Issues

Thomas Massie On The Issues

Jobs & The Economy

America’s sluggish economy and persistently high unemployment are due to our government’s massive debt,  over regulation of our businesses, and a  tax system that punishes achievement.  I am opposed to bailouts, corporate subsidies, undeclared wars, and so called stimulus spending — on economic, moral, and constitutional grounds. (Read More)

Debt

The federal government’s $15.36 trillion national debt now exceeds our nation’s Gross Domestic Product.  This lunacy must stop.  Private industries regularly balance their budgets by implementing real spending cuts.  The federal government should hold themselves to the same standard.

Energy

Energy independence should be a top priority for America.  Achieving domestic energy independence will strengthen our national security by reducing our dependence on hostile nations.  I will support all domestic sources of energy as long as they can compete in the free market without subsidies. (Read More)

Tax Reform

Taxes are too high and too complicated.  My wife and I have three engineering degrees from MIT and we can’t do our own taxes!  As the founder of a company, I understand how the tax code throttles the development of new businesses.  Our tax system needs to promote economic growth, not punish it.  I will support legislation to achieve a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that is helpful, not harmful, to domestic job creation and economic recovery. (Read More)

Second Amendment

I will work vigorously to defend the rights of gun owners.  The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not principally about hunting or recreation.  In fact, the Second Amendment to our Constitution is our Founding Fathers’ restatement of our natural God given right to defend life, liberty, and property. (Read More)

Pro-Life

I believe that life begins at conception.  I will vote against government funding of abortion services and will vote to defund Planned Parenthood. I believe no public money should ever be spent on abortion procedures, abortion pills, or embryonic stem cell research. (Read More)

Corporate Welfare

Corporate welfare must end.  Companies should compete in the free market without government picking winners and losers. (Read More)

Earmarks

I believe transparency and merit should replace backroom deals and political favoritism in the federal budgeting process.  Whether named earmarks, line items, tax breaks, or appropriations for special projects or markets, they should be completely transparent. If an appropriation of our federal tax dollars can’t survive public scrutiny, then remove it. (Read More)

Education

I support eliminating the federal Department of Education and returning K-12 funding and curricula to the states.  Schools should be locally managed and accountable.  Parents have the right to chose among all educational opportunities for their children, including home schooling, public schools, and private schools. (Read More)

Term Limits

I support mandatory term limits of twelve years for the House of Representatives (six terms of two years) and twelve years for the Senate (two terms of six years).  Our founding fathers never envisioned the out of-touch career politicians of today, or the extent to which incumbents would use the influence of their positions to remain in office. (Read More)

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