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By Pat Pratt ppratt@civitasmedia.com



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Over the past few weeks the Democrat has profiled each of the candidates facing opposition in the Aug. 5 primary. In this look at Republican candidates in the race for U.S. Representative District 4 we will discuss health care, energy and federal spending.


The candidates running for the GOP nod are incumbent Vicky Hartzler and John Webb. Libertarians Hershel Young and Randall Langkraehr will be featured in part two of this series, which will appear in Monday’s edition of the Democrat.


Vicky Hartzler


Incumbent Hartzler is a life-long farmer, small business owner, and public servant. She and her husband, Lowell Hartzler, own a company with three farm equipment stores. She was elected to public office in November 1994 as the State Representative from Missouri’s 124th District and served three terms in the Missouri legislature.


Hartzler is currently a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 4th Congressional District of the State of Missouri. She was elected in 2010.


Prior to her time in public service, she taught family and consumer sciences for 11 years in the Lebanon and Belton school districts.


The Democrat asked all the candidates for their position on three issues the nation is facing today, Federal spending, the Affordable Care Act and energy. Here are Hartzler’s responses.


Federal Spending


Do you believe the Federal Government is fiscally responsible at this time?


“We need to do more. Congress has spent less in the discretionary area of the budget for the past four years, which hasn’t happened since after the Korean War. But we have to do more. We need to reform all areas of government to make it more efficient, more respected and stop Washington from spending money it doesn’t have.”


Energy


What are the solutions to the country’s energy needs and what is your position on the President’s Climate Action Plan?


“I support an all of the above energy policy. There is a role for petroleum based energy as well as nuclear, solar and wind, but the vast majority of our energy will still need to come from coal.


“So I disagree with the President’s new regulations, which will prevent new coal powered plants from being built and will severely curtail our current coal power plants. This will raise the cost of electricity here in Missouri since 82 percent of our power comes from coal. So, I disagree with his policies and I’m fighting hard to get them reversed.”


The Affordable Care Act


What is your stance on the Affordable Healthcare Act?


“I think it needs to be repealed and replaced with a new law that will increase access for people who don’t have insurance and make health care more affordable.”


John Webb


A lifelong resident of Missouri, Webb grew up on the outskirts of Kansas City, near Raytown. While still in high school, he started working for the Kansas City Police Department and worked there for 12 years. Over the past 30 years, John started and ran several businesses in construction, sales, cellular and computers.


In his responses to the Democrat’s questions, Webb often referred to the enumerated powers, a list of items found in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution that set forth the authoritative capacity of Congress.


Federal Spending


Do you believe the Federal Government is fiscally responsible at this time?


“What I would like to do is take the enumerated powers — because the enumerated powers said that the federal government shall be limited to the enumerated powers in the Constitution because all the other powers are reserved for the states — bring the budget up, and ask one question. Is it an enumerated power?


“If it’s not an enumerate power, I believe it is illegal for the federal government to be involved in those activities, because they are supposed to be reserved for the state.”


Energy


What are the solutions to the country’s energy needs and what is your position on the President’s Climate Action Plan?


“I would like to see the EPA, all bureaucratic agencies, all judicial and all presidential, kept from making laws rules and regulation. According to the Constitution, the legislative branch is the only branch that can make laws. I feel like most of the regulation you’re speaking of (the President’s Action Plan) did not come from the legislature and is not appropriate and does not hold constructional authority.


“I think we need to drill baby drill. Coal, hydro, every possible source of energy should be explored and utilized.”


The Affordable Care Act


What is your stance on the Affordable Healthcare Act?


“It needs to be repealed in its entirety. For one thing, it’s not an enumerated power and that should be enough. But aside from that government adds costs and inefficiencies to everything it does. We should get government out of as many things as possible.”


 
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