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What I Believe by Bill Flores (GOP nominee, TX-17)

I believe America is an exceptional nation, a beacon of hope and freedom for the rest of the world.

I believe the men and women who have served or are serving in our Armed Forces have preserved freedom for the rest of us, and we must always ensure they and their families are cared for. We will always be indebted to our military men and women for their devotion and sacrifice on behalf of our nation.

I believe the American dream is available to every person who is willing to work for it.

I believe that only in America could a boy born to a modest family in the Texas Panhandle, begin working with his father at age nine, put himself through Texas A&M University, and through an excellent public education, be able to run successful American businesses.

Fundamentally, I believe in limited government, protecting our social values, and adherence to the Constitution.

I believe we are a nation founded on Christian principles and that we should not shy away from our foundational beliefs in God.

I believe in peace through strength, and that our nation has an unmatched history of spreading freedom and supporting democracy around the world.

I believe energy security is imperative, both for economic growth and for national security. I also believe that we must increase American energy production, increase nuclear energy use for electricity generation, encourage energy conservation, and expand the use of renewable energy resources as they are technologically ready and economically attractive.

I believe individuals spend their own money better than the government.

I believe low taxes and fair regulation of employers is the best way to grow the private sector economy.

I believe the best social program ever created is a private sector job – these jobs provide families with housing, food, and education, they grow the local tax base, they end reliance on government assistance, and they contribute to growing our nation’s economic opportunities.

I believe record deficits and an overwhelming national debt are a significant threat to our economy and to the futures of our children and grandchildren.

I believe Congress should pass a budget, every year, just as our families and businesses do. If Congress is unable, or unwilling, to pass budgets that are balanced, they should have their pay cut for not doing the job they were elected to do.

I believe that education is best handled at the local level, which is most accountable and closest to the people.

I believe in term limits because we must return to the Founding Fathers’ notion of citizens serving their constituents for a short time, then returning to live under the laws they wrote.

I believe every life is precious and has a soul that must be protected under the law.

I believe marriage is between one man and one woman.

I believe the Second Amendment is a fundamental right guaranteed to all Americans.

I believe we face greater challenges as a nation today than at any time in recent history, and we must act now to stop the damage that has been done. If we do this, we will be able to restore America’s promise, prosperity and security for future generations.

If you believe as I do, will you join our team?

I hope you will consider making a generous investment or joining our $17 for 17 campaign so I may fight for these beliefs in Congress.

With Great Respect,

Bill Flores

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