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US Representative, District 4

2-year term. Must be 25 years or older, a US citizen, and a resident of Texas. Responsible for representing the citizens of the district in which he/she is elected in the US House of Representatives.
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    Ken Ashby (L) retired teacher and engineer

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Immigration: What changes, if any, would you propose to the current immigration policy for (1) current undocumented residents, and (2) the over 4 million people on the waiting list to get a visa to enter the country? Why?

Foreign Intervention: Under what circumstances should the US intervene militarily in a foreign conflict?

Economy: What federal policies do you support to maintain a healthy economy and enable the public to improve their economic positions?

Representation: What steps would you take to ensure that you represent all of your constituents? Do you participate in town hall meetings?

Healthcare: What legislation would you support, if any, to ensure comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all Americans?

Other Issues: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing in the next session of Congress, and what is your position on these issues?

Education BA, Sociology, Honors Program, University of Kentucky, 1975; BA, Education, Math & Coaching, Eastern Kentucky University, 1977; BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 1984.
Experience I am not a career politician. I grew up on a farm and have worked as a high school teacher and coach, a college math instructor, and an engineer in a high-tech corporation. I now help non-profits and small businesses serving the running community.
Campaign Phone (214) 340-5091
Immigration has been chaotic for decades with restrictive laws that cannot be enforced. Republicans want to keep out and deport as many immigrants as they can. Democrats want to put them on welfare and to protect criminals and terrorists with sanctuary. Their compromises favor those here illegally over those waiting lawfully to get in.

Why not have a system that legalizes those who are contributing to America, but keeps out the bad guys and prohibits welfare? Let each get in line and make his case. It will take Libertarians to do this, because Republicans and Democrats have shown themselves incapable.
Both Republicans and Democrats continue to wage a Middle East war that has gone on for 15 years with no end in sight, costing America thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. Those countries don't appreciate what we are trying to do for them. What is the point of fighting wars on the opposite side of the world if we cannot win?

I oppose the use of combat forces abroad, unless we are attacked. The U.S. should keep out of other countries' conflicts. Intervening makes America more enemies and less secure. Cut off foreign aid to nations supporting terrorism. It will take Libertarians to do this, because Republicans and Democrats have shown themselves incapable.
For a decade, the U.S. economy has grown at a rate of two percent, not much faster than the population. We have fallen behind other countries which have lower taxes and fewer regulations on business. We go deeper in debt to import $3 trillion of goods and services each year, while 90 million working-age Americans lack jobs.

Socialist control of business by government hasn't worked. It takes free markets to grow an economy. Repeal regulations which do not protect people's rights. Scrap the 10,000-page tax code and replace it with a simple, flat tax. It will take Libertarians to do this, because Republicans and Democrats have shown themselves incapable.
The first step in just representation is for the Representative and his constituents to understand the duties of Congress as detailed in Article I of the Constitution. There are 18 specific powers granted to Congress. All else is reserved to the states or to the people. Do not expect Congress to legislate matters outside its jurisdiction.

It is impossible for a Congressman to communicate individually with all 750,000 people in his district. However, I expect to meet with all interested groups, including town halls, and to maintain office staff sufficient to address any individual concerns and inquiries.
Health care is not the job of government. Socialist monopolies do nothing efficiently. Medicare and Medicaid are running deficits and going bankrupt. Obamacare has forced up insurance costs. Medical bills keep rising because government and insurance companies are never as careful spending money as people spending it themselves.

Affordable care requires personal responsibility, market competition and consumer choice. Needed reforms include health savings accounts and competition across states. It will take Libertarians to do this, because Republicans and Democrats have shown themselves incapable.
The most pressing issue is the continuing budget deficit and a $20 trillion debt run up under Bush and Obama. Congress must prioritize spending and limit it to the level of revenues. Quit borrowing and drowning our children in debt. Stop using the Federal Reserve to buy debt by inflating our money. It will take Libertarians to do this, because Republicans and Democrats have shown themselves incapable.