I submitted a Letter to the Editor at the Casa Grande Dispatch this morning (more of a short op-ed actually). I thought that I would share with with my readers (I know that there are a few of you out there). Lets hope that even a few people will see it and have a better idea who they can vote for (as opposed to just voting against people, like so many do).
Short version for the attention(ally)-impaired is that it is well past time that we return to a constitutionally limited government.
Letter to the Editor: A Constitutionally Limited Government
Government assaults on our country’s founding documents are sadly becoming the norm. Elected officials at all levels now routinely ignore constitutionally prescribed limits on policy and spending, meaning that their legislation and regulations are often based on emotion, special interest pressure, and political expediency.
Since so many elected officials ignore (or are ignorant) of our nation’s founding principles, I have made a point of attending several different meetings in the Casa Grande area where candidates for elected office described their plans and visions for this nation and our state. Thankfully, there are still candidates who support a return to constitutional values and limits on government.
Three of the candidates I met were gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones, CD1 Congressional candidate Adam Kwasman, and State Senatorial candidate Irene Littleton.
Our nation and state are struggling after years of excessive spending, tax increases, and policies that created and then prolonged the economic downturn. So, Christine Jones’ plans to reduce taxes and bring new businesses to Arizona are a breath of fresh air. Lower taxes and business-friendly policies can’t help but kick-start job creation and lift Arizona up to its rightful place as “the brightest star in the Union.”
I grew up in Canada and endured (for most of my life) the waiting lists and high tax rates that characterize socialized medicine. Reports of the Veterans Administration scandal reinforce my concerns over government control of health care. With the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) now openly admitting that it is impossible to even track the actual costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Adam Kwasman’s proactive plans to put patients in charge of their own care and replace the ACA with market-based solutions like Health Savings Accounts (HSA) and cross state-line insurance shopping are a welcome change.
I work in the energy industry, so was also very pleased to hear both Christine Jones and Mr. Kwasman recognize the importance of developing and maintaining our domestic energy supply. Protecting valuable resources like the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine will save thousands of jobs and ensure affordable, reliable energy that keeps this state’s (and country’s) economy running.
Lastly, I have lived in Casa Grande for seven years and am involved in community groups like the Casa Grande Chamber of Commerce. In almost every activity, I have seen Irene Littleton’s name or heard stories about her involvement in our community. Few people have spent as much time serving or helping people throughout this region. My wife expends an enormous amount of effort homeschooling our three children, so I was extremely glad to hear Irene boldly state that she will work to remove Common Core requirements from Arizona. (Yes, homeschoolers you are now being impacted by Common Core.)
A return to constitutional limits on government is necessary if we are to ensure prosperity and freedom for this state (and country). Having candidates for elected office who recognize that fact is a step in the right direction.