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November 8, 2016 —Illinois General Election

United States Senate — ” Kenton McMillen, Candidate for Senator

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Kenton McMillen

Libertarian
Paralegal at a law firm
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring troops home from overseas and employ them in this country to protect us
  • End the drug war and concentrate on treatment
  • Wind down the social security program by selling assets to purchase annuities for senior citizens

Experience

Experience

Profession:Paralegal at a law firm

Education

Northern Illinois University Bachelor of Arts, Journalism (1983)

Biography

I am a graduate of Northern Illinois University and also completed th Lawyers Assistant Program at Roosevelt University.  I have been employed as a paralegal for over 30 years.  I am a proud single father of a 28 year old son and 24 year old daughter.  I live in Melrose Park.  I enjoy reading, exercising, being outside and conversation with family and friends.  

Questions & Answers

Questions from Chicago Sun-Times (18)

What is your biggest difference with your opponent(s)?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

I believe in personal freedom and a limited federal government.  Problems cannot always be solved with the introduction of a new government program or intrusion at the federal level.  I believe in free and open capital markets as opposed to government involvement in business as well as our personal lives.  We do not need trade agreements in order for companies across the globe to trade with each other.   

 

Congress has declined to formally authorize America’s undeclared war against ISIS. Should Congress take a vote to authorize the use of military force against ISIS?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

Yes.  This would give a consensus to take action against ISIS and then Congress cannot second guess actions of the executive branch.

 

More generally, what should Congress do to reduce the threat of ISIS abroad and at home? 
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

We should share intelligence with our allies and offer other support which doesn’t include ground troops.  The countries in which ISIS is flourishing need to devote more time and money to national defense and be serious about refuting this threat.

 

Donald Trump has called for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration. Do you support such action? What restrictions, if any, do you support on the admission of Muslims into the United States? 
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

I believe a temporary ban on Muslim immigration is un-American.   Immigration is what made this country and this country has many Muslim immigrants who are valued members of society.     

 

The United States’ nuclear deal with Iran turned one year old on July 14, 2016. Should the deal be maintained as it is, revised or scrapped completely? What is right or wrong with the Iran deal? And should the next president feel bound by it?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

I believe the deal should be maintained as it is.  It sets reasonable goals and we have recourse if Iran is not holding up their part of the deal.    The next president should pursue normal diplomatic channels if he or she feels the deal requires amendment.

 

Should the United States build a physical wall along our nation’s entire border with Mexico? Should a “path to citizenship” be created for the millions of people already living here without proper documentation? Would you support legislation to prevent the deportations of so-called “Dreamers” — youth who came to the U.S. illegally as small children with their parents?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

The wall is a symbol of intolerance and should not be built.  Yes, there should be a reasonable path to citizenship for those living here without proper documentation which would include a fine and guidelines to ensure their citizenship and enable them to be productive members of society.  Yes, I would support legislation to prevent the deportation of the Dreamers.  They should be allowed to be citizens.

 

Federal judges in July ruled against voter identification laws in Wisconsin and Texas, concluding that they disproportionately impact minority voters and violate the U.S. Voting Rights Act. Should voters be required to show a photo ID when voting? And should the federal government have a say in this, or is it strictly a matter for the individual states to decide? 
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

This is a state and county matter as voting is at the county level.  I do not believe in having to show a photo ID as voting is a right and there is no evidence of any widespread pattern of voting fraud as a result of not having a photo ID.  In Illinois, voting cards are mailed to voters and voters can show those at the polling place.

 

Should all or certain federal public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, be given to states to control? Do you support the opening of public lands and the outer continental shelf to exploration for oil and other fossil fuels, even if those resources are not immediately developed? 
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

Federal public lands should be sold as part of the program to purchase annuities for senior citizens with the intent of ultimately eliminating social security.  With respect to the second question, I support these lands being sold to private interests. The new owners, which could very well include many conservation organizations, would determine the best use of these resources.

 

What changes, if any, to the U.S. tax code do you support and why?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

According to the non-partisan Tax Foundation, Americans will spend 8.9 billion hours complying with IRS regulations, the equivalent of 4.3 million full-time jobs. As a first step, the U.S. tax code should be streamlined to eliminate deductions and call for a simple flat tax, which would abolish the IRS.  Ultimately, with the downsizing of the federal government, there would be no need for an individual, federal income tax.

What are the most important actions Congress can take to ensure the solvency of Social Security?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

If social security is to be saved, the salary cap will have to be raised dramatically and benefits will have to be cut.  Unfortunately, the program hasn’t been run as a retirement program but more of a “Ponzi Scheme” where new investors pay for older investors.  The federal government shouldn’t be in the retirement business.    As a part of downsizing the federal government, federal assets should be sold to purchase annuities for retirees with the intent of eliminating social security over time and giving younger workers the power and resources to plan their own retirements.    

 

The Republican Party platform defines marriage as between a man and a woman. What is your view? The Obama Administration has issued guidelines to schools, saying they must allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity. What is your view? And do you believe parents of LGBT children should be allowed to force their children into conversion therapy?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

I do not believe that marriage should be defined only as between a man and a woman.  I don’t believe in federal guidelines for schools regarding transgender students.  This should be decided at the state and local level between school administrators, parents and students.  Parents of LGBT children should not be allowed to force their children into conversion therapy.    

 

What is the single most important action Congress can take to reduce U.S. gun violence?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

The only thing the federal government can do to reduce U.S. gun violence is to end the war on drugs.  This has not stopped the use of drugs and continues the gang war since there is a black market for the product; otherwise, guns are a state and local issue.  Most gun owners are responsible people who only want to protect themselves and their families and to hunt and use guns for sporting purposes.

The “Denying Firearms and Explosives to Dangerous Terrorists Act” would give the Department of Justice authority to keep suspected terrorists on the federal “no fly” list from buying firearms. The bill was voted down in Congress late last year but pushed again in June after the Orlando massacre of 49 people. Do you support or oppose this bill, and why?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

I do not support the bill because there is a constitutional right to buy firearms and the no fly list is subjective.   

 

Should Obamacare be repealed, left intact, or changed — and if so, how? 
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a consumer driven, open market system for healthcare in which the individual decides what type of care he wants to pay for and should have the option of going anywhere in the country for health insurance.

 

A plan to replace Obamacare, presented by House Speaker Paul Ryan in June, would gradually increase the eligibility age for Medicare, which is now 65. Starting in 2020, the Medicare age would rise along with the eligibility age for full Social Security benefits, eventually reaching 67. Do you support this change in the eligibility age for Medicare? 
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

I do not.  Medicare has become such a large part of the federal budget due to mismanagement and fraud.  AARP recently reported over 66 billion dollars in Medicare fraud.  It needs to be streamlined and better accounted for.     

 

The GOP platform opposes the use of public funds for Planned Parenthood and other groups that “perform or advocate” abortion. It also opposes funding health care that includes abortion coverage. In contrast, the Democratic Party’s platform called for continued funding of Planned Parenthood and repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which bars the direct use of federal funds to pay for abortion. Where do you stand?  
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

I do not support federal funds for abortion and I do not support federal funds for Planned Parenthood.  Abortions should be rare, safe and privately funded.

 

President Obama has proposed making two years of community college free nationally. Do you support or oppose this proposal? If you support it, how would you have the nation pay for it? 
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

 

I oppose this because there shouldn’t be a federal directive which respect to community college.  If local units of government want to make community college free, they can put it to a referendum.   

 

College costs have risen at twice the rate of inflation for about 30 years. What is driving this increase and what should be done about it?
Answer from Kenton McMillen:

The more taxpayer dollars are shoveled to colleges, the more they will spend. Removing taxpayer subsidies will force colleges to live within their means and will lower costs.

Political Beliefs

I believe in personal and fiscal responsibility.  Responsiblity leads to freedom and freedom leads to prosperity.  I am a believer in the power of each individual to live his life according to his terms, as long as he doesn't tread on someone else's life.  I believe in limited government, low taxation and abundant personal freedom.  Less government means less taxation which means more money in your pocket.  This country should not be the world's policeman but should be a good friend to our allies and a good global neighbor.  The size of the federal government is too large and should be cut to include essential services only, such as national security and civil and individual rights.     

Candidate Contact Info

Email Info@Kent4Senate.com
Phone: (708) 831-1961

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