- What is your position on State’s Rights?
- What is your stance on the Second Amendment
- How do you plan to grow District 21
- Do you think there was voter fraud in the 2020 elections?
- Abotrion, DHS Child Services, Foster Care and Adoption
- What is your position on renewable energy?
State’s right are essential for Oklahoma. The 10th Amendment United States Constitution lays the foundation for Oklahoma, and all other states to fight the over reach of the Federal Government. I will continue to fight the federal over reach and protect the rights given to Oklahoma and the people of Oklahoma under the 10th Amendment.
The Second Amendment is very self explanatory. Shall not be infringed means just that. It does not say unless certain criteria are met. the definition of infringed is as follows:
actively break the terms of (a law, agreement, etc.)."making an unauthorized copy would infringe copyright"synonyms:contravene · violate · transgress · break · breach · commit a breach of · disobey · defy · flout · fly in the face of · ride roughshod over · kick against · fail to comply with ·
act so as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on."his legal rights were being infringed"
We are at a time where the far left is going after our guns. As your State Representative, I will fight the federal overreach to protect your right to bear arms as well as all other rights given to you by the United States Constitution.
There are a number of ways to be able to grow District 21. For one, we need options for the citizens to get the training they need to be successful. Bryan County has Kiamichi Vo-Tech and South Eastern Oklahoma State University. Marshall County has an OSU extension but that is it. We need to add a Vo-Tech for Marshall County that will be able to give people the skills that businesses are looking for. We also need to continue to grow our relationship with both the Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes. The success of those two tribes will have a direct impact on District 21. We also need to think outside the box on how to bring new business to District 21. With that being said, under no circumstances do I support a Tax Increment Funding (TIF) or bond to attract business.
District 21 is home to one of the most beautiful lakes and we need to showcase our lake and we need to work with both the State Tourism and the Chickasaw tribe to continue what has been started. The Chickasaw tribe needs to build the resort/casino they have been talking about for 3 years and the State Tourism needs to upgrade our facilities in the actual State Park. The boat ramps are in poor shape and the restrooms are in desperate need of repair. With some work by the state of Oklahoma, Lake Texoma can again become the number one state park here. I will work with my colleagues in both the State House and State Senate to make sure that our Lt. Governor and the rest of the Tourism and Rec treat us like we should be treated.
As Lake Texoma grows, so will District 21. We all know the lake and state park are our main source of tourism. It's time to put pressure on the State Tourism and Recreation to treat us like they do Lake Murray and several other state parks in Oklahoma. We can not afford our State Park to become privatized and lose out on the revenue that it generates.
Absolutely there was voter fraud in the 2020 elections, just like there is fraud in every election in pretty much every country in the world. However, that does not mean there is a way to overturn the elections. Under the Constitution, once the votes were verified on January 6, 2021, there is no recourse. I do feel that we as a Country have an obligation to investigate any accusation of fraud and create a plan to eliminate as much of the fraud as possible.
Many people do not see the correlation between abortion, DHS Child Services, foster care and adoption but there is a direct link between them.
Abortion unfortunately has become a form of birth control and we must figure out a way to curtail it. Unfortunately, there is no way we can totally outlaw abortion due to the Roe v Wade ruling but there are steps we can take to drastically cut the abortion rates. When reading the opinion f the United States Supreme Court in regards to Roe v Wade, Justice Harry Blackmun wrote in the majority opinion that "[Some] argue that the woman’s right is absolute and that she is entitled to terminate her pregnancy at whatever time, in whatever way, and for whatever reason she alone chooses. With this we do not agree." The United States Supreme Court also referenced the 14th Amendment. The 14th Amendment states "All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." Using the 14th Amendment, it could be argued that limiting abortion to the threat of life to the mother, rape, incest or the baby not being viable is a route that we could be able to take to put extreme limitations on the practice of abortion.
Before we tackle abortion there are several other issues that must be resolved. First and foremost is DHS Child Services. I'll be the first to admit there are soma absolutely amazing DHS works who are passionate about their jobs and love what they do. They always put what's best for the child first. However, they are extremely under funded and over worked. There are also those DHS employees that are there to collect a paycheck and simply go through the motions. DHS Child Services needs help. They need the help in ways of more funding, more employees and to weed out those who are just going through the motions to get a paycheck.
Foster care is a great service and the foster parents I know have a heart of gold. They put everything out there to take care of kids that are not their own. With that being said, we as a state are hurting for foster parents largely due to the amount of money they get. In Oklahoma, foster parents get between $455 and $600 depending on the age of the child. As a grandfather of a one year old, I know first hand, you can not raise a child under the age of 3 on $455. We need to find ways to be able to provide more funding for these amazing people. We also need to work out a way to help offset most if not all child care costs to these families so these parents can continue to work and make a living.
Adoption is probably the issue I'm most passionate about out of these four critical issues. On June 22, 1979 I was adopted the day before I turned one. As of 2020 stats, there are roughly 500 children on any given day waiting to be adopted in Oklahoma. The cost of adopting one of these kids can range between $14,000 and $40,000. We need to find ways to cut these costs and place these children into families that want to love them and call them their own.
In summary, there is no quick and easy fix on the abortion issue. As you can see, there are numerous other issues that will be directly related to abortion that must be addressed first. We must take a common sense approach to this issue or we will destroy the foster care ad Child Services systems.
While I do feel there is a need for renewable energy, we can not make that the number one source for energy. When you look at the events around the Country from the February freeze and the extreme heat on the west coast, it shows that we are not ready to rely primarily on solar and wind power. The technology isn't advance enough and we don't have the power grids to be able to rely on it.