Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.
I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I believe abortions are a peculiar case of when the life of one is biologically dependent on another. Example: I believe that organ donations are good and people should make the choice to be organ donors. I also believe that the government shouldn't be able to force someone to donate a kidney to save someone else's life- their bodily autonomy should be protected. In a similar way- I believe that a pregnant person should have bodily autonomy as much as the fetus is biologically dependent upon them. One of the most common reasons people make the choice to have an abortion other than medical reasons is poverty- and some of the most effective legislation to reduce the rate of abortion is supportive policy like family leave, medical care, and childcare. I want to address as many of the underlying gender and economic inequalities as possible and to provide the supportive framework to dramatically reduce the rate of abortion, but through supportive rather than punitive means.
It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
Invest! We meet the needs of future elderly by having enough goods to buy with the money we give them. The way people think about this issue is backwards. They think if we save money now we can pay for social security in the future. However, if we forgo investing in infrastructure, agriculture, education now in order to pay for things in the future, there will be fewer real goods and resources to go around and thus we will be less able to meet the demands of the future. The government is the monopoly producer of dollars, the issue isn't making sure there is enough money, it is making sure there is enough real goods and resources to buy with that money. We provide for future needs by investing in real resources and increasing our capacity to produce and provide. We have no true constraint on our ability to provide financial resources if the real resources exist.
What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?
Balancing the budget should not be a policy priority. If there is unemployment the deficit is too low, if there is inflation the deficit is too high, policy decisions about the economy should be functional based on the needs of effectively managing the economy. We should have automatic stabilizer programs so it isn't up to congress to respond--things like a job guarantee/unemployment put money into the economy in a downturn but spend less when the economy is functioning well.
Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?
There is public benefit to an educated populace for participation in democracy, public life, and in the workforce. The growing student debt problem is a drag on our economy and the economic benefits alone of cancelling student debt outweigh the costs of doing so.
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.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.
What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?
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It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.
I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
Medicare for All. Cutting out the billing departments, private insurance, and collections would be an immense efficiency gain off the top. Nearly 100 studies, almost all suggest the Medicare for All would cost significantly less while providing a lot more care. Decades we have seen problems of increasing premiums and more people going without healthcare and so far there is no other serious solution which has near the data & benefits. The other people have no plan to seriously address our healthcare crisis. If they get one, I'll listen but until then it is single payer. It takes health insurance away from workplaces which is better for business, people go to the best providers and are in-network on vacation, rather than insurance companies telling you where to go. Also publicly funded medication research should benefit the public, not private corporations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
Some of the greatest hotbeds radical Islamic terrorism are in regions that have faced bad-faith exploitative policy from America and Europe. Changing those patterns will not change things immediately, but pursuing a different international relations strategy is essential for the long term improvement of relations between the US and the Islamic world. In the short run, we should engage in good faith attempts to address the Israel/Palestinian conflict, likely in a two-state solution, and at the very least stop the displacement and military occupation of Palestine. That issue has been a lightning-rod for the Islamic world's disgust with the west. We need a solution that affirms the value of both Israeli and Palestinian people. Currently Israel has more power in the situation and has been using it in brutal and unjust ways, and we could be leaders in negotiating a peaceful compromise, but have instead have largely ignored the suffering of Palestinians.
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.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.
State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.
Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.
Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?
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Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.
I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
I grew up as an extremely devout child in the Church of the Nazarene. I planned most of my life to be a missionary, volunteering in 'inner-city churches', homeless shelters, working with the elderly & those with disabilities. My faith led me to value people over possessions, and to care for those who were left behind in society. I believe strongly in the value and potential of all people. I finished an undergraduate degree in Missions with a minor in Spanish, and completed 27 credits of an MA in Theology. After spending years working in distressed communities in the US and abroad-working at an orphanage in Venezuela, and in AIDS ministries and community development in South Africa, I became more acquainted with the size of the problems and was challenged in some of my thoughts as someone going to 'rescue' others. I saw many ways in which rigid religious beliefs hurt people and ignored those in need. Now I am unsure about a lot of the invisible stuff but focus on doing the good work.
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?
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The rigid either-or good team/bad team stuff is unproductive. It keeps people stuck in old partisan trench wars and finger pointing rather than imagining new solutions or moving the conversations forward. I identify as a Republican Socialist. I believe the individual ethics of conservatives and the value of hard work are essential for a healthy society- but at the macro level they aren't always true, we certainly can't all be CEOs and in a recession we can't all find work no matter how hard we try. All the talk of 'free markets' have meant corporations have been free to grow into monopoly-like power, playing our communities against each other. We should have to choose between bureaucracy/central planning, and corporate oligarchy. We do need systemic solutions, and we need a more robust system of democracy and ownership in the hands of people- bottom up. Cooperatives, local ownership & finance, workplace democracy, & a new generation of fed policy that empowers & supports local work.
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.
I have not.
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I have spent my life helping in the most distressed communities and with the most vulnerable populations. It is clear where my heart is at, and that I care about making our nation a great place for everyone. I studied economics and am the most qualified and knowledgeable about how to deal with the current economic crisis brought about by the coronavirus. I believe we can build a better economy built on the good neighbor values of Kansas. Where we know we are in this together and help out our neighbors, when we reject the scarcity mindset and instead invite people to come and help us build a brighter future together
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?
There is a tradeoff between public safety and the constitutional right to have weapons and to arm ourselves against a tyrannical government. We can try to reduce the tradeoff but it will always be there. Those convicted of violent crimes, spousal/child abuse, etc. should not have access to firearms. The militarization of police is a threat to our right to defend ourselves as much as attacks on the 2nd amendment. We need considerably better mental health systems to reduce the suicide rate w/guns
I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.
I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.
The Electoral College should be abolished.
In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?
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Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?
Absolutely. The growth of the alt-right, white nationalism, and other white supremacist groups endangers immigrants and minorities within our country, and has incited multiple acts of mass murder. We need to stop the radicalization of white Americans into racist ideologies.