Election 2016: U.S. House - Kentucky 4th District

 

Thomas H. Massie
Republican - Incumbent
  Calvin Sidle
Democrat
 

thomasmassie.com

 

calvinsidle.com

Education: B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
Education: B.A., University of Pikeville
Political Experience: 2012-present: Representative, United States House of Representatives, Kentucky 4th District; 2011-2012: Judge-Executive, Lewis County
 
Political Experience: None

 

Where They Stand

EDUCATION & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
"I support eliminating the federal Department of Education and returning K-12 funding and curricula to the states.  Schools should be locally managed and accountable.  Parents have the right to chose among all educational opportunities for their children, including home schooling, public schools, and private schools." (http://www.thomasmassie.com/issues/education/#.V5ohefkrK00)
 
 
"There has been a lot of change in education, even in just the last ten years. While stagnation is never good, too much change too quickly becomes turmoil. We need to strengthen teachers unions and workplace protections to make sure that our teachers can have job security and peace of mind. When somebody is worried about being fired from year to year it can be incredibly difficult to teach. Our children are our most valuable resource and we need to make sure that the education they receive is the best in the world..." Read more: (http://www.calvinsidle.com/platform/)
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT
"With dual engineering degrees from MIT in the fields of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, I am keenly aware of the practical issues involved in energy production.  In fact, I designed and built my own house which generates all of its own power using a combination of solar, geothermal, propane, and wood. Energy independence should be a top priority for America.  Achieving domestic energy independence will strengthen our national security by reducing our dependence on hostile nations.  Artificially limiting our energy exploration and production through law and regulation threatens our quality of life and could mortally wound our economy..." Read more: (http://www.thomasmassie.com/issues/energy/#.V5ohuPkrK00)
 
 
"Our environment is being affected by our behavior. We are experiencing the warmest years on record and unless we act soon we could cause irreparable harm. We must diversify our energy sources to more fully utilize solar, nuclear, geothermal, natural gas, coal, and oil. No one source can, or should, provide 100% of our energy needs. We must invest in our energy grid to be able to lead the world in green technology. We must handle this crisis immediately so that we don't put future generations at a disadvantage." (http://www.calvinsidle.com/platform/)
FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY (BUDGET & DEBT)
"The federal government’s $15.36 trillion national debt now exceeds our nation’s Gross Domestic Product.  This lunacy must stop.  Private industries regularly balance their budgets by implementing real spending cuts.  The federal government should hold themselves to the same standard." (http://www.thomasmassie.com/issues/#.V5oiGvkrK02)
 
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HEALTH CARE
"There exists no constitutional authority for the federal government to impose a mandatory health care plan.  I will therefore fight to repeal Obamacare.  Healthcare is a personal issue and belongs in the private sector.  The most efficient path to lower-cost, high quality healthcare is to open the healthcare industry to free-market forces.  Insurance should be available across state lines..." Read more: (https://massie.house.gov/issues/health)
 
 
"We need to do more to make sure that every American has the ability to afford to see the doctor and pay for their care. There are many different mechanisms from private insurance to Medicaid that are useful and need to be fully supported so that no citizen of this great country feels like their health is at risk to poverty. We need to have a serious discussion about the benefits and risks of having a single-payer healthcare system. These systems exist in other advanced nations that are both capitalist and democratic. While we have been able to drive down both the rate of uninsured citizens and rate at which costs of healthcare have risen, we need to figure out a way to lower the costs so that we can keep these programs funded and make sure that people aren't going bankrupt because they're sick..." Read more: (http://www.calvinsidle.com/platform/)
IMMIGRATION
"Immigrants who seek to enter our country must do so legally. Most immigrants enter this country to find work and to create a better life for themselves and their families. However, illegal immigration strains federal resources and threatens our national security. I oppose illegal immigration and will work to secure our borders. I will also work to end taxpayer-funded programs for illegal immigrants. American taxpayers should not be forced to pay for illegal immigrants’ welfare, medical care, and other benefits that encourage illegal immigration."(https://massie.house.gov/issues/immigration)
 
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INFRASTRUCTURE
“Currently, gas tax revenue is diverted from the federal Highway Trust Fund for bike paths, sidewalks, mass transit, and other local projects. But due to inflation and fuel efficiency improvements of today's vehicles, there is no longer enough money in the Highway Trust Fund to maintain our nation's critical highways and bridges while also funding local projects that have no federal nexus.  By eliminating diversion of gas tax revenues, the DRIVE Act ensures that the Highway Trust Fund can fulfill its namesake duty – to fund highways, without an increase in the gas tax rate." (https://massie.house.gov/press-release/press-release-us-representative-thomas-massie-introduces-bill-secure-national-road-and)
 
 
"Our national infrastructure is crumbling beneath our feet. We need to invest real money into our roads, bridges, electrical grid, and broadband capabilities to be able to attract business and maintain safety. One of the busiest freight highways in the nation, I-75, runs through the heart of our district. I will make sure that this artery is well protected, and of sufficient size. By directing investing in transportation I will help create jobs and infuse communities with much needed income and development." (http://www.calvinsidle.com/platform/)
REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
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TAXES
"Taxes are too high and too complicated.  My wife and I have three engineering degrees from MIT and we can’t do our own taxes!  As the founder of a company, I understand how the tax code throttles the development of new businesses.  Our tax system needs to promote economic growth, not punish it.  I will support legislation to achieve a simpler, flatter, fairer tax code that is helpful, not harmful, to domestic job creation and economic recovery." (https://massie.house.gov/issues/tax-reform)
 
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TRADE
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