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The Lima News sent questionnaires to every candidate in races in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Candidates had the opportunity to give biographical information and discuss major issues in their races. Candidates also had an option to submit a photograph. Only names and residences identify candidates who did not return a questionnaire yet. We continue to receive more questionnaires every day, so check back here soon to see the latest submitted answers.



U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 4TH DISTRICT



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Donald Charles Kissick



Party: Libertarian



Residence: Kimberly Drive, Lima



Age: 40



Campaign website: www.donkissick.com



Education: Attended Ferris State University, majoring in technical communication



Relevant experience: I have never held any previous elected or appointed office. I covered local  governmental activity as a reporter with the Pioneer daily newspaper in Big Rapids, Mich.



Years living in area: Three



Major issues: The major issues of this election are the need to dramatically lower taxes and cutting federal spending. These two measures will lead to renewed prosperity in America the likes of which we have not seen in almost 90 years. This also will make the task of pushing our budget toward a surplus less daunting, thus enabling the federal government to begin paying down the national debt and paying back the IOUs that have been issued to the administrations for Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Overall, federal authority as it relates to our industries and everyday lives must brought under control.



If you favor Bush-era tax cuts, what would you change in the federal budget to accommodate them?



I favor any measure that will lower taxes across the board for all citizens. But the Bush tax cuts do not go far enough, in my opinion. I propose a 10 percent flat tax for businesses and personal income beyond $10,000 a year, with a ten-year deadline for transitioning to the fair tax. The first large-scale spending cuts that can be made are elimination of the departments of Labor and Energy. I also favor cutting the Department of Education’s budget in half, leaving enough expenditures in administration and overhead to handle even disbursement of the remaining money to all 50 states and the District of Columbia on a per capita basis, based on total enrollment in each state’s schools. Then $10 billion can be set aside to do the same for higher education. This process should run for three years to give the states time to plan for the elimination of the federal education dole by the start of fiscal year 2015.



As the United States turns its attention to Afghanistan, what should be our strategy and goals there?



We need to end the nation-building mission in Afghanistan. I favor retasking support units for combat. Those units which cannot be reassigned for such roles must be brought home immediately. The focus at that point must be to aggressively engage and eliminate the remaining al Qaeda and Taliban fighters. If need be, greater cooperation needs to be pursued with Pakistan to take out Taliban and al Qaeda forces in that country. With Pakistan being a nuclear-armed power, cut and run is not a prudent option in that part of the world.



How should trade policies change to improve Ohio’s job outlook?



Trade policies are probably the least cut-and-dried issue. The best way to promote expanded exportation of our manufacturing goods is to avoid unnecessarily prohibitive trade barriers. Standing in direct contradiction to that theory is the reality that allowing most-favored nation status to countries such as China, where the labor force works for as little as a dollar and change an hour, has opened the door for large-scale outsourcing of these jobs.



The best option is the one I have promoted like a broken record: the flat tax and eventually the fair tax. Few situations make doing business more cost prohibitive than when more than 55% of a company’s profits must be directed toward federal confiscation. Instead of a wasteful so-called stimulus that involves politicians and their cronies picking winners and losers, let the people and the free market decide with their own money who has developed the best business model.



Just ask any member of the Chamber of Commerce and they will tell you: Permanent cuts are what they want most.



[image#1, align=left, size=thumbnail]Doug Litt



Party: Democrat



Residence: Connor Drive, Mansfield



 



[image#2, align=left, size=thumbnail]Jim Jordan (incumbent)



Party: Republican



Residence: South state Route 560, Urbana



Age: 46



Campaign website: www.jimjordanforcongress.com



Education: Bachelor’s degree in economics, University of Wisconsin; master’s degree in education, The Ohio State University; juris doctor from Capital University School of Law



Relevant experience: Ohio House (1995-2001); Ohio Senate (2001-2006); U.S. Congress (2007-present)



Years living in area: Entire life, save four years at college



Major issues: Federal spending is out of control. In order to turn our economy around and get the country back on the right fiscal path, we need to rein in spending, balance the federal budget and begin paying down the debt that rests on the backs of our children and grandchildren.  Once again this year, I was the only member of Congress to offer a balanced budget.  I was also rated by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation as having the most fiscally conservative legislative agenda of any member of Congress.  I will continue to fight for these fiscally responsible policies if re-elected to Congress, and I hope that a newly-elected wave of fiscally-responsible Congressmen will join me in fighting for less spending, balanced budgets, and reducing federal debt.



If you favor Bush-era tax cuts, what would you change in the federal budget to accommodate them?



I believe the current (lower) tax rates, which are set to increase at the end of the year, should be extended. Lower taxes are always better than higher taxes, but the absolute worst time to raise taxes is when the economy is struggling to pull out of a recession.  My balanced budget reaches balance while maintaining the current (lower) tax rates.  It does so by holding the line on non-defense, discretionary spending.  Washington has a spending problem, as evidenced by how the budget process works.  In Washington, the “norm” is that next year's budget must be higher than this year's budget, whether an increase is necessary or not.  As a member of the budget committee, I am fighting to break this mold by making Congress justify every tax dollar it wants to spend, rather than setting budgets by saying "spend more than last year."  Our nation's finances are at a critical juncture, and we have to right the ship immediately.



As the United States turns its attention to Afghanistan, what should be our strategy and goals there?



I firmly believe that we must give our troops and their commanders on the ground the resources and flexibility they need to achieve their goals and return home safely.  Two years ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrat leaders fought to adopt a so-called "slow bleed" policy to cut off resources to our troops in battle in an effort to end the war.  I am proud to have worked with a bipartisan group of Congressmen to beat back that effort and continue funding our troops.  America has seen the tragedy of politicians meddling in day-to-day battlefield strategy.  We have the best-trained, most talented military in the world, and we should empower our military leaders to do their jobs as best they know how.



How should trade policies change to improve Ohio's job outlook?



Free and fair trade benefits American workers, American farmers and the American economy. The American worker can outperform anyone in the world, and we benefit when new markets are open to American products.  That being said, I believe the United States needs to take a stronger position in enforcing the trade rules that are on the books.  For example, there is real evidence of currency manipulation by China, which would be in violation of trade agreements.  The Bush Administration failed to mount a forceful challenge to this apparent violation, and the Obama Administration is continuing this failed policy.  The fear of many Americans is that the lavish spending by the Obama-Pelosi Administration, and the massive borrowing from China required to fund their spending spree, will further erode their willingness to challenge China's alleged violations.






  1. Candidates: U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District


  2. Candidates: U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District


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