Our great country was founded with the belief that the strength of this country lies with the spirit and determination of the American people, not the federal government.
Trey Radel understands that because he has worked in the private sector his entire career, as both an employer and employee. Trey knows what it’s like to cut a paycheck and earn a paycheck.
Washington insiders and career politicians—both Republican and Democrat—have raised our national debt to astronomical levels, creating a burden on your children and grandchildren that Trey feels a duty to resist.
Trey is a proud conservative Republican and wants to return our party to what makes it great – lower taxes, less government and more freedom. After all, Trey believes conservative values aren’t just Republican values, they are American values. He wants to ensure that the voices of ordinary people in Southwest Florida are heard loud and clear in Washington D.C.
Trey’s Top 3 Priorities
Trey is the only true conservative in this race and understands what the people of Southwest Florida want from their government—as little as possible. As a local businessman and private citizen that lives in Southwest Florida, Trey understands the needs and concerns of our area.
Foster an environment for job creation.
To Trey, the solutions to our problems are not easy, but simple: cut spending, and get government out of the way.
Before, we can deal with spending, Trey believes we need to grow our economy. Business owners, both small and large, will tell you they spend far too much time working for the federal government, and not themselves. Whether it is a complicated tax code or dealing with heavy-handed government regulations, our government today inhibits business. Any business owner will tell you that at any given time, they have to pay people to deal with one thing and one thing only – federal regulation. This is inexcusable.
Trey believes that we need to return to what made this country great: free people and free enterprise. We need to allow manufacturers to thrive, and both Democrats and Republicans need to quit choosing winners and losers.
Pay down the national debt.
Having run a business, Trey believes that there is a simple economic rule that Washington needs to abide by: don’t spend more money than you take in. Both Republicans and Democrats have been far too comfortable mortgaging away our children’s future. Trey wants to put a stop to this now. Trey believes we need to make massive cuts to the federal budget, end pork-barrel spending, and eliminate wasteful and repetitive programs and agencies.
Trey would go through the federal budget line by line, and for each item of spending, ask whether or not the American taxpayer really needs to foot the bill for this project. If not, the program is gone. In the process, we can fulfill the promise we made to the greatest generation and protect social security and Medicare.
One last thing: unlike some of his opponents, Trey believes the only way to reduce our deficit is to cut spending—tax increases are off the table. It’s a spending problem, not a revenue problem.
Repeal Obamacare and End Other Job-Killing Regulations
Our country has prided itself on freedom and liberty. Regulations like Obamacare not only place severe restrictions on our freedom and choice but also threaten the economic livelihood of this country. Obamacare in particular essentially forces individuals to buy a private product just because they are American. This is another example of the government excessively interfering in the lives of private citizens. This law is not only costly, but will also cause great inefficiencies in the medical industry, and have negative ripples throughout the economy. On Trey’s first day in office, Trey would offer a bill to repeal all parts Obamacare (regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision).
In addition, Trey will also fight against any additional regulations will inhibit job creation and the free growth of our economy. Businesses need less red tape and more freedom of choice. Trey can lead this country back to its core values of liberty and prosperity.
Additional Policy Stances
Trey believes that we must protect the Second Amendment. “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms” is fundamental.
LEGAL Immigrants have helped build this country and make it what it is, but we must secure the border. Trey supports a step by step approach to immigration reform centered around securing our border.
Trey believes in the free market. He believes that we should utilize the natural resources we have in this country to ensure that America is no longer dependent on foreign oil. Trey also supports the Keystone Pipeline.
Trey believes the tax code is broken and too complicated. It needs to be simplified and made certain for a stable business environment. Unlike some of his opponents, Trey has also signed the Americans For Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which is a common sense commitment to keep tax hikes off the table.
In addition to cutting taxes, Trey also believes in cutting spending, and limiting taxpayer funds to projects that are truly critical—unlike the high-speed rail line that President Obama and one of his opponents have championed. You read that right. Trey’s opponents were supporters of Obama’s High Speed Rail. No longer can we spend what we do not have.
Medicare & Social Security
We must protect Medicare and social security. We need to protect the generation that protected us.
All parts of Obamacare must be repealed and defunded. In addition, we must open up health insurance so it can function across state lines.
Trey would like to restore education at the local level. He wants to return our education tax-dollars home to allow local communities to make decisions that make sense for their schools. After all, we know what’s best for our kids, not Washington.