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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles, Orange County, CA November 6, 2012 Election
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Benjamin Campos
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 38


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

1. In this time of high unemployment, what are the most important steps that should be taken to improve our nationís economy?

Reduce the size of government and hold the current office holders accountable. Stop runaway spending and use a common sense approach in determining fiscal matters. Lawmakers are to pay a penalty if they are unable to put forth a balanced budget within the specified time required. Learn from history and avoid repeating what occurred during the 30's and 70's with bigger government. No matter how it is spun, bigger government and central planning does not create an environment of freedom and liberty where an economy can grow. The Soviet Union instituted central planning and as a result people were restricted from moving freely and the economy failed. The blue print is there and all that is required is to set America Free.

2. How should the federal budget deficit be addressed, now and into the future? How should budget priorities for defense and domestic programs be adjusted?

A Constitutional Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which states plainly that a budget must be balanced and passed on time otherwise representatives from both houses of congress will forfeit a day's worth of wages for everyday the submittal of the budget exceeds the deadline in which it was to be submitted. There are no more than two exceptions that this edict would be excused and that is in time of war or when acts of God occur. No other exceptions will be granted.

Currently, the bulk of the budget is made up of domestic programs along with other entitlements which are difficult to grasp just how they contribute to the betterment of our society as a whole and to our national defense when not a day goes by that we hear of massive fraud, mismanagement and waste. For example the recent abuse at the GSA. Therefore, social programs will have to demonstrate their viability in measurable terms by metrics similar to the private sector as to performance and results.

I see defense spending requiring attention but without equipping our soldiers with the best weapons available our social issues are a mute point because if we don't do everything possible to protect Americans from enemies both foreign or domestic there will be no America.

3. What are your priorities with respect to our nationís energy policy? Should there be an emphasis on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, and/or on reducing our dependence on foreign sources?

Our country has the resources, has the technology and has the wherewithal to become energy independent. There is no reason why our country should not be the world leader in energy production with our superior technology and superior American can do attitude. As track records go, our energy companies producing energy in the United States have the safest standards the world over but because some believe that this form of energy is bad and not sustainable we are restricted from being energy independent. Why are we in South America subsidizing the production of fossil fuels when we are told not to do it here in the U.S? This is bad for economy, bad for business and bad for the American people.

4. What, if any, changes should be made to federal health care policies or programs?

Health care is best addressed through the doctor patient relationship. We need to continue to encourage the development of new medicinal techniques and procedures which currently is the mainstay of our health care system but if quotas are implemented and incentives are taken away then health care as we know it will become rationed health care. Individuals in need of health care should be able to deduct all cost associated with the treatment of their illness without having to exceed any thresholds in order to benefit from the deduction Consumers should be allowed to purchase insurance across state lines and disbursements from Health Savings Accounts should be available for use to pay for insurance premiums. The federal government has limited powers enumerated to it by the U.S Constitution and mandating that all citizens purchase health care or pay a fine is not one of them.

5. What, if any, changes should be made to federal rules on campaign financing?

Currently, the campaign rules are so onerous that it takes a full time employee dedicated to keep up to date on the filing requirements and the record keeping processes. This consumes valuable resources that would otherwise be put to buying advertising in the papers, buying posters and mailing out post cards. When you take a close look at the rules that supposedly are to keep a lid on abuses they actually have the opposite effect. They keep those that are in office in office because an up and coming candidate without special interest funding has a very difficult time managing their campaign. The reporting rules should allow a candidate to submit a standard financial statement with disclosures according to GAAP to simplify the reporting process.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. References to opponents are not permitted.

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