U.S. Senate candidate: Matthew Dodrill (R)
Matthew has resided in Parkersburg, WV for his entire life. He graduated from PHS in 1997 and from WVUP in 2002 with studies in business. He joined his family’s real estate business in 2003. Given Matthew’s knowledge of the business world, he would be an excellent candidate for bringing a thriving job market to WV.
1. What changes in federal laws would you favor that would better protect people and our water resources from chemical spills?
Ultimately, putting the power of regulations back into the hands of the state. The people living and working in WV know best how to regulate the industries. This should be a matter the state and local governments handle, not the federal. The federal can guide states, but the real power of decision should lie with the people.
2. What steps should the federal government take to reduce the number of Americans living in poverty?
Better structured programs that do not enable people to continue to live in poverty but rather are the hand up to a brighter future. Eased restrictions on businesses, allowing them to hire more people for longer hours. Push hands on education for careers that are capable of supporting families.
3. In view of recent Supreme Court decisions, what steps do you think congress should take to protect the rights of all American voters?
Congress should unite and impeach the justices that do not uphold the constitution. The power to write laws was never meant to be in the hands of Supreme Court; that is the job of Congress. This misuse of the checks and balances system our government is meant to have puts us on a path to tyranny.
4. What is your position on the EPA and other regulation of the coal and natural gas industries?
The EPA in pure form, should protect people without suffocating industry. Unfortunately, we do not have the pure form EPA. We need regulations to keep from returning to the smog clouds of the Industrial Revolution, however it is overstretched. I believe the power for regulations should be in the hands of the people of the state, not some federal entity.
5. What is the most pressing foreign policy issue, and how would you address it?
The spreading thin of our military by being in interventions we have no business being in, disconcerts me. We send our loved ones to fight wars for other nations, many that do not even want us there. We need to stop sending soldiers to be injured and killed in places we do not have a formal declarations of war against.
6. How should the United States address future relations with Russia?
We need to look to the policies of the past, human nature rarely changes. We need to study how those that came before us diffused similar situations and attempt to follow suit.
7. What can the federal government do to improve educational achievement in West Virginia?
The best way the federal government can improve our education system is by getting out of it. Put the system back into the hands of our teachers and local politicians, and stop trying to force all our children into the government’s one-size-fits-all box of education.
8. What do you think of the Affordable Care Act, and what changes -- if any -- would you support?
This legislation has been an absolute trainwreck. From hiding its true nature to get it passed and bold faced lying to our citizens, this was unquestionably not the way to go about reforming healthcare. I am for the repeal of the ACA, opening interstate commerce to health insurances, and alternatives such as Direct Primary Care for cost aware health coverage.
9. What can the federal government do to improve workforce development in West Virginia?
Better allocation of resources to programs providing job training to students and displaced workers. Ease of restrictions on coal and industries in the state. Funding for infrastructure improvements in the state, such as roads and utilities.
10. Do you favor any changes in gun control requirements?
No, the proper enforcement of laws already in place would cover what is needed without restricting our 2nd Amendment rights.
11. What more should Congress do to battle the prescription drug crisis?
The drug war has placed more criminals in our jails than any other crime. This leads to an inordinate burden on taxpayers to fund the jails. By putting more focus on getting drug abusing people help with their abuse rather than just locking them up, we could better allocate the long-term monetary cost to our citizens by incarcerating less people.
12. Are there more steps Congress should take to reduce obesity?
While a possibly unhealthy right, the right to eat what you like, is still your right. Many of the foods our government has told us were unhealthy in the past have been proven to in fact be healthier than the substitutes. If we start down the path to a nanny-state government, where will it end?
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