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US Representative, Congressional District 27

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  • James Duerr
    (I)

  • Daniel Tinus
    (L)

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What do you consider the most critical issue Texas will face over the next five years? If elected, how would you approach this issue?

School finance in Texas has generated lots of talk but little legislation in recent years. What is your philosophy on the future of public school funding?

Do you believe America has a problem with gun violence? If so, how do you plan tackle it?

Congress and the President want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and have taken steps to dismantle it. What role should the government have when it comes to health insurance?

Texas adds about a thousand people a day. This rapid growth has caused several problems. What are the top three issues the government should address because of this growth?

As a Texan, what do you believe is missing from the conversation about immigration and border security? How would your beliefs influence your approach to those policies?

Describe a unique experience from your childhood that shaped who you are today.

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Age 58
Education Natural Science Engineering design education
Campaign Phone 979 245 9138
Website dtinusforcongress.com
website dtinusforcongress.com
contact dtinusforcongress@gmail.com
The single greatest issue the state of Texas and her citizens face is the expansion and overreach of the Federal Government outside of Constitutional limits. My priority is the restoration of the rule of law and a return to a Constitutional Republic over a government of men and party's. Without this we are at the whims of whoever is currently in power and no longer a self determined people or state. We as Texans should be no more concerned with the Supreme Court or who is president than who wins Dancing with the Stars. Congress abdicated all Constitutional authority to lobbyist and bureaucrats so no longer read much less write laws, declare war or set monetary policy. Our representatives work for the party they did before election so fund raise and campaign is the main goal. This is why we still have a ballooning debt Obamacare, and are still have troops around the world like it's WWII. Return our government to it's Constitution role and most will solve itself.
I am a High School teacher for the last 18 years and though this is a state issue the federal government is mandating rules our state must pay for. I don't see a need for the Dept. of Education on the federal level and will seek to diminish it's size and influence until it can be done away with all together. I can't name a single educator or administrator who would disagree with this and it would go a long way towards returning our sovereignty as a state. I am for school choice as well and the parent should be in charge of how their children are educated and how those dollars are spent.
Statics show we actually have less gun violence then in the past but still improvements can be made to insure our safety. Recent events such as Parkland Florida clearly demonstrate how our law enforcement is charged with doing way more than protecting us from others so have little time to do their main job. Endless chances to stop this shooting were ignored while in the same county a 90+ year old veteran is being harassed for feeding homeless people. Governments #1 mission is to protect us from those who would interfere with our rights, not from ourselves. We have endless laws that are ignored on the books now. How will more laws help? We need to remove pointless laws designed to generate revenue and considerate on protection over compliance of laws that harm no one.
The role of government in health care is to insure people buying heath care are getting what they pay for. Right now cost have skyrocketed for health care as the law favors only large companies that can comply with the regulations written by those same companies. As with the cost of education,the banking industry and much else the government picks winners and losers and doesn't read much less write that laws they rubber stamp. The ACA was designed to fail to force "universal care". The answer is to get the government out of the health care industry beyond consumer protection and allow competition to flourish. That goes for drug cost as well. We should be able to buy what we want from who we want without force. Cost would go down and quality of care would go up as companies are forced to compete for our dollars rather than be entitled to them by law.
Growth puts temporary stress on our schools and other institutions/ infrastructure. Texas is growing at a time when our population is aging and not being replaced at a rate necessary to maintain a tax base required to fund what we have. Most other states would not call this a "problem" and on a national level the opposite is true. Medicare is not self supporting and Social Security will be in the red by 2030 making cuts to benefits up to 25% mandatory. Both of these equal 2/3rd of all federal spending. The major reason for this is the fact that we have way fewer workers. Now to your question. #1 Education based on real life skills and responsible citizenship. #2 Decrease taxes and governments role in industry to allow for the expansion of jobs, exports and private investment in infrastructure. #3 Move towards the incremental privatization of Medicare and Social Security through a voucher system and private individually controlled retirement accounts. This will increase quality of life.
As stated above we need good quality people who are willing to work and love liberty. From farmers to engineers we benefit from responsible immigration. Our current system actually encourages the opposite making it hard for honest people to immigrate and encourage those who want to get a free ride or do us harm a pass. If we eliminate the incentive for people coming in to become dependent or profit from our drug prohibition policies we would have a very small immigration problem. I teach children with very limited English right out of Mexico and Central America and have very little problems. Many are top students and want to be engineers, welders and plant workers. After 18 years I can tell you many do just that. The problem once again is our "solution" is the problem.
I was born in Baltimore Maryland in 1960. I witnessed a lot of history from the civil rights issues to the rise of technology. However I would say the greatest event that shaped my life happened 40 years ago this November, the same month of the election. While a senior in High School I was on my own and homeless. I supported myself sleeping where I could and though I didn't do well in school I did graduate. A week after graduation I fled the city by the only means available to me. I rode a bicycle to Tampa FL. about 1700 miles alone. There all I owned was stolen and I lived in a park. One Saturday I watched families playing while dogs chased each other feeling sorry for myself. About then a 3 legged scruffy dogs limped from a trailer park. I related to that dog as an outcast loner. To my surprise the dogs began playing with the other dogs and they let him join in. it was that moment I realized I made the choice of being a victim or a help to others. We are not who we are portrayed as.