Ft. Worth, Texas
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Sixty -five years.
Retired. I receive Social Security, rental income from two homes and an IRA
dividend check monthly. I also co-own a small busines that provides fishing and outdoor activities on managed private lands in Parker County, it is open to the public.
BA TCU 1968, M.A. Kansas State University-1970
Masters Thesis "Environmental Impact of Petroleum Development Along the Alaskan North Slope"
Presenting as key note speaker for Dallas Star Women in Dallas on Sept. 8th. This is a fundraiser where all proceeds go to the spinal cord injury ward for Veterans at the Dallas V.A. Hospital. I am an ongoing contributor to "Operation Healing Waters", a program that allows re-habbing soldiers from Ft. Hood to have access to private lakes and properties for fishing and camping. I also, work with "Heroes on the Water" which brings injured soldiers out fishing on private land I manage.
I have served on the vestry of Holy Apostles Church, and as the senior warden. I have been involved in coaching for the YMCA, and I contributed outdoor columns (Pro-Bono) to the Aledo
Community news, stories primarily involving wounded soldiers or parents and children. For several years I acted as president of the Ft. Worth Police Officers Association Bass Club that periodically did events involving outdoor fishing opportunities for orphans from St. Teresa's Orphanage in Tarrant County.
Approx. $15,000 as of late August. Other than a few thousand dollars I contributed as the candidate, nearly every contributions has come from grass roots donations of less than $250.
Chuck Bradley, Mr.James Brown, and Mr. Sonny Merrill.
I was involved in a civil suit concerning my right to change companies of employment.
I prevailed and changed employers.
As president of the Fort Worth Police Officers Bass Club I put together a committee dedicated to helping orphans within Tarrant County. With my leadership and hundreds of hours of work from fellow fishermen and Ft. Worth Police officers we connected with St. Teresa's Catholic Orphanage regarding multiple outings for the kids. With our members providing their boats, time and money we successfully organized this "Giving Back" effort over a number of years. I know our members and I realized just how much good we did for those less fortunate when you saw their happy, sunburned faces.
As a conservative myself, I strongly support and admire Congressman Jeb Hensarling. Congressman Hensarling has a voting record that he is proud of and it reflects his conservative core. He opposes tax increases, he opposes the death tax, or taxes on inheritance and he strongly believes in less federal government with more control going to the Texas State level, as do I.
As a senior, a father and a grandfather I have seen an ongoing,less than acceptable performance from our U.S. Congress. I have stepped forward to insure
a positve, robust economic future for my children and grandchildren and all those future American generations who need a strong America. Unless voters send conservatives like myself to Congress who are more concerned with addressing the critical issues, we will continue to see economic and moral decline in America.
As the Congressman for the Texas 33rd, my focus will be on balancing our federal budget,and creating an economic atmosphere which allows private sector job growth. I am not interested in a career as a public servant, therefore my conservative voting record will not have future re-election as my primary motivator. I believe every error made in Congress by Congressmen can be undone by motivated men or women whose focus is on the families of this nation and not their personal political careers.
My Democrat opponent and I are polar opposites regarding the major issues, therefore voters should support Chuck Bradley if they agree with my core beliefs.
First, I will vote to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act because as a senior I would never support any bill that guts Medicare by pulling over 700 billion dollars out of Medicare to pay for Obama Care. Seniors would see dramatic reductions in the availability of doctors who would continue to accept Medicare patients and face six to eight month waits to see one of the few doctors still taking Medicare. My opponent totally supports Obama Care and its impact on seniors.
Second,I will work to make sure the EPA stops its efforts to crucify American energy companies who want to develop fossil fuels on leased government lands. America needs the three million new jobs associated with Energy Independence and we need to eliminate our dependence on foreign oil. My Democrat opponent supports President Obama in his crusade to keep America dependent on Venezuela, Nigeria, Canada, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.
I hope the U.S. Congress will work very hard to keep the Bush Tax Cuts in place, and convince President Obama that Americans are facing difficult times already, we do not need a tax increase that would effect everyone, not just the wealthy.
In addition, America obviously needs cuts in spending, but Presidents Obamas' plans leads to huge cuts in our military. The cuts need to be spread throughout our budget, not just designed to cripple our military.
As a member of the upcoming 113th Congress, I promise to vote and work as a conservative no matter what results we see from our divided government prior to January, 2013.
First we must achieve a balanced annual federal budget. Borrowing must be dis-continued,or we will never impact the federal debt if it continues to grow.
Secondly,the federal government must help produce an economic environment like we had in the mid eighties under President Reagan. One significant method to produce a robust economy could be accomplished by allowing the nation's energy companies to increase production making the U.S. energy independent and a major net exporter. Also, we desperately need the three million new private sector jobs that will be created producing massive increases in tax flow to the U.S Treasury. A change in direction within the EPA is needed that would work with American Energy Companies so they drill safely, versus the current adversarial poicy within the EPA.
Also, to attract companies to return to America along with their jobs we should reduce corporate income taxes to 15%, and not keep that tax at one of the highest levels in the industrialized world.
I would certainly favor a flat tax that would not be progressive based on your income.
Citizens who make less than the poverty level should be exempt from this tax. The simplicity alone would be a God send for Americans. All Deductions should be phased out over five years to allow tax payers time to adjust.
First, extending unemployment benefits only exacerbates the problem. Americans want opportunities and private sector jobs , not hand outs.
The role of the federal govenment should be one of getting out of the way to allow for American capitalism and entrepreneuership. For instance, the EPA should work with American Energy Companies so that we can become energy independent. The EPA should not be adversarial, but all drilling and development must be done safely with American families and their economic well being as our primary concern.
Corporate income taxes must be reduced to attract industry back to the U.S, American companies should be incentivized to create private sector job development and investment into America and American jobs.
Death taxes need to be eliminated. They destroy small business and years of hard work by families are taken away only to be squandered by failed federal programs.
If you look at the trends in Social Security it is obvious that it will go bankrupt unless it is addressed. As your Congressman, I would prefer to act in advance to make sure it survives and not wait till we have a crisis and then have to make the changes without adequate planning.
I would advocate changes that impact current individuals under age fifty. First, those taxpayers must recognize that unless changes are made there will be no Social security. Individuals under fifty today will have to wait until age 64 to begin taking minimal social security, and full benefits would not be available until age 70. Even these minimal changes would cause Social Security to remain fiscally sound for an additional 15 to 20 years
As with Social Security , Americans who read are aware that unless addressed, Medicare will become insolvent in the near future.
As your Congressman and a senior I am also aware that Medicare provides excellent medical coverage for seniors, care that would have cost much more thru private health insurance if Medicare did not exist.
I would like to see means testing begin for citizens going on Medicare in the future. This would apply to Americans currently age 50 or below. Whenever those individuals reach age 65 the amount they pay for Medicare should be impacted based on their gross adjusted income. Many Americans I have spoken to over the campaign are aware that healthcare is continuing to rise. For individuals with a gross adjusted income in retirement below $50,000 they would pay for Medicare at the lowest rate offered by the federal government. However, should that individual have a GAI above $50,000 that individual would be asked to pay twenty percent more than the minimum Medicare rate.
It is imperative that as your Congressman we look at fair programs and improvements that allow Medicare to continue as the excellent program that it is.
Definitely Congress should repeal the Affordable Health Care Act, if for no other reason than the terrible effect it would have on our seniors by removing over 700 billion dollars from Medicare.
Since multiple polls have shown that the majority of Americans are not satisfied with this act I believe we should listen to the American people. The majority of individuals are happy with their current health care insurance, and many younger people do not want to carry insurance because they believe it is something they need not have till later in life.
I would like to look into programs directed toward those individuals who cannot buy insurance
because of their medical situations, and that group of people is only a fraction of Americans. Those individuals falling into specific donut holes of healthcare care needs should be presented viable options. Americans want to keep their freedom to select doctors, avoid care panels of government officials, and select the coverage they chhose-they do not want socialized medicine as it exists in Canada or England.
America has a history of accepting legal immigrants into its economy and allowing them to progress based on hard work. That past should be the model for our future. We must secure our borders for both safety and to make sure that the jobs we have are available for legal citizens.
I would like to see the federal government look into enacting a program designed similar to the Republican "Texas Solution". Provide immigrants work permits and make sure those individuals are providing their own health insurance, or their employer is going to provide it. Also, to gain access legally to come to the U.S. and work they must agree not to apply for welfare.
I believe the basic concept in the law was relevant. However, after communicating with several school boards and District 33 teachers it became obvious that actual implementation here in Texas was not happening because of severe budget cuts in education brought about by
both a national and state wide recession. There was not enough revenue in Texas education to provide the resources required for realistic continuation of No Child Left Behind.
Our entire nation from top to bottom is being impacted due to our less than robust economy
and any future federal attempt to enact something like No Child Left Behind must also offer the revenue to the individual state for proper implementation.
As your potential Congressman I am blessed to have research background concerning the impact of drilling on the environment. My research was comprehensive and not based on "What If" or emotion. Their is no doubt that America can drill safely, and work with an EPA that cares about the U.S. economy and the environment. We proved in Alaska that even a fragile environment like we have in the Northern U.S. can be developed without a negative impact.
As presidential candidate Mitt Romney pointed out, our American families must come first. America has the fossil fuel resources to become energy independent, and America needs the jobs and a robust economy where the billions of dollars that leave this country annually going to the Middle East must stop.
We can drill, become energy independent, and do it safely. Americans are the best engineers and employees in the world, they can do it right.
I have never read any legitimate research that confirms or proves that natural global warming is impacted by man. Even the research promoted by Al Gore years ago has all fallen into dis- repute and the main contributors have admitted their research and data was flawed.
I do believe in effective pollution control and I expect companies to follow federal guidelines if and until even those guidelines are found to be flawed or confirmed as prudent.
Our border patrols are doing a good job stopping the inflow of illegal drugs. However, just as America saw in the Prohibition era concerning alcohol, we cannot stop Cartels unless we reduce or curtail demand. Our govenment Border Patrol is in a war with the Mexican Cartels, but that war would end if the demand for drugs was stopped by increased education within our schools and throughout our communities.
Stop the demand, you stop the cartels.
As history has taught us, Afghanistan is not a nation built on the same principles as the United States. We cannot legislate for or dictate to the Afghan people, they must make their own way and follow their own culture.
I would like to see all American troops out of Afghanistan as soon as possible.
We need a stronger leader as our President. Iran must be informed in no uncertain terms that any attack on Israel is an attack on the United States of America, and China needs to know that also. That type of strength requires a strong pro-Israeli leader, not our current President.
China is both a potential enemy and a major creditor. As far as our national security is concerned I belive we should continue to view China as the greatest threat to our existence as a nation and remain strong militarily to protect our population.
Regarding China as a creditor and trading partner, we should make every effort to reduce our borrowing and pay our debt. In addition, I believe we should develop our American oil and sell a portion to China to offset our current negative import/export balance.
I believe both Africa and South America will need a strong American presence in both trade and improved political relationships. We should consider treaties with evolving nations coming out of the third world so they see alternatives to China and Venezuela as role models.
Congress will only be able to meet and deal with the major issues in America whenever our elected officials are more concerned with addressing those issues than being re-elected.
America must send strongly vetted individuals to Washington whose goal is not a career, but
to act to solve the problems without concern for the next election cycle. Serve and come home.
Fort Worth, Texas
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Retired educator, insurance broker.
B.S.Ed. degree, The University of Texas at Austin (major: Mathematics);
M.A. degree, La Sierra University (major: School Administration);
Ed.S. degree, Baylor University (major: Administration);
Postgraduate studies: Texas State University (major: Vocational Supervision).
Defender of wildlife. Active memberships in the AARP and the American Legion. Lifetime member of the Texas National Guard Association. Member of Travis Ave. Baptist Church.
Certificate of Recognition from the Secretary of Defense.
Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Army.
Counselor for survivors of Katrina who came to the shelter in Killeen, Texas.
Plus, received numerous certificates for participation in other community events in Central Texas from 1987 to 2009.
Ran as the Green Party's candidate for Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in 2010.
Under $5,000. at present as Green candidates do not accept corporate money.
A good leader is also a good servant. As President of the Mid-Texas Counseling Association, I helped to recruit quality members who made worthy contributions to our profession. As Treasurer of the Texas Junior College Teachers Association, I was instrumental in placing the organization on a sound financial basis and recommended policies that contributed to growth in membership.
Senator Ralph Yarbrough of Texas (now deceased); because he was a "people's politician," putting the needs of the people first. Career congressmen of today are more concerned with the needs of lobbyists and of corporations than they are of the people.
I am running in Texas Congressional District 33 to balance the Federal Budget; to eventually retire the Federal Debt; to eliminate the loopholes in the Tax Code and to institute a simplied, more fair tax code; to bring Global Warming to an end; to protect our environment, especially, our air and water; to repair our infrastructure, such as bridges and dams which are in dire need of repairs; to protect Social Security and Medicare; to end unnecessary governmental subsidies; to improve our economy and to train the unemployed in jobs needed by our industries instead of keeping them on welfare; to bring realistic goals into education and to fix the problems that are causing a high dropout rate; to safeguard our borders and to train the public on how to defend against terrorism; to give those who are in our country illegally an opportunity to register for legal status without fear of deportation, given appropriate time restraints; to bring peace in the Middle East; and to help solve the world's water shortage which have led to millions of deaths and starvation.
Anyone who visits my web site at "www.newmenu.org/lindsay" and sees my qualifications, experience, and issues which I intend to solve should be convinced that I am their clear choice for this office.
Congressmen are being paid to do a job but have given too many excuses for not carrying out their elected responsibilities. The House of Representatives should use every waking moment to solve the Nation's problems which are way too many. Sadly, they created some of these problems and have refused to work together to solve the most pressing problems. Citizens certainly aren't getting their money's worth!
Congress is at fault for this massive debt and has acted totally irresponsibly. Congress should do away with the thousands of loopholes that it has writtin in over 17,000 pages of the IRS Tax Code, especilly, those that allow over sixty percent of American corporations to pay ZERO income taxes. Congress should downsize or eliminate non-essential government programs, stop giving themselves automatic pay raises, and do away with many of the perks that they have voted for themselves. Congress should make everyone pay their fair share of taxes and to downsize government to the point that it makes do on what it receives and doesn't have to keep borrowing money to keep the government running.
I favor a flat 15 percent income tax rate for citizens and corporations alike, with no deductions. This rate would apply to gross revenues for businesses and corporations.
The first thing that Washington (Congress) can do is to stop passing budgets that require borrowing 40 cents of every dollar it spends! The Government should allow corporations, businesses, and individuals the freedom to operate in a free enterprise society with a minimum of governmental interference. Government should only interfere when laws are bring broken or safety is at risk. By implementing a simplified tax code as I have described, everyone would be much better off.
I believe everyone should contribute into Social Security, regardless of income. If Congress would just raise to the income limit to $250,000., then 70 percent of the projected future shortfall would be eliminated. Congress should place the funds received from Social Security contributions back into its original separate accound instead of including them in the general fund. I would like to see the Government Pension Offset Act rescinded. This Act robs citizens of 60 percent of their Social Security benefits.
Most all of Medicare problems are caused by your current Congressmen as they have not taken necessary actions, like giving Medicare the authority to negotiate with drug companies for prescripion prices, to make the system work better. At times, Congress has even interfered with Medicare's attempts to improve the system. Closer attention should be provided to prevent Medicare abuses, especially, by those who commit false billing.
In 2006, I proposed a plan that would have been ideal for the Obama Adminstration to have adopted. I called it the Texas Health Plan. My plan was strictly voluntary; but it included health care with no pre-exising conditions, dental care, eye care, mental health and prescription drugs. People in the plan could choose their own providers. All subscribers would be placed into a pool and premiums would then be determined. Insurance companies would be given a chance to participate in the system by agreeing to administer portions of the pool.
First and foremost, the current laws on the books need to enforced. Until this is done, then it's like "throwing water into the wind." I would give those who are currently in this country illegally an opportunity to register for legal status without fear of deportation, given appropriate time restraints. I would certainly not separate a child born in this country from his or her mother.
Like most laws on the national level that pertain to education, few have truly been successful. As an educator who spent 40 years in the field, I would not keep nor revise "No Child Left Behind." The problem is there are thousands of children being left behind; and there is no excuse for a third of our children not graduating from high school. I know the reasons why they are dropping out of school and how to fix these problems.
The first thing that oil and gas companies should do is to resume operation of their curring fields that they have shut down for one thing or another; but we cannot afford another disaster like the Valdez or the recent BP tradegy in the Gulf of Mexico which is why we need better supervison, not just for environmental reasons but for safety reasons as well.
Man-made climate change is a reality. Anyone who thinks Global Warming is not real is a fool. There are lots of options to eliminate greenhouses gases. I would like for our country to really get behind renewable energy sources like some other countries have done.
The number one strategy is to eliminate the use of illegal drugs in this country first. Americans who use these illegal drugs are indirectly responsible for deaths of thousands of people across the border! If we adopted some of the laws, like in the Middle East, for dealing with drug dealers, then I don't think we would have the magnitude of the problem as it exists today.
I think this is a lofty goal unless there is sound military intelligence to suggest that it is a plausible move. I would like to see our troops brought home; but we must remember that the War on Terrorism is not over, and we should continue to seek out terrorists both here and abroad.
The best defense is good offense which is why I favor more of an effort made seeking peace in the Middle East where Iran would not feel so threatened. There are other ways to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons; but I choose not to discuss them here for security reasons. We must seek peace in that area first. If not, then boycots might be the best option.
We must remember that we are mainly responsible for making China what it is today. Citizens keep buying their products, and China keeps strengthening its military. The Government keeps borrowing money from China, and both Democrats and Republicans alike have failed in their actions to appropriately deal with China for fear of China calling in the debt owed to them.
The world is on a collision course. Until we all step back and see where we are heading, then the outcome doesn't look promising. Certainly, our Government cannot continue to operate the way it has in the last 12 years. I don't see the U.S. being the world's policeman ten years from now; for one thing, we can't afford it. I would prefer to read in the headlines 10 years from now, "WAR HAS BEEN OUTLAWED!"
Congress is not presently capable of meeting the nations's major challenges. To learn how I would change that situation, go to my web site at "www.newmenu.org/lindsay".
Fort Worth, TX 76105
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Life - 41 years.
Commercial Real Estate
BA in Mass Communication - Texas Wesleyan University
Multicultural Alliance, Fort Worth Real Estate Council, International Conference of Shopping of Centers, Tarrant County Black Historical and Genealogical Society, Texas Lyceum Alumni
Texas Association of Realtors
I am currently the State Representative of House District 95, which I have represented in the Texas Legislature since 2004.
I raised over $900,000 during the primary election period.
I have many contributors who have contributed the maximum allowable amount to my campaign.
As a plaintiff in the redistricting lawsuit, I helped lead the successful effort to prevent the implementation of the fatally flawed map drawn by the Republican controlled Texas Legislature. The Republican maps passed by the Texas Legislature disenfranchised millions of minority voters throughout the state, and I am proud to have been part of the effort that led to their rejection by a panel of federal judges in August.
I most admire Congressman Martin Frost, who I had the pleasure of working with for many years. I am honored to have earned his endorsement and I strive to continue his legacy of service and commitment to the residents of CD 33, nearly all of whom he represented in Congress at one point or another over his 25 years of service. Martin was a true public servant who put the needs and interest of those he represented first. In working with Martin, I had no question as to what constituent service was all about. Martin knew that every day he served was another day he was able to fight against cuts to public education, help seniors in need, and create job opportunities and economic development. North Texas thrived under his leadership and continues to enjoy the benefits of his countless hours of service. I was fortunate to work with Martin on many of the projects from beginning through completion, such as securing the federal support needed to build the freeway exchange and road extensions at Cockrell Hill Road and I-30, a project which brought with it jobs, spurred economic growth and led to increased development. Martin always stood up for what was right, not what was easy or politically or personally expedient. I took these lessons with me to the Texas Legislature and will be honored to continue his legacy of integrity and hard work in Congress.
I am running for Congress in order to advocate on behalf of the residents of CD 33 so that I may stand to represent their needs and interests. Just as I have represented many of the residents of CD 33 as a state legislator in Austin, I would like to continue fighting for North Texas residents in Congress. I am running for Congress to continue the fight in Washington to support programs that help to create jobs and economic development and to promote policies that ensure strong public education and access to quality healthcare. I will to continue to fight against budget cuts to Medicare and other senior benefits . I will serve as an ally to President Obama and be an advocate for his policies in Congress.
I have a proven record of building strong coalitions and being an effective leader. During my freshmen year in the House of Representatives I was recruited to serve as the floor whip. Additionally, I currently serve in a leadership position in the legislature, as the House Democratic Caucus Chair. Having worked with former Congressman Martin Frost for years and due to my service in the Texas House, I am the only candidate with experience representing consituents or in serving on the federal level . Most importantly, I have served many of the constituents in CD 33 and understand their concerns. The house district which I represent is much like congressional district 33 in terms of demographics, as it is also a coalition district. I understand the issues that face our families and the priorities that are the most important. Not only can I relate, but I have studied these issues and advocated for North Texas residents as a state legislator for the last seven years. I have fought to protect our schools against vast budget cuts. I have fought to protect seniors’ Medicare benefits and tax breaks. I have fought for access to quality healthcare. I have fought to create jobs and economic development in our community. My fight in Austin has always been about delivering for North Texas families and coming back home with results. Voters must ask themselves who is the best candidate to serve the needs of CD 33 residents. I have a proven record to stand for public education and against vouchers that divert much needed funds from our schools. I have a proven record of fighting against Voter ID legislation and I am the only candidate that has served as a plaintiff on behalf of North Texas residents. I have fought for fair representation in the redistricting process and I am the only candidate that fought for two additional North Texas seats. My experience and record illustrates to the residents of North Texas that my priority and my only agenda is to represent them and their needs. All of my adult life has been spent serving the public and I am grateful to many of the residents of CD 33 for re-electing me year after year. I will work hard to earn their vote of all residents of CD 33 and to be their voice in Congress.
While I am anxious to deal with the budgetary challenges facing our country, and ideally the we would find constructive solutions to bring our budget into line this year, the Republican leadership in control of the House has failed at every turn to deal with the budget constructively and in a bipartisan manner. I am confident that Democratic leaders are willing to set partisanship aside for the good of the country.
Congress should work toward ending corporate tax loopholes and the "carried interest" tax break for hedge fund managers. Congress should also continue to support President Obama, his policies and the American Jobs Act, in order to help restore the U.S. economy.
I support reforming the U.S. tax code to end the Bush tax cuts, close corporate tax loopholes and incorporate the "Buffett Rule," which would ensure that millionaires are not paying taxes at a rate lower than that of average middle-class Americans.
Washington should pass the American Jobs Act as proposed by President Obama. Extending unemployment benefits absolutely helps the current unemployment dilemma.
No. Social Security is a necessary safety net for our seniors. Retirees need the security of the defined benefits in Social Security.
No. Although I believe that we can find cost-savings in the Medicare program, we should not do so by cutting needed services and benefits to our seniors.
I support President Obama's recent decision to allow applications for deferred action on deportation for certain young people. However, this is only a temporary solution, and I would support legislation, such as the DREAM Act, which would provide a path toward legalization and citizenship for undocumented young people, many of whom were brought to this country by no choice of their own and who have played by the rules the entire time they've resided in the U.S. I would also support expansion of temporary work Visas, while simultaneously supporting greater enforcement of our borders.
The law has not worked and Congress should discard significant portions of the law. As written, the law requires an undue amount of testing, which requires teachers to "teach to the test" rather than teaching the true subject matter. Although it is important to retain some testing to ensure that high educational standards are being met, it is important that these test do not become the focus of day-to-day learning and that they do not become the sole measurement of a teacher’s or student’s success in the classroom.
Even if we tapped into every source of natural gas and oil in the United States, we would still remain too dependent on foreign energy sources. In addition, although I support domestic drilling that can be done safely, traditional energy sources and the production of natural gas have inevitable and negative impacts on the environment. The long-term solution to this problem is the promotion of alternative energies such as wind and solar power. Although these technologies may not be sufficient to power our world today, with time and investment, I am confident that they can solve many of our energy needs.
I believe that the science supporting man-made climate change is sound and supported by countless studies and papers. Although we must ensure that any legislation does not unfairly impact industries that provide jobs and economic growth, it is vital that we begin taking steps to reduce the output of greenhouse gases. The dangers of global warming are real, and we must face them now.
The United States cannot control the domestic issues of another country. However, we can address the issue on our side of the border by attacking the demand for drugs. Our country can and should do a better job of assisting those who have issues with drug and alcohol abuse.
I support President Obama in his goal to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. However, like President Obama, I recognize that this is a goal and the timeline for Afghanistan may change as advised by his generals on the ground.
I support President Obama's current efforts to find a diplomatic solution.
I support the current Administration's policy toward China
I predict that our dependence on foreign oil, particularly oil from countries that are not always friendly towards the United States, will become a growing issue. That is why I support the development and promotion of alternative energy.
Congress is capable of meeting the nation's major challenges if its Members are willing to work together and deal honestly with the issues that this country is facing. As a Texas Legislator, I've been known as someone who can build coalitions to get things done. I've learned a lot about how to build coalitions in Congress through my work with my mentor Congressman Martin Frost. He was known as someone who could work with everyone to get things done in Congress and a large part of the reason he endorsed me and is actively campaigning with me is because he knows I'll be that same type of Member of Congress.