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    Ken Ashby (L) retired teacher and engineer

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Medicare’s finances still face serious problems, and the reckoning date is getting closer. What should Congress do to solidify the system’s funding?

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Should the Affordable Care Act be repealed? If so, what would you put in its place? If not, how would you improve it?

Congress has tried but never succeeded in reforming the No Child Left Behind Act. What would you like Washington to do with this bipartisan law?

What role should the federal government play in promoting alternative sources of energy?

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City/Town Dallas, TX 75218
Age 65
Campaign Phone Number (214) 340-5091
Email Address kenashby@aol.com
29 years
retired teacher and engineer
BA, Sociology, Honors Program, University of Kentucky, 1975; BA, Education, Social Studies, Eastern Kentucky University, 1976; Education, Math & Coaching, Eastern Kentucky University, 1977; BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1984
Volunteer, Dallas Running Club, 1996-present; Officer, Plano Pacers, 1990-present; Member, Libertarian Party, 1976-present
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candidate for US House of Representatives, 1982-present
I solicit no outside funding.
I solicit no outside funding.
I was arrested once, many years ago, by mistake, and the charges were dropped.
I have never been a part of any lawsuit. I have never declared bankruptcy or defaulted on any financial obligation.
I coached high school track and cross-country teams. I have directed several running and racing events.
I admire recently retired Congressman Ron Paul for his tireless dedication to the principles of limited government.
I am fed up with the policies of Democrats and Republicans, and believe that I can do better.
1. I will stand up against all special interests, not just to the other political party; 2. I bring a principled approach of less government and more freedom that the others lack.
Most of us are extremely disappointed with the performance of Congress. However, its failures are just as much the fault of Senate Leader Harry Reid. Speaker Boehner has pushed legislation through the House, only to have it blocked from Senate consideration by Reid. Republicans and Democrats are both to blame.
I favor replacing the 10,000-plus page tax code with a simpler system of lower rates and fewer deductions. The best proposal is a flat rate keeping the standard deduction to avoid taxing the poor. We need to reduce federal spending from its record levels and balance the budget at a lower level of taxes.
Medicare is unable to root out waste and fraud, and projected to be bankrupt by the year 2030. The government's solution requires rationing (i.e., denial of treatment) and/or high taxes. A better approach is to let beneficiaries shop in competitive markets for alternative plans that fit their own medical needs.
The debt has doubled in the last decade to $17 trillion, with no real limit. Promises to reduce waste never happen because government is essentially wasteful. A better idea is to eliminate agencies with no constitutional justification that benefit mostly special interests, for example, the Departments of Energy, Education, Agriculture, Labor and Commerce. Another reform is to limit spending to available revenue instead of basing it on legal entitlements.
With the death of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, we have no good reason to occupy Afghanistan or any other nation that has not attacked us.
We have the continual task of disentangling ourselves from Middle Eastern conflicts while resisting the temptations of new foreign wars. America has more than enough challenges to deal with at home, without policing the rest of the world and giving other nations more reasons to hate us.
I want immigration reform that welcomes workers, but also secures the border and stops freeloading off taxpayers. I believe in a path to citizenship that is earned and not unconditional. Unaccompanied minors should be returned safely to their parents. Progress can be made without a comprehensive approach.
Obamacare is doing terrible damage to our medical and insurance systems and must be repealed. I support legislation that enhances competition and choice, and achieves affordability, by creating portable medical savings accounts and empowering consumers to purchase lower-cost insurance across state lines.
No Child Left Behind is an expensive failure, as is the entire Department of Education, and should be eliminated. Washington has no constitutional authority to be in the school business, and needs to get out of the way of reform at local levels. The one-size-fits-all approach does not work in education.
I am tired of politicians handing out billions to cronies like Enron and Solyndra. The Department of Energy has a terrible record of picking successful technologies from the failures and needs to be abolished. Get government out of the way and let consumers decide which alternatives they want to support.
The theory of man-made global warming is unproven, but I do think it deserves continued study by scientific organizations without a political agenda. Regardless, the economic consequences of restrictive legislation are much worse for humanity than any real, unexaggerated effects of climate change.
I repeat, I am tired of politicians handing out billions to cronies like Enron and Solyndra. DOE boondoggles from the past include synfuels and ethanol. I want to get government out of the energy business, and let the free market develop efficient solutions.
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