IAP Reaction to First Romney/Obama Debate
After the first Romney/Obama debate, an email came in to the IAP’s Presidential Candidate, Will Christensen, from David Flatt of examiner.com asking for a reaction to the following questions. Although I’ll leave Will to be an independent American, I’ve taken the liberty to answer these questions as well. See below for the contents of the email, along with my (Kelly Gneiting’s) answers.
Dear Will Christensen,
You are invited by Examiner.com to answer the questions asked in the first presidential debate.
Thank you for your time,
THIRD PARTY- FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
1. What are the major differences between the two (three) of you on how you’d create new jobs?
It is not the federal government’s responsibility to create jobs. It is the federal government’s responsibility to get out of the way, with minimal regulations– regulations of which may not even be necessary at all, given state and local government’s oversight. It has NEVER been the responsibility of the federal government to create jobs. Government does not create wealth. The American people do. Leave the blossoming of economic growth to the experts, “We the People.”
If the federal government got out of the way, the American people would be better equipped to fertilize the soil of job creation.
Both Governor Romney and President Obama think that “regulation” is important. In reality virtually NO regulation is required at the federal level. Both candidates are assuming powers they don’t have, according to the Constitution.
2. What are the differences between the two (three) of you as to how you’d go about reducing the deficit?
Taken from Ezra Taft Benson’s The Proper Role of Government: “the first step… should be to freeze all [money sapping and socialistic]… programs at their present level, making sure that no new ones are added. The next step would be to allow all present programs to run out their term with absolutely no renewal. The third step would involve the gradual phasing-out of those programs which are indefinite in their term. …the bulk of the transition could be accomplished within a ten-year period and virtually completed within twenty years. Congress would serve as the initiator of this phase-out program, and the President would act as the executive in accordance with traditional constitutional procedures.”
Obama has shown that he is lying when he says he wants to reduce the deficit, “By their fruits [works] ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:16) Romney’s plan has more substance in reducing the deficit, however, the jury is out as to whether he will follow through or succumb to the normal political pressures (of raising the deficit) should he take office. I personally believe he would succumb.
3. Do you see a major difference between the two (three) of you on social security?
Yes, definitely. Social Security wasn’t part of our Founder’s intent. Why does the government have the right to rob the American people when they are young, and give (in theory) that money back to them when they are older? This is Socialism. Social Security should stop immediately, and the money collected over the past 80 years should be given back to the American people, with an apology, and perhaps a request for their forgiveness.
4. What is your view about the level of federal regulation on the economy? Too much or should there be more?
There should be virtually NO federal regulation on the economy, ONLY when transactions occur between states, or in the case of inter-state transportation of goods and services. Other regulations should be left up to the states and local governments. States are sovereign entities, and their rights must be restored (10th Amendment). I was pleased when Governor Romney mentioned the 10th Amendment during the debate.
5. Do you want to repeal the Affordable Care Act? Or what is your argument against repealing the Affordable Care Act? How would you replace “Obama-care” if it’s replaced?
I DO want to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Healthcare, as in other industries, should be left up to the genius of the American people– the allowing to bloom of pure freedom– and should be as de-regulated as the shoe-repair industry of 1803. President Obama wants the EXTREME socialism this plan offers, with it’s redistribution of wealth, while Governor Romney want less socialism.
Our health care industry needs to be free, not a slave to overgovernmentalization.
6. Do you believe there’s a difference between the two of you as to how you view the role of the federal government?
Yes. One only needs to be educated on the principles that gave birth to this country– principles of freedom, to know the God-given proper role of the federal government. Socialism and the redistribution of wealth was painstakingly warned of by our Founders because of it’s innate evil, but also because of where it leads–full blown totalitarianism. The speech that gave birth to this Party is Ezra Taft Benson’s The Proper Role of Government, and I sustain every word of this 1968 document.
President Obama and Governor Romney do not.
7. Does the federal government have a responsibility to improve the quality of public education in America?
No. Again, the responsibility of the federal government is to get out of the way. The education industry, also, should be treated by the federal government the same as the shoe-repair industry (of yesteryear). Furthermore, the 10th plank of the Communist Manifesto includes government-run and controlled eduction. If this is a philosophy of Communism, why are we following it?
Government involvement in education was NOT the intent of our Founders. The industry should be left alone to bloom according to the genius of the American people, and according to Adam Smith principles of economics, including that of supply/demand.
8. What would you do about partisan gridlock?
Work to educate my fellow public servants as to principles which don’t sacrifice the eventual for the immediate, and rally my fellow country-men around principles which considers, selflessly, the interests of future generations, instead of expedient approaches which serve only as band-aid solutions to a country in need of major surgery.