How do you assess the Trump administration so far?
Worton: A poor administration who has betrayed the trust of the American People.
Do you support or oppose the federal tax cuts passed in 2017? What effect do you believe they will have on the economy?
Worton: No - the corporate tax and wealthy cuts were too large and have created major deficit issues which will decimate Medicare and Social Security if allowed to continue.
Is the level of national debt a concern? What, if anything, should be done to reduce it or constrain its increase?
Worton: The debt needs to be reduced by eliminating trickle down economics, giving permanent tax breaks to the middles class and reversing the cuts given to corporations and wealthy.
Is the level of economic inequality in the United States a problem, and if so, what should the federal government do to address it?
Worton: Economic inequality has grown during the short control of Congress by the Republicans. It cannot get better with recent tax cuts and additions to the deficit. The middle class will be forced to pay a debt left by the Republicans for years to come.
Should federal gun laws be changed, and if so, how?
Worton: Gun laws need to be changed to eliminate bump stocks, raise the minimum age for ownership, improved background checks and limit assault weapons.
What should Congress do with respect to the Affordable Care Act? Should it be strengthened, and if so, how? Should it be scrapped? If so, what if anything should replace it?
Worton: Affordable care is a national priority. We are the only country in the world that penalizes a person who loses a job and also medical benefits. We also do not allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices which creates additional cost growth. We can adjust ACA and make insures participate in all markets, adjust costs to reign in premiums and make medical care better for all.
What role should the federal government play in helping cities like Baltimore?
Worton: The Federal Government needs to do more to promote education and address the drug crisis consuming the fabric of our country. It also needs to invest further in infrastructure for older cities to attract population and improve the tax base.
What can Congress do to address the opioid epidemic?
Worton: Congress can address the need to extend treatment for users which currently is only 30 days - barely enough time to get through the addiction. It can also provide support for families and prosecute drug companies and illegal drug distributors. With improved treatment will come reduced costs and help the families in our country.
What changes if any should Congress make to our immigration and deportation laws and policies?
Worton: Immigrants formed this country. We need to make allowances for Dreamers and ste a standard policy for entrance and citizenship. The current lack of leadership by the President and Congress is deplorable.
Should the United States continue with the free trade policies it pursued for the last several decades, or should it enact restrictions in an attempt to help domestic industries?
Worton: We should examine prior agreements and renegotiate them as necessary. We should not tear up agreements negotiated in good faith with other partners,
Do you support the Iran nuclear deal?
Worton: Yes - it has been negotiated in good faith and being honored. We cannot walk away from our commitments,
How should the United States address the rise of North Korea’s nuclear program?
Worton: We need to keep sanctions in place and finish negotiations leveraging other countries to assist with this.