LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE FOR
Michigan's Second Congressional District.
2456 E Collier SE
Kentwood, MI 49546
This is in response to one of the questionairre's that candidates get. League of Women Voters and M live do it well, but ask the same questions that assume to be true that which needs to be proven. Nevertheless
Why are you running for office?
1) Right-size our military commitments and costs. Our Army has lost almost every one of it's wars (including my war) during the last 70 years and did nothing to stop terrorist attacks in the USA. 2) Completely get rid of the corrupt and inefficient IRS by constitutional amendment if necessary. Replace it with the fair tax-basically a national sales tax. This plan has a "prebate" that pays the tax for the poor and encourages saving. 3) Balance the budget and pay down the national debt by eliminating 4 departments of government; energy, commerce, education and HUD. None of these add to the economy but do add plenty of harmful regulations.
Why do you identify with your political affiliation? Are there any issues in which you believe differently than your political affiliation’s traditional (or more typical) view?
My parents, uncles and aunts all lived in the Bavarian Soviet Socialist Republic. My mother fled Hitler after 2.5 years of terror. I learned all about international and national socialism at Sunday afternoon family card games on the old farm that an uncle operated. At the same time I imbibed the maxim that "America is just 75 years behind Germany." The gradual increase of regulations and taxes, stifling political correctness, the dominance in government of social sciences with their lying self serving statistics, the arrogance and ignorance of our rulers in Washington with fantasies of a world empire (like that of of the Nazis and Communists) blends in with the long remembered stories told on that sun-flooded lawn. Munich in the 1920s and 30s under "strong governments" and martial law was progressive. I found a refuge outside that mobocracy in the Libertarian Party.
What are your top two areas to look to cut the federal budget? What are your top two priorities to preserve or increase funding?
1) Cut the military down and configure it to defend America. Our constitution specifies that congress maintain a navy and "raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years...." It basically forbids keeping a standing army. We have no business in Iraq, Syria, Lybia, Yemen and the 100 other countries where we meddle. Presidents Clinton and Bush II embargo of Iraq starved 300,000 babies to death. We support Israel, a country with half of its citizens stripped of property rights and caged in refugee camps. Muslims are understandably enraged and plot terror in our country to extract some sort of revenge. We have to stop this madness. "The last great superpower" assumes that there is a need for such a creature. There was no superpower in the generally peaceful 18th and 19th centuries so who needed this erratic world leader, and why? 2) Get rid of the departments of the IRS, commerce, education, HUD and energy as above. .
Do you believe current immigration laws should be reformed? Please detail.
1) My parents were legal immigrants, became citizens, kids went to grad schools.... That pattern needs to be retained. 2) Illegals have no civil rights, no claim on our courts or US jobs so can be abused, don’t fit in, a second country within ours. 3) A Roman emperor, Caracalla needed more taxes and soldiers, so made all freemen in the empire citizens. Roman citizenship became worthless, the end was near. 4) Mexicans come here to work, not for citizenship. Going back and forth is dangerous, so they stay, trapped. 5) Exclude dodgy refugees and non producers, just like they did in Ellis Island when my parents passed through. Our laws, like those of Mexico, allow for immediate deportation of illegals which would open up a lot of jobs for minorities and the unskilled.
What do you consider the nation’s current top foreign policy issue or issues?
Our Democratic and Republican politicians foment war with Russia. We signed a treaty with the Brits, French, Russians and Germans in 1991 allowing the Russian army to retreat to its borders in peace. Germany was to be nuclear weapons free. The understanding was that the Warsaw Pact countries would remain neutral. The USA has placed 60 nuclear weapons in Germany for the use by the Luftwaffe. We advanced NATO far into eastern Europe. We are the aggressors. Putin is a hero to his people because he defends the Russian people and culture from the hypocrites from the West. There is a proposal circulating at the RAND Corp. asking brainy people there to help plan for winning asymmetric warfare in the Baltics. I'll bet that the Latvians, Poles and Finns won't be as fond of nuclear explosions as these eggheads are likely to be.
What issues do you consider a top priority?
1) Most governmental efforts are failures. Maybe being a failure is necessary for an program to qualify for funding. 2) Social Security is rumored to work well, but who speaks for men who work with their hands and who contribute 15.3 percent of their lifetime incomes, then die in their mid 60s just as they qualify for their first payouts. (There are the long term funding shortfalls for this program.) It needs to be gradually phased out and replaced with adequate private pensions. Working men's money can go to their estates. 3) As a city commissioner, I see what HUD has accomplished-urban renewal, pedestrian malls, the destruction of streetcars and building the interstates through neighborhoods gutting whole cities. They missed the bankruptcy of Freddie Mae and Mac. I'll not fund these losers. 4) The Great Society welfare schemes of the 1960s led first to the destruction of the African American family and now that of the White family. A partial fix in the 1990s needs to to be finished.
Do you support legalized abortion? (Yes or no)
yes, because any law outlawing it will be disobeyed and so undermining respect for the law. I find abortion to be abhorent, it's murder, but deeply ingrained in the customs of the people.
2456 E Collier SE
Kentwood, MI 49546