U.S. House District 5: Sean Bielat on the issues
Economic Growth and Job Creation
Basic economic theory shows that government spending can, if targeted correctly, provide some positive economic outcomes. Unfortunately, it is beyond the powers of economists to forecast how much spending is too much. Stimulus spending under this administration and Congress has put politics over policy, and the result has been handouts to special interests, inefficient spending, and far too much debt.
The ever-growing deficit is simply unsustainable. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that net interest on the national debt will soon rise to 14% of the total federal budget. The effect of these deficits is a debt load approaching 90% of the Gross Domestic Product. At this point, the debt load is $30,400 per person. We are putting our nation at risk through reckless spending and irresponsible policy.
A Strong National Defense
Ronald Reagan successfully argued that American military might keeps the peace. His “peace through strength” approach reshaped the geo-political landscape for the better.
Focus on the Constitution
The United States is a country founded a set of ideas--ideas enshrined in our Constitution. Our public officials and military personnel take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, but too many politicians in DC seem to have forgotten the oath that they took and the responsibilities entailed in that oath.
An Intelligent 21st-Century Tax Policy
A free and safe society depends on tax revenues. We fund the military, build roads and bridges, equip police forces and educate our children with tax dollars. Taxes support the infrastructure that enables economic growth and a free and safe society. But we must always strive to keep taxes to a minimum, operate an efficient government, and focus on private-sector economic growth to generate revenues that sustain our way of life. Read more
Border Security and Immigration
We can’t begin to have a serious discussion about immigration reform until the Federal government first fulfills its duty to secure our borders and ports.
Representatives who spend decades in Congress become detached from the problems of ordinary people and the challenges of the “real” economy and the business world. They begin to feel entitled to their positions and to believe that they can legislate or regulate a solution to every problem. We need a return to citizen legislators instead of career politicians.
Energy, Environment, and Market-Based Solutions
Development of alternative energy is a must for our national security, both to sustain our economy and to provide solutions to environmental concerns. Although untapped resources exist, there is no reason to delay simultaneous investment in alternative sources of energy. Read more
The right for ordinary citizens to bear arms and protect themselves and their families has been upheld for over two centuries. I support this right.
Cap and Trade
Cap and Trade is simply another power grab by this administration and cannot be implemented on the broad scale currently proposed.
Rail Service Expansion
Building a transportation infrastructure to move citizens and workers in and out of our cities and towns is an area that is I believe is properly in the scope of government.
Real Health Care Solutions
The massive health care bill recently signed by the President cannot and will not solve our health care issues.
Relations with Israel
Israel faces unique threats and deserves the support of Western nations that value stable democracy and a growing economy in the Middle East.