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LWV League of Women Voters of Ohio Education Fund
State of Ohio November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter

Eric W. Deaton
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Senate


The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.
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Questions & Answers

3. What is the role of the federal government in regulating the private sector? (150 word limit)

The federal government initially had limited power and resources to regulate private enterprise in our country. As our nation industrialized the need was found to regulate large companies that controlled the market through monopoly status. During WW2 we had a government that regulated nearly every aspect of our economy through the war powers act, but this control slowly subsided and deregulation prevailed for about 50 years. We now are on the upswing with the government taking control of healthcare and the financial markets to the detriment of free markets and competition that made our nation so great to begin with. Our government`s role should be to simply protect the rights of the citizens and states as well as to provide for those things expressly granted to them within the U.S. Constitution. This model served a growing nation well and allowed us to be innovative and competitive in the global marketplace.

4. How will you address the challenges and opportunities to the United States posed by unauthorized immigrants? (150 word limit)

Our response to undocumented immigrants and to terrorism should be to close the border through fencing and enforcement. The second step of repatriating these people would be to prosecute those hiring them so that when they can`t find employment, they`ll go home. The last step would be to create a fair and regulated process to bring in migrant workers and allow legal immigrants to come, be documented and followed with some accountability. We`ve required immigration since our nation`s beginning due to our fast growing economy`s need for workers. As a nation of immigrants we should have systems in place to reward those following the rules with the opportunities America has to offer. Immigration has made us a diverse and strong nation with many cultural flavors to enjoy and celebrate. I`ll work to give us an immigration policy that`s fair to Americans and to those called by our ―Beacon of Liberty‖.

5. What specific functions of the federal government can be performed better by contracting with the private sector? What specific functions of the federal government should not be contracted out to the private sector? (150 word limit)

The U.S. Postal Service is a good example of a government function that can be outsourced to the private sector, which has proven it can be profitable in delivering mail and packages. Other examples include National Park Services, Social Security processing and FEMA response initiatives. Defense and weapons development have for many years been contracted to private enterprise to develop and maintain equipment and systems successfully. The military`s core service personnel should always be government employees. There have been many problems where government contractors that provide security details in war zones have made bad decisions and caused damaging press and troubles in our nation`s diplomacy. Combat and security details in a war zone should always be left to our soldiers who are under military command directly. Support operations such as water and fuel hauling, food preparation and equipment repairs can be contracted out when behind the lines in combat zones.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. Word limits apply for each question. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

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