Rhode Island is in last place for almost everything and the state has been infiltrated by corrupt politicians. Crumbling bridges and potholes are the hallmark of Rhode Island roadways. Rather than fix our roadways the General Assembly wants to implement truck tolls which will only serve to impede interstate commerce and, in turn, put more burden on the people. All the while District Two has a Congressman whose claim to fame is changing the name of a post office.

Older Rhode Islanders say that they can't afford to live. There isn't enough affordable housing and their healthcare is inadequate and oftentimes unaffordable.

Veterans, who should be highly respected and cared for, find themselves among the thousands of homeless Rhode Islanders and, again, their healthcare is subprime.

Education for our children has degraded to the point that they are growing up only to join the homeless and impoverished.

There are not enough good paying jobs anymore; those persons with better education are moving to more prosperous states. Rhode Island needs a plan to keep the higher paying jobs in our state and allow our citizens to be able to work and live in their home state.

Fishermen used to be among the most prosperous in the Ocean State, but no more. Their livelihood has been regulated out from under them, and they are losing their homes and businesses.

Farmers were once able to grow enough food and livestock to produce wealth for their families and good healthy markets for the entire state. Now they are struggling to hold onto their land and barely make ends meet.

Small business owners in Rhode Island were the middle class. Where are they now?

The people of Rhode Island come first, not the politicians.

What can we do?

First, we need to keep the tax payer dollars here in our state. When I get elected we will take back the federal tax dollars and create real jobs for Rhode Islanders. If we had taken the approximately 90 million dollars that the people of Rhode Island will end up spending by the time the 38 Studios scandal is done, and distributed it to existing businesses in this state, we could have created new jobs and boosted the economy without getting hijacked.

Next, I will oppose Rhodeworks (i.e. truck tolls) and create a better solution. My solution will include greater transparency and accountability. Tax payer dollars that are spent on our highways should be closely scrutinized to be sure that money isn't being siphoned off by the fat cats in the state house. Contrary to popular belief, it really doesn't take 5 guys to dig a hole with one shovel.

It is my view that our political system has drifted away from the ideals that our nation and state were founded upon. In the preamble to the Constitution we find the purpose of government is “to promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity”. That statement serves to remind us and our leadership why this great nation was formed. We have a responsibility to ensure that all of our Constitutional liberties are maintained and protected for future generations.

As leaders, our elected officials must own the problems of the office they hold from the moment they are elected. We the people expect and demand solutions, not excuses, from our leadership. They are to be held accountable for the problems they willingly inherit, or create, until the issue is resolved in accordance with, and under the parameters set forth in, the Constitution.

It is my goal to bring solution oriented leadership into the Rhode Island 2nd congressional district. I am currently organizing committees of regular everyday people with expertise in several areas to advise me on the real issues with real solutions. I am neither left nor right. I am an Independent dedicated to solving problems intelligently, simply, directly, and constitutionally. I believe that party politics have only hurt our well being. This is why I'm inclusive and derive my strength from Rhode Island citizens, family, friends, and importantly, our veterans.

Being an elected official is a privilege, not a license to steal. I plan on working with state leaders to reduce spending in any way possible. I am strongly opposed to career politicians, both state and federal, who violate the trust of the good people of Rhode Island for their own personal gain. I will propose much stiffer penalties for such violations as I promote term limits.

The Constitution of The United States of America is “The Law of the Land.” It is not subject to interpretation or indifference by our elected officials. It provides the basis and supreme authority from which all governance is derived. It is only to be changed by the will of the people using the ratification process and not by Executive Order or by any particular party in power. The Bill of Rights shall not be infringed upon and shall be defended at all costs. Under no circumstance shall I support laws that infringe on the provisions of the Constitution of the United States of America.

America is in a major economic crisis with Rhode Island bringing up the rear. The people of Rhode Island deserve better. Jobs are the key to our recovery. By offering secondary education in the trades, we can re-energize the middle class and start building a stronger economy for our state. Since small business in Rhode Island accounts for 60% of the job market, stimulation and cooperation with existing small businesses, recognizing their needs, and solidifying their place in the economy, will help boost production in our state.

Since tax payer funded infrastructure repair projects will be key to a successful recovery, I will be working from the perspective of the free market, to make sure that contracts are properly awarded and completed. These projects will be prioritized to ensure proper oversight and avoid governmental fraud, use of tolls, waste and/or abuse, and to make sure we all get what we pay for. My plan is to work with Rhode Island Legislators to make sure this corruption never happens again.
I understand that the education of our youth is critical to our future as a nation. Federal mandates are a violation of the Tenth Amendment. The elected officials in the local communities are closest to the people. Federal mandates involving high stakes testing, teacher evaluations, including National Common Core State Standards, will be done away with.

Any decisions made with regards to education reform will not be made without input from teachers from across the nation, at the local levels. No one knows what needs to be done better than those in the classroom every day. I propose a committee of teachers in each state that will report to the boards of education. No Federal monies will be given to “for profit” charter schools or private schools, except in the form of tuition vouchers, allowing parents to have a choice. Furthermore, I favor abolishing the federal Department of Education and returning all education matters to the States.

I am a firm believer in the concept that charity begins at home. There are many challenges and injustices in our country and in our own state of Rhode Island. Let us identify these problems, determine the cause of them, and vow to implement simple, logical, cost effective, and far reaching solutions. We need to listen to our citizens, bring them comfort through jobs, training, education, exceptional roadways, affordable and comprehensive health care, and the simple needs of food, clothing, and shelter. Let us re-establish our farms and commercial fisheries and allow them to bring fresh quality produce to sustain our local communities as they once did.

Rhode Island should be an exemplary state to the rest of the country and I plan to make it that way.