Party: Citizen Legislator

Incumbent: No

Headquarters: P.O. Box 64, Bolton, MA 01740
Phone: (508) 612-9142

Age: 54

Occupation: Computer engineer

Family: I have a wife, and we were married just this year. I have two children and two stepchildren, all of whom live on their own.

Town: Berlin

Education: My formal education ended with high school, and I have 30 years of on-the-job-training and self-teaching.

Experience: I have worked as a computer engineer for several companies in Massachusetts. I have no prior political experience, which I believe qualifies me perfectly as a Citizen Legislator.

— Submitted by the candidate

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Why are you running?

"I do not feel that I'm being represented in Washington. The decisions being made by my representative are most often the exact opposite of what I believe is best for myself, our district, and the future of our country."

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Issues

The economy

How can the federal government best stimulate the economy?

"The method of economic stimulation that has a proven record is to reduce taxes. With more money in their pockets, individuals and corporations have higher confidence, and are more likely to spend and invest their money.

The larger our government is, the more of a burden it places on the productive segment of our society. Reducing the size of government will reduce this burden.

Stopping the current administration's fast-paced progressive agenda will re-instill confidence in the future of our country and promote more investment by individuals and corporations."

Bush tax cuts

Will you vote to continue the tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush for the top 3% of earners?

"Yes, those 3% are responsible for much of the investment into new businesses. There is a reason they're in the top 3% of earners: because they're productive and successful. They know better where to invest their money than our government does."

Federal deficit

If the bipartisan deficit commission says that both spending reductions and revenue increases, including tax hikes, are necessary to reduce the federal deficit to a sustainable level, would you support such a package?

"No. I do not believe we have a deficit because we don't tax enough. We must cut spending to balance the budget."

Health care law

What is your view of the national health care law?

"Our new national health care law is great for politicians, insurance companies, and perhaps individuals who are dependent on government subsidies. For the rest of the nation, it will result in fewer choices and higher prices.

I will support repealing our national health care law, and replacing it with a system that lowers government and insurance company involvement and increases control by patients and doctors."

Illegal immigration

Do you agree with Arizona's new immigration law? If not, what should the country do about illegal immigration?

"Yes, I agree with it. Every advanced nation in the world has a controlled immigration policy, including ours. I believe having this policy, and enforcing it, is in the best interest of our country and its (legal) citizens.

I believe we should strengthen our borders, remove the incentives which draw immigrants here illegally, then prosecute and deport those who have knowingly broken the law by entering this country illegally."

Trade

Do you support free trade or fair trade? Why?

"Of course I support both. But when they are at odds, I place more weight on fairness. I do believe we should have a comprehensive, but concise, definition of what fair trade is. I believe this policy should be made known to our trading partners, and enforced equitably."

Social security

What specific changes would you support to make Social Security and Medicare sustainable over the long term?

"These programs are based on a design where our government takes money from the people, and agrees to "hold it for us". I don't believe that any system in the history of mankind, based on this design, has ever lasted very long.

These programs are currently nothing more than a Ponzi scheme, with the original design and intent abandoned long ago. With our aging population, these programs will continue to get worse for decades to come.

I believe Social Security and Medicare need to be eliminated, in a controlled and humane way. And I believe we should start immediately, as each passing year makes this choice more difficult."

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