America: Ruling Class/Country Class.
In Oregon, the “Ruling class,” refers to Democratic Party progressive far-left leadership. This tiny Salem contingent is the self-anointed “elite” who are so busy turning Oregon society inside-out.* It is particularly important to note that this is maybe 40% of the Democratic party. The other 60%? A big share of them will be voting our way this time.
“Country class” is not a socio-economic or geographic descriptor but refers to regular Americans like you and me, both city and rural.
This issue is about who is to control America: will it be a small contingent of social engineers who feel they are better equipped to manage our lives than we are (because they feel we are not intellectually and socially capable of doing it ourselves), or will it be you and me, as our American founding documents so clearly spelled out?
As the ruling class has been steadily revolutionizing our Oregon society, high-handedly intruding into our personal lives to instruct us how to think and how to live, over-taxing and over-regulating us, and in those efforts creating one wasteful boondoggle after another, our country class wants more than ever to be left alone. Our country class believes big government, big business and big finance are intertwined like never before. Perhaps Oregon has demonstrated this shift to ruling class domination more than anywhere else in the United States, except perhaps California….
Me? I’m country class….
*In the larger picture, the term “ruling class” applies to those on the left AND the right, in Salem and in DC, who are doing their best to fuel big-government.
Bureaucracy: Our government is expanding into an administrative state in which nameless managers determine, decipher and enforce most of the rules. I stand against this slide into European-style autocracy. Our surging Oregon bureaucratic-state government must be downsized into servant-status and there are a multitude of ways to accomplish this providing executive and legislative leadership views this as a priority.
Donald Trump: I’m a businessman and understand the hammer-blow Oregon’s small businesses have taken in Oregon over the last decades. The Trump boom is on, no matter the caterwauling of the progressive far-left. Here is a brief summary of current economic growth over the first year of Trump’s presidency. This is by my friend Steve Moore, chief architect of the Trump administration’s first deregulatory efforts, as well as the now-pending tax relief efforts that Congress is attempting to make into law.
Education: I am a school-choice, charter school, home school advocate. These parents have the flexibility to provide their children a quality education in science, math and the classics, (as public schools continue to deemphasize those fundamentals while softly advocating the far-left political agenda.) The upcoming Supreme Court decision, Janus vs. AFSCME will no doubt favor this new movement, quelling the powerful-up-until-now teacher unions.
Forests: There are 29,000,000 acres of Oregon forests. These woodlands are nothing less than our shared garden…so why have we not been cultivating it? Although the vast majority of Oregon forest lands are under federal ownership, the Oregon governor holds enormous influence to steer DC toward proper maintenance. Our forests have been left fallow for four decades. In a major CCC-like effort,* they must be mechanically cleaned up, thinned and cultivated, while a robust yet sustainable harvesting plan is executed. THIS is how we stop wildfires while at the same time we bring our rural economies back to life. This issue is a personal cornerstone to my role as governor.
*CCC is the acronym for the Civilian Conservation Corps
Free Market: Really, it’s the key to personal freedom for Oregonians as we compete with one another to produce better and better products and services while government takes a limited regulatory and judicial backseat, working to promote our economic success, not to punish it. Government, whatever it does, is inherently inefficient for two reasons: It’s “other people spending other people’s money,” and, there is no competitive marketplace in the services it provides. (Can that change? To some degree yes, by giving government a smaller footprint. In the big picture, no.)
No matter the quality of services it produces for you and me, our state government is rewarded in tax money. The current Oregon government is the perfect illustration of the above two economic fundamentals. With poorly administrated government, taxes go higher, quality of services goes down and you and I become, essentially, wards of the very people who have been elected to serve us. It’s backwards and it needs to change: Salem must work FOR us, not the other way around!
On day one of my governorship, you’ll see the first steps toward creating a smaller and ; one with more efficient government with a less onerous footprint on our personal lives. I’m a fixer and a builder.
And what of Oregonians truly in need? There will be plenty of capacity to take care those of us who are struggling for one reason or another…no one will be left out in the cold…and there will be jobs, jobs, jobs. The state budget? Balanced
Guns: I support the Second Amendment as written. Statistics show that gun control has no affect on decreasing violence and crime. Per the Declaration of Independence, being able to defend oneself is a God-given right. Sam and Diana are both gun owners and NRA members.
Hammonds, Dwight and Steven: They must be released from prison. As governor, I will do what I can to work with the federal government in order to make that happen.
Human Trafficking: Due to a combination of geography and demographics, Portland is often cited as the nation’s top city for child sex trafficking. Oregon’s sanctuary laws and lax labor law enforcement attract “coyote” human smugglers who exploit migrant labor. I will work with both state and federal law enforcement to crack down on human smuggling and keep Oregonians safe.
Immigration: Illegal immigration is a clear and present danger to public safety and a burden on our economy that drains billions of dollars from our state. Oregon’s sanctuary policies must end. President Trump must secure our borders and enforce our laws.
Oregon Health Authority and Health Care: The Oregon Health Authority has been a grossly bloated and mismanaged bureaucratic nightmare since its genesis a decade ago. From the $300 million Cover Oregon fiasco to the most recent scandals involving 55,000 ineligible Medicaid recipients and $115 million in overpayments, the Oregon Health Authority has been one failure after another. It needs complete overhaul from top to bottom – and real accountability.
PERS: Oregon’s looming PERS crisis is worse than previously thought – with potential future costs growing into the hundreds of billions of dollars. We are bound – both by law and decency and law – to honor our contracts with existing employees and retirees, but we MUST fix the broken system NOW and stop the exponential growth of debt.
Pro-Life: I am 100% pro-life.
Red Trifecta: It’s not enough to win the governor’s seat. We must also put the House and the Senate under Republican control, talking the progressive far-left contingent out of power. This must happen if we are to return our government to fiscal sanity, give that government a dramatically smaller footprint on our lives and businesses, and to deliver our children and grandchildren futures full of opportunity.
Role of government: It’s to serve, not to dictate. Our progressive far-left leadership has steadily moved away from promoting our economic and community advancement and is now focusing on changing our family and belief systems; instructing us how to live. It really is a power-grab.
Rural Oregon: It’s devastated. I was born and raised in small town poverty in far upstate New York, and it’s plain to me that the 275 towns in Oregon with population of 5,000 or less have been near-destroyed by ridiculous environmental strictures (e.g. logging is almost gone, commercial fishing is hamstrung, etc), while offshoring and open borders have destroyed jobs in every sector. This is a main priority for me personally: to do what is necessary to bring rural Oregon back to life. Here’s part of a Wall Street Journal article from last May that spells it out.
Small Business: The heart and soul of Oregon’s economy. For 33 years, I’ve owned and operated my own small business in Bend. It employs 40. I also operate two other small businesses, one of which specializes in turning around others’ foundering businesses and organizations. With my business partner, Josh Fonger, we’ve assisted over 500 businesses in getting healthy again, and then prospering. Work the System Consultants grew out of my book, Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less, published in 2008 and now in its third edition. It’s a business bestseller.
I’m a CEO and creating operational efficiency is my specialty. I’m very good at it and am passionate about taking this unique expertise to our state capitol to eliminate, from the inside out, an incredible operational dysfunction. And, of course I’ll work with the legislature to take the reins off of small business so our economy can boom.
Tax Reform/small business: The new Federal tax revision proposal, if it’s implemented, will give an adrenalin-shot to Oregon small business and therefore stimulate job creation. The significant reduction in the federal corporate tax rate will bring literally trillions of dollars back into the American economy. Full-expensing and a lower pass-thru rate for Sub-S and partnerships is critical. Let’s hope these parts of the initial proposal come of the committees now formulating the bill. Of course, those are federal tax issues, but I mention them to illustrate that on a state level, In Oregon, I will operate in the same spirit. I will work passionately to prevent more taxes and to unleash our free market.
Term Limits: Yes, no question about it. In Salem, 3 terms Senate; 6 terms House.
Veterans: For years, our governments – both federal and state – have failed our veterans. If any Americans have earned benefits, it is those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Now we must do more.
Unions: Unions are not what they were 50 years ago. The U.S labor movement today primarily consists of government workers. Union efforts are not primarily negotiating, as it was 50 years ago. Rather, their primary objective is to skim from as many government workers paychecks as possible in order to fund the politicians who are willing to push their agendas. This is a problem in Oregon as unions advocate for raising taxes not only on private businesses, but also individuals of every class. Long ago, business leaders learned the value of treating their employees fairly, and to abide by the vast collection of rules designed to protect workers rights.
To be clear I am not opposed to private sector workers banding together to form unions, but dues must be voluntary and not a condition for holding a job with that particular company. Unions will soon learn this with a case that will soon be heard in the Supreme Court: Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31.