Biden's inflation spike here in the US has impacted your family and your budget. Inflation has hit the highest level in 40 years, and I'm sure you've noticed that gas is once again on the rise.
To maintain monetary freedom, Texans must push back on Biden's intent to create a federal Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The CBDC threatens every Texan's financial privacy and implements police state controls on your money.
Monetary freedom can be accomplished with legislation that allows Texans the right to use currency of their choice, create transactional gold and silver as legal tender issued by the Texas Bullion Depository, and adopt a resolution declaring the State of Texas' opposition to Central Bank Digital Currency.
I support your monetary freedom, and my opponent does not.
Snowstorm Yuri shut the entire state of Texas down and left many without electricity for over a week. Summer heat strains our electric grid. You and I both know that Texas cannot afford to have our grid go down.
To protect the grid, I support Bob Hall's long-term efforts to harden the grid. I also support ensuring that we insist on reliable and consistent sources of power, such as coal, natural gas, and nuclear power. Outages do not discriminate - they affect all Texans. They'll certainly affect your family and your budget.
One would think these common sense concerns would make this easy legislation to pass. However, Texas legislators have tried unsuccessfully for five sessions to mandate hardening the grid. Whether it's an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), solar disturbance, extreme weather, or terrorist attacks, protecting Texas power generation is just smart. NASA has predicted there is a 1 in 12 chance of a solar event capable of destroying our grid over the next decade. These threats are real and urgent, and the Texas legislature must not delay for the sake of 30 million Texans.
I support protecting and hardening our Texas power grid, and my opponent does not.
Environmental Social Governance (ESG) scores threaten to cancel everyday Texans from banking, insurance, and one's freedom to travel. As more companies - from banking to entertainment to transportation to retail - give in to social pressures from the Left, we Texans must push back against this real threat before more areas of our lives are overtaken.
Some financial companies have indicated they will boycott oil and gas companies. We must prohibit such companies from doing business with Texas or its subdivisions.
We must stop Texas public employee pensions from investing in companies that further social, political, or ideological interests. Whether it's a public pension system or your private retirement savings, we must do all we can to keep profits in mind, and not a social agenda. We must stop Texas university funds from divesting away from oil and gas companies. Texas was built on oil and gas after all. In so many ways, our Texas economic strength begins with oil and gas.
Have you heard my opponent talk about this threat to you? No, you haven't. But I am, and I will fight for legislation that protects your investments and what's best for Texas.
At the beginning of our country, John Jay said, "Americans are the first people whom Heaven has favored with an opportunity of deliberating upon and choosing the forms of government under which they should live." We the People have the right to have our voices heard and decide who will represent us - without interference or fraud. We must protect this right and not take it for granted.
Bob Hall has looked into electronic voting and finds that it doesn't give us the guarantee that our election process has the necessary accountability to ensure fairness and accuracy.
I'm glad that the felony penalty was restored to election law this session, however, there is still work to do. Texas needs legislation that would implement an independent state-level prosecution of election integrity as well as other laws that are being violated and not enforced. It is also imperative to close our primary elections in order to ensure that Republicans choose their nominees, and not Democrats. We must return to paper ballot voting with hand counts and broad oversight.
Samuel Adams called voting "one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country." We must not give up our right to elect our government leaders.
I support these measures. My opponent is silent.
Simply put, in a session where the budget grew to record heights - $62.5 billion more than just two years ago - giving you a fraction of relief won't tip the balance in your favor when there is record spending. Your valuations will go up because government only has one source of "revenue" - and that's you. Every bit of record spending will be paid by you.
The property tax relief passed fell short of truly delivering the biggest property tax cut possible. Any surplus is overpayment by you. Every penny of surplus / overpayment should have gone back to taxpayers.
Of the $18 billion of property tax relief, $5.3 billion is actually old M&O compression that has been dedicated in the past. The true amount of property tax relief is only $12.7 billion. To date the largest property tax cut in Texas history was in 2008 with $14.2 billion in new property tax relief was provided to Texas taxpayers. The current property tax cut does not account for the record inflation we endure.
Property tax is immoral. No government entity should be able to remove your home from you. Property must be eliminated in order for Texans to truly own their homes.
I strongly support the elimination of property taxes. My opponent does not.
Our open border threatens every Texan. Because of the infiltration of the cartels, fentanyl, and human trafficking, every town in Texas is a border town. No community is safe from the horrible costs of our open border.
Government was instituted to provide protection of our life and property. You deserve to be protected. But the Biden administration allows foreign forces to attack Texas every day. Texas must act.
My opponent failed to support Matt Schaefer's HB 20 legislation, which would have created a Border Protection Unit and would have curtailed fentanyl and human trafficked to a trickle of what it is today. It failed to pass. I would have wholeheartedly supported and fought for that bill.
Thomas Jefferson stated, "laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes....such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
No bureaucrat anywhere has a right to tell you how you can defend yourself, your family, or your property.
The Second Amendment in the Constitution guarantees that Congress cannot step between you and your guns.
In Texas, Constitutional carry passed, which states that we have the right to keep and bear arms.
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety," said Benjamin Franklin. It is imperative for Texans to remain vigilant so our God-given right to self-defense will never be infringed.
You deserve a representative who will step between you and a bureaucracy that wants to remove your guns from you. We don't have one. That's why I ask for your vote.