Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?
It is reasonable to allow naturalized immigrant Americans to bring additional family members as long as all of the parties are vetted for their moral character i.e. they are screened to ensure they love America and will contribute to it.
Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?
It is my opinion that the border between the United States and Mexico, just as the the border between the United States and Canada, needs to be secure in order for our country to adequately protect itself from crime, disease and terrorist acts. Good and honorable people crossing the border in order to flee desperate circumstances must be treated with dignity, respected and be allowed to state their case for asylum.
Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?
I believe that additional regulations on gun ownership need to be balanced with our 2nd Amendment rights. Volunteer programs which utilize retired veterans to keep an eye on our schools would be one reasonable solution to protect our children from gun violence without changing our Constitutional rights.
Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?
At this time, I believe it is reasonable to give our President the latitude to negotiate trade agreements with our neighbors, Mexico and Canada in a manner that decreases our growing deficit and continues the creation of good American jobs and economic growth.
Do you support raising the federal gas tax to improve the national transportation infrastructure (for example roads, train tracks, and bridges)? Why or why not?
I support finding ways to pay for our crumbling transportation infrastructure of our Nation that do not unfairly burden the American family. The players that use and damage the roads the most that benefit financially such as the heavy trucking industry should pay their fair share.
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
I support having reasonably priced excellent health care insurance options so the People of California do not have to worry that should they have a serious medical problem, they will become destitute.
I support the expansion of competition among the private as well as government insurance programs to decrease costs and to optimize care.
Innovative ways to make health care more affordable should be explored. Serious programs focused on reducing obesity would be helpful in decreasing the approximately 200 billion dollars per year or 21% of our annual medical spending. The time is now to stop kicking the soda pop can down the road.