Occupation: Clerk, Nap's Thriftway; Advocate, Knights of Columbus
Occupational Background: Heavy Equipment Operator, Cascade Steel Rolling Mills; Legislation Representative, United Steel Workers of America
Educational Background: Business Management, Linfield College
Prior Governmental Experience: none
Our rights, liberties, and freedoms have been slowly eroding away while the cost and reach of government has sharply risen.
Having thoughtfully read the Constitution of the United States and Oregon, I understand these documents were designed to limit government, but unfortunately, government continues to expand. George Washington warned us that: "Government is like a fire, useful in the fireplace, but if it gets out of its place it will consume everything you own."
The proper role of government is to secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, the right and control of property, and the protection of life. The property which every person has is in their own labor, as it is the original foundation for all other property. The best way to stimulate jobs is to significantly reduce the amount of taxes on labor, which would result in making our products more affordable and allow businesses to hire more employees.
Our war on drugs has been foremost a war on cannabis and has proven to be a epic failure. The best way to deal with drug problems in our community is through education and health care, not through incarceration or operating expensive jails. Hemp is the most useful plant in the history of mankind with more than 5000 industrial uses. Hemp would return our paper mills to profitability without destroying forests or habitats.
Basic health care, like our police, and fire departments, should be treated like public utilities that will protect each of us when trouble strikes. Funding these priorities, along with our educational system provides each of us with the opportunities to lead productive and prosperous lives.
It's time to get government on the right track.
(This information furnished by Douglas J. Heuer.)