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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
San Diego County, CA June 3, 2014 Election
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Joel Marchese
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 53


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 and budget deficits, what are the most important steps that should be taken to improve our nationís economy and sustain job creation?

Our Nation's economy can make a comeback if we focus on developing an energy independence policy for America. Countries around the world that develop and export their energy will have greater gains in GDP and job growth for the foreseeable future. And to supply this market with skilled labor, we also need to fund and support trade schools for the young people who will be filling these much in demand jobs of the future.

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

The Federal Government needs to get out of the healthcare business. Doctors and patients should be in control, not government entities. Health savings accounts, interstate competition and legal tort reform are the answers for improving our healthcare system - not more government.

3. What are your priorities with respect to our nationís energy policy?

I'm for a strong an independent nation, especially with regards to energy. We need a national energy policy that promotes growth in our energy sector, provides incentives for exploration, production and the building of new refineries, and a combined national effort to become not only energy independent, but to take the lead in exports to other nations. With such a policy our nations economy will rebound and the middle class will begin to grow again.

4. What, if any, changes should be made with respect to our nationís security, including our national defense or anti-terrorism measures?

"Peace through strength" is still the best policy with regards to keeping America safe. Military cutbacks such as those proposed by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are the wrong approach in today's increasingly dangerous world. We need to strengthen our nation's defense not weaken it.

5. What is your position on the issue of immigration reform? What, if any, changes to legislation or policy would you support?

Our immigration system has many flaws, one of which is that the Federal Government is not enforcing laws already on the books. We need tightened border security with consistent enforcement of our laws. In addition, we need a more streamlined processing system which provides new immigrants with the job permits and residency papers needed, in a timely manner. By streamlining the processing, we can encourage more legal immigration and discourage cheating and fraud.

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