What I Stand For

LIMITED GOVERNMENT

I stand for small and limited government. My parents taught me the importance of fiscal responsibility and personal accountability. Any government, whether it is city, county, state or federal affects the private sector and, therefore, the people. The larger the government the more it affects the citizens. Some believe the role of government is to solve problems; but in reality government creates more problems than it solves. Any action by a government reduces liberty and freedom. Ronald Reagan, the greatest president of the modern era, said government could be summed up in three phrases: if it moves, tax it, if it keeps moving, regulate it and if it stops moving subsidize it. President Reagan knew that government, if unchecked, would consume the private sector. If elected I will adhere to the principles of low taxation, limited regulation and no subsidies to corporations.

CONSTITUTION

I have great faith in our United States and Missouri Constitutions.   I believe the Constitution is not a living, breathing document whose contents change with the tide of public opinion or at the whim of a politician.   Its principles and the rights conveyed by it upon its citizens are nonnegotiable.  This includes, of course, the right to bear arms, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, the right to a trial by jury, the right to due process and the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizures.  I do not believe in contrived or created constitutional rights found by activist courts and judges.   It is my opinion that there is no constitutional right to abortion upon demand.   The right to live, to survive, to be born is superior to the rights of the mother except in the rare circumstance to save the life of the mother.

BUSINESS

As a business owner and corporate attorney I have significant experience in assisting local businesses in their financial and legal affairs.   Without a doubt the role of state government often hinders the function of a business.   State government, through its numerous agencies, regulations, taxes and statutes interferes, often unnecessarily, with the operation of a business.   This interference results in money being spent by the business to deal with the obstacles being created by government.   If elected I will use my knowledge and expertise to be a friend to businesses.   To reduce, limit or eliminate the obstacles companies face.

OUTDOORS

As a citizen of Christian County I am an avid outdoors man and appreciate the beauty of the Ozarks.   I recognize the importance of maintaining this gift through common sense guidelines and public education.   The true friend of the outdoors is the hunter who appreciates nature’s beauty and gifts.