The Issues Reginald Believes In

Immigration

The current steps taken by the legislature to crack down on sanctuary cities, if enforced to the fullest extent of the law, are a great step in the right direction. Any local government entities or officials whom jeopardize the safety of citizens and impose a heavier burden on tax payers, by offering a safe haven to illegal aliens should be held accountable. That includes possible jail time, removal from office, and a loss of state funding etc. Moreover, an increased presence and further aerial and ground surveillance is needed along our boarder. Although, immigration policy is the federal government’s responsibility, it takes local and state government’s support to enforce the laws. The rule of law is essential to the stability of a civil society. Therefore, local and state governments must follow the federal rules regarding immigration enforcement.

 

Property Taxes

The Founding Fathers were adamant about the importance of property, real and personal. James Madison noted, “Government is instituted no less for protection of property than of the persons, of individuals.” Another influential Founder, Gouverneur Morris, reiterated this noble truth, writing: “The rights of property are committed into the same hands with the personal rights. Some attention ought, therefore, to be paid to property in the choice of those hands.” The Constitution solidifies the ordained rights of man to own property, but the penalties of not complying with property taxes desecrates these rights. If a property “owner” is only allowed to maintain control and usage of his/her land, as long as they pay the government, then in reality you are a renter. There should be reform in the penalties associated with property taxes, a cap should be placed on increases and rates.

Public Education

I have spent the past 3 years as an educator in the public school system. During this time, I have learned a lot about the various ways in which young minds process information. It is a scientific fact that young minds naturally absorb knowledge and acquire skills that are pleasing to their self-declared happiness and prosperity. Today we spend more in the public education system and have only observed diminishing returns.

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), are actually well designed. However, the system for which they are to be implemented and tested makes it virtually impossible to foster an environment of creativity, necessary for young minds to truly learn. The modern civil rights issue of today is school choice. However, Texas, the number one state in the union for championing limited government, in regards to school choice, has not lived up to that title.Texans can shrink the gap and increase freedom in education through, charter schools, voucher programs, trades programs and technology based learning (Google Classroom, etc.). Education is not about the system, but student. Therefore, parents should be allowed to use their tax dollars for public school to go towards the cost of charter, private school enrollment or homeschooling.

Higher Education

Tuition should be regulated by the state legislature. The purpose of tuition deregulation was to create competition amongst public higher education institutions, that would have the end result of lowering cost. However, once this law was in effect, the rates and returns for students worsened. When regulatory power was handed to boards of regents, there was no longer a public system of accountability. While regulatory powers were in the hands of law makers, the voter was able to hold them accountable through elections. Public colleges and universities made this issue into a money grab rather than doing what they deemed best for students.

Family Values

The continues fight in the preservation of the first amendment, is of most importance when it comes to family and faith. Many of our traditional values are rooted in our faith in God, His son Jesus Christ and the way we express this faith. These two institutions have remained essential to our civil society. However, the constant attacks on these institutions have led to the erosion of our civil society. Therefore, I am fully committed to protecting the exercise of religious rights, and parental rights from tyrannical government agencies.

States’ Rights

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution expresses the idea of “federalism,” a system by which powers are divided between the federal government and the governments of the various states. The Tenth Amendment States in full: “The power 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.” One Framer in particular, James Madison (Madison), is the single most important person when it comes to our understanding of federalism reinforced by the Tenth Amendment. Madison crafted the Tenth Amendment for complete clarity on the matter of reserved powers. Madison understood, like many of the other Framers that power concentrated in central government would create an imbalance that could potentially lead to an unchecked all powerful branch of government.

Role of Government

The role of the government is to provide for the national defense. Moreover, secure individual liberty through checks and balances, within a system of federalism. In addition, provide order and justice through our court systems.

Budget

The structure of the budget process is essential to the health of the economy. Particularly, our budget should be crafted in a way that it attracts new businesses and promotes the expansion of existing businesses, through low, fair, and transparent taxes. The state of Texas, has remained the leading economic powerhouse of the nation in part, due to not having a state income tax. Moreover, these efforts can be furthered through reducing property taxes, property tax reform, and eliminating the franchise tax. The current strategic planning and budgeting system used by the Texas legislature has proven inefficient, as well as confusing for tax payers and legislatures. Therefore, the state should adopt a zero-based budgeting system, in part, to ensure more transparency, accountability and efficiency.

2nd Amendment

The right to defend one’s self is directly related to one’s right of self-ownership. Moreover, throughout history some of the greatest atrocities ever perpetrated by government, were preceded by the implementation of gun control laws. In Federalist Paper 28, Alexander Hamilton, explained the reasoning that gave rise to the II Amendment.
“If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair.”

“The right of the people to keep and bear Arms,” is essential to individual liberties. This is why I support “Constitutional Carry” and reciprocity of it across the states. License to carry laws, are nothing more than another tax on law abiding citizens. You should not have to purchase a license to exercise your God given constitutional rights.

Property Rights

The right to pursue and own property since the founding of these United States has always been essential parts of a free functioning civil society. An essential political philosopher which the Founders relied on was John Locke. In “The Second Treatise of Government,” Locke wrote: “[The government] cannot take from any man any part of his property without his own consent. For the preservation of property being the end of government, and that for which men enter into society it necessarily supposes and requires, that the people should have property, without which they must be suppos’d to lose that by entering into society, which was the end for which they entered into it, too gross an absurdity for any man to own.” The government has no right to what you have legally earned from the fruits of your labor, nor the property which you have legally inherited. The use of eminent domain by government and special interest systematically has been carried out unconstitutionally. Moreover, through government bureaucracies unconstitutionally restricting the property use of its owner, in kind diminishes the value of that property.

Toll Roads

The role of toll roads and public-private partnerships are, in theory, to construct highways in the safest and most efficient way for tax payers. The nation’s roads and highways are essential to commerce. These projects when successfully-structure can have a significant impact on the nation and the welfare of its citizens. There should be a balance among each parties (investors, developers, tax payers and government) interest. Unfortunately, here in Texas, we have seen toll roads that were promoted and sold to voters as a temporary fee become permanent taxes on drivers.

Convention of States

Many critics of the national government’s assumption of powers reserved for the states and “out of control spending,” believe that the U.S. citizenry can no longer depend on elected officials at the national level to rectify this conflict. There has been a nation-wide call for an Article V., convention of states. The legal grounds for an Article V., convention of states is expressly stated within the Constitution. As stated in Article V. of the Constitution, the amendment process can either begin in the U.S. Congress with a two-thirds majority of the members in both houses, or two-thirds of state legislatures which equates to thirty-four states.

It has been stated by many scholars that the complexity of amending the Constitution, was done purposely. This was done so that a majority could not come into office and easily change laws as to oppress the minority view. The amendment powers shared under Article V., were ones debated vibrantly by Framers Madison and Patrick Henry. Correspondingly, it was expressed that all power held by the national government was granted to it through ratification in the states. Therefore, this balance that existed and somewhat still exist within our form of federalism must be preserved.