How do you assess the Trump administration so far?
Eze: To the credit of President Trump, unlike career politicians he is attempting to fulfill all the pledges he made to his base during his campaign. The stock market is up, unemployment is down, the economy is strong, our embassy will be moved to Jerusalem and foreign tyrants are afraid. President Trump has also transformed the Presidency in ways that were once unimaginable.
Do you support or oppose the federal tax cuts passed in 2017? What effect do you believe they will have on the economy?
Eze: I support cutting taxes for everyone to spur economic growth which is what we are experiencing now, a strong economy. When tax rates are cut people are motivated to work, save and invest which helps economic growth.
Is the level of national debt a concern? What, if anything, should be done to reduce it or constrain its increase?
Eze: The national debt should be a concern to all of us. We need a balanced budget amendment to head off this financial crisis the younger generation will pay for with higher interest rates.
Is the level of economic inequality in the United States a problem, and if so, what should the federal government do to address it?
Eze: I believe that you can not legislate an end to inequality but government is a critical site for struggle and change. I would support legislation that would require public/private bodies to have regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance the equality of opportunity and the financial consequences of noncompliance are made real.
Should federal gun laws be changed, and if so, how?
Eze: I will support common sense gun control with universal background check, a ban on high capacity magazines and military style assault weapons . The NRA states that “Guns don’t kill people, bad people kill people ” agreed, but we should not easily give bad people access to guns.
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?
Eze: I would advocate for a Patient Centered Healthcare system which involves listening to, informing and ensuring that patients values guide all clinical decisions. My wife Chioma Eze a nurse and other doctors heavily influenced my view in healthcare. The healthcare professionals shared the view that when patients are treated with dignity and respect they tend to recover from their illness quicker.
What role should the federal government play in helping cities like Baltimore?
Eze: The federal government would need the help of the voters in Baltimore city to vote the democrats who have been running the city for over 40 years out of office. The democrats have successfully cultivated an image of themselves as the protectors of the poor, the fact is the cities in the United States most afflicted by crime, poverty and unemployment have been run for decades by democrats (Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Trenton, Chicago etc.). We really need to consider other parties when we vote and ask what have we been getting back for our votes? If you only vote for one party, not only will the party you always vote for take you for granted but the other party will completely neglect you.
What can Congress do to address the opioid epidemic?
Eze: Congress should treat the opioid crisis as a national security threat and pour more federal funding into poioid addiction treatment. Congress should also mandate two years of treatment for people addicted to opioids, 30 days of treatment is not enough to effectively combat the opioid crisis.
What changes if any should Congress make to our immigration and deportation laws and policies?
Eze: Immigration is one of the lingering issues that both parties do not have a desire to resolve because they can use immigration to ginger their base during election cycles. I would support securing our borders (terrorists have indicated an interest in the past to enter through our southern borders) but establish a program of providing Guest Workers with a path to citizenship.
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?
Eze: Yes, with the provision that companies may not move their base. This is to incentivize trade and create jobs. Provisions should be should be in place for participants to ensure the continued growth of the American workforce.
Do you support the Iran nuclear deal?
Eze: Yes, I support the Iran nuclear deal because a bad deal is better than no deal. If we tear up the agreement what would motivate North Korea or any other country to enter into agreement with the United States when they know the next administration may cancel the agreement.
How should the United States address the rise of North Korea’s nuclear program?
Eze: We have to understand that Hitler told the world his intentions in black and white before he carried his plan out. The North Korean government has stated their goal is to destroy the United States with Nuclear weapons. The United States should exhaust every diplomatic solution that is possible and as a last resort military action. The world is currently in disarray because we retreated from our role as the global leader, if we do not police the world then tyrants will begin to either kill their own people or invade other countries.