I am a fiscal conservative and have a conservative view of the Constitution. Any issue will be processed based on our current debt and the legality with regard to the Constitution. I WILL NOT INTRODUCE, SPONSOR OR CO-SPONSOR BILLS THAT WILL LEAD TO INCREASING OUR NATIONAL DEBT.
Health Care -
Good News: I am optimistic with a Republican President we will repeal/replace Obamacare.
Bad News: More than 400 unique lobby organizations and a lobby controlled congress will decide on a new Health Plan. Incumbent has collected more than $700,000 and most of that from health care/health insurance industries.
Democrats vs Republican vs Lobbyists
Winner: Lobbyists and incumbents
Losers: US Citizens
Before you vote - follow the money, https://www.opensecrets.org/
Votes: Differences between Incumbent and Joel Krause
$1.1 Trillion Year-End OMNIBUS Spending Bill -
Joel Krause - No, Incumbent - Yes, Ted Cruz - No, Rand Paul - No, Louie Gohmert - No
$500 Billion Doc Fix Deal
Joel Krause - No, Incumbent - Yes, Ted Cruz - No, Marco Rubio - No, Louie Gohmert - No
No Child Left Behind Reauthorization
Joel Krause - No, Incumbent - Yes, Louie Gohmert - No, Kenny Merchant - No
The approval rating of Congress is 14% although lobbyists are doing well for their clients in Washington. This is one of our largest problems in Washington leading to a larger debt, high cost of Health Care and less influence of "We the People".
We need to cut spending and raise revenue without raising taxes. The size of the national debt is a serious long-term threat to the health of the U.S. economy and to the standard of living that our children and grandchildren can expect. The consequences for the American people will be crushing taxes, higher interest rates, fewer jobs, and more vulnerability to foreign creditors
Our health care costs are far higher than other industrialized countries with similar results. Health Care Lobbyist spends more than any other industry.
The number one priority of our federal government is the nation's defense. Currently we spend 2.9% of our GDP on defense, the lowest since WWII. We need to invest in our defense including cyber security.
NEW - Guantanamo needs to stay open
I would support legislation banning Muslim Syrian refugees from entering the United States.
We need to secure our borders and take down the Welcome sign. No amnesty. Birthright is for those who have a legal citizen as a parent.
I believe in the Constitution and I will defend it. The Constitution has made the United States a free and prosperous nation. I am against any attempt to limit the 2nd Amendment.
Defend the Constitution of the United States of America
The Constitution is the law of the land, to protect us from government and to protect our liberties. The recent executive branch has defied the Constitution and Congress has refused to defend this sacred document. We need to restore the Constitution, reduce the power of the federal government and give power back the states and the people. I will fight executive overreach and protect the constitution
We should get the federal government out of the business of curriculum and keep local control of our schools.
Government should not be in the energy promotion business and should not pick winners and losers.
We should have term limits for those in Congress
I am Pro Life
Veterans and our Men and Women protecting us
Veterans deserve our gratitude and support, we should use troops on the ground when we have a clear path of winning and use over whelming force.
Judges should interpret the law, not make up the law
As we all know Congress has a 86% disapproval rating and
there is no accountability, as we keep electing the same politicians with the
greatest lobbyist dollars . Another
problem is when a good piece of legislation is passed it is up the executive
branch/federal agencies and federal employees to implement legislation. Unfortunately there is no accountably here
either and we as citizens are receiving a poor value from our tax dollars.
Many examples can be discussed including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the TSA.
The majority of or federal works are excellent, however federal leaders often cannot terminate poor performing employees due to the protections in place for federal employees. This protection comes from the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB). In short, we need to give back the power to our leaders of agencies to manage their departments and they need the ability to hire the best and remove the worst. I will work to make our agencies more accountable.
No to closing Guantanamo Bay
Guantanamo Bay is needed for the fight against terrorist, releasing terrorist will cause more deaths to Americans.
The Platt Amendment that gives the United States complete jurisdiction and control should never be given up and it is another tool to defend our country and our citizens.
Education and Younger Voters in the 26th District
We need to do a better job of reaching out to the young citizens in our district. According to PewResearch Center the millennial generation, (ages 18-33 are much more likely to vote Democrat. I will work to reach out to the younger voters.
Another responsibility of a congressman is to educate. I have viewed more than ½ of the congressional websites and most are self promoting and not educational. I will provide un-slanted facts and fulfill a responsibility of educating constituents in and outside the district.
Campaigning for the Presidency and keeping Texas Red
This district is a strong republican district. I will take advantage of this opportunity and will work outside the district to keep Texas Red and I will campaign vigorously in swing states for the Republican Presidential Nominee.