Jason Ward Q&A

2012-05-06T00:00:00Z 2012-05-07T07:10:12Z Jason Ward Q&AGazette State Bureau The Billings Gazette
May 06, 2012 12:00 am  • 

Party: Democratic

Age and birthplace: 34, Crow Agency

Occupation: Farmer, construction manager for Crow Indian Tribe

Where he’s from: Lives in Hardin; grew up in Martinsdale and Wyola.

Highest education degree: High school diploma, Tongue River High School, Dayton, Wyo., 1996

Political experience: None

Campaign website: www.jasonward2012.com

Do you support a single-payer health care system, instead of ‘ObamaCare?’ Why or why not?

“No, I think it is crazy to think about a government-run health care system until the government shows it can do it without destroying the quality of health care available — specifically, making the quality of health care at the Veterans Administration and Indian Health Service equal or better than the care available at Billings Clinic.”

Do you support construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline from Alberta to Oklahoma? Why or why not?

“I support the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline not only because of the jobs it would create and the boost to the economy it would provide, but also to prevent the catastrophic environmental damage that would result from not building the pipeline. Here in America, we have the technology and the will to process tar sand oil in an environmentally responsible way. If we don’t build the XL pipeline, the oil will go to China, where they have neither the technology or the will to protect the environment. Pollution is not only an American problem. It is a global problem and we must think of the global ramifications.”

Is the growing disparity between rich and poor in America a problem? If so, what should Congress to do address it?

“The answer is not to make the rich poorer, but to make the poor richer. We need to rebuild the middle class. The way to do that is through fair-trade policies. If our businesses were allowed to play by the same set of rules as foreign businesses, we would once again be the industrial capital of the world. We would have a robust middle class and a roaring economy.”

Should we increase federal taxes to help balance the budget? If so, on whom or what?

“We should increase taxes only on imports. We also need to simplify the tax code and get rid of all loopholes. It is outrageous that corporations that make multibillion-dollar profits pay zero taxes. Meanwhile, the average worker has to pay a week’s wages just to have someone prepare their taxes.”

What is one step that Congress can take, and that you would support, to create more and better jobs in America?

“Fair trade!”

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