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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz Counties, CA November 2, 2010 Election
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Mary V. Larkin
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 17


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of California 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?

Stop spending and cut unnecessary government programs. Stop bailouts and expansion of government. Privatize whenever possible; it has proven effective at lowering costs and improving quality. It also means less people on the government payroll. Don't raise taxes. It may seem like the very rich can afford to pay more but why should we demand that of them? That isn't moral. Furthermore it hurts prosperity. The economy does well and jobs are created when there is incentive for people to prosper. Taxes and regulation take away that incentive.

2. How should federal budget priorities be changed, now and into the future? How will you balance the costs of military action overseas and national security with the costs of domestic needs?

We should require the federal budget to cover only their Constitutional responsibilities and get them out of everything else they are involved in at this time. Give more power back to the states. We can have a secure country and a strong military without sacrificing the needs at home. Bring our troops back home from the Middle East where we are wasting our time and money and making more enemies. Let's take care of the crumbling USA. Give our returning soldiers jobs fixing our infrastructure which is in desperate need of repair (bridges, highways, etc). We did enough damage to our own security by getting involved in international politics. It's time to mind our own business and take care of this country again.

3. What, if anything, should be done by the federal government to address our dependence on fossil fuels or spur the use of clean energy?

History shows us that federal involvement leads to massive fraud, corruption, mismanagement and excessive cost. Only the free market can manage this problem in a way that will be sustainable. Maybe the government could offer tax incentives for private companies legitimately researching new energy sources. If a good source of energy is not discovered by the free market, it will not be cost effective and therefore will just be a financial black hole for this country. If we're broke, the environment will suffer too so it's a lose-lose situation for all.

4. What, if any, changes should be made to current federal policies or programs that promote or provide health coverage for Americans.

First of all, the new health care bill must be overturned. Where does the government get the authority to mandate that we buy a product? How is it moral for them to sacrifice the elderly, who will often be denied treatment, in favor of those who previously, for whatever reason, didn't have health care insurance? Sometimes those uninsured simply decided they would rather spend their money somewhere else. Why should that be our problem? The health care plan is "supposed" to cut costs by being more efficient. To do this their plan is to have us implanted with the Veri-Chip to streamline the administration of the medical industry. Google it or look at my website. It is not a secret or a conspiracy theory. Several industries are already invested in this technology. Will you be chipped? If we don't stop this now I'm afraid it will soon be too late to resist. There are solutions to make health care more affordable. Tort reform is a start but again, government needs to get out of the way. The costs need to have a more immediate, direct effect on the patient so they don't abuse the system either. If enough people buy catastrophic insurance it could be made affordable for everyone, even the very sick. The fee for less urgent visits and check-ups could be paid directly to the doctor without all the paperwork bringing the costs down for the doctors. Those savings could be reflected in their fees making it affordable for everyone and reducing the trips to the E.R. for minor ailments which cost Medical and Medicare so much money. There are many more ideas out there worth a try.

5. What, if any, changes should be made to federal rules on campaign financing or disclosure of political expenditures?

It is unfortunate that it takes so much money to win a campaign. I think it behooves all honest people to hear the position of every candidate, even if they don't have money. If someone is really interested in the position of a candidate there are resources, like this one, which offer that information. It may be a responsibility that lies more with the voting public than with the government.

I cannot say I know what is wrong or right with campaign finance rules although as a candidate I should be an authority. The government makes it so difficult to do anything or understand everything with their thousands of pages of rules and regulations. This is a problem for small businesses also. The books I've received on campaign finance rules are something only a lawyer could love (and they are long). Fortunately, yes fortunately, I probably will not raise enough money to have to worry about their extensive rules and forms. That also makes me free from any obligations if I were to win the office.

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