2016 Campaign Candidates
The last couple of weeks have been busy for the candidates as they make their rounds across the country visiting their constituents and giving speeches. Today, we will be putting our spotlight on Senator Rick Santorum and what he has been doing in the weeks since we last saw him in the Fox Republican debate.
Senator Santorum, like many of the other candidates, is a well-rounded individual dabbling in books and other mediums outside the field of politics. One of his most recent endeavors is as the newly appointed CEO of EchoLightSudios, where he is without a doubt planning to release several films close to his conservative ideals. Their most recent project, “A Christmas Candle,” is a film centered on the birth of Jesus Christ. It was recently released in select theaters with the hope of bringing Christ back into Christmas.
Even with this new leadership role, Santorum continued to be on election mode visiting to the American people in Middle America. He recently accompanied Vietnam Veteran Dale Haunsburg at the Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, in Rochester, Minnesota to pay homage to those who have sacrificed so much at the cost of protecting our nation.
Veterans aren’t the only ones who have been visited by Santorum this month. After a few days in Minnesota, the governor and his staff flew out to California to visit the University of California, Davis campus as a part of his student outreach program. Polls have shown that many college students tend to vote democratic, so this new outreach program is a great way to generate interest and possible support in the state of California. Whether this will work is unknown, since historically California is a solid blue state, unless the candidate is a California native like Ronald Regan and Richard Nixon. While there, he met with several student groups discussing his policies and plans for higher education, but was rather mum on the fairly recent pepper spray scandal that generated waves throughout the country when it occurred on the Davis campus. He plans to make several other visits to various University of California campuses in the near future.
We look forward to keeping you updated on Senator Santorum as the campaign goes on.
Massachusetts (USA Today) – Governor Patrick of Massachusetts took a moment to answer a few questions regarding his plan for America should he win the upcoming 2016 Presidential Election.
USA Today and its readers asked Governor Patrick his thoughts on the current welfare state. Patrick’s main critique of the American social welfare state is in the Federal Government’s mismanagement of funds. When asked about inefficiencies in passing of various policies, Patrick blames bi-partisan disagreements as the main problem. One of Patrick’s main promises to the American public is a personal dedication of “time and consideration” to the needs of the middle class. His aim is to provide more tax breaks, expenditures, healthcare options, and lastly boost current educational programs.
As American’s are still reeling from a recession which has been in play since 2008, Governor Patrick was asked what his plan was to stimulate the U.S. economy. Patrick believes that the foundation for improving the American economy lies in improving policies to the largest proportion of our population. Therefore, his focus is mainly directed towards improving the lives of middle and lower class Americans.
Obama’s ACA recently passed a vote in Congress by the narrowest of margins, not without many concessions and controversy. Patrick saw the passing of Obama’s ACA as a disincentive for businesses to hire full-time employees. Reasoning behind his criticism is that he believes many businesses will switch employees to part-time in order to bypass the requirement to provide healthcare in instances where there are 60 or more full-time workers. When asked what actions he would take if elected, Patrick stated he would, “enable a more detailed Act which focuses on ways to impede companies” seeking to bypass the 60 worker rule.
Patrick also takes another approach to healthcare that his constituents have not yet addressed. He cites “monopolization” of the food industry as a major problem in the health of Americans. When further pressed about his opinion of the food industry, he states that “cheaper foods” have led to the people of the United States to “become less healthy”. Patrick’s goal as President would be a full revision of the USDA and FDA.
We thank Governor Patrick for his time addressing key questions that USA Today and its readers found most important for a potential President in the upcoming 2016 term.
We recently sat down with Governor Sarah Palin to discuss her views and goals this 2016 presidential campaign. With questions ranging from her opinion on the current welfare state to the environmental issues we are currently facing and the end of “crony capitalism,” she answered in true Sarah Palin form.
Governor Palin was adamant that the current welfare policies and “Obamacare” have no place in her White House. If elected she vows to create a welfare state that aids in helping people become self sufficient instead of solely depending on a government system that is failing them. When asked about job growth, she implied that the current form of “crony capitalism,” facilitated by Washington, is a determent in the creation of economic growth. Stressing the need of investment into businesses, through tax breaks and credits that will in turn encourage investment and job creation. In regards to the biggest act of Obama’s term, the Affordable Care Act, she referred to it as an infringement of many of our rights as citizens. Specifically due to the fact that it is “forcing” people to purchase a plan they are pigeon-holed into. What she views as the antithesis to what America stands for as a country of freedom. When asked about our environment and her plans for it, she stated the importance of being more conscious with what “God provided us with” and to become more educated on the subject.” While environmental concerns aren’t of the upmost importance to Governor Palin, she is passionate about what it is she stands for and her vision for a better America.
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1. What is your opinion of the current welfare state in the U.S. and what changes would you like to make to it if elected?
Our current welfare state does nothing for the hardworking citizens, the average joes, the soccer moms, the poor. Our poor are in a cycle of poverty thanks to this welfare state. And so much of it goes back to the crony capitalism and permanent political class in Washington. So I hope to change that when elected. I want to make our social welfare programs help people become self-sufficient so that we can wean them off the government system that is failing them. We’ll rely on non-profits and religious organizations to help those in need, as they do it best.
2. If elected, what steps will you take to create economic growth in the U.S.?
To create economic growth is much more simple than the left makes it out to be. What we need to do is to encourage investment. So we want to give businesses tax breaks and credits so that they will be encouraged to invest. This will also facilitate jobs. Additionally we want to cut taxes across the board. If we do this, we know that more entrepreneurs will surface, and there will be even more investment. We don’t want to cut down the economy, we want it to grow. Additionally we will have to get in there like mavericks and cut down the crony capitalism facilitated by Washington. We are pro-free market, not pro-corporation.
3. As a potential presidential candidate, what shortcomings do you see in Obama’s ACA? And how will you address these shortcomings when you are elected into office?
Firstly, Obamacare is not going to be part of MY legacy in office. It infringes on so many of our rights, and it most certainly won’t work as he plans. Obamacare’s shortcomings are many, but I’ll just point a few out. The individual mandate is basically a socialist act. Don’t get me wrong, I want us to be healthy as a country. It’s a beautiful and blessed thing to be healthy. But the government forcing anyone to purchase anything, especially when they are pigeon-holed into only a few options (and we have no idea about how good the individual marketplace is going to be), is completely infringing on our rights as citizens. This is a country of freedom, and we cannot and will not allow our freedoms to go by the wayside for any reason.
4. If elected to office, what would your plan be to address the rising environmental issues that our nation and world are being affected by? Do you believe more or less focus needs to be taken towards this topic?
What I know is that we do have some environmental issues, yes. But they shouldn’t be solved by giving bankrupt businesses tax credits whose purpose is supposed to be to make us greener as a nation and basically bailing them out. That’s not going to solve our issues. Indeed, we need to make strides as individuals to be more conscious of the environment that God provided us with to live. Just a little more education about this subject is what is needed, that’s all.
5. If elected, what will be your environmental legacy?
We do indeed need to work on the environment. But I want to make sure that our businesses are getting what they need to in turn give the people what they need. So we’ll make sure oil companies and the like aren’t penalized for doing their jobs. I believe giving companies this leeway will convince them to work with us and help make strides to better our environment. They’ll come up with new innovations to make their processes greener. And with a little education, individuals working together can keep the planet in good condition.
Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton has just addressed the public on issues regarding women’s health.
Clinton cites the reality television show “Teen Mom’s” on the MTV network as a good showcase of the ‘epidemic’ of young mother’s struggles in day to day life. As part of her campaign, Clinton’s goal is to strengthen women’s health rights in America. She believes that ‘all women should have the choice to do what is right for themselves and for their body. Furthermore, Clinton feels that access to women’s healthcare programs should be available to all. This contradicts the conservative right of the Republican Party, which leans towards a more pro-life stance with abortion. In taking such a strong stance, Clinton may alienate the more right-leaning swing voters. Voters want to know how such a major change in women’s health rights will affect the current ACA bill and where more funding will be procured to pay for the expansion of the already scrutinized ‘Obamacare’ bill.