On this page you will find my positions on an issue that was discussed on the ISSUES page of this website. The purpose of this summary is to provide voters in the 9th District and others an indication about how I will vote in Congress and what policies I will support or oppose. This summary is not intended to be comprehensive. I welcome any feedback or questions. I do not address specific bills that have been introduced in Congress but not enacted into law. These bills are subject to amendments and re-filings that could change my support or opposition.
In general, it is my view that Congress considers and often approves too much legislation, as do state and local legislators. We have too many laws and regulations, the bulk of which are redundant, ambiguous, and often unintelligible. I believe that no legislation is almost always better than bad legislation. I will not vote for so-called omnibus bills or other massive pieces of legislation that combine too many disparate issues. I will not vote for the bad to get the good. And I will not vote for any bill that I have not been given time to fully consider.
Politics in the United States
There are several commonsense changes that will open our political system to more competition, greater diversity, and more qualified leaders. I support the following:
___ Eliminate all party primaries, including the staggered presidential primaries every four years. Taxpayers (more than 40% of whom are not registered in either major party) should not be required to finance the selection of candidates by the Democratic and Republican parties. The laws that established this undemocratic process were intended to impose the two-party system on an unsuspecting electorate.
___ Conduct nonpartisan preliminary elections (instead of primaries) in which all candidates are on the same ballot and the top two or three vote getters (for a single office) compete in the general election, regardless of political party.
___ Eliminate the archaic Electoral College in presidential elections, and hold a preliminary (nonpartisan) and general election instead. Possibly hold a pre-preliminary election to narrow the field. Every vote would be important as opposed to the existing system that renders the majority of votes virtually meaningless.
___ Create proportional representation (PR) elections for Congress and state legislatures, replacing the single member district plurality (SMDP) elections used now. In PR elections, more than one seat is elected from a district in each election, resulting in more representative legislative bodies.
___ Eliminate ballot preferences for major party candidates in states that place major party candidates first on the ballot, list incumbency status, and other subtle advantages.
___ End all other direct and indirect advantages and subsidies for the two-party system, which have been enacted by the Republicans and Democrats, including minimum eligibility criteria for public campaign funding.
___ Transition to a national system of secure and confidential online voting for all citizens at least 18 years of age, in conjunction with a national biometric ID program. Voter registration should not include political party membership or affiliation.
___ Create an equal access media program, including TV, radio, newspaper, internet, and other mediums, funded with public money, to provide a means for all candidates to reach voters with their messages.
___ Enact term limits of twelve years in the House and in the Senate, and prohibit lobbying by ex-members of Congress.