Q&A With the 9th Congressional District Republican Candidates Day 2

Yesterday we began a three part series of questions conservatives are interested in asked of the Massachusetts Ninth Congressional District Republican candidates.  The first set of five questions can be found here.  

Here are the next five questions answered by Mark Alliegro, Vincent Cogliano, and Dan Shores.  John Chapman chose not to participate.

Q6. Would you vote to limit the “Food Stamp”, SNAP Program?

Alliegro: Yes, with conditions.

Chapman: Did not respond.

Cogliano: I would find ways to make the Food Stamp program more effective and eliminate fraud and abuse-but simply cutting it across the board is not the right move at this time.

There are millions of people in America who want to work but they cannot find a job. The policies of this government are largely responsible for the terrible state of our economy and until that problem is addressed I would not approve of across the board cuts.

Welfare cuts are most effective when the economy is good and until this government starts to enact policies that will help put people back to work I would not support anything but targeted changes that will reduce fraud and abuse.

Shores: Yes.   Reports indicate that the number of Americans who have utilized food stamps has increased over 50% in the past 5 years, to 1 out of every 5 households.  In addition to fighting for policies that put Americans back to work, I will push to uncover and minimize waste, fraud and abuse in the SNAP program that doubtless exist based on the above-referenced numbers.

more after the jump

Q7.  What is your position on bailing out private industry?

Alliegro: Depends upon the circumstances; but my default position is to avoid.

Chapman: Did not respond.

Cogliano: We should be doing everything we can to protect smaller community banks and we should be encouraging the start and growth of new banks. Consumers will benefit and our economy will be stronger.

As for government helping corporations such as General Motors I would not do it. If during the normal process of bankruptcy for non performing companies it is determined that a successful reorganization can be achieved through some government loan guarantees I would consider that action appropriate in some cases.

Shores: I am against it.  I believe we need to let the free market govern.  We also need to allow small businesses-the driver of our economy-to succeed in this country, not suffer.  Right now, we have too big to fail and too small to succeed.  That is backwards and wrong.  

Q8.  What is your position on illegal immigration?

Alliegro: Enforce existing laws.

Chapman: Did not respond.

Cogliano: We need to secure our border by adding fences-using technology-and putting additional border agents on the ground. Once the border is secure we can have a meaningful debate on our immigration policies.  Until the border is secure there can be no reform.

Shores: We are a nation of laws, and our laws must be followed and enforced. Immigration is no exception. Right now, our president does not enforce our immigration laws, is intentionally ignoring them, and is attempting to implement amnesty through use of executive orders, bypassing Congress in the process. This is a failure of his Constitutional duty, and encourages more illegal immigration, jeopardizing our economy, safety and national security.  Given that our president does not enforce our immigration laws, it does not make sense to pass comprehensive legislation at this time, and we need to instead take a common sense step-by-step approach to the immigration issue.  The first and immediate step is to secure our borders.

Q9. What is your position on Common Core?

Alliegro: Scrap it.

Champan: Did not respond.

Cogliano: Common Core should be eliminated. Education that is controlled by local people who know their own community needs is most effective. A one size fits all approach to education controlled by Washington and education bureaucrats is a recipe for disaster.

Shores: I oppose it.  Properly educating our children is a central value of our families and communities. I believe that the task of educating our children, including choosing curriculum and standards, is best left to the states, towns and parents.  We should be teaching our children how to think critically and creatively, not what to think in conformance with methods dictated by folks in an ivory tower in Washington. Teachers should be free to teach courses without the additional heavy administrative burden of complying with numerous federal standards that may not be applicable to the teaching and learning needs in a particular school or community. Unfunded federal mandates (such as in Common Core) also result in unnecessary financial burdens for our schools and communities.

Q10. What is your position on the Keystone Pipeline?

Alliegro: Support it.

Chapman: Did not respond.

Cogliano: Build the Keystone Pipeline.

Shores: I strongly support the keystone pipeline project.  It’s a job creator and helps build energy independence, which are critical to our economic prosperity and national security.    

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