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The inalienable right to keep and bear arms is not only essential to a free society, but it is the guardian of every other right. To view the full Bill of Rights go here, as Eli Olson believes educated citizens are the corner stone to a free & happy populous.
Today, hundreds of thousands of our fighting men and women have been stretched thin all across the globe in over 135 countries – often without a clear mission, any sense of what defines victory, or the knowledge of when they’ll be permanently reunited with their families.
Acting as the world’s policeman and nation-building weakens our country, puts our troops in harm’s way, and sends precious resources to other nations in the midst of an historic economic crisis.
Taxpayers are forced to spend billions of dollars each year to protect the borders of other countries, while Washington refuses to deal with our own border security needs.
Congress has been rendered virtually irrelevant in foreign policy decisions and regularly cedes authority to an executive branch that refuses to be held accountable for its actions.
Far from defeating the enemy, our current policies provide incentive for more to take up arms against us.
Same Sex Marriage
I cannot in good conscience support the marriage amendment to the United States Constitution, because of the dangers to liberty and traditional values posed by the unexpected consequences of amending the Constitution will strip power from the states and the people and further empower Washington.
I plan to enact the Marriage Protection Act and protect each state's right not to be forced to recognize a same sex marriage.
Ironically, liberal social engineers who wish to use federal government power to redefine marriage will be able to point to the constitutional marriage amendment as proof that the definition of marriage is indeed a federal matter! I am unwilling either to cede to federal courts the authority to redefine marriage, or to deny a state's ability to preserve the traditional definition of marriage. Instead, I believe it is time for Congress and state legislatures to reassert their authority by refusing to enforce judicial usurpation's of power.
Marriage is a church function, it's not a state function, I don't think you need a license to get married
Pro-life or Pro-choice?
I am Pro-life. But perhaps I should explain my position. I believe that NO one should be forced to pay for something they so strongly disagree with. i.e. Planned Parenthood. Any government funding or taxes essentially that goes to an organization such as that, is criminal and unjust. That will not be tolerated by me in congress. This was the hardest decision I have ever had to make. I (as a man) had to decide when a woman's rights ends and when a child's begins. I can assure you this kept me up at all hours of the night and still does. The unfortunate issue is I will never know what its like, to have to make a decision like that, and yet I still have to decide on whether or not it is legal.
Taxes & Economy
The power to tax is the power to destroy, which is why Eli Olson will never support higher taxes.
Our national debt is currently over $15 trillion, with the government spending nearly $2 trillion more per year than it collects. The American people should not have to pay for Washington’s reckless and out-of-control appetite for debt.
High taxes stifle innovation, prevent saving, destroy production, crush the middle class and the poor, and discourage investment. Every American is entitled to the fruits of his labor, especially during these tough economic times.
Lowering taxes will leave you more money to take care of yourself and your family, and it will allow businesses greater opportunities to hire new workers, increase current salaries, and expand their companies.
Eli Olson believes in legislation to let Americans claim more tax credits and deductions, including on educational costs, alternative energy vehicles, and health care. He also believes it is immoral to tax senior citizens twice by requiring them to include Social Security benefits in their gross income at tax time. A first step to eliminating that requirement would be to repeal the 1993 increase in taxes on Social Security benefits. Then we must abolish that tax entirely.
The answer to spending and debt is to return to a constitutionally limited government that protects liberty – not one that keeps robbing Peter to pay Paul.