Sen. Harry Reid (Dem., Nevada) is reported to have said: "Now I know there are some who say, Well, that's not within the Constitution, but there are lots of things not in the Constitution that we do all the time." This is a ridiculous statement coming from a U.S. Senator. His statement is a good example of why more people like me need to be elected to the U.S. Senate!1. REDUCE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT Reduce the size of the federal government to it's proper role under the Constitution, thereby eliminating the need for the income tax. To that end as Ohio's U.S. Senator I would:
- encourage constitutional debate in the nation by engaging in constitutional debate in Congress, as urged by the House Constitutional Caucus during the 104th Congress;
- insist that the Senate enact nothing without first consulting the Constitution for proper authority and then debating that on the floor of the Senate;
- move toward restoring constitutional government by carefully returning power wrongly taken over the years from the states and the people;
2. ESTABLISH RATIONALITY TOWARD DRUG ABUSE The "drug war" is not working. We are spending billions of dollars, arresting and jailing millions of people, as military style police units trample on the Bill of Rights of the Constitution in pursuing the "enemy" -- people who many times have committed no harm against anyone else's life, liberty or property. Certainly we all know that abuse of drugs can destroy lives, but we must stop a failed policy that currently benefits primarily politicians, bureaucrats and criminals.If elected to the Senate I will do everything within my power to eliminate the need for a "Drug War" by establishing a more rational policy for our country in dealing with drug abuse. See: Drug War3. TERM LIMITS With the elimination of the income tax the "special interests" in Washington will fade away and Congress will get back to a citizen legislature rather than a place run by career politicians. I want my election to the U.S. Senate to be a signal to the rest of the country that America wants a Congress that is run by citizen legislators made up from a broad cross section of the population rather than a disproportionate number of lawyers.Also, as Ohio's Senator I would work to pass and send to the states for their approval a constitutional amendment limiting senators to two terms in office and representatives to three terms, in order to return the legislature to citizen legislators. (See Term Limits)
- reject the nomination of judicial candidates who do not appreciate that the Constitution is a document of delegated, enumerated, and thus limited powers.