US House - District 7 Candidate: Lee Byberg, RRunning 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: I am running for Congress because I am concerned about the current direction of our country and what kind of future we will be handing our children. Government is too big, too intrusive, too expensive, and spends money that we do not have. The national deficit and debt are not only a disgrace, but also a serious threat to the economy. Free markets are being undermined by crony capitalism, and our health care freedom are under threat. I am running because I want to be part of the solution, not the problem.
Q: What should the federal government do, if anything, to help younger Americans achieve greater financial security?
A: The federal government is the single-biggest threat to Americans’ economic security. Deficits, debt, excessive regulations, a broken tax system, and bailouts for too-big-to-fail companies paid for by small businesses and high taxes all harm the economy and job creation. The unemployment rate for young Americans is the highest ever recorded in our history, and the only thing that will ensure financial security for the next generation is a healthy economy unfettered by excessive government. A good job is the best financial security.
Q: How should the U.S. meet its energy needs?
A: Sometimes it seems like politicians think energy is a dirty word, even though energy is the lifeblood of our economy and the modern way of life. Government should quit picking companies and technologies to subsidize, and free our entrepreneurs to pursue an “all of the above” energy strategy. Fossil fuels, biofuels, wind and solar all have their place in the energy mix. Fracking has opened up new sources of energy, and the Keystone Pipeline can help bring a secure oil supply from our Canadian friends. Let’s stop subsidizing boondoggles like Solyndra and start building the Keystone Pipeline.
Q: Describe what actions you would take in Washington to strengthen the economy.
A: Stop the deficit spending, reign in the EPA, and get the bureaucrats out of the way of our job creators. The Obama Administration has spent the last three years trying to “stimulate” and regulate our economy into prosperity, and the results are dismal. Washington doesn’t create wealthy, but it can easily destroy it. We need to audit and reign in the federal reserve, and quit bailing out failing companies and subsidizing companies with political connections. We need to create a strong business environment, and ensure that trade is both free and fair. American needs more jobs, not bigger government.
Q: How would you work to balance the costs of our domestic challenges and military engagements around the world?
A: The only way to pay for America’s commitments aboard is to ensure a strong economy at home. America needs to get out of the business of nation-building, and focus on ensuring the security of our country and the stability of trade. America needs the strongest, most technologically advanced armed forces in the world, but we should be reluctant to use them except to defend vital security interests. We also need to reign in domestic spending, as the largest challenge to our national security today is our ballooning deficit and debt.