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Brian4Liberty
10-19-2009, 03:56 PM
Chuck DeVore on today's big issues and why he wants to take down Boxer
Political - California
BY Landon Bright
Monday, 19 October 2009 10:10

ďEverything Boxer says about cap and trade is not true.Ē Thatís according to three-term Assemblyman Chuck DeVore (R-Irvine). DeVore is the lesser-known name in the Senate race that features the well-known, if not polarizing, Barbara Boxer and Carly Fiorina. He is trying to steal the spotlight from the two and become Californiaís next great Republican Senator. But for now, DeVore has to be concerned with Fiorina, who he will most likely face in the Republican primary next June.

DeVore sat down with the SDNR editorial board. Here are some highlights from the interview.

SDNR: If and when Carly Fiorina officially enters the race, how will your campaign change?

CD: It wonít change a dang thing. I look forward to her being in the race. It will put the spotlight on the race and it will give my campaign more name ID. Sheís going to bring more interest into this race that would otherwise be a cakewalk for me in the primary. If I canít beat Carly Fiorina, thereís no way in hell I can beat Barbara Boxerósheíll be a great tune-up.

SDNR: Were your plans always to run for the Senate?

CD: Iíve never had a desire to be anything. Offices are tools from which you do things with. It just appeared to me that the intellectual vigor of my party had been spent under George W. Bush. There was just no enthusiasm there. As I was pondering the possibilities of four years of democrat rule and probably increased representation in the House and the Senate, I realized we need a movement conservative to run against her, we need to set something up where people have a clear choice between someone who believes that government is the solution for every problem mankind can ever have versus a belief rooted in the founding principles of this nation that government exists to protect our unalienable rights. That the government does not exist as a means to provide us happiness, it just gives us an environment to allow us to pursue happiness.

SDNR: Whatís your take on the healthcare debate?

CD: Itís a dangerous thing (universal healthcare). Youíre talking about having increased government participation in one-seventh of the economy. When, what is largely wrong with healthcare today is the government to begin with. Itís the free market that brings us high quality fuel to our local gas stations; itís the free market that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to the grocery stores. You would think something as important as healthcare would cause Americans to say Ďgee the free market works so well in providing us high quality and reasonable costs for everything else, wouldnít we want more of that for healthcare, not less? But itís precisely the direction they want to take it. Itís more government intervention in a system, that while it has its blemishes, itís still the best in the world. If you look at the things that need to be fixed, clearly interstate competition for insurance policies is one big thing. We need to go further in the direction of health savings accounts and get rid of the asinine policy of flex accounts. I mean what brilliant individual thought of that, where you can set aside $4,000 and if you donít use it by the end of the year you lose it. That makes people overuse healthcare services, because you canít roll it over--thatís stupid. What you want to do is encourage people to stay healthy by accumulating tax free dollars year-to-year that can only be used for healthcare. Thatís why we need to have more things like health savings accounts and not less.

SDNR: What about cap and trade? Is it going to put us in a competitive disadvantage?

CD: It (cap and trade) will not reduce emissions and it will not create jobs. But, it will increase global emissions by shifting emissions from efficient places like California, which is the most electrically efficient state in the country, to places like China, where they are building two 1,000 megawatt coal-fired power plants every weekóevery week, thatís a hundred a year, itís insane. Somehow this thought by equalizing Californiaís law (AB 32), which is a bad law, will be preempted (and will) transfer our mistake to the whole country. This will prove for better or for worse that things do start out in California. In fact, if you want to see a laboratory for everything Obama wants to do and why itís failed and bad look at California.

SDNR: What are you pushing right now to stimulate job growth in California? What regulatory changes would you like to see?

CD: Well the things I have pushed in the past have pretty much gone nowhere, mostly because we are outnumbered 2-1, but you got to continue to try. Iíve had five bills regarding nuclear power in last three years. California is one of six states with a ban on nuclear power. Itís interesting because when I go to testify on these bills, the groups testifying at my right elbow are the construction trade unions, the steel workers, the electrical workers, the pipe fitters unions. They are the ones who build the nuclear power plants, and that always freaks out the Democrats, but they still vote against it. I had a tax cut bill that would have reduced the highest marginal rate in the state by a quarter of a percent, just to argue the case cause I am Vice Chairman of the Revenue and Taxation Committee, that obviously got no votes. I was one of three Republicans on the Assembly floor to argue against Prop 1A, the measure that would have extended the largest tax increase in U.S. history at the state level for two years.

SDNR: Any particular message you would like to send out to San Diego voters?

CD: Well, Barbara Boxer is on the wrong side of the water issue. Sheís been historically on the wrong side of border security. She flip-flops on whether she wants to build and complete a border fence. Basically, she tries to get her cake and eat it too. Sheíll support the authorization, but she never ends up voting for the appropriation. Clearly, on the issue of modern nuclear power, she has not been a friend of it. Yet, San Diego County generates half of all Californiaís nuclear power through San Onofre. And at any given time you probably have 20 nuclear reactors in your harbor (Navy vessels) that have not killed anyone yet, as far as I have seen. It seems to work and be a reliable and affordable source of power. Interestingly enough, itís the lowest source of carbon emission power you could possibly imagine. San Diegans are going to care about jobs, the economy, water issues and domestic energy. Itís just that you have a local take on that. And you have the biggest stake in the militaryómore than any county in California.

SDNR: Do we need to send more troops to Afghanistan?

CD: I am going to leave that decision to the commander on the ground. My question would be ĎDo we intend to win, or not...Do we think we want to win on the ground in a traditional campaign or are we happy with the Taliban taking over Afghanistan again? And if we are, I suppose there is a case to be made that you contain them there and you have an understanding that if they ever attack us again weíll kill the leadership, like we did the first time. I donít think thatís a wise thing to do. But I hope the President makes a decision soon.

SDNR: You are trying some unique campaign strategies as far as your YouTube video, whatís behind that strategy? Do you worry about any backlash from them?

CD: People are busy, if youíre going to inform them they want to be entertained if possible. Thatís one reason why we use things like that (YouTube videos) to get our word across. I donít view it as mudslinging when I take her (Boxer) owns words and throw it right back at her; weíre not making this stuff up.

http://sandiegonewsroom.com/news/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=36209

TCE
10-19-2009, 06:11 PM
He's more free market than most Neo-Cons, but his foreign policy reminds me of Jesse Kelly.

Rekonn
10-19-2009, 09:06 PM
I live in CA and am registered Republican - as the best available option by far, he's got my vote in the primary and hopefully the general.

TCE
10-19-2009, 09:58 PM
I live in CA and am registered Republican - as the best available option by far, he's got my vote in the primary and hopefully the general.

In that regard you are correct. However, he is likely not someone we should throw a bunch of money at.

Brian4Liberty
10-19-2009, 10:15 PM
He's more free market than most Neo-Cons, but his foreign policy reminds me of Jesse Kelly.

Just took a quick look at Kelly's website. Yep, seems to be very close to DeVore. I noticed an interesting quote. The context would probably be helpful:



“Jesse Kelly reminds me of Barry Goldwater.”

- Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News Senior Judicial Analyst

TCE
10-19-2009, 10:18 PM
That was from when Kelly was on Freedom Watch 9/9/09. The Judge has read a lot of Kelly's work and says that he agrees with him on free markets and natural rights. However, it is clear the Judge disagrees strongly with Kelly's foreign policy.

Flash
10-20-2009, 04:43 PM
He's more free market than most Neo-Cons, but his foreign policy reminds me of Jesse Kelly.

I don't see how this is such a bad thing. I would rather have Libertarians who support the war in the Congress than Liberal-Republicans who support the war.

dannno
10-20-2009, 05:06 PM
I don't see how this is such a bad thing. I would rather have Libertarians who support the war in the Congress than Liberal-Republicans who support the war.

On the flip side, I would rather have progressives who are actually against the war in congress than neocon-Democrats who support the war.

Keep things honest.