Where I Stand
David Coatney believes the role of the United States is to lead by example; not by enforcement. Playing the role of international police has created more problems than it has solved, drained our taxpayers, cost countless American lives, left foreign countries in shambles, and created animosity abroad.
We should put an end to foreign entanglements and endless wars. This includes a withdraw of both troops and foreign aid. Our troops should be utilized to defend our own country, and the financial resources currently used for foreign aid should be reallocated to support them during AND after their time of service.
The United States has the most expensive healthcare in the world. There’s much talk in today’s political landscape about “who should pay” for healthcare, but the real issue is why it is so costly in the first place.
Stifling government regulations, MedMal insurance premiums, costly supplies, lack of competition, and laws that favor Big Pharma have all played a major role. Getting government out of the way and creating more competition will allow the free market to improve the quality of care while driving down costs. I firmly believe that Patent Protection laws should be re-addressed to allow more competition in pharmaceuticals.
We need a compassionate immigration system that celebrates our history and diversity while creating a sensible path to citizenship for those already living in this country. Our national identity should always remain a “welcoming society” that embraces those who come seeking a better life.
With that said, the current system of legal immigration needs to be reformed. As the husband of an immigrant who worked hard to become an American citizen, I have witnessed the inefficiencies of the immigration system firsthand. Redundancies, bottlenecks, excessive bureaucracy, long waits, and high costs don’t exactly incentivize the legal route. Simplifying the current immigration channels to make the process more reasonable and accessible would fix a lot of our immigration problems.
If at first you don’t succeed, try try again… and again… and again. OR we can finally acknowledge that doing the same thing the same way hasn’t worked out for us. The war on drugs has been an abysmal failure from the start. Prohibition doesn’t have the strongest track record in this country. It creates a burden on taxpayers, floods our prison system, creates black markets which have led to higher crime rates, and doesn’t hinder usage.
I support promptly decriminalizing drugs and exonerating non-violent prisoners currently serving time for minor drug offenses. In addition, marijuana should be legalized at the federal level. As for other drugs, I support a model similar to Portugal’s drug policy, which has helped reduce usage.
As a small business owner, I understand the struggles associated with running your own business. Even the government’s best attempts often make it more difficult for small businesses to succeed. Regulation stifles innovation and high taxes get in the way of growth.
Many business owners are coming out of a period of government prohibiting them from operating for months on end, just to now have the threat of increased payroll and increased corporate taxes looming over them. The big dogs are always used as examples for justifying said increases, while the effects on small businesses are completely ignored. As usual, Mom & Pop are thrown under the bus. As a supporter of the Fair Tax, I will push to eliminate corporate and payroll taxes.
Whether it’s your children’s education, whom you choose to marry, your reproductive rights, how you defend yourself, or decisions regarding your own health, my view is going to be consistent. It is NOT the government’s job to tell you how to live your life. I support legalizing victimless crimes and trust “the people” to make the choices and decisions that are best suited for their own lifestyles so long as it doesn’t forcibly infringe on the rights of others.