Jim Spurlino

On The Issues

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Many professional politicians are afraid to tell people what they believe. They hope that double talk and fancy phrases will give them the most amount of room to change their principles if the political winds shift. Not Jim Spurlino. He comes from the world where words are important and principles matter.

Here are some of the most common questions people ask Jim Spurlino and his direct answers.

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It seems like I pay more taxes every year. Once a new tax is passed, politicians almost never repeal it. What is your plan for our tax system?

“Taxes are way too high. The people who work for my company want to take home more of their paycheck but the government always has a different idea. Right now, only people who can afford high-priced attorneys and accountants can take advantage of all the loopholes. We need to reform the entire tax code by instituting a fair and simplified flat tax that removes the need for the IRS and reduces our tax burden across the board. Government has to spend less and the place to start is with the billions of dollars of waste, fraud and abuse. After that, agencies should have to justify their annual spending by showing that their regulations won’t kill American jobs or unnecessarily add to the tax burden of working families. In business, we focus on ‘return on investment.’ The federal government should do something similar, so taxpayers get more for what they pay.” -Jim

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I think the world is more dangerous now than anytime since World War II. How can America keep our citizens safe without risking the lives of our troops in another Middle East war?

“First, America must lead again. To defeat ISIS, the strategy starts with calling evil by its name: radical Islamic terrorism. They mean to kill us. So, as a simple matter of self-defense, we must do all we can to kill them first. That means more use of Special Forces units like Army Rangers, Navy SEALs, Marine Force Recon, Delta Force, and other elite fighters. Surgical strikes on key terrorist leaders and massive destruction of their infrastructure and even their oil supplies will turn the tide in this new type of war. While we ought to support and give aid to our Middle Eastern allies to create safe zones for Syrian refugees, we cannot bring any more here until we ensure the safety of every American. ISIS has the desired goal and the ability to hide their fighters in the masses of refugees wanting to live in America and, if we allow them in, the terror killings in San Bernardino, California will be small in comparison. Our two guiding principles should be safety and freedom. There’s nothing more basic and important than maintaining the safety of our citizens. There have been too many intelligence failures. And, as President Obama drew his ‘lines in the sand,” the rest of the world saw how weak a leader he is when he showed he wasn’t willing to back up his own threat.” -Jim

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My health insurance costs went up after Obamacare. The president lied when he said I could keep my doctor and my health care plan. I’m worried about getting older and getting sick, so I need good coverage. What ideas do you have to help people like me?

“It all starts with this: repeal Obamacare. All of it. Immediately. Then we replace it with free-market, patient-centered solutions. We should allow any health insurance company to sell policies anywhere in the USA, which will increase private sector competition and drive down or cap prices. Encourage all Americans – not just a select few – to open Heath Savings Accounts so more people can take personal responsibility for their own health care. And increase penalties for greedy lawyers who sue doctors and hospitals when nothing was done wrong. Those frivolous lawsuits add billions to the cost of health care.” -Jim

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Now that the national debt is $19 trillion, the reckless spending of the federal government threatens me, my children, and future generations. Where does it all end?

“There’s just no doubt that the professional politicians have spent countless trillions of dollars in a desperate attempt to look good to the voters and win re-election. They must think there’s a forest of money trees outside the Capitol building. Their spending is not ‘reckless’ as it’s so often described. It’s purposeful. Politicians charge things on the credit card of taxpayers knowing full well that the money won’t be there later to pay the bill. Just like an addict must stop doing drugs before life will begin to get better, American politicians must stop overspending. That ‘cold turkey’ solution is a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, so we will only spend the money we know we have. In business, if I spend more than I have, my company will go bankrupt. Professional politicians act like they are somehow immune from these basic principles of economics. It’s got to stop. If we find a program that really works they way it should, then we ought to give it more funding. At the same time, the programs that don’t work should be cut or defunded altogether.” -Jim

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Where do you stand on abortion?

“As a father and a Christian, abortion is abhorrent to me. Life begins at conception. That’s why I’m passionately pro-life. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers shouldn’t get a nickel of taxpayer money. Congress needs to more aggressively investigate the selling of baby parts by Planned Parenthood and federal prosecutors should vigorously prosecute everyone involved. Without adding another government program, we need to do more as a society to support and encourage adoption. I have two adopted daughters. They’ve been a blessing to us. Many Americans go abroad to adopt. With more domestic adoption options, we can reduce the number of abortions in America.” -Jim

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The cost of ammunition is through the roof and many ammo types are disappearing from store shelves. What’s worse, more and more politicians are talking about gun confiscation. What will you do to help?

“Our God-given constitutional right to keep and bear arms must be defended. When the founding fathers wrote, “shall not be infringed,” they meant what they said. I own long guns and pistols and I hold a concealed carry permit. So does my wife. We like and support our local police, but we know that we must be our own first responders while we wait for help from 911 to arrive. I will fight each and every attempt to erode gun rights. We ought to focus on keeping mentally ill people and criminals from getting guns, not disarming law abiding Americans.” -Jim

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My children are taking more and more standardized tests and the federal government is getting more involved in local schools. And teacher’s unions are working hard to elect Democrats and grab more power. What can we do?

“We start by getting rid of Common Core and the overreliance on standardized tests. Education should be determined at the local level, where taxpayers and parents can monitor what’s happening. Second, we need policies at every level of government to support the right of parents to choose the best learning environment for their children. That means supporting and affirming parents’ right to home-school or send their children to charter schools, parochial schools, or any other school. The federal Department of Education takes local tax dollars from Ohio and spends them on bureaucrats and regulations in Washington. There’s just no need for that agency at the federal level.” -Jim

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Sheriff Jones has spoken out about illegal immigration but too many other elected officials are ignoring the issue or afraid to say something. Where are you on this?

“I’m glad to see Sheriff Jones and others recognize that illegal immigrants are taking jobs from the Americans who need them to support their families. This sheriff is doing his job and following the law. He knows that the flood of illegal immigrants increases the financial burden on taxpayers and, in far too many cases, makes our communities more dangerous. We must secure the border and aggressively enforce the current immigration laws. Employers who hire illegal immigrants should be dealt with severely and when law enforcement encounters an illegal immigrant, that person should be deported within days.” -Jim

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Gas prices are lower now but energy costs are still a big drain on my family budget. Do you have a solution?

“President Obama publicly promised that his energy policy would increase the cost of electricity. At least he warned us! The Obama EPA works overtime to kill American jobs and add to family budgets. I support the idea of requiring the EPA to show that proposed regulations will not kill American jobs before any new regulation can go into effect. We also need to support domestic exploration for clean coal, gas, and natural gas. America has enough natural resources to fuel our needs for decades, even centuries, to come. And when we rely on our own resources, we can tell Russia and Middle Eastern antagonist countries that we don’t need their oil or gas. We also must stop making decisions that would never be made in the business world – like selling our strategic reserves at the bottom of the market, when prices are lowest. It’s almost as if President Obama doesn’t understand basic economics. We need a change in the White House and more people who understand business in Congress.” -Jim

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Healthcare at the Veterans Administration takes too long. President Obama doesn’t seem to care about those of us who served. Will you?

“First of all, thank you for serving America. We owe you a great debt. The VA administration has more than 300,000 employees and a huge budget. It’s been sorely mismanaged, particularly under President Obama. That’s shameful. I will support reforms targeted at speeding up health care services and holding administrators accountable for misspending and turning a blind eye to the men and women who wore the uniform and risked their lives. In Congress, I’ll help bring about new ways of solving serious problems like this. Government facilities aren’t the only places where we can serve vets. We have great, well-run medical facilities across the country that can be put to good use. If there are good VA facilities, keep them. If there are bad ones, shut them down and subcontract to well-run facilities.” -Jim

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Federal government agencies are spying on Americans. Is this even legal?

“It’s not. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution guarantees our right to be safe from government intrusion into our lives – unless a judge finds probable cause that a crime has been committed. The mass collection of our personal information – including cell phone data – is an unchecked abuse of government power. People who aren’t American citizens are a different case – they don’t enjoy the same constitutional rights we do. But, under President Obama, federal power to intrude into the private lives of law-abiding Americans has become a very serious concern. We must strike a responsible balance. Security is of utmost importance, but let’s not trample our basic rights in that pursuit.” -Jim

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I’m trying to stay afloat running a family farm. This land has been in my family for generations and now I’m not even sure I can keep it. Can you help?

“Farmers are the backbone of the American way of life. People in farm country have said for years, ‘no farms, no food.’ And they’re right. First, we must stop the death tax. The money you’ve invested in your farm was already taxed once. It shouldn’t be taxed again when you try to pass your land to your children. Second, we must repeal the EPA’s so-called ‘Clean Water Rule,’ that gives Washington bureaucrats power over your farm pond, irrigation ditches, and small streams. And if we don’t stop the hysteria about what Al Gore calls “global warming,’ EPA regulations will punish American farmers in a misguided attempt to somehow calibrate the earth’s climate. And finally, we must balance the interests of family farms versus agri-business so we don’t allow family farms to be shut down.” -Jim