Missouri House, 157th District -- Jennifer Friedrich
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Name: Jennifer Friedrich
Birth: Jan. 15, 1975, Jackson
Spouse, children: Single, no children
Businesses owned by candidate or spouse, all or in part: None
Public offices held: None
Past political campaigns and offices sought: None
Question 1: What is the most important issue facing the 157th District?
Answer: Elected officials representing corporations instead of "We the People." The federal (and to a lesser extent the state) government is totally out of control and ignores our interests. The recent "bailout" is just one example. Legislators were overwhelmed with our wishes to stop the sellout of our country, yet they passed it. They literally transferred control our financial systems from "We the People" to private international bankers. Your money will be sent to non-American corporations!
Question 2: What in your background or education makes you qualified for this office?
Answer: I'm a graduate of Jackson High School and have a Bachelor of Science from Southeast Missouri State University. I have cerebral palsy due to birthing complications. Because of my disability, I've had to constantly fight for my rights and have been quite successful. I'd like to use that experience to fight for your rights and interests. For the past couple of years, I have been working with Missouri Rep. Jim Guest and campaigning for several non-"big brother" sponsored candidates.
Question 3: Why are you better qualified than your opponent?
Answer: I will act with principle to represent our communities. Your future should not be decided by party politics. Our state rights allow us to not be controlled by the federal government, yet most of our state officials do not stand up for these. As an example, the (Federal) Real ID Act must not be followed. This act will use your driver's license to harvest and give your most private information to governments and corporations worldwide.
Question 4: In 2005, lawmakers voted to restrict eligibility for Medicaid as a cost-cutting measure, resulting in 100,000 removed from the Medicaid rolls. The state currently has a surplus. Should eligibility be restored to its previous level or any other steps taken to expand health coverage to more Missourians?
Answer: My focus would be helping the truly needy, while weaning off others that are taking advantage of the system. The current financial realities dictate tightening our belts until changes are made. With astronomical record levels of debt, our republic faces challenges that will need new solutions. Our current warfare/welfare state must be scrutinized to put priorities in order. Policing the world while our infrastructure collapses and our people suffer is not only unwise but unsustainable.
Question 5: Do you support using state resources to allow parents to choose to send their child to any school, public or private?
Answer: Education should be a free choice including home schooling. This is another example of taxation without representation. Centralized control has given us an educational system that ranks below most western and many third world countries. The choice belongs to the family and the local community, not a big brother nanny state. Vouchers or other systems should be put in place to help home-schoolers, as they consistently rank highest in quality and results.