James T. "Jim" Marter
Republican candidate for U.S. House (16th district)
Responses to our questions
The U.S. government is now $20 trillion in debt. To address that historic level of public indebtedness, the country would need to raise revenue and/or decrease spending. What is your position on the budget and debt?
I will be relentless in the pursuit of cutting the size and scope of government, eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse from government and cutting government bureaucracy and agencies which are neither necessary at the federal level nor constitutional. Balance the Budget. Fix the tax code, make it flat and simple, and slash the size of the IRS. Stop giving our treasury to foreign countries, crony capitalists, and end the "corporate welfare". I applaud President Trump and Rolling back regulations, at an astonishing rate of more than 16 to 1 as recently reported.
Can you identify any major federal expenditures or programs that you would eliminate?
Repeal the PPACA or as I know it the un-affordable care act. This will eliminate 159 bureaucracies, agencies, and programs created by it, and save hundreds of billions of dollars. Cut much of and/or eliminate the Dept. of Education, NPR, sell Amtrak, Dept. of Energy, etc.
Medicare and Medicaid costs continue to spiral. How can these programs be restructured to control costs and avoid collapse? Be specific about your willingness to change or reduce future benefits.
Congress has granted benefits to people who were never intended by covered, like immigrants legal and illegal, this practice must stop. Both programs should be limited to American citizens. Congress has repeatedly added benefits and services with any capability to pay for those services. Both programs need a independent financial and forensic audit, to determine the scope and scale of its insolvency.
Much like the Obamacare fiasco or as I know it the un-affordable care act, the solution is to enact market-based health care reforms, allowing the vast majority of American to provide for their own care throughout their lifetime. Instead of creating an every increasing pool of people relying on the government to take care of them, we need to free up the health care market to allow most Americans to provide for themselves.
What if anything should be the federal government's role in helping Americans obtain health insurance coverage?
The unconstitutional un-Affordable Care Act needs to be repealed. The formerly free Private insurance market has been devastated by the PPACA. Prices have soared affecting millions of American Families, like mine, now in excess of 300% since the passage of the PPACA. It is NOT OK for the Government to demand of its citizen's that they must purchase a "product" in a government manipulated and controlled non free market-place, which you cannot see, hear, touch, smell, nor taste, which cannot guarantee any services, which comes with exorbitant ever increasing manipulated prices and deductibles, which no working American can afford. Constitutional and market based reforms need to be enacted: a) restoring free markets (e.g. prescription drugs) b) portability of insurance across state lines; from employer plans to employee c) tort reform d) equalized tax free treatment of health care costs individuals. e) allow all Americans to directly participate in tax-free Health Savings Accounts
Economic growth has been steady but wage growth is slow. Are you content with the state of the economy? What is your recipe for enhancing American prosperity?
Unleash the economy by eliminating regulations, lower taxes on individuals and businesses by implementing a 10% flat tax on both. Repeal the un-Constitutional and un-Affordable Care Act. Thereby repealing the largest tax increase in American History. End both unnecessary and unconstitutional bureaucracies and functions of government, end the vast majority of foreign aide, cut the size and scope of the federal government, pass a real balanced budget. Eliminate the regressive tax code and nearly all of the income tax regulations and most of the IRS, significantly reduce the size and scope and its authority.
If you could fix longstanding problems with this country's immigration system tomorrow, what would you do? What is your position on the future of DACA and the Dreamers?
I fully support the NumbersUSA.org ten-point plan. I support the federal and constitutional immigration process.
Enforce existing Immigration law.
No DACA and No Amnesty
End LBJ's Chain migration immigration.
End the practice of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and foreign visitors.
Enforce the Border, deport when an illegal immigrant is detained. End catch-and-release. Require state and local law enforcement to report affirmatively all non-citizens in custody to ICE, make ICE detainers mandatory, and require ICE to pick up and remove deportable aliens.
End Sanctuary Cities and States, enforce the law against elected officials and bodies who are in violation of federal law.
Enforce the law against employers who are knowingly breaking the law and hiring illegals. Ending the Diversity Visa Program.
Cap and reduce all Immigration levels significantly, until we can overhaul the immigration law in its entirety process
Yes, I am against DACA. I am for American Citizens pursing the American Dream, those are the Dreamers I support. Regarding Congressman Adam Kinzinger signing the now infamous DACA letter, there is no compelling need for a change from an American Citizen perspective, and there is a process available to each person affected. My question to them is why not choose the legal path? The letter starts with a premise, not backed by any facts, that "for many this is this only country they have ever known, they are American in every way except their immigration status".
Though this is a beautifully written, heart tugging statement, it bears little resemblance to the facts of the Illegal Immigration problem in American. Causal observation of the social environment we live in today, including many communities throughout the 16th district bear no evidence of that statement. According to Cata.org. "DACA applies only to immigrants who entered before their 16th birthdays and who have lived in the country continuously since at least June 15, 2007 — more than a decade ago. No one entering now can apply."
Meaning every one of these children, many who are now adults into their thirties, spent part or most of their childhood in their home country. We also know, that our modern immigration problem these last 50 years or so since the Democrat LBJ Immigration and chain migration laws of the 1960's passed, is that "assimilation" to the American way of life is not happening, including learning English and American culture which is a dividing point, where "Spanish" Language is almost exclusively practiced amongst the immigrant communities and American taxpayers are left footing the bill for "English as a 2nd Language".
North Korea's nuclear weapons program represents a direct threat to the security of the United States and its Pacific allies. How should the U.S. confront or contain Kim Jong Un's regime?
I support President Trump and his stance that we cannot tolerate acts of aggression from this rogue regime, nor long term tolerate their nuclear weapons programs. I am sure our military generals and experts, as well as our Central Intelligence Agency, are both closely monitoring N.Korea and the regime, and have multiple plans of actions based on situations as they arise. As I am sure the President is consulting with the experts on the situation and all options. Sanctions and isolation should continue, and efforts to bring China and our allies to pressure the regime to give up its Nuclear ambitions should continue.
ISIS is contained in Syria and Iraq but terrorism remains a threat. What are your priorities in keeping the country safe?
We should first and foremost on the world stage, be engaged in diplomatic efforts, and when necessary military actions to protect the safety and security of the American Citizen. Americans have grown weary of Wars without clear and direct purpose and impossible rules of engagement that put the lives of our American Soldiers at risk every day. The rules of engagement should be set to protect the American solider first.
Radical Islamic terrorist organizations and ISIS are a clear and present threat to American's both home and Abroad and to our allies. They should be treated as a direct enemy and handled as such. The Congress of the United States has a duty to the American citizen to make a declaration of war in any engagement of a foreign enemy, whether a state or a terrorist organization, with a clearly named enemy and objective and scope of that declaration.
Should the U.S. continue to abide by the terms of the nuclear agreement with Iran?
No. It is a disaster on multiple fronts. The Obama Iran Deal is un-constitutional as well we should reject the un-constitutional Corker-Cardin bill which circumvents the Constitutional authority of the Senate to advise and consent on treaties, with a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The Senate is now left out of both parts of the advise and consents parts of their responsibilities. The Iran Deal, pouring hundreds of billions of Dollars into the largest state sponsor of terrorism under the guise of a peaceful nuclear program with Iran, is an unmitigated disaster, not only for the United States, but all of our friends and allies in the region and around the world.
What is your position on the continued presence of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan?
I would first look to our Military Generals and Advisor and Nation Security Experts. We cannot undue mistakes of the past. We can make sure we don't repeat those mistakes. We need a full assessment of both troop levels, and progress towards our goals, and a realistic assessment of accomplishments or lack thereof.
The United States should first and foremost on the world stage, be engaged in diplomatic efforts and military actions to protect the safety and security of the American Citizen. Americans have grown weary of Wars without clear and direct purpose and impossible rules of engagement that put the lives of our American Soldiers at risk every day and with devastating consequences in the War on Terrorism in Afghanistan, and around the Middle East.
I will only vote in favor of military engagements that are a direct and unequivocal declarations of war naming the specific enemy, state or organization, with unconditional surrender as the only acceptable outcome of any action that puts American Lives on the line. I support a strong military, the Defense and Security of our nation is the Primary responsibility of our federal government. Radical Islamic
Terrorist organization and state sponsors of terrorism are a clear and present threat to American's both home and Abroad and to our allies. They should be treated as a direct enemy and handled as such. The Congress of the United States has a duty to the American citizen to make a declaration of war in any engagement of a foreign enemy, whether a state or a terrorist organization, with a clearly named enemy and objective and scope of that declaration. In this way the American people will be engaged in the process with their representatives on the record with their vote.
Do you support a unified, federal background check system for gun sales? Do you support magazine limits or a ban on certain rifles? Describe, briefly, your position on how to balance safety with the Second Amendment.
No, No. I firmly support 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms as unequivocally stated in the Bill of Rights: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." It is the 2nd Amendment which protects the 1st Amendment and all other Rights of the American Citizen
Should the U.S. government take steps to curb emissions of greenhouse gas? If so, what steps? If not, why not?
There is not specific, concrete evidence that human activity has a significant impact on the "theory of man-made climate", while in contrast there is direct evidence implicating those responsible for promoting that theory of fabrication and falsification of data and evidence to support their claims. There is much evidence to support that climate change occurs naturally and has been for ages, from one ice-age to another, via a multitude of factors.
I learned long ago at public school, that Carbon Dioxide is plant food. In a process called "photosynthesis," plants use the energy in sunlight to convert CO2 and water to sugar and oxygen. Science has yet to prove otherwise. The nonsense of the Obama EPA declaring CO2 a toxic substance when it is a naturally occurring gas and exhaled by every living animal and that the federal government should tax and regulate it, as if it has the wisdom or knowledge to do so is ludicrous.
That said, the government has a role, more so at the State level, via-a-via the 10th amendment to ensure clean air and clean water, to that end we should have common sense and applicable controls on emissions to ensure a clean and healthy environment for all Americans.
Tell us something about you that might surprise us.
I have been thanked and credited by an Author of a Software book published in China. I have coached youth swimming and basketball, for both Boys and Girls in both sports. I was a Scout leader for more than 15 years and camped out hundreds of nights.
If you are an incumbent, tell us the most significant accomplishment of your current term.