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Riverside, San Diego County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
United States Representative; District 49

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California and asked of all candidates for this office.

See below for questions on Federal Resources, Foreign Policy, Federal Budget

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1. What can be done to ensure that California gets its fair share of federal resources?

Answer from Lars R. Grossmith:

California is a wealthy state. We should not send money (taxes) to Washington, and then lobby, barter, trade with other states to return the money for our highways, schools etc. The Federal government should be responsible for National defense, and little else. Return top the Constitution where the Federal government is limited. Leave the States alone and allow them to build their own highways, schools etc. Eliminate most all Federal programs, like the Department of Energy. Do youi realize the DOE has an annual budget of over $21 billion? Can you name anything they do? This Agency was created in the 1970's "energy crisis", and it's time for them to go.

Answer from Mike P Byron:

Organize all 53 California Representatives--both Democrats and Republicans to act as a cohesive bloc in defense of California's interests.

2. What are your foreign policy priorities for the United States?

Answer from Lars R. Grossmith:

First, we should bring all our troops home. Noth just in Iraq, but Columbia, Phillipines, Somalia, Japan, Korea, Haiti, Germany etc. We have military personel in 130 Countries of the 190 Countries recognized by the UN. We have over 100,000 troops in Western Europe! We should not have a foreign policy of trying to save people from themselves. I do not want my Son or Daughter (or yours!) going off to some section of the world to die. N. Korea said they would give up all their nuclear weapons if the U.S. would acknowledge their sovereignty and agree not to attack them. The U.S. declined the offer. Secondly, engage in free trade with all nations. As Thomas Jefferson stated, "Where goods cease to cross borders, armies will surely follow." If you look at our recent "wars" they are with countries that we have ceased trading with. Many people believe you don't go to war with your supplier or customer. Even Osama Bin Laden cited the embargo against Iraq as one of the three reasons for the 9/11 attack. In addition, all foriegn aid should end and become voluntary. We should not send $3 billion annually to Africa, $6 billion to N. Korea, etc. If people want to send aid, let them do it voluntarily.

Answer from Mike P Byron:

Ensure peace and security by:

1) Maintaining a well-equipped military which is also well paid, housed, and cared for as veterans.

2) Actively forming and maintaining formal and informal networks of alliances, international institutions, and regimes. I will work to put teeth into international law.

3) Energy independence based upon renewable energy. we are about to start running short of oil. We have done nothing to avert the global wars and disasters that this shortage will cause, and perhaps is already causing.

3. What are your priorities for the federal budget?

Answer from Mike P Byron:

Taxes and spending must be brought into convergence. How to do this?

Multinational corporations and persons making over about $500,000.00 per year are taxed much too lightly, The middle class is taxed slightly too much.

I will consistently vote to eliminate the hundreds of billions stolen from the national treasury in the form of corporate welfare and obscene subsidies to the mega-rich.

I will vote in favor of programs which provide for the common good of all of us while insisting on strict cost accounting with all facts and figures being publicly available over the internet.

Answer from Lars R. Grossmith:

Massively reduce Federal programs. Just like the DOE above we could look at the Department of Education. Created in the 1970s to improve education, I think it is safe to say, that with it's annual budget of over $47 billion, it has failed. Let's return that money to the states where it can be used in the classroom. Eliminate the agricultural subsidies. Created in the 1930s, we now spend over $20 billion annually, to increase the price of food! By eliminating these subsidies, we'll have lower taxes AND lower food prices. Companies like Lifesavers Candy may have been able to stay in the U.S. and not move to Canada in order to purchase sugar at half the price. We need to go through many more and eliminate them altogether.

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