You need to work with us a little bit here John. You have nothing filled out in your profile to give us any clue as to your software and hardware lineup and, not to say it isn't done, but it is unusual for anyone to cut directly from Illustrator.
The usual problems are in not understanding the difference between a separate vector outline and a stroked path. Strokes won't cut and must be converted to outlines in Illustrator before they can be used to output to a plotter. Object Menu > Path > Outline Strokes
You may also, depending on the software you are using, need to convert your text to outlines. Type Menu > Create Outlines
Fill out your profile. It saves those of us willing to help a lot of time.