Questions for Candidates

Each candidate and representative is asked to fill out the questionnaire below. It is designed to provide the reader with a better understanding of the person's view and a better feel for how the candidate or representative will respond to future issues.The candidates can answer the questions in an email or using their facebook login on this site. The responses to this questionnaire are shown under the appropriate issue. The candidate can answer as many or as few of the questions as they desire. If you would like a candidate or representative answer these questions, email them.

Debt, Deficit, Spending, and the Size of Government

Spending vs Revenue
There are two opposing theories for balancing the budget. One calls for a reduction in spendign to bring costs in line with revenue. The other calls for increasing revenue through taxation to meet the cost of government functions. In general, which one of these two mentalities best describes your view on balancing the budget? How do you decide when it is time to raise revenue and when it is time to lower spending?
Matching Costs vs Lowering Taxes
Is it more important to balance the budget or lower taxes? Does the inflationary effects of deficit spending warrant immediate tax increases and spending cuts to balance the budget, or is the threat of higher taxes and less government service more dangerous to the economy?
Cut, Cap, and Balance
In July of 2011, the House and Senate voted on the Cut, Cap, and Balance Plan. The plan would cut the amount of discretionary spending, cap it at a given level, and then call for the passage of a balanced budget amendment. Do you support or oppose this legislation and why or why not?
Specific Tax Increases
If you support an increase in taxation to balance the budget, what specific increases or loophole closures would you support?
Specific Spending Cuts
If you support a reduction in spending to balance to budget, in what specific areas would you make cuts? What departments or agencies would you cut?
Simpson-Bowles
The Simpson-Bowles committee was put together by President Obama to develop a plan on deficit reduction. Do you support or oppose the recommendations made by this committee?