- Health Care: Having access to available and proper healthcare is a must in our country. That healthcare must be affordable for all citizens, including those with pre-existing conditions. We as a society must be allowed to care for our sick, disabled, and our elderly. Both the State and the Federal government have a responsibility to it’s citizens to provide avenues for such treatments. Having Congress use the scientistic method to research ways to better our citizen’s health is also vital, including but not limited to, legalizing medicinal use of marijuana to treat a wide spectrum of disorders. We must also begin to examine the efficiency of our health care system and it’s networks, including both civilian practice and Veteran Affairs. All Americans should have access to quality & basic healthcare including those with pre-existing conditions.
- Environment: Respect for our environment in every aspect is key to the continued survival and growth of our species. Planet Earth is our home, but we have also become very accustomed to our way of living in the 21st century. That being the case, there needs to be balance between how we live and how much that damages our planet. Looking into safer and cleaner alternatives that don’t damage the planet further is important, as is protecting our waterways, atmosphere, and other ecological systems as best we can. There has to be a symbiotic relationship between the planet with all it’s aspects and humanity. As an Eagle Scout running for U.S. Senate Jay supports American energy security, affordability and independence through responsible green development.
- Government Reform: As our current government stands there is room for major improvements and reform, for the people, of the people and by the people. We have strayed from what was once the greatest system the world had ever seen and we have the opportunity to fix it and restore sanity amongst it’s ranks. Starting with eliminating “career politicians” who are more concerned about lining their pockets rather than what the status of their constituent’s pockets look like. When a family can barely keep their heads above water and their voice in government is sitting pretty, there is a major problem. Limiting terms for Senators and Representatives is a must, as well as reform in how they work within government. Reducing the corporate involvement through the legislature is also among the changes that needs to be addressed, and limiting the scope of the federal government’s involvement in state issues. Judicial Review and it’s mandates also need to be examined along with the terms of the Supreme Court Justices.
- Gun Control: The Right to Bear Arms is protected under the 2nd Amendment of The Constitution of The United States, and unless amended further, stands. Responsibly owning a firearm is legal and just under the law, as it should be, however federal safeguards need to be in place to protect the sale or ownership of firearms. Prohibiting the sale of firearms to those who are mentally unfit to own a firearm or are a danger to themselves or others.
- Education: Education is one of the most important issues we face socially and overall in this country. It will define the very future that our country and world will see. Ensuring that our youth has the opportunity to be impowered not just taught, is the key to a successful future. Children need to be learning in an atmosphere that is competitive with the rest of the world as well as provided the tools necessary to achieve that to our public school system. Voucher programs have considerably reduced the funding that our public schools need, to provide such an education. It in a most literal way is taking the pencils right out of the student’s hand. Courses of education should be determined at a state level with federal backing, allowing each state to mold the education to best suit their students and needs.
- Civil Rights: Equality for all citizens in this nation is vital. It is a right protected by The Constitution of The United States of America, and as such, no person, regardless of creed, sex, nationality, should be considered lesser or greater than their fellow citizen.
- Abortion: The right to choose is a very personal one, so much as to say that government should have no say when it comes to a woman’s right to privacy. As a man who will never have to be in those shoes, I support a woman’s right to choose. Unintended pregnancies are preventable and programs that educate people on those other choices are just as important.
- LGBTQ Equality: As with the position with civil rights, the LGBTQ community has the same basic fundamental rights to love, marriage and equal protections under the law.
- Veteran & Active Military: Our Veterans have earned the benefits guaranteed to them through the G.I. Bill. Our active military deserves a stable defense budgetary process. Jay is committed to ensuring that we fulfill our promises to our veterans and meets the needs of our active military.
- Disability Equality: Disability is a natural part of the human experience that influences all of us.Disability rights are human rights. Jay believes that People with disabilities have the right to healthcare, education and community living.
Medicaid, Insurance, and the Healthcare System
- Homeland Security: There is a fine line between privacy and security. Benjamin Franklin once said: “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” He understood that there was a way to ensure safety while still preserving the American Citizen’s privacy and liberty. Our government must have more than a hunch to invade privacy, but a strong reasonable suspicion.
- Immigration: Our great nation is made up a very large majority of immigrants or descendants of. We have been called the “melting pot” of the world because we have embraced those from other countries and made them our own. The influences of the home countries can be felt and seen at every corner of the country. That is where our history and roots start, and as such, we need to continue the tradition of allowing immigrants to come, live, work, and raise a family. Those immigrants need to be allowed to come legally by restructuring and changing the policy concerning immigration and naturalization. Those who come here outside of the law and policy set forth must also be held accountable. If an illegal immigrant is arrested of a crime, they must be sent back to the country of origin and not be allowed to break our laws.
- Energy & Natural Resource Policy: Many people are concerned about our “foreign dependence” on oil, but this simply put, is not an issue that we need to concern ourselves with at this juncture. The fact that we are able to purchase the oil that we use from a foreign country, allows us to preserve the oil that we have within our own borders. Oil that can be used to supply our National Oil Reserve and to be readily available if the foreign source becomes no longer available. We as a Nation also need to start the process of using alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar, and water generated energy. We have become behind in the technology that much of the world is using in these areas and we can supplement our need for oil by beginning the implantation of these alternative energies.
- Free Trade: Capitalism in it’s truest form is what our Founding Fathers’ had in mind for us as a nation. Within the last thirty to forty years we have morphed into a form of Uber-capitalism which is putting profit over everything. Uber-capitalism has no respect for the environment, worker, or the customers…its only about profit. We must return to the true nature of competition and free trade for our economy to survive and thrive.