Conlon Debates Speier: How to Balance Budget without Increasing Your Taxes
Republican candidate Greg Conlon last week debated four other candidates, including incumbent Democrat Congresswoman Jackie Speier as the race for the 12th Congressional District entered its final weeks. Conlon advocated balancing the budget and eliminating the expected 2008-2009 deficit of over $400 billion. In the debate he cited former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose presidential campaign in 1932 advocated balancing the budget to restore sanity to the nation's finances. Roosevelt also sought to eliminate the significant deficits expected in the U.S., which had a 25 percent unemployment rate at the time.
After winning the election, Roosevelt was sworn in on March 4, 1933. He immediately balanced the Federal budget by cutting the salaries of federal employees, including members of Congress, by 25 percent. Conlon believes the U.S. could have to take similar drastic action to get the country's fiscal house in order, strengthen the declining dollar and set an example for all Americans to live within their means.
Conlon covered other issues in the debate, including his support for nuclear power and renewable energy sources to help decrease our dependence on foreign oil.
Regarding the nation's current fiscal crisis, Conlon noted we must restore confidence by insuring money market mutual funds, and bank deposits, and he advocated suspension of short selling until next year.
Conlon said he would vote to extend the current tax cuts that are due to expire in 2010. Otherwise the average household in the 12th District will see their taxes increase by an estimated $4,000. He would also support a credit for research and development to help spur growth in jobs.
Conlon noted there are 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S., and many are returning to their countries of origin as jobs here dry up. He believes we must protect our borders, but also develop initiatives to help Mexico improve its economy and provide more jobs for its citizens.
Conlon and Speier differed during the debate on a number of issues:
Regarding health care, Speier said she would support access to the same level of care that Congress enjoys. While he recognizes the need for catastrophic coverage, Conlon opposes universal health care and favors a market-driven program like one proposed by Senator John McCain, who would provide a $5,000 tax credit that allows Americans to choose the care they want.
Speier noted that she spoke out against the Iraq War in her first day in Congress and was booed for her remarks. She advocates leaving Iraq quickly. Conlon pointed out that peace is being established as more and more provinces come safely under Iraqi control. He said it is imperative that we don't pull troops out prematurely and allow Iran to increase its influence in the country.
For more information on where Conlon stands on issues, visit his website at www.gregconlonforcongress.com or click on the video above which covers his qualifications and some of his positions.
Conlon has posted on his website excerpts from his forthcoming autobiography titled "The Life Experiences of Greg Conlona Climb to Public Service" which discusses some of the financial aspects of the Great Depression and other stories of his early life experiences.