MY GENERAL POSITION
Freedom First. This theme will run through all my positions and every vote. There are times that people will argue a better outcome is worth a restriction of freedom. I believe that there is a very high threshold before that compromise can be true. Freedom has its own, intrinsic value outside of any subsequent policy results, and that should never be discounted. A free society has few laws, but enforces well the ones that it has. If an issue does not need the force of government behind it, it should be left to the people.
I am a free speech absolutist. Say what you want, when you want, and to whom you want.
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. In the minds, language, and understanding of our founding fathers, this explicitly preserves the right of arms for military purposes, to defend against tyranny. They didn’t bother putting the right to personal defense in the amendment because it was a given. I support expansive gun rights, I am strongly in favor of New Hampshire’s constitutional carry policy, and I will fight any restrictions on a New Hampshire citizen’s right to protect himself, his family, our state, and our nation.
The issue most supported by a bi-partisan cross-section of voters is security in elections. Proof of citizenship is a basic starting point. Voting should not be effortless. Early voting and excuse-free mail in voting should not exist in New Hampshire or any other state. We have an election day, not an election season. Machine counting is fine for an early look, but every ballot should be hand counted before an election is certified.
I believe life starts at conception and that life is ended during an abortion. The freedom to “choose” abortion is therefore at odds with the unborn child’s right to life. The choice should always be life. I am however open to the merit of “protection of unborn life” bills and necessary exceptions that may need to be considered if a mother’s life is in jeopardy. That said, this is a hot topic in New Hampshire, with our first ever Fetal Protection act. Legislatively, we should change nothing for the coming session. We should collect data and let the dust settle before anything is re-assessed.
No income tax, ever. We should accelerate the sunsetting of the interest and dividends tax (set to go to zero in 2026). We need to lower our property taxes. In retaliation for Massachusetts charging income taxes to New Hampshire citizens who are employed by Mass companies, but never set foot in that state in 2021, we should enact a homestead law, that lowers NH citizens’ property taxes by raising them on homes owned by residents of other states.
RIGHT TO WORK
No person should ever be forced to pay for a union that he or she does not want to join, nor ever be coerced into joining a union in order to have a job in the first place.