Building a Healthy Economy
The biggest threat to the American dream is Washington’s $19 trillion debt.
We can preserve Social Security and Medicare for the next generation and still enact thoughtful reforms to our nation’s entitlement structure to reduce our national debt. The real American Dream is about hard work and opportunity. We must fix our broken tax system to give American workers freedom to succeed. When government is held accountable and lives within its means, it unleashes the full potential of the American economy. It’s time for Washington to get out of the way and allow American workers to get back to work.
Providing for the Common Defense
The federal government’s first responsibility is to “provide for the common defense.”
The simple, but powerful axiom, “Peace through strength,” has kept America the leader of the free world. I will continue to support a robust military and make sure our soldiers have the tools they need to do their jobs and come home safe. During my visit to our troops serving in Afghanistan, I was reminded again that their dedication and professionalism are second to none.
Our service members deserve the lasting thanks of a grateful nation. Unfortunately, I’ve see first-hand how Washington’s decisions impact our National Guard here at home. That’s why I’ve worked alongside our governor and generals to defend and enhance the strategic assets our Indiana Guard provide.
Healthcare that Works
Premiums are climbing, paychecks are falling, employers are cutting hours and thousands of Hoosier families are losing their insurance. Americans have a right to be frustrated with Obamacare because it’s not what we were promised. More delays will only prolong the pain. Before any additional changes are made, we need to fix what’s broken. I’m working to implement a step-by-step, common sense solution to health care reform that actually reduces costs and provides patient-centered solutions.
Expanding free market solutions like Health Savings Accounts, transportable coverage, tax credits for businesses providing health care and protecting doctors from frivolous lawsuits are the first steps toward providing access to the quality care Americans need. Americans deserve a healthcare system that works.
Efficient, Effective Government
Many families are struggling to make ends meet, but widespread fraud and abuse in welfare programs has caused needed dollars to miss those who need them the most.
American taxpayers can’t afford to pay for inefficient government programs while they struggle to pay their own bills. We must keep dollars and decisions as close to home as possible. By enacting thoughtful reforms, like creating public/private partnerships with local organizations with first hand knowledge of their community, we can preserve important safety net programs and ensure that help gets directly to those who need it most.
It’s time to re-think our education system.
Every student should have access to quality education, regardless of their economic circumstances or zip code. Having more school choices and encouraging parental involvement are proven ways to make sure students succeed. College costs have increased by 439% in the past 25 years, but access to information has never been more available.
We must make college affordable by rethinking how we use technology. When students have access to affordable education customized by 21st century technology, we empower them to compete in a global market.
The Right to Bear Arms
The Second Amendment to the US Constitution has been under attack for decades.
As a member of the NRA with a lifetime A rating, I have defended our right to bear arms by co-authoring the present Lifetime Handgun Permit law in Indiana and supporting pro-2nd Amendment legislation. As the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s Second Amendment Initiative, I have actively promoted educational outreach and activism to promote our right to bear arms.
Defending the Unborn
I am strongly pro-life.
I believe that any woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, is facing a crisis and needs support, not judgment or condemnation. I believe life begins at conception and that it is worth defending. The pro-life message is rooted in compassion and truth, and after learning that my own mother faced an unplanned pregnancy with me, I’ve worked to expose Planned Parenthood’s cheap lies and deceptions to women. We must encourage a culture that respects and protects life. I’m so thankful that my mother did.
Our nation’s strength is grounded in the values Hoosiers lie out each day, but our rights to personal conviction and faith are under assault. As a husband,father, and legislator, I boldly bring our Hosier values to the center of the debates in Washington. I will continue to fight for religious freedom and for conscience protections that defend the First Amendment freedoms of families, churches, hospitals, employers and doctors.