Joe Walton for Congress Answers Questions Posed by the
Powhatan County High School Student Body Joe is happy to have had an opportunity
to answer questions from the Powhatan County High School Student Body and is
grateful for being included in their speaker series of candidates on the
Virginia: The Joe for Virginia campaign recently
appeared at the Powhatan County High School speaker series of candidates for
election. The students were very engaged
and motivated by their government teacher, Mr. Greg Ownby, to review
candidates’ campaigns and think of insightful questions. Below are links to videos of Joe’s live
answers and also included are ALL the questions submitted but for which there
was not time to answer in the forum.
Said Joe of the event, “I am happy to see the
level of engagement in the next generation and my home of Powhatan! Keep up the good work, Mr. Ownby, of
motivating your students to think and learn about our system of government!
We are making these answers available electronically
so the voters of the 7th District have a chance to learn more about
Joe Walton and his campaign for the 7th District seat in the U.S.
House of Representatives. Joe speaks
consistently in all forums regardless of the audience and encourages all
candidates to be as accountable.
This continues his effort to fully clarify his
positions through his website and other media, including www.ballotpedia.org’s candidate survey on issues and political philosophy
(neither Rep. Brat nor Democrat Spanberger have completed this exposition)
available here: https://ballotpedia.org/Joe_Walton
Below are the questions from the Powhatan County
High School Students and Joe’s answers.
His YouTube Channel Joe for Virginia HERE has the videos.
student RS: During a phase-out of social security, how do you address the lack
of funds for those who qualify for it as the amount paid into it drops.?
Question from JJ:
What do you think we should do about energy efficiency?
In part, see the video above about environmental issues. The government shouldn’t pick winners and losers in the marketplace but we know energy efficiency, recycling,solar and renewable energy is the best long-term solution for society on this planet and as we explore our universe. Earth doesn’t have enough energy sources to sustain indefinitely life as we know it. The sun does, and so does the moon (tides). America should lead the world on renewable energy research, manufacture, and deployment. Nuclear energy, while not perfect, should continue to be a part of America’s energy production portfolio, as should coal. However, sustainable production and efficiency is paramount. While market forces will continue to shape the sector for manufacture and deployment, publicly-funded research and economic incentives are important to develop new energy breakthroughs just as they have been for other sectors.
Question from LL:
What are your thoughts on veteran’s affairs, specifically concerning medical
insurance for dependents?
Question from AV:
How would you be able to keep taxes low, fair, and equitable while also being
able to pay back the national debt and providing for a growing economy?
To encourage and grow a modern economy, the
federal government should shift to more usage and consumption-based tax
systems. The federal government should
rely less on antiquated payroll and income taxes. The growing impact of technology and economic
mobility (the ease with which people can move up in socio-economic status over
time, America is one of the lowest in the world) will require taxes to be
applied more intelligently than via the payroll process. It is inconceivable that in the future the
payroll process is how the federal government is funded. America should invest in new economic,
fiscal, and monetary models befitting a technologically advanced, global
Question from TT: Do
you support any limits on abortion?
In principle, no. I trust women to make personal decisions of
this nature with their medical and mental health professionals and social
support networks. The government shouldn’t
criminalize deeply intense matters of personal conscience nor should the government
make less safe such procedures by ‘outlawing’ them. Taken to its logical conclusion, such
restrictions would require the government to investigate a miscarriage or any
medical procedure at any stage of gestation for whether the mother or other agents
had any degree of culpability – this would be an inappropriate role for any and
Question from TB:
How do you plan on handling the drug addiction/opioid crisis?
Marijuana decriminalization and legalization
have started to show positive results for reducing opioid abuse issues. The flow of opioids should be stemmed –
doctors and manufacturers through investigative review of the indications and
marketing – including rebates and kickbacks – of opioids. The needs of opioid abusers should be met
with improved social services and wrap-around care from the communities in
which they reside. Multitudes of U.S.
states have bipartisan models for this; notably, this epidemic is particularly
bad only in the United States.
Question from JW,
Jr.: Why don’t you support President Trumps recent tariffs?
I do not support the recent tariffs proposed by
President Trump; leading on free trade and globalization are essential for
America to stay relevant, economically influential, and safe in the world. Even the incumbent has admitted or implied
the protectionist trade strategies President Trump is employing are bad ideas
but ‘temporarily’ necessary as negotiation tactics. I think this is a very bad idea to hurt
American farmers, workers, and industry as a bargaining strategy that has
proven historically to be an endlessly futile strategy or to cause a massive
trade war and increase in international political tensions with potentially
About Joe for Virginia: Joe Walton is a candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District
and former Chair of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors with a record of
accountable and effective leadership in central Virginia. He is a sensible
centrist with a genuine interest in working with constituents, leaders across
the state, and federal peers to solve problems in Washington. He believes in
and advocates for socially inclusive and fiscally responsible approaches to
public policy. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is a Ph.D.
student in Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and
Joe Walton is a candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District and former Chair of the Powhatan County Board of Supervisors with a record of accountable and effective leadership in central Virginia. He is a sensible centrist with a genuine interest in working with constituents, leaders across the state, and federal peers to solve problems in Washington. He believes in and advocates for socially inclusive and fiscally responsible approaches to public policy. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and is a Ph.D. student in Public Policy at VCU’s L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs.