Individually directed employment-based group health savings accounts for everyone. Eliminating the insurance profiteers.
Promoting natural resource stewardship and responsibility.
Advocating for new transportation solutions.
Responses to the Idaho Press Tribune's Voter Guide
Education 1 year college, doctorates in jerry rigging and farm fixin.
Occupation and relevant work experience Road builder, infrastructure and construction supervisor, former business owner, wildland firefighter, (on bulldozer) Alaskan native trainer, dirt superintendent of private and federal projects. Miner. Veteran of hard physical labor. Operating engineer. Mechanic remote location construction specialist. Truck driver, sewer repairman, ditch digger. Swamp drainer. Hazardous waste hauler. Political nonsense detector.
Past political experience and campaigns 5 years Republican precinct committeeman, withdrawn city council race 2009. (To avoid splitting the Republican vote)
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances. Yes, personal credit cards mixed with seasonal layoff and low wages long ago, 2004, related to the first failure of my excavation business.
Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? (Traffic citations not included). If yes, what were the convictions and the circumstances? Yes I forgot about a speeding ticket and had to turn myself in for contempt of court. 2005?
Why are you running for this office? I I am running for office to help other people at all times. It is my duty to be My Brother's Keeper, not the government's, and I have several plans and programs in mind to help my fellow man and remove that responsibility from the government I know what the real issues are confronting district 16 because I live with them and deal with them everyday. These are: the collapse of affordable medical care and insurance. Infrastructure and roads, affordable housing, helping the homeless and less fortunate, maintaining Garden City employment and economic drivers.
What are your top three priorities if elected? Open free market openly priced health care through individually directed Group Health Savings Account based on employer risk pools and using currently wasted workman's comp insurance funds and health insurance funds as the basis for the group health savings accounts. I would require open pricing at all medical facilities for all services so that the patient can choose an economically sensible course of action for their health 2. Affordable housing: Garden City is currently being redeveloped into a River Resort Community eliminating trailers and other affordable means of living close to your job. The city of Boise is beginning to allow taller buildings on smaller spaces but we need to have a more open zoning law within city limits and a more closed zoning law outside of city limits to help decrease urban sprawl and traffic. This would help to increase Urban density and thus affordability and help to reduce traffic. We need more appartments and trailers In the district
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)? My opponent is a moderate Democrat with good intentions. As a member of the minority however the people of district 16 have no effective voice for the major issues in our district, he tends to parrot National Democrat talking points rather than adress the major local issues. He is a lawyer and doesn't understand what it's like to have to labor for every dollar you earn. In other words he likes to visit the people in the district and empathize, not really been working class ever. I live in the Obamacare gap, I know unemployment, food stamps, WIC, chronic illness, home insecurity, Working your body to death (Hot and cold), hospital Charity, total thrift, etc. I know what a blessing it is to personally help the homeless and what a failure paying the government taxes and expecting them to do it is. I have a program for total state and local and business tax relief for people who "adopt"and mentor (including taking to AA meetings etc.) homeless people. I'm an expert infrastructure builder.
QUESTIONS ON EDUCATION
Should Idaho create a state fund to support the construction of new K-12 schools? I support local Bond elections as the primary basis for school construction. There may be some case-by-case basis for the state to bring matching funds or additional funds in rural areas but a general slush fund would be easy picking for inefficiency.
Should Idaho reduce the threshold for voter approval of local bonds from a two-thirds majority? No, except in the case of the Nampa jail bond😁 (hey Nampa you can't grow by half and leave your jail 1/3 the size it needs to be) The two-thirds threshold causes more efficiency and forces the government to prove an absolute need rather than just filling a wish list like the Boise school district does with all its new Bond elections
Is Idaho sufficiently funding its higher-ed institutions? Well the economy is doing well. We are doing a good job of increasing pay for teachers. So we do not compete dollar-for-dollar for wages with other states. we do have education outcomes which are far above National averages despite what the local Democrat propaganda machine mindlessly parrots about being 48th in non measurable education statistics. state colleges are doing well their enrollments up their tuitions are up and they're building budgets are up.
Does Idaho have an obligation to provide any funding for pre-K education? The current federal government Head Start program seems to do a sufficient job in assisting especially the low-income and at-risk Pre-K children. Ultimately children who's parent don't spend much time with them pre-k end up needing more attention. I would do everything I could to make Idaho's economy burning hot with jobs so that wages would increase more to help more families survive with one parent working while children are in those very early formative years.
QUESTIONS ON TAXES AND FUNDING:
Should Idaho create a state fund to support public transportation? No, public transportation systems would only benefit the cities in which they would be located and a general fund would put a tax on the people who do not benefit from it. Those cities which feel that they should create a public transit system should ask the voters for a bond to establish it.
Should state law be changed to allow Idaho cities and counties to institute a local option sales tax in order to pay for public safety projects, such as courtroom improvements or jail construction? No the current system of bond elections by 2/3 majority seems to work when it is absolutely necessary. The potential scarcity of funds helps to cause a higher motivation for efficiency of existing resources when the bar is that high.
Do you support a repeal of Idaho’s state grocery tax? Yes. We are already making up potential shorfalls if it is repealed with the internet sales tax and with overall economic growth.
QUESTIONS ON BALLOT INITIATIVES
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to expand Medicaid? I will be voting against it due to the national debt, however in my own life I have seen the benefits of Medicaid and as a short-term fix it may be necessary until I can pass my group health savings account program which would be privately operated and funded. The vast majority of Idaho citizens and their families would be covered as long as they are employed. Insurance companies would be eliminated, think of it as a state-level Medishare program this would be part of my plan to restore free market forces to the healthcare industry with minimal government meddling and maximum benefit for Idaho citizens. This would have a massive effect on overall health care costs with an open price and payment system. With this system prices would become affordable and most current Medicaid families would be able to afford openly priced service providers as a cash buyer. the behind closed doors socialized insurance monopoly price-fixing system we currently have would go away. I have proof!
Would you respect the will of the voters should Idahoans elect to bring historical horse race betting back to Idaho? Yes. I would respect the will of the voters, 285 jobs were lost when the racetrack was closed in my district. I believe Garden City needs all the economic drivers it can have. I would also look for better ways for the track to earn money than straight gambling with machines. Personally having been raised in Nevada I have seen the pitfalls of slot machines and would work on developing a program of creating retirement funds for winners rather than direct payoff thereby helping to reduce the addiction which can be caused by an immediate endorphin hit from winning a slot machine.
QUESTIONS ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE:
Should Idaho remove the exemption protecting practitioners of faith healing from prosecution following the death of a child? This is a catch-22 either you believe in the right to life or freedom of religion I believe that a blanket statement of this question on this subject would not apply because each case would have its own specifics which would need to be reviewed by true experts in the field and a judge. Hiding child abuse might be a side effect of blindly allowing this freedom of religion.
Does Idaho need to change its cannabis laws, be it through decriminalization or legalization for medical or recreational use? When marijuana should be used it should be used by a licensed medical doctor in a pharmacological setting with specific dosages for a proven benefit on legitimate medical problems such as decreasing pain for cancer patients while increasing appetite. No marijuana should be administered by smoking it ever. Sentencing for Street illegal marijuana should be reduced however the public health concerns with brain development and social costs should increase the fines extensively for random non-medically authorized use and possession.
Would you support legislation prohibiting gun ownership for two years for persons convicted of domestic violence? I would support psychiatric evaluation of domestic violence convicts paid for by the convict for up to 10 years depending on the degree to which the convict displays normal relationship behavior and immediate restoration of 2nd Amendment rights given a brief period of normal behavior.
The Idaho Board of Correction is requesting $500 million for a prison expansion. Do you support this expansion, why or why not? I support prison and sentencing reform in general the rate of recidivism is too high and the prisoners should have a lot of opportunity for further education and programs to bring them back into society without the societal stigma of having been a felon.
Idaho’s justice reinvestment committee is exploring changes to drug sentencing law in Idaho as a tool for reducing the state’s prison population. What do you think should be done in the area of drug sentencing laws? I sat as a jury forman on a mandatory minimum methamphetamine case, by the time the case came to trial there was no addiction and the woman had a 16 month old baby, however she had to spend the next 3 years in prison While others who were involved seem to have gotten away with dealing drugs the sentence was far too harsh given the circumstances and I have opposed mandatory minimums ever since
QUESTIONS ON WAGES, DISCLOSURE:
Does Idaho need to raise the minimum wage above $7.25 an hour? The market wage is already above 7.25 an hour in places where there is a high demand for labor meddling with a market wage tends to reduce employment or displace it to more rural states or counties
Would you support legislation requiring personal financial disclosure for statewide candidates in Idaho? No, campaign disclosure is a sufficient check. Besides who really cares how broke I am.
Responses to the Idaho Statesman Voter Guide LENGTH OF ANSWERS WAS LIMITED.
1. What education and experience has prepared you to be an Idaho Senator? I'll be the only Senator with a real job (except farmers) I earn my pay with sweat. Rather than be represented by legislative lawyers, I choose to represent myself. Most people in my district, Garden City, are blue-collar like myself. I'm a failed business owner (recession) 5th gen idahoan (so what) five daughters 2 Grands my wife's ball and chain 28 years. I AM NOT A LAWYER! Miner, firefighter, precinct committeeman, BSA vol I give to individuals in need Tough as nails and alot uglier
2. What would you like to accomplish as an Idaho Legislator? Paradigm shift! Liberals think government can fix problems. Conservatives think problems fix themselves with opportunity and work. Only individuals can fix the major problems in society, giving oneself to serve another especially time, food, shelter, money, jobs, networks, etc. makes Idaho better. Giving money to the gov. or Church to help people does not absolve one of their individual responsibility to be the helper. I would create individual assistance coordination programs with tax break
3. In your view, what budget areas does Idaho over-fund? Under-fund? Not fund at all (and should fund)? Underfund: roads, mental illness awareness including addiction treatment and long-term care taking. Overfunds: engineering departments and supervisory staff bureaucratic process. Crony capitalism with tax loopholes. Should fund: a middle school hunter safety class requiring Marksmanship with a Constitution test perhaps helping to instill a little more patriotism and constitutional appreciation in the impressionable minds.
4. Is there an issue that the 2018 Legislature did not address that it should have addressed? The blind eye that big Industries have bought in the legislature to their employment of undocumented workers. This worker Gap could be filled by bringing more vetted refugees to Idaho to fill the gap. I understand the worth of the individual and do not stereotype the illegal immigrant, having worked with many. The market is desperate for labor and immigration hurdles are insane I would support a state visa sponsorship program to help everybody make this whole mess easier and more streamlined.
5. Do you support bipartisan collaboration in the Legislature? If so, how should it be facilitated? No, I support complete crushing of the rights of any minority party. Seriously what kind of question is this? Everyone can work together some people get head strong or heartbroken. I am a construction supervisor who has worked all over the west with all types of people. As a superintendent and consultant I know how to make people work together with me. Eventually everyone does what I want and they like doing it even when they hate me at first. Legislators will start looking busy when I walk in
6. What do you see as the three largest concerns facing the 2019 legislature? I only care about my district. The three largest concerns in my district are: Affordable housing especially as it relates to the redevelopment of Garden City into some kind of River Resort Village. Healthcare. The third party payer system of health insurance needs to be destroyed so that the free market can set rates without the middleman and conglomerates blowing up the free market. Imagine a Statewide Medishare program group HSAs Tax relief for the elderly, many fixed income people need it.
7. Do you believe that historical/instant horse racing machines should be made legal in Idaho? Why This is a ballot initiative, the will of the people should not be thwarted by the legislature. Whether it's the stock market, bingo halls, the lottery a race track or casinos it's still gambling. Garden City jobs need the vitality of the horse industry, I hope to see those jobs for years to come in my district. Gambling can become addictive and have social cost that the state ends up paying for. The people will decide this not I. I'd like all winnings deferred into gamblers retirement accts;-)
8. Would you act to fund Medicaid expansion if it is approved by the voters in the General Election? Why The primary problem with the healthcare system is insurance companies and providers colluding monopolistically destroying free market choices. I would propose a bill 2 establish individually directed employment-based group health savings accounts to replace the insurance system. Open pricing would be mandated and individuals would be allowed to choose the best medical service to fit their needs at the best price points. It's not too complicated it would cut the need for Medicaid generally.
9. What solution(s) would you propose to our overcrowded prison problem? End mandatory sentencing minimums, build more prisons if they are truly needed, never move prisoners out of state to me that constitutes a cruel and unusual punishment. Institute mandatory education and reform programs to end recidivism. Encourage family members to join support groups to help released prisoners get the support they need to stay out of prison. Crime is down why is the incarceration rate going up?...private prison companies create demand for it.