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State of California June 5, 2012 Election
Smart Voter

Marsha Feinland
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Senator


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

We need an federal stimulus program that puts people to work doing the things we need to have done. Build housing, fix schools and hospitals, and improve public transportation. Clean up toxic sites, restore habitats, and install rooftop solar energy systems. Tax rich people and corporate profits for funding.

2. How should the federal budget deficit be addressed, now and into the future? How should budget priorities for defense and domestic programs be adjusted?

End military occupations abroad and slash the war budget. Restore the inheritance tax, and raise taxes progressively on high incomes and corporate profit. Prohibit offshore tax shelters and tax corporations that move factories to other countries. More jobs at home will increase tax revenue and decrease welfare costs. We need to increase spending on housing, social services, a free national health care system, environmental protection and restoration, and development of efficient public transportation.

3. What are your priorities with respect to our nationís energy policy? Should there be an emphasis on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, and/or on reducing our dependence on foreign sources?

We need to reduce carbon emissions by enforcing strict limits. We need to develop efficient, non-polluting public transportation at all levels, from local to national, to reduce our dependency on private automobiles. We need to encourage the use of safe and non-invasive forms of alternative energy, like rooftop solar panels. We need to plan collectively and democratically to have housing, work, and recreation located so that people do not need to commute long distances every day.

4. What, if any, changes should be made to federal health care policies or programs?

Eliminate insurance company paperwork and profit. Other countries have better outcomes at lower cost. Socialized medicine in Great Britain is the simplest system. The government pays the doctors and the people get treated. Congressman Conyers' "Medicare For All" bill is similar to the Canadian single payer system. Everyone is covered by one government run plan, eliminating the redundancy of multiple government programs, employer provided plans, and individual policies.

5. What, if any, changes should be made to federal rules on campaign financing?

Instead of complex campaign financing rules, all candidates who qualify for the ballot should be alloted the same amount of free coverage in all media. We need space for meaningful discourse and debate instead of sound bites and attack ads.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. References to opponents are not permitted.

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