After watching this race develop for a while, I've decided to endorse State Senator Mick Mulvaney for Congress against John Spratt. Here are the issues that I base my endorsement of Mulvaney on:
1. The Role of Government: Mulvaney is a believer in the Constitution, limited government, and that the government’s primary duty is to protect our personal freedoms so that we can do our best as individuals. He also believes that the best balance comes in recognizing and honoring the limitations on the federal government and the importance of the people and the states set forth in the Constitution.
2. Spending: We got into this financial catastrophe by spending money we didn’t have. Washington's solution is to spend more money that we don’t have. It would seem crazy in any place beside Washington, but it is. Mulvaney like most other Americans believe that the Government needs to end the spending and live on a budget.
3. Jobs: Mulvaney believes that to have employees, we need employers. Simply demanding jobs does not solve the problem. We need to eliminate the capital gains tax, lower tax rates on business, and cut income tax rates. The best thing that the federal government can do to create jobs is to get out of the way and let the American people known as private enterprise and the free market do what they do best, which is to create, innovate, produce, and hire.
4. Health Care: Lets face it, America needs Health Care Reform, but more Government is not the answer. Mulvaney believes that the solution can be found in more personal control and free market competition, less government intervention, and some common-sense reforms. This means private purchase and ownership of policies, interstate competition, an end to the anti-trust exemption for insurance companies, and a crackdown on frivolous malpractice lawsuits.
5. Bailouts: Mulvaney believes that failure is as much a part of our capitalist system as success. In fact, business failures are often instrumental in tremendous innovation and improvement. These bailouts have only favored those with strong political connections. GM was stolen from private bondholders and given to unions. The Wall Street bailouts rewarded those who were “too big too fail” and big enough to have considerable pull in Washington. Smaller, regional and local banks which had run on a budget, but didn’t have the same influence, ended up with more regulation, higher taxes, and lost opportunities.
6. Transparency: Mulvaney knows that people need to have confidence that the system works, and that laws are applied evenly and fairly to all. The best way to do this is to simply let people know what is going on with their own government, which would include an Audit of the Fed.
7. Cap & Trade: Mulvaney believes that energy independence, green technology, and innovation are something we need to pursue as a nation. We should not seek to accomplish that by taxing people based on questionable science. Neither should we ignore domestic energy resources such as coal, natural gas, and oil because of baseless claims regarding global warming. He also believes that making it easier to drill for and use domestic resources, build nuclear power plants, and develop new technologies is the best way to end the current energy regime, which essentially has us empowering governments and groups that are very clearly anti-American.
8. Sanctity of Life: Mulvaney believes that life begins at conception. For him, this is more than a political ideal. It is what he's seen first hand with his triplets. Seeing it from his point of view, being pro-life is not about politics, it is about the life of an innocent child.
9. Term Limits: Before he became a Legislator, Mulvaney opposed term limits. He believed that the ballot box was the ultimate term limiter and high turnover among accountable, elected officials would give more power to unelected bureaucrats. After 3 years, he supports term limits after watching lawmakers pick the voters, instead of voters picking the lawmakers. He sees that the ballot box has lost much of its power, and the bureaucrats are powerful anyway, simply given the size of government.