Where Carl DeMaio Stands on All Key Issues
Border Security & Illegal Immigration
Carl DeMaio has authored a five-point plan to secure the border and combat the growing crisis of illegal immigration. First, we must fully secure the border by building a wall/fencing/barriers and other infrastructure to help Border Patrol Agents do their jobs effectively. Second, we must reform our immigration and asylum laws so we can empower our Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to do their jobs effectively. Third, we must end Sanctuary Cities and taxpayer-funded welfare benefits for illegal immigrants – and withhold federal funds from any state or local government that fails to cooperate. Fourth, we must fully enforce the E-Verify program to reduce unlawful employment of illegal immigrants. Fifth, we must end “chain migration” and instead use a merit-based selection process to vet and welcome legal immigrants and skilled guest workers. America is a nation of immigrants – and must be a nation of laws.
Jobs & Small Business
Carl DeMaio’s philosophy is simple: if you are willing to work hard, the American Dream should be yours. Unfortunately, the American Dream is out-of-reach. People are working harder but feel like they are falling further behind. Something has to change – and that something is government. Carl DeMaio built two small businesses from nothing – creating jobs, meeting a payroll, and successfully selling both companies. He knows first-hand the frustration of dealing with regulations and mandates from government that impose massive costs on employers and working families. With his Regulatory Budget and Review Proposal, Carl DeMaio will create a process of reviewing of all existing government regulations to ensure their benefits are worth their costs – and lead the charge to cut unnecessary red tape that is costing us jobs.
Fighting Tax Hikes
Carl DeMaio is perhaps best known for his unwavering opposition to tax hikes – and has already led campaigns that have succeeded in blocking over $2 billion in tax hikes. While some politicians say they are against tax hikes, Carl DeMaio goes further by actively organizing campaigns to block tax hikes or roll them back. We cannot simply block new tax hikes, we must reform taxes to reduce the burden on working families. Specifically Carl DeMaio supports the full restoration of the State and Local Tax Deduction that so many California working families rely on to cut their tax burden each year. DeMaio also seeks to cut the loopholes and special interest provisions allow some to evade paying their fair share and end the practice of government manipulating the tax code to pick winners and losers. Carl DeMaio believes the tax code should be simplified and flattened to make sure it is fair to all.
Balancing the Budget
Carl DeMaio is a nationally-recognized government budget reform expert. To save San Diego from bankruptcy, then-City Councilman Carl DeMaio authored the landmark Roadmap to Recovery Budget that showed that we could balance the city’s budget without tax increases and still improve services through restructuring and efficiency reforms. DeMaio is a leader in reforming unsustainable and unfair government compensation packages – ending six-figure pension payouts, outrageous bonuses and overtime payouts, huge salary hikes, etc. DeMaio also played a key role in the implementation of the Government Performance and Results Act – which requires every government program to measure and report performance to the public. Unfortunately, these performance reports are largely ignored by our elected leaders. We must insist on regular performance audits and open competitive bidding of every government program using transparency performance measures of success and holding government managers accountable for continuous improvement.
Carl DeMaio is concerned that our schools are failing our children. The basics (reading, writing, and arithmetic) have been replaced by social agendas. Accountability and merit have been replaced by “participation trophies.” It is time for accountability and innovation in our schools. That’s why Carl DeMaio believes all parents – not just the wealthy – should have an opportunity to make a real choice when it comes to their children’s education. By expanding parental choice and charter schools, Carl DeMaio is encouraging competition to provide the highest quality education at all schools – public or private. Academic standards, testing systems and curriculum should be set by local educators with input from parents – without coercion from the state or federal government – to ensure those who know our children best are able to shape their education to excel in college and the workplace.
After years of neglect, our infrastructure has fallen into disrepair. Politicians continually raid our road repair funds to cover their wasteful spending elsewhere in the budget. That’s why Carl DeMaio is proposing a Citizens’ Infrastructure Lockbox that would mandate that 100% of any gas tax collected would be spent on roads – no more diversions. Funds should also be regularly audited and overseen by independent citizen watchdog panels. Carl DeMaio also proposes to cancel the wasteful boondoggle known as the High Speed Rail Project and put any remaining funds from this misguided project back into roads. Finally DeMaio will insist that any taxpayer-funded construction project be awarded using Fair and Open Competitive Bidding – no more backroom and discriminatory union-only deals such as Project Labor Agreements.
After years of devastating budget cuts and politicians attempting to impose social policy agendas on the Department of Defense, Carl DeMaio believes we need to return to the basics of war-fighting. DeMaio supports increased funding for the DOD Budget for investments in weaponry, technology, and staffing. From day one in office, the Trump Administration empowered our military to target and eliminate ISIS – and it worked! In addition to defeating ISIS in other countries, we must hold our counter-terrorism programs accountable for aggressively targeting, monitoring and prosecuting anyone who engages in radical Islamic activities. DeMaio strongly supports our ally Israel and considers this long-time friend as our best partner in the Middle East.
Our veterans deserve the benefits and care they have rightfully earned. Carl DeMaio supports reforming the VA so benefits are processed properly and in a timely manner. DeMaio believes the VA Healthcare system must be held accountable for both service and quality standards and our veterans should be given the choice of using private healthcare providers if the VA is not meeting their needs.
ObamaCare and other government-controlled healthcare systems have failed – causing prices to skyrocket and robbing individuals of their healthcare choices. Carl DeMaio’s healthcare reform plan is called Freedom Care because it gives individuals and employers the freedom to voluntarily opt-out of the government-run healthcare system and make healthcare decisions without government interference. Freedom Care would offer plans across state lines that are free of government-mandated coverage costs, requires providers to charge Freedom Care members their lowest acceptable rate for services, and would feature expanded tax-free Health Savings Accounts. Freedom Care also produces cost savings in healthcare by reforming costly regulations on providers.
Our nation’s politicians are lying to us about Social Security and Medicare. The simple fact is all of us are paying into systems that are headed to insolvency – and therefore we may not receive the benefits we deserve! Medicare is projected to be insolvent by 2026 while Social Security will be insolvent by 2034. Carl DeMaio is committed to enacting major reforms to force the federal government to meet its fiduciary responsibility to taxpayers on both Social Security and Medicare. In addition to restoring the solvency of these systems, Carl DeMaio supports expansion of tax-free individual retirement and long-term care plans.
Carl DeMaio believes compassion should be tied to accountability. Unfortunately, politicians have expanded social welfare programs without imposing requirements that individuals turn their lives around. That’s why the homeless crisis has reached epidemic proportions – figuratively and literally. Homelessness is not an economic issue, it is a public health and social service issue as three-quarters of homeless individuals suffer from mental health and substance abuse problems. These individuals are homeless by choice. With political cover from ACLU lawsuits, politicians have opted to coddle these troubled individuals and suspend enforcement of vagrancy, loitering, pan-handling, and other laws. Without these tools, law enforcement has no leverage to get people the help they need to change their lives.
In addition to restoring full enforcement of our laws relating to homelessness, Carl DeMaio proposes a new Welfare Reform law that would re-institute work requirements and while participants are waiting for a job, they would fulfill community service.
Unlike any other time in our history, our Constitutional Freedoms (particularly our First, Second, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights) are under assault in our country. Unfortunately, while the Left talks about freedom, diversity, inclusion, and tolerance, their definition only extends to instances where you agree with their political point of view. That’s not free, diverse, inclusive, or tolerant!
Carl DeMaio supports legislation to protect free speech in public spaces and institutions, especially schools and colleges. DeMaio also supports legislation to protect Religious Freedom and will oppose any effort, law or regulation to force Churches and faith-based organizations to violate their religious beliefs. Our churches and faith-based organizations have a fundamental Constitutional right to practice their faith without government interference.
Carl DeMaio strongly supports non-discrimination and supports marriage equality. While acknowledging that Roe v. Wade is largely settled law that protects constitutionally-protected individual reproductive rights for women, Carl DeMaio opposes taxpayer-funding of Planned Parenthood and abortion services. DeMaio supports policies (such as over-the-counter birth control) that will reduce the number of abortions in our country and support adoption alternatives.
Carl DeMaio is concerned by the abuse of our Fourth Amendment rights by national security surveillance programs and asset forfeiture laws and will seek reforms of these tools in law enforcement to protect due process for all Americans.
Carl DeMaio believes the best way to improve public safety is to protect the Second Amendment right of individuals to bear arms. DeMaio will oppose any effort to weaken our Second Amendment rights and supports reciprocity laws for Concealed Carry Permits. In 2017, Carl DeMaio was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award from San Diego County Gun Owners PAC for his work defending the Second Amendment.
Carl DeMaio is the author of the 10-Point “Fix Congress First” Initiative that will fundamentally shake up Congress and break through the dysfunction and corruption in our political system. First, DeMaio proposes to force Congress to live under the same laws as the rest of us – no special exemptions. Second, DeMaio strips politicians of their lavish perks and pensions. Third, DeMaio ends government shutdowns by imposing a strict No Budget, No Pay rule. Fourth, DeMaio requires full transparency on all Congressional records. Fifth, DeMaio imposes a Single Subject Rule on all proposes legislation and extends the ban on earmarks. Sixth, DeMaio proposes to send Congress home by requiring votes on legislation be conducted remotely during public Town Halls in their District. Seventh, DeMaio proposes new campaign finance reform rules to curb special interest contributions and expands audits of campaign spending by politicians. Eighth, DeMaio requires a Read-the-Bill-First rule to force politicians to disclose what is in bills before they vote on them. Ninth, DeMaio proposes elimination of the Filibuster in the Senate. Tenth, DeMaio proposes Lobbying reforms and ends the revolving door in Washington by imposing a lifetime ban on Members of Congress being lobbyists.