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Minnesota - 6th Congressional District (2012) Survey

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

We should increase aggregate demand for American goods and products by making sure more money is in the hands of middle-class consumers. Also, the federal government must negotiate trade laws that are truly fair, cut bureaucratic red tape, and ensure capital is available to small businesses. In addition, I will work to bring new industries to the district, giving small businesses the tools and advocacy in Washington they need to succeed, and putting the middle class back to work.
Cut spending, reduce taxes and reform the tax code so companies can invest again. Eliminate counter productive regulations, repeal the president's health care reform law and stop cap-and-trade.

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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?

I would eliminate wasteful tax expenditures that subsidize huge corporations and special interests; end the expensive wars in the Middle East; and cut wasteful government spending, redundancy, and subsidization of luxurious "wants' in place of underfunded needs. Spending should be increased on rebuilding American infrastructure.
Congress cannot and should not vote to increase the borrowing limit for the government unless serious steps are taken to reduce spending, and most important, unless the legislation to raise the debt ceiling includes the full repeal of the president's health care reform law. Deep spending cuts must be made.

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

I will not support taking money out of the hands of the middle class. Instead of tinkering with a system that is broken, I support a comprehensive overhaul of our tax structure.
Yes, all of them.

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

I am generally in favor of moving away from direct subsidies and toward crop insurance and approve of the direction the farm bill takes on that issue. However, the threat to food supply and the lack of competition caused by the ethanol industry is an area I will focus on. Programs that ensure that vital food supplies are protected for all Americans will always be my top priority.
The farm bill as currently written fails to reform a problematic budget program. It fails to provide farmers with the certainty they need to sign contracts and prepare for next year's growing season. We need a farm bill that provides for a safe, reliable food supply. I am committed to supporting a solid, reform-minded farm bill that reflects what consumers and farmers need.

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What should be done with the Social Security program?

Program would remain same for those age 55 and over, but would be reformed to ensure its solvency for those younger than 55.
Protecting Social Security and Medicare are non-negotiable priorities, and, in order to do that, we have to keep them solvent, using creative solutions and open minds at the negotiating table.

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

Program would remain same for those age 55 and over, but would be reformed to ensure its solvency for those younger than 55.
I will vote to protect Medicare, keep it solvent, and to keep health care costs down for our senior citizens. Specifically, I will do everything I can to prevent senior citizens from financial ruin due to the Part D "doughnut hole" coverage gap.

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

The president's health care reform law should be repealed. Work to unleash the power of medical innovation and personal choices. Empower families and doctors, not unelected bureaucrats, to make the the right decisions about the shape and form of your health insurance, your quality of care and your course of treatment. Continue to push for greater competition in the healthcare market.
The Affordable Care Act primarily addresses the problem of access. But we need to consider solutions that bend the cost curve of health care before it destroys our economy. I will support continued health care reform with the introduction an outcome-based compensation model that incorporates transparency, employs competition and free market principles, and emphasizes preventative care.

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What changes would you make to federal education policy?

I support abolishing the U.S. Department of Education and returning education decision making to the states under the 10th Amendment. This would give local school administrators, teachers and parents the flexibility to determine what teaching strategies are most effective for their students in establishing high competitive standards and accountability in the classroom.
I will work to reduce class sizes and ensure that new and existing teachers have the most effective training and resources to support them. I oppose unfunded mandates in the education system. I also believe Congress must work to make higher education affordable and reduce crippling student loan debt. I will support capping the student loan rate at 3.4 percent indefinitely.

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What changes would you make to federal energy policy?

To lower gas prices and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil, federal regulations that drive up production and processions costs should be cut. Domestic drilling should be increased. In addition, we must look beyond our traditional sources of energy to diversify our sources and find innovative solutions to help protect the environment.
First and foremost, we should stop subsidizing big oil. As we transition to more renewable solutions, nuclear and natural gas, as well as some additional oil drilling and clean coal, should be on the negotiating table. This future should involve a combination of innovative energy technologies, an emphasis on energy efficiencies and an expansion of domestic energy production, without abandoning the call to be responsible stewards of our state's precious lakes, rivers and other natural resources.

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

The Environmental Protection Agency should be shuttered. States should negotiate environmental issues themselves, with very limited involvement from the federal government.
As we transition to cleaner technologies we have to be cognizant of the need to keep commerce going and our economy thriving. We should allow freer and fairer competition in the energy sector to let the best sources and technologies succeed.

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Where do you stand on legalized abortion?

The government has a responsibility to protect life from the moment it begins - at conception. Abortion providers should be required to make the heartbeat of an unborn child visible and audible to its mother; federal funds should never go toward covering the costs of abortions; health care entities that refuse to perform abortions should still receive federal assistance; taxpayer funds should not go to organizations like Planned Parenthood.
The proper role of the government is not to make these kinds of personal decisions. We ought to come together as families and as communities to do everything in our power to provide young women with support and options in order to reduce the number of abortions. Abortion is a tragedy.

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Should same-sex marriage be legal?

No. I firmly support the Defense of Marriage Act. I believe marriage is a sacred union between one man and one woman, and that the traditional family setting of a husband and wife, along with their children, is the pre-eminent foundation on which a healthy, productive society is built. This legal union has been the cornerstone of our American heritage for more than 200 years.
Yes. The government should not be a nanny state in the business of monitoring people's private lives.

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What are your views concerning immigration?

While the United States has always been known as a nation of immigrants, it is also a nation founded on the rule of law and our immigration policies must reflect that. The enforcement of our immigrations laws is essential to the economic recovery. Only the spouses and children of legal immigrants should get priority consideration in the immigration process. Illegal immigrants should not collect Social Security benefits. Federal funds should not go to cities that prohibit enforcement of immigration laws.
Immigration is, above all, about national security. Because Congress has failed to face the reality of our immigration challenges, we have a system that supports criminals, weakens our borders, and penalizes innocent families instead of those who wish to harm America. A sustainable immigration system requires an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding, productive migrants. I also support a requirement that migrant workers be paid prevailing wages and benefits, thereby decreasing demand for poorly-paid undocumented workers and protecting human dignity. I also support the DREAM Act.

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