Montana will elect Commander Ryan Zinke to Congress on November 4, 2014. Ryan Zinke will go on to become one of the greatest men America has ever elected to Congress. I am both humbled and proud to support Ryan Zinke for Congress. – Dr. Ed Berry
So-called conservatives who do not support Ryan Zinke for Congress will be forever known as liberal wimps and traitors. Parstor Chuck Baldwin revealed his true colors by supporting Democrat Lewis and rejecting Ryan Zinke. – Dr. Ed Berry
Ryan Zinke’s positions on Issues:
Growing the Economy and Controlling Spending
Our $17 trillion debt is unfathomable in size, irresponsible in creation, and reckless to continue. As such, I strongly support a peacetime balanced budget amendment and a dramatic reduction in the size and scope of government. Washington must be held accountable to ensure that the funding of programs is based on measurable performance standards and are held accountable to fall within the law. But there is no way we will be able to cut our way out of this mess. We must grow our way out. That means that we have to get government out of the way of business. We need to cut burdensome regulation and allow people to succeed.
Click here to read my plan: Zinke: Bringing High-Tech Jobs to Montana
Promoting Energy Independence
Click here to read my plan: Zinke Energy Plan-Power Our Economy
A key to growing our economy is promoting energy development in Montana. Montana is the Treasure State and part of that treasure is the oil, gas and coal we have. The priority is to achieve North American energy independence in a manner that develops our natural resources responsibly by using accepted industry best practices and leveraging emerging technology.
Coal, oil, and gas are critical components of reaching energy independence and must be accelerated through increased domestic production and constructing the infrastructure necessary to produce, refine, and transport energy. Renewable and alternative sources of energy, including hydro and biofuels, are also an important component of energy independence provided that they are cost effective and able to compete on the open market without subsidies.
Economic sustainability and job creation are critical to the continuation of energy independence in our country. A primary component of energy independence and economic development is building the Keystone XL pipeline.
Lowering Health Care Costs
Obamacare as written is reckless and will lead to higher costs with less medical care. We can do better, particularly for the aging population in Montana, who are on fixed incomes and are certain to face higher premiums and no coverage at all for many conditions. Health care must be affordable but not free, innovative by design, and be focused on giving the medical professionals the freedom and latitude to provide quality care rather than having Washington telling us how to be a doctor, nurse, or provider. Innovative solutions such as expanding health care pools, allowing those pools to form across state lines, promoting Health Savings Accounts and passing meaningful tort reform will go a long way to lowering health care costs.
Expanding Education Opportunities
As a father and grandfather, former Chairman of the Montana Senate Education Committee, and former “Dean” of the U.S. Navy SEAL Advanced Training Command I firmly believe that in order to reform education policies, we must ensure more local control of our schools and giving parents a stronger voice. Parents strive to provide the very best for their children, as such they deserve the opportunity to seek great teachers and schools that will help to prepare students for tomorrow’s job market. Furthermore I strongly support innovation through the use of classroom technology, performance based curriculum, and quality instruction.
Click here to read my plan: Zinke: Excelling in Education
Protecting the Second Amendment
As a third generation Montanan, I strongly believe in the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms. I support current open carry and concealed carry permit laws. I also support national concealed carry reciprocity which would allow law-abiding concealed carry permit holders to carry in any other state that allows concealed carry.
I believe, as the Supreme Court confirmed in the Heller and McDonald decisions, that the Second Amendment guarantees our God-given right to self defense. This right should be extended to our national parks, national forests and other public lands. We must ensure that Montanans are allowed to own semi-automatic pistols, rifles and shotguns, as well as vintage military firearms. As a former Commander at SEAL Team Six, my team developed the .50 Cal sniper rifle.
Montana is famous for its hunting heritage. As a hunter myself, I will continue to oppose efforts by special interests to stop hunting. This includes efforts by radical groups to ban traditional ammunition. Big government continues to overstep local authority. This is not the Montana I know and love! I’m firmly against federal gun registration and a federal database of gun ownership or purchases.
Promoting Conservative Family Values
My grandmother worked her way through college and became a school teacher at a one room school near Richey, MT. My grandfather helped construct the Fort Peck dam. Their example taught me the value of hard work and gave me the family values I now have. I believe that parents deserve to make the best decisions for their children. I believe we must prepare our children for tomorrow with the family values of my grandparents. I believe in the value of life. I have fought for that value. I am the only candidate to carry a right to life bill, protecting unborn victims and ensuring that all life should be protected.