I recently interviewed Republican congressional candidate Stephen Bailey for NewsReal Blog.
Here’s a few excerpts from our interview:
“NRB: Right off the bat, If you had the power, what government agency would you remove immediately? (Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education etc.)
SB: The Department of Education. Education is too important to trust to the federal government. It also makes no sense to send tax money from Colorado to DC to feed a bureaucracy that adds no discernible value but attaches strings to the pittance it sends back. It is best for education funds to remain as local as possible with the greatest amount of local (parental) accountability and control.
With our budgetary problems, every federal agency needs to be carefully scrutinized. Very few meet constitutional scrutiny or have a proven record of a justified existence.
NRB: What are some of your favorite books?
SB: Favorite typically refers to what you enjoy reading which is not always the same as the books you value the most. Of course, I enjoy all of Ayn Rand’s books – fiction and non-fiction. I also enjoy every book from Alexander Dumas that I have read. Other fiction authors that I have enjoyed include Victor Hugo and Tom Clancy.
The most valuable book I have ever read is Rand’s Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology. By teaching me how to think, this book has literally made me the man I am today and is the most directly responsible for my success in business.
NRB: Finally, what do you think is the biggest difference between you and your opponent from the Democratic Party?
SB: I believe that your life is yours to live for your purpose in the pursuit of your dreams and happiness. Jared Polis believes your life is not yours and that you will live it for whatever purpose he or the government decides it should be lived for.”