Candidate Jim Buhrmaster (Republican, Conservative)


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1. A July Gallup poll showed only a 14% approval rating for Congress. Why is that? What would you do to improve the public's perception of Congress?

Congress is broken. Regardless of which party is in the majority, Congress has a record of producing bitter partisan gridlock instead of results, and all of us are worse off because of it. We all pay taxes and expect results from our government. Right now, we’re doing more than our part by paying the taxes, but Congress has been pretty weak on the results side on a number of very significant issues. I will bring decades of real-world business experience to Washington, and fight for long-term solutions to our greatest challenges.

2. If elected to congress, what measures, if any, would you take to help the growing segment of people who are struggling to keep up with the rapidly rising food, fuel, and healthcare costs that have not been matched by rising wages?

Candidate Jim Buhrmaster
Candidate Jim Buhrmaster

One of the first things we need to do is adopt a long-term energy plan that reduces our reliance on foreign oil, protects the environment, and doesn’t draw from food sources. One only has to look to the push for ethanol – which has obviously not reduced gas prices, but clearly resulted in increased food prices – to find an example of Washington’s lack of foresight on energy. We must also make reforms that take federal spending off autopilot so we can institute broad-based tax cuts to struggling individuals, families and small businesses. In the business world, and in everyday life, we all have to prioritize our budgets and watch our spending. The government doesn’t ever seem to do that.

3. What Social Issues, if any, would you champion while in congress?

The flight of both young people and the elderly from upstate New York because of the poor tax and business climate is a growing problem. My family, friends, and employees live here, and I want them to stay and enjoy prosperous lives and happy retirements. We also need to ensure the safety of our citizens from violent criminals and the ongoing threat of terrorism. I would also seek a sensible strategy to reduce greenhouse gasses, one that can mitigate the affects of global warming without stifling the economy and putting people out of work.

4. What do you see as the greatest challenge facing America today and in the coming years, what would you do about it so that we are prepared?

The Energy Crisis will be our greatest challenge, but not because it had to be. The decades of doing nothing in Congress to address this issue are finally catching up to us, and in a big way. I recently became the first, and remain the only, candidate to announce a comprehensive energy plan. In short: Republicans need to get on board with alternative energies; Democrats need to accept the fact that we must increase domestic oil exploration and production; and all Americans need to do more to conserve energy.

5. Why should the people of the 21st district choose you over all others??

I am not a career politician or an aide to career politicians; I am a businessman with a long history of involvement in the community. I know how hard it is to make it in upstate New York, and I know that more taxes will only make that challenge more difficult. That’s why I signed a pledge to not raise income taxes. On the other side of the aisle, there are a number of candidates who are instead pushing agendas that will raise taxes. During times like this, we need to make it easier for small businesses and working families to make ends meet, not more difficult.

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