Name as it appears on the ballot: David Burnett
Full legal name, if different
Date of birth: 10-12-57
Home address: 906 Vickie Dr. Cary, NC 27511
Mailing address, if different from home:
Campaign website: electdavid2010.com
Occupation & employer: self-employed
Home phone: 919-469-5234
1. What do you see as the most important issues facing North Carolina and the nation? If elected, what are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?
Our government is out of control and needs to be restrained both in its spending and in its regulatory authority. Both of these elements are contributing to a decline in the economy and ultimately employment. All types of energy developement need to be exercised, creating jobs and fortifying our national security.
2. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective in the U.S. House? This might include career or community service; be specific about its relevance to this office.
A long term marriage, geographical stability, and owner/operator of successful business.
3. How do you define yourself politically, and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?
A conservative, hard working family man who seeks to impart a vision to all people that the American dream is possible for the ordinary citizen.
4. Identify a principled stand you might be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.
The immigration issue. It is better not to have a law if it is not going to be enforced. After decades of a lack of enforcement, it behooves us to streamline the process so that all those desiring citizenship may be accommodated.
5. If these issues haven't been addressed above, would you please comment on:
a. What has our nation learned from invading Iraq? How will that inform your decisions if elected? What should our policy in Iraq be today? Should we base substantial military forces there for the foreseeable future?
I would be inclined to support whatever our President and the generals in the field agree to for a sound defense.
b. Evaluate the war in Afghanistan and the situation in Iran. What is our goal in those places, in your view? What should our policies be? What legislation should be introduced to address those issues?
At this point my lack of knowledge of sensitive information would disqualify me from any informed commenting.
c. Universal health care: Why don't we have it? What have you learned from the current health care debate? What specific reforms do you support, and what will you do to get them passed? What has this process told us not only about health care but about the way that politics work?
As Americans, we have embraced choice in all of our business dealings which is to our benefit. However, it appears that we long for a quick and easy fix at the federal level when in actuality the problem lies at the state level where a medical monopoly is enforced through the state medical boards in every state. At the federal level I would work to open up competition across state lines. Even as water takes the path of least resistance, we as representatives would be prone to do likewise. As leaders, we should be all the more diligent to be wary of the "easy solutions".
d. What do you see as the primary sources of our current economic problems? What measures should Congress use to resolve address them? How would you begin to reduce the federal deficit? Is this an issue of not enough revenue or of overspending? What are some of the possible negative consequences of your proposed solutions?
Impulsive and excessive spending is the primary source of our current economic problems. Congress, as leaders, should be setting an example of responsible spending and legislation first in their own homes and then in their office. We should implement a 25% reduction across the board spending except for Social Security, since we all have invested in this program, and payments on the national debt which is our obligation to our creditors. We should also defund all non-profits as they are more suitably financed by the private sector. Overspending plagues the rich and the poor alike, restraint is a valued virtue. Temporary unemployement may ensue; however, more productive jobs should emerge that will offset any possible negative consequences.
e. The stimulus legislation and the bailout: What worked and what didn't? What would have done differently in hindsight? How will that inform your opinion in the future? Under what circumstances would you advocate for such legislation?
As a believer in free market competition, less government intervention would be advantageous to the public in the long term. I can appreciate the desire for insulation against the "booms and busts" in the economy but these manufactured insulations will only create a more severe shock in the economy eventually. Better to ride that "wild bronco" which is able to tame both man and beast.
f. Education: What should classrooms of the future look like? What will you do about the dropout rate, the achievement gap and the lack of students excelling in math and science? What can be done to attract and retain better teachers in American schools?
Vouchers which follow the student introduce competition in academics and will encourage responsiveness toward all students.Responsiveness toward the student will present a superior environment for all to excel in their giftings and interests. Teachers should be rewarded just as any employee in the private sector would be based on his or her performance. A voucher system would stimulate excellence in all educational settings.
7. What is your position on capital punishment?
It is acceptable as a declaration that all people are endowed with life from their Creator. As such, it is a just penalty to those who willfully murder the innocent.
8. What is your position regarding LGBT rights and Don't Ask Don't Tell?
I would support theDon't Ask Don't Tell position for our military. In lieu of LGBT rights I would support the DOMA amendment.
9. Do you support women's reproductive rights, including the "right to choose" as set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade?
No, I believe that life begins at conception and should be constitutionally protected.
10. What changes, if any, do you support in federal entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans programs, etc.)
Social Security should be salvaged if at all possible since people have invested in it for their retirement.
Medicare should not pay out more than what it takes in or else it will eventually fail.
Medicaid should be dissolved as quickly as possible as private charitable organizations are a far superior means for care of those in need.
Veterans programs should continue to care for injured personnel as they have fought on our behalf for freedom and liberty.
Those who wish to opt out of Social Security and Medicare should be free to do so irrecoverably.
Additionally, young people entering the workforce should not be allowed to invest in these programs but be encouraged to invest in their own private accounts.
11. What should Congress do to prevent banking disasters like the one that nearly plunged this country into a second Depression two years ago?
Enforce existing statutes where fraud occurs and adopt an attitude of no business is too big to fail. Bailouts encourage risky behavior that ultimately must be borne by the taxpayer at a much higher cost.
12. What's your take on the Obama Administration so far: Too aggressive? Too cautious? Or about right?
(Choose one, please.)