Name as it appears on the ballot: Frank Roche
Full legal name, if different: Francis Xavier Roche
Date of birth: January 20, 1963
Home address: 2901 Bells Pointe Court, Apex, NC 27539
Mailing address, if different from home:
Campaign website: www.rocheforcongress.com
Occupation & employer: Currency trader; self-employed
Cell phone: 919-621-3345
Campaign Manager Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
Response- The three most important issues facing the people of the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina are the following:
- The Economy
- National Security
When elected, the top three priorities in addressing the issues facing the 4th district of North Carolina is to ensure that America is Always First Always and Everywhere in my decisions, upholding and honoring the precepts of the Constitution and helping to work to ensure that our economy turns the corner and allow US small businesses and industry and The People are in a position to truly increase their prosperity and well-being.
2. What in your record as a public official or other experience demonstrates your ability to be effective in the U.S. Senate? This might include career or community service; be specific about its relevance to this office.
My ability to be effective in the U.S. House is related advanced studies of economics and my 15 years experience in banking. This has given me the knowledge of the issues few in the U.S. House.
3. How do you define yourself politically, and how does your political philosophy show itself in your past achievements and present campaign platform?
Response – I have been a conservative Republican that believes in a strong defense, fiscal and disciplined economics, and ensure that the individual freedoms guaranteed from the US Constitution are not threatened nor diminished.
My political philosophies are demonstrated based in my work in economics and financial work in international currency training. I believe and apply fiscally conservative monetary and budgeting principles to my life that need to be represented in practice, not in word only. I will make disciplined and tough decisions to apply these same common sense economic principles that I and other small business and family households use to balance their budgets and prosper. These common sense, fiscally responsible economic and financial principles need to be applied in Washington and I will be tough on these measures. When things get tough business reacts by being disciplined and making difficult decisions. This is what the US Government needs to enact now: disciplined economic policies that control spending, balance budgets, lower taxes, and stop frivolous and socialistic economic decisions that hurt America.
4. Identify a principled stand you might be willing to take if elected that you suspect might cost you some popularity points with voters.
Response – Illegal Immigration. Immigration as a whole must be managed better to ensure that American Citizen interests are rightfully protected. Illegal immigration and Securing our Boarders must happen now because it negatively affects almost every aspect of our lives as Americans. The ramifications of illegal immigration clearly is taking American Taxpayer dollars and shifting them to those who have disregarded American Law. Illegal Immigration is a burden on National Security, Healthcare system, American jobs, Medicaid, our schools, law enforcement, and the list goes on and on. Just think of the resources from the American Taxpayers that are lost because of Illegal immigration and not being used to help fund items such as Veterans, Medicare, Medicaid, Higher Education, etc.
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?
Response- America needs to be engaged in the world, but we can no longer do so with the interests of the world ahead of the interests of the United States. Our foreign policy should be executed in accordance with the Constitution, and to help assure continued life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for American citizens at home.
I will work to make sure Americas foreign policy serves American interestsfirst, always and everywhere.
I will work tofinish the job in Iraq without hesitation or compromise, then get out.
Overall in response to Iraq, our men and women in our military have done a tremendous job representing America. An unmatched US military is key to be able to project overwhelming force and defend against any enemy or threat, secure borders in the north and south, on guard and vigilant against terrorist activities and Islamic fundamentalism, to ensure domestic tranquility and protect the vital interests of the US. A strong US military is essential for the prosperity of the US, to defend our interests abroad and to ensure domestic tranquility.
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?
The situation in Iran is dangerous as a rouge nation to our interests. Iran, obtaining nuclear technology, is dangerous for the entire region of the Middle East and Europe, especially the interests of Israel, the only democracy in the US. Iran and the fronts they support such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and now training Taliban Leaders to use road side bombs, continuing to say they want to eliminate Israel and kill Americans must be condemned. We must condemn and put clear sanctions against Iran who would love to destroy Americans and American Interests.
Afghanistan... it is important to ensure that we have a clear objective in Afghanistan with a plan that works. There needs to be a better effective plan that allows for completion and the US/NATO involvement to remove their resources once the job is done.
I will work to make sure the US hasa clear objective in Afghanistan, disband NATO involvement, put the required US resources in place, aggressively pursue the objective to completion, then get out.
I will ensure that we continue to condemn Iran and vote for clear and tough sanctions against this rogue nation that hates America and wants to destroy our interests.
I will ensure that our US Military remains strong and unfettered
I will always keep America First Always and Everywhere.
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?
Response- The idea was to provide health insurance coverage for the approximately 30-40 million Americans who didn't have coverage. Fast forward one year, and the Obama health care reform effort is a policy and political fiasco.
Having learned his lesson from giving control of the effort to Pelosi and Reid, Obama stepped forward with his own, more expensive plan, which has only served to muddy up the debate even further.
Democrats keep forgetting one thing; the majority of Americans don't want what they're offering. Republicans in Congress aren't going to support the bill through the reconciliation process. Many Democrats in both chambers are backing away from support of the bill over issues of illegal immigration, abortion, and increased Medicaid liabilities for the states.
We can't afford a $2 trillion entitlement program at this point in our history. Most Americans have health insurance, and like what they have. A federal government takeover of nearly 17 percent of our economy is causing many Americans deep consternation. With the exception of our military, Americans know how badly the government runs Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and most other domestic agencies. It is sensible to be skeptical.
We need to start over now. We have problems in our health care and medical care system, but the remedies put forth by the Democrats are not the right answer. You cannot increase access, increase quality, and reduce costs. We must focus on health care maintenance and prevention to reduce medical care utilization rates. Additionally, we must focus on efforts to stop the steady increase in insurance premiums by enacting medical liability reforms, allowing for portability across state lines, employer tax reform, co-pays for everyone, and controlling illegal immigration. The government can play a role in health and medical care by subsidizing insurance programs for the poorest of our society, catastrophic events, and pre-existing conditions.
Of course, we now know this effort at healthcare reform isn't just about providing insurance for those without. It is about making health insurance coverage a right. It's about the Federal Government taking control over our lives since the Democrats know better how to care for us better than we do, the American People.
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?
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?
Response – When it comes to the economy, as your Congressman, the best I can do is "get the federal government out of the way."
The actions of Congress should not be a hurdle to a healthy and growing economy. With passage of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP, $700b), andpassage of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ($787b), Congress has allowed the federal government to spend nearly $2 trillion "to save the economy." Since then, the banking sector continues to struggle, the unemployment rate increased beyond the promised 8 percent, and net job creation is still absent. Congress borrow and spend mentality wasa serious miscalculation and will continue to hurt our recovery unless we take action now.
When I go to work in Washington as Congressman representing the constituents of the NC 4th District in Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties, I will work to do the following:
Reduce small business and corporate taxes to spur economic growth.
Fight to stop new rules and regulations that will have negative economic costs or disrupt private sector job growth.
Work to make your federal government smaller and moreefficient.
Reform our unemployment insurance program to balance the needto support workers who lose their job for an extended period withoutproviding a disincentive to seek new employment
Ensure prudent regulations are in place to constrain the human tendency towards excess and ethical failing.
Work to reduce federal spending across the board.
Focus on securing the long run sustainability of America's mandatory entitlement spending.
Expand the individual tax base.
Reduce tax rates for American small businesses and corporations. They are tax collectors, not tax payers.
Reduce both the capital gains tax and the estate tax.
Begin to lay the ground work for the move away from taxes on income and towards taxes on consumption like the Fair Tax.
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?
Response- Education is vital for the success of America. It is important for us to create community schools that will allow for the best education possible. We need to ensure that we get more federal tax dollars on the ground to the local and county education systems in block grants, rather than getting stuck in Washington. We need to empower local expertise that understands their communities to make decisions that are best for the communities than consistent Federal Government mandates. Our structure needs to change, especially the 'No Child Left Behind' because instead of teachers teaching to the basics, they teach to tests. While it is important for education and the system to be accountable, there clearly needs to be reform in the Education System.
7. What is your position on capital punishment?
I support capital punishment for those convicted of first degree, and multiple murders.
8. What is your position regarding LGBT rights and Don't Ask Don't Tell?
Response- Why change a policy that has been working in the military? The military is cohesive and Don't Ask Don't Tell should remain in effect because the policy has been effective. Second, marriage should be defined as that between a man and a woman. In addition there should not be federal laws giving distinctions of sexual orientation.
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?
Response - I am pro life, except in the case of rape, incest and life endangering the mother.
10. What changes, if any, do you support in federal entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans programs, etc.)
Response- Federal spending has grown relentlessly over the past 40 years, driven largely by the unsustainable rate of growth in our mandatory entitlement programs (Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare.
Federal mandatory entitlements today already comprise over 50 percent of all federal spending and involve projected future liabilities of some $60 trillion through the year 2050. These entitlements combined with the regular creation of new discretionary programs, and ever fewer Americans paying federal taxes, have resulted in decades of yearly federal budget deficits.
This years deficit is expected to reach over $1.5 trillion, anamount equal tototal federal spending in 1995. Our national debt ceiling has been raised twice this year by the Pelosi/Reid Congress from approximately $11 trillion to over $14 trillion.
In the aftermath of unprecedented federal spending designed to stimulate the economy in the wake of the bursting of the housing bubble, andstill more massive federal spending proposed for health carereformand cap & tradelegislationby the Obama administration,it should no longer be unclear to any concerned citizen: new leadership is needed in Congress in 2010.
Someone has to say "enough."
I have a plan that promises nothing but fiscal responsibility, a check against the unaffordable Liberal agendas, and competent and efficient government. It is a plan paved with discipline, which will enable the American free enterprise system to once again regain its inherent potential, unfettered by too much regulation and excessive federal spending.
No sensible national politician should be promising any new spending, programs, or earmarks at this point in our long and proud history. Not one additional dollar can be spent without borrowing it.
The federal safety net must remain in place for those of us who truly struggle to manage life in a complex and mature Republic, for those facing their advanced years alone, the loss of a job, tragedy, impairment, or other unexpected life events. However, given our federal governments fiscal outlook today, the safety net will have to be lowered and have fewer supporting elements.
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 current regulations, disconnect rating agencies from the banks, and do away with the concept of "to big to fail"
12. What's your take on the Obama Administration so far: Too aggressive? Too cautious? Or about right? (Choose one, please.)
Response- The Obama Administration is too aggressive in their policies and has been way out of touch with the American People. The very fabric of America First and our traditional ways of Constitutional Government are in jeopardy as many of his proposed policies have been Socialistic in nature. The changes that the Obama Administration and the Liberal Pelosi Congress have provided are out of touch with mainstream America and are many ways turning our nation into a weaker position.