Tom Garrett believes our District and Nation face three existential threats: Out of Control Spending, No Respect for the Rule of Law – specifically immigration law, and Terrorism.
Tom Garrett is the candidate who will fight Federal Government waste, Enforce our Federal Laws, E.N.D. Illegal Immigration, and identify and eliminate ISIS and other Islamic Extremists.
Moreover, Tom Garrett is the candidate who will protect all of your rights – free speech, freedom of religion, your right to keep and bear arms, your right to be free of Government spying, etc.
Read more specifics below.
Tom Garrett is a battle-tested State Senator, ready to take on Washington for you
Tom is not afraid to vote no on bad budgets, even those supported by Republican leadership here in Richmond. Last year he was the only vote against a budget that was too big, and used tax payer money to help the state compete directly against small business owners in the Commonwealth. Tom didn’t put up with it in Richmond, and he won’t put up with it in D.C. Tom will continue to do the right thing and vote for fiscal responsibility and less spending in Congress.
We should end subsidies of companies and industries that cannot survive on their own. If they have a product that provides a legitimate good or service that people want to benefit from, they will survive without any help from the taxpayers. Further, we’ve seen time and again how government attempting to pick the winners and loser only ends in disaster. Obama’s failed energy subsidies and billions in losses in tax payer dollars are evidence enough of that. No government program or czar can match the billions of individual everyday decisions made by our fellow citizens. Consumers are the finger on the pulse of every industry and product, and the free markets always drives innovation for better products that cost less, and are available to more people.
If we do these things, we can end the crisis on our Southern Border and protect American workers from lawbreakers undercutting our labor market.
No country can survive if it cannot control its borders. Tom favors tightening our laws and our borders to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into our country. He opposes amnesty for illegal aliens. Tom has led the fight in the General Assembly against illegal immigration and the use of taxpayer dollars to reward illegal immigrants who break our laws. Last year, Tom voted for SB 722, which prevents in-state tuition rates from being extended to illegals. This year, the GA passed Tom’s bill, SB 270, that strips funding from sanctuary cities.
“I will continue to oppose any benefits, incentives, short cuts, special programs, or any other action that rewards illegals for breaking the law and thumbing their noses at our nation, our citizens, and our laws.”
However, this doesn’t mean we cannot confront Radical Islam. We should use the British Model to control extremists in the Middle East. If the United States poses a greater threat to a Government’s existence than the radical elements, and the United States makes it clear we will depose those governments who either ignore or empower radical islamic terrorists, then those nations will be incentivised to keep the radicals in check themselves. We cannot be the world’s policemen, but we can deputize other governments in that fight.
“As a veteran who served in one of those foreign engagements which lacked a clear purpose,I have a unique perspective on what we are asking our fighting men and women to do when we send them overseas. We owe them a Declaration of War when we ask them to fight, a legitimate national defense situation, a defined enemy, a realistic plan for defeating that enemy, and a quick journey home once we have defeated that enemy.”
Tom doesn’t need to talk about what he will do; he can talk about what he has done. The 2nd Amendment says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”, and Tom has protected that right in the Virginia Senate. He was a co-patron for SB 48, a ‘constitutional carry’ bill, and he co-sponsored SB 610 to restore reciprocity for gun owners when they are out of state.
Tom has received top marks from the NRA and the VCDL, including the highest VCDL scores for any senator in Virginia for 2013, 2014, and 2015. “I have kept my promises to stand up for our gun rights as a State Senator, and I will continue to do so in Congress.”
The father of two children, Tom stands wants to provide the best possible education for our children, be it in public, private, or home school. That’s why Tom supports school choice, and why he thinks parents should have the final say in how their children are educated, not Richmond or Washington. Tom carried ‘Tebow Bill’ legislation in the General Assembly that allows parents who choose to homeschool their children the ability to receive the benefits of their tax dollars. Tom carried that legislation his first year in the senate, and this year SB 612 passed through both the House and the Senate, and is awaiting the Governor’s signature.
The Department of Education has presided over the long slow decline of our education system, and it is safe to say that we would be better off managing our education systems at the state and local level. Our children deserve better than to have edu-crats in D.C. micromanaging every aspect of their education. Tom will support efforts to reduce, roll-back, or eliminate the Department of Education and its onerous demands that get in the way of us determining what is best for our children and their educations.
There are few examples of government aggression and ineptitude like our federal regulatory agencies. Who needlessly and recklessly polluted an entire river system in Colorado? The EPA. Who needlessly persecutes farmers in the west on land that the federal government arguably should have no control over? The Bureau of Land Management Who wages armed raids on rural farmers guilty of selling raw milk? The USDA and the FDA. The list goes on and on.
Tom has a strong record fighting against regulatory over-reach, like the outrageous abuses perpetrated against farmers in Virginia like Martha Boneta. That why he has voted against onerous state regulations and sponsored the Farm & Food Freedom constitutional amendment here in Virginia to protect the right of farmers to sell directly to Virginia families.
If we simply unleash our energy companies to do what they do best, we will have an improved economy, more jobs, and lower energy costs.
Tom supports efforts to let Americans drill, dig and produce energy. He opposes any subsidies or tax credits for oil, gas, wind, or solar companies – to include ethanol subsidies. The government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers, and our previous engagements in these types of activities have led to higher prices, less consumer choices and lower productivity.
Tom won’t break yesterday’s promises and will make smarter and more sustainable promises moving forward.
Those who have paid into the system their whole lives cannot have the rug pulled out from under them. But we also cannot continue to make the same promises to the next generation of retirees, because the money is simply not there. We have to look at creative and fair solutions to solving these pressing crises. For one such example, see Student Security below.
Student Security is a revolutionary proposal by Tom Garrett to alleviate both the Student Debt Crisis and the impending insolvency of Social Security.
In short, the proposal allows for individuals who currently hold student loan debt to have $5-7,000 of that debt forgiven for every year that that student agrees to defer Social Security disbursements.
With the student debt burden in this nation approaching $1.5 Trillion dollars, if implemented properly, this program will immediately make Social Security solvent again. In addition, younger people will immediately have more capital to invest in homes, cars, and starting families which will be a tremendous boost to the economy.
Tom Garrett is adamant about not breaking promises already made, but instead changing future ones. This proposal will allow individuals to make a choice about what is best for themselves and their own financial future.