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About wasteful government spending. What kind of spending would you like to see cut .
Well , I think we need to look at spending across the board. There’s no doubt that you know some of our budgets haven’t been looked at spending across the board in a very long time and so what we need today may not be what we needed 20 years ago . 30 years ago . So what do we need to cut today . Well , I , like I said , I don’t have the budget in front of me , I haven’t gotten to Congress yet , so I can’t . But the good .
The budget’s publicly available you as a candidate may have an opinion on what should be there and what should not be.
Right. Well , I’m not saying that we should take anything Hall wholesale away , but we certainly you know looking at the details of a budget for example when we start looking at some of the administrative agencies and what we finance their you-know-where do we trim from the Department of Energy . I don’t know , but we may need to trim . We need to look at that , where do we deter trim from the Department of Education , maybe somewhere I don’t know where do we turn from the Department of Defense . You know I need experts who are telling me where they’re spending their money and if that makes sense . And so we need to look at that as a whole . I can’t really comment on oh . I’ll take away $25 from you know human resources of the United States military and I’ll take $50 away from the Department of Education and we’ll put that into , you know , the Department of Energy , because we’re not financing . I can’t give you that kind of granularity right now .
Does the same go for entitlements , do you have opinions on whether or not some entitlements need to go.
Well , I think that we did certainly need to look at the entitlements program then we need to make sure that they are getting to the intended recipients and in the intended amounts. Let’s face it , there’s a lot of fraud going on in those , in those programs . And I think our president has done a really good job , and starting to look at ways that we can better manage their . You know , for example , the drug testing and maybe putting in a workforce requirement , you know that you’re showing an effort towards getting a job or that you are working or you know and and we need to means test , we certainly need to look at means testing relate need to look at all of those saying so you know , yeah , that that needs an overhaul . We need to take a look .
Okay. When it comes to the national debt . The Congressional Budget budget office estimates that the 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut championed by the president and passed by Congress will increase the national debt by $1.9 trillion by 2028 the deficits now expect top one trillion dollars starting next year . This is one way to frame the the tax cut , there is , there are other ways to frame it , of course , but do you support the tax cut bill .
Absolutely , you know , the tax cut has done great things for the Granite Status and my job as a representative in this cut in the state is to represent the Granite State is the other day I was knocking on doors. I stopped a gentleman’s house and I you know he asked me how I felt about president Trump and I told him I thought he here’s some of his policies have been very , very good and I talked about the tax cuts and that gentleman actually came out of his door and hugged me and he said to me , you know , my wife makes $100 more a week now because of the tax cuts , and it wasn’t just a tax cut . But what it was what it did for him-her employer and her employer was able to give her a race , and he said , you know , for the first time ever we’ve been able to purchase a new car , that is putting real dollars into Granite State there’s pockets and making their quality of life better and I think that’s good in let’s . We all know that when the economy is doing well and when people are doing well , they’re out there . They’re buying the cars they’re eating in the restaurants utilizing those public services and that it’s going to drive down the deficit because that’s going to drive up the revenue .
That is not exactly what the Congressional Budget Office is saying in some conservatives are concerned about the level of debt essentially borrowing from the future to pay for these tax cuts now and give those people like you. You mentioned an extra 100 bucks .
Well you know I don’t think that this is really going to drive up the deficit and I’d really like to to dive into this a little bit more. You know when I am in Congress . But I will tell you that it will be , it’s been shown time after time after time again when the economy is good in in the country is doing well , that the deficit is is driven down , and so I’m going to trust that this is going to continue on the same trends as it has before , and that we’re going to see a long-term effect that’s going to be positive for the nation .
Let’s talk about immigration. Well , we have a few minutes left . What is your view of the policy that separated families at the border .
Well you know obviously , I don’t want to see any family separated and I certainly feel for children , no doubt , but you know those families that came across the border illegally knew what they were getting into and I don’t hear any public outcry against the the families that are victimized those children where is so where is the accountability on the folks who who knowing victimized the the children , their parents , the parents victimize the children well when you knowingly put come across the border illegally. Knowing that there is an opportunity that you can be separated from your children . Yes . So’s parents have some accountability . They needed to come across the border illegally or they needed of you know , I mean there has to be some accountability don’t keep coming back and attacking the you know the government for enforcing laws that we’ve had on the books for decades .
The president wants to build a wall. Despite that .
Absolutely , I support a figurative wall I’ve support a literal I support securing our borders we have porous borders that’s letting drugs into this country we have porous borders that are letting you know gangs into this country and you just like you and I I I assume you lock your door at night , because you want to know who’s coming in your house , right , and this is effectively locking their doors at night and making sure that the people we want in our country and that we embrace in our country come in and keeping the bad actors out and so yes we. I support . I think there are there’s perfect areas to build of a literal war . I think they’re great areas that we can use electronic surveillance . I think there is a perfect opportunity to put boots on the ground and put another barrier there . So yes , I do support protecting our country .
A couple more questions Alin Lincoln Becker before the end of the program. If elected , how do you go about convincing fellow members of Congress to in your words stop bickering .
Oh , absolutely. So you know I come with a military background 32 years in the United States military where we have worked . Despite our differences are religious differences or political differences even the difference in the color of our uniforms . But we are million of us come together and work together for one thing and that’s and protect and defend this great nation and our Constitution and half a million people in uniform can do that certainly 435 people in Congress can do that , you know , Congress takes a very similar oath that the military does , we’re just this to me is same oath different mission and fortunately for me , I’ve been endorsed by war veterans fund I’ve already started building coalitions with like-minded for candidates like me across the nation who are wanting to bring this ethos of working together and getting the work done for America , because of our mission orientation and so at the way I look at it . I’m going with reinforcements I’ve already got a group of people when we all get elected and we get there were ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work for all Americans regardless of your party .
A question from a listener to it to and the program Hayden wrote to ask would you push for or support legislation decriminalizing recreational marijuana usage. At the federal level , and would you seek to remove marijuana from the list of schedule one substances .
So you know there’s a lot of talk about them that marijuana. I certainly do support legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes . I think that there’s is that music . Are we done . We are almost done if you to wrap up your thought , okay . I certainly would support legalizing medicinal marijuana . I think it’s , you know , it’s got a lot of benefit for our our our folks who are suffering . Sounds like my time as a well .
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