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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Sonoma, Solano, Napa, Contra Costa, Lake Counties, CA November 6, 2012 Election
Smart Voter

Randy Loftin
Answers Questions

Candidate for
United States Representative; District 5


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?

First step is to provide leadership to alleviate the fear and uncertainty Americans face. This coupled with specific plans to reduce & simplify taxes, reduce the burden of overreaching regulation (especially in energy production) and reducing the national debt will get the economy moving.

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?

Simply stated, we need to cut spending. First, by reducing waste and eliminating unnecessary federal functions (e.g. education) and then by reforming our vast entitlement programs. We need to promote individual responsibility and make it easier for folks to save for themselves.

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 must become energy independent. This will be easy for us if we just get the government out of the way. The EPA needs to promote private energy developments in all areas of energy production. We need to relieve burdens and roadblocks to more energy exploration and production. Also, get the government out of the investment banking business. Taxpayer money should not to be used in this manner.

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

Market based solutions including state-to-state portability, allowing insurance providers access to markets in other states and allowing the competition in the private markets to lower costs. A safety net for some should be created that provides catastrophic coverage. Government should not be in control of this market.

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