U.S. House 2 (West Virginia)
Commercial Property Broker representing Laidley Tower, Charleston; Owner of a property management business; former Planner II in the West Virginia Development Office; opinion columnist (pro bono); hold Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Master in Geography - Regional Planning and Development, Master in Public Administration all from West Virginia University.
The single-most important public policy issue facing our nation in 2012 is Campaign Finance and Lobby Reform as all other issues that come before our lawmakers are driven by the corrupting influence of special interests on Capitol Hill. The Financial Crisis of 2008 is a perfect example. Millions of Americans lost their jobs, homes and savings yet those responsible, the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks, are today even bigger, more profitable and lobbying still for more deregulation. As Rep. Capito represents Citigroup, Wells Fargo, and Goldman Sachs, I will represent West Virginia and our common interests as I will be unowned.
- What should be done to control mounting Medicare costs?
- Medicare spends over $50 billion annually on patient healthcare services provided in the last two months of their lives. It would be better to invest in preventive care for children to correspondingly reduce the provision of services in the ER, something that we all pay for, and extend healthier lives.
- What programs are you willing to cut or eliminate in order to reduce the federal deficit?
- Drastically reduce DoD spending for nuclear weapon programs, F-35 jet fighter, V-22 Osprey, "Next Gen" bomber, M1 tank, Littoral Combat Ship, and most SBIRS space weapons; reduce two full Navy wings and two aircraft carrier groups; close bases in more than 25 countries including South Korea, Afghanistan, and Europe.
- 50 WORDS OR LESS: Other than the elimination of fraud and waste, what steps would you advocate to bring the federal budget into balance?
- I support the Simpson Bowles Commission’s Recommendation 2.2 that would dramatically close corporate tax loopholes as well as sweeping tax reform measures that would simplify the entire personal income tax code, concentrating on the elimination of wasteful deductions and exemptions that benefit the wealthy so they’ll pay their fair share.
- 50 WORDS OR LESS: What plans or proposals do you support to create more jobs?
- Returning veterans experience disproportionately higher unemployment rates and deserve expanded workforce development and on-the-job training opportunities; the re-designation of Corridor H to Interstate 66 to hasten its completion; a Bring the Jobs Home Act that returns outsourced manufacturing jobs; and an accelerated Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education reform curriculum.