6) Many students are struggling with the rising costs of tuition for highter education. What actions, if any, should the federal government take to address this situation?
Answer: I don't know anymore? We're 13 trillion dollars in the hole. I know the Government taking away the student loan program several months ago from the private sector is not going to work out- and the timing of Obama's seizure- coming on the heels of his Health Care win, sent a terrible message.
7) Gender inequities and biases persist in our society, whether in professional opportunities (women are paid about 77% of what men are paid for the same work) or healthcare coverage. Is it Congress' role to reduce these inequities and biases, and if so, what should be implemented to do so?
Answer: Yes. I assume you're talking about the lack of health coverage for partners of gays and lesbians. Why not come out and just say it? The Federal gov't can either enforce the existing laws, or write new ones. But there is no need for any new Constitutional amendments in this area.
8) Would you vote to adopt a cap and trade system or a carbon tax? Please explain your answer.
Answer: Absolutely not! My opponent would have. I say, "would have" although now, he wouldn't have- if he could do it all over, which is O.K., flip flop that is, if you represent the 2nd district. He's belatedly against it - he's back on the Republican reservation. For more details, see web site #2; theessentialsteinforcongress.com. Basically, it's a compilation of all the questionnaires I've filled out to date- which are many! See where he stood on the troop surge in 2007. Same foolish pandering, like on Cap and Trade.
I'm for new nuclear electric generation. No green house gasses, and no dependence on foreign oil. Ask the French how nuclear is working out, and ask the Chinese if Cap and Trade makes sense.
9) The nation's infrastructure (including highways, bridges, railroads, and tunnels) is aging. How would you approach this problem?
Answer: Aging infrastructure, aging baby boomers, uncontrolled spending, unsustainable national debt- how to fix the bridges- hmmm? It might be too late? Throw entrenched bums in high office out, and please- lets not worry about throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Most good legislators will survive a mass revolt by the electorate. A few might not......so what! My Congressman is not the stalwart Rep. some think he is- he's expendable, lets not fret over him. What does he have to say about aging infrastructure? I've "warned" him in no uncertain terms to answer this questionnaire after he failed to answer others. What does he, the expert, have to say? Probably nothing, I'm a minor nuisance, and if he bothered answering, it's probably political boilerplate anyway.
10) Do you support a path to legalazation for those presently in the country without authorization? If not, what actions on the part of federal or state government do you believe would improve the current situation? If yes, please specify the steps that path should involve.
I'll answer this question basically the same way I always answer it (and the way I have in two previous League questionnaires.) I'm for amnesty, but I'd use illegals as geo-political pawns by leveraging amnesty- in exchange for the Mexican government- the culprit in this fiasco, undertaking meaningful reform. I'd ask Mexican illegals to hold back sending any money to their families until Mexico get's serious about attacking systemic government corruption. These are the same folks in charge of fighting the drug cartels. I'd need at least 150 words- not the 125 I'm allotted by the League- to explain this doozey of an answer, therefore we'll leave this one hanging.