My wife, Mylene, and I are lifelong Oregonians whose ancestors were some of the first to come west and settle in the Oregon Country in the 1840s. Unlike our son, who graduated in 2012 from Wake Forest University, we’re both graduates of the University of Oregon. I have a degree in journalism, and she has a degree in business. Together we’ve been small business owners in the Columbia Gorge since 1986, where I grew up and we’ve made our home.
That small business experience and our involvement in various community organizations over the years—from Rotary and Soroptimist clubs to the local hospital and a community bank board—has proven very valuable as I try to bring common sense to government at all levels. When you sign the front of a payroll check and risk everything you have to grow a small business, you understand what it takes to create jobs. I’ve applied this experience to my work back in Congress.
As an Eagle Scout, I’ve applied the principle of “leaving your campsite better than you found it” to my work in public service. It’s why I’ve worked hard to protect our farm and ranch economy, pass legislation to improve management of our forests, and create new high tech jobs by expanding broadband to rural areas.
It’s also why I’ve long supported limiting the scope and cost of the federal government. It’s wrong to continue racking up trillion dollar annual deficits and handing off the bill to the next generation. We need a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution to protect taxpayers of every generation from irresponsible politicians back in Washington, D.C.
We don’t have deficits because Americans are taxed too little. We have deficits because Washington spends too much. It’s time for government to tighten its belt and balance its budget just like families do every month, and we had to do as small business owners.
And we need to reduce the red tape of government that’s unnecessary and costs us jobs. The current administration has more than 3,000 regulations in the pipeline, mostly written by bureaucrats who don’t listen to us. We don’t need more costly and unnecessary regulations; we need commonsense reforms that reduce the size, scope, and cost of the federal government. It’s time to restore some balance by requiring Congressional approval of major rules before they take effect.
Meanwhile, we must continue to strongly support our veterans and active duty military. We owe our freedom to them. I’ll continue to stand up for those who have stood up for us and our way of life.
There isn’t a problem we can’t fix if we work together to get the job done. And our country has never needed that “get it done” attitude more than now.
Let’s get America working again. I’d appreciate your support in this effort.