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Minnesota - 1st Congressional District (2012) Survey

What should the federal government do to stimulate job creation and economic development?

We need to invest in infrastructure, homegrown energy solutions and make products here to export overseas. I support a variety of federal policies for a bipartisan energy bill that invests in jobs right here at home to encouraging businesses to hire hardworking, returning veterans to get our economy moving again.
I would balance the federal budget to remove economic uncertainty; roll back counter-productive regulations, especially those dealing with carbon dioxide; reduce energy costs by opening more land as well as off-shore areas for energy exploration and development; bargain with countries like China for more equitable trade agreements that would reduce unfair practices that penalize American-made goods.

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Where are three specific areas where federal spending should be cut? Are there any specific areas where federal spending should be increased?

We should cut programs that do not work and invest in ones that give the taxpayer the greatest return. I believe we can cut funding in defense, while still protecting our national security and by cutting subsidies for oil companies and companies that ship American jobs overseas. If necessary, I would increase spending on veterans programs -- and make cuts elsewhere to make up the difference.
Eliminate corporate welfare (GM should have been allowed to file for bankruptcy protection), stop funding welfare fraud, and cut the food stamp portion of the Senate farm bill. Funding for roads and bridges should be increased, but lower priority programs should be cut first.

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Do you support extending the Bush-era tax cuts? If so, all of them?

Yes, for the middle class. I believe millionaires and billionaires should pay their fair share and the tax cuts to those top 2 percent should expire.
Yes, all of them

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Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House?

Yes. With the current Farm Bill set to expire at the end of September, we owe it to our farmers, ranchers, and those who rely on agriculture production, to enact a new farm bill before October to avoid the uncertainty that comes with extensions or lame duck action.
No. We can't afford the $500 billion price tag on the bill. It spends too much on food stamps and should be considered only as part of a larger deficit-reduction plan.

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What should be done with the Social Security program?

I support efforts to ensure Social Security is strong now and for the next generations of Americans and I oppose any effort to privatize Social Security, leaving senior's fiscal future to the reckless behavior on Wall Street.
I would balance the federal budget so we are able to meet our commitments to those on Social Security.

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What types of changes should be made in the health care system?

Repeal President Obama's health care reform law passed in 2010. Eliminate the law's marriage penalty of, in some case, more than $10,000 per year. Health care issues could be entirely solved through free-market solutions, such as malpractice reform; allowing competition for insurance companies between states; remove most of the mandates on insurance companies so people can buy policies that fit themselves; encourage publishing of prices for various medical procedures for more competition; give people full deductions for private insurance and repeal the medical devices tax.
I support President Obama's health care reform law because it will help make health care more accessible and affordable for middle class families. From eliminating pre-existing conditions as a reason to deny, coverage, expanding coverage for young Americans, increasing benefits for senior citizens, this landmark bill will improve our system of health care. However, more work must done to make care affordable and accessible for all Americans.

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What changes, if any, would you support in Medicare?

I support ensuring the strength of Medicare by changing the way Medicare reimburses doctors. Minnesota doctors provide high-quality care at an affordable cost because they don't order unnecessary procedures of tests to make more money, they focus on getting the patient better. If we can fix the way Medicare reimburses doctors, we can provide efficient and high-quality healthcare for Medicare patients, reduce costs, and improve the overall health care system.
I would balance the federal budget so we are able to keep our commitments to those on Medicare.

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What changes would you make to federal education policy?

I support the overhaul of No Child Left Behind, investing more in early childhood education and efforts to make college affordable.
Abolish the U.S. Department of Education. The federal government should help fund education, but the policy decisions should be left to state and local governments.

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What changes would you make to federal energy policy?

I would remove the counter-productive EPA standards for carbon dioxide (which is not a pollutant), and I would open up exploration and development of energy on most federal lands and on the continental shelf.
Allow more off-shore drilling for oil, invest royalty payments from oil companies in conservation and renewable energy initiatives, provide tax incentives for energy-efficient cars and homes. Support cap and trade.

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Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how?

think we need to have reasonable regulation in place to ensure that the water we drink and the air we breathe doesn't make us sick. But I also believe that we have to work with small businesses and farmers to ensure the regulations make sense and are a balanced solution. I believe we can strike that right balance and ensure that common-sense regulation is not overly burdensome, but also keeps us safe and healthy.
I would dramatically reduce the size of the Environmental Protection Agency. I strongly support environmental protection, but it needs to be based on sound science. The new EPA standards are mushy and are based largely on opinion, not science.

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Do you support silica sand mining?

I support any mining that is done in an environmentally sound fashion.
I support the efforts of local communities to decide for themselves if it can be done in a safe manner in their areas.

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Where do you stand on legalized abortion?

It should be made illegal.
Abortion should be legal.

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Should same-sex marriage be legal?

Yes.
No.

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What are your views concerning immigration?

We need comprehensive immigration reform and to secure our borders. However, we must also recognize that foreign workers will also be drawn to the promise of the American dream and we need reform to address the system we have in place now for allowing those foreign workers to enter the country. Employers also need a way to determine the legal status of their potential workers.
I favor legal immigration, but we need to enforce the laws regarding illegal immigration.

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