Fifth District Primary Election
Posted in the Lexington Park Forum
#1 Jan 6, 2008
It's regrettable that there will be no public forum at all in St. Marys County for voters to meet and hear from the candidates for Congress from the Fifth District.
Here are the answers to the Calvert County League of Women Voters Primary Election Questionnaire submitted by Republican candidate Mike Hethmon.
It is Congress, and not the new President, who will most determine how the actions and the power of the federal government will affect the lives of citizens in Southern Maryland.
Conventional wisdom is that it is dangerous to complain living in Stenystan--- Steny's "free lunch" politics will last forever. But you do have a choice on February 12.
---- www.mikehethmon.com ----
"BIOGRAPHY: What education, professional experience and interests prepared you for this office?(Answers must be 50 words or less.)
Citizenship advocate Mike Hethmon has drafted more successful legislation on the complex issue of immigration reform than most serving legislators, including the 29-year incumbent. A whistleblower who fought defense contracting corruption, a homeschooling father and committed conservationist, Mike balances tough policy leadership with the ethical restraints of Christian faith.
1. IMMIGRATION: What reforms do you support/advocate to deal with immigration problems?----
The lawyer behind “Enforcement Through Attrition,” Hethmon co-drafted the TRUE Enforcement Act, America’s toughest immigration bill. Visit www.mikehethmon.com to review the Seven Principles of Reform in Mike’s House Judiciary Committee testimony on alien gangs. From Arizona to Virginia, Hethmon has already written successful enforcement laws that are effective and fair.
2. U.S. MILITARY: What should be the military role of the US in the world?-------
Defense procurement waste and pork threaten our national security. Congress must find sustainable funding for a credible anti-proliferation strategic deterrent against nuclear powers like China, a tactical strike capability against asymmetrical threats like Iran, Al Qaeda, and Third World insurgencies, and enforce careful border controls to guard the homeland.
3. DEFICIT: How would you resolve the imbalance between revenues and expenditures?-----
Unfunded entitlement program deficits threaten America’s future prosperity. Congress must incrementally reform Social Security into a federal-style thrift savings program for younger workers. To protect age 42+ workers, we must cut payments to aliens, reduce benefits to high income earners, and increase withholding 1.3% to repay our looted trust fund.
4. HEALTH CARE: What plans need to be put into place to meet the Country’s health care needs?----
No magic bullet can control US healthcare costs – currently the world’s highest. By 2016 Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP will consume a third of the federal budget. Meaningful progress requires multifaceted solutions like integrated health IT, replacing wasteful fee-for service plans with bundled episodic care, and prioritizing primary care.
5. ENVIRONMENTAL INTEGRITY: What measures do you support to balance the interests of businesses and individuals with the protection and improvement of our environment?----
Sustainable growth, energy security, and fighting sprawl all require the same core national policy: Lower mass-immigration driven demand growth, for 50 to 75 years, until Third World birthrates stabilize in the same way that U.S. native birthrates did in the late 1970s. See Hethmon’s detailed analysis at www.mikehethmon.com/sprawl .
6. CIVIL RIGHTS: How would you balance individual liberties and national security?----
Until Congress repairs years of damage by activist judges to the privileges of American citizenship, civil rights and national security remain in perilous conflict. Despite 9-11, our government refuses to lawfully account for millions of nonimmigrant foreigners, while profiling ordinary citizens as potential terrorist suspects in our own country."
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