The Issues

DEFENDING OUR LIBERTIES

The U.S. Constitution is the greatest political document in human history.  It is based on the idea that our rights do not come from government but from our Creator, and we chose to assign some of those rights to form a government that serves us.  As predicted by the Founding Fathers, too many in Washington DC don’t see it that way.  That is why we must elect people who not only represent what we need from government but also who will protect us from a government that takes too much from the people it is supposed to serve.

BORDER SECURITY & IMMIGRATION

Border Security is essential in order to free communities ravaged by crime and exploitation, and honors the privilege of citizenship we all enjoy.  It is also a path to real immigration reform that is compassionate but respects the rule of law.  Without strong borders and the rule of law, America will continue on a path towards becoming like the lawless places from which so many immigrants flee.  If America is to remain a beacon of hope, it must remain a place of equal justice and equal opportunity for those who follow the law.

2nd AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Carmen will be a firm defended of the right to bear arms, while also supporting strict enforcement of laws to keep guns out of the hands of convicted criminals.

Military and Veterans Affairs

Carmen firmly believes in Ronald Reagan’s doctrine of ‘peace through strength.’  We must support a robust military and the brave men and women of our Armed Services to whom we owe our freedom.  Our Veterans deserve not only our deepest gratitude but also the full benefits and support to which they are entitled.  It is inexcusable for our Veterans to have to wait for urgent and routine medical care because of bureaucratic mismanagement.  Carmen will be a strong advocate for reforming VA Hospitals in order to offer our Veterans the care that they deserve, and for offering private healthcare alternatives for our Veterans where the VA falls short.

10th AMENDMENT – STATES RIGHTS

The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reserves all powers not delegated to the federal government to the States and the People.  Many problems we face today can be resolved by simply getting the federal government out of the way, and returning power to state and local governments, and to the people they serve.

The federal government should get out of the business of dictating to parents, teachers, and local school boards what is right for our children.  Carmen will fight to stop all forms of federal interference in our schools, except where necessary to protect against discrimination.  Parents and teachers know what’s best for our children, and locally elected school boards know better how to spend our precious tax dollars.  Carmen will also support measures to allow states to expand school choice, allowing more disadvantaged children to escape failing schools and have greater access to private and parochial schools.

OPPORTUNITY

Congressional District 29 is place of robust industrial wealth and opportunity, yet not much has changed economically for many of those living in this district.  That needs to change.  America should always be the land of opportunity, where the children and grandchildren of immigrants who arrive with nothing can achieve anything through hard work, personal responsibility, and adherence to the principles that unite us.

First, the federal government can do much by reducing taxes and regulations on our robust industries in order to create an environment for more, better and higher paying jobs.  By unleashing educational opportunity through more state and local control, people can have received the education and workforce training needed to get these high paying jobs.

District 29 also has much to do in terms of fostering home ownership and entrepreneurial development.  We not only need more jobs, but more opportunity for people to own their own homes and businesses by providing safe streets, mentorship, and access to financial resources. Reducing the tax burden on families is a step in the right direction, but we must do more to allow greater opportunity for our citizens to work, invest and build a more secure future.

There is much that they federal government can to create a better environment for opportunity, but it also takes leaders to help pave the way.  Carmen not only will help advocate for the people of District 29 in Washington, but will use this office as a platform to promote the district and to bring people together to generate real opportunity for its residents.