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Alex M. Mooney for Congress

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Like many of you, I have been searching for a good conservative candidate to support for U.S. Representative for the 2nd District of West Virginia. Shelly Moore Capito, the RINO, is leaving her seat in this district for her run to replace Jay Rockefeller in the U.S. Senate. Alex Mooney is a step up from Shelly Capito, because he is a genuine conservative who respects the constitution. I have taken the liberty of reprinting his positions on the issues below, and there is a link to his website also. I think that you will agree with me: Alex Mooney is the best candidate to represent the Second District, and we need him to go to Washington and defend our liberty!

Mooney's positions on the issues (from his web site):

CUTTING GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND REDUCING TAXES:
Politicians in Washington, D.C., have been racking up $1 trillion deficits annually, leaving our nation with a national debt approaching $17 trillion. This amounts to over $53,000 in federal debt for every man, woman, and child in the United States.

We must cut wasteful government spending and eliminate expensive new entitlement programs like Obamacare to ensure our children and grandchildren are not burdened with massive amounts of government debt.

I will stand up and vote “No” when President Obama and his liberal allies in Congress propose new wasteful government spending programs.

I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that will require the federal government to balance its budget every year. Currently, forty-five states, including West Virginia, require their legislatures to enact a balanced budget — Congress should be required to do the same.

Finally, I believe our government has a spending problem. Tax increases are just an excuse for the spending addicts in Washington to spend more of your hard-earned money. That’s why I signed Americans for Tax Reform’s “No New Taxes Pledge.” As your congressman, I will vote against every attempt to raise taxes.

SECOND AMENDMENT:
I believe strongly in Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Misguided gun control laws only punish law-abiding gun owners instead of targeting the criminals who ignore the laws on the books.

During my time in the state Senate, I sponsored right-to-carry legislation and always supported the right of law-abiding citizens to protect their homes and their property. I will continue to do so in the U.S. Congress.

I am the only candidate in this race who has consistently received an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association and I look forward to defeating President Obama’s anti-gun agenda.

TRADITIONAL FAMILY VALUES:
Our government must protect the sanctity of all human life. I am pro-life and will fight to stop federal taxpayer funding of abortion. As a state senator, I led the fight to protect the unborn by offering legislation to put an end to taxpayer-funded abortions and will do the same in Congress.

I support a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman. Our government should support traditional families as the best way to raise children.

This Campaign Memo describes how family values such as pro-life policies are critical in this primary election.

EDUCATION REFORM:
Education should primarily be the responsibility of our local governments because they understand the needs of their own communities. For that reason, I support repealing No Child Left Behind, and removing the federal government from local education decisions. Local teachers should have the freedom to develop their own curriculum to teach children the skills they need to get quality jobs in the 21st century economy.

In addition, I support school choice programs that give low-income families the ability to send their children to quality schools. My wife and I homeschool our two children, and I believe parents should have the right to make the best education decisions for their children, whether it is a public school, a private school, a charter school or homeschool.

HEALTH CARE:
Obamacare has to go. Already, Obamacare has resulted in new taxes and fees, massive regulation, and an increase in the cost of health care. I am fully committed to repealing Obamacare and will do whatever it takes to see that goal through.

I support replacing Obamacare with commonsense, free-market health care reforms that will keep health care affordable, increases access to good health care in rural communities, and keeps government out of our most personal health care decisions.

Some of these reforms include allowing people to buy health insurance across state lines, expanding health savings accounts, passing commonsense tort reform, and removing the discrimination in our tax code that prohibits individuals from buying health insurance with pre-tax dollars.

Finally, doctors struggle to treat patients when government gets in the way. I have witnessed this firsthand due to my wife’s work as a neurosurgeon. Let’s repeal Obamacare so doctors can do what they need to do to treat patients and save lives.

ENERGY AND OBAMA’S WAR ON COAL:
President Obama has made no secret of his disdain for the coal industry. His radical policies and the increasingly burdensome regulations imposed by his administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are destroying jobs and hurting West Virginia families.

Liberal Harvard professor, Daniel P. Schrag, a prominent member of Obama’s Presidential Science Panel publicly revealed President Obama’s true intentions when he declared, “A war on coal is exactly what’s needed.”

West Virginia has a long and rich history of providing energy to the rest of the nation, and I will do everything in my power to defeat President Obama’s EPA and support West Virginia’s proud coal industry.

In addition, I will oppose other radical energy regulations, like President Obama’s proposed cap-and-trade plan that will increase the cost of energy and impose a de facto energy tax on every family in the United States.

Finally, I support expanding the development of our natural energy resources in the United States to increase our domestic energy supply and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

TRANSPORTATION:
Stable and safe infrastructure is vital to West Virginia’s economic growth. Therefore, building and maintaining roads will be one of my top priorities.

I will work to ensure that West Virginia receives its fair share of federal gas tax revenues. We need to end the federal government’s obsession with funding big city public transportation schemes that soar over budget and deliver fewer riders. This will create a fairer distribution of money to each state and allow West Virginians to set our own priorities.
BRING JOBS TO WEST VIRGINIA:
I moved to West Virginia because I wanted to raise my family in a community that shares my values and am fortunate to have the opportunity to do so. We need to make sure West Virginia continues to be the kind of state that attracts more hard-working Americans. I will fight for policies that attract new businesses and jobs to West Virginia so families can grow up here and make a living.

While liberals are stifling job growth in nearby states, we can bring jobs here. In Congress, I will fight federal regulations that hinder job creation in West Virginia and will encourage job-creating policies for our state.

NATIONAL SECURITY AND CIVIL LIBERTIES:
I believe our government has a duty to protect its citizens from foreign threats, but that it can and must do so without sacrificing our fundamental civil liberties. I am deeply troubled by the expansive overreaching of the NSA’s surveillance program and recent revelations about the program’s many abuses. I will fight to make sure our government does not overstep its constitutional bounds in the process of fighting terrorism and protecting our country.

SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL:
Israel is the United States’ closest ally in the Middle East and one of its closest allies in the world. Not only do we share strategic goals; we share a common belief in democracy and freedom. Like America, Israel is blessed with an entrepreneurial people that have produced military and non–military inventions. U.S. cooperation with and support for Israel makes both countries stronger, more secure and more prosperous.

IMMIGRATION:
Our immigration process is broken, and instead of fixing it, Washington is trying to push through amnesty legislation that will only exacerbate our current problems. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants.

As the son of Cuban and Irish immigrants, I want America to be a country that welcomes hard-working legal immigrants who want to live the American Dream. But we must make sure that we do it in a manner consistent with our fundamental belief in the rule of law and fairness.

I will support legislation that focuses first on securing our borders and fixing the problems in our immigration system.

For more on Alex Mooney, go to: http://mooneyforcongress.com/about/

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