My campaign theme is smaller, smarter government. As Ronald Reagan said in his farewell address to the nation, “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts."
President Reagan was right. We’re seeing the federal government expand at an unsustainable rate, and we’re starting to see our liberties contract at the hands of an intrusive, overbearing government.
I’ve had many people ask me lately, “What will you do to make our government smaller and smarter?” In my view, the situation looks like this:
The big-government mess:
- A massive federal takeover of health care that is quickly becoming less of a real “law” and more of a lawless hierarchy of privilege where those with connections, money, and power get exemptions and the rest of us get stuck.
- Loss of full-time jobs due to Obamacare’s employer mandate, leading to increasing levels of part-time employment and unemployment.
- Futile attempts to “stimulate” the economy by spending massive amounts of money borrowed from our grandchildren.
- Complex, unpredictable laws creating an environment hostile to business, leading to even higher unemployment and underemployment rates.
- Trying to regulate our children’s education with top-down, one-size-fits-all approaches like “No Child Left Behind” and “Common Core.”
- A runaway, out-of-control EPA working to make sure President Obama’s promise of “skyrocketing energy prices” becomes reality.
- Overloading people and businesses with taxes that cost Iowans jobs every day.
- An overarching mentality that if there is a problem, government must be the solution.
Smaller, smarter government means:
- Dismantling Obamacare immediately by any means possible and replacing it with free-market reforms.
- Unleashing American energy production, allowing an “all of the above” energy strategy.
- Responsible, honest, and transparent budgeting and spending.
- Making sure our laws apply equally to all, with no special “exemptions” or “waivers” for favored groups, unions, or elected officials.
- Reducing the size, scope, and control of government wherever possible.
- Ending the concept of “too big to fail” and getting the government out of the business of picking winners and losers.
- Returning control of education to states and local school districts.
- Saving Iowans’ jobs by reducing the tax and regulatory burden on individuals and businesses.
- Protecting citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights to defend themselves and their rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
- Recognizing that government exists to protect our rights, especially the right to life, from its beginning at conception to its end at natural death.