Nickolaus Mueller - 6th District Candidates Q&A

October 27, 2012

Date of birth: May 2, 1985

Hometown: Born in Chicago, currently in Baltimore

Education: Bachelor of science in electrical engineering, 2007; Bachelor of science in mathematics, 2007; master of science in electrical engineering, 2009

Occupation: Research scientist

Party affiliation: Libertarian

Political experience: None

Q: How important is it that the United States reduce its debt? How and when should that be done?

Nickolaus Mueller, Libertarian: It is very important that the United States reduce its debt, and as quickly as possible. Debt financed spending is only possible because of artificially low interest rates put into place by the federal reserve. These rates cannot stay this low forever, and when they rise, the U.S. will not be able to afford the interest rate payments on the amount of debt that it has. This will result in a collapse of the dollar and a major currency crisis that will be far worse than any of previous recessions.

Q: What's the best way to create more jobs?

Mueller: Get the government out of the way. Burdensome regulations, licensing, and complicated tax codes are just some of the things that the government does that inhibits job creation. Government needs to spend less money and stay out of the economy.

Q: Besides jobs, what is Washington County's most pressing need? How can you help?

Mueller: The jobs problem is a symptom of a larger disease. Washington as well as all other counties have the same problem: a federal government that spends too much, regulates too much, and interferes in people's personal lives. I will always vote to reverse these infringements on personal liberties.

Q: What, if anything, would you change about federal entitlement programs?

Mueller: The entitlement programs cannot last forever. They should be phased out without harming those who were forced to pay into the system. Younger citizens should not be forced into programs that will not be sustainable.

Q: How would you change the federal tax code? Please be specific.

Mueller: I would work towards a government that was small enough to exist without a federal income tax, a corporate tax, and a capital gains tax. Until that was possible, I would favor a flat tax with a much lower rate and no market-distorting deductions and favoritism granted to those special interest groups who have the most political pull.

Q: What is the best thing President Obama has done and what is the worst?

Mueller: Best: promised to end the drug war, end the wars in the Middle East, close Guantanamo. Worst: broken all those promises.

Q: What, if anything, should the U.S. do about Irans nuclear program?

Mueller: Work towards peaceful solutions through trade and convincing of the Iranian people. War is not a viable solution.
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