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LWV League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area Education Fund
State of Ohio March 6, 2012 Election
Smart Voter

Josh Mandel
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Senate; Republican Party


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

1. According to the U.S. Census, median income has declined and the number in poverty has increased. What steps should be taken to strengthen the U.S. economy and address unemployment?

As they continue to borrow and spend like there`s no tomorrow, Washington politicians want us regular Americans to be satisfied with 8% unemployment. To strengthen the U.S. economy and address unemployment, we need to shake up Washington. That`s why creating a business-friendly, pro-growth environment to foster job creation in Ohio and America is the highest priority of our campaign. I strongly believe that common sense tax reforms, the repeal of Obamacare and the elimination of over burdensome agency regulations on small businesses are crucial to the recovery of our state and national economies. I will also work to bring more bi-partisan leadership to Washington.

2. How would you reform the tax code?

The current tax code is overly burdensome, confusing and costly. It is patently unfair. I support common sense tax reform that will address the inherent defaults of the current system and encourage economic growth and the creation of jobs.

3. How would you change Medicare to make it sustainable?

Those who refuse to reform Medicare are condemning the program to the ash heap of history. In order to save Medicare, we must change it. Saving Medicare will be a top priority of mine, as this important program represents a promise made by the government to the American people. We can reform it in a way that does not impact current recipients or those approaching Medicare-eligible age.

4. Do you believe it is possible to protect the environment while preserving American jobs? What are examples of how this can be done?

It is not only ―possible‖ to protect the environment while preserving American jobs, it is imperative that we do so. One example is the oil and gas exploration that has significant economic potential for the citizens of Ohio. While Ohio stands to gain tens of thousands of jobs in both direct and indirect fields, the safety and security of our natural environment, and the families and senior citizens that benefit from it, must come first. While ensuring safety, I remain a strong advocate for responsible energy exploration because of the impact it will have on job opportunities and the lowering of utility bills for Ohioans.

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