Here are the words of questions emailed from a voter to Marcus Bowman U.S. Senate campaign and direct words of the candidate Marcus Bowman answering.
“I refuse to vote for (Richard) Shelby solely because he’s been in D.C. too long. I need a new candidate. I believe you may be that candidate. But I need answers to my questions first.”
1. “I have read through your campaign issues/stances. I do have a couple of questions. I have yet to see one candidate abide by their, so-called, belief in term limits, and as I don’t know you personally, how am I to trust that you will keep your word that you will serve only 1 term?”
There are people I know that say well “what if you are really good, we would want you to stay longer than one term” and I really believe there are so many great people throughout Alabama that I would like to see them have an opportunity at public service. I think 1 term for me will provide the motivation to make sure I wake up every day and work as hard as possible for the people of Alabama and to help solve problems in America. My campaign is grassroots with no lobbyist money, no PAC money, no business/association/industry money. I am in this race to solve problems and to serve the people. I have no interest in playing the game of Washington DC.
2. “Additionally, I read through your plan for the Federal Reserve, there was something in your changing from the 2 point mandate to the 5 point mandate and monitoring income levels??? How do you propose to do that without using census records? Smacks of liberal invasion of privacy.”
My economic plan to modernize the Federal Reserve is because the employment number they use is not an appropriate reflection of the true job market. So A) I want to modernize the calculation to reflect more of the actual statistics and that is specified in the plan about some of the government misuse in calculating labor force participation as well as the quality of the job. People may have a job (or two) but is that a quality job they are truly happy with? B) “Household income” is an economic number that is a total average of all people in the country (it is a general number here). It has been stagnant for about 2 decades (see chart at this link image here showing median household income stagnant and in decline). So we should have the Federal Reserve meetings talking about how to get that economic indicator moving in the right direction- back up! I am totally opposed to invasion of privacy. I just see this as an average number available on the internet and it is more of a message of concern that I want to see incomes going up.
3. “Also, I agree education is very important. I myself am working on my second bachelor’s degree, have a master’s degree, but I don’t feel tenure is a right for teachers. I also feel parents should have the right to homeschool their children without government overreach or needing to have a certificate. I believe bringing education back to the local level, stop all this testing, children aren’t learning anything except what they need to know for a test. We also need to reevaluate school textbooks; especially history textbooks, which are inaccurate, biased, and sometimes just downright wrong.”
We need what I call “more adult conversations” in America. Most citizens are a lot smarter than the media and politicians like to portray. Right now we have corporate/liberal influence in education. I want the smartest kids. We can’t run from history though, including confederate history. We need to have our children learn it all. The Federal government got bigger hands in government in the 1970’s. Relatively recently. And so we can walk back that involvement. Teachers work hard and if we can get the economy growing faster– for everyone– than hopefully that rising boat rises fast enough that we all are getting raises. I do not believe in tenure. Many in the private sector face reality of business world. Homeschooling and religious private schools are going to keep expanding if the Federal government wants to keep getting involved. I support competition to ensure we have the best education. I am concerned about Common Core in particular which has so many different names and acronyms to hide the full extent of the overreach. I believe Common Core (and its related names and acronyms) must be stopped. Then local and state we can roll up the sleeves and push our kids to excel.
4. “Also, where do you stand on welfare and fixing that system, I propose we look to Maine.”
This is one of the reasons I really believe in the 10th Amendment of returning much power to the states. This was the intention of the Founders who articulated in the Federalist Papers that powers to be left to the states should be “numerous and indefinite”.
That way individual states are trying new, innovative different approaches and we can learn which ones truly work. Part of my work at IAC in Washington DC involved this type of “benchmarking” where you research what different states are doing to see the good and bad of their programs.
5. “What about looking into including the homeless without jobs into your unemployment rate?”
Yes, my economic plan goes deeper into the government reported unemployment rate which does not do enough to accurately reflect what people are experiencing. I really like this additional idea!
6. “How hard will your fight the EPA’s overreach?”
Alabama is one of the best kept secrets in America. We have the Sipsey wilderness, Little River Canyon, Lake Guntersville, Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores. So many resources: plenty of forest land and trees, miles of waterways and fresh water. We have abundant coal. We having hunting land and so much more. Most through “stewards of the land” common sense mentality. It hasn’t involved the Feds and this again is also 10th Amendment. Leave state and local to consider the environment. EPA needs to be opposed. I will support substantially reducing their budget. While making sure to protect our land, air, water and resources with common sense.
7. “Additionally, where can I access a copy of your campaign contributions?”
I have less than $5,000 in campaign donations. My records are published via FEC requirements of disclosing the “Committee to Elect Marcus Bowman”. I am a grassroots candidate. No PAC money, no lobbyist money, no corporate donations, or association donations and such. I will work to represent any and all interests, especially the people. I will never be influenced. I want to solve problems and be a help to Alabama and America.