U.S. House 2 candidate: Robert Lawrence Fluharty (R)
Robert Fluharty is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and WV Air National Guard. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Marshall University and a Graduate Certificate from American Military University. Lifetime resident of WV, he worked 12-years in the medical field and currently works as a licensed WV investigator corroborating the integrity of government employees.
1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?
Because water is the resource of life, potable water must be protected. The federal government’s responsibility is to advise and support the states in their duty to safeguard all resources. The regulations should come from the individual states, according to the constitution. I would support federal legislation to require visibility/publication of all chemicals used or introduced into the environment.
2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?
Quick fixes to poverty like increasing minimum wage limits are overcome by inflation and create a cyclical effect where the poor will never get ahead. The real fix is through reversing inflation by limiting the currency dump by the Federal Reserve to a point of stagflation. Audit the Federal Reserve and protect the value of the dollar.
3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?
Chief Justice John Roberts said, “Our country has changed, and while any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.” If elected I would support a new coverage formula that advances America further towards the point where the VRA in not needed.
4. What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?
The resources of a state should benefit that state first. The federal government regulations can be no more restrictive than those ratified at the state level, on domestic issues. Federal regulations should promote foreign sales of WV resources, which benefits all. America wins when West Virginia wins. The Federal EPA should have access to advise and publish not enforce.
5. What is the most pressing foreign policy issue, and how would you address it?
Immigration is a foreign policy issue. America needs to welcome diversity and culture onto its shores. Immigrants built this great country. A clear and logical path to citizenship must be created to promote growth. Light the path so they can see the correct way to become American. Additionally current laws must be enforced to deter illegal entry that benefits nobody.
6. How should the United States address future relations with Russia?
Ukraine has spent its entire democracy as a corrupt state. Though Russia's power grab of Crimea was a gross abuse and an act of war towards Ukraine, America's role is limited to sanctions at this point. The Russian people of Ukraine are desperate and happy to return to communism when democracy failed them. Confrontation will cost unnecessary lives if used.
7. What can the federal government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
Give control of WV's education back to the State and local level. Federal Dept. of Education programs have frustrated teachers, students, and parents. What good is a school board with tied hands to federal money and bureaucracy? Return the tax dollars and reins to the educators and families. Allowing parents to keep accountability local and allowing school choice promotes success.
8. What do you think of the Affordable Care Act, and what changes -- if any -- would you support?
Nobody should be denied healthcare, but forcing a program on the American people that's questionable under the Constitution is wrong. Government can do better by requiring clear billing and cost up front which allows for competitive pricing. Now that 7M people are signed up for the ACA it will be hard to repeal. Trade it for an overhauled Medicare program.
9. What can the federal government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
Promote the export of coal, oil, and gas from WV to other countries. This will create jobs. Additionally the federal government should support skilled labor jobs by shifting the financial aid from academia to trade schools. WV needs manufacturing and factories like DuPont, and the Toyota plant in Buffalo, WV. Work to return the great steel mills on the Ohio.
10. Do you favor any changes in gun control requirements?
No. The Second Amendment was written to give American's a last resort against those who would deprive them of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, be they foreign or domestic. We are all equal under the Second Amendment, which ensures protection of all rights under the Bill of Rights.
11. What more should Congress do to battle the prescription drug crisis?
In the absence of meaningful work and opportunity people will fill the void with poor choices. Creating job growth will turn this epidemic around. West Virginians need a light at the end of the tunnel. Additionally without causing issues to those in need of medicinal care, linking pharmacy databases could prevent patient drug abuse through overprescribing without limiting access.
12. Are there more steps Congress should take to reduce obesity?
Promoting physical activity in the youth can create life long good habits to staying fit. Also, informing the consumer of all food ingredients helps them make educated decisions. Ultimately, personal responsibility plays the major role in physical fitness. Unhealthy incentives like disability benefits for preventable conditions should be curbed and healthy lifestyles should be rewarded.
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