“Career politicians have failed to address the challenges facing Texas, kicking the can further down the road. Enough is enough. As a conservative and your citizen representative, I will fight to promote the values we share as freedom-loving Texans so that families and small businesses have a voice again in our government.”
Fiscal Responsibility and Limited Government
Limiting the size and scope of government is the best blueprint to ensure economic freedom and prosperity. As Texas faces a budget deficit in the next legislative session, the pressure is going to be on Republicans to compromise. It is imperative that we say NO to the liberal tax-and-spend mentality that has gotten so many states in trouble. As a conservative, I support marketplace solutions, not government mandates, and I will balance the budget with spending cuts, NOT accounting gimmicks or tax hikes. I believe we can shore up our finances and provide higher quality services by eliminating duplicity and inefficiency throughout bloated state agencies, reforming education, and ending handouts to illegal aliens.
The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’ -President Ronald Reagan
As a physician, I have firsthand knowledge of the precarious nature of our country’s health care system. The health care model won’t work until individuals are empowered, encouraged, and enabled to take direct control and responsibility for their own health. Increasing consumer choice and competition, combined with tort reform, is the fastest way to lower health care costs while improving quality of care. I oppose Obamacare and will make every effort to create a firewall against the unconstitutional encroachment on our great state, whether from the HHS, Justice Department, or the EPA. As an emergency room doctor and mom, I already have a reputation for sticking my neck out for patients and my family. I will be happy to do the same for my constituents.
Protecting Life and Promoting Family Values
God bestowed the gift of life upon us, and this gift begins at conception. I am 100% Pro-Life and believe one of the greatest privileges I will have as a State Senator will be to fight for the rights of the unborn and protect innocent life. No issue is closer to my heart and I will do everything in my power to make abortion as rare as possible. I support strengthening the family at every level and believe parental rights are key to protecting Texas families.
Growing the Economy
Uncertainty created by constantly changing government mandates hinders our state’s economic growth. I will work to decrease taxation, litigation, and regulation so that businesses can start hiring again. I believe that in order to maintain a strong business environment, we must protect businesses from frivolous lawsuits and return to a predictable regulatory climate. If we keep government as far out of the private sector as possible, then we will have more freedom, more jobs, more start-ups and small businesses, more revenue through economic growth, and more prosperity for the people of Texas. I am also for decreasing and reforming the margins tax.
Securing the Border
The state of Texas must ensure that taxpayer dollars are not being handed out as welfare to individuals who have entered our state illegally. Subsidizing illegal immigrants and giving them special tuition benefits, as some of my opponents have supported, wastes tax dollars that would otherwise be used to help support and educate Texas citizens. It also sends the wrong signal to law-abiding people who are waiting in line to immigrate to this country legally. If we wish to remain a nation of laws, we must protect our borders and enforce a strict legal immigration policy. More importantly, we must stop offering government freebies that make Texas a magnet for illegal behavior.
Transportation and Toll Roads
TXDOT is one of the most mismanaged agencies in the state. It has misplaced transportation priorities and wasted taxpayer dollars time and time again. I oppose toll roads, especially when proposed on existing highways and farmed out to foreign companies. I will fight for taxpayers to see a better return on their investment in transportation dollars, already allocated through the gas tax, so that Texas has the best roads and highways in the nation.
I believe that every child is blessed with a unique set of talents and skills, but they can’t develop these without the support of good teachers, involved parents, and community mentors. Let’s cut red tape, increase vocational training, improve disciplinary measures, and find inventive ways to partner with businesses to encourage the development of valuable skills in the workforce. School choice and competition should also play a fundamental role in our education system. Every parent has a right to know whether their child’s school is fostering knowledge and growth, or inhibiting it. No child should be forced to attend a school that isn’t up to community standards. School vouchers are a proven way to empower families as they seek to build a better life for their children.
Campus Carry and Right to Bear Arms
The Second Amendment gives Americans and Texans a fundmental right to own guns in order to defend their lives and property. These rights should never be taken away. I support the conceal and carry law that is currently in place in Texas, and I will fight tirelessly to ensure that the Second Amendment is protected, including on college campuses. The bedrock of our freedoms rests in the right to bear arms.
Texas voters have written traditional marriage into our state constitution. I believe in and will defend the rule of law as well as the values of traditional marriage, defined as the union between one natural born man and one natural born woman.
The Constitution and Rule of Law
The Constitution establishes the rule of law for ensuring this great Republic of ours stays strong, free, and independent. These rules aren’t to be arbitrarily altered at the whim of activist judges. The power to legislate rests firmly with the people through the Legislature at the state level, and Congress at the federal level — never the bench.