Abortion

Aug
30
2010

Tom is a pro-life Catholic conservative. The Constitution protects life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. How can our government condone murder?

Social Security

Aug
30
2010

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For more than 70 years, Americans have been promised by our Federal government a level of financial assistance in retirement that was never intended to be paid. Yes, politicians overpromised and will underdeliver. This is a Ponzi scheme if there ever was one. Americans were not supposed to live as long as we are living to actually collect our contributions. Politicians have known this and refuse to be honest.

The federal government has borrowed from the ‘social trust fund’ to pay for other government activities. Benefits are paid for by current workers, and these benefits have grown since 1935. Many workers do not realize that their employer pays a tax amount equal to what appears on their check stub. Tom will propose that all of the Social Security and Medicare taxes be shown on worker pay stubs to educate Americans on the true cost of this government promise.

The massive obligation owed to seniors and disabled Americans is beyond comprehension, over 13.6 Trillion dollars (2008). This amount is greater than the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of our entire nation. We cannot make this payment. Taxes will be raised and benefits will be cut. This is the reality of government assistance that politicians will not tell you.

Tom believes we must honor our commitments to Seniors, while realistically telling current workers that their federal benefits may be reduced. Tom believes that if a worker has money taken from his pay for retirement, it should be available for his descendents and heirs.

Current workers deserve to manage their own retirement and have portability with their retirement money. Our children and grandchildren deserve better from our leaders than kicking this can down the road. Tom will address this challenge with compassion and Christian concern.

Health Care & Health Insurance

Aug
30
2010

The United States has the finest health care in the world. Our nation’s wealth has allowed us to be innovative and develop miraculous life saving techniques, replacing worn out body parts, and fighting (even winning) the battle against cancer in some of its many forms.

We must recognize that there is a difference between Health Care and Health Insurance. The heated discussion today boils down to how we individually and as a society pay for care. The argument includes wondering what standard of care should be provided to those who cannot afford to pay, and how the majority of Americans should pay for care. Of those without insurance, some choose not to have it, while others are restricted by financial circumstance or position.

Despite the debates, one thing is clear: government-run health care is not the solution. New Mexicans who rely upon Indian Health Service and Veterans Health Administration entirely can testify to that. We are a compassionate society and we must remain so. Government mandates toward private insurance providers will effectively raise the cost of care and limit the accessibility of insurance. A government bureaucrat must not be allowed to determine how your personal care is to be administered; this is you and your doctor’s role.

We must recognize that when politicians use the term Public Option the funds will inevitable come from the taxpayer. There is no level playing field where a private company can compete with a government who sets the rules and requirements and does not have to make a profit. The government will merely raise your taxes if there is a shortfall.

Tom believes that improvements can continue to be made regarding Health Insurance options. Specifically, Tom would like to ensure individual ownership and portability of insurance rather than having insurance options tied to a particular employer.

Private businesses that sustain losses will soon be out of business, but new businesses will arise to provide care/insurance. If there is no profit motive, there will be no business and this will result in rationing of care and higher costs for everyone.