After 40 long years in office, Congressman George Miller (D-Martinez) has announced that he will retire from his California 11th Congressional seat at the end of the 2014 legislative session. Miller’s district includes much of Contra Costa County. So what are the best 10 questions for candidates should residents of Miller’s district ask? Let’s try a few tough questions. I encourage others to submit their own questions as comments or standalone posts of your own:
10 questions for candidates
(1) Do you support the existence of the State of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East?
(2) Do you think President Obama was correct a few years who when he made the Israeli prime minister leave the White House by a side door instead of the usual North Portico exit, where the members of the press were waiting?
(3) Is it time to repeal the Davis-Bacon Act. which requires the use of union labor of federal construction projects? Union labor can cost 20 percent to 50 percent more. Why get 50 miles of freeway when citizens can get 100 miles of freeway?
(4) Would you be willing to threaten Iran militarily if that country were proved to be developing nuclear weapons.
(5) Do you believe that radical Islam is trying to destroy the United States?
(6) Did you — or do you still — believe President Obama when he said that under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) that an American can keep his doctor if he likes his doctor or keep his health insurance plan if he likes his health insurance plan?
(7) Do you favor pushing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour at a time when California’s unemployment rate is 8.5 percent while the national rate is 6.7 percent? Only four states — Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, and Rhode Island — have a higher unemployment rate than California.
(8) Do you favor building the Keystone KL pipeline to bring Canadian oil to refineries in the American South?
(9) Do you believe that America’s corporate income tax, now the highest in the industrialized world, should be lowered or eliminated?
(10) How would you have voted on Congressman George Miller’s Employee Free Choice Act — also know as Card Check? Card Check would have denied workers, in a unionization election, to have a secret ballot. Miller’s bill passed the House of Representatives but did not pass the Senate.
Can you answer these questions truthfully, Mr. Candidate or Ms. Candidate?