Questions for Candidates for US Congressional Districts 3 and 4
General Election, November 2006
Candidates' responses in alphabetical order. Please scroll down to read all responses.
Christopher Claytor (District 3)
1. Please describe the education and experience that qualifies you for the position of member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
The primary purpose of the Government is to protect the rights of its citizens as guaranteed in the Constitution. As a United States Military Academy graduate, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic. In 1992, I deployed to Kuwait in support of Operation Southern Watch to defend against foreign enemies. I now seek to defend against its domestic enemies on the chosen field of battle . Congress.
2. Are continued deficits in the federal budget a source of concern for you? If not, why not? If so, what measures would you support to balance revenues and expenses?
Deficit spending is no way to run a business, let alone a more important organization... The U.S. Government. Runaway spending must be reduced! My first actions, when elected, will be to cut wasteful spending programs that include corporate welfare, and other pork-barrel spending bills.
3. Should there be federal funding for public education? If federal funding were to be tied to standards, what should the measures be and who should set them?
Nowhere in the US Constitution does it state that the Federal Government should be involved in public education.
As a Libertarian, I favor limiting government to only the functions enumerated in the Constitution. Funding, standards, accountability should all be at the local, "ISD" level. Improvements in education can only come through direct involvement of the local parties involved: children, parents, and teachers.
4. How would you balance protection of citizens from terrorism versus protection of civil liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights?
The Government's principal role is to protect individual rights, not protect individuals. The U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights are the documents that serve as our Governments foundation. Violating these documents for the sake of "protection" whether it is from terrorists or other unlawful civil groups should be considered a direct attack on the basis of our country. The Constitution does state that Government should raise and support an Army for the defense of the US. This Army should be deployed defensively in the US to protect its citizens. However, at no time should the Bill of Rights be violated.
5. In what ways, if any, do you think the question of illegal immigration affects your constituents in District 3? If you fell constituents are impacted, what measures would you propose to deal with illegal immigration in our state and in the country as a whole?
Illegal immigration impacts the local economy in many beneficial ways. Their labor keeps local housing costs to among the lowest in the US. Other services provided by "illegal" immigrants keep the cost of living in this area low. The problem with "illegal" immigration is that it's currently illegal. I propose that we open our labor markets so that we can enjoy the benefits of free market competition. We must develop programs that systematically register and "legalize" immigrants that are already here. We must also increase both the number of "legal" immigrants allowed per year, and the ease of registration process.
6. What do you think should be the role of the federal government in financing health care?
Nowhere in the US Constitution does it state that the Federal Government should be involved in providing health care to its population. As a Libertarian, I favor limiting government to only the functions enumerated in the Constitution. Health care is a service that should be paid for by those individuals who wish to benefit from the service. Individuals who want or "need" the service but do not have the ability to pay, should work out payment plans with the service provider and/or seek assistance from local charities.
7. To incumbents, what bills have you sponsored or co-sponsored during your terms of office? To challengers, what measures would you like to propose if you do become a Representative?
My first actions when elected will be to expose and eliminate corporate welfare programs. There is no need to give successful corporations tax dollars to get them to "behave better" in society. Free Markets will reward and/or punish corporations much more swiftly than any government program. Secondly, I will expose and eliminate wasteful grant programs (e.g. Research grants). Third, I will expose and eliminate the "fraud, waste, and abuse" of the war in Iraq, and bring our troops home so that they actually can be ready to DEFEND our great nation, as the Constitution states.