The Anchorage Daily News asked candidates in statewide elections their views on a variety of issues. We're posting their responses between now and Election Day. See each candidate's full list of answers by clicking on their mug shot in the right column.
Question: Name five large federal government programs you would eliminate within 10 years if you could.
(Candidate did not answer) Ted Gianoutsos
On ballot by petition as no-party candidate, registered as (founding member) Veterans Party of Alaska
Foreign aid (replace with loans)
Gas from corn (better to use corn as food)
Ongoing agency waste and fraud (good luck!)
1. The Department of Education. I went to school before it's existence. We were taught Mercantilism; if Americans understood Mercantilism most favorable trade for China, NAFTA, GAFTA and all the rest of the job exporting legislation would never have gotten to first base.
2. DEA prohibition never has worked and it never will in a free society.
3. FEMA is the scariest one what is this continuity of Government all about? Home Land Security and more?
1. TARP -- the remaining funds should be used to pay down the national debt.
2. Auto industry bailouts.
3. Wasteful farm subsidies that are paid to individuals who do not farm at all.
4. Tax loopholes and incentives for multi-national corporations outsourcing American jobs.
5. The ban on Medicare's ability to negotiate drug prices for America's seniors.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
With 640 duplicative federal programs and about 220 programs rated ineffective by the OMB, there is certainly a number of places to cut that would be relatively painless for most Alaskans.
1. The 2009 Stimulus law.
2. The 2010 Heath Care Reform law.
3. The National Drug Intelligence Center, as it is duplicative of other programs.
4. Suspend Federal land purchases
5. Since so many programs have so many backers in Congress, and are very difficult to eliminate, I would strongly support a 5 percent across-the-board cut in spending and mandatory caps on spending each year.
There are none that I would eliminate, but several that I would improve or dramatically change. For instance, we need to eliminate corruption in the Minerals Management Service exposed during the investigation into the Gulf Oil disaster. All programs should be scrutinized, redundancy and inefficiency.
1. Department of Energy.
2. Environmental Protection Agency.
3. The U.S. Institute of Peace
4. And all of the new offices, czars and commissions created under Obamacare.