The Second Amendment
The 2nd amendment to the U.S. Constitution is a long-cherished right of We The People. It explicitly states that the right of the people to both keep and bear arms shall NOT be infringed. Since this right is an individual right, the restrictions against infringement apply to our government- whether federal, state, or local. For too long this God-given right to self-defense has been infringed upon by all levels of government. This right needs to be protected rather than infringed upon, and it should start at the state level with our Legislature doing everything in their power to guarantee this right to the People of Oklahoma.
We need to make sure that our state has and maintains a balanced budget, including finances in reserve for the rainy day fund. This surplus fund should be kept only for emergencies, such as ice storms, tornados, etc. and not to finance special interest projects or any mismanaged items that should be included in the regular budgeting process.
While an education is guaranteed in the Oklahoma State Constitution, we need to take a more balanced and free-market approach to education, rather than a one-size-fits-all government solution. More of the money allocated for education needs to go directly to classrooms, and less of it should go to bureaucrats. We should also look at consolidation, charter schools, and other efforts to put our education funds to better use. And we need to allow parents to take on their rightful roles as head of the family unit to decide what form of education is best for their children and family as a whole.
As Albert Einstein famously said: “The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” We should work towards lowering and eliminating the state income tax to alleviate the people of Oklahoma from excessive taxation as we work to lower other taxes as well. Tulsa county is one of the most heavily taxed counties in the state of Oklahoma, and while that has a great deal to do with taxes passed by the county, cities, and school boards, there is also a burden created by state taxes on many of life’s essentials such as groceries and gas. The legislature should set the example for local governments to follow by lowering taxes for the whole state to better help the People of Oklahoma.
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution clearly states “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Our federal and state governments have both been implicit in allowing the depriving of life for millions of unborn children. The life of the unborn is precious, and our state Legislature should do everything within its power to protect that life and guarantee it the equal protection of our laws.
Our state government is the largest employer in the state of Oklahoma. While government serves specific functions, and employees are needed for those functions; government jobs do not add to or bolster the economy. Actually, government jobs simply cost us by taking money from the producing sections of our economy. With approximately 300 boards, authorities, trusts, and commissions in the state of Oklahoma, it is time we look at areas that we can cut costs and decrease the size of government across the board.