To Defend Those Who Suffer from Overtaxation
I’ve been meeting local people, those starting businesses, self-employed people, and farmers who all say they can’t afford the Obamacare requirements. I’m seeing this directly and negatively impacting employment growth, business growth and the overall local economy. Storefronts with historical buildings are vacant, grocery stores are closed, my 90 year old grandmother has to drive(!) 30 minutes out of town to get her groceries! This same grandma was a single mom in the 1960s to 70s who went on to run her own truck stop cafe in Eagle Bend. Today, who could start anything with this extra tax burden called Obamacare?
It’s time to repeal Obamacare, and if vetoed, override it in Congress. Collin Peterson won’t lobby to repeal Obamacare. He might vote to repeal it, but just weeks before his last vote against it, I was told by his office he won't vote to repeal it until there’s something similar to replace it. I will passionately and diligently work to stop this huge tax burden and others like it while creating incentives for young people to start their businesses, inventions, and farms in our district.
To Be a Voice for those Who Have No Voice
I put my kids in public school this year. My kids don't like the taste of skim and 1% milk, and I’m a firm believer that Minnesotans in cold weather require a few more lipids. When I checked with the school to see if there was some way we could have 2% milk available to my kids, I had to work my way up from the school lunch guy to the MN Department of Education and then was told I would have to talk to my U.S. Congressman about getting my kids 2% milk.
I’ve called congressmen about this; they confirmed it’s up to them. The National School Lunch Program touts that school lunch is "a matter of national security", rhetoric Collin Peterson has used about the food industry. Really? When we have to talk to our congressman about what our kids eat and drink at school lunch, I think we have a big problem with government overreach.
Can you imagine what this is like having national policies for anything educational? It's like playing volleyball, and the ball just volleys back and forth with no real resolution about anything. The very spirit of the law is lost, and we keep aimlessly trying to follow it-- this is stupidity. Federal regulations on local schools brings an environment of fear as our schools attempt to do everything by regulation and can't do anything about parents' concerns. Eventually, we all have to give up, give in, and drink the skim milk.
These issues have confirmed to me we need different people in Congress to stop this kind of federal overreach. I will do everything I can to stand up and speak up--fearlessly-- for the parents, students, schools, and others feeling trapped by federal programs with nowhere to turn. I will listen to you and work tirelessly to persuade others in Congress so that we can all achieve the pursuit of happiness without it being dictated as to how that would happen.
To Bring Back Common Sense to Foreign Policy
In the last year, while in Russia, I personally felt and saw the effects of U.S. sanctions on Russia: regular people not being able to get a paycheck, the ruble crashing, American banks fearing to work with Russian banks in sending our own citizens money. It’s a scary thing to have mouths to feed and not be able to access your own money in America. These sanctions have only caused to make tension between friends and partners and hurt businesses there, with ripple effects back to America.
We need to work with respected leaders in our world to defeat common threats and work toward common goals. Our Shining City Upon a Hill, the light in the darkness that it has been known to be for centuries now looks lost to the world. And yet, we are still so powerful. We must now act wisely and judiciously as we deal with foreign affairs, remembering that our actions do not go unnoticed by the people looking to our country as an example and impact our relations for generations.
It's Time for Conservative Leadership in Our Generation
If there’s anything I learned from working in a church, that is that if you see a problem, be the solution. After a couple weeks in my new home in Long Prairie, faced with new twists in our culture handed down by Congressional laws, I found myself profoundly resolved to give into the tug on my heart which has been growing for the last several years. I knew I could not just sit here and complain about the issues; I could do something about it. My life in Far East Russia, near North Korea has taught me to live boldly for what you believe in. I’ve seen the effects of tyranny and government imposition firsthand--even years after it's been abolished. I've met people who will lose their lives for their beliefs if known. I never wish that on a single soul.
Who will work tirelessly and honestly for the preservation of the freedom our forefathers and present-day soldiers sacrificed their lives for? Please don't say Amanda Lynn Hinson will... I will, but I hope we all do that in our spheres of influence! As for someone to represent you in Congress, I sincerely ask for your support, a contribution, a vote. In return, I aim to make this district proud to have changed its course and brought in new blood to Washington, DC. Thank you for your support!