I believe in the individual, and I believe government’s role is to provide for the equality of opportunity for all individuals. In the Preamble of the Constitution, the people of our United States sought to secure the ‘Blessings of Liberty.’ This was a reflection of a core foundational belief that liberty and freedom are granted from our Creator to the individual, and individuals then in turn determine what authority to give to government.
The greatest threat to our national security is our own government’s continued deficit spending that, if left unchecked, will one day undermine our nation’s status as the world’s superpower. The greatest path to prosperity, to job creation, and to economic growth is by creating a free economy that empowers individuals and communities. When this President took office, the national debt was approximately $10 trillion, representing roughly 220 years of spending during the life of our Republic. When this President leaves office, his Administration and the Congress will leave us with a cumulative national debt of roughly $20 trillion, doubling in eight years what took 220 years to accumulate. In our lifetime, mandatory government spending on interest on the debt and our entitlement programs will likely consume every dollar the U.S. Treasury receives from the people, leaving only continued deficit spending to fund the basic functions of government – from defense to veterans, to transportation and infrastructure, to energy and the environment. I believe, as Thomas Jefferson did, that we as a nation are morally bound to pay our debts during the life of the majority and not burden future generations with debt created by ours. I support a balanced budget amendment.
We are the greatest nation on earth because of the sacrifice of those who have served and those who continue to serve in our Armed Forces. Our nation is safer today because of our men and women in uniform who have taken the defense of liberty to our enemies and protected us here at home. We must preserve our military strength, and we must ensure that our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, including those serving in the Guard & Reserves, are equipped with the most advanced tools and technologies necessary to execute their mission and return home safely. We also must advance a foreign policy that protects the strength of the United States of America, and ends the pattern of this Administration negotiating away our leverage. We must stand by our allies who fight with us against terrorist cells around the globe, and allies like Israel who advance stability and freedom in increasingly unstable regions.
As a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, I will work with fellow committee members to oversee and support legislation to improve our infrastructure and transportation networks to help create jobs and grow our businesses.
Pinellas County and the Bay area are blessed to be home to the ‘national security triangle’ – a combination of active duty military and Coast Guard installations, veterans and industry. We must fight to maintain our local and regional military installations upon which so many jobs rely, and we must protect and grow the strong presence of defense, manufacturing and high technology jobs that ultimately provide for the security for our nation.
I am proud to serve on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and will work to advance legislation and proposals that will help ensure our veterans have the support they need and deserve here at home. We must honor and protect every last promise and obligation that is owed to those who have served. There are few higher callings of our government. I believe in Abraham Lincoln's words that we must always strive “to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” We are blessed in Pinellas County to have such a remarkable population of veterans. We owe it to them to provide the resources necessary, at Bay Pines VA Medical Center and at other regional facilities, to address systemic issues of case backlogs and continue to work for a more efficient claims process. We must protect the Department of Veterans Affairs budget and work toward a budget process that provides increasing stability in the budget process upon which the VA can then more effectively deploy resources and personnel.
Obamacare has hurt Pinellas families and businesses, driving up premium prices for many, leading to cancelled policies for many, and burdening small businesses with additional costs that ultimately deter future hiring and reduce jobs in our community. It should be repealed now, and then Congress and the Administration should begin to consider private sector solutions that address very specific problems in the health insurance industry. A government take-over of approximately 1/6 of our nation's economy is the wrong answer, and ultimately one that will reduce the quality of care for everyone. Government has never shown an ability to improve service and reduce costs; only the private sector can achieve that.
I believe life begins at conception and that we should encourage a culture that values life – from the unborn, to the young child abandoned by their parents, to the senior residing alone in a nursing facility.
I support the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
We need to secure our borders. To discuss comprehensive immigration reform while we continue to have a porous border where more people can continue to enter our country illegally ultimately ignores the very basic principle that people in our country illegally should not be given special treatment over those who have been patiently waiting in their country of origin to enter our country legally.
On week two on the job, I introduced the Flood Insurance Premium Parity Act to resolve the unequal treatment of different properties under the Biggert-Waters Act by extending the recent reforms of the federal flood insurance program to business properties and owner-occupied second homes. This would provide owners of such properties with the same relief already provided to residential properties and single-family homes. The Biggert-Waters Act is bad law now and will still be bad law four years from now. While we are making progress in providing real economic relief for Pinellas home and property owners, Congress should consider implementing a more comprehensive National Natural Disaster Insurance Program that more fairly aggregates and assesses both the risk and the cost of events across the country for regions routinely impacted by floods, fires, earthquakes, tornadoes, ice and other natural disasters.
David Jolly has spent his entire career working on behalf of the people of Pinellas County, advancing and supporting community interests in the United States Congress and serving in multiple civic and community leadership roles here at home. He is a candidate with unparalleled Congressional experience, including serving Pinellas County residents as General Counsel to the late Congressman Bill Young during some of Washington’s most challenging times.
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