Krayton Kerns DVM
For the past
twenty-eight years I have been a
veterinarian here in Laurel, Montana. I own Beartooth Veterinary Service. My three
children are graduates of the Laurel School
System where my wife, Druann, is employed as
the district technology coordinator.
My Core Beliefs
Without hesitation, I know you can better
spend your money than either Helena or
Washington. Yes, there is a need to
fund basic services,
but let’s keep it basic!
Everyone should get a good
education. There will always be
inequities in funding, and smarter people
than me are working to address that issue.
The biggest obstacle to education is
an inequity in the desire to get one! If you
limit your horizons and rely on the
government safety net for your well being
you will be forever disappointed.
Yes, healthcare is expensive. I am a strong
supporter of the Health Savings Accounts.
Just as I think you the taxpayer are most
qualified to spend your money, I think you
are ultimately responsible for your health.
If we are going to provide full-coverage
cradle-to-grave health care for all
citizens, either taxes will go through the
roof or we will ration care.
both. Universal health care will be a fatal
blow to the best health care system in the
Our economy is dependent on
readily available energy and conservation
will not increase our supply. We must
explore and develop the energy reserves
within our borders. Montana has some of the
largest coal reserves in the world yet
current political leaders side with
environmentalists to prohibit its
development. As the single greatest
revenue source to Montana’s General Fund is
individual income tax, the fastest way to
improve Montana’s balance sheet is to
encourage all energy development and the
high paying jobs they create.
Many companies, including foreign companies,
are getting rich chasing the renewable
energy market. It is not the wind that
turns the huge blades of the wind
generators, it is CASH. Huge amounts of
taxpayer cash is being diverted to companies
preying on the left’s demand for a ‘green
economy’. The wind, solar, and biomass
industries all failed in the 1970’s because
they could not survive in the free market.
Subsidizing the ‘green economy’ with
taxpayer dollars is a criminal waste of
*Man-Caused Global Warming:
There is no data that proves the earth's
current warming trend is influenced by human
activity. The hysteric cry that we must
diminish the production of greenhouse gasses
to cool the planet is the biggest hoax of
the last thirty years. (Before man-caused
global warming, man-caused global cooling
was the biggest hoax.)
Implementation of the federal
Markey-Waxman Climate Change Act will cost
Montana huge sums of carbon tax money and
effectively lock our state in poverty.
*Jobs and Wages:
Just as Montana lags the
nation during the boom phase of the economic
cycle, we also lag during the bust phase.
Our unemployment rates are climbing but are
still far below the national average. If we
pass ‘green’ laws to further limit our
economic development we will become just as
broke as the great state of California.
Jobs and wages only increase if we open the
door to development.
The idea that government can
regulate minimum wage as a way to lift
people from poverty is a hoax.
Unfortunately, those living on minimum wage
seldom realize that the purpose of
government assistance programs are not to
help them out of poverty; they are designed
to keep them there. I worked minimum wage
jobs as a youngster but I viewed them as a
beginning and not the end point of my
Of all the amendments to the
Constitution, the second is the
clearest….”the right of the people to
keep and bear arms, shall not be
infringed.” Why this point is even
debated is beyond reason.
I am a Christian. I am
Rights: Any reasonable interpretation
of the Tenth Amendment reveals the
federal government is reaching its long arm
into areas reserved for the states or the
people. For the federal government to
mandate that we citizens must purchase
health insurance or be fined is blatantly
unconstitutional. We Montanans must demand
they stand down, or we will become the
battered spouse of the federal government,
dutifully following orders for fear of
making them angry.
Far beyond just our right to hold the
federal government to the Constitution, it
is our obligation to do so.
My wife and I have raised
three children. I believe we have
instilled a strong Christian work ethic in
each of them. My oldest daughter,
Meagan, and son-in-law, Tim, have given me
six grandchildren. My middle daughter,
Chelsie, and son-in-law, Marc have given me
two grandchildren with number three due in
February 2013. Tyler, my youngest, and his
wife, Jill, have given me one grandchild. My primary obligation
is to my family. They are the reason I get
up and go to work, and they are the reason I
am running for public office. Fathers
who walk away from their obligation as head
of a household have led to the degradation
of the American family. No legislation will
ever replace the value of a father devoted
to his family.