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    Sandy M. Levin
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    John V. McDermott
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    Christopher R. Morse
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Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

How would you rate the State of Michigan's response to the Flint water crisis?

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How would you rate the federal government’s response to the Flint water crisis?

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Should Congress provide funding to help Flint, and other cities across the U.S., reduce and eventually eliminate lead service lines?

Do you support deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Do they help create jobs in the U.S.? Why or why not?

What do you think needs to be done to make the U.S. tax code fairer?

Do you think Obamacare should be augmented or replaced? How would you change it? What would you replace it with?

Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony? If so, please explain.

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, please explain.

What specifically would you do to help colleges control the cost of tuition?

The U.S., and Michigan specifically, has long been a place of refuge for people displaced by wars and acts of terror. Should it remain so, especially with regard to refugees from Iraq, Syria and the Middle East?

Would you support a Constitutional amendment repealing Citizens United?

If an American auto company wants to open a plant in another country in order to reduce costs and increase its competitiveness worldwide, should it be able to do so? Should it have to pay additional taxes or fees for work performed overseas?

Where should the U.S. concentrate its job creation efforts?

Should the U.S. Senate confirm a Supreme Court Justice before a new president takes office? If not, why not?

What is the role of Congress when its majority sits in political opposition to the president?

Has the relationship between Congress and the president lost the respect it ought to have during the last two terms? If so, how would you restore it?

How effective has the Republican majority in the House been in exercising the House’s constitutional role in the federal government?

Do you believe income inequality is a problem in America? If so, what would you do about it?

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Racial inequality continues to be a serious problem in America.

If you agree, what would you do about it? If you disagree, explain why.

Do you support a moratorium on the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children were born in the United States?

Do you favor the deportation of all undocumented immigrants?

Do you support legislation to reform the decennial redistricting process by placing it in the hands of in the hands of a non-partisan agency?

How would you reduce the number of firearm-related injuries and deaths in the U.S.?

As more boomers enter retirement, the nation faces critical shortages in eldercare services and rapidly rising levels of poverty among older Americans. What should Congress do about it?

City of residence Royal Oak
Age 85
Family Married for over 50 years to the late Vicki Levin. We had four children (Andy, Jenny, Madeleine and Matt) and 10 grandchildren. I remarried 5 years ago to Dr. Pamela Cole, a professor of child psychology at Penn State.
Education Graduated from Central High School in Detroit. Received my Bachelors from the University of Chicago and my Masters at Columbia University. I graduated from law school at Harvard.
Vehicles owned 2003 Buick LaSabre
Professional Experience I started my career as a labor lawyer representing the Building Trades. I represented Oakland County in the State Senate and started representing Michigan in the Congress in 1983.
Political Experience I was a local Democratic Chair in 60’s and served as the Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party in 1967-68. I am currently a Delegate to the Democratic National Convention.
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I support Hillary Clinton. I appeared at campaign events with her in the Primary and look forward to doing so in the General.
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From the involvement of an unelected Emergency Manager to the decision of the State DEQ not to require corrosion control treatment of the Flint River water, State decisions were at the core of this crisis. What has been most concerning to me though was the months and months that the State ignored the concerns of residents and numerous warning signs from the EPA, the medical community and scientists before they finally acted to stop Flint residents from using the poisoned water. Even after that point, the State response has been slow and the financial resources inadequate to address the public health and infrastructure needs of Flint residents.
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The EPA should have been much more vocal about their concerns early on and they should have issued a public warning rather than pressing the State to do so. Since the fall of 2015, the federal response has been active. The Obama Administration provided more than $80 million in emergency assistance, expanded Medicaid coverage, Head Start and nutrition programs. There is also an HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, on the ground to coordinate the federal response.
Congress should absolutely provide financial assistance to Flint to recover from this man-made disaster. I support legislation that would provide federal resources so Flint can replace lead service lines in Flint, assist those who have been exposed to lead and establish a long-term health monitoring program. The federal government must also fully fund the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund that helps states afford water system upgrades.
The Trans-pacific Partnership trade agreement as negotiated falls short of an acceptable outcome, and I oppose it. There are four key areas - worker rights, currency manipulation, the rules of origin, and investment – where the results are wholly inadequate.

The economic gains the International Trade Commission (ITC) expects from TPP are insignificant and they found that overall U.S. manufacturing employment is expected to decline as a result of the agreement.
We need to strengthen areas of our tax code that support middle class families and domestic manufacturing while closing the tax loopholes that benefit the very wealthy and encourage the offshoring of U.S. jobs. I am the author of legislation to end the carried interest loophole that allows money managers to receive the lower capital gains tax rate for managing other people’s money rather than the ordinary income tax rate that everyone else in America pays on their compensation. I am also the author of several pieces of legislation to end corporate inversions where a U.S. company buys a smaller foreign company just to shift its address and avoid paying U.S. taxes.
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved our health care system by expanding coverage, focusing on prevention, ending discriminatory practices by insurance companies, and slowing the growth of health care costs. In Michigan, the uninsured rate declined to 7.6 percent in 2015 from 12.4 percent. More than 345,000 Michiganders signed up for health insurance and over 620,000 Michiganders are now covered by the ACA's Medicaid expansion. 212,075 seniors have saved an average of $1,176 on prescription medications. There are certainly areas we could build on the ACA if the Republican Majority would stop their endless and unsuccessful efforts to repeal the new law even though it is working.
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I’m supportive of proposals to help students refinance high-interest loans, and increasing the allocation for Pell Grants so those at the lowest-income levels can access higher education. I also support providing two years of free tuition at community colleges for qualifying students. The federal government can and should do more to help students, but under our current systems the States bear a responsibility for the disinvestment in higher education, which has forced costs to be passed on to students and families to quality is not sacrificed. We need a system where higher education is truly accessible for those at all income levels.
Yes. We should continue our support for refugees, and help them settle into a new life in our communities. Each year, through the annual appropriations process, I work to ensure that the three main federal agencies working with refugees have robust funding to provide services for them, while maintaining secure standards on background and security checks.
Yes. I support the House Joint Resolution 22, a Constitutional Amendment that would overturn Citizens United, and allow Congress and states to set reasonable limits on how much money can be raised and spent to influence elections. I also support legislation to improve disclosure laws so that voters at least know who is behind all of the outside spending on elections. In addition, we must take action to restore the Voting Rights Act and improve our voting procedures so there are no obstacles to exercising the right to vote.
Opening a plant in another country in order to be closer to your customers and service that market is one thing, but seeking out areas with the worst labor and environmental conditions to lower costs is another. We need to use trade agreements to increase standards, stop other countries from cheating and level the playing field for American workers. This is a major reason that I oppose the TPP trade agreement because of the labor conditions in Mexico and Vietnam. International trade backfires in the lives of families when it increasingly is based on a race to the bottom or rigging of the system by a competitor nation.
We have the most innovative companies and talented workers in the world. The federal government should provide resources and incentives that keep jobs in the United States. We should also invest in repairing and upgrading our crumbling infrastructure, make college more affordable so our students can compete in the global economy, support clean energy technologies, and promote domestic manufacturing. We should also target our efforts through private-public partnerships in the research and development needed to lead in the technologies of tomorrow.
Yes. Judge Garland is eminently qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and Senate Republicans must join Democrats in meeting with him and giving him a full committee hearing and bringing his nomination to a vote. It is irresponsible of the Republican Majority to leave this important position vacant for what will end up being over a year.
The role of the Majority and the Minority is to make progress for the American people; to tackle the problems of the day and ensure that our country is prepared for the future.
At times, the Republican Majority has clearly not shown President Obama the respect that he deserves. From the “birther movement” backed by Donald Trump that ridiculously questioned his very right to serve as President to the shouting of “you lie” during a State of the Union, there have been very low points. The problem is more a deep divide between the parties on fundamental issues and a Republican Party that has moved far to the right and outside of the mainstream of America.
The role of the U.S. House of Representatives is not in any constitutional jeopardy. The inability of the Republican Party to pass a budget and make progress on key issues has ground any major action to a halt.
Income inequality is one of the major problems facing our nation. The top 10 percent of earners grabbed 88 percent of all income growth between 1976 and 2007 as middle class income stalled while salaries among the wealthy rose significantly. Almost all of our actions must take this backdrop into account as we work to improve education, strengthen programs that assist lower income citizens move into the middle class, and reform our tax code so that the very wealthiest are paying their fair share.
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Immediate criminal justice reform would go a long way to making the African American community feel some improved equality. We also need to do a much better job of ensuring that our police forces look like the communities in which they are working. We also need to strengthen communities and schools to provide much more opportunity for all of our students. When something like the Flint water crisis happens it is a stark reminder that all of our communities are not equal. We also need to strengthen the Voting Rights Act so that our citizens do not feel disenfranchised.
Yes. I support the President’s policy on Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and the related Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). These executive orders would have allowed some undocumented immigrants to stay and work legally in the United States. However, because the Supreme Court deadlocked on the executive orders, millions of people are now left in limbo. Congress must take up immigration reform with urgency. It is unfortunate, that the Senate passed bi-partisan legislation in 2013 with 68 votes, and the Republican Majority has refused to allow it to come to a vote in the House.
No. We need comprehensive immigration reform. We cannot deport our way out of a broken immigration system. Currently, there are estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States. It is simply not possible to deport all, or even most of the undocumented immigrants, who contribute to our economy, and many of whom have young children who are U.S. citizens. The urgency for Congress to take up comprehensive immigration reform is especially pressing in light of the recent Supreme Court ruling, where the eight justices deadlocked on the President’s immigration policy.
Yes. Since federal legislation is very unlikely to happen, states need to consider ballot initiatives to reform the system. In the 1990s, Michigan’s re-districting plan ended up in the courts and the districts were drawn by a three judge panel. In my opinion, those marginal seats throughout the state were much preferable to the gerrymandered ones we have today.
It is unbearable to be in Congress in the aftermath of mass shootings and daily gun violence and abide the Republican Majority’s ironclad opposition to commonsense gun safety measures. The public broadly supports preventing individuals on the no-fly list from buying guns and preventing suspected terrorists from buying guns, yet we can’t get a vote on these bills in the House. The June sit-in on the House floor was about breaking this log jam, breaking the strangle hold that the NRA has on commonsense legislation.
The first thing Congress needs to do is strengthen and expand Social Security. Without Social Security benefits, almost half of seniors would have incomes below the federal poverty level, but only 9.1 percent are below the federal poverty level with Social Security benefits. Congress needs to pass laws – as well as support agency efforts – that will address looming shortages in eldercare. Congress should increase the competitiveness of caregiver jobs, incentivize entry into eldercare professions, and invest in eldercare workforce training.
City of residence Hazel Park
Age 54
Family Single
Education B.A. Accounting, M.S.U. 1986: J.D. University Detroit-Mercy Law 1994.
Vehicles owned 260E, 300E
Professional Experience I was an accounting controller in the auto dealership industry before studying law. After law school I became a commercial-industrial real estate broker in downtown Detroit. In 2004 I began using my financial, legal and real estate skill sets to identify public officials, including Federal law enforcement officials, involved in mortgage fraud.
Political Experience I ran as Green Party candidate for 9th District in 2014.
Race/ethnicity Irish American.
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I support Dr. Jill Stein and did attend her rally at Bert's Marketplace in Detroit's Eastern Market Saturday September 3rd. However, she is not expected to appear again in Michigan before November. Dr. Stein announced Friday September 9th her support for a new investigation of the 9/11 event. That same day the House of Representatives passed by unanimous voice vote a Bill authorizing U.S. Citizens to sue Saudi Arabia for civil damages for any role Saudi may have played in the 9/11 event. Although Mr. Obama is expected to veto this Bill, the House is believed to have adequate votes to override that veto.
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The Flint water crisis demonstrated a failure of government at all levels. On October 13, 2014, the General Motors Flint Engine Operation Plant on Bristol Road announced publicly the treated Flint River water was too corrosive for G.M.'s industrial uses and would be discontinued. The continued supply of that water for human consumption by Flint residents after that date was a criminal act. As Mr. Trump observed in his September 14, 2016 visit to Flint, the financial interests of those involved in the Karegnondi Water Authority seem to have been given more importance than the health, welfare or lives of the Citizens of Flint.
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The Flint water crisis demonstrated a failure of government at all levels. I support Chairman of the House Oversight Committee's Rep. Jason Chaffetz's call for EPA administrator Gina McCarthy's resignation. McCarthy remains unwilling to acknowledge EPA's culpability and ineptitude. If EPA is incapable of timely responsive action in a matter of this magnitude, we might well question EPA's very existence. The very recent Federal Bill providing financial aid to repair or replace damaged water supply piping in Flint is an expensive solution to a government-created crisis which should never have happened in the first place.
Local municipalities are best situated to determine their own infrastructure needs. The Flint water crisis developed because Governor Snyder's Emergency Manager Darnell Early lacked accountability to the Flint Citizens whose water service he was privatizing and outsourcing. Michigan's Congressional Delegation ought to demand Governor Snyder's resignation. Unless we gain personal accountability from our public officials we will only enable these crises to happen again. Fire Snyder first.
I do not support TPP and advocate the renegotiation of NAFTA. NAFTA has harmed both the U.S. and Mexican economies. NAFTA did not make domestic auto manufacturers competitive as proven by the subsequent bankruptcies of both General Motors and Chrysler. NAFTA has not provided living wages to auto workers in Mexico who may make less than $4 per hour in many cases. NAFTA may allow the dumping in Mexico of surplus U.S. agricultural products which may be destroying Mexico's small farmers' ability to compete and survive. We must renegotiate NAFTA.
Wall Street pays no taxes. While working families pay ever-increasing sales, income and property taxes, Wall Street speculators pay no tax on their share of the annual turnover of quadrillions of dollars in stocks, bonds and derivatives. A 1% tax on these sales, equally divided between the federal and state governments would by most estimates bring hundreds of billions into public treasuries and largely solve budget deficits at all levels of government. (twsp.us) Besides simplifying the IRS code itself, IRS enforcement needs to be uniform and not be politicized. IRS Commissioner Koskinen needs to be fired or impeached for targeting conservative political groups.
The Affordable Care Act is poorly written, has undesirable economic consequences, is unconstitutional, is unaffordable and must be repealed and rewritten. We must harness the bargaining power and thrift of all health care consumers to contain medical costs within reasonable bounds. Health Care in U.S. is too expensive and not necessarily better than abroad. We must consider a single payer public health system which allocates enough costs to the consumer to keep consumers sensitive to costs. We must also address the abusive, subsidized, over-supply of prescription drugs. Prescription drug deaths now exceed street narcotics deaths.
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Although the ratio of professors to students may not have changed appreciably in forty years, the ratio of college administrators to students has increased dramatically. That burgeoning class of nonteaching administrators may be the principal cause of unaffordable tuition. If we wish to make college affordable again, we must reduce the administrator to student ratio.
The people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria had no involvement whatsoever in the 9/11 false flag attack. Yet the 9/11 false flag attack and subsequent false flag events, such as the al Ghouta sarin gas attack August 21, 2013, have been used to justify a state of perpetual war and nonsensical military interventions in the Middle East. If we wish to address the real cause of the Mideast refugee crisis we need to address the 9/11 event itself and the political manipulation of that event.
Citizens United was wrongly decided and has the undesirable effect of allowing well financed special interests to unfairly influence public opinion and thereby unfairly hijack representative government. However, I do not advocate a Constitutional amendment repealing Citizens United because I believe representative government in Washington had already been completely destroyed long before CItizens United was decided. We must enforce the Foreign Agent Registration Act to prevent undue foreign influence on our Congress and Executive Branch. AIPAC must be required to comply with FARA. Saudi Arabia's millions of dollars of contributions to the Clinton Foundation ought to be subject to FARA.
We must renegotiate NAFTA. If a domestic manufacturer moves domestic manufacturing and employment elsewhere to produce products for sale in USA we may have a right to enact a tariff to discourage offshoring of jobs and importing of those products. If a manufacturer produces products overseas for sale overseas those products would presumably not be subject to such an import tariff. NAFTA does not seem to have provided living wages to auto workers in Mexico. NAFTA also did not make domestic auto manufacturers competitive as proven by the subsequent bankruptcies and bailouts of General Motors and Chrysler.
Making higher education affordable again may be the best job creation investment. Besides lowering inflated tuition costs, we ought to encourage education and training in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, only 5% of U.S. workers are employed in fields related to science and engineering, yet they may be responsible for more than 50% of our sustained economic expansion. The GI Bill is believed to have returned seven dollars to the Treasury for every dollar spent.
Merrick Garland is unfit to be a Supreme Court Justice. The Senate has wisely declined to hear his confirmation. As Assistant Deputy Attorney General in 1995, Mr. Garland organized DOJ prosecution of Tim McVeigh and Michigan's Terry Nichols for the Oklahoma City bombing. That DOJ prosecution was contrived to deceive the American people about the nature of that terror event and to conceal the identity of certain of the perpetrators. FBI seized and still refuses to release the security camera videos from nearby properties which would identify the unnamed person seen exiting McVeigh's rental truck. At least one additional explosive device detonated INSIDE the Murrah Federal Building.
The Constitution does not contemplate the two party Democrat/Republican political dominance existing today. The Constitution does not specify differing roles for either the House of Representatives or the Senate when those deliberative bodies have a partisan majority which is either the same Party or a different Party than the President.
The practical balance of power and the Constitutional Separation of Powers between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch have completely departed from the Constitutional framework conceived by the Founders. We have been living in a post-Constitutional Era for fifteen years. For example, Mr. Obama and SecDef Ash Carter have begun deploying troops in Syria in spite of Syria's objection to UNSC. Syria is a sovereign Nation with a democratically elected government and has not attacked the U.S. Mr. Obama does not have a Declaration of War from the Congress and does not have War Powers Act AUMF from Congress. These usurpations will continue until we expose the 9/11 false flag.
Both sides of the Congressional aisle richly deserve their historically low public approval ratings. The Legislative Branch in its entirety has failed in its duty to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic. We have been living in a post-Constitutional Era for fifteen years.
Yes, income inequality is a problem in Michigan and America. Wealthy people can buy governmental influence and thereby use governmental powers to further enrich themselves at the expense of their fellow citizens. Michigan ranks fiftieth (dead last) among the States in requiring its public officials to disclose their personal financial interests. The Michigan Legislature must enact strict disclosure requirements for public officials in Michigan as an antidote to this pay-to-play culture. The pay-to-play purchase of governmental influence may be a principal cause of income inequality. Michigan taxpayers may have contributed $285 million to the construction of the new Joe Louis Arena.
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The police shootings of racial minority motorists captured on phone cameras has outraged people of all races. e.g. Philando Castile. We need to completely overhaul our law enforcement culture. We cannot ignore large crimes when committed by powerful people while executing other citizens for allegedly defective tail lights. If Hazel Park is predominantly Caucasian, why are so many of the defendants in its District Court's traffic hearings People of Color? If we have the political will to restore the Rule of Law and to restore simple notions of justice and fair play, that effort must involve addressing unequal enforcement of law. We should begin by prosecuting Bush and Cheney for Iraq.
Not necessarily. Immigration reform must begin by 1. Improving the security of the southwestern border: 2. Deporting illegal immigrants with felony convictions: 3: Enforcement of existing laws: 4. Ending catch and release. 5. Reducing USA's contribution to turmoil in Mexico caused by USA's appetite for narcotics, NAFTA dumping of surplus agricultural products and NAFTA enabled low wages.
Not necessarily. However, I appreciate Mr. Trump defining this debate by proposing a specific and very aggressive plan to address our immigration problem. Even if one may not agree with any of the elements of his plan, I believe these elements each merit public debate: 1. Build a Wall. 2. End “Catch and Release”. 3. Zero tolerance for illegal aliens. 4. Eliminate “sanctuary cities”. 5. Reverse Mr. Obama’s 'executive amnesty'. 6. Suspend visa issuance to risky countries. 7. Ensure foreign countries accept their deported citizens. 8. Complete biometric entry-exit visa program. 9. Enforce E-Verify with employers. 10. Reform immigration to suit the best needs of the AMERICAN people.
No. The Michigan Legislature itself must acknowledge its disenfranchisement of voters in gerrymandered Districts. The creation of yet another agency and the failure to demand accountability in the Legislature is not a solution.
I believe much of the gun crime in urban areas is narcotics related. I regard the narcotics as the problem and regard the gun crimes as one of many horrific symptoms of the narcotics problem. Opium production in Afghanistan increased from 54% of world production to over 90% of world production during the years of US military occupation. The amount of narcotics entering US through our border with Mexico is estimated to be between $13 and $49 billion dollars annually. USA has a drug problem. We must consider and publicly debate whether the decriminalization of recreational amounts of narcotics would lessen related crimes. The War on Drugs has failed just as Prohibition failed.
The Baby Boomers' (dob 1945-1960) retirement legacy costs may far exceed those monies set aside for their funding. The first step in addressing this massive problem may be public acknowledgement of the scale of the problem. Many pension systems and Social Security itself may be grossly underfunded. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. reported a $62 billion annual deficit for 2014. We might consider the conversion of underfunded Defined Benefit Plans to Defined Contribution Plans. We might create a separate Social Security Trust for those born after 1960 to prevent younger generations having a similar experience.
City of residence Bloomfield Township
Age 42
Family Jennifer (Spouse) Scout (Dog)
Education B.A. from Drury College - 1996
Vehicles owned 2
Professional Experience 1997-2003 US Navy-Active Duty, Anti-terrorism 2004-2006 US Navy-Reserve, Naval Coastal Warfare 2005-2006 Edward Jones Investments, Stock Broker 2006-2010 US Navy-Mobilized, Naval Coastal Warfare 2010-2015 US Army-Active Duty, Military Intelligence
Political Experience None.
Race/ethnicity White/Caucasian
Campaign Website http://www.votemorse.com
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Yes, I support and will appear with the party's presidential nominee.
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I think more resources needed to be on site faster than what had occurred. The second a problem was discovered, fresh water should have been trucked in and notices out to the population. A delay in one day can cause irreparable harm to children.
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A health state of emergency should have been issued much sooner than it was to open up needed resources.
I think during a state of emergency, and this was clearly a health emergency, federal funding should be made available. However, this does not mean that cities allow their infrastructure to crumble so the rest of the country foots the bill. State legislatures need to make the fiscal decisions to repair and improve their state infrastructure.
I do not support the Trans-Pacific Partnership because it hurts our labor force here in the United States. This is especially apparent when currency manipulation by China is not factored into the Partnership, which puts American products and workers at a unfair disadvantage.
I am a strong proponent of the Fair Tax. The website http://fairtax.org/ explains in depth the proposal and why it is a simplified system which will benefit everyone and provide a growth environment for businesses and individuals.
I think Obamacare needs to be replaced. But, before a vote to repeal is taken, legislation must be ready to replace it with four important aspects: 1) The ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, 2) People cannot be denied due to a pre-existing condition, 3) Children can stay on their parents healthcare until 26, and 4) There can be no loss of coverage for people who are currently insured. I will not vote to repeal without a replacement ready to go into immediate effect.
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I think tuition is out of control because of two reasons: 1) A decadent tenure system within the college system. Professors need to be re-evaluated at least every 5 years with peer, graduate, and parental input. A competitive system will force the better professors to remain and the ineffective overpaid ones to go. 2) Federal Loans. A college needs to provide a scholarship or internship if they value the potential of a student. Federal money pouring into a school does nothing but put a student in debt and allow the college to jack up the price because they know federal money will be forthcoming.
Refugees need assistance regardless of their origin. How and where the assistance occurs is what is up for debate. I believe that we can provide a safe environment for refugees in their home country by working with our international partners. When the conflict in their area is over, the refugees can return to their lives and culture. If a refugee wants to come to the US, they need to go through the regular immigration process. The process begins in their country, not in the U.S.
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Yes, a company has every right to open a factory overseas. Likewise, we have every right to place a tax on any product entering the country.
The U.S. should focus on technology and skilled-labor job creation. Unions can be strong advocates for a highly skilled vocational work force. Unions need to work with companies and schools to help achieve job creation.
The Senate needs to do its job as per the Constitution. When it does that job is up to the Senate.
The role of Congress is clearly defined in the Constitution and needs to be carried out regardless of the party in charge of the Executive Branch.
Yes, it has lost a great deal of respect. To correct it, you start by being civil with each other and having an honest dialog. I would talk to anyone with a good idea who has a solution to a particular problem. While we may not agree on how to do things, we can always be civil and respect each other.
The Republican House did pass a budget as was their responsibility. Budgets being passed means they were effective in governing. I also qualify effectiveness not in how many laws can be passed, but how many can be updated and removed due to being obsolete.
Yes, it is a problem and to solve it we need to provide good paying jobs for people to start a career and begin to move up in life. Allowing small businesses to flourish will produce good paying jobs and will allow people to start to get the employment history which will be a foundation for future advancement.
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I would work on showing people where we have more in common than emphasizing what is different. Every parent wants their child to be safe and successful. Every person wants the opportunity to work hard and have that work rewarded. These are examples of areas where we can build bridges to stop the racial divide. I have worked alongside many races in the military and there was no measure by the ethnicity of a person, the measure is in the actions and work for a common goal.
I think it is important for families to remain together. It is not fair to those immigrants who followed the process and became citizens and had children in the US. As a nation of laws, we must enforce the laws fairly and equally. If undocumented mmigrants choose to leave, their child can remain until 18 or depart and stay with the family.
I think it is unrealistic to say you will deport everyone who is undocumented. Instead, enforce the laws on the books, enforce the "E-verify" system and when businesses stop hiring workers due to fines, the undocumented immigrants will leave and re-enter legally to obtain employment.
I would only if there were no federal laws stating who must be housed and where within a state.
There needs to be training in the proper use of a firearm. Having access to proper training with qualified instructors will reduce the injuries because people will respect the weapon and its capabilities.
Congress needs to update Social Security to factor in longer mortality rates. Therefore, the retirement age needs to be raised for Social Security. For those still paying into the system, they will need to work longer because people are living longer. People who retire "early" can afford the needed services and are not going to fall into this gap, unless they have a medical reason for retirement, in which case Social Security can assist when properly funded with Congressional Action.
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