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Debra Plowman

Debra D. Plowman

Party affiliation: R
Residence: Hampden

On the Issues

How would you balance the federal budget/reduce the federal deficit?

I believe we must return Congress’ mission to that first defined in our Constitution. Earmarks must be a thing of the past. Amendments to legislation must be germane to the legislation. Stimulus packages and bailouts have been incredibly costly to our taxpayers with the results getting mixed reviews at best and the returns to taxpayers questionable. Congress must be made to pass a balanced budget.

What steps do you support to reform Social Security and Medicare?

Social Security and Medicare have become integral to the well-being of our citizens who are currently beneficiaries. Congress must, in a bipartisan manner, come together to deal with the ever growing deficit in the program. A serious examination of benefits, eligibility and funding must be done with a shared vision that will be put forth in a unified proposal that will earn the support of Congress and be acceptable based on that great level of support. This can no longer be an issue that divides the Congress or the Nation. The complete failure of these programs due to an inability to reach an agreement is simply unacceptable.

Would you sign a pledge to never raise federal taxes? Why or why not?

Congress has shown that it will continue to spend freely without recognizing that unborn generations of Americans are now indebted with today’s spending. A Balanced Budget Amendment would go along way towards forcing Congress to make hard decisions that may not be popular but must be accomplished.

How should health care be reformed?

Obamacare should be repealed. I believe the Act is unconstitutional. Health insurance policies should be tailored to the needs of the consumer. For instance, I as a 52 year old woman do not need maternity care. Consumers should be required to participate in the procurement of procedures and medications in order to keep costs down. Tort reform for malpractice and class action lawsuits should be explored with an eye towards making persons whole but restricting non-economic damages. Monies spent on health insurance and healthcare should be tax deductible or result in tax credits.

Do you support a woman’s right to an abortion?

I believe an abortion is the killing of an innocent child. Life begins at conception. I believe that women deserve better than abortion.

In Congress, would you support DOMA or legislation to allow civil unions or gay marriage?

I would support DOMA

Should the federal government have a role in K-12 education?

Very little. Local control in education provides much better results and the monies are spent on children versus bureaucrats and doubtful programs. The Dept of Education should be dissolved. Data collection and maintaining the portability of education from State to State should still be maintained by a federal office but there is no need for a Department.

What are the benefits of school choice? Vouchers? Should they be available for private and religious schools?

I believe school choice offers children with different needs, learning styles, gifts and interests the ability to reach their greatest potential. Vouchers level the playing field for children who are not wealthy to be able to access a school that will help them reach their greatest potential. At the very least, tax credits should be extended for tuition at a private school, just as we do for our children in college, whether state, private or religious. Yes, vouchers should be available to private or religious schools.

Do you believe climate change is happening? Do humans contribute to it? What should Congress do to address the problem?

I believe that our climate changes are cyclical in nature first and that there is certainly a human/animal contribution as well.

What should the country’s energy policy look like?

First, our energy policy should not be based on subsidies to shore up energy sources that cannot sustain themselves. In fact, the energy actually used to produce “sustainable” energy sources such as solar panels, windmills, etc. should be factored into whether the end product “saves” energy. Our country’s manufacturing base and source of electricity was originally powered by hydro – a clean, renewable, inexpensive source that made our country the leader in manufacturing. States and indeed other countries who still rely on this source of power enjoy cheap energy, stronger economies and less pollution.