"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Edmund Burke
Spending We need to live within our means and balance the budget. The culture of pork-barrel earmark spending must be brought to an end. Every discretionary project should be thoroughly analyzed, prioritized, debated and voted on in plain public view. Every new government program should have an end date.
Taxes Congress should make the 2003 tax relief permanent. This simple action will prevent a substantial tax increase for most Americans in 2011. The marriage penalty and death tax should be abolished once and for all.
Health Care Government-sponsored health care and the associated bureaucracy and mandates is not the answer. Instead, we should reinvigorate the private, direct-pay health insurance market and allow consumers to purchase insurance across state lines. We need to eliminate frivolous lawsuits to free our physicians from the ever increasing malpractice insurance premiums that drive them to stop practicing.
The Tax Code The current Tax Code is a disgrace. We should replace it with a Flat Tax that taxes all income only once, at the source, at a single low rate. Individuals would receive generous personal and dependency allowances and companies would be able to immediately expense equipment purchases. Millions of families would be removed from the tax rolls and the remainder would be able to compute their taxes within minutes. The savings in compliance costs would be enormous. The reduction in the corporate tax rate would promote domestic investment and keep jobs here in America.
Energy Energy is an economic, national security and environmental issue. We should adopt a comprehensive energy policy that includes increased drilling for domestic oil, as well as clean-burning coal, nuclear, solar, wind and geothermal power.
Reason for Seeking Public Office:
Ed Matthews is running for Congress because the current one is not doing its job. Congress has (1) blocked significant new oil exploration and production in the U.S. (which would bring down gas prices); (2) continued wasteful government spending); (3) failed to make the 2001 and 2003 tax relief permanent (which will mean that a family of four earning $60,000 will pay $1,800 more in federal income tax after 2010); (4) failed to implement market-based health care insurance reforms; and (5) failed to simplify the tax code. Matthews also was shocked that the Fourth District incumbent co-sponsored legislation which would eliminate a worker?s right to a secret ballot in union organizing elections. Matthews has invited the incumbent to debate these critical issues on several occasions, but she has refused to do so. Voters deserve to hear directly from those who are running for office, as campaigns are too important to rely on catchy sound bites or slick campaign ads.