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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles County, CA June 5, 2012 Election
Smart Voter

Jenny Worman
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 28


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?

The federal government needs to stop taking action which inhibits growth and free markets. Favoring failing industries with bailouts and rewarding bad business practices, gives an unfair competitive advantage to losing enterprises. Instead, repeal restrictive legislation like the 1970 ban on industrial hemp growing, a hugely profitable cash crop, which could help our farmers prosper. Roll back onerous federal regulation on small farmers, and other businesses, and keep government away from regulating the internet, the greatest hope for a prosperous future for entrepreneurs.

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?

We need to end the costly and illegal foreign occupations, stop waging undeclared wars, return to a non interventionist foreign policy, and close our foreign bases. We cannot and should not be the world's police force. This is completely antithetical to the doctrine of our constitution. The military industrial complex is bankrupting our nation. Billions are being spent on other federal programs like the TSA, NSA, DHS, DOE to mention a few, and the corruption within agencies like the FDA needs to be rooted out. Other agencies need to be scaled back. Social programs should fall under the jurisdiction of the states.

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?

the US could easily be energy self sufficient, but this becomes a complex issue because even if more sources are opened up domestically, the oil would still be sold on the world market and would be unlikely to result in lower domestic energy prices due to Wall Street speculation and volatility on the world market. The greatest concern with the tar sands XL pipeline is leakage into valuable agricultural heartland. Alternative energy is always desirable, as long as it is not sponsored by government handouts like the Solyndra debacle. Again, free markets win out over other interventionist options, and local government needs to leave people alone who figure out creative ways to have their own energy sources and "get off the grid".

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

Medicare part D needs to go, as it is nothing but crony capitalism and government handouts to Big Pharma. Some drugs under Medicare D are marked up to absurd levels. Patients should be allowed to buy drugs from overseas and other sources, without fear of repercussions. Also, federal bans on alternative health remedies should be abolished. People should be free to seek any treatment they feel is the right regime for their health needs. Again, the solution is free market capitalism.

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

No lobbying should be permitted on Capitol Hill. Our representatives are there to govern, not to make deals with lobbyists. We do not pay them to hobnob with lobbyists. There needs to be stricter conflict of interest rules. The FDA for instance, is a revolving door to the interests of Big Pharma, not to speak of the Financial Services industry and Wall Street, which basically run our Executive Branch.

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