Priorities we Deserve

For more than a generation, we have been inundated by solutions that can fit onto a social media post, and empty promises that solve nothing. I believe we deserve so much better.

This is why I have written for you, “Priorities We Deserve: Reforming a System That Has Turned Its Back On America.” In it, I discuss in detail many of the problems and actual solutions that can help move the central coast of California, and our country, forward.

The problems are real. The problems are life changing. We need real ideas and real leadership. We cannot turn our backs on the issues of our time. This is my commitment to the people of the central coast of California, the United States, and my commitment to a better world for all of us.

Priorities We Deserve:

Reforming a System That Has Turned Its Back On America

Priorities: Rebuilding America’s Aging Infrastructure

America today is suffering from an aging infrastructure that is in desperate need of repair. Adequate infrastructure is at the very core or the U.S. economy. As a licensed professional Civil Engineer, I am aware of the problems that our failing infrastructure is creating for not only our personal use but for businesses as well. I see it professionally every day. This issue is not just a political issue to me; it is personal.

Islamic Terrorism and International Leadership

With terrorism and international conflicts on the forefront of our national security, we, as the leader of the free world, need to take a leadership role in dealing with this issue. We, as a country, are the custodians of freedom for the citizens on this planet. We need to take this responsibility very seriously, especially as the leader of the free world.

Amnesty, Sanctuary Cities, and Kate’s Law

Amnesty and Sanctuary Cities are both temporary fixes to permanent problems.

First, they do nothing to address the legal and policy issues that are creating the problems in the first place.

Second, they encourage more and more people to come to this country in an illegal and unsafe manner. This not only jeopardizes their lives, but promotes the creation of openings in our borders for terrorism. In other words, amnesty weakens our borders at a time when we need to be making them more secure.

Third, it is entirely unfair to those who spent years of patience and, in some cases, spent an extraordinary amount of money on fees and attorneys just to navigate a system that has left them in a terrible work environment just for a chance to become a U.S. citizen.

Securing Our Borders

We must fundamentally understand that as long as we continue to burden this country with a bureaucratic immigration system that does nothing more than cost money while unduly burdening our border security with illegal crossings, we will never be able to take advantage of one of the core principles that has built this great country. It is the principle of allowing those who wish to create a better life for themselves to be a part of a nation that recognizes the economic and social importance of immigrants.

Diablo Power Plant: A Smart Transition

On June 20, 2016, PG&E announced that it would not seek license renewal for the two reactors at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and will close down operations in 2025. This closing also brings to end the nuclear power era in California as Diablo Canyon is the last remaining nuclear power plant in the state.

Health Care and Health Insurance

Our health care system is in disarray. Insurance premiums continue to escalate, people are being removed from their plans that they were told they could keep, a new set of taxes and regulations have been implemented when we were told there would be no new costs, and leadership from Washington D.C. continues to be absent.

Offshore Oil Drilling

Today off of Santa Barbara County, there are eight offshore platforms. Seven of the platforms are located in the federally regulated Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) defined as greater than three miles from the shore, and one located in state regulated waters defined as less than 3 miles from the shore. The seven platforms on the OCS are Irene, Hidalgo, Harvest, Hermosa, Heritage, Harmony, and Hondo while the one in state waters is platform Holly.

Protecting Our Environment

Life on our planet depends on the energy coming directly from our sun. Approximately half of the energy reaches the surface of the Earth where it is absorbed and then radiated back into the atmosphere. Most of this heat that is radiated back from the Earth’s surface is absorbed back into the atmosphere that keeps our planet warm and habitable. It is a very simple cycle. And it is this basic cycle that is at the core of the debate over global warming and climate change.

Problems Facing Small Businesses

As long as we continue to spend tax dollars on companies that cannot compete in the private markets on their own, while over taxing and over regulating those who are competing in the private markets, and giving exceptions to only those who are well connected politically, our economy will continue to flounder. Unfortunately, this has been the policy of Washington DC for too many years. It is time for this to change.

The Complexity of Work Visas

Of the many temporary work visas that are available, there are two that drive much of the political debate in this country. Those would be the H-2A and the H-2B visas. Simply put, the H-2A visa is for seasonal agricultural workers, and the H-2B visa is for non-agricultural seasonal workers.

Protecting the 2nd Amendment and Public Safety

The Second Amendment to the United State Constitution reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” This Amendment has generated much debate in this country regarding its intended scope. And the intended scope of this amendment has been interpreted by our Supreme Court through numerous rulings over the years.

Protecting the Promise of Social Security

Social Security is an important “safety net” that we, as a country, need for all Americans. Established by the Social Security Act of 1935 in response to the Great Depression, it was based on a simple idea that every employee would make a small contribution from their paycheck in order to fund a common “safety net” retirement for everyone. It is a promise that we must never break.

The Rising Cost of Education

Education is a fundamentally important aspect of culture. The ability to develop new skills throughout one’s lifetime is paramount in furthering our society and strengthening our country. It is also important in terms of self-advancement. Education gives individuals the ability to better themselves, and the ability to contribute to society in a very meaningful way.