What We Stand For

I think of a conservative as a person who would prefer to shift power, choice and money from large distant government and return it to local governments and citizens and return to the principles outlined by our Constitution. A liberal wants the opposite; they want a larger, more powerful, more encompassing centralized government.
I am a Conservative!

With a score of 92% for Constitutional knowledge and application, I have earned the endorsement of the Montana Conservative Alliance!

State Sovereignty:
The States created the United States government through the U.S. Constitution. The powers given by the states to the federal government through our Constitution are few and well-defined.
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Right (not a privilege) to keep and bear arms is essential to retaining our Freedoms. This is NOT about hunting, this is about having the ability to protect yourself, your family, your community, your free state, and your Country from all enemies.

By being able to read and fully comprehend these words from our Constitution I have earned the endorsement of the NRA and the Montana Shooting Sports Association.

Pro life:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Declaration of Independence July 4th 1776
I believe we need to protect the Right of everyone!

Economic Opportunity:
Jobs shouldn’t stop at our state line. We need an economic climate that allows businesses to thrive. With good paying jobs, people are allowed to thrive! History has shown anytime taxes are cut, revenues will grow as the anchor is removed from economic growth.

Smaller Government:
From 2004-2008 Montana General Fund spending increased by 42%. Earmarked Revenue spending increased by 61% during the same period. Department of Administration alone grew 447%. 2010 held the line of scrimmage. We can afford less state government!

Lower Taxes:
To pay for our new growth of government we had a huge tax increase. From 2008-2009 my property taxes went up 55%. We in Montana pay the 8th highest tax rate in the union.

Agriculture is the #1 economic driver of Montana’s economy, There are a number of issues of concern that will be coming up, among these will be the control of wolves, bison, and brucellosis.

Private Property:
In the last legislative session HB198 was a debacle on private property Rights – giving the power of Eminent Domain to foreign corporations – THIS NEEDS TO BE REVISITED!

This is among our most basic rights – the ability to feed your family. Harvest what the land produces! This was one of the many freedoms that brought our colonial ancestors to the new world. It is one of the basic principles America was founded on.

Individual Liberty:
The ability to make your own choices and live your own life, the way you want to, as long as it doesn’t overlap and infringe upon anyone else’s Individual Liberty.

Wild Free Ranging Bison plan:
I have one word for this – NO
Link to FWP Plan