Candidates like to talk tough on the issues during a campaign. They make promises about stopping one thing or creating something else. The truth is that unless they give you details, they are either just pandering to get your vote or they just don’t have clue about what really needs to happen should they get elected to office.
Nathan is not only prepared to hit the ground running once elected, he is also willing to share the solutions he sees that need to be implemented to secure the future success and liberty of all Oklahomans. The following solutions will give you a brief look at what Nathan will work to achieve once elected.
Health Care Solutions (Obamacare)
The simple fact of the matter is that socialized medicine does not work, and this is especially true for those who have travelled and lived overseas and experienced it firsthand. Yet, our current President and his administration have made a great push to remake our medical field in his image through the ObamaCare legislation that was passed.
Across Oklahoma, and even across the nation, the topic of ObamaCare is the number one concern for most people – young and old alike. However, most people lay the blame solely at the feet of the democrats and President Obama. While it is true that they led the charge to force this upon us, most people do not realize that there are Republicans in the state of Oklahoma that have worked extensively with the Obama administration to enact ObamaCare in our state.
Back in 2010, the Oklahoma state legislature, led by several prominent Republican State Senators and House Members, created the Oklahoma Health Insurance Exchange Trust. The OHIET, as it is called, is the key to implementing ObamaCare in Oklahoma and these Republicans created it knowing fully what they were doing.
In fact, they knew there would be such a public outcry that they snuck it through in the last week of session. They even submitted it under the title of "Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Act" and included it amongst a crammed agenda so that We the People wouldn’t realize what they were doing.
President Obama even said in a recent interview that "even some of those (Republicans) who have filed suit, are behind the scenes working with us to prepare for a day when we have exchanges in these states."
While other candidates claim to be tough on the issue, I have been working with other grassroots leaders for over a year and leading the charge to stop ObamaCare and the OHIET in Oklahoma. As your next state senator, I have pledged to submit legislation repealing the Health Insurance Exchange to stop ObamaCare in its tracks before it gets forced upon the people of Oklahoma.
Many Oklahomans are worried about the economy and jobs. Government cannot create jobs, it can create a job-friendly environment however. In order to do so, we need less regulation, not more of it. We need less taxation instead of steadily increasing the tax burden.
Much political theater had been made about eliminating the Oklahoma state income tax. While those politicians in office have only been talking about it for the last three months, others have been looking at it and suggesting it for years.
In fact, of our current state budget, only 20-25% comes from income tax revenues. That same amount goes back out as income tax credits and repayments. This money is not going to fund our schools, roads, bridges, infrastructure, etc. By eliminating the state income tax it would bolster our economy in multiple ways.
First of all, we would have more money in our own pockets to invest and help our economy, or to spend and cause an increase in sales tax revenue without having to raise the tax rates! Secondly, it would create a huge job market for companies looking to relocate to more tax- friendly states, such as the eight other states with zero income tax.
Actually, Oklahoma would be the most enticing state to any company looking to relocate, because we would not have to increase our property taxes like Texas has done to make up for the lost income tax revenues. This is a win-win solution for Oklahoma that would boost our economy as well as our job market and would quickly make us a leading economic force in our nation.
Apart from the economy and jobs, the number one concern people in Oklahoma have is the future of our education system. While the Constitution of Oklahoma requires a free public education system and includes certain provisions for textbooks, for funding, etc., there are two major problems confronting our education system: mandates and budgets.
The federal government has become intrusive in our state education system. In fact, the U.S. Constitution has no provisions at all for the federal government to be involved in education, and Ronald Reagan had the abolishment of the Department of Education as a key plank in his policy platform.
Federal mandates, most of which are unfunded or underfunded, are tying our teachers hands and prohibiting them from being effective. Rather than teaching children how to think, learn, and reason, our teachers are being forced to teach our kids how to pass proficiency tests so that specific mandates are met.
Regarding our budgeting problem for schools, teachers and parents agree that we have too much administrative costs. By consolidating superintendents for some of the rural districts, we could save millions of dollars per year that could be redirected to our classrooms and for increases in teachers’ salaries. In Oklahoma, we currently have three times as many school districts as the state of Colorado, even though we only have 3/4 the population they have.
Our children deserve better. Our teachers deserve better. We can no longer let our education system dilapidate at the expense of future generations. It can be fixed, but we need strong leadership willing to propose the necessary changes to best benefit our state and our students.