The Cincinnati Enquirer Asks, and I Answer

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One of the ways candidates earn the endorsements of organizations is through answering questionnaires. The Cincinnati Enquirer questions should be of interest to everyone. 

 

Would you support putting troops on the ground in Syria to fight ISIS? Why or why not? 

According to Air Force Col. John Dorrian, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman during a September 23, 2016 briefing, the current coalition of 18 countries is successfully working to defeat Daesh (ISIS) with airstrikes and the training/equiping of Iraqi Security forces. As of September 27, 2016 the DoD reported more than 15,000 airstrikes on Iraq and Syria by the U.S. and partner nations. On September 28, 2016 the Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced that President Obama had authorized 600 additional troops to enable Iraqi forces as they prepare to take Mosul. There appears to be no need for committing large scale U.S. ground troops at this time. Therefore, I would not vote to do so.

  • Did you support Gov. John Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act? Why or why not?

Balancing the healthcare needs of Ohio families and taxpayers requires an efficient and effective healthcare system. By creating a cabinet level Medicaid Department and a unified accounting and budgeting system, Gov. Kasich has helped modernize Ohio's Medicaid system. When he expanded Medicaid coverage to aid 650,000 Ohioans in 2014, Kasich was criticized by conservatives.

I support the expansion of Medicaid in Ohio as it is good for patients, and taxpayers. One of the benefits of Medicaid expansion is a lower rate of hospital stays. It can also help in treating the heroin epidemic as it can free up local resources to be used by local task forces. Better workforce health makes Ohio more attractive to business. 

 

What does immigration reform mean to you, and what would you do to get it done?

Hillary Clinton has proposed the following immigration reform, which I support:

  1. Creating an Office of Immigrant Affairs to help with integrating immigrants into their communities

  2. Providing small grants to community navigators to aid successful integration

  3. Expanding English language and citizenship education

  4. Eliminating barriers for the 9 million legal permanent residents who are currently eligible for citizenship. 

The DREAM Act has been introduced and re-introduced to Congress several times. Law-abiding young adults who arrived in the U.S. as children and have lived here five consecutive years, have graduated from a U.S. High school, and have registered for the selective service should be eligible for citizenship. I would support passing the DREAM Act.

 

What, if anything, should be done in response to the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage?

We should applaud Cincinnati's Jim Obergefell for his heroic effort.

 

What makes you the best candidate?

My Tea Party Republican opponent accepts campaign donations from large corporate and special interests which creates a conflict of interest. For example, according to Project Vote Smart, Tea Party Brad Wenstrup has accepted $12,000 from Duke Energy. In December 2015 he voted for HR8 which allows running natural gas transmission pipelines through our National Parks. I doubt Wenstrup will be helping the citizens of Blue Ash, Deer Park, Silverton, and Amberley Village protest the Duke Energy high pressure natural gas transmission pipeline proposed to run through their neighborhoods.

I accept only small donor and Democratic club donations so have no obligation to return favors. I would support a citizen movement to amend the Constitution to overturn Citizens United and take big money out of politics.

My DINO opponent William R. Smith needs to stop hijacking the Democratic vote with his generic name. I am the write-in candidate endorsed by the Ohio Democratic Party.

Instead of supporting gridlock, I would approach the legislative process with creativity, innovative ideas,  a desire for collaboration,  and caring for the 713,000 citizens of the 2nd Congressional District over big business. Please see one of my original ideas at www.usaworkscommunity.org