Greg McNece is a Heritage Foundation member.
My name is Greg McNece and I am 47 years old. I live in Davis, California with my wife Amy and our three children Jamie (19), Jackson (8) and Lila Mae (2). I am president of a small property management company specializing in off-campus student housing and vice president of contracting company that moves and compacts dirt.
My experience as a small businessman coping with always-increasing regulation has shaped my conservative views. For example, all of the equipment used by our contracting company will fail to meet the new California environmental standards in a few years.
I also hold conservative views because I believe that our expanding government is going to bankrupt the country. Recent runaway spending is very disturbing, and has proved to be inefficient and ineffective. Drastic cuts to current government spending levels are necessary for sustainability. Every function of the government should be evaluated and, when possible, either eliminated or subcontracted to the private sector.
I believe the recent economic meltdown was largely attributable to irresponsible loans made by Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Making loans without a proper down payment and/or proper income verification created substantial incentive to purchase properties that people could not afford. The problem was made worse by borrowers’ ability to walk away without penalty when their loan balances exceeded the value of their homes. Unfortunately, the recent reform measures do not address the root of the problem and will not stop additional bad loans. Real reforms to Freddie and Fannie are needed, and we should even consider eliminating them entirely.
Unions pose another major threat to our prosperity, yet it is clear that unions have major pull in the current administration. They hurt competition and are not good for education, the environment or the majority of Americans. Unions drive up the cost of education, the cost of government and the cost of all goods and services. Any union pension bailouts should be funded solely through union dues. Right-to-work laws making union membership voluntary should be considered in every state.
As a Californian, I am surrounded by people who refuse to look at the facts on most issues. Many in California believe that the wealthy have been unjustly enriched, and it is not uncommon to talk to those who believe the government should be responsible for taking care of all the wants and needs of those who are less successful. The differences in the way I view the world makes me even more proud to be conservative.
But because of my commitment to my family, church, and business, I have little time to devote to politics. I have decided that the best way for me to make a difference is to fund organizations that are fighting the good fight. Every time I watch the news and get upset, I contribute to one or more of the following organizations: The Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action for America, Pacific Legal Foundation, Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth.
The information provided online by The Heritage Foundation is a great resource for me. I love to show my liberal friends Heritage charts about the deficit when they tell me the current administration is fiscally responsible. Heritage also provides an excellent resource for information to counteract the liberal instruction my 8 year old son receives in the public school system.