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Catherine Crabill: 9/11 Truther?

There’s been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere this week after Glenn Beck went off on Debra Medina, a Republican Gubernatorial candidate in Texas. Beck exposed Media as being both a “Birther” (someone that believes President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States) and a “9/11 Truther”, someone that believes that Bush, or anyone besides Al-Qaeda, was responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Unfortunately, both “Birthers” and “Truthers” have infiltrated the Republican Party, and while there are some “Truthers” on the left side of the aisle, there are more than a few on the right. RedState, one of the major national blogs, implemented a policy where people expressing Pro-“Birther” or Pro-“Truther” sentiments would be banned.

This is definitely a good first step, but it needs to be more than just RedState doing it. Republicans need to remain vigilant and exorcise these people when they become known to them. As a side note, if the tea party movement (which I have been critical over for exactly this reason) wishes to maintain legitimate, they need to do the same thing.

I was talking to someone about the Medina incident, and they decided to send me a screenshot of someone’s Facebook page showing her as a fan of “Michael Rivero’s What Really Happened”. If you look at this guy’s website (get your own link), you’ll see a 8,631 word opus of 9/11 conspiracy theories, and “exclusives” such as “WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DYING FOR IN AFGHANISTAN”, featuring a picture of an opium poppy seed, which is used to make the drug heroin, and a comment about the “The US Narco-corporation of CIA-MAFIA”. There’s also “exclusives” titled “Osama bin Laden: A dead nemesis perpetuated by the US government” and “Fake Al Qaeda”.

All around, a colossal jewel of insanity.

Care to guess what certain local “Republican” is a fan of this guy’s website? Catherine Crabill (there’s a screen shot of her Facebook page below the fold, with some redactions, as evidence). As if her “OKC Truther” nonsense wasn’t bad and disgusting enough, this is a whole new playing field frankly.

Hopefully, the next time this person tries to involve herself with the Republican Party, they tell her to take a hike.

Cross-posted at “I’m Surrounded By Idiots” and Virginia Virtucon.

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Feda Morton speaks with On The Right about where she stands on important policy issues

I would like to thank Mrs. Morton for taking the time to answer these questions and I wish her luck in the 5th District Republican primary. You can visit her campaign website here, here facebook group here, and her twitter here.

1. Do you believe that we should increase defense spending and concentrate more of it on 21st century weapons systems and on irregular warfare capabilities, so that we can be more prepared to counter terrorist threats?

FM: Our military is assigned the duty of protecting our liberties and is an instrument of global freedom. A strong military strengthens international relationships and maintains our role as a stabilizer for peace.

Yes we need to increase defense spending to at least 4 percent of the GDP and be prepared for a variety of threats or needs that the military may be called upon to do. We need to be prepared in the air, on the sea, space, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency. Funding for the military is an investment in peace at home and abroad. Down sizing by Clinton and 8 years of wear and tear demands that we upgrade so that our men and woman can be properly equipped to carry out their orders in a timely and safe fashion.

2. Do you support going to war with a country that harbors terrorist that attack the United States or harbor terrorist groups that threaten American interest? Do you support pre-emptive wars against these group?

FM: The war is on terrorism. which is an entity unto itself. The fact terrorists reside in and use certain countries for their bases may or may not be a matter to go to war over. Negotiations with countries to gain their support, help and agreement to fight the terrorists together seems to be a much more effective means of defeating the real problem.

If attacked as in 9/11 and to that degree of destruction, pre-emptive measures may be necessary, but only if we know who our enemy is, we have a plan for getting in, taking care of the problem and getting out in a reasonable amount of time. I lived through Vietnam and never want to see our soldiers put in that type of war again. I have 3 sons at Virginia Tech in the Army ROTC program and they will be serving our country. I would want to know that when their lives are put at risk it is for a justifiable reason and not for some political gain or statement. Right now our soldiers need more back up support and equipment in Afghanistan. If you are going to send them in to do a job, give them what they need to do it and let them do it and then come home. I think Israel usually does it right. Warn and then attack back and attack back hard enough to defeat the problem. I never want to fight a war on American soil.

3. How would you punish countries that harbor terrorist groups that attack the U.S. or U.S. interests overseas?

FM: If a country like Pakistan continues to support the Taliban, remove military support and help. We don’t want weapons and equipment getting into the wrong hands, if a country is playing both sides against the middle.

Countries like North Korea and an uncooperative Pakistan or Iran would need punitive sanctions against them from the U. N. Attention needs to be given to both ends of the proliferation problem and the U S needs to stand firm that principles of compliance, conditionality, reciprocity, and verification are carried out.

We must have a rigorous and intrusive verification mechanism. Dangerous countries must have required inspections to see that they are following policies dictated by the United Nations and/or the United States of America.

International support to help apply sanctions and to build support in the U.N. against aggressors is necessary. We must use our strength in the world to hold the people and the countries accountable so that they will help fight against the terrorists.

4. How do you feel the detainees at GITMO should be handled and are they entitled to Constitutional rights?

FM: If they cannot be tried and are unsafe to be let go, they must be detained. They are enemies of the country and have no American rights under our Constitution. GITMO cannot be closed until a viable alternative exists. Judges cannot order the release of these combatants into the United States. We are at war and must view how we deal with combatants under the laws of armed conflict rather than criminal law.

5. What ways would you support in deterring Iran from obtaining nuclear arms?

FM:America needs to pull together a coalition of nations who would be in harms way if Iran were to get nuclear capability. The Persian Gulf area would need a strong American military presence in the air and at sea. Intelligence forces as well as military and other security entities should cooperate with Iraq, Israel, Turkey and other countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council. Strength in numbers would better prepare the area for knowledge of an attack from Iran. The unpredictability of Iran’s leadership makes united efforts necessary to better contain and control Iran’s behavior.

We also need to point out the human rights abuses as well in Iran to their people and that America stands with the Iranian people.

Along with the nations above, America should seek to have the strongest possible sanctions imposed on Iran and then be sure that the citizens of Iran are aware of the impact their nuclear weapon’s program is having on their economy and nation

We need to prevent needed materials from getting to Iran to finish their weapons. Strengthen proliferation security initiatives and have permission ahead of time to board ships sailing under other country’s flag.

We need enhanced missile defense systems to counter Iranian ballistic missiles. This would mean to join with and help protect states threatened by Iran in Europe and the Middle East, particularly Israel.

Finally, continue to build democracy in Iraq and stand firm there to keep Iran at bay.

6. Since the U.S. spends 4.6% of its GDP on education, this equates to over $10,000 per student per year, but test scores have been flat since the 1970’s. Would you support legislation that gives parents a choice in schools, such as tax credits for private school tuition, charter school programs, public school choice, or virtual learning programs?

FM: As an educator and mother of 5, I have experienced educational choice. I strongly support the right of parents to be able to choose the best form of education for their children that they deem appropriate. I have taught in public education for 17 years, home schooled my children for 9 years and taught in a private Christian school for 8 years. My children have been taught at home, in private school and in public schools as well. Tax credits or vouchers would have been a blessing to us, as I had to give up my teaching career and the income to be home with my children. Parents truly want what is best for their children and our public schools have not stepped up to the plate in the past 40 years. My experience is that the curriculum has been weakened and expectations of children are not high enough. Competition is the best thing that can happen to public education along with strong reforms which show real improvement in students test scores indicating proficiency with core knowledge. Florida is making some real head way with minorities. In Virginia, Standards of Learning have been good to initially help focus on specific groups of children who were slipping between the cracks.

7. Since nuclear energy provides clean energy, would you support legislation that would streamline the permitting process for new nuclear power plants or new reactors at current nuclear facilities?

FM: Yes, most definitely. I have been a supporter of clean, efficient, carbon free, always available, job creating nuclear power. Shortening the permit process from 4 to 2 years for companies who have already proven themselves capable of meeting the construction standards and safety standards needs to move forward to get more reactors on line to help reduce the cost of energy for all Americans.

8. Bob McDonnell championed offshore drilling off the Virginia coast, as well as nuclear power and other types of energy exploration in Virginia, will you support this from a federal standpoint and will you support legislation that makes all sources of energy in the U.S. accessible?

FM: Yes, we are hamstringing our country by not using the available resources we have. There is no need to risk our economic well being or national security when we have what we need right here at home.

9. The U.S. is more and more becoming a welfare state, since the 1930’s there have been over 70 different types of “means tested” welfare programs created, how can people on these programs be empowered out of them?

FM: Programs need to be evaluated for effectiveness, reformed or de-funded. There are two many programs that are never held accountable and stay in place competing for and demanding continued funding while wasting our tax dollars.

These programs are set up to be self perpetuating because they are based on household income which deters marriage or employment. States also get more federal dollars the more welfare recipients they have. So no brainer that it is going to expand and grow as people and states figure out how to butcher the fatted calf.

Interestingly though one program was reformed significantly. Aid to Families for Dependent Children increased dramatically from 1965 to 1995 from 1 to 5 million dollars and was replaced with Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The states were given a flat amount of money and were allowed to keep money they saved by getting people trained and out on their own off the rolls. Half of the recipients had to be working or in training for work to become employed. There was also support for marriage to strengthen the family. 75% of single moms would be out of poverty if they married the father of their child. This is good for the child and good for society as a whole.

In 10 years the number of case loads dropped by 60% and the number of children in poverty dropped by 1.6 million with the greatest impact showing up in black children with the poverty rate dropping the lowest it had been in the national history in 2001.

Unfortunately, Obama took $5 billion of the stimulus money and put the old process back in place increasing the number people back on the welfare rolls.

10. In the last year the federal government has wasted $13 billion on earmarks, $25 billion on unused federal property, $60 billion in cooperate welfare, and $55 billion in annual program over-payments, how do you propose to end these forms of waste of the taxpayers’ money?

FM: The government needs to stay out of the private sector. There is no constitutional authority for the government to take billions of our tax dollars and bail out inept businesses and banks. This cooperate welfare is wrong.

Earmarks are a national travesty. There were almost 10,000 earmarks in 09. I will not vote for earmarks and will support legislation to prevent earmarks from being attached to bills. I support a one bill one vote policy so that we can have real transparency and understanding of what it is that we are voting into law.

Unused federal land and property needs to be sold. The federal government has accumulated too much property and needs to sell off that which is costing the taxpayer unnecessarily.

There is also a great need to have government reform and a complete review of all the government programs on the books to determine effectiveness or simply that they are no longer needed and get them and the funding for them off the books.

The money saved from these cuts needs to go against the deficit to save interest rates and to reduce the interest cost on the national debt which will quintuple over the next 10 years if spending is not cut.

11. Do you feel terrorism should be treated as a criminal matter, where terrorist are indicted by a grand jury, captured, then tried and sentenced in American courts or as a military matter where they are found and eliminated or tried by military tribunals?

FM: Military matter. We are in a war and dealing with very dangerous people who want to kill us and destroy our country. They don’t have any constitutional rights.

12. At least 26 terror plots have been broken up since 9/11, some due to the use of “enhanced interrogation”, what is your stance on “enhanced interrogation” of terror detainees?

FM: We are at war with these dangerous combatants who seek to kill and destroy Americans and our way of life. Let the military, CIA, FBI all do the job they were trained to do.

Congress needs to carefully craft the procedures, legalities and framework for military detention that is properly put in place to protect our national security.

Our government must retain the ability to protect certain sensitive documents related to the means of intelligence collecting from being released to the public. Nancy Pelosi’s treatment of our soldiers and CIA was deplorable. She is a disgrace to America.

13. NAFTA and other free trade agreements have increased competition and job creation and spurred economic growth or recovery; do you support more free trade agreements?

FM:Free trade is good. It increases competition, provides more products and jobs. There are some countries we can expand agreements with. I do have concerns when we are buying more than we are selling and our trade deficit is growing daily with China, who is holding billions of dollars of our debt.

I am also concerned about unhealthy and dangerous products being sent into our country that do not meet our standards. Countries or businesses who are doing this need to be fined and held accountable for faulty products.

I would like to see more industries and manufacturing enticed back into American by making it more business friendly by reducing taxes and regulations, particularly the capital gains tax and corporate taxes. The United States has the second highest corporate tax rate in the world and is the only developed country that taxes the foreign profits of its businesses.

14. The U.S. pays $5 billion to the United Nations a year, while the U.N. goes against the U.S.’s interest in the world at times and is controlled by corrupt nations; how could this relationship, where we are the single-largest contributor to the U.N., be reformed?

FM: As the largest financier of the United Nations, the United States should use its influence to press for reform. Congress should withhold funds if the United Nations does not work toward reform of multiple issues dealing with corruption, waste, sexual abuse and incorrect peace intervention into world issues like Rwanda and Darfur where it caused more harm than good.

We must push the U.N. for the following things

1. Stand up for human rights and freedoms

2. Oppose the Defamation of Religions resolution

3. Reform of the Human Rights Council, actually has members from abusive nations on its council.

4. Stand up aggressively against terrorism

5. Peace keeping reform to prevent corruption, fraud, sexual abuse and general mismanagement.

If countries within the U.N. do not comply the United States needs to be willing to pursue alternatives with other countries outside of the U.N. to get to the solution of the problem We cannot allow corrupt nations to use their votes to control and direct policy that is detrimental to America.

15. Employee health benefits are not taxed, but those who buy insurance not through an employer have to use after-tax wages, how do you feel this issue can be fixed and do you think employee health benefits should be taxed?

FM: There should be a level playing field so that all Americans can have access to health care. The current system provides over 200 billion dollars of tax subsidies to those who are more able to afford health and provides no tax breaks for the many uninsured and lower income Americans who are paying premiums with after tax dollars.

It seems to me that we should be helping those who need it most and do away with the subsidy through employer programs and give out tax credits or a tax deduction to help those who need help with health care

Part of the rational is that with the cheaper easier health care we tend to over use it and are less price sensitive which drives up cost. That is a major concern today, so if we can reduce cost and help more of the lower income be able to afford health insurance then that would be a good thing for all Americans.

16. You support the fair tax plan, but the chance of that being signed into law any time soon is slim to none, what other ways could be used to reduce American’s tax burden? Do you support abolishment of the death tax? Do you support cutting taxes on international businesses who locate in the U.S.?

FM: I agree that getting the Fair Tax in which is at the top of my list as an alternatives to our current tax code is very slim.

I totally support abolishing the Death Tax. It is a detriment to business. It does not encourage saving or investing in the future. 1.5 million jobs can be created by abolishing the Death Tax. Let Americans keep what they have earned and pass it on to the next generation to grow and prosper and create more jobs. We must have wealth to create business and jobs.

I also support cutting taxes on international businesses which I addressed earlier.

Taxes on social security needs to go as well. This is totally unfair to those who have worked their whole lives and live on fixed incomes to have to pay taxes on what they get.

17. Do you support Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s proposal to create the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and why or why not?

FM: Absolutely not. This piece of legislation is just more of Geithner’s big government micromanaging and will raise cost to consumers, reduce the number and kind of products available and cause a lot of confusion between states over consumer laws.

18. With groups such as ACORN and other groups being involved in voter fraud and voter registration fraud, do you support a law requiring all voters in federal elections to provide a state, federal, or local government ID in order to vote?

FM: Yes, we have to be willing to do whatever it takes to protect our right to vote and that it is not compromised by fraud. This is how we control who is in power over us. We can’t continue to let the ACORNS in the world mess up the best system of government in the world.

19. In Virginia, there have been issues with voter registrars not sending absentee ballots out to military personnel until a week or two before an election; would you support a federal measure that requires absentee ballots to be sent out 45 days or more before an election, so that they can be returned in time?

FM: I support seeing that our military personnel get absentee ballots in time to vote and that we have an extended time to accept late ballots. I do believe there may be a problem with the timeframe that is being suggested as the ballots have to be printed and available so that there is time for the ballots to actually be prepared for mailing and out on time. Some study may need to go into this with the Electoral Boards at the local level to be sure that 45 days is possible to implement under the current system.

Matthew Berry speaks with On The Right about where he stands on important policy issues

I would like to thank Mr. Berry for again taking the time to answer some questions. It appears he is setting the tone for the Republican nomination in the 8th District, hopefully this will be the year Jim Moran, gets his walking papers, Good Luck to Mr. Berry. You can visit his campaign website here, his facebook page here, and his twitter page here.

1. Do you believe that we should increase defense spending and concentrate more of it on 21st century weapons systems and on irregular warfare capabilities, so that we can be more prepared to counter terrorist threats?

MB: I believe that we need to structure the defense budget in a manner that reflects the threats facing the United States in the 21st century. When it comes to defense spending, members of Congress must focus on what is needed to protect our national security, rather than viewing the defense budget as a source of pork.

2. Do you support going to war with a country that harbors terrorist that attack the United States or harbor terrorist groups that threaten American interest? Do you support pre-emptive wars against these group?

MB: I believe we need to remain vigilant against countries that harbor terrorists, but it is impossible to answer this question in the abstract because the answer will depend on the particular circumstances of each case

3. How would you punish countries that harbor terrorist groups that attack the U.S. or U.S. interests overseas?

MB: Again, it would depend on the particular circumstances of each case. In some cases, such as Afghanistan following the attacks of 9/11, the use of force is certainly appropriate. In other cases, sanctions may be a more realistic course of action.

4. How do you feel the detainees at GITMO should be handled and are they entitled to Constitutional rights?

MB: The status of enemy combatants should be evaluated by Combatant Status Review Tribunals administered by the Department of Defense rather than civilian courts. I also strongly oppose moving detainees to Northern Virginia.

5. What ways would you support in deterring Iran from obtaining nuclear arms?

MB: Right now, it is time for the United States to impose stringent sanctions on Iran and encourage others in the international community to do the same. In particular, I support the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act, and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act.

6. Since the U.S. spends 4.6% of its GDP on education, this equates to over $10,000 per student per year, but test scores have been flat since the 1970’s. Would you support legislation that gives parents a choice in schools, such as tax credits for private school tuition, charter school programs, public school choice, or virtual learning programs?

MB: I am a strong supporter of charter schools, which provide parents with additional choices and offer a wide range of innovative programs. I also favor creating a pilot K-12 federal opportunity scholarship program that would provide low-income parents with scholarships that they could use to send their children to the schools of their choice. Too many low-income children are currently stuck in failing schools, and we must provide their parents with alternatives.

7. Since nuclear energy provides clean energy, would you support legislation that would streamline the permitting process for new nuclear power plants or new reactors at current nuclear facilities?

MB: Yes, nuclear energy does not produce carbon emissions and should be an important part of America’s energy future.

8. Bob McDonnell championed offshore drilling off the Virginia coast, as well as nuclear power and other types of energy exploration in Virginia, will you support this from a federal standpoint and will you support legislation that makes all sources of energy in the U.S. accessible?

MB: Yes, I support Governor McDonnell’s proposal to drill off the Virginia coast and use the revenue that would be generated for transportation projects. I also support an “all of the above” energy strategy that would include encouraging more nuclear power and streamlining the permitting process for wind power.

9. The U.S. is more and more becoming a welfare state, since the 1930’s there have been over 70 different types of “means tested” welfare programs created, how can people on these programs be empowered out of them?

MB: I believe that the welfare reform undertaken in the 1990s was largely successful and shows that incentives matter. Programs should be structured to provide incentives for able-bodied recipients to work or receive the training that they need to find a job.

10. In the last year the federal government has wasted $13 billion on earmarks, $25 billion on unused federal property, $60 billion in cooperate welfare, and $55 billion in annual program over-payments, how do you propose to end these forms of waste of the taxpayers’ money?

MB: I would start by taking two steps. First, I would eliminate earmarks. They not only often waste taxpayers’ money, but they also create a culture of corruption in Congress where earmarks are traded for campaign contributions. Indeed, Jim Moran routinely sponsors earmarks that benefit his campaign contributors. Second, I would crack down on the agricultural subsidies currently received by corporate agribusiness. Specifically, as an initial measure, I would end the payment of farm subsidies to corporate farms with annual sales over $500,000 and cap subsidies at $250,000 per farm.

11. Do you feel terrorism should be treated as a criminal matter, where terrorist are indicted by a grand jury, captured, then tried and sentenced in American courts or as a military matter where they are found and eliminated or tried by military tribunals?

MB: I believe that al Qaeda operatives, such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, should be tried by military tribunals rather than civilian courts.

12. At least 26 terror plots have been broken up since 9/11, some due to the use of “enhanced interrogation”, what is your stance on “enhanced interrogation” of terror detainees?

MB: When it comes to interrogation methods, we need to ask two questions: (1) is the method effective?; and (2) is it legal? If the answer to both questions is yes, then it should be on the table. I also believe that it is a mistake to preview for the enemy with any degree of specificity those methods that we do employ and those methods that we don’t.

13. NAFTA and other free trade agreements have increased competition and job creation and spurred economic growth or recovery; do you support more free trade agreements?

MB: Yes, I believe that opening up foreign markets to American goods and services creates American jobs and therefore strongly support approval of the pending free trade agreements with Columbia, Panama, and South Korea.

14. The U.S. pays $5 billion to the United Nations a year, while the U.N. goes against the U.S.’s interest in the world at times and is controlled by corrupt nations; how could this relationship, where we are the single-largest contributor to the U.N., be reformed?

MB: One initial step towards making the UN more accountable would be to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. That body has consistently failed to address the world’s worst human rights abuses and has a strong anti-American and anti-Israeli bias.

15. Employee health benefits are not taxed, but those who buy insurance not through an employer have to use after-tax wages, how do you feel this issue can be fixed and do you think employee health benefits should be taxed?

MB: I believe that we should work to equalize the tax treatment of health insurance purchased by individuals and health insurance purchased by employers; the current system is unfair to those who buy insurance in the individual market. The first step that I would take in this regard would be to make tax-deductible the cost of the catastrophic insurance policy that an individual purchases along with a health savings account

16. What ways could be used to reduce American’s tax burden? Do you support abolishment of the death tax? Do you support cutting taxes on international businesses who locate in the U.S.?

 MB: First and foremost, we should reduce the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20%. Right now, the United States has the second highest corporate tax rate in the developed world, and this puts us at a substantial competitive disadvantage when it comes to attracting investment and jobs. I also do not believe that death should be a taxable event.

17. Do you support Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s proposal to create the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and why or why not?

MB: Right now, many analysts believe that regulation of the financial system is too balkanized and that we have too many, rather than too few, agencies involved. Creating another agency would therefore be a step in the wrong direction

18. With groups such as ACORN and other groups being involved in voter fraud and voter registration fraud, do you support a law requiring all voters in federal elections to provide a state, federal, or local government ID in order to vote?

MB: Yes.

19. In Virginia, there have been issues with voter registrars not sending absentee ballots out to military personnel until a week or two before an election; would you support a federal measure that requires absentee ballots to be sent out 45 days or more before an election, so that they can be returned in time?

MB: We must do everything that we can to ensure that those who are on the front lines defending our freedom have the ability to exercise their right to vote, and I therefore support the recently-enacted Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, which includes the 45-day window for military absentee ballots.

Hey, Has Tom Perriello or Rick Boucher found that global Warming

I wonder where it is,  a record snowstorm, that may be the biggest ever on record and Boucher and Perriello voted for cap and trade AKA cap and tax.

Laurence Socci speaks with On The Right about where he stands on important policy issues

I would like to thank Mr. Socci for giving me the time for another interview. You can check out his campaign website here, his twitter page here, and his blog here. Good luck in the primary.

1. Do you believe that we should increase defense spending and concentrate more of it on 21st century weapons systems and on irregular warfare capabilities, so that we can be more prepared to counter terrorist threats?

LS: Yes, as the world changes and terrorists come up with new ways of attacking the United States, we need to take the steps necessary to protect ourselves. Those added steps include increased defense spending and working to develop state of the art weaponry. I would support legislation that rewards the private sector for developing innovative weaponry that our military can use.

2. Do you support going to war with a country that harbors terrorist that attack the United States or harbor terrorist groups that threaten American interest? Do you support pre-emptive wars against these groups?

LS: I do not believe we should take the decision to go to war lightly. It requires serious debate and consideration. However, at the same time, the United States made a commitment to go after terrorists wherever they may be. We’ve made this point perfectly clear. If a country harbors terrorists, while knowing our commitment to stopping them, then that country should be prepared to face the consequences of their action — whether those consequences are strategic military strikes or a full scale war.

3. How would you punish countries that harbor terrorist groups that attack the U.S. or U.S. interests overseas?

LS: When it comes to punishing countries that harbor terrorist groups that attack the U.S., sanctions are not enough. Military action is needed; fast and forceful.

4. How do you feel the detainees at GITMO should be handled and are they entitled to Constitutional rights?

LS: No, they are not entitled to Constitutional rights. The Constitution clearly says that the rights included in it are reserved for citizens of the United States. The detainees at GITMO should be handled as prisoners of war.

5. What ways would you support in deterring Iran from obtaining nuclear arms?

LS: I would support strategic military strikes against their nuclear facilities. I would also support economic sanctions if they were structured in a way that involved other countries and could be shown to have a detrimental effect on Iran.

6. Since the U.S. spends 4.6% of its GDP on education, this equates to over $10,000 per student per year, but test scores have been flat since the 1970’s. Would you support legislation that gives parents a choice in schools, such as tax credits for private school tuition, charter school programs, public school choice, or virtual learning programs?

LS: Absolutely! One of the points in my education plan involves school choice and tax credits for alternative education, including virtual learning programs. I would also support home schooling programs. Parents should have the authority to decide how their children receive education. Any federal government involvement in this area should be limited to supporting parental choice.

7. Since nuclear energy provides clean energy, would you support legislation that would streamline the permitting process for new nuclear power plants or new reactors at current nuclear facilities?

LS: Yes, I support the increased production of nuclear power plants and reactors. We are not doing all we can to use our nuclear technology. We need to do all we can to become energy independent, including ramping up our nuclear power production.

8. Bob McDonnell championed offshore drilling off the Virginia coast, as well as nuclear power and other types of energy exploration in Virginia, will you support this from a federal standpoint and will you support legislation that makes all sources of energy in the U.S. accessible?

LS: Yes. I have long advocated for offshore drilling. If we have the resources off the Virginia coast, then we should start drilling — now. I would introduce federal legislation to make this happen.

9. The U.S. is more and more becoming a welfare state, since the 1930’s there have been over 70 different types of “means tested” welfare programs created, how can people on these programs be empowered out of them?

LS: These types of programs were designed to give people a hand up, to help them through tough economic times. Unfortunately, many people spend a lifetime in one type of welfare program or another. The way to get people out of these programs is to give them the education they need to find a job and support themselves. Of course, jobs need to be created for them as well. I would support low cost vocational/technical programs where people can spend a year or two learning a trade that they can use throughout their lives. Additionally, I would support tax incentives for employers who hire former welfare recipients.

10. In the last year the federal government has wasted $13 billion on earmarks, $25 billion on unused federal property, $60 billion in cooperate welfare, and $55 billion in annual program over-payments, how do you propose to end these forms of waste of the taxpayers’ money?

LS: I would propose the Congress go through the federal budget, line by line and eliminate waste. Unfortunately, I’ve been around Congress long enough to know that one person’s “waste” may be another person’s “necessity”. Cutting waste in the Federal budget will not be easy, but it needs to be done. I would call for a freeze on all earmarks immediately. Next, I would introduce legislation calling for an inventory of all federal property so that we know what we have, and what, if anything, can be sold to the private sector. I would also call for an end to corporate welfare. If a corporation can not support itself, the taxpayers should not be stuck supporting it. Finally, if any programs are receiving any type of overpayment, it has a duty to return that money back to the federal government. If there is not already a mechanism in place to enforce this, I’ll make sure there is one.

11. Do you feel terrorism should be treated as a criminal matter, where terrorist are indicted by a grand jury, captured, then tried and sentenced in American courts or as a military matter where they are found and eliminated or tried by military tribunals?

LS: Terrorism is a military matter. When terrorists struck on 9-11, they hit a military facility, the Pentagon. There is no reason to try terrorists in New York or any other civilian court. Their trial should take place in a military tribunal. Likewise, I do not agree with the Christmas Day bomber receiving Miranda rights and being given access to an American lawyer.

12. At least 26 terror plots have been broken up since 9/11, some due to the use of “enhanced interrogation”, what is your stance on “enhanced interrogation” of terror detainees?

LS: I support any method of interrogation that helps stop future attacks and saves American lives. If “enhanced interrogation” accomplishes that goal, then I support it.

13. NAFTA and other free trade agreements have increased competition and job creation and spurred economic growth or recovery; do you support more free trade agreements?

LS: Absolutely! As a government affairs consultant, I worked with groups to get the Colombian Free Trade Agreement through Congress. Unions opposed it and the Democrats in Congress sided with the Unions. Free trade agreements are important to our economy. I will support them.

14. The U.S. pays $5 billion to the United Nations a year, while the U.N. goes against the U.S.’s interest in the world at times and is controlled by corrupt nations; how could this relationship, where we are the single-largest contributor to the U.N., be reformed?

LS: First of all, I’m in favor of the U.N. moving out of the United States. Secondly, we should decrease our payment to a level comparable to that of countries like Great Britain, China and Russia. Finally, if the U.N. continues to go against our interest, I would support an end to all contributions to it.

15. Employee health benefits are not taxed, but those who buy insurance not through an employer have to use after-tax wages, how do you feel this issue can be fixed and do you think employee health benefits should be taxed?

LS: One of the things Republicans and Democrats can agree on is that the cost of health insurance is too high. And under the intra-state scheme, the cost for a similar plan can vary widely from state to state. The last thing families need is to pay extra for health insurance when purchased privately, and not through their employer. I would support tax credits for individuals and families who purchase health insurance using after-tax wages. This evens the playing field with those who get their insurance through non-taxed employee health benefits.

16. You support the fair tax plan, but the chance of that being signed into law any time soon is slim to none, what other ways could be used to reduce American’s tax burden? Do you support abolishment of the death tax? Do you support cutting taxes on international businesses who locate in the U.S.?

LS: I absolutely support abolishment of the Death Tax. I worked with several coalitions in the past on this very issue. We were able to knock it down for 2010, but now we have to finish the job and kill the Death Tax once and for all. I was the first candidate in the 8th district 2010 election to sign the Americans for Tax Reform Tax Pledge, promising to oppose efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates. I support extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts for all taxpayers, not just those making less than $250,000. I oppose raising taxes on capital gains and dividends. Finally, I would support cutting taxes on international businesses who locate in the U.S. This will also help with our job creation efforts and will put more Americans to work.

17. Do you support Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner’s proposal to create the Consumer Financial Protection Agency and why or why not?

LS: No, I do not support Secretary Geithner’s proposal to create the Consumer Financial Protection Agency. We do not need another government agency, we need smaller government. There are currently 5 federal agencies that have jurisdiction over areas this proposed new agency would cover. I would propose legislation that would focus on creating a systemic regulator developed, in part, by the 5 jurisdictional agencies already in place. The regulator would provide a strong mechanism for resolving troubled firms and filling gaps in the regulation of the shadow banking industry. This would address the principle causes of the financial crisis. Protecting consumers without eliminating the cause of the crisis in the first place is not solving the problem.

18. With groups such as ACORN and other groups being involved in voter fraud and voter registration fraud, do you support a law requiring all voters in federal elections to provide a state, federal, or local government ID in order to vote?

LS: I actually support voter identification. There are age and residency requirements for voters in federal elections, therefore, proof of compliance with those requirements is not an unnecessary burden for voters; and it will cut down on voter fraud. I support a law that requires voter identification.

19. In Virginia, there have been issues with voter registrars not sending absentee ballots out to military personnel until a week or two before an election; would you support a federal measure that requires absentee ballots to be sent out 45 days or more before an election, so that they can be returned in time?

LS: I would support a federal measure that requires absentee ballots be sent out 45 days before an election, in fact, I would propose that it be 60 before an election. It’s important that our military personnel have the same opportunity for their vote to be counted and voters here at home. It would also save time and money if those absentee ballots could be counted as quickly and accurately as possible either before or immediately after an election. It doesn’t make sense to hold up the certification of winners of close elections while absentee ballots are counted if the situation could have been resolved by sending those ballots out early.

Walk or Call in support of Keith Fimian and Kerry Bolognese

Dear Friends,

We will be walking this weekend, but due to predictions of snow, we are also organizing volunteers to call from home in support of Keith and Kerry Bolognese.

Kerry Bolognese is running in a special election for District 41 of the Virginia House of Delegates in Fairfax, which will take place on March 2nd.  Even if you do not live in the 41st District please try to commit a few hours this weekend to making calls or if weather permits going door knocking for Keith and Kerry .

To receive call sheets and more information about helping this weekend please contact
Jimmy Callahan (703) 401-2933, jcallahan@fimian2010.com

If the weather allows we will be meeting at the following location for door-knocking:

Saturday, February 6th:
10am- Door to Door Meet-up at McDonald’s –9528 Old Keene Mill Rd, Burke, VA (Safeway Shopping Center)

Sunday, February 7th:

11am – Door to Door Meet-up – 9528 Old Keene Mill Rd, Burke, VA (Safeway Shopping Center)
Thank you for your interest and support,
Team Fimian

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