|League of Women Voters of Ohio
John A. Eastman
The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.
Read the answers from all candidates.
1. Should the United States pay all its dues to the United Nations as was originally agreed upon in its charter?
2. What specific measures, if any, would you support to reform health care?
I will work to transform our current "disease care system" into a true "health care system." I will start with making it legal for federal health programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA to cover common sense, scientifically proven, cost-effective, prevention-oriented health care practices that are now illegal to cover. Then health care coverage must be extended to include all Americans which will be fiscally responsible when the focus is turned to providing health rather than solely treating disease. Federal research on prevention must be increased. Now such research is about 1% contrasted with 70% of disease being preventable.
3. What measures, if any, would you support to reform our campaign finance system?
We must completely and totally end the corrupting influence of special interest money in politics. When our representatives are freed from that corrupting influence, solutions for the common good will naturally emerge because the attention of Congress will be on what works for us, the people, not on what will satisfy corporate special interests. I will work to completely eliminate special interest money, both PAC money and "soft money" from political campaigns. Campaigns should be financed solely by a combination of contributions from individuals, with appropriate caps, and public funding that is equitable for all candidates of all parties.
4. What is the role of the Federal Government in Ensuring that All Children receive the education they need to become productive Adults? Please be specific
FEDERAL ROLE IN EDUCATION
We must ensure that teaching is an honorable and prestigious profession with commensurate compensation. I would eliminate the B2 Bomber program, that the pentagon doesn't even want, to immediately give a $10,000 raise to every teacher in the country through block grants to the states. Then streamline the Department of Education to research, showcase and disseminate what works in education so teachers and local schools can select what fits their schools and children. In education "One size fits no one!" Education must be about empowering children's inherent interest in learning, not forcing an outcome or "teaching to the tests."
U.S. Senate: Total words in answer to the question may not exceed 100 words. The word limit must be observeds. Words over the limit will be cut off in published information.
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