Q&A

You have questions for me… I will answer them.

Use the contact form to ask.  Here are some questions and their answers:


question: How do you feel about health care in America? Is access to health care a reasonable expectation for the U.S. population? How would you seek to redress inequities in the present system?
answer: This is a tough call. I do, in fact think that we should ensure proper health care for all citizens and emergency health care for all visitors. I have a serious problem though with how it is being done now. First, I question whether this is even the proper job of the government or if a series of non-government organizations or even State governments might be better suited. Second, the Federal Government lacks the right to even try, thanks to the Tenth Amendment to the US Constitution. Third, I cannot see any way to pay for this without it becoming a major tax burden and/or leading us further into debt.

So in short, I like the idea of universal health care, but the US Government should not be allowed until there is a Constitutional mandate and sufficient funding made available.


question: Your view on Atheism and the Separation of Church & State?
answer: Freedom of Religion,in order to be complete, must, by necessity, include Freedom From Religion. Believe what you like… or not. This is not the government’s concern.


question: What’s the meaning of life?
answer: We all know that the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42. I know where my towel is.


question: Your view on the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling?
answer: As I do not believe corporations are people, but rather artificial entities, they do not have the same rights people have. The people behind a corporation may make whatever contributions they like, as a part of their Freedom of Speech. The corporation has financial and influential power above and beyond an individual citizen and wielding such power makes it more powerful than an individual. Allowing a corporation to influence elections disenfranchises the common citizen en masse and is wrong. Thus, I believe the decision to allow electioneering by corporations was wrong and should be overturned.


question: Your view on regulation of corporations with regard to labor laws and the environment?
answer: “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.” — Thomas Jefferson

In that concept, we need to properly restrain people and groups from unnecessary damage to the environment and to people. The method of doing so needs to be clear, simple, effective and without placing unnecessary restrictions on individuals. I do not believe corporations should be treated as people, but as the artificial entities they are, with the people running them held responsible for any damage they cause.


question: How would you go about putting teeth back into existing laws regarding restraining orders, repeat sexual offenders, repeat domestic abuse perpetrators, child abuse etc. since the expected economic rebound isn’t as fulsome as predicted and therefore towns across NH are cutting back on necessary Social Workers, Police, Fire and Hospital personnel?
answer: Those are state issues which I would have little say over as a US Representative.

That said, I DO support tough penalties on crimes. We also need to ensure that these crimes are never repeated. With an reduction/end of victim-less crimes, more resources can be directed towards real crimes like the ones you mention and toward both appropriate incarceration and rehabilitation and re-integration programs.


question: “To promote both my skills and efficiency by creating a results- and team-oriented environment which produces an important and useful product to my customers.” Sounds great for a for-profit computer business, but government isn’t run like that – it MUST create an acceptable % of legitimate profit, so it can fund necessary public services. My question is: What is the “product” to which you refer?
answer: The resume is for business, not politics. This website covers both, as it is my own and not solely dedicated to one or another. I like to think of myself as a fairly well-rounded person. The product is whatever my employer is making/selling. Politics is a different thing entirely.


question: If I want to work 90 hours a week in a knife-sharpening factory, should I be allowed to?
answer: Why not? If it is your choice, you should be able to choose to do what you want, so long as it does not infringe on the rights of others to do the same.


question: Should companies be required by the government to maintain safe working conditions for their employees? Should they be required to limit their hours? Should there be a minimum wage, either federal or state?
answer: Books have been written on this. There is no simple answer, but I’ll try here. You also asked three questions.

Employers need to provide safe environments to their abilities. If, for instance, a stair case collapses under normal use, the employer needs to be held responsible. We need to shift the burden to the employer to want to protect their employees as their own people. If an employer knowingly demands employees work in dangerous conditions those conditions need to be fixed. Continuing to do so is a crime and this crime has a victim. It boils down to an assault.

Hours demanded versus hours allowed is a distinction that must be made. If an employee wants to work 90 hours to make ends meet, and the employer agrees, I see no problem. If an employer requires an employee to work 90 hours, and the employee does not want to do so, this is a problem.

Similarly, if I agree to work for $0.03 an hour, and my employer agrees, I see no problem. This bridged a gap between volunteers and employees. If Joe starts a new company and needs help but cannot afford to pay people because of lack of capital, why can’t Jack say, “Hey, I’ll help you out. Pay me a token of $1 a day.” There, Jack is an employee and would get whatever benefits Joe’s company offers, yet Joe now has the help needed to make the company grow.


question: Is healthcare a human right which we the citizens have a responsibility to ensure is provided to all other citizens? Is social security a human right in the same way?
answer: Health Care is a human right in my opinion, but NOT health insurance. Withholding medical care is abominable. Social security is not in itself, a human right, but those promised it should get it. We must have the opportunity to prosper and with that comes the opportunity to fail.


question: Do you prefer rivers, oceans or lakes?
answer: Each in their own manner.


question: what is your opinion of the economy and jobs in America?
answer: The economy only works when people use it: in other words when they spend money. If people hoard (as the extreme wealthy are prone to do) or if they have no money they can spend (as is the plight of the poor), the economy doesn’t flow as it should. When the money doesn’t flow, employers can’t pay people and jobs dry up. In my opinion, we need to encourage healthy commerce.


question: What do you think of Ayn Rand and Objectivism?
answer: I find her writing sophomoric, unenlightened, and boring while I find her political her views inhumane. In short: I am not a fan.

© 2010 Brian Chabot for US Senate 2016: An ordinary man… determined to do the extraordinary.