I believe in a federal government limited to the powers granted it by the Constitution. Those constitutional powers and functions are critical and require adequate funding. However, the federal government should not be a source of unlimited funding for every social need or cause.
Before considering any taxation, I will first ask if the program to be funded can be managed by the private sector. Some see a problem and ask what the government can do to solve that problem. I first ask what the American people, businesses, churches and private organizations can do to solve that problem. Only when no other option is viable will I turn to the government.
I believe that individuals and the private sector allocate resources most effectively and the government should do all it can to allow Americans to keep as much of their hard-earned money as possible. Politicians tend to spend everything they collect – and then some. I want to keep tax rates low and change the culture from government-centered responsibility to individual responsibility.
As your representative in Congress, I will stand for limited government and limited taxes, allowing you to keep more of what you earn. I support the concept of a flat tax that simplifies filing and has all Americans contributing according to their income.