Kyle Stands For:
Making a career of politics was not what our founding fathers envisioned. What it creates is a dependence on special interest groups promising large contributions which in turn drowns out the voice of the people in the district. Term limits brings in new people, new ideas and innovations, and reinvigorates our political process. I support term limits for the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. Not only am I signing the U.S. Term Limits pledge, but I am limiting my own term in the Illinois Senate by not running again in 2018. Unlike my opponent, I am keeping my promise.
I am pro-life with no apologies. Why? Victoria and I have two grown sons, both married. We also had a beautiful daughter named Amber who passed away nine years ago from an accidental drug overdose. She would be 30 today. We feel her loss every day, but I am a better father, husband, and leader because of her. Despite not understanding why this happened, I am convinced that God has a plan for every life. As a Christian, I have a responsibility to my community to make sure every innocent child – born and unborn – is protected. Much worse is what Planned Parenthood is doing by selling aborted baby parts. This is reprehensible. I would not have voted to fund Planned Parenthood, under any circumstances, like my opponent did.
Size of Government
Our founding fathers feared a large centralized government having fought the Revolutionary War to throw off such tyranny. The Framers of the Constitution limited the power and scope of the federal government. They envisioned a system of government that relegated governing power to the states to meet the needs and wishes of their individual citizens. What is good for one state, is not necessarily best for another. I support states’ rights, and if elected to Congress, I will oppose policies that infringe on those rights.
For too long, the size and scope of government has grown unabated. I will fight this trend and seek to roll back government spending, debt and regulation, and its control over our day-to-day lives. For example, the Department of Education, EPA, and the Department of Commerce should be downsized immediately.
Washington doesn’t have a revenue problem. It has a spending problem. Our federal debt is nearing $20 trillion. Out-of-control spending has become an addiction of the entrenched and career politicians. Out-of-control spending puts our country on a path of self-destruction. Hard-working Americans and future generations should not be burdened with that debt. We need to meet this challenge head-on. At the same time, our tax code is overly complex and impossible to follow. I support a simple, straight-forward flat-tax code that forces government to live within its means, makes it easier for families and business to make ends meet, and encourages innovation and job creation.
I support the Penny Plan. If our families and small businesses can cut one penny from every dollar from our budget to respond to tougher economic times then our government can do it as well. The result would be a balanced budget and less debt passed onto our children. www.OneCentSolution.org
Many have seen my billboards or bumper stickers. “My Gun My Right.” These were put up and seen before Illinois was mandated by the courts to pass a Conceal Carry bill. Soon after, we passed Conceal Carry and I was a proud co-sponsor of the bill. Our Constitution is clear about our right to bear arms. The Second Amendment states, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Every law-abiding citizen has the right to own and carry a gun as a right of free people; to protect ourselves and our families. It’s also a right that is a guarantor of our Freedom from a government that would obtain power through tyranny. Our Declaration of Independence affirms that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights of which the Second Amendment is merely one. Unalienable rights means they cannot be given away or taken away.
For too long, elected officials have been beholden to special-interest groups that put the needs of the political elite ahead of hard-working citizens. The first step to holding politicians accountable is to institute transparency within government. With real transparency comes accountability. Everyone behaves better when we are being watched. Our government is no different. Citizens also deserve to know how their tax dollars are being spent and by whom. I was the author and sponsor of the Forensic Audit bill in Illinois and continue to fight for this common sense reform. If elected to Congress, I will guarantee transparency and reject wasteful earmarks. Your tax dollars and trust are too valuable to lose.
Immigration and National Security
The most logical and the most compassionate response to the current Syrian refugee situation is to just say no. We must pause in granting refugee status to ensure those coming to the United States are not linked to terrorism. President Obama took similar action in 2011 in response to refugees from Iraq. A six-month pause for security reasons was logical then; it is logical today. The safety of the American people must come first.
On the wider issue of immigration, we must insist on legal immigration only. We are a nation of laws and we must take control our borders. Not knowing who is crossing our borders or failing to uphold our immigration laws jeopardizes our sovereignty as a free nation, threatens the safety of Americans and unfairly burdens taxpayers. Illegal immigration harms job opportunities for legal citizens. Protecting the American worker will be my priority. Our borders must be protected and those here illegally must return to their homes. We can accomplish mostly through enforcing the immigration laws already on the books, including penalties for employers who hire illegals and no access to taxpayer-paid public programs and services for those who are here illegally. The Establishment elites from each party favor “open borders” because of the prospect of cheaper labor and future voters. Amnesty is not an option.
Taxes and Regulations
The double-whammy of taxes and regulations are roadblocks to American ingenuity and prosperity. Our nation’s economy is mired in the weakest economic recovery since World War II. Our employers are dealing with the highest corporate tax rate (39%) among the industrialized nations in the world and burdensome federal regulations are costing our economy nearly $2 trillion ($2,000,000,000,000) annually. We need to reform and restructure taxes and regulations in a way that allows the U.S. to compete in a global economy while ultimately restoring and revitalizing the Free Market system that fosters opportunity for all and made us the largest economic power the world has ever known. A straightforward flat tax code is most practical.