless dollars.  

Economy

An economy is strongest in the midst of the greatest competition. Once upon a time the Republican party believed in true free market capitalism - but along the way this has been distorted and corrupted - leading to the “Crony Capitalism” that we now have. What does this mean? This is a perversion of capitalism where those in positions of power (politicians/Chamber of commerce) pass legislation and enact rules that benefits certain corporations or individuals. 


When this happens, small business owners and employees of those businesses are fiscally harmed. The playing field is no longer level when this happens, and our local small business industry suffers. I strongly support breaking down the barriers that produce an unfair system for the business owners in our state. Doing so will drastically improve our economy and job opportunity in South Carolina as a whole, and in Myrtle Beach in particular. 

Government Reform

The most just society exists when the people are at liberty to live their lives as they see fit - as long as they don't infringe upon the rights of another.  Our government is quick to forget this - and trends toward Statism, the belief that a people must rely upon the beneficence and protection of the state. This belief has led to the government choosing to use tax dollars in an effort to influence the market. Rather than requiring private businesses to raise their own capital and to be responsible for keeping their business profitable - the government subsidizes these companies in hopes to lure specific types of business or to ensure that the community isn't left without specific services in the event the company is mismanaged and needs to close. This is precisely what happened with the US government decided to bail out the banking system rather than allowing those banks who were practicing risky lending and unethical practices to go bankrupt, opening the market for new banks to enter. This leads to continued corruption and increased taxes. 


I propose that government exists with a sole purpose of protecting the individual from injustice at the hand of another. The law is a guardrail, static and void of emotion or action. We need to reign in our government to better align with its true function. Doing so will undoubtedly lower taxes, improve the climate for small business, and create a more just society. As long as the people continue to allow the government to grow, taxes to raise, and people to be trampled under barriers enacted on the authority of law - we will decline into tyranny and poverty. 

The Right to Protection

I support the position of the Libertarian Party regarding the right to defend oneself. In today's climate I recognize the sensitivity on both sides of the argument and realize that the irresponsible use of weapons is responsible for catastrophic and despicable events. I also realize that villainizing possession of a tool won't create a healthier society. The Bill of Rights pulls it's authority not from the collective nod of legislators, but from the inherent rights of man. The government gives no rights, it only protects those rights we already possess, and I will fight to ensure your rights to own, carry, and responsibly use firearms will not be infringed. 


From the Libertarian Party, Section 1.9 Self-Defense

“The only legitimate use of force is in defense of individual rights—life, liberty, and justly acquired property—against aggression. This right inheres in the individual, who may agree to be aided by any other individual or group.”

“We affirm the individual right recognized by the Second Amendment to keep and bear arms, and oppose the prosecution of individuals for exercising their rights of self-defense.”

“Private property owners should be free to establish their own conditions regarding the presence of personal defense weapons on their own property.”

* “We oppose all laws at any level of government restricting, registering, or monitoring the ownership, manufacture, or transfer of firearms or ammunition.” 

Conservation

Growing up at the beach infused within me a deep love for nature and for protecting our environment. Our actions influence our environment. I'm working to provide not only a healthy economy and a healthy government for my future kids, but also a healthy environment. 


I oppose offshore drilling, seeing it as a threat to our local wildlife and an endangerment to our coastal economy. 

The Right to Life

One of the founding principles of Classical Liberalism is the right to life. I commit unwavering dedication to protect the life of all humankind, preborn and felons alike. 


God alone possesses the moral right to end a life, and I oppose the fallacious  notion that man, either alone or acting in conjunction with others (government) has the right to terminate life. 


I will fiercely protect the Imago Dei (Image of God) that is present in each of us and call on all others to join me. 

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