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.
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.
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."
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.