Part 2: Meet Jorge Bonilla, Candidate for Congress in FL – 9
We pick up our interview with Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, Jorge Bonilla, with his thoughts and views on domestic policy...
Part 2: Domestic Policy
BB: Barack Obama recently claimed the republicans in the Congress are being distracted by "phony scandals". When asked about it the White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney, stated Benghazi and the IRS are "phony scandals". Do you think any of the administration's scandals being investigated are "phony" and not to be taken seriously?
JB: The "phony scandal" narrative has been aided and abetted by a willing media. One only need to ask what coverage would look like if any of these scandals had transpired during the Bush administration. I doubt any of the current outcomes would be the same.
BB: I already asked you about Benghazi (in Part 1), but your thoughts on these as well:
a. The Holder DOJ's and ATF's "Fast and Furious" gunwalking program
JB: The First Scandal. I am shocked that no one has yet gone to jail over this. The blood of Agent Brian Terry cries out for justice.
b. The DOJ spying on the AP and other journalists/reporters
JB: Chilling supression of freedom of the press and the First Amendment.
c. The NSA's metadata program involving massive gathering and storing of various communication data of Americans
JB: An unprecented and unconstitutional violation of our privacy in the name of national security.
BB: Do you think we need more gun control laws in the country?
BB: Do you think ObamaCare is bad for the country, and what do you think should be done with the law?
JB: ObamaCare is a poorly-written piece of legislation that is already destroying jobs and wrecking our economy, and should be resisted at every possible opportunity and by every means available- until full repeal is available as an option.
BB: a. We hear month-to-month that the economy is getting better, but American workers are having their full time jobs cut to part time and having to take 2 or 3 part time jobs just to try to make ends meet in their personal budgets. During this administration "average annual growth in real GDP has been only 1.075 percent" (http://cnsnews.com/news/article/1-average-annual-economic-growth-under-obama ). Do you believe Mr. Obama's economic policies are working, or are Americans being conditioned to accept these changes as our "new normal"?
JB: Mr. Obama's economic policies are failing miserably, and as a result, Americans are being conditioned to "the new normal". Recall all the "funemployment" articles that were written in 2009-2010, and Nancy Pelosi's recent statements to the effect that the decline of the 40-hour workweek is great because now people will be free to find their true passion.
b. Recently Mr. Obama scoffed at and downplayed the possible Keystone pipeline's effect on jobs. Are you aware of the last few years of job and economic growth and development on many levels in North Dakota in response to that state's oil industry, and do you agree with Mr. Obama that the Keystone pipeline would only result in an insignificant number of jobs?
JB: The president is way off base here, and his ideological rigidity is in clear display. If 312,000 people are dropping out of the workforce over the course of a month (BLS 8/13), then no amount of jobs created is "insignificant". It's time top stop playing politics with our job creation and with our energy independence.
c. What are your ideas on domestic energy policy? Should we be drilling more on our soil? Fracking? shale? More clean coal? Building more refineries?
JB: All of the above and then some. Oil, gas, coal, nuclear...and ease the regulatory burden on our refining capabilities.
BB: Do you think the EPA has too much power in the country, and hinders our rights and the country's economic growth?
JB: The EPA is out of control, infringes on our individual rights and places an excessive regulatory burden on our businesses and job creators. This agency is, quite frankly, the poster child for our unhinged administrative state.
BB: Your thoughts on "global warming"/"climate change"? Should our government be telling us what light bulbs and toilets to use, cars to buy/drive, signing onto any domestic or United Nation 'carbon'-related "taxes"?
JB: No one doubts that there are cycles in which the planet cools and warms. However, I have no basis to determine that any of these changes are man-made, and so I wouldn't support any of the climate bills making their way through Congress- nor would I allow any U.N. erosion of our national sovereignty under these pretenses. Furthermore, government should not be telling us what toilets or lightbulbs to install or cars to drive. Surely there are better uses for our time.
BB: Your views on abortion? Do you believe Planned Parenthood should be defunded? Should there be a banning on when a "fetus"/baby can be aborted, or should abortion not be regulated and should be free and on demand at anytime during a pregnancy, even in "born alive" situations? Do you think individual states have a right to make their own laws on abortion?
JB: I am staunchly pro-life, and do not believe that federal tax dollars should go to Planned Parenthood- period. I support -and would have voted for- the 20-week ban which recently came before the House, and personally believe no pregnancy should be terminated except that the life of the mother be in grave danger, and then only by a licensed physician. Furthermore, I am in full support of Born Alive legislation. Roe v. Wade recognized that these issues would eventually become before the states as medical technology catches up to the law.
Tomorrow - Part 3: The U.S. Border
FOOTNOTE: I will be emailing Jorge Bonilla the link(s) to this 3 part interview. If you have further questions for him please feel free to ask in comments and perhaps he will look in for feedback on the interview posts and answer them.