Fred Gipson for Congress

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Fred believes in the people of Oklahoma and their values. Fred's views on the issues are shared by many Oklahomans. Read more on Fred's stance on the issues facing the 4th district, Oklahoma, and the nation. Fred promises to take the values of the voters of the 4th district to Washington and not let Washington values dictate Fred's beliefs.

Education

Education

Education is an investment in our future. Higher education institutions in Oklahoma and across the country remain the best in the world, but we are falling behind other nations in secondary and vocational education. I support the effort of the Oklahoma teachers to fully fund education and I don’t agree with legislative tricks that lawmakers in Oklahoma are trying to thwart progress. The reality is, the low skill manufacturing jobs that have left the United States for cheaper markets are not coming back. The better, higher skill jobs require and investment in Science, Math and vocational education. I believe that investing in our future means making education a priority.

Gun Control

Gun Control

I keep loaded guns in my home for protection, and I have been a lifelong hunter. I also served as an officer in the military. I firmly believe in the Second Amendment, but I favor a ban on weapons of war (AK-47s, AR-15s). The truth is, more Americans have died from gun violence since 1968 than in all U.S. wars combined! This is such a dramatic statistic that it is no wonder Tom Cole and the NRA are opposed to the gathering of detailed statistics on gun violence. I believe that common sense regulations on weapons of war are long overdue and are not a threat to our Second Amendment rights.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

People don’t need me to tell them that our infrastructure is failing. Anyone who has driven around the 4th district knows all too well that our roads, bridges and other public assets have not been a priority for a long time. I believe that a sound and well maintained infrastructure is a key component of competitiveness. Firms looking to invest in Oklahoma don’t just look at tax policy, they also care about roads and school buildings.

Campaign Finance

Campaign Finance

I favor a Constitutional Amendment limiting the amount a candidate can spend in a congressional race to $1.00 per resident in the district. For example there are approximately 770,000 residents in the 4th District and the limit that a candidate would be able to spend would be $770,000. I will not take money from PACs, lobbyists, etc. and 100% of all money will come from donors in the district with a limit of $500 per individual.

Environment

Environment

I grew up hunting and fishing with my family in Seminole. I also spend lots of time with my kids and grandkids on Oklahoma’s lakes. These natural resources are among our most valuable assets and they should be protected. The scarcity of water in many parts of the state makes protecting our water resources more urgent. As a long-time oil man in Oklahoma I understand how burdensome environmental regulations can be, but I also know firsthand the dangers associated with some chemicals and industrial procedures. I favor a common sense non-ideological approach to environmental protection that doesn’t over burden business but also protects our precious resources.

Partisanship

Partisanship

I came of age in a time when political disagreement was common, but a civil exchange of ideas was more the norm than today’s hyperpartisan and hateful environment. The truth is neither party has a monopoly on stupid ideas. Political parties are not football teams that deserve our unconditional support. The best policies come from an evidence-based, common-sense approach. In Congress, I will listen to the people I represent, and will respectfully consider policy ideas from either side of the aisle. If I am elected, I will work with both parties to pass legislation that is good for the people of the 4th district.

Campaign Finance

Rule of Law

Abraham Lincoln from Lyceum speech in January 1838… "Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others. As the patriots of '76 did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; — let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the character of his own, and his children's liberty. Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap — let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; — let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars."

Healthcare

Healthcare

People really don’t like Obamacare, and they resent the Federal government telling them they have to do something. I get that, and I think it is also clear to everyone that those healthcare markets have problems. I don’t, however, believe that we should scrap it altogether. As imperfect a solution as it is, I think it is important to have something in place in Oklahoma. According to the United Health Foundation, Oklahoma ranks 43 in overall health and we have one of the highest rates of uninsured people. Beyond the clear need for health reasons, I think there is also a sound economic argument for an improved Obamacare. When you aren’t insured, emergency medicine is your only option and most of the time you have to wait until you are very sick. Make no mistake, those emergency visits and more severe illnesses cost the state millions every year. In addition to those direct costs, there is also the opportunity costs. People understand that not having health insurance can lead to personal bankruptcy very quickly. I have talked to countless would-be entrepreneurs that simply can’t afford to take a risk because they can’t be without employer provided healthcare.

Moral Leadership

Moral Leadership

George Washington said, "a good moral character is the first essential in a man."

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