US House - District 7 Candidate: Adam Steele, IndependenceRunning for US House - District 7 Editor’s note: The following information was provided through the League of Women Voters Minnesota Education Fund, with support from Target.
Q: Why are you seeking this office?
A: To bring Constitutional justice to Minnesota. We reacted with horror to what happened at Guantanamo. But this sort of denial of Constitutional rights goes on continuously in certain Northern Minnesota regions where corrupt officials are in power; and it affects not international terrorists, but law-abiding U.S. citizens. Targeted innocent people are being framed, by law enforcement, for crimes they didn’t commit, and once jailed are denied bail, competent counsel, and the right to present evidence in their defense. Many are coerced into pleading guilty; others are sentenced to prison. See the Steve Samuelson case at steelescampsite.info
Q: What should the federal government do, if anything, to help younger Americans achieve greater financial security?
A: It should encourage them to get a job, and be thrifty. Multi-generation welfare dependence must be scrapped. Every able-bodied person should work, if they want to eat. If the private sector cannot provide enough jobs, there are many public services (like the old C.C.C.) that can provide work. It is time America returned to its place as a creditor (producing and exporting) nation; not a debtor (consuming more than it produces) one. This will restore individual security, as well as to protect the value of the dollar and the stability of the U.S. in global economy.
Q: How should the U.S. meet its energy needs?
A: First and foremost is population control. We’ve outbred our resources. That’s why gasoline costs what it does. Food and clean water will be not far behind. It is time to remove all government economic incentives to overbreeding (such as the misnamed “Earned Income Credit”, which is actually welfare wrapped in a tax form, for people with kids); and provide education and incentives as to the need to control our population. Secondly, the government should take a greater role in making wind and solar affordable to average property owners and small businesses.
Q: Describe what actions you would take in Washington to strengthen the economy.
A: Restore the American work ethic that made this country great. Encourage work and production; remove programs that discourage same. That will help correct the trade imbalance. Restore backing, as much as can now be done, to the dollar.
Q: How would you work to balance the costs of our domestic challenges and military engagements around the world?
A: Military strength is important, particularly with people like Iran’s Ahmadinejad running around. But we don’t need any more $200 toilet seats. As an accountant, I am familiar with prioritization and budgeting. Here in Northern Minnesota, one sees waste of tax money almost daily in widening and resurfacing roads that don’t need it, to funnel money to the sweetheart contractors; and other unneeded projects and staff. With waste eliminated, there is enough tax money for the needed domestic challenges; and to keep the world’s strongest military. And Social Security benefits should not be taxed.