Having been captivated by our nation’s history at a young age, I undertake this run with an appreciation of the principles of freedom and human dignity that have made this country the greatest in the history of the world. These principles animated the struggles for independence from Britain during the Revolution, for Union and emancipation during the Civil War, and for victory over totalitarianism throughout the twentieth century. What has been handed down to us was secured by great sacrifice. This is part of the reason that we now need to answer the call to serve in whatever capacity we can to preserve the legacy that is left to us. It is time for renewal. This country will remain an example to the world for the same reason it always has: the energy, talent, innovation, hard work, and faith of its people. Government should aim to foster these qualities rather than stifle them with a heavy hand. Our leaders should not ask you to believe in them unless they believe in you. Freedom is inextricably tied to a belief that the best our country has to offer lies in each and every one of you.
In the immediate future, we need to change our course on the following issues that have contributed so much to our current crisis:
Taxes, Spending and Jobs
We need to cut taxes, encourage job creation, and put our fiscal house in order. The tax burden on individuals, families, and small businesses is oppressive and should not be increased. By reducing tax rates, we can we bolster entrepreneurship, savings, and investment. That will create new jobs.
- At a time when unemployment is reaching levels we have not seen in a quarter-century, the last thing we should do is punish those who would create new jobs.
- We should simplify a notoriously complex tax code that unnecessarily burdens taxpayers and benefits special interests.
- We cannot put our fiscal house in order without maintaining a sound and stable dollar.
Our national security requires eternal vigilance. With keen awareness of the generations whose sacrifice has allowed our freedom to thrive, we must remain vigilant to the greatest challenge that faces us in the 21st century: terrorism spawned by radical Islamic extremism.
- Acts of terrorism should be recognized as acts of war, and not as routine criminal matters.
- We need to renew our commitment to a strong national defense and intelligence operations.
We need a new direction on health care. By pushing legislation that comes close to a government takeover of health care, the current congressional leadership has been on the wrong track. I will not support measures that compromise the high quality of care that Americans receive or stifle the application of life-saving breakthroughs in medical technology. Meaningful health care reform can be achieved at a lower cost to consumers without compromising the health of patients or bankrupting our country.
- The sanctity of the doctor-patient relationship must be protected. Neither government bureaucrats nor health insurance administrators should interfere with medical decisions.
- Working-age individuals should be able to select from a large number of health insurance options for themselves and their families to reduce premium charges.
- People should be able to keep the health insurance plan they have chosen when they change jobs.
ImmigrationAs the son of an immigrant, I appreciate how essential immigration—legal immigration—has been to making this country what it is today. Sadly, illegal immigration has become a serious problem, and it affects the entire country. It is unfair to those near the border who are endangered by nearby violence and drug smuggling and to those who wait on line to enter this country legally. It also feeds a pernicious underworld of human trafficking that violates this country’s most basic values.
EnergyOur goal must be energy independence. An "all of the above" energy strategy, which expands renewable energy sources and supports conservation while freeing up our domestic energy reserves, is the best way to achieve that goal.
Frank Scaturro is a Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 4th Congressional District. Frank believes our nation is at a tipping point, and if we do not turn things around, we could face many more years of decline. That is why he is offering the voters of Nassau County a real choice for principled new leadership that will finally represent the people.
As a principled new voice, Frank will work to make our Federal government accountable to the people again, reign in out-of-control spending, and reduce a crushing federal tax burden that hurts Long Island citizens and businesses.
Frank Scaturro was born in New York City in 1972 and raised in New Hyde Park following his family’s move to that community in 1973. His father, who had emigrated from Italy as a boy, was self-employed in a commercial air conditioning and refrigeration repair business for several years. He later became the supervisor of maintenance and operations at Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and then held a similar position at Chaminade High School in Mineola. His mother studied physical therapy at Nassau Community College and worked near home as a secretary at an insurance agency and several law firms. Read More