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Danny Stroud is the citizen candidate choice for the 1st Congressional District of Colorado

These are my answers and comments on various subjects of importance.



Project Vote Smart.   click here   (this is the Political Courage test.   They have not posted my 2014 responses but i stand by my comments and positions revealed and covered here)
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League of Women Voters

 

August 25 2014

 

Question: In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing Congress and how do you plan to address this issue?

 

Answer The most important issue is that Congress cannot govern because they are too polarized and spend too much time on politics. There needs to be a refocusing of Congress on issues that it can control such as decreasing deficit spending and reducing regulations and taxation on businesses and individuals wanting to start a business. Congress must return Constitutional authority on many issues back to the states where it belongs (education, for example). As long as Congress cannot find common ground we will not see a Congress that can effectively govern and gridlock will continue. My plan will be to refocus Congress, find common ground on key Constitutional issues (spending and budgets) and take a leadership role in changing the rancorous attitude that currently consumes Congress.

 

Question:Two of the most significant challenges to our democracy at present are growing income inequality. What role should government play to address these issues? What can you as an elected official do to insure that all citizens have an equal opportunity to adequately provide a living for their families above the poverty level?

 

Answer Currently the government interferes too much with the ability of businesses to grow the job base. It is proven over and over that the best conditions for the individual workers is when the economy is doing well. When the Federal Government tries to micro-manage the economy for every industry and for every state, it simply does not work. The citizens and workers are the people who suffer. For Colorado, we have enough untapped potential in technology, natural resources and energy to create many, many well paying jobs. All the federal government has to do is to stop intruding and let the States and Communities decide what is best for themselves. As a congressman, I will continue to look for ways to remove roadblocks (eliminate unnecessary regulation or excessive taxation, for example) to clear the path for Colorado citizens to build businesses and hire more Colorado workers.


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Denver Post Voters Guide    click here

How did i answer the questions for the Denver Post?

Why do you want to serve in Congress? It is an honor to serve my country. Our country was formed to encourage citizens to serve. The federal government has continued to grow in power by taking the freedoms away from people to make their own decisions. Both parties are at fault. We need a Congress of citizens and not career politicians.

What are the most important issues you would seek to advance?   The government has become too big and too powerful.  I would work to scale back the government and curb spending. Decisions about healthcare, education, and economic development needs to be returned to the states,  local communities and the people.

Do you support reforming or repealing the Affordable Care Act? If you favor reforming the health care law, what key changes would you pursue? I support repeal and replacing it with steps that maintain the free markets and encourages the medical community to develop affordable and effective healthcare. I would insure that patients were in control of their health care decisions and not bureaucrats in DC. Insurance companies could set up custom policies to support pre-conditions.

How do you think the federal government should approach the nation’s nearly $18 trillion debt? Start by controlling waste. Government thinks up too many ways to spend money. There are opportunities to eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic organizations. We can do better in the area of defense spending. I would work to grow the workforce by making it easy to bring overseas profits back to the USA to increase economic growth and reduce borrowing.

How would you approach the issue of immigration reform?  The first step is to secure the border to prevent diseases and terrorists coming across unaccounted for.  I would then implement an immigration policy that supported the skills needs of the US and then work to naturalize those people with those skills. 

How would you deal with the conflict between federal and Colorado law regarding the issue of banking for marijuana-related companies?  We have created an issue for MJ businesses by creating this rift with the feds. Absent convincing the feds to change their policies I would work to find ways for local businesses to develop community “banks” or co-ops that were not under the control of the feds.  This is a state issue but it requires the feds to back off.

Do you believe that humans influence climate change? What key strategies do you think Congress should undertake to reduce human impacts? No,  I do not believe that humans influence climate change.  But that does not mean we cannot take steps to make the environment more human-friendly and safe, just like we did when we cleaned up the acid rain and river pollution in past decades.  There is no excuse for wasting the environment.

How would you strengthen the economy and boost economic growth?  The first step would be to reduce the many onerous and unnecessary regulations that keep businesses from forming and growing. We have to support the free markets. Reduce the tax penalties for growth.  Find ways to encourage businesses to reinvest to grow industry and the local workforce.

Name one person in the opposite party that you admire and explain why.  I am an independent candidate so there is no “opposite” party for me.  I admire Debra Johnson,  the Denver County Clerk and Recorder.  She has always been very helpful and cheerful when I am working with her. Her work ethic, intellectual strength and desire to do the job without bias is admirable.

How would you deal with the yawning disparity between gas tax revenues and transportation/transit needs? This is a state issue but I live here so I have ideas.  I’d find other ways to fund infrastructure requirements. Some examples include revenue based bonds or privatization as was done with US 36,

How do you define a statesman? A statesman is one who possesses the will, knowledge, experience and the moral courage to justly lead and perform his/her duties by placing the people before one’s personal agenda.   The moral courage aspect is the most important but is what is often missing in politics today.  Americans elect their leaders expecting it but seldom getting it.

On which issues would you compromise with the other party?   There are seldom black/white solutions in life and certainly not in politics.  Politicians that cannot compromise create a gridlocked zero-sum situation where nobody wins and everybody loses.  As a businessman,  I have learned that there is no situation beyond compromise. 


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Channel 9 Voter Guide Q&A 

 

1.    Is a government shutdown ever warranted as a means of achieving policy goals?

NO,  this is a method that hurts many innocent people that should not be punished by our Congress’s inability to function. With the massive amount of wasteful spending, there are plenty of opportunities to cut costs and reduce government operations without a total shutdown. 

 

2.    On balance, has the Affordable Care Act been helpful or harmful? What changes are needed?

Harmful.  Too many people have had their premiums increased or have completely lost the plans that they prefer.  Doctors are being separated from their patients.  Overall, our health care system is becoming less effective for many patients while it is increasing the overall cost of our healthcare system.  The ACA was a poorly planned program and the unintended consequences have been severe for the average citizen.  A “one size fits all” for the entire nation is simply not workable. Instead, we should repeal the act and do what should have been done in the first place.  For example,  open up the free market to cross-state insurance, allow people to keep their plan when they change jobs or move to a new state,  allow insurance companies to develop special policies for unique groups of people, or allow groups of citizens to come together as group to buy group insurance.   These are just a sample of ideas that could create more choice to patients while controlling costs and improving the quality of treatment.

 

3.        Should the government use financial incentives to encourage the growth of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar? 

NO.  Even if these technologies prove promising some time in the future,  funding them with tax dollars is not the way to go.  These industries, if managed well by the people inside the industry, will potentially eventually thrive and be successful in a free market environment. But subsidizing them with “free money” from taxpayers only creates bad habits in management,  reduces the hunger to succeed, and creates situations like Solyndra, the government-subsidized company that failed miserably. It cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars while enriching only the people who got the government subsidies.

 

4.        What is the most important policy change needed in immigration reform? 

Secure the border.  Until that is accomplished,  no other actions make sense.  We need to have skilled immigrants.  They bring new ideas and new energy to American business. We should continue to encourage that. But as long as we have open borders,  there is no way to manage that process. Open borders also allows people to freely come here that are not good for America.  Criminals and terrorists can freely come across an open border. 

 

5.        Do you support the nationwide legalization of marijuana? 

This should be a state-by-state decision.  States would be able decide when or even if they want to legalize it.  States should be able to plan their legalization programs to fit their local needs, resources and timeline.

 

6.       Should same-sex marriage be legal?

This should be a state-by-state decision.  The federal government is wrong to try to dictate a single solution for every state. Each state has the collective wishes of its people.  I am careful to not force my personal opinion on the will of the voters. 

 

7.       Are more restrictions needed on the ability of intelligence agencies to monitor the communications of US citizens?

Yes,  we have due process standards in America.  When the government starts to monitor everyone’s actions “just in case”,  this is not acceptable.

 

8.        Do you support new restrictions on the sale or possession of firearms?

No,  we have an amazingly huge number of laws regarding gun sales.  The problems we have are not with legal gun owners. Criminals generally ignore gun laws. We need to work on preventing and prosecuting the illegal use of guns.

 

9.       On abortion, do you consider yourself generally “pro-life” or “pro-choice?” 

The law regarding pro-life vs. pro choice has been set for 40 years.   We need to live by and enforce this law.  The problem is when people in power think they can ignore the law or modify it for their own opinions.  Abortion is available under the law. I do believe that steps must be taken to insure that taxpayer money is not used to provide abortions. As long as it is legal as a personal decision, those costs should not be a taxpayer responsibility.