U.S. Senate candidate: David B. Wamsley (D)
Born to poverty, I received a full scholarship to Wesleyan, taught school, and received a graduate assistantship in School Psychology at Miami University, Ohio. I’ve been a self-employed School Psychologist for 33 years; conducted 19,000+ psych educational evaluations and driven 2 million WV miles. I have invested in real estate, roofed houses, and I am a licensed Master plumber. Website: www.wamsleyforsenate.com.
1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?
All chemical and industrial sites should have an automatic emergency action plan, scheduled inspections based on specific industry standards, and a self-funded bond/insurance for coverage of liability. I also propose automated continuous water testing sensors integrated to a central databank and strict criminal penalties for violations.
2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?
Vocational Education for 40 percent of 8th grade and above students would provide marketable job skills. Free healthcare would resolve a number of physical and mental health issues, providing a more eager and able workforce. Let's stop wasting money in foreign countries. We need to incentivize companies to bring jobs back to America.
3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think Congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?
The U.S. Congress must pass legislation to address the unbalanced impact of Citizens United and Speech now Supreme Court decisions. In addition, no American should be at risk of losing the right to vote because they reside in a state using voter ID laws to interfere with select groups of citizens.
4. What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?
We have extensive natural resources, including coal and gas. The private sector can be counted on to extract the resources, resulting in good paying jobs. The EPA acts as a monitor to ensure that extraction is done without harm to the environment. My role would be to ensure that the EPA does not act in an unfair and heavy-handed manner.
5. What is the most pressing foreign policy issue, and how would you address it?
The immediate pressing issue is Russia's attempt to annex parts of Ukraine. I would recommend that the United Nations insist on supervising free and open elections throughout Ukraine to determine each region’s decision to become part of greater Russia or stay with Ukraine. We must also address a number of global concerns, including China's economic and military influence.
6. How should the United States address future relations with Russia?
The United States should continue to use diplomatic influence to develop a coalition with the countries of Western and Central Europe to apply economic pressure on Russia to not become increasingly aggressive toward Central European countries, such as Latvia, Estonia, Romania, and others who were part of the former Soviet Union. However, it's important to be cautious and not overreact.
7. What can the federal government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
I would work to eliminate the U. S, Department of Education, and I am completely opposed to Common Core. I oppose unproven pseudoscientific fads including No Child Left Behind, “modern” math, and other ill-conceived attempts to replace basic reading, spelling and writing. Beginning in eighth grade, 40 percent of students need vocational education in the basic trades and professions.
8. What do you think of the Affordable Care Act, and what changes -- if any -- would you support?
The ACA in part prompted me enter politics, and I support replacing it with Free Healthcare for all. Different than socialized medicine, costs could be averaged regionally to reimburse private healthcare providers. The plan could be supported by charging .50 per $100 for all stocks and security transactions and real estate transactions, excluding one’s home and a second home.
9. What can the federal government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
Vocational training for 40% of students would be a start. We need funding for high school and vocational-technical centers, including community colleges. Universities need support to broaden the spectrum of educational opportunities for jobs that already exist in our state. Often overlooked is support for much needed private or government treatment centers for substance abusers throughout West Virginia.
10. Do you favor any changes in gun control requirements?
My Dad's first love was hunting and fishing. It is my position that issues, such as gun violence, are often directly traced to substance-abuse and mental illness. I favor a Free Healthcare system that would greatly increase mental health services and treatment for substance abusers. I favor background checks for anyone purchasing a new gun.
11. What more should Congress do to battle the prescription drug crisis?
We need an open dialogue about the chemical composition of medications and their impact on the average person. Surely medications can be developed to help patients without putting them at risk for lifelong addiction. More prisons and laws punishing abusers won't solve the problem. Addiction causes a biochemical change in the body. It is not a moral issue.
12. Are there more steps Congress should take to reduce obesity?
Consumers, through the marketplace, need to demand better and more nutritious foods from the food industry. Although Congress can take responsibility for product labeling and for educating our citizens on proper nutrition, I don't think it's appropriate to become intrusive and force people to give up their freedom of choice on what to eat and drink.
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