“Yes” Means Something

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

I appreciate our Founders’ legislative process. This process was created to make lawmaking deliberate. It ought not be easy to pass laws. I have been entrusted with your governing authority. I must be most scrupulous with this honor. The longer I serve, the more I realize that this position must be exercised in the fear of God and in the solemn reverence of you taxpaying employers. 

My “yes” vote means something. My “yes” means:

• upholding the Constitution;

• reckoning a truly balanced Budget;

• paying off our public debt;

 • meeting our obligations to our:

 -education system,

 -transportation system,

 -security infrastructure, such as         law-enforcement, corrections, and military,

-our promises to our veterans and seniors;

• handling tax dollars prudently and properly to fund our primary roles of government, and returning tax dollars back to our taxpayers. 

I’m a “yes” to these priorities and I am a “no” to everything else that detracts or deviates from these priorities. I was elected in 2012 to support these prior principles. I was not elected to continue “politics as usual.”  And, this is what my record proves for all eight years of my service to you. 

Furthermore, I believe each lawmaker is entrusted to strictly scrutinize all proposed bills.  Here is a list of questions I apply to all bills:

--What are my constituents saying?

--Does it conflict with the US and Missouri Constitutions?

--Does it contain more than one subject? (Which, would violate Missouri Constitution, Article 3, sections 21 and 23)

--Does it conflict with our balanced Budget?

--Does it conflict with our broad-based tax cuts?

—Does it increase government spending? 

--Does it create a new tax or fee, or expand a current tax or fee?

--Does it take away resources from our prior primary obligations; public debt, education, transportation, security, etc.?

--Does it expand government or limit government?

--Does it create or add unnecessary government interference?

--Does it create new state full-time employees or expand private/corporate contracting?

--Does it infringe on individual liberty or property rights?

--Does it interfere with local control or create an unfunded mandate?

--Does it yield more control to the federal government?

--Does it support conservative, common sense legislation?

--Does it strengthen our pro-life/pro-gun/pro-traditional family/limited government platform?

--Does it rein in bad government? (Federal, state, local) 

--Is this applied to all or is it showing favoritism?

--What are the details of the bill? Details matter. 

--What is the morality or the philosophy of the bill?

--What are the unintended consequences? 

--Can a solution be achieved without the state legislature?

—Do I comprehend the bill? 

--Is it necessary and proper? (the clause cited in Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution)

“I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There’s a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”--Ronald Reagan 

“The Law--it has honored us, let us honor it.”--inscription on the Missouri Supreme Court Building, facing the State Capitol.