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Position papers: U.S. Congressional representative, District 14

10/11/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Dale Virgil Blanchard vs. David Joyce vs. David Macko vs. Elaine Mastromatteo vs. Erick Robinson vs. Steven Winfield vs. Aaron Zurbrugg

David Joyce
David Macko
Erick Robinson
Steven Winfield
Aaron Zurbrugg
Voters will vote for one candidate for District 14 U.S. Congressional representative for the term commencing Jan. 3, 2013, on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. The following candidates did not submit answers to our questions by the stated deadline: Democrat Dale Virgil Blanchard and Green Party candidate Elaine Mastromatteo. The information provided below was submitted by the other candidates, with their responses to our questions printed as submitted.

David Joyce

Political affiliation: Republican

What would you do to create jobs in this region?

“Job creation — Too many people are locked into stagnant wages and too many businesses are holding back from creating jobs because of the uncertainty that our federal government has provided. We need to provide clarity on taxes, health care policy, and regulations. Without clarity, our economy will remain stagnant.”

What is your position on health care reform?

“I would support measures to repeal and thoughtfully replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). While I am supportive of the ACA’s primary goal of increasing access to affordable health insurance for the millions of Americans without coverage and making health insurance more affordable for those already covered, I am troubled by the disproportional and automatic cuts that would be triggered by the IPAB, the mandatory appropriations for temporary programs, the increased regulatory burden on care providers, and the slew of new taxes on individual and small business owner. With regards to the substance of the ACA, there were a number of provisions relating to insurance reform which I support, like the ban on denying coverage based on preexisting conditions and allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ health care plans. I also like the law’s focus on preventative care and moving primary care delivery out of the more costly health care settings, such as emergency rooms.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“Economic security of the American people. In order to get the economy going again we need to invest in the American people and small business owners. We need to restore the faith in Americans that hard work can still be rewarded in this country. To do this we need to get our spending under control. Washington’s budget mess means we won’t be able to afford critical programs like Medicare and Social Security. We have to create a more clear, easy and simple tax code. These common senses approaches are what I want to bring to Washington D.C.

“Clear, Easy & Simple Tax Code. We need to have a system that is clear, easy and simpler. We need a tax code in which everyone benefits. No Americans should be able to game system to pay less than they should. We also need to remove complicated lobbyist loopholes.

“Efficient & Effective Government. Let’s be clear: We don’t have deficits because Americans are taxed too little: we have deficits because Washington spends too much. We need to end the budget tricks. No more accounting gimmicks. No more empty promises. Americans deserve the truth about our problems. As Prosecutor I have consistently come in …” [Exceeded stated word limit.]

 

David Macko

Political affiliation: Libertarian

What would you do to create jobs in this region?

“My 0-0-0 tax plan, also known as the Liberty Amendment, would require the fedgov to sell all businesses and the one million square miles of land which the government possesses without Constitutional authority. Three years after passage, the federal income tax, gift tax and death tax would be repealed. The federal minimum wage law, unconstitutional agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Labor Department and many others should be repealed. All taxes, regulations and restrictions as well as subsidies to the discovery, production, transmission and sale of energy should be repealed. Other taxes, including those on corporations, should be drastically reduced. The Federal Reserve System should be audited, those who robbed and pillaged the American people should be tried for treason and counterfeiting, their stolen wealth should be repatriated and it should be abolished. Legal tender laws and taxes on metals should be repealed. Fractional reserve banking should be outlawed. Gold, silver and or platinum and other precious metals should be used as coinage. All US troops should come home now, foreign bases should be sold and we should get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US.”

What is your position on health care reform?

“I will vote to defund and then kill Obamacare. I also oppose Romneycare, Hillarycare and all forms of socialized medicine. I favor the abolition of the Health and Human Services Department and Medicaid, and phasing out of Social Security and Medicare. (Personal disclosure: I am stealing back Social Security and Medicare and will continue to do so, but I will always vote to end them as soon as humanely possible.) A government which controls the health of the people cannot avoid becoming totalitarian. Government must recognize and respect the fact that we are individuals, not human cattle. 218 members of the House of Representatives can defund Obamacare and all other unconstitutional, unlibertarian federal programs, most of which are also financially unsound. All such programs will lead to bankruptcy, death panels, disease and suffering. Fedgov controls on hospitals should be ended. Tax policies begun during Roosevelt’s War (World War II) which linked health care with employment must end. Federal laws which prevent citizens from buying insurance in other states and other restrictions should be repealed. States should be encouraged to end licensing for doctors and nurses. The Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration should be abolished.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“END THE POLICE STATE: Repeal NDAA 2013 Sections 1031 to 1033 which purport to give Obama the power to arrest and imprison Americans without charges or trial, or to kill us, the USA PATRIOT Act which eviscerated the Bill of Rights, especially the Fourth Amendment, the John Warner Defense Act which repealed Posse Comitatus, the TSA thugs and the BATFE and all fedgov gun control laws.

“STOP WORLD WAR III: End the empire, end all foreign aid, entangling alliances and other meddling, get out of the UN, restore the republic, bring our troops home and put them on the border to end the invasion (immigration) problem. Until then, there should be an immigration moratorium and drastic reductions afterward.

“START ENDING THE DEPRESSION: Beside the other measures listed under job creation, especially tax reductions such as the Liberty Amendment http://www.libertyamendment.org/ and abolition of the Marxist Federal Reserve System, I favor the abolition of all fedgov departments except Defense, to be combined with Veterans Affairs, Justice, State and Treasury. Federal gasoline taxes should be abolished, the war on drugs should be eliminated and unconstitutional regulations on health, food, commerce, industry, agriculture and other unconstitutional activities should be abolished.”

 

Erick Robinson

Political affiliation: Independent (write-in)

What would you do to create jobs in this region?

“This region, as with any other, should have the corporate tax rates reduced to spur investment (these would be offset by a temporary increase on the top individual rates. TRY to reduce local competition amongst the region ‘temporarily attracting’ companies from location to location.”

What is your position on health care reform?

“Long overdue. Continue to reduce waste and fraud and increase preventative expenditures to reduce long-term health care expenditures.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“Immigration reform.

“Illegal immigration costs money and it is a matter of principal that we should not continually ‘kick the ball down the field.’ Institute a process similar to H1 visas for the illegals. This would make some legal while eventually deporting the remaining.

“Education.

“I believe the US student is failing and substantial money must be spent to improve this while receiving substantial sacrifices from parent and teachers.

“Reducing the deficit.

“Eliminating ‘loopholes and cheats’ would be a priority as well as securing a ‘temporary’ increase in individual rates.

“Of course the economy is an issue, but I AM NOT an expert in this field, but would learn quickly.”

 

Steven Winfield

Political affiliation: Independent (write-in)

What would you do to create jobs in this region?

“To create jobs in Northeast Ohio, I would begin by hosting a series of ‘Town Hall’ meetings, to obtain input from small business owners regarding the regulatory climate they operate in, and what changes they would need to facilitate their operations and enable them to begin hiring people. I will also seek out major employers in the region, and attempt to initiate dialog with them toward the same goal. I will examine the issues raised in these meetings, and bring them to Congress as proposals for regulatory reform. I will also look for entrepreneurship programs — including adult education, workforce development, venture capital and grant programs — and attempt to secure these and promote them within the region. For me, the key to economic recovery and job growth is facilitating small business entrepreneurship because prosperity — whether of a nation, a region or an individual — is proportional to the value of the work produced, and in my experience, nobody works harder than the owners and employees of America’s small businesses.”

What is your position on health care reform?

“I believe that there is merit to the idea that basic health care — non-emergency and non-catastrophic care, preventive services, health education and wellness services — could be provided as a government service. But I disagree with the idea that health insurance (whether private or single-payer (government) funded) was designed or can be effectively used to deliver these services. To me, Obamacare is an unprecedented, risky insurance scheme masquerading as health ‘care’ reform. There is an established model for providing government services — in all previous cases from schools to parks, public transportation, libraries, community colleges, ambulance services, and even some utilities — in every case, voters in a designated local area are asked to vote on a ballot initiative to create and fund an agency to provide the proposed service. Universal public education did not always exist in this nation, but we achieved it, one community at a time. In the debate on ACA/Obamacare, NEITHER party mentioned how the proposal (for a new and controversial government responsibility) deviated from this time-tested and effective model. In my view, the only legitimate way to establish government health care, is to ask voters in local regions whether actual government health CARE, provided in government clinics, is ...” [Exceeded stated word limit.]

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“My first priority if elected, will be to thoroughly examine the regulatory environment under which small businesses operate — to facilitate entrepreneurship, business and jobs growth by removing unduly burdensome regulation, facilitate and streamline compliance with the regulations that are necessary and appropriate, and generally work to lift government’s foot off the brake pedal of our economy.

“My second priority if elected, will be to propose an Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to enumerate and protect fundamental parental rights. There is a divorce epidemic in this nation, which I attribute in part to our present states’ family law acting as a divorce incentive system, destroying families to line lawyers’ pockets. A Parental Rights Amendment will strengthen families by removing incentives for no-fault divorce, provide an additional incentive for victims of abuse to press charges and cooperate with prosecutors to obtain convictions (and then, with evidence, a divorce ‘for cause’), and will reduce no-fault caseloads to help expedite the urgent for cause actions.

“My third priority will be to attempt to resolve — finally — the same-sex marriage debate, by proposing legislation to recognize that when adults in voluntary association decide by mutual consent to assemble a family by marriage, they are exercising the …” [Exceeded stated word limit.]

 

Aaron Zurbrugg

Political affiliation: Republican (write-in)

What would you do to create jobs in this region?

“U.S. Representatives do not create jobs; businesses create jobs. In order to climb out of the hole that we are in, we need private-sector jobs for middle-class workers. So I would seek to create an environment in which businesses can thrive. Specifically, I would seek a tax holiday for overseas profits, so that big businesses will bring undeclared overseas profits home. This would allow big businesses to invest more in their businesses here. However, the backbone of our country is made up of small businesses. I would seek tax cuts for small businesses and I would meet with local business owners to hear their concerns and to discuss ways in which I may be able to assist them in growing their businesses. Most of the time, government creates more problems than it solves, and there is nobody more capable of laying out the problems caused by government than a small business owner. By providing them a platform, I have no doubt that the things that government needs to do (or more likely stop doing) to allow their businesses to thrive will become apparent. Removing obstacles to their success would allow them to focus on growing their businesses and creating more jobs.”

What is your position on health care reform?

“I do not support the health care law that was passed in 2010. The primary reason that I do not support it is the ‘individual mandate.’ I do not think that the federal government has the power to force Americans to buy a product from a third party. I disagree with Justice Roberts’ reasoning in his opinion upholding the law that the penalty paid for failing to buy health insurance is like the penalty paid for failing to file your taxes, and that Congress has the power to impose both penalties under its taxing power. Filing your taxes is required under the law, and involves two parties — the individual and the government. Since we need a federal government to some extent, it follows that we allow it to pass laws requiring compliance for its funding. The individual mandate is the federal government attempting to solve an issue over which it has no Constitutional authority by forcing us to purchase a product from a third party. It is like trying to reduce energy costs by forcing everyone to either purchase gasoline or pay a penalty. If we allow this law to stand, we are allowing the government far too much power …” [Exceeded stated word limit.]

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“1. To aid in economic recovery by helping businesses create jobs, as stated in the first question.

“2. To repeal the health care law before the expense of it breaks our collective back.

“3. To reduce the size of the federal government. I believe that we have strayed too far from the principles of freedom and individual responsibility on which this country was founded, and that we have allowed the federal government to grow far too large. Not every issue was meant to be addressed by the federal government. Most things were meant to be left to the states. The Founders did this for a reason — most problems do not have a one-size-fits-all solution. What’s good for California may not work for Ohio, and vice versa. The inevitable result of the ever-increasing size of the federal government is out-of-control spending, record deficits, loss of freedom, abandonment of personal responsibility, and no end in sight. We can choose to allow our society to continue its slow circling of the drain until it is too late, or we can elect people like me who understand that not every problem should be solved by passing laws and creating bureaucracies.”

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