Candidate Full Name:
Daniel S. Kay
5th Congressional District
Kay For Kongress
Campaign Office Mailing Address:
Northlake IL. 60164
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Please tell us about yourself, your background and why you believe you are qualified to hold this office.
I am a community activist, primarily serving the community of motorcyclists and the intertwined issues of basically bringing those unfamiliar with the lifestyle and basic freedom issues up to speed on how their proposals and/or policies affect all concerned. I strive to bring this much-needed common sense to try to restore governmental sensibility and the trust of the people. My background in sales, marketing and entrepreneurial ventures allow unique insight into the issues facing the varied Illinois 5th Congressional District. Another key issue is my largely self-taught understanding of world history and the related politics that shaped events past and present. I am a Euro-American, not a specific Nationality-American and realize the needs of people from the many diverse cultures in the district, all of which need representation. My understanding of 2 of the world's universal languages, music and food, make communicating with another culture and resolving issues possible. Among my ideals are to limit my terms in Congress to 2, unless a 3rd is absolutely necessary to advance a particular agenda. Then I come home.
Please tell us your general views about the role of government and some of the most important things you would like to accomplish in office?
Our founding fathers faced many challenges, among which, were exactly what form of government to establish. They had settled on a Constitutional Republic where law governed it's subjects and not the whims of a simple majority nor the dictation of a chosen few. A representative in the federal government from districts based on population was based largely on the parliamentary ideals of contemporary western issues without interference from dynastic or secular politics facing the "Old World". To use the most common example available to Americans, the House of Representatives was largely modeled on the House of Commons in the British Parliament. This concept was limited to a 2-year term of service to one's country, bringing contemporary ideas from their family farms and workshops in order to keep the senate in check and minimizing outside influences with regards to policy making. Upon culmination of service, the businessperson was free to return to their locale or seek reelection in order to achieve an end goal. Somehow, the "commoner" concept lost it's way and a disenfranchised public ends up with "the lesser of the two evils" and professional politicians as their voice in the central government originally intended on representing their states and their districts in foreign affairs and central matters.
The current economic crisis is squeezing the middle class. What should Congress do about it? What specifically would you do if elected to Congress?
Recognizing the struggles faced by our small and medium-sized businesses, the first step is giving them a voice. Labor issues and maintaining such businesses can exist hand-in-hand if all sides can understand one another without continuous suspicion. Excessive governmental restrictions dictated to business for conformity's sake have cost many of our jobs to go overseas, the "Yankee Ingenuity" spirit needs resurrection without fear of reprisals from the various agencies and administrations intended originally for a good purpose and then evolving into bloated bureaucracies. This most basic fundamental extends to many other issues facing our nation and our neighborhoods.
What are some of the main things you would do to help create jobs in Illinois?
Job creation can only be achieved after successfully enforcing policies of job retention. We would all like more possessions, or more free time for recreational pursuits, or eliminating environmental impact, or many other items on the list, but can't continue to survive without the small and medium-sized family businesses continuously under attack and forcing to shut down and either retire or seek production overseas/across borders. Reviving our industrial base is imperative to national security and vital to a return to productivity which creates and expands job opportunities. Infrastructure projects which are badly overdue, affect but a small segment of the workforce and the subsequent service industries impacted immediately. We can only ask the taxpayers to keep buying Band-Aids for a short while, the root causes have to be addressed and this can only be done by policy changes.
What do you think can be done to bring short-term stability to gas and energy prices? Also, what do you think is the best strategy - to both affordably and responsibly - provide for the nation's future energy needs?
Fuel and energy prices are primarily based on the law of supply and demand, however as proven by last years frenetic advances and declines, speculation must be kept in-check and the agencies established with these very purposes must be held accountable. Reducing demand brought the prices back down to reality, now the fabric of society needs to alter it's priorities and not return to it's over-consumption. Energy tax credits have been proposed and would be implemented prior to the new elected representative in Congress having an impact, so longer term strategies are the focus. For our transportation and other fossil-fuel dependent activities, clean diesel and diesel-electric hybrid technology is continuously developed and superior to many other more well-known concepts yet consumers have little choice in their selection. Education, not legislation would help to convince many to alter their habits.
Is there anything that can be done to make health care more accessible and affordable in Illinois? If so, what would you do?
Health care expenditures could be reduced significantly with checks and balances on every aspect. High rent and property taxes contribute, astronomical malpractice premiums contribute, the lobbying of the pharmaceutical industry and the relative non-regulation of private insurance providers exacerbate the big picture here. Socialized medicine is not the answer, governmental replacement of the insurance industry would not be an answer either.
Please state your general views about the war in Iraq.
General views of the Iraq situation, both parents having survived through weak policies allowing Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime to have it's way were avoided by establishing a coalition of concerned nations and eliminating the Ba-ath regime in power. Some of our coalition partners bailed out ahead of accomplishing their mission, others continue alongside our troops. Much talk about Iraq, however, we had no business interfering in the Balkans and aiding Al-Quaeda in it's disruption of a state trying to quell a mass rebellion. Atrocities were committed on all sides in that conflict, choosing sides was not wise.
What are your thoughts on how to deal with illegal immigration? Also, what do you think should be done about illegal immigrants who are already here in the U.S.?
Immigration reform is long overdue, historically the sponsorship program worked well to allow those wishing to assimilate into the American Culture, a means to do so, refugee programs for those affected by political or economic strife also worked. They weren't perfect, but superior to the red tape and mess we have now. Those entering our nation in a dignified manner and trying to convert a temporary-type visa into a more permanent one find the process much more intimidating than it should be and many predators exist to increase the incline further. Another segment needing attention are those being smuggled in via semi-trailer, ocean-going vessel or whatever means indignant, are an entirely different issue. Those who are essentially kidnapped should be repatriated with their native land and the kidnappers brought to justice. Those who simply don't want to be part of our society and feel that they're somehow "different" or "special" should also be repatriated. Again, reforms to allow those who wish to blend into our "great melting pot" are long overdue, but an invasion is an entirely different subject. If I want things better for my family, does it give me the right to trespass into a bank and help myself to the means necessary? Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But again, anyone being a predator to our national security or to human dignity must be dealt with accordingly. Those skirting the law usually have something to hide, is it fair to those properly entering our sovereign nation? Does the American Culture not deserve preservation? Many ways of dealing with the complex issue here, not enough time to address the many concepts.
What ideas do you have for improving our education system and for making our colleges and universities more affordable?
Our education system also needs revisiting, too much emphasis is placed on athletic and not scholastic or artistic ability or achievement in many funding programs. To provide proper education, a portion of it must come from outside the classroom, preferably from an unrelated field of work versus study. This would allow the opportunity for a student to broaden their horizons, understand an individual from a different socioeconomic background, and provide a part-time workforce desperately needed by many small to medium sized businesses. This also answers a portion of question 8. To elaborate on public grants and student loan guarantees via workplace merit, we use an example: A student majoring in a management program involving personnel, workplace coexistence with different age groups and different social backgrounds only enhances their total education and benefits their eventual subordinates. In plain terms, if you can't build a hamburger right, how can you build an automobile right? Common sense dictates that one hand washes the other, it's about time that many parents and students realize that education must be a balance.
What are your highest priorities for protecting the environment in Illinois?
The natural environment in Illinois is one I and those close to me enjoy on a regular basis. Preservation of which extends well beyond recreational opportunities and will continue to provide for future generations. Many forms of attack come unintentional, the Asian Longhorn Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Asian "Flying" Carp and Zebra Mussels are among the examples. Excessive pollutant emissions come from many different sources as well. Plug-in cars dependent on coal-fired powerplants are not the answer to replacing conventional fossil-fuel cars, reduction in usage is a more viable alternative. In urban areas, initiatives for small and fuel-efficient private transport achieve less emission and less congestion but are misunderstood by many of the policy makers. In rural areas where sustained speeds are possible, alternatives deserve revisiting. Railroad locomotives have been using diesel-electric technology for decades, some aspects can be translated to private transport but are met with resistance from many sides. A 30% increase in fuel efficiency with a significant reduction in CO2 emission needs wider availability immediately. Especially with the improved technology in bio-diesel utilizing Illinois' #1 commodity, soybeans. These are not permanent solutions, but immediately viable alternatives while technology continues to improve and provide more long-term strategies.
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