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Brad Jones 

U.S. Senate

Name on Ballot: Brad Jones

Legal Name: Bradford W. Jones

Born: July 1944

Address: P.O. Box 181 Lake Toxaway, NC 28747


Employer: Self-employed

Occupation: Residential and Industrial Custom Electronics Engineer

Phone: (828) 692-8157


1. Most important issues facing North Carolina and the nation (other

than terrorist attacks) are Unemployment and Illegal Aliens. To correct

Unemployment, we must reduce the tax and regulation burdens currently on

business. Also, matters such as government mandated "Cap and Trade" and

"Government Run Health Care" need to be done away with so as to assure

business that there will be no "surprises" tomorrow. That's why businesses

are not hiring today . . . they fear what this current government will do to

them tomorrow. The illegal alien issue is currentlyripe for resolution.

Due to our failed economy, the illegal aliens are headed back to their

homelands in massive numbers. So, now's the time to close our borders, by

fences and otherwise, to ensure the illegals can't return when we get our

economy back on track. At that time, our legal citizens can perform the jobs

formerly held by the illegals.

2. I have no prior service in elected office, but I am active in a

variety of community service functions. I see no connection between

charitable/community service and performance in elected office. The former

is done for humanitarian reasons and the latter is a job.

3. My philosophy has been Conservative for my entire life. That means

living totally debt-free, independent of government or any other assistance,

and believing that everyone else should enjoy the same opportunities as I

and the same freedom to excel.

4. I will always take a stand against the killing of a baby in the name

of "pro-choice" or "incest" or "rape." If it is undeniably proven by medical

doctors that the life of the mother and/or baby will be lost due to the

pregnancy, then I would leave it to the mother to decide what to do.

Otherwise, adoption should be the route taken.

5.a. What we learned in both Korea and Vietnam should have been our guiding

force in Iraq and Afghanistan. If our current elected officials in Washington knew

anything about the history of warfare, Iraq and Afghanistan would be distant

memories. Those of us who have actually fought in wars since World War II

recognize the folly of our elected officials; especiallyfrom the early 1960s to

date. These naive people need to be replaced. Anyway, that's water under the

bridge. Since we haven't firmly brought these matters to an end, we must remain

in the Middle East for some years to come so as to contain those that would

prefer to come to our shores to kill innocents.

5.b. See 5.a. The terrorists must be confined there and not allowed to

reach our shores.

5.c. We have the best health care in the world. Unfortunately, our federal

government's interference has made it the most expensive. Inept government

intervention has resulted in high costs for low services. The government has

no place in health care and needs to get out of it once and for all. We need to

have the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines, just as we do

auto insurance. The legal system needs to be modified. Actual damage awards

should still be fully covered, but punitive damages need to be capped.

5.d. The primary source of our economic problems was originally Congress.

Now, it is Congress and the current Administration. Only a fool thinks he

can spend his way out of debt. The longer they continue this foolishness,

the more difficult it will be to undo their debacle. Due to their naive approach,

there is insufficient income because of high unemployment and high taxes.

It's apparent they want us to fail and they are doing all they can toward that

end.The federal government needs to step aside and allow the private

sector to do what it has always done so well; grow and prosper.

5.e. The stimulus and bailouts were abject failures. No business is "too

large to fail" and that mantra was really just an excuse for a "slush fund"

for the Democrat's cronies. Most of the stimulus and bailout money has not

been spent. It's all just sitting there waiting to buy votes needed for the

next scheme. The only job growth has been in government. These plans

never should have been implemented in a free, capitalist country andI

would never, ever, vote in favor of them, then or now.

5.f. Education is the business of local communities. Therefore, all

questions regarding public education need to be addressedto the local

school board members. I am running for the office of U.S. Senator. If I

attain that office I will be in the front-line of those who vote to abolish

the federal Department of Education. Total control of education needs to be

returned to the states. The federal government is too incompetent for

something as important as education.

6. Missing from the questionnaire (skipped).

7. Totally support capital punishment.

8. As a military veteran, at the very least "Don't Ask Don't Tell" must be retained.

9. I only support abortion in those cases where two or more licensed

medical doctors have verified that the life of the woman and/or the baby is

in imminent peril specifically because ofher pregnancy. At that point,

killingher baby will be the final decision of the mother.

10. Regarding Social Security and Medicare, everyone who works is forced to

pay into the program (i.e., it's a work tax). In the case of the military,

it's something owed to those who have defended our country. So, we have an

obligation to do all we can to uphold the promises made for these programs.

Right now $2.5 TRILLION is owed to Social security by the Federal

Government. If thecareer politicians had kept their hands off it, Social

Security and Medicare would be solvent. This needs to be turned around in

order to fulfill the promises made to those who were forced to pay these taxes

just to work. Medicaid? It's broke and Doctors refuse to participate. More and

more are beginning to refuse Medicare, too, because the reimbursement rate

continues to drop. This is just a preview at what the future holds in store after

the "Obamacare" vote!

11. Congress (Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, et al) caused the banking collapse with their inane lending legislation. Now, Dodd is the Chair of the committee to fix the problems.

The fox has been allowed into the chicken coop. We need competent people working

on such matters, not career politicians who have never held a job or run a company.

12. The Obama Administration has rapidly lived down to the level where everythinking American knew it would.


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