(Patrick McNaught) – There is an important choice coming up in just two short months on the direction we wish to go as Republicans in the Nevada State Senate. We can keep supporting the incumbent politicians who got us into this mess….or we can fire them and elect new leaders who have private sector values and experience and know the struggles of every day Nevadans.
As Republicans, we have suffered through two consecutive, grueling election cycles. Democrats in Nevada beat us because we stopped being the Party of personal responsibility and economic freedom even though we campaigned as though we were. Our incumbent Republicans started caring more for the fiscal condition of the government bureaucracy and less about the condition of those who fund it — the Nevada taxpayers.
Voters don’t appreciate false promises or false hopes from their elected leaders. They have choices in elections and it usually comes down to a candidate who will cost you more and one who will save you more.
In the race for Nevada State Senate (Clark-12), I am the candidate who will save you more and my opponent, Joe Hardy, has and will continue costing you more.
Last week, I shared with you that during the height of this recession, during record unemployment, record home foreclosures and record business bankruptcies, Joe Hardy voted to increase our taxes so he could increase government spending above the revenues available to Carson City politicians. Throughout his years in political office, Joe Hardy has voted to increase taxes.
He voted for the largest tax increase in Nevada history and he supported the Gross Receipts Tax.
He increased taxes on our hotel rooms at a time we desperately need tourism dollars. We pay more every time we put gas in our cars and trucks because he voted for a tax increase.
He even increased taxes on our recreation activities, such as more taxes on registration fees for off-road vehicles.
For Joe Hardy, when will government ever have enough of our tax dollars to feed their appetite for spending?
I’m running for the Nevada State Senate to do three things:
(1) limit our state government’s ability to confiscate more money from private sector job-creators to fund a more expensive and expansive state government;
(2) prevent our state government from turning into a California-style nanny-state — which tries to legislate personal responsibility on working families; and
(3) give you and your business a real voice when it comes to the work being done in Carson City. After all, this is your government, you pay for it, and back-room deals should never occur — and under my watch, they won’t.
Further, I will provide real reform and choice to our education system — and not approve another multibillion dollar education budget unless it gives parents, students, and teachers improved schools and more accountability.
I will work to enact the recommendations of the bipartisan SAGE Commission, saving our state over $2 billion in funding by increasing efficiencies, reforming programs, and streamlining state government.
And finally, I will prevent our state from participating in unfunded federal mandates passed on by the Obama Administration, such as the Reid/Obama/Pelosi government takeover of health care — which will cost our state approximately $600 million in additional Medicaid funding.
My fellow Republicans, it’s time to put somebody in office who will look after you and your tax dollars and how they are spent in Carson City. Joe Hardy is the incumbent politician…but his voting record is expensive and disastrous for Nevada. It’s time for a change.
(Mr. McNaught is the conservative Republican candidate running for state Senate District 12)