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- Favorability for Congress 13%
The latest favorability rating for members of Congress is 13 percent. What would you do to improve the functioning of the body?
People have had enough of Congress not doing its job. That is for sure as the rating is almost the lowest it has ever been. One multi-partisan action Congress can act on is improving its accountability, spending less time to campaign and more time resolving issues. Doing your job should be more important than campaigning to keep it.
As we are most aware there are two parts of Congress; the Senate and the House of Representatives. At the time of writing this reply, there are 352 bills sitting on the desk of now Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid. These bills need to be dealt with; pumping them into a drawer does nothing to help the American people.
- Describe one area in which you differ from your party leadership.
Describe one area in which you differ from your party leadership.
In one area that I will differ greatly, especially as a Libertarian, I will not be subject to party lines nor will I be pressured to follow the party line votes. This makes it great for WI-06, understanding that I will listen to my constituents.
I have something that I can and will bring to the table; this may even scare some politicians. I have a secure website in mind as I am in the technology sector. To have a site (not owned by the government) where ALL have access but only the residents of WI-06 would actually be able to vote on upcoming bills. Simple really – Putting the people in control of the government and not the other way around, giving transparency a new meaning. (Much more on this later)
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- What role should the federal government take in creating jobs and stimulating the economy?
What role should the federal government take in creating jobs and stimulating the economy?
The federal government itself should not be involved in creating jobs or stimulating the economy. The government is not an employer for the nation. What it should do is insure fair and appropriate standards to allow free enterprise to regulate itself (holding people responsible – not shell corporations).
While regulation is necessary to insure standards of safety and environmental concerns, the federal government should not be micromanaging. The federal government is to provide the broad strokes for necessary concerns, and leave the remainder for the individual state to regulate. Then remaining issues will be settled by the general public, industry, and free markets. Nutshell – The government’s role is to stay out of the way and let the free markets create and provide the jobs. Government is the problem, not the solution.
- What do you see as the single biggest area of waste in the federal budget?
What do you see as the single biggest area of waste in the federal budget?
Interest on the national debt, no doubt about it, the single largest waste of money in the federal budget. There is no reason not to have a balanced budget. Every household in America including Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, have a budget that needs to be adhered to. All agencies – welfare, defense, IRS, immigration, EPA, etc., plays into the national debt, and by requiring the balancing of the budget and elimination of the national debt, each of these agencies is going to have to become more efficient, stop their over spending and abolish duplicate agencies. Nothing hinges on the sovereignty and safety of America as much as the looming debt.
- Everyone says they pay too much in taxes. What changes would you make to the federal tax code...
Everyone says they pay too much in taxes. Aside from lowering taxes, what changes would you make to the federal tax code to improve its efficiency and fairness?
I would eliminate it and move to a fair tax. I live by the saying: “less moving parts, less chance of breakage”. The tax code is so monstrous, and riddled with opportunity for abuse and fraud and also has the general perception that it favors everyone else but you.
Services must be paid for; elimination of all taxes is unreal. There are concerns that a fair tax will inhibit spending, the reality is that everyone will have no taxes taken out of their paychecks, and thus more money for purchasing and investing.
The fair tax would provide everyone with the same treatment. While in the process of moving into a fair tax – I propose a tax form the size of a postcard. Adjustments can still be provided to low income families.
- Under what circumstances would you support military intervention in another country?
Under what circumstances would you support military intervention in another country?
While America is the greatest country in the world, we should not appoint ourselves the world police. And at the same time in today’s day and age we cannot be isolationists.
Prior to any military intervention, I would first require an official request for our intervention, with specific provisions as for what was needed (monies, troops, equipment, training, etc.) and for the duration.
Second, I would want to see some sort of recognition/approval from other countries prior to intervention.
While we may not like other types of governments or their policies, we should respect them as we would expect them to respect ours. What we should not allow nor tolerate is disrespect of human life. Oppression, slavery, abuse, etc., should be reasons for allowable intervention, not political or economic gain. Protecting the sovereignty of America is paramount.
- There’s general agreement that the U.S. needs some sort of immigration reform. What changes would you make to fix the system?
There’s general agreement that the U.S. needs some sort of immigration reform. What changes would you make to fix the system?
I do not necessarily believe changes need to be made to the system, rather, I believe enforcement and adherence to the current laws is appropriate and necessary. I am all for legal immigration if the proper requirements have been met, just as I believe illegal immigration should not be tolerated.
There are people who would do America harm, and we need to protect citizens for reasons of public safety, public health, jobs, education and for national security reasons.
I do not believe any other country in the world has such an apathetic approach to immigration as we currently have. I believe our leaders are afraid to make the tough choices, which again goes to their desire for re-election rather than for the benefit of the country.
- What changes would you make to Social Security to ensure the program’s longevity?
What changes would you make to Social Security to ensure the program’s longevity?
Unfortunately the way Social Security is currently set, it works as a Ponzi scheme.
I believe that everyone should be able to choose between the Social Security System we now have or use half their withholdings to invest in approved funds (much like the congress does now). However, over time allow people to opt-out of the system completely.
For now, everyone would pay social security taxes on all the income they receive, no limit on the amount of income. This would lower the amount of Social Security tax for most, and there would no longer be a “hidden tax” for the lesser income worker. There would be a cap on the amount one would receive in monthly Social Security payments. This would eliminate the means testing and get Congress moving.
- Barring repeal, what single change would you make to the health care overhaul law to improve care for Americans?
Barring repeal, what single change would you make to the health care overhaul law to improve care for Americans?
I would allow for greater inclusion and participation of medical providers in the system.
Open up the citizens’ freedom of choice for doctors as well the insurers. The free market needs to come into play and level the field. This means out of state choices, no more stopping the insurance or the procedure at the state line.
I would also encourage a uniform system of billing, payments, and allowances. Example, the price of a surgery would be posted as simply as a burger on a menu.
If a doctor wants to charge $1,000 for a procedure and another will do the same for half, yet another will do it for double. These choices need to be up to the patient to decide which one is best for their family
- Should Congress create uniformity by legalizing medical or recreational marijuana?
The states have a patchwork of laws when it comes to marijuana.
Should Congress create uniformity by legalizing medical or recreational marijuana?
Yes – Congress needs to address the use of hemp and marijuana. I believe that the federal law against these substances needs to be abolished. I understand the states are in a much better position to make their own specific laws, regulations and allowances for marijuana. This is a state issue and not a federal issue. It is not fair for a citizen to be arrested with a felony after the state they live in says they are within the confines of the law.
In general the 10th Amendment needs to be adhered to more closely.
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