Rebuilding the Economy and Creating Jobs in the U.S. Virgin Islands

 

We are the party of a growing economy that gives everyone a chance in life, an opportunity to learn, work, and realize the prosperity freedom makes possible. Government cannot create prosperity, though government can limit or destroy it. Prosperity is the product of self-discipline, enterprise, saving and investment by individuals, but it is not an end in itself. Prosperity provides the means by which citizens and their families can maintain their independence from government, raise their children by their own values, practice their faith, and build communities of cooperation and mutual respect. It is also the foundation for our nation’s global leadership, for it is the vigor of our economy which makes possible our military strength and our national security.

Pundits and Democrats tell us that we should accept the new normal of a slow-growing economy. The consequences are too dire to ever accept that: President Obama and his party will set a record of being the first modern president ever to leave office without a single calendar year of three percent economic growth. As a result, the number of Americans living in poverty has increased by 7 million, our nation’s economy has lost nearly $8 trillion of cumulative output average recovery, and the economic growth shortfall has left a cumulative real after-tax per person personal income shortfall of nearly $17,000 compared with an average recovery.

Under President Obama and the Democrats, new private-sector jobs are three million below where they should have been with just average modern post-recession growth. Our labor force participation rate has plunged to at or below 63 percent for far too long, lows last seen two generations ago before President Reagan was elected in 1980. Business closures have exceeded business startups throughout the Obama Presidency. Strong growth, more jobs, increasing incomes, and expanding opportunity are all in short supply under President Obama and the Democrats. We repudiate the absurd idea this is the best America can do. The American people rejected that nonsense the last time it was offered, in the historic election of 1980, and we ask them to join us now to again repudiate the false gospel of America’s diminishment and retreat. We offer instead our vision of an opportunity society based on the economics of inclusion.

 

 

Health Care

Adequate healthcare should be accessible to every VIRGIN ISLANDER; special consideration must be given to healthcare proposals before they become territorial law. I am committed to opposing the legislative nightmare that is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is imperative that we keep that disaster from arriving on our shores. I will fight to ensure people's lives are placed before the politics already associated with the most intrusive legislation in history until it can be overturned or overhauled.

Veterans

Our veterans pledged their life to uphold our Constitution and sacrificed life and limb to afford us safety and freedom in our homeland. We owe them a debt of gratitude. As a veteran, I have firsthand experience with the maze of obstacles veterans endure in silence. My fellow veterans, service members and I have defended our country in war zones such as Kosovo, Iraq and most recently Afghanistan. We need to keep our promise to veterans, we owe our veterans everything, let us not place them at the back of the line.

Security

Keeping visitors and residents of the Virgin Islands safe requires strong and well equipped first responders, firefighters, police officers and national guardsmen. Our first responders have courageously put the Virgin Islands before self, we need to make sure that they are well prepared for the task at hand. 

Poverty

The best anti-poverty program is a strong family and a good job, so our focus should be on getting people out of poverty by lifting up all people and helping them find work.

Jobs

VIRGIN ISLANDERS, all of us, should have the freedom to decide how much we can save for our future financial freedom because it is so important that our families be able to make ends meet today and into the future. We can accomplish this goal and create more jobs & income by removing the shackles and regulations of government. Our future retirement and our children's educations should remain solely in our hands instead of bureaucrats deciding how much we pay in taxes. By achieving financial freedom, we can secure our children's futures and ensure that they have more opportunities.

Economy

As a conservative, I understand the critical need facing local businesses, the importance of a low tax base, and the benefits of economic diversity. I will fight against uncontrolled government growth, against reactive tax increases, and propose economic initiatives and solutions to diversify the economy, attract new businesses, and put VIRGIN ISLANDERS to work. 

Energy

We should strive to make the Virgin Islands energy independent by encouraging investment in domestic energy initiatives, which subsequently lowers operating prices, and creates jobs for our people.

Budget

We need to pass a Balanced Budget Bill where there is specific language pertaining to oversight and accountability which governs the spending of appropriated funds, we must make government more efficient, and leave the next generation with opportunity, not debt.

Immigration

We need an immigration system that secures our borders, upholds the law, and boosts our economy. I was born in Antigua and Barbuda and migrated to the U.S. Virgin Islands at a young age, thus achieving more success than I ever dreamed was possible. The system we currently have is not working for our national security or our economy. I am a firm believer that every individual should be afforded the opportunity to improve their lives in America; however, we are a nation of laws and those who seek admittance to our great nation must do so legally. 

Education

Every child should have an equal opportunity to get a great education; no parent should be forced to send their child to a failing school. I was fortunate to have attended the St. Croix Central High School where I learned valuable leadership skills in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Program (JROTC), which inspired me to pursue a career serving our country in the U.S. military. I furthered my education at the American Military University where I majored in Intelligence Studies with a concentration in Counterintelligence.

Values

We are Virgin Islanders, we are a people who value the traditions of family, life, religious liberty, community and hard work. Let us never forget what it is that makes us Virgin Islanders.

 

 

 

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