Free Market Sustainability

When government takes your tax money and hands it to corporations to grow the economy, our economy becomes unfair and unsustainable. Growth has to pay for itself in order to be sustainable. The demands on roads, water, energy, schools, and other infrastructure and resources need to be paid for. It should not be Texas taxpayers providing corporate welfare through the Enterprise Fund and other such government schemes. It should be the free market offering the choice to businesses and developers to invest and pay for the impact of growth. Growth should occur when a free market balance between demand and supply makes it sustainable for the economy, the environment, and the population. As Governor I would seek to eliminate policies that favor large corporations over small businesses and bring true free market approaches to the Texas economy.

Liberate Marijuana

Locking up people for marijuana production, possession, and use has resulted in a diversion of law enforcement resources into victimless crimes and an exploding prison population.  We do not need federal intrusion from Washington to dictate how we govern Texas. As Governor I want law enforcement to be focused on crimes where people do harm to others. By allowing peaceful people to live their lives in liberty we create a more peaceful world. I would use the power of the office to oppose federal intrusion, including the possibility of nullifying unconstitutional actions through the appropriate means.

Oppose Trump’s Wall

Immigration is a legitimate national concern and issue, but building a border wall is a Texas issue. The over 1200 miles of the Rio Grande which forms the natural Texas border with Mexico is a treasure of natural beauty which should not be spoiled with a wall. Are we willing to give up our sovereign right to free access of the Rio Grande depriving Texans from thousands of acres of fertile farmland, park land and the gorgeous scenery, in exchange for a wall? It is important that the Governor of Texas represents Texas and property owners along the Rio Grande when Trump threatens to violate our rights and create an atmosphere of hostility with Mexico. I object to the ineffective and costly building of a wall across Texas.

My resistance to the wall should not be viewed as an indifference towards immigration. Although I support the flow of people, commerce, capital and ideas, I firmly support our sovereign right to determine our country’s entry points and control over the entry into our country of foreign nationals who pose a realistic threat to security, health or property. This includes barring entry and deporting individuals who pose such a threat as a result of histories of crimes against persons and property.

As Governor, I will use the powers of the office to represent the interests of Texas in dealing with federal impact on our state and to foster and maintain good relations with Mexico.