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
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
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
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.