So here is the final piece of my list of things I believe, feel, and think about politics as determined in part by being a father of a 17 and 2 year olds. And in case anyone has forgotten by now where the original inspiration for this came from, see also this link here: http://www.people-press.org/2015/01/15/publics-policy-priorities-reflect-changing-conditions-at-home-and-abroad/
Scientific research – I support more… research funding is what helps keep us competitive in a fast-paced global market, it’s what keeps us safe by developing new and better ways to defend our country and our data. It can help end energy independence and improve our environment and so many other things. This should be a no-brainer to me. This should be a higher priority in our country today in my opinion.
Global warming – It’s happening, get over it. Whether it is directly caused by human activity or not, we are impacting it and can and should do more to help the issue. As with the clean air and clean water acts, why would we NOT want to do this? I believe it what I think is a simple philosophy… “Leave things nicer than you found them.”
Environment – See also my philosophy above. If we want to have places to go hiking, biking, riding ATV’s, fishing, hunting, etc we need to protect and manage our natural resources. That doesn’t mean wall them off forever and a day, but it also doesn’t mean handling them like they will be around forever or that there are no consequences to what actions we take. I want my children to see Buffalo, Elephants, Tigers (oh my!) and other creatures in something besides a story-book. I want my grand-children (and not even just mine) to be able to enjoy the outdoors without worrying about how bad the air is, or whether they will see trees die out in their lifetime. In that respect the Lorax by Dr. Seuss had a huge impact on my developing psyche. And so did Teddy Roosevelt (just in case you thought my philosophy stopped at age 8).