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Third Congressional District, Republican Primary

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The questions

All candidates were invited to respond to questionnaires, although not all chose to participate. Click on a candidate's name to see the unedited response to each question.

Biographical information & experience
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Falvey
Birthdate: 6/24/1965
Occupation: Law Office of James Falvey // Adjunct Professor at Penn State (Commodity Markets) // Advisory Board CMDirect (a commodity cash marketplace)
Marital status: married
Spouse: Jane Falvey

Education:

BA in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame (1987)

JD from the Georgetown University Law Center (1992)

MBA from the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern)(2003)

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

American Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association, Futures Industry Association; and, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (I have been a member of these organizations for most of the last several years -- not sure if I'm up-to-date on memberships at this moment).

Appointed to the Criminal Justice Act panels (quasi pro-bono work) for the 1st, 7th, 8th and 11th circuit court of appeals.

Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?

From 1987-1990 I worked in Washington, D.C. as a Projects Director and Legislative Assistant for Representative Fred Upton (R-Michigan).

I was also a Judicial Law Clerk the year after law school (1992-1993). I worked for the Honorable Richard A. Enslen, U.S. District Court Judge for the western district of Michigan.

Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government.

My wife is a school teacher (English Language Learner teacher) for School District 105.

As noted above, I have accepted appointments under the Criminal Justice Act (some of which have been purely pro bono, but most pay a reduced rate).

Grabowski
Birthdate: 10/2/1966
Occupation: Materials Supervisor / West suburban manufacturing company
Marital status: Happily Married
Spouse: Linda

Education:

De La Salle Institute, Chicago, IL / St. Joseph H.S. - Chicago, IL - - '84

Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, IL
Industrial Engineering
Management & Marketing

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

Deacon - Immanuel Christian Reformed Church - Burbank, IL
Worth Township Regular Republican Organization

Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?

No.

Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government.

Immediate family - CPS, and State Community College.

Jones
Birthdate: 1/1/1948
Occupation: self-employed insurance broker
Marital status: Married, for 28 years to same woman
Spouse: Patricia Jones

Education:

After serving in the army from March 17,1969 to Jan. 14,1971, including 1 year in Viet Nam with the 4th
Infantry Division (Sept.8,1969-Sept.8,1970) in the Central Highlands near the Cambodian border as a
rifleman and 81 mm mortarman, I attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. There I majored in
journalism and political science.

Civic, professional, fraternal or other affiliations:

I attend a Catholic church.

Have you held elective or appointive political office or been employed by any branch of government?

No. I have never held public office. of any kind.

Please list jobs or contracts you, members of your immediate family or business partners have had with government.

My wife is a retired Chicago teacher. Her father,now deceased was a Chicago police officer. Her mother was a
Chicago teacher,now deceased .

Campaign information
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Campaign headquarters: Falvey For Congress, P.O. Box 288, Western Springs, IL 60558
Website: www.FalveyForCongress.com // Twitter: @Falvey4Congress
Campaign manager: CorStrategies -- Collin Corbett, Jeremy Rose
Campaign budget: $500,000 to $750,000.
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
Forthcoming.

Grabowski

Campaign headquarters: Citizens for Richard L. Grabowski, P.O. Box 536, Oak Lawn, IL 60454
Website: www.RichardGrabowski.com
Campaign manager: TBD
Campaign budget: $1,000,000 thru the end of the 2012 general election.
Can you help to make this goal happen?
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
$100 - Lauzen
$75 - Murphy
$55.50 - Grabowski
$50 - Presta
$50 - Zahm

Jones

Campaign headquarters: home address or P.O. Box 598,Lyons,Ill. 60534
Website: artjonesforcongress.com
Campaign manager: presently,myself
Campaign budget: I hope to raise enough money to win,what that amount is,I don't know.
Name your five biggest campaign contributors and the amount they contributed.
No large contributors,just small working class supporters
whose donations fuel this campaign. I am not seeking nor expecting any large
donations,as I do not want to be obligated to anyone if I win.

What are your top priorities for the nation?
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As was the case in 1992, "it's the economy stupid." Within that rubric, we need to focus on jobs (even though the numbers suggest modest improvement, I believe they're misleading due to underemployment and individuals who have simply given up).

The deficit/debt (including ensuring solvency of social security and medicare) is another top priority (at least it should be for everyone). We need to make tough decisions and not be politicians. As a variant of the old saying about taxes (don't tax you, don't tax me, tax that fellow under the tree!), we can say the same thing about programs and entitlements: don't cut my program, don't cut your program, cut the other guy's program (I know, it doesn't rhyme, but I never claimed to be a poet).

Of course, taxes is a part of the deficit equation. I don't believe we can get an economy moving if we raise taxes, but I could see restructuring the tax code by making it more simple, lower rates and eliminate deductions.

Finally, while the list of priorities is long, I would also list maintaining our security against terrorism, while maintaining our civil liberties. We can't forget the lessons of 9/11 and become complacent agsint those who wish harm upon us.

Grabowski

I'm concerned with preserving our freedoms, our traditional American way of life, defending our United States Constitution, lowering taxes, eliminating wasteful spending, balancing the federal budget, strengthening and solidifying the conditions for economic growth so that private sector businesses can survive, thrive and grow producing mutually beneficial jobs for people to work, protecting our USA borders, enforcing and toughening our existing immigration laws currently on the books, and having something left of our country to pass on to our future generations.

Jones

I am running again,because 4 years ago when I ran for this same office, I said it was time to end
the foolish wars in Iraq and Afghanistan we have been waging against those two countries. These
wars are unneeded,unwanted, unjust,and unconstitutional. They are a criminal waste of American
lives and money.

What are your top priorities for your congressional district?
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For the most part, "congressional district" issues are state and local, i.e., the terrible financial shape of the state.

That said, I would do all I could for those in the district that are having difficulties with the federal government, i.e., cutting through red tape. I personally did some of this work, helping out constituents, when I worked for Fred Upton (R-MI).

Finally, the top priority for my congressional district is eliminate from office the Chicago Machine politician who was handed this congressional seat from his dad.

Grabowski

As our Congressman, I will be an outstanding advocate for the voice of the ordinary citizen, taxpayer, and business of our district in Washington, D.C.

I will fight for common sense legislation making OUR government smaller, limited and less intrusive in our lives, businesses and communities.

I will welcome and promote new business development in our state and district again by strengthening and solidifying the conditions for economic growth, bringing real businesses and real jobs back to Illinois and our district for good. I will not sell out "We The People", the citizens and taxpayers!

I also want to put a wrench in the spread of the Chicago Democrat machine's culture of corruption into our far reaching suburbs, ending much of the political patronage system from the south and southwest side of Chicago to the southwest suburbs, much of which for many years has flowed through the congressional office, which by the way is common knowledge to southsiders.

My ultimate longterm goal: To wake up the day after the November 2012 general elections, knock on Speaker Madigan's door, and introduce myself as his new congressman. He lives here in the 3rd Congressional District and hand picked the new district boundaries in the state's map drawing process.

Jones

I have yet to meet with any local leaders in the district to discuss their needs,however, one issue
yet to be addressed by the incumbent,are the delays caused by freight trains day after day. These
delays often hold up the police,fire department and ambulances from their emergency responses.
So, something must be done to deal with that situation.

The nation's economy has yet to recover. What are the causes of the weak economy, and what should be done to speed its recovery?
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Unlike 1980 when interest rates were a ridiculus 20 some percent and inflation similarly high, this time around we have extraordinarily low rates and relatively low inflation. The primary cause of the weak economy is that credit has been severely cut off (thanks, in large part, to the housing bubble). That resulted in an almost immediate slowdown because businesses -- be they start-ups and/or long-time enterprises -- were unable to grow and/or invest. Thus, hiring slowed down, layoffs began and confidence eroded. Additionally, a procession of harmful economic policies further dampened business confidence and elevated uncertainty that the economy became and remains far less hospitable to growth-inducing, job-creating entrepreneurial activity.

Resolution of this problem is not easy, but it will depend on instilling confidence so that businesses believe that their investment and growth initiatives should go forward. Creating a favorable economic environment is crucial to this confidence. Obviously, once businesses begin investing again, jobs will be created.

A favorable economic/business environment does not mean dumping government money randomly into the economy -- it means keeping taxes low, working toward balancing the budget, etc.

Grabowski

Lack of citizen and consumer confidence in our current administration, spiraling higher and higher taxation and strangling business regulations. Sure, the economy may have begun to veer toward the guardrail at the end of George W. Bush's term in 2008, but the current Democrat administration could have avoided the rest! Our president and his leadership team claimed they would fix it! Instead they grabbed the wheel firmly, took a hard left turn, and sent the country and our economy careening out of control down the mountainside at breakneck speed with their outrageous social engineering plans, worrysome fiscal policies and their burning desire to control our nation's private sector healthcare industry, which severely worried investors and ordinary citizens with 401k's in the markets. Ordinary families suffered the greatest. Most every one of us were affected in some way whether from job loss, salary cuts, shortened work weeks, business closeures, bankruptcies and / or forecloseures. Businesses and ordinary folks alike scurried to take their money and head for the hills. The markets nearly crashed. The bank bailouts, the credit crunch that followed, and the padlock that banks had on business and consumer loans due to the questionable fiscal policies that the new administration had implemented all deepened the impacts. Borrowing at the state level dug Illinois in to becoming the least favorable state to lend to, currently with the highest interest rates on debt of any state. This is the uncertain economic and social path that Democrats running our state and federal government CHOSE to lead us down. From Barack Obama, to Hillary Clinton, to Chris Dodd, to Barney Frank, to Dick Durbin, to Pat Quinn, to Mike Madigan, and yes, even Dan Lipinski.

How to speed the recovery? Setting indictments aside, lower taxes, remove burdensome regulations on businesses, get the government out of every taxable aspect of our lives and businesses, and let our free market economy do it's thing and fire up! This all may not be able to happen until next year considering the stubbornness of selfish Democrats to work with ordinary Americans, families, and future generations. It will all ultimately depend on the level headed, commonsensical and coherant, fiscal managing and policy making leadership decisions that you, the voter, will make, for OUR future and for OUR FUTURE GENERATIONS in the 2012 elections.

Things can only get better. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it can be an Amtrak train only if YOU CHOOSE FOR IT TO BE!

Jones

The real cause of this country's problems as far as the economy goes,are the "Free Trade" policies of both
the Democratic and Republican Party. I call them for what they are,Treasonous Trade Treaties. When
Americans have to compete against the wage slave nations of the Third World, such as China, there is
no contest. China will always win,because we won't work for 50 cents an hour. Yet,the U.S. Senate just
ratified 3 new Treasonous Trade Treaties with Columbia,Panama and South Korea. More foreign goods
coming in more American jobs going out. The new free trade agreement with South Korea is predicted to
cost the loss of another 159,000 American jobs. This to me,is economic treason to the American people.

Should revenue increases, in the form of new taxes, higher taxes or more broadly imposed taxes, be part of the solution to crafting a more balanced federal budget and reducing the national debt?
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Not at this time given the economic environment, as noted in the answer immediately above.

Grabowski

No! Making real reductions in non-essential spending to our budget is the only way left when our financial back is against the wall. Chicken poop sugar coated is still chicken poop. We need to make the tough decisions necessary to bring our country and our state out of their fiscal misery. If Democrats in the senate choose to keep standing in the way, kicking the can down the road, then bring the Republicans in!

If there's a brick wall ahead of you, do you accellerate or do you BRAKE??? Some things that are just so commonsensical to the rest of us seemingly cannot be coherantly understood by the current Democrat leadership team.

Jones

I believe the income tax should be repealed and replaced by a National Sales Tax of 10% that excludes the
cost of food and medicine. Or simply a flat tax of 10% across the board for all income levels. We can save
at least $300 billion a year by ending these wars we are involved in. And billions more can be saved by
bringing home our troops from Germany,Japan and Korea and shutting down hundreds of U.S. bases
around the world. We can't afford this empire anymore. All these wars are doing is making billionaires out
of the millionaires for whom they are being fought.

Many Republican members of Congress have signed the Grover Norquist pledge not to support a tax increase of any kind at any time. Have you, or would you, sign this pledge? Why or why not?
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I have not signed the pledge. I do not know if I will sign it.

Grabowski

I have not signed it, but I would do it. It's a righteous committment to "We The American People", the citizens and taxpayers by the coming NEW leadership of our government, lead by many good ordinary people running for elected office taking OUR country BACK!

Jones

Only in time of a declaration of war or a national disaster,should there be need of an increase in taxes. I favor
radical tax reform - abolish the income tax once and for all. And get rid of the Federal Reserve parasites as
well. Why should we have to ask private bankers permission to print our money and allow them to charge
the people interest on every dollar printed once we have their permission to print our money?! What a scam
these leeches have been running since 1913!

It is the responsibility of Congress to regulate the value of our money and the duty of the Treasury Department
to print the money - without interest! Or didn't you know that?

What is the role of compromise in ending the political deadlock on fundamental goals such as entitlement reform and deficit reduction? When and how would you compromise?
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Having been in the private sector -- working for big companies (such as Allstate and CME Group) and start-ups (such as IntercontinentalExchange and U.S. Futures Exchange), I have been involved in many negotiations. Most went well, a few did not. Largely, I believe that I have the ability to engage in negotiations that reach successful outcomes. Keys to this include: allowing both parties to save face, recognize the desired outcome, figuring out best alternatives, etc. (a lot of this comes from the book: Getting to Yes).

That said, there are some instances in which you don't compromise because the issue is so important to you, your district and, ultimately, the country.

Grabowski

I'll work with anyone who will respect "We The American People", the taxpayers and legal United States citizens. That being said, if proposed legislation will raise taxes, give way to amnesty for illegal immigrants, trampling our rights and freedoms as legal citizens of the United States of America, and not address the deep waste, fraud, abuses and mismanagement of governmental programs afforded to and being taken advantage of by illegal immigrants and deceptive scammers in our citizen population, then compromise is not a reality. Principled leadership should be able to agree on some pretty common sense issues in the interests of our sovereignty and taxpaying citizens, but even there one side of the aisle still can't see the forest for the trees.

Children in a candy store may throw obviously unreasonable tantrums if they can't get what they want, especially if YOU are paying the tab. The parent's job is to hold firm and not give in to the silly whining, crying and bickering, no matter how much your children may be bent on trying to con you into it.

Jones

Politics is the art of compromise and persuasion. When the Democrats get serious about cutting back on
their reckless spending spree, and the Republicans back off of their craving for a war with Iran, then and
only then can there be any kind of reasonable compromise on entitlements and other expenses.

Does the Social Security program need reform? What exactly should be done?
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I remember reading a Newsweek article (actually, it was a cover story) in the late 70ies/early 80ies predicting the demise of social security by the year 2000. Since that time, the solvency of the program has not improved.

We need to do all we can to increase the solvency of social security. One item that I am in favor of is to not use social security funds for other purposes (such as the game that was played by the Obama Administration at the end of last year over the 2 months v. 12 months exemption from the social security payroll tax cut).

Grabowski

Stop putting out benefits for those who are NOT RETIRING!!!

This is what social security was intended to be for in the first place. Not to be a social cesspool of misery super-slushfund. Seniors are the ones who are the most negatively affected by this. They've paid into it all their lives, and what do they have to look forward to getting out of it? In many cases nowhere enough to live on after retirement. It's quite sad that it's being used for virtually everything and everyone else.

It's just another example of how an overgrown government with it's insatiable appetite found another way to finance getting bigger on our dime.

Jones

We must keep Social Security intact for the millions about to go on it. However, for younger workers, I support
their right to opt out of Social Security for a better deal if they can find one,in the private market. This would
eliminate billions of dollars in benefits to be paid out of the trust fund for Social Security. Also, no Social
Security benefits should be paid out to foreign -born workers based on their work in another country. If the
work wasn't performed here, why should these people receive benefits for it? Simply put,they shouldn't.

How would you reform Medicare? Be as specific as possible.
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Medicare is not entirely broken It pays for the care of the elderly, which was its purpose.

Generally, competition needs to be inserted into the system so that quality, higher performance and more successful outcomes occur for the recipients of Medicare.

Similar to social security, we have to be careful that Medicare does not bankrupt the country. We need to look into things like paying providers for proper outcomes (currently, there are no repercussions for any providers that do not perform well). In other words, creating competition into the program should create efficiencies and lower costs while the recipients of Medicare receive the same high level (or even higher level) of care.

Grabowski

Reform the criteria for SSI and disability. For those who truly need it and are not scamming the system, reform the way that decisions are made by government employees who run the system, loosely handing out benefits to some and unfairly turning away others who meet the same criteria. It's a system designed to be taken advantage of by liars and cheats scamming the system for public dollar handouts, creating a serious cycle of dependency for many Americans and illegal resident immigrants.

Jones

Medicare is ripe with fraud. Anyone caught defrauding the government with phony Medicare claims,
be they doctor or patient, should be imprisoned for a minimum of 10 years. We should not tolerate
such criminal conduct,which now exceeds $100 billion a year! And Medicare should only be for
American citizens or legal immigrants - not one dime should be spent on illegal immigrants.

Is there a problem of a growing income and wealth gap in the United States? Is there a problem of unequal opportunity? What, if anything, should government do about this?
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Grabowski

The perception being encouraged by those who may benefit politically is that the rich are getting richer and the poor are still poor, and that it's unfair. Life isn't fair, get over it. People have come to this country and immigrated legally over the past 226 years, they came here in search of opportunity, not a handout. They built businesses from virtually nothing, supporting families and employees in the mean time. The American Dream lives on for those willing to take risks and not jost sit back and complain about how unfair things are. Perception of your real situation, risk taking, personal responsibility, a drive to survive and thrive, and never worring about how much more or less someone else has than you build character and can only make you stronger.

Jones

There is definitely a growing income gap in the country. However, while reforms should be made to
prevent the elimination of the Middle class, we should not go overboard and discourage the ambitious
and creative and talented elements of our population with a lot of new laws and regulations.

I believe in the concepts of private property and free enterprise, but not in unlimited private property
or unlimited free enterprise,such as we seem to be heading for today.

Who is to blame for the home mortgages collapse?
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There is too much blame to go around. Ultimately, though, I would point to the Clinton adminstration's desire to increase home ownership as the start of the problem.

Grabowski

Fannie, Freddie, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank with their credit and subprime mortgage debacles. Another 'prime' example of how a bloated government produces bloated bellyache results that we all end up hurting from. Take an antiacid on election day, vote Republican, and you may begin to feel much better shortly thereafter.

Jones

I had a real estate license and I gave it up,rather than be a party to what I saw back in the 1980's as simply
irresponsible and senseless laws regarding the sale of homes or how to finance the sale.

Back then,I took applications for loans and the application said the applicant could not be denied a loan,
REGARDLESS OF THE SOURCE OF THEIR INCOME! If the applicant did not have a regular job, he or
she could still qualify for a loan,even if their income was unverifiable or was based on some sort of a
government program! This was a federal law we had to follow! So, across the country, millions of peo-
ple mainly Blacks and Latinos are given the money to put down on a home they could not afford.
So,I blame the idiots in congress who wrote and passed these laws.

What, if anything, should be done to assist Americans whose homes are financially "under water" and face foreclosure?
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Grabowski

If you bought a home and couldn't afford it in the first place, what made you think it was an investment? When the market went south, and the inflated values dropped like a hot rock, sadly many people felt they were 'underwater' based on the current value assessed. Some sold their homes through short sales, others are still trying to sell, and some are riding it out hoping when the economy comes back in another year or two that home values will rise again.

It's like buying an expensive SUV and wanting to get rid of it a year later because it's too expensive and has depreciated greatly in that year's period of time. Will the bank let you out of your contract? Should they? No. You bought it, you made the adult decision to purchase it based on what you could afford. Status and a champaign lifestyle come crashing down when the beer budget reality becomes clearly visible.

Jones

I believe once we get rid of the Federal Reserve, the Congress could write a bill authorizing the treasury
to print up enough money to pay out to homeowners facing foreclosure, enough to give them 6 months
or even a year's payments on their mortgages. That would give people time to get their affairs in order
and keep their homes. Or, the government could declare any mortgage involving federal funds such as
a GI home loan for example, to be paid off.

If that sounds crazy or radical, then consider the stupid laws and policies congress passed that created
this mess. It will take something radical to end the foreclosure crisis. But I can't think of a better use of
our own money,than to keep Americans in their homes.

Is global warming real? Is it man-made? What, if anything, should be done about it?
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I don't think we really know yet. Scientists have significantly different views on this topic. I would consider the spectrum of solutions to resolve this issue assuming it is not a normal part of a natural cycle (I've read some enlightening Judge Richard Posner pieces on this topic -- global warming -- that I would recommend).

Grabowski

My opinion... no. What should we do? Nothing.

Weather patterns are unpredictable over long periods of time. The midwest was once a glacier if scientific history is correct, that means ice. Land masses and tectonic plates have been shifting for billions of years, and will continue to shift, move and change. Volcanic gases and ash are some of the largest natural poluters of our air and are responsible for the greatest amounts of ozone depletion. Depleted ozone is repaired by the sun naturally. Carbon dioxide is produced by many things, yet plant life and all vegetation thrive on carbon dioxide. How can anyone justify that we can do something to maintain the current climate that changes on our earth naturally based on constantly changing weather patterns and the ever-shifting land masses? The more we try to fix what we can't, we upset the balance of the existing environment.

I'm all for recycling aluminum cans with my kids and earning a few bucks back, and no one wants to live amidst garbage and breath poluted air. Let's focus on what we can fix, like our country, our freedoms and getting our free market economy back on track, not something that the earth will fix naturally and we could never achieve doing anyway!

Jones

I believe the climate is changing and we are partly responsible for it. As to what can we do to stop it, I don't
believe there is much we can do, unless we want to revert our life style back 100 years or more. Air and
water pollution are definitely a problem and something should be done to cut down on both.

What is the role of the federal government in promoting "green" alternatives to fossil fuels? What are those alternatives?
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It should be limited. I believe that, generally, the free market should control the direction of everything from the type of milk we drink to the cars we drive to energy providers. There needs to be a cost benefit analysis conducted by the private sector/entrepreneurs to determine the potential success/profitability of green fuels.

Grabowski

Government should not be in the business of promoting or disuading anyone from purchasing any type of fuel, goods, services, or anything else that is not illegal. Ushering the masses to buy one product or another has corrupt tendencies dimishing the profitability of one company and greatly influencing the profitability of another, skewing the integrity of and the impacts on our free market economy.

What alternatives are there? Shale, wind turbines, battery operated mini cars, hydrogen fuel cells, hybrid automobile technologies.

Jones

I support trying new sources of energy - wind power,solar power,thermal energy, and natural gas. I'm not
all that enthused about nuclear power,especially after what happened recently in Japan after the earth
quake and tsunami that struck there.

However, one thing I definitely am unable to support are these curly, ugly light bulbs. I and most Americans
prefer the regular light bulbs we have in our homes now.

Is waterboarding a form of torture? On what basis do you make this assertion? Should the United States engage in waterboarding under any circumstances?
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I believe it is a form of torture. By all accounts, the individual subject to waterboarding believes they are drowning and going to die. To me, that is torture.

The United States should only use torture in extraordinary circumstances, such as the example given by certain law professors that a nuclear bomb is going to explode in a city within x minutes and the US has a person within its control who has information that can stop the explosion and save thousands if torture is used. In such a case, under a utilitarian analysis, the US should interrogate such person using all available methods in order to save the millions of people.

Grabowski

If used on citizens of this country, then it could be construed as a form torture.

If used on non-American terrorists who have committed acts against our nation, are willing to commit acts against large American populations, or are known terrorist operatives who are not citizens of the United States but here on our soil, then it's use may be justified if it becomes the exclusive means of effectively gaining information and intelligence on terrorist activity on our soil or abroad involving American citizens.

Jones

Yes, waterboarding is a form of torture. It is meant to simulate drowning. As a matter of policy,waterboarding
should only be used as a last measure to extract information that could save lives. And when it is used,we,
the American people, should not know about it! It is absurd that such a thing should be publicly known and
debated back and forth.

If we have terrorists in custody and they know where a bomb or a series of bombs or a suitcase nuclear bomb
is going to explode, waterboarding is just one of the things that I would do, to get that information. On issues
like that, I say, to hell with the ACLU mind-set of the liberals.

Do you support the legalization or de-criminalization of marijuana, either on a state or national level? Have you ever personally smoked marijuana?
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I do not support the de-criminalization of marijuana, except in very limited medical necessity cases (I've spoken to a number of cancer patients on this point and am sympathetic to their views).

Grabowski

No.

Does being in the 7th row from the ceiling in the rafters section of the stadium during an AC/DC concert years ago and having to breathing in the thick smoke cloud that rose to the upper sections all night long count?

Jones

Each year,on average,50,000 Americans die in auto crashes. Most of those crashes came from driving while
under the influence of alcoholic drinks. I believe,once we legalize marijuana or cocaine use, we will just make
our roads and highways that much less safe than is presently the case.

I would support tough,new laws to cut down on the use of drugs,including capital punishment for drug dealers.
We are too weak-willed in our approach to the issue of illegal drugs. The liberal answer to every problem is
to throw more money at it or make it legal. And that is exactly the wrong answer to the problem of illegal drugs
in our country

Iran, according to a new United Nations report, is covertly at work building a nuclear bomb. Should Iran be stopped, and how? Please explain the merits of international sanctions versus military action.
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Yes, Iran should be stopped. I would not take anything off of the table as to options to deal with this issue.

Grabowski

Military action may be the only solution. If they are willing to carry out buiding and completing a nuclear bomb that may not necessarily be used as part of their national defense strategy, and instead as an offense strategy, considering their intentions over the years with their close neighbors, then we should move quickly and swiftly to remove the threat to our country and the rest of the world, primarily in our own security interests.

Jones

According to 17 U.S. intelligence agencies and reports, Iran is no where near the point of building a nuclear
weapon. And even if they did,so what? They know if they use it just once, they would be utterly obliterated
by the U.S. They also know that Israel has a couple hundred nuclear weapons that could do the same
thing to them as we could.

As Congressman Ron Paul pointed out in the Republican debates,for 60 years we had Russia and Red China
a war with Iran,just to please the Jews here or the Israeli Lobby, which the Republicans and Democrats are
so eager to do. We should not risk a nuclear war,with Iran's allies Russia & Red China, over Israel. But the leaders
of this country are just craven enough to do it and that is the major reason I'm in this race,to prevent another war.

How would you define "success" for the United States in the war in Afghanistan? Do you support the President's plan and timetable for withdrawing American troops?
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A stable Afghanistan that has eliminated (not 100%, but a significantly high percentage) terrorist training camps and the Taliban is a success. Along with that, we need to make certain that the existing democratic government in Afghanistan can continue on its own (defend itself, etc.).

I am concerned that withdrawing troops on the President's plan may be too aggressive.

Grabowski

Having a clear plan for what the end game scenario will be is very important to any engagement militarily on foreign soil. Success is winning, not peacekeeping, and an exit strategy is only as good and effective as the job that was completed. The job is not done.

Jones

We should never have invaded Afghanistan to begin with. Harmid Karzai is as crooked as a corkscrew. He
has no real support in that country. We should dump him and then leave and let the warlords and the tribal
chiefs and the remnants of the Taliban settle their own affairs.

We have spent ten years there and accomplished nothing except make a few rich war profiteers richer at
at the expense of the lives of thousands of Americans and Afghani citizens.

The No Child Left Behind Act is overdue for reauthorization. Do you support the Administration's blueprint for reauthorization, the bill that recently passed the Senate Education Committee, or some other alternative?
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The No Child Left Behind Act has pro's and con's. On a positive note, the Act requires schools to be held accountable.

On the downside, the Act is not customized for schools at any level. In my view, there are differences that need to be taken into account. For example, my understanding is that the Act does not take account for a given school's demographics and the fact that one school may have a greater number of English Language Learner's and/or disabled children. Furthermore, I understand that the regulations are very cumbersome (a general problem with our government).

Grabowski

No. Another alternative.

Jones

I believe local school boards know what is best for their children,not the Federal government. I support where
needed,the use of federal funds for building or repairing schools. I do not support the idea of the Federal
government telling local school boards what they must teach in order to receive those funds

The goal must be to educate not indoctrinate . There is too much social experimentation going on in the
schools in a curriculum top heavy with distorted American history,mythical Black history,perverted sex
education of all sorts, and of course, the vastly overblown, highly exaggerated, "Holocaust." All this clap trap
has created one generation after another of Americans unable to read,write,figure, or think or even make
change correctly. So, I would not support "No Child Left Behind". Here in Illinois it was a dismal failure..

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