Candidate Profile
Michael Beilstein

Green , Oregon

Biography

Name
Michael Beilstein
Party
Green
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 4
Incumbent
No
Links

Panel Rating

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Endorsements

Liberals

1
Green Party

Selected Contributions

Liberal

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
1
Green Party

Summary

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LIBERAL

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Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Disagree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Strongly Disagree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Disagree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Agree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Agree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

No Answer

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Agree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Disagree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Disagree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Disagree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Disagree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Neutral

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Disagree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Agree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Strongly Disagree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Agree

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Neutral

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Disagree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

When desired by the mother and adviswed by her physician.

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Stop funding terrorism.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

The Constitution was written to protect the wealthy and powerful from the oppression of the majority.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Atheist. I believe in life.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Liberal

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

I choose to identify as "liberal" on the spectrum for this question to differentiate myself from "conservative" values. However, I generally consider liberals spineless accommodaters of the dictatorship of the wealthy.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

We need free medical school tuition, funded by the federal government to vastly expand numbers of primary care physicians. Primary care should be accessible in all communities. Health insurance companies should be restricted to administering payment to providers. All health care costs should be paid from a single national fund supported by a strongly graduated income tax.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government should restrict infrastructure investment into fossil fuel development, while supporting alternatives that will ultimately replace fossil fuels. Government should enforce labor safety/fairness/environmental laws and assist unionization of all workers. The government should enforce a livable wage as the minimum wage.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Inheritance taxes should be confiscatory to prevent the creation of dynasties of wealth. Anti-social behavior, such as fossil fuel consumption, should be taxed to discourage its proliferation. All income should be taxed in the same manner. There should not be a lower rate for "unearned" income.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Universal basic income. Unemployment is not a problem. The problem is the lack of resources for non-working people. Everyone should have their needs met, regardless of their ability to work.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Tax all incomes at the same rate for social security. No cap on Social Security contributions.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

I led a successful career as a scientist/research chemist. I served as a City Councilor for 12 years.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

mikebeilstein@yahoo.com 541 6702 1007

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Environmental degradation, including climate change and depletion of readily accessible fossil fuel resources, guarantees that the future is going to be different from what we have become accustomed to. The future could be a tyranny of the oligarchs who violently extract wealth out of an increasingly impoverished society and natural world. Or the future could be a flourishing of life under democratic principles of equity and fairness. I'm sticking with the possibilities of a democratic future in which human rights and the dignity of the natural world are respected.


Background

Education
  • Oregon State Univeersity, Corvallis, MA, 1989
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, BA, 1973
Work & Military
  • Oregon State University, Research Chemist, 1978 - 2007
  • Jons Hopkins University, Research Chemist, 1977-1978
  • Medical College of Virginia, Research Chemist, 1976 - 1977
  • US Peace Corps, HS Teacher, 1973-1975
Affiliations
  • NAACP, Branch Secretary
  • Mid Valley Health Care Advocates, Chair
  • Pastoral Counseling Center, Board Vice Chair
  • Linn Benton Pacific Green Party, Steering Committee
  • Stephen Ministry, Pastoral Visitor
  • First Presbytetrian Church of Corvallis, Missions Ctte member
  • Pastors for Peace, Cuba Caravan member
Offices
  • Corvallis City Council, Held 1999-2000, 2007-2016
  • US Congress, Sought 2008, 2010, 2014, 20
  • Benton County Commission, Sought 2000
 

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