Our shared values and ideas are what we use to craft the legislation that defines who we are as a nation. Our nation’s rich heritage of believing in individual rights and free markets has helped make us the envy of the world. Congressman DesJarlais believes we should not abandon these principles, but that we should again embrace them in order to put our country back on the path to prosperity and security.
Jobs – The economy works best when people and businesses get to keep more of their money and government gets out of the way. Entrepreneurs and hard-working Americans should be rewarded and not punished for their achievements. Our government must live within its means and not burden future generations with debts they cannot hope to pay. Our national debt is a tremendous drag on our economy.
Healthcare – Americans experience the best healthcare at affordable prices when big insurance and big government aren’t meddlesome middlemen interfering in the doctor patient relationship. ObamaCare is not the answer to providing better medical care or reducing costs, but rather amplifies the problems with our current system. We can have an immediate impact on improving healthcare by removing state-by-state restrictions and encouraging national competition among insurers, implementing meaningful tort reform, and creating incentives for the use of healthcare savings account so consumers are better informed and have a financial stake in managing their health.
Energy – We have an abundance of natural and technological resources in our country and should not be held hostage by Arab Sheiks or by regulatory agencies in Washington. The process for oil exploration should be streamlined and expedited while we open up more regions of our country for domestic production. Our energy producers should not be overburdened with regulations that drive up prices and limit supply. Approve the Keystone pipeline.
Immigration – Illegal immigration burdens taxpayers, compromises national security, increases criminal activity, and erodes the significance of being an American citizen. We must secure our border and devote resources to enforcing current immigration law, which includes partnering with state and local law enforcement organizations.
Medicare and Social Security – People and organizations of every political background and persuasion agree on the fiscal reality that Medicare will be broke in ten years. Social Security funds, which were originally designated to be untouchable except for beneficiaries, have been raided year after year by short-sighted politicians of every description. If these programs are not reformed, our present day leadership will have irresponsibly failed to address one of the most crucial challenges faced in our lifetime for our country’s peace and prosperity. We must phase in incremental solutions to give younger generations an opportunity to participate in these programs and to secure their futures, while keeping the promises made to our current seniors 55 and older.
Abortion – All life should be cherished and protected. We are pro-life.
2nd Amendment – The right to bear arms is a constitutionally protected right and we will fight to make sure those rights are not eroded.
Marriage – Marriage is traditionally defined as being between a man and a woman and we feel this distinction is important to the wellbeing of the American family.
States Rights – Because government works best when it’s closest to the people, functions of government not enumerated in the Constitution should be returned to the states for implementation.
Veterans – Those who serve in our armed forces should be treated with respect, dignity, and be afforded the resources commiserate with the sacrifices they have made.