Name as it appears on the ballot: E. Powers
Date of Birth: July, 2 1951
Campaign Web Site: www.elpowers.com
Occupation & Employer: farmer/pilot self employed
Years lived in North Carolina: Born and raised
1. What do you see as the most important issues facing North Carolina?
Creating jobs, eliminating many taxes, lowering cost for working people. Level the playing field. Clean up Raleigh. Replacing politicians with the working people.
What are your top three priorities in addressing those issues?
Creating over 2,000 jobs per county statewide. Relief to taxpayers. Lower cost on many daily needs. As Governor I go to the working people directly, most solutions can be found there.
2. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective on the issues youve identified?
Owning/operating a small business and as a taxpayer, knowing when we had enough. Applying Common Sense to solutions for relief. Please be as specific as possible in relating past accomplishments to current goals. Knowing we are paying 40% in earnings to taxes, "they" need 50-60 percent to sustain their spending, 10/20 years from now they will need 80%. We cannot go on. The working/taxpayer must vote out the ones they feel are not in touch with them.
3. How do you define yourself politically, and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?
Politically, I am the underdog, outsider. On a farmers budget, knew to begin with I could not match other candidates w/money or name recognition. My message is strong and targeting the working people who carry the load of this country. I will not succeed without the working peoples vote.
4. The Independents mission is to help build a just community in the Triangle. Please point to a specific position in your platform that would, if achieved, help further that goal.
Our system, favors the political and corporate world, another group chooses not to work, we pay them a check each month, working class only qualify for higher taxes, our retirements look weaker while we pull the load. The option is, vote E. Powers for we the people to operate our state.
5. Identify and explain one principled stand you would be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.
I cut wasteful spending and what I think is excessive salary's of top officials in NC.. i.e., Mr. Erskine Bowles,over $8,000 a week, CEO of UNC Health Care Sys. over $13,000 per week salary. This only applies if they receive one penny of taxpayers money. More accountability from our elected or appointed officials.
6. If these issues havent been addressed above, please comment on:
Poverty: What steps, if any, do you advocate to lift up the poor in North Carolina?
With common sense, provide jobs for ALL unemployed in NC. Easy to do, visit www.elpowers.com
Transportation needs in the state, including roads and transit in the Triangle?
Keeping Billions of $ Corporate profits in NC, there should be ample moneys to begin building new, upgrading current roads, at the same time relieving taxpayers load. We must look long term.
Overcrowded prisons: Should we be moving toward more alternative-sentencing programs instead of prison time?
No, I will be hard on crime, building many new prisons in rural sections of NC. Surrounded by fenced farmland to produce prison food saving taxpayers money, making our streets/homes safer. The very minor of crimes I would look at more in-home confinement w/ankle wear. Common Sense!!
Health care: What should the state do next to address the problem of adults and children without adequate health care or insurance?
As a small business owner, I cannot afford the high premiums for proper coverage. I propose taxpayers consider an taxpayer owned/operated insurance company to reduce out of control cost, on business, home, health, worker comp.,all our ins. Needs. Keeping the billions of profit to offset state taxes.
Foreclosures: What more should the state be doing to help consumers avoid foreclosure and hold onto their homes?
I spoke before the NC Bankers Assn. informing them they were one of the most powerful assn.'s in the state/nation-the banking industry. They could turn around the recession by reducing home owner payments 75% for only three months, beginning fourth month, add 10% back to monthly payment, in eight months the people are back at normal speed. To me, just a common sense thought.
The mental health crisis: Everyone agrees its a mess. Now what?
I'm studying this problem. From my info at this point, I intend on reaching the people who actually work with the patients. The solutions lie there. Apparently the top brass decisions aren't working. From the workers in bedded in the system, I'm picking up things were fine until it went privatized.
Taxes: Given the needs, are they too high? Too low? Too regressive? What direction should the state be taking on the revenue side?
My target is relief for taxes. By keeping Billions in corporate profits now in NC. We can sustain our state and infrastructure, lowering and cutting out taxes to the working people who carry the load.
7. What is your position on capital punishment in North Carolina? If in favor, will you support a moratorium on executions while the question of whether the death penalty can be administered fairly is studied by the General Assembly?
I am in favor of the death penalty and will reinstate it if the Powers of a hard pressing Governor has any influence. Capital punishment will be reinstated.
8. What is your position regarding LGBT rights? Please address whether gay marriages or civil unions should be made legal in North Carolina; also, whether sexual orientation and identity should be added as a protected class under state anti-discrimination laws, including state personnel laws.
I believe in God and his word, prayers and his judgment, marriage should be between one man, one woman.
9. Do you support womens reproductive rights, including the right to choose as set out by the U.S. Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade?
I believe women should have the right to choose. I do not believe abortion should be used as a birth control by no means. I want to find out why, with the new law for young unwed mothers who give birth is not working like it should, we hear of kids, having kids, throwing the newborn out of car windows into ditches, trying to flush down toilets, or putting them in microwaves, there is something terrible wrong here.
10. Should public employees have the right to bargain collectively in North Carolina?
I personally prefer not to have unions. I feel if CEO's, leaders, owners are in touch with employees many problems would not occur. However, if the working people cannot change their environment or problems they do need help. There is room for improvement on both sides here.