The Common Core State Standards Initiative was first introduced on the 1st of June, 2009. It detailed what K-12 students should know in regards to Mathematics, English Language, and The Arts by the end of each grade. The standards were designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. However, I have always been opposed to this idea. I believe that this would infringe upon the states’ rights concerning the education system. I am also in opposition to the ideology that this was independently created, and in some capacity even federally supported. This further advances the role of the federal government pertaining to educational standards that the states must follow. A standard such as this would tell our children what to think, to which I am in strict opposition with. While the Common Core State Standards initiative was initially billed as a voluntary effort between states, federal incentives have clouded the picture. In my frank opinion, federal involvement in the matters discussed herein should be extremely limited. Back in 2013, Senators Tom Coburn, Ted Cruz, Deb Fischer, Chuck Grassley, James Inhofe, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Pat Roberts and I, had come together in order to write a letter seeking to push back against the federal Department of Education’s increasing influence over state-level education policy. The letter asked the chair and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee overseeing the U.S. Department of Education’s funding of the Common Core to require that any funds appropriated to the U.S. Department of Education not be used to develop, implement or evaluate state-level education standards, or to award grants or contracts for development, implementation or evaluation of the same. On the subject of work and employment policies for families, I agree with and value policies that enhance the role of the family as a foundation of society. In this case, I am against the increased government intervention and spending in family life through the policies of universal family allowances or publicly subsidized child care, as it would undermine and rid the state of its powers in this regard. Specific work-family policies should also be solely at the discretion of the state, rather than that of the federal government. Matters such as family allowances, leave and other work-family benefits should be flexible and at the discretion of each employer. This flexibility would help to protect small businesses that may not be able to afford the additional expenses of supporting working families. Government mandates such as these result in the presentation of new and unique challenges by implementing a “one size fits all” approach to the entire business sector, which each has unique workforces, workplaces and needs. In order to do this, I have voted against The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and to every Paycheck Fairness Act (2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014). I have also voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which was meant to prohibit employers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. When speaking of the issues surrounding immigration and refugees, I generally have a sceptical view toward admitting more refugees to the United States. My main concern being regarding national security, as I believe that refugees pose a threat to the Country. There have also been numerous incidents of immigrants lying in order to attain asylum. This in addition to dirty immigration lawyers, rampant abuse and fraud that allows too many people to avoid deportation. It has become an easy ticket to illegal entry into the country. For this reason, I strongly believe that the law needs to be changed so that undocumented immigrants who claim to be seeking safety in the United States, can be swiftly deported. The proposal made by president Trump to place an immigration ban on Muslims is one that I agree with, due to them posing a particularly strong threat. The overall level of Muslim immigration to the United States, and not just the views of particular immigrants, should also be a matter of public concern. The focus should also be placed on individuals coming from countries that have a history of terrorism. In addition to the terrorist threat, this would also prevent foreign nationals from taking jobs from American workers. Domestic Radicalization is another one of the issues currently plaguing our country. The Charlottesville Violence is a prime example of just this. This was an evil act of domestic terrorism, that simply cannot be accepted in America. This is the reason I have vowed to enforce hate-crime laws. Extremist groups such as white supremacists, KKK (Ku Klux Klan) and neo-nazis took part in this rally. This was a sign of the groups simply attempting to legitimise themselves in any way possible. I am confident that the people of America will reject this kind of evil ideology. This needs to be taken seriously, as amazingly even after all the evil it has spread, caused and incurred in the world, it still remains alive to this day. We must go at this directly, morally, legally, politically, legitimately, and in any other manner possible in order to reject this nature of ideology that causes division and hatred in America.