Candidate Full Name: James Henry Taylor Sr.
Office: U. S. House of Representatives U. S. Congressional District 2
Email Address: Jamestaylorforcongress@comcast.net
Web Site: (Under construction)
Campaign Name: Taylor for Congress
Campaign Office Mailing Address: P.O. Box 32, Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914
Phone: (815) 592-8204
Survey Questions (Character limit of 2,000 per response)
1. Can the budget deficit be controlled only by spending cuts or does the federal government need to raise more revenue? If you favor more revenue, should there be a general tax hike?
The federal government should cut spending as it relates to foreign aid in the form of military aid and other areas of foreign aid. Instead of the current foreign aid policies, the federal government should develop programs that require nations that receive foreign aid to reimburse America for the funds expended to aid those nations. For example, in Iraq, the United States should be reimbursed for the funds utilized in fighting the Iraq war as American tax payers are now being required to pay the cost of the war which includes services to our dedicated members of the armed forces who have been injured during the prosecution of the war. This could take the form of cash payments or payments in terms of development of Iraq's natural resources in cooperation with American firms. No longer can America afford to extend foreign aid to nations without being reimbursed by those nations. A barter system in under developed nations utilizing the development of the natural resources of the nations America aids would be a method that could utilize American technical assistance to develop those resources to the extent that those resources can be of benefit to the involved nation and be a vital element in the repayment of America. Nations seeking foreign aid in the form of food products including grains should be prepared to receive assistance from the American farm community and be equally prepared to reimburse those farmers for the technical assistance they receive which will enable those nations to in time feed their own people.
The budget deficit can also be controlled by the elimination of many unnecessary regulations on the drilling of oil and the production of natural gas. The budget deficit can also be controlled by the elimination unequal trade agreements with foreign nations like China and Japan which robs American manufacturing of the opportunity to compete in a fair labor market.
2. Did you favor the 2011 pullout of U.S. military forces from Iraq? Why or why not?
I do not believe the United States should have withdrawn from Iraq until the government of Iraq, whose creation was enabled by the United States government and our armed forces which incurred the deaths and injuries and financial burden of prosecuting the war. It is unfair that United States tax payers have paid for the prosecution of the war as well as infrastructure developments in Iraq while Iraq uses it's resources to develop the capacity to compete with and charge the American tax payer for oil and other Iraq natural resources without first repaying America for the cost of the war.
3. Do you favor President Obama's planned 2014 military withdrawal from Afghanistan? Why or why not?
I believe that the military withdrawal from Afghanistan should take place before 2014. Instead, I believe the troops should come home in 2012 as the United States should not fight a war of independence for another nation.
4. Do you believe there is global warming? If so, is any of it man made and can we do anything about it?
I do not believe there is global warming.
5. How will you balance your personal views and beliefs with those of your constituents and the need to compromise for legislation to pass?
I believe I can balance my personal views and beliefs with those of the constituents and the need to compromise for legislation to pass because I will focus on central issues that manifest themselves in what it best for the social and economic benefit of the people of the 2nd District and the nation. Chief among those considerations are:
b. I believe it is important to improve and maintain the infrastructure of the 2nd District to provide for public safety and as an incentive for the attraction of business to the District.
c. I believe my abilities to listen well, to empathize with others, seek solutions and work hard to accomplish goals will all enable me to work well with constituents and other legislators. I also believe my 27 years as a child welfare worker and child abuse and neglect investigator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has prepared me to relate well with others of all races, ethnic backgrounds and religious beliefs towards the accomplishment of successful relationships in a variety of situations and sometimes strained circumstances. I also believe my forty years as publisher of the Kankakee City News and other newspapers has presented me with the knowledge of politics and social and economic issues that will serve well to advance the interests of the people of the 2nd District.