I've Joined the Fight for Reform
Some politicians tend to forget who they work for. I often introduce myself to voters by saying, "I work for you". Sometimes they seem mildly shocked by my pronouncement. In my view, my statement should be the norm. During my door-to-door campaign I asked voters to "Hire me" and if they weren't happy with my performance after a couple of years in the State House, they should "Fire me". I believe that's the way all politicians should be treated.
Here's my promise - I've been elected to the State House to join the fight for reform.
I pledge to work closely with those who desire to reform state government, spend wisely and limit taxation. I reject those who are self-serving and not well intended. I will join other House members to aggressively push the reform agenda and lobby the State Senate, where most reform is stuck.
It is a privilege to serve and this is my pledge regarding major issues...
Comprehensive Tax Reform: I support a tax system that is FAIR for all. I will be an out-spoken advocate and the Primary Sponsor of the South Carolina FAIR TAX (H.3993). The Fair Tax will eliminate your personal income tax, the corporate income tax and the sales tax and replace it with one tax on new good and services. This will help our businesses grow and make S.C. a shining beacon for attracting businesses and industries. More businesses mean more jobs.
Jobs First: My 'Jobs First' plan states that every piece of legislation should be put to one test - does this bill make South Carolina more or less job friendly? I will not support taxes, regulations or other bills that hurt business' efforts to create and maintain jobs.
Legislative Transparency: I supported legislation that was passed that required mandatory roll call voting so you know how legislators represent you. I will report all my votes on this website. You will know my every vote and be able to hold me accountable.
Government Restructuring: Allowing S.C.'s 1895 Constitution to drive us into the 21st Century amounts to riding in a 'horse and buggy' while other competing states are driving 'race cars'. Our ability to govern wisely and compete effectively is severely hampered by S.C.'s out-dated Constitution enacted in a far different era. I support the overhaul of our antiquated form of state government so it is more efficient, accountable, and thrifty and strikes a more appropriate balance of power between the legislative and executive branch.
Limiting Government: I'll work for government that recommits itself to pursuing freedoms and doesn't set limits on what individual can accomplish and doesn't punish achievers. I'll work to cut the red tape removing barriers and regulations - not a government obsessed with increasing regulations. State agencies work for us; we don't serve them.
Spending Caps: Like all of us, state government must live within its means. I support the spending cap legislation. I not only favor spending caps, but an increase in the state's reserve fund.
Fixing Public Education: I support public education, but as a taxpayer I also want a better return on my investment of tax dollars. Money is not the real problem; on average SC spends $11,700 a year per student. Regrettably, our public schools statewide under-perform national averages and graduation rates are dismal. Time and again educators initiate reform, but little is achieved. As in business, public educators need motivation to change. I support freedom of choice - the expansion and empowerment of Charter Schools and tax credits to help families find the education that best suits their personal needs. Competition is healthy and will be a motivator for public education to truly reform and improve.
Sunset Review: State programs seem to go on in perpetuity. I favor legislation that creates a Commission to conduct sunset reviews of state programs to determine whether these programs have outlived their usefulness.
Voter ID: We have to show our photo ID's to cash checks or board an airplane, why not when we vote? I supported passage of the Voter ID bill which has been signed into law.
Fixing Illegal Immigration: Illegal is illegal! I support legislation to tighten down on illegal immigration. I also propose SC fully fund its 2007 immigration reform bill which was touted to be the toughest in the nation at that time.
Tort Reform: I support legislation that reforms South Carolina's anti-competitive legal climate. I helped get this legislation passed this year.
State's Rights: I'll stand-up and speak with a strong voice to a Federal Government that has over reached and meddled, encroaching on personal responsibility and personal freedoms.
I believe we can work together and fix what's wrong, spend wisely and show that state government has the same resolve as do most South Carolinian's - to work hard and do the right thing.
I believe voters sent me to the State House to help lead the fight for reform - and that's what I'm doing.