Have you ever accidentally turned on CNN, watched for all of 30 seconds – and wanted to throw your shoe at the TV?
Or found yourself reading some “fake news” story and mumbling out loud, “Bullfeathers!”
OK, maybe a word a bit stronger than “feathers.”
Well, you’re not alone.
One morning at the breakfast table last year I was grumbling about some ridiculous liberal story in the paper and my wife, Hannah, said…
“Well, why don’t you stop complaining and do something about it?”
She was right.
To paraphrase John Adams: If good conservatives don’t run for office, others will. And you and I will pay the price.
So I decided to run for the Assembly District 36 seat in the Nevada Legislature.
There are two main reasons I’m running…
1.) As a doctor specializing in addiction treatment – and as a former law enforcement officer – I know first-hand the damage substance abuse does to our families and communities. Most politicians don’t.
Substance abuse results in crime, often violent, in even the best of our neighborhoods. Including gated communities. No one is immune. No one is safe.
Substance abuse is also a leading cause of traffic accidents resulting in serious injuries and even death. Often the death of an innocent loved one who just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
It also contributes to unemployment, homelessness and the destruction of families.
Broken homes are a big reason why so many of our kids do so badly in school – and often end up addicts themselves. I know this from painful, personal experience.
This is a serious, dangerous problem that affects all of us. And needs serious solutions.
Unfortunately, for many politicians the solution is simply locking addicts up. And while this may get them off the street temporarily, it doesn’t fix the problem.
For other politicians the solution is a never-ending flow of taxpayer-funded social welfare programs that also don’t work.
At best these programs are a short-term Band Aid that “enable” substance abusers to continue their destructive behavior rather than seek treatment and recovery.
As an expert in this field, I’ll bring to the Legislature better, proven ways to deal with these public policy issues. Ways that will actually help the people who need the help. Ways that’ll stop wasting your tax dollars on failed government social programs that don’t work.
2.) As an expert in addiction and substance abuse, I can tell you, without hesitation or reservation, that many of our politicians are themselves addicts and substance abusers.
They’re addicted to government. They believe any problem in society can be solved by some new government program or agency. Which, as often as not, only makes a bad situation worse.
The substances they abuse are your tax dollars. They can never get enough. If they can’t raise taxes, they go into withdrawal. They need a “fix.” They’re taxoholics.
And they’re in denial.
Ronald Reagan said it best: “Government isn’t the solution to our problems. Government IS the problem.”
And as long as we keep feeding the government with higher taxes, the government will continue to grow. Like that plant in “Little Shop of Horrors.” The more you give it, the more it demands.
“Feed me, Taxpayer!”
You want a legislator who will just say no. That’s why I signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge promising that I’ll oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes.
My opponent refuses to sign it. And voted for two tax hikes last session – including one on your Internet purchases.
He also voted for the Democrats’ $1 billion budget increase!
That’s government addiction.
To break this cycle of government dependency, it’s not enough to simply say the government should do more with less. We need the government to do less with less.
If legislators keep voting for bigger government, they’ll inevitably stick us with higher taxes. That’s how California got into the mess it’s in.
So you should know that, unlike my opponent, I’ll vote against any budget that grows the government without cutting non-essential, wasteful or unconstitutional programs that aren’t giving taxpayers a good bang for your buck.
And I don’t care if the vote is 41-Bradley.
I’m running for the Nevada State Assembly, not Miss Congeniality. My job is to represent you and the fiscally conservative, constitutional principles we share. Not to suck up to lobbyists. Not to sell out to special interest donors. And not to go-along-to-get-along with fellow legislators.
Sure, I’ll work cooperatively with colleagues on areas of mutual agreement. But I will not compromise our limited-government principles or sacrifice your individual liberties just to get some “table scrap” bill passed.
As the late, great Sen. Barry Goldwater so eloquently put it…
“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden.
“I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible. And if I should later be attacked for neglecting my constituents’ ‘interests,’ I shall reply that I was informed that their main interest is liberty and that in that cause I am doing the very best I can.”
I can’t say it any better than that.
If that’s what you want in your state assemblyman, I’d appreciate your vote on June 9th.