establishes the defense of this Nation as a duty of the federal
Congress does this primarily with funding and oversight.
clearly delineates “To declare war” as the responsibility of the
the President. The President is the Commander-in-Chief and sets policy
conduct of military actions. Congress has attempted to play both sides
fence in our current conflicts. Congress must make an informed
on fact, and reflective of the will of the American people before
sons and daughters are put in harm’s way. This must be clearly stated
American people. Most American citizens do not know whether or not
this for our current conflicts.
Congress funds our
military, in both peace and wartime. A
large military has provided safety and security here at home in both
peace and wartime. Communism and terrorism are contained by force, not
dialogue. Those who have actually confronted either of these know that
absolute fact. A large military serves as a deterrent to aggression
not fighting. Unfortunately, it is also expensive to maintain a large
in San Diego County, this is tax revenue
that comes directly to our community. This is revenue taxed from the
Nation that comes here as military hardware manufacture and military
that are spent on homes, cars, groceries, etc…Estimates are ¼ to 1/3 of
jobs are a direct result of military spending. Bigger military budgets
jobs to San Diego County. Military cuts take them away.
Congress provides oversight of our military. This
takes many forms. National Security is non-partisan. Congress must be
analyze performance, void of bias. Bad strategy and security leaks cost
and the American people need to know Congress puts the Nation and its
ahead of political agendas. Furthermore, Congress must ensure good
of taxpayer money. Wherever excess funding can be trimmed from
contracts it must be done.
your Congressman, I know a strong military is the key to
national security. I know that our enemies only understand strength. As
retired Marine, I know there are no politics in our national defense,
honest answers and commitment to the people who defend our nation.