I prefer that you know me without having to guess what I believe.
There is no need to guess, or to second guess, what my beliefs and biases are.
Below are two updates to what I believe.
Global Warming – Yes, I believe that the theory of global warming is generally valid. Whether it is man-made, natural, or a combination of both really does not matter to me. We should stay curious and learn more.
Environmental change is constant. The threat of global warming however should be taken seriously. As much debate exists then we should immediately establish a national commission under the auspices of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine this issue over the next five years. The commission will issue each year a report, fully available to the public, that outlines its concerns and a description of the specific evidence that supports the concern. Any one member of the commission may also file an alternative opinion, also to be published along with countering argument from other commission members. Environment change may be constant but the thesis of the global warming argument is that change is time compressed and we will be unable to adapt our civilization at the speed of that change. If that thesis is generally correct then it would be both criminal and malfeasant of us and our leadership to not do due diligence in investigating and reporting to us on the validity of Global Warming or climate change.
Border Security & Illegal Immigration – Secure the border. Now. No one should be able to walk across America’s southern border. Other ports of entry and our border with Canada should be studied and protocols put into place for minimizing illegal immigration.
Policy Challenge: what to do with the many illegal immigrants already in the USA? Shipping them all home is probably not an answer. Many of them have become good, tax paying Americans regardless of whether we or they call themselves American. For those that are inadvertently illegal aliens, i.e. children at the time of entry into the USA, I support the Dream Act, or some form of it. As to concerns that a Dream Act is amnesty I disagree. Frame the Dream Act in terms so that it affects only the individual named. We cannot afford to have a generation of Americans grow up as illegal aliens with poor opportunities for education and integration into our society.