Joe Daues Q&A with Kevin Craig is on the KSPR website.
I was asked to answer several policy questions. Here are the answers I submitted:
1) HOW SHOULD WE HANDLE THE IMMIGRATION PROBLEM WITH MEXICO? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE ARIZONA LAW?
The "immigration problem" is actually a federal government problem.
Immigration is good. The federal government is not.
Immigration always raises the national standard of living.
The Declaration of Independence criticizes King George III for restricting immigration.
The Constitution gives the federal government no authority to restrict immigration. It only provides that immigrants in Arizona would have the same requirements to become citizens as immigrants in California. The Constitution gives the federal government no power to build a fence or "secure the borders."
• Mexicans are endowed by our Creator with a right to travel, to work, and to live in America.
• Americans are endowed by their Creator with a right to hire Mexicans and make our businesses more competitive by lowering production costs.
• Consumers have a God-given right to benefit from lower prices.
All the problems experienced in Arizona in connection with immigrants are the result of unconstitutional federal laws.
• Government welfare lowers our national standard of living.
• Laws requiring drugs to be sold by criminals lower our standard of living.
• Laws requiring immigrant children to attend atheistic schools lower our standard of living.
2) HOW CAN THE CONGRESS PROMOTE ECONOMIC GROWTH AND JOBS?
By getting out of the way of the Free Market.
Congress has no constitutional authority to try to "promote economic growth."
Congress can only impede economic growth.
If Congress shut down and went home, economic growth would begin.
• Minimum wage laws make it illegal to give a job to unskilled workers who cannot produce more than the minimum wage.
• Licensing laws make it illegal for consumers to hire the worker they want to employ, and stifle economic growth.
• Corporate taxes and regulation compete for the resources needed to create jobs.
3) WHAT CAN CONGRESS DO TO MAKE OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM MORE EFFECTIVE?
Get the federal government out of education.
The Constitution gives Congress no authority to tinker with education. We need "the separation of school and state."
Education, like groceries, computers, and clothing, should be produced by the Free Market, not the government.
If parents want Christian schools, they should be able to choose them. If parents want schools that don't teach morality, they should be free to choose such schools.
Most parents want their children to be taught that God says "Thou shalt not steal." The federal government denies them their choice.
When our current Congressman, Roy Blunt, was first elected to Congress in 1996, the Republican National Platform promised to abolish the federal Department of Education. Not only did Republicans fail to do this (when they controlled all three branches of government), they doubled federal education spending from what it was under Bill Clinton.
4) EARMARKS… WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THEM AND WHY?
"Earmarks" is a red herring.
Every penny of Congressionally-appropriated funds should be earmarked.
But Congress should not appropriate funds for unconstitutional projects.
If Congress (including representatives from Missouri's neighboring states) passes an unconstitutional transportation bill, Missouri's representative has a duty to earmark the funds in a way that does the least harm to Missouri. Otherwise, the earmarking is done by the executive branch, which is even more unconstitutional, and serves political interests rather than the general welfare of Missouri.
I will vote against all unconstitutional spending, and to increase transparency will clearly earmark as many as possible of the funds unconstitutionally appropriated by Congress.
5) HEALTHCARE… WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE NOW THAT THE U-S HAS REFORMED HEALTH CARE?
The federal government has not reformed healthcare, but has further DEformed it.
All federal laws regulating health care should be repealed. They are unconstitutional.
States should "nullify" unconstitutional infringements of the Free Market by refusing to enforce unconstitutional federal mandates.
The Free Market gave us the best healthcare system in the world, until the goverment began meddling with it. More people get better quality healthcare under capitalism than under socialism.
6) DRILLING FOR OIL IN NATIONAL PARK LAND… AND HOW DO YOU PREVENT ANOTHER GULF OIL SLICK?
Congress has no constitutional authority to attempt to prevent oil slicks.
Oil slicks are best prevented by protecting private property and holding polluters liable for the damage they inflict on the private property of others.
Socialist governments have had a far more detrimental effect on the environment than capitalist businesses.
The federal government should stop subsidizing the oil industry and let a Free Market choose the clean energy it wants.
7) DISCUSS THE BALANCE BETWEEN PERSONAL PRIVACY AND INDIVIDUAL FREEDOMS VERSUS PROTECTION FROM TERRORISTS
For example- government monitoring email and cell phones / full body airport scanners / patriot act
Do we really have to choose between living in a Muslim state where women are forced to wear Burkas, or living in an Orwellian state where women can be seen naked by government airport screeners?
How about a nation of "Liberty Under God" where we enjoy the Fourth Amendment and the government does not invade and terrorize Muslim nations in order to pave the way for multinational oil pipelines?
Terrorism is "blowback" from unconstitutional U.S. foreign intervention.
The answer to terrorism is not more unconstitutional domestic intervention.
When Osama bin Laden declared a "fatwah" (holy war) on the U.S., he did so because the U.S. was killing Muslims. The U.S. should repent of its unconstitutional imperialism, even as Muslims should forgive the U.S. for its sinful acts, rather than take vengeance on us.
8) HOW CAN OUR GOVERNMENT REALISTICALLY CUT THE FEDERAL DEBT?
Cut federal spending.
Abolish unconstitutional programs.
Voters must stop demanding that the federal government steal from others and redistribute to the voters.
This isn't rocket science.
The National Debt is also increased by the ability of the Federal Reserve System to engage in the "monetization of debt." This is a fancy phrase meaning "create money out of thin air." The new money is created into the hands of borrowers, whether private or public. The Constitution says that no state shall "make any thing but gold and silver a legal tender in payment of debts." It is more difficult to create a gold debt than to create a paper debt.
We must abolish the Fed.
9) HOW CAN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REFORM SOCIAL SECURITY?
A Ponzi Scheme cannot be reformed.
It is an evil system, unethical and immoral.
If a private corporation administered its pension program the way the federal government administers Social Security, corporate officers would go to prison.
The Social Security system is Bernie Madoff on steroids.
Just like the last level of investors in a Ponzi Scheme are going to get ripped off, so an entire generation of Americans who expect Social Security benefits are going to lose. It is inevitable. Planning is better than denial.
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