Election Guide 2016: Gaylon Kent Q&A
Bio: My wife Marian and I live in Hayden. I am a writer and pay the bills supervising the front desk at a Steamboat timeshare. I was the Libertarian U.S. Senate nominee in 2014, and I am commander of American Legion Post 44 and District 14.
Q. What is your position on gun control? Are there any measures you would support to help reduce the incidence of gun violence in the U.S.?
A. I support our Second Amendment rights without qualification or restriction, the same as I support our First Amendment rights. I believe we have violent citizens because we have a violent government. If we were at peace, the amount of gun violence in our country would decrease significantly.
Q. It has been suggested that big money plays far too large a role in U.S. elections. Would you support comprehensive campaign finance reform? If so, what form would you like to see such reform take?
A. I do not support any form of campaign finance reform. We have elected leaders who are beholden to special interest’s money because we continue to elect them. When we stop doing this and start holding our leaders accountable this problem will end.
Q. What should the U.S. do differently to combat the rise in global terrorism and ensure that future attacks do not take place on American soil?
A. We must leave other nations alone. I believe our violent world is due in large part to a violent American government. We are not going to have a peaceful world until we have a peaceful America. The United States must give other nations the dignity of conducting their affairs without U.S. interference. The time has come to see the world produced by an America at peace.
Q. Do you support a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as has been attempted numerous times in the U.S. House of Representatives? If so, how would you propose replacing it, and if not, what changes might be made to improve the American health care system?
A. We should not waste any time repealing this. Doctors and health insurers must have the same access to the free market as other businesses. When this happens, costs will come down due to increased competition, and the Affordable Care Act will not be needed anymore. We allow the free market to provide food, clothing, shelter and video games, we should allow it to provide medical care, too.
Q. The jobless rate has fallen in the past eight years, but employment remains depressed, and while economic output seems to have rebounded since the Great Recession, household income continues to lag. What should be done at the federal level to spur employment and boost household income?
A. The best way to spur employment and household income is to have an economy anchored in low taxes and free markets. I support a flat tax of no more than 10 percent on individuals and, on the theory that businesses merely pass this cost on to consumers, eliminating the corporate income tax.
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