LWVLeague of Women Voters of Ohio
Ohio State Government November 7, 2000 Election
Smart Voter

John R. McAlister
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Senate


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

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Questions & Answers

1. Should the United States pay all its dues to the United Nations as was originally agreed upon in its charter?

no response

2. What specific measures, if any, would you support to reform health care?

At the very least all health care expenses that individuals have should be offset by a federal income tax credit.

The ideal solution would be for the government to get completely out of the health care business which would allow insurance companies to design and sell policies based on people's wants, needs and budgets--just as they do for auto, homeowners, life and disability policies.

3. What measures, if any, would you support to reform our campaign finance system?

"The problem with elections is not that there is too much money involved, but rather that choices are restricted by government policies crafted by incumbents who want to be protected from competition." We need free and open competition in the marketplace of ideas.

Limiting campaign finance by the government itself is not constitutional. Elections are markets for ideas that ought to be free from federal interference and government restrictions. Our founding fathers gave no power over political campaigns to any federal bureaucracy.

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

There is no place in the U.S. Constitution that even hints at a federal role for education of children. The responsibility for education of children should rest solely with parents and the state.

I don't think education should be politicalized, bureaucratized or unionized. I think parents know what's best for their children. I don't htink politicians and bureaucrats running government schools will ever know more about what's best for aparent's child than the parent. Parents determine what's needed for their children to become productive adults.

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