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Texas House District 135

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of his/her district in the US House of Representatives.

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    Paul Bilyeu

  • Gary Elkins

  • Jon E. Rosenthal

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Biographical Information

What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

Age 51
Education High School Naval Nuclear Power Training Program
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Constantly increasing government. We continue to throw more and more government at our problems. It is time for us to realize, giving our elected representatives more power only exacerbates the issues we face and will continue to do so. The answer is always less government, less taxation, less regulation, less licensing, and more freedom. Anything worth having, people will voluntarily pay for. It does not require forcibly taking money from Texans through various forms of taxation with property tax being the most egregious.

I have three pledges if elected. Pledges that neither of my opponents will make. 1. I pledge I will never vote to increase or create new taxes. 2, I pledge I will never vote to increase the size, scope or role of government. 3. I pledge I will never vote to increase spending.

I will resign my seat immediately in the House if I ever violate one of those pledges.

The solution is always less government, not more.
In simple terms, all education in Texas should be privatized. 1. I propose we abolish article 7 of the Texas Constitution which calls for government to provide free public education. 2. I propose we abolish property taxes in Texas over the period of 7 years. 3. During that 7 year period, parents and communities need to determine how to fund their children's education and not some government bureaucracy. 4. Free market solutions would be created to replace our antiquated system of government run education. New modern methods of teaching will be created. Innovation and free markets will create outstanding options for parents of every income level.

Will this be easy? No, it will not. It was also not easy to put a man on the moon in less than 9 years, yet it was done. I am 100% confident that the people of Texas can figure this one out and, as a result, have a free market education system that is the envy of the world.
The second amendment does not grant me the right to own a firearm. I, as a human being on this planet, have that inherent right regardless of the constitution. As long as I do not threaten the life, liberty or property of another, I should be able to acquire and use firearms. Period. End of story. Both sides of this debate are filled with hate and vitriol and I, for one, am weary of it. The reality here is that the ONLY people affected by additional gun legislation are the people who are already following the law. Violent people find the means to do violent things without regards to any law enacted. To think that is not true is dishonest. Murder is illegal yet people use any number of methods to commit this crime. In answer to this question, The WORLD has a problem with violence in general. Not just America. I would like the option to be able to protect myself and my family by any means necessary from that world when it comes knocking.
The government should have no role in health care or health insurance. It is government that created this mess dating back to World War II. Skyrocketing health care costs are the direct result of government interference in this market. Once again, government should remove itself from this equation. Eliminate mandates for employer provided insurance. End any and all legislation that either purposefully or inadvertently picks winners and losers in the market.

Go back to a true free market health care system without any government control, regulation or mandates. Not only on health care but also on the prescription drug industry. Employers would be free to provide health care for their employees, or not. The free market would create affordable solutions that would lower health care and prescription costs almost immediately. From that, the Medicare/Medicaid deficit would evaporate in a few years.
1. Eliminate the incentives or "freebies" that draw people, both legally and illegally, to Texas. 2. Eliminate barriers to small business by eliminating laws and regulations that put undue burden on small business owners. Allowing people who do migrate to Texas the ability to easily open up their own business without fear from government "overlords". This will allow them to immediately contribute to the Texas economy instead of drawing from it. 3. Eliminate political and corporate cronyism where elected officials pick winners and losers in the market. They do this by creating corporate welfare, or regulations, taxes or other items that limit or kill small business competition with larger corporations. Make no mistake, large corporations love laws and regulations. They have the infrastructure to manage that while small business does not.

True free markets will make the rapid growth problem a non issue. In fact, the Texas economy would grow at an astonishing rate.
The border and immigration problem can be solved pretty easily. 1. End the failed drug war. Legalize marijuana in the State of Texas. Allow people to grow and distribute marijuana and hemp here in the state. This would immediately reduce much of the cartel violence that exists along our borders as well as create an entire economic boom for the Texas economy. 2. As noted above, eliminate the incentives that draw people here in the first place. I truly believe doing those two things would eliminate 90% of our border and security issues. For the remaining 10%, allow Texans to secure their own borders. This does not require any walls or any laws. Private property owners can manage this. Finally, push the Federal Government to create a simple and fast naturalization policy for people who really wish to be here and are not here to do harm. Simple fact, the United States Constitution does NOT govern immigration only naturalization. Immigration is the responsibility of the border state
My family was a hardworking, no nonsense group. Helped others and received help in return. I am running for those same reasons. While some of the ideas I have discussed above may be hard for people to wrap their mind around, I truly believe that government is our problem and not our solution. Elect me, and I fully intend to leave you alone so all of us can prosper.
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