blainetaylor

Red Maryland Candidate Survey: Blaine Taylor for Congress, District 2

Name
Blaine Taylor

Age
73

Office Sought and District
Congress, US House of Representatives, 2nd District of MD

Education
BA History Towson State College, minor in Poli Sci

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Career/Occupation
Writer and book author, public relations

Political Experience
Served as Student Government Senator, TSC, 1970-72; won four MD campaigns as press secretary: 1974 House of Delegates; 1978 State Senate; 1990 Balto. County Executive, and 1992 Bush-Quayle Presidential Primary MD. Served as 2nd District Congressional press secretary, 1991-92 on Capitol Hill, Wash., DC.

Website
None at present

Social Media Accounts
Blaine Taylor Facebook

Why are you running for office?
To lessen the current divisive tensions I saw coming in 1969 that may lead to a second civil war if left unchecked. Also to deal with all current issues, some of them from back then. Finally, to prevent any more undeclared and unending wars such as we’ve had since Vietnam, 1960 to now.

How do you plan to win?
By having the best positions and getting that word out, as here.

Who do you consider your political role model, and why?
My own political career, 1969-2020.

What is your favorite book about politics and policy, and why?
My own forthcoming biography on Bobby Kennedy, and on policy the position papers I’ve drafted for every race I’ve entered since 1970, to now, 2020, 50 years.

What will be your top priority in Congress?
Save the planet. If we can’t breathe, nothing else will matter.

What is the biggest issue facing your district?
That.

What are the three biggest issues facing our country?
Save the planet, rescue our democracy at home, stay out of unending wars abroad.

What is your position on life issues? (abortion, assisted suicide)
Pro-life and open to assisted suicide, but I want to learn more about the latter.

What is your position on taxes, spending and the federal deficit?
I agree with Gov. Hogan on taxes locally, but feel that nationally the super rich should pay their fair share as well. The Federal budget should be mandated to be balanced, as is Maryland’s. Nobody talks about the Federal deficit anymore, and I’ve concluded that Congress doesn’t take it seriously: one, what local or national bank has the clout to call in our debts? China is our biggest international creditor, and short of war, I don’t see it trying to get repaid. Third, the Congress will just continue to print more paper money, as it always has allowed. I plan to take a much closer look at this if elected, and see what can actually be done.

What is your position on gun rights?
I support the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution, as well as rigid enforcement of all current laws on the books.

What is your position on the legalization of marijuana?
I have seen it lead to higher drugs with other people, so would want to know a lot more about it before I voted on it.

What is your position on trade?
I was against NAFTA and still am. I think the President is on the right track with what he’s done thus far.

What is your position on foreign policy and military issues?
The Congress hasn’t declared war since Dec. 8, 1941—really! Short of responding to a nuclear attack, Congress needs to retake back the authority it gave up in the earlier Atomic Age when I was a boy. The biggest single issue now facing the All Volunteer Army is the one we never hear about: the alleged fact that its health benefits might actually be more than the entire rest of the Pentagon’s annual budget. Second to that is those women we let out of military service because of pregnancy AFTER the government has spent millions training them, another issue we never hear anything about. I’m open to suggestions on everything.

What is your position on the impeachment of President Trump?
I am running for the House, and as that vote is now past, the question has no meaning. Two years ago—when I was running for the US Senate—my answer then was that no one would know how I would vote until the very moment I cast it. Historically, Nixon was impeached by the House, and then resigned before his coming Senate trial because he was told he didn’t have the votes. Clinton was acquitted. Now Trump has the exact opposite case of Nixon, unless 4 GOP Senators vote to hear more testimony than the House did. That could change everything. As a private citizen now, I support the rule of law, and always will, too. We have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks.

Would you support the passage of the Human Life Amendment?
Yes

Would you support the passage of the Balanced Budget Amendment?
Yes



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