Marilyn Singleton is running as an independent to represent California’s 9th Congressional District in the Nov. 6 election.
When it comes to the national budget, education, jobs, and government spending, she supports solutions that incorporate limited but effective government.
“As a consequence of Washington’s dysfunction, Sequestration (Budget Control Act) forces legislators to stabilize the debt with across-the-board $1.2 trillion defense and discretionary spending cuts over 10 years,” she said. “Congress must seriously address the GAO’s findings of $500 billion wasted on redundant and inefficient federal programs.
She believes the federal role in education should be to define standards and establish goals and performance measures, she said. “It is for the districts to determine how teachers meet those goals, using individualized, data-driven school level policies and innovations.”
She supports government-sponsored loans for university students. “Federal loans should be unrestricted to students attending public institutions,” said Singleton. “If loans were limited to cover only reasonable tuition, overspending universities might be forced to cut their bloated administrations and lower prices.”
In creating more job opportunities, Singleton supports partnering “high schools and community colleges to teach technical skills.”
Teens should be able to enter the work force at below minimum wage so they learn work habits and gain experience and thus will be more readily hired on a permanent basis, she said. “Give small businesses tax credits for hiring inexperienced persons needing extensive on-the-job training.”
The Congressional role in fighting crime, she said, should “address financial fraud and identity theft as they cross state lines, assist local jurisdictions in witness protection programs, and localities hit hard by drug trafficking should receive federal assistance.
“Community Oriented Policing Services grants should not be discretionary, but be awarded to localities with high crime rates.”
According to Singleton, as the U.S. withdraws its military from Iraq and Afghanistan, the money should be used to “pay down borrowed funds.”
“The total cost of the wars is almost $4 trillion of borrowed funds,” she said. “We are now adding $120 billion per month to the national debt with $1 billion per day in interest.”
Bush tax cuts should not be be allowed to expire, Singleton said, because allowing these provisions to end would mean higher income taxes for everyone.
“The 10 percent tax bracket for the lowest income earners would rise to 15 percent,” she said. The rate paid on dividends would more than double.
None of these provisions should expire, she said.