“The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. The term “American Dream” was coined by James Truslow Adams in 1931, saying that “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.” Gary Grasso

THE GARY GRASSO PLATFORM

ELECTION INTEGRITY

“Fair and honest elections are a pillar of free and democratic societies. I support voter identification requirements and believe we should strengthen our elections so Americans can always be confident in the outcomes.”

ENERGY INDEPENDENCE

“The United States must pursue energy independence. The Biden Administration’s decision to end the Keystone Pipeline has made our nation less self-reliant with our energy needs. It is unacceptable that politicians in Washington handcuff domestic energy producers, including our nation’s vital oil-and-gas sector while propping up rogue regimes around the globe as we purchase oil and gas from them. We are blessed here in the United States with incredible energy resources, and we should expand our domestic energy production.”

SUPPORTING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN BLUE

“I firmly oppose defunding the police. Crime rates are accelerating around the country as a direct effect of those trying to defund the police. The police must have clear, reasonable standards that allow them to do their important job, and laws such as qualified immunity must remain in place to protect officers when doing their job to protect us from criminals. Those very few officers who violate the standards must be held accountable.”

MILITARY SPENDING

“Our nation must maintain a strong, state-of-the-art military. We should not be involved militarily in other countries’ affairs unless alliances call for us to participate. Nonetheless, we should be ready to provide support to wartime and humanitarian emergencies that affect our national interests.”

 

VETERANS

“Our veterans always deserve our unwavering support. They certainly deserve a quality healthcare system befitting their service. Our veterans’ hospitals must be reformed and upgraded so our veterans can always count on the quality of care they will receive.”

TAXES

“I believe in capitalism and a free-market system. I support lower taxes for the poor and middle class. We must get rid of special-interest tax breaks. The tax cuts from 2017 ushered in a new era of prosperity, while also raising more revenue, and we should make those cuts permanent.”

ABORTION

“I will champion policies that defend the dignity of human life. I will also oppose taxpayer financing of abortions and will never vote to send a single federal tax dollar to support organizations that perform abortions.”

IMMIGRATION

“The Biden Administration has created chaos at the border, ignoring our immigration laws. Our nation's immigration laws must be enforced. We must secure our borders, particularly with Mexico. For children who were brought here illegally, we should provide a pathway to citizenship for each of them.”

SOCIAL WELFARE REFORM

“I have always understood that the role of government is to protect those who are truly vulnerable — to break the cycle of vulnerability — not to sustain it. Welfare should accompany some sort of work – in the community, learning a trade. Empowering work-capable individuals to participate in the workforce is the best assistance we can provide.”

FOSTERING JOB GROWTH

“For too long, bureaucratic regulations have hampered economic growth. We must pursue a regulatory system that prioritizes American job creation and economic growth, while also protecting the environment.”

EDUCATION

“Education is the foundation upon which the American Dream becomes attainable. A quality education must be within every family’s reach. We should strive to have equal access to education. School choice initiatives have proven to be one of the ways to allow parents to make the best academic decisions for their families.”

 

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