Candidate Survey: Brad Rohrs for Congress, District 6
Bradley St Rohrs
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Maryland 6th Congressional District
Financial Economics B.S. Accounting UMBC
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Why are you running for office?
To defend life from conception to natural death, to defend our second Amendment, to cut taxes, end asymettrical trade deals, and stop our military from being used as a free police force for the rest of the world.
Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
Barry Goldwater, Ron Paul, Donald Trump. All three of these stood up for what was right despite constant attacks from a biased media.
What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
Rediscovery Americanism by Mark Levin
What will be your top priority in Congress?
What is the biggest issue facing your district?
Our savings rate is under 5%. Over 80% are not able to put enough money aside to retire. Taxes need to be cut across the board. And not just taxes on income, but all taxes on production that get baked into everything we purchase.
What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
Wasteful overseas spending, illegal immigration, decline of our natural rights
What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
100% Pro Life from Conception to Natural Death
What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
With nearly 80% of my district unable to save enough money to retire more than 1 year, we need taxes cut significantly across the board. This doesn’t just mean an income tax reduction, we need to reduce taxes at every level from manufacturing to energy production which are passed on to our residents via higher costs. In Maryland our savings rate is under 5%, in many Asian countries the savings rates exceed 33%, this is not sustainable if we want to maintain our position as the greatest country on earth. There is no reason our citizens should have less wealth than many developing countries.
I understand in the past it’s been the modus operandi to simply roll the cost of big government into the national debt. We have unfortunately passed the point where we can simply “monetize the debt”, if our cost of money (interest rate) increases or the 21 trillion in debt continues to grow at a rapid rate we could rapidly become insolvent as a country. Many people have ignored this growing debt problem thinking will will always be able to borrow more money without consequence. Yet as I write this the interest we pay on our debt every year is over 10x what we pay for public research. That means if we had simply balanced the our countries checkbook we would be able to invest 1000% more into cancer research, 1000% more into next generation medicine, or simply returned more money to our citizens every year. We are just beginning to feel the crushing burden of debt around our neck, it’s going to get worse as the deficit grows.
As Milton Friedman said [paraphrased]: “all debt is eventually paid, either by the debtor or the lender”. Mathematically, we do not have the money to pay for the continued expansion of government. We either need to greatly reduce the size and scope of government on our terms in a controlled manner today, or we can deal with a financial collapse in the future that will make 2007 look like a walk in the park.
What is your position on gun rights?
100% pro second amendment without any equivocation
What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
The US Constitution is clear that this is an issue best left to the states without the Federal Government interfering.
What is your position on trade?
I am a free trade advocate, but what we have on the world stage not free trade. Our goods and services are often taxed at prohibitive rates in overseas markets while we give those same markets free reign to do business here in America. I believe in smart symmetrical trade: If you tax our country’s goods, we tax your country’s goods at an equal rate.
And part of free trade involves respect for property rights, yet, our intellectual property is stolen with impunity by countries like China and our gutless leaders are too scared to do anything about it. Any country that steals intellectual property or engages in any espionage should lose the rights and benefits of free trade with the United States. They need us, we don’t need them.
We have built up the industries of China and Southeast Asia we favored nation statuses, but I would remind your readers that if someone offers to trade you gold for your gun, they may very well use the gun you trade them to take the gold back.
Trade deals that give other countries advantages over our manufacturers need to be scrapped. How is China still treated as a developing country? How come in the now dead Paris Treaty that the biggest polluters (India and China) were given free passes while American companies were set to be taxed? The answer is that our politicians were bribed.
I would ask why we allow for foreign countries to donate to the “Non-Profit Foundations” of our politicians? Does free trade mean that we allow our politicians to be bought and sold for pennies on the dollar? If this is free trade we want no part of it.
What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
As a country we are going broke and can no longer afford to be the world’s policeman. Our debt is over 21 trillion and climbing fast. We put over 1000% more resources into paying interest on our debt than we do for basic research (the same research that gave us medical breakthroughs and put our flag on the moon)
I would ask any voter to look at their personal expenses and savings, to look at their local infrastructure, to look at our exploding national debt and ask themselves how we can afford to sustain ourselves when we are spending nearly a trillion dollars a year to protect other countries.
Why do we as American tax payers have to bear the burden of the worlds defense? I have yet to have anyone show me how we are financially benefiting from taking on such a large charitable role for the rest of the world.
I believe in America First. I want more money in your hands. I am not a “citizen of the world”, I’m an AMERICAN. If that means European and South East Asian Countries need to be responsible for their own safety, so be it.
Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?