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Joseph Puente

The independent candidate challenges Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

By Brandon Burt
 Joseph Puente
Posted // July 5,2010 - Joe Puente is an independent candidate running for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District against incumbent Republican Jason Chaffetz and Democrat Karen Hyer. His campaign’s major goals include the implementation of publicly funded elections, ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, ending corporate welfare—especially farm subsidies—and crafting trade policies that create American jobs.

What are the responsibilities of government toward veterans? Has Congress succeeded or failed in ensuring these obligations are met?
The U.S. Congress, and the government as a whole, has fallen quite short of meeting its obligations to our active-duty military and our veterans over the years. There are active-duty enlisted personnel, married with children, who still qualify for food stamps. Supporting our troops doesn’t just mean supporting those who still wear the uniform. We need to give them every advantage when they take off the uniform and come home.

Would you have voted for or against the health-care bill in March?
I personally would not have voted for it, but I’m not losing any sleep over the fact that it passed. As flawed as it is, it does contain elements that are going to help people.

Someone like my opponent will probably run on a platform that includes promising to repeal the health-care bill. There’s no way it would have a veto-proof majority, and it will die on the president’s desk.

What is the best way for Congress to promote economic recovery?
We should start cutting the corporate income tax, but instead of doing it across the board, we implement it in such a way that companies that hire domestically are given the tax breaks.

It blows my mind that Republicans have no problem spending hundreds of billions of dollars they don’t have to destroy the infrastructure of another country, but when it comes to spending that same amount to rebuild the infrastructure of their own country, somehow that crosses a moral line.

If elected, would you sleep on a cot, sleeping bag, bed of nails, or what?
I don’t go in for gimmicks. The incumbent likes to brag on his Website about the fact that he saves $1,500 a month by sleeping on his cot. For a man who makes almost $150,000 a year for saying “No” most of the time, he could do more good for the local economy in the District of Columbia by getting a studio apartment and doing a little shopping when he’s in town.

Note: Brandon Burt will be posting the unabridged answers to all of the questions asked of Puente on the Salt Blog throughout the week.

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Posted // July 5,2010 at 10:41

Rep. Jason Chaffetz has been fighting for

* Fiscal Discipline
* Limited Government
* Accountability
* Strong National Defense

Not only is he making waves, he is working to decrease government waste. He is standing up for traditional families.

I am glad he is running for re-election. We need more like him.


Posted // July 6,2010 at 14:37 - Don't forget meddling in the personal lives of Washington, D.C. residents, arc! We can surely be proud of a representative who wants to stick the government's nose into private bedrooms.


Posted // July 5,2010 at 18:52 - Ah, Arc. So loyal. So naive. So willing to drink the Republican kool-aid. Seriously, your blind affection for Chaffetz can't possibly be healthy. Dare I say it borders on obsessive. All Chaffetz is fighting for is his own ego. Chaffetz' idea of fiscal discipline is to let Barack Obama determine how Utah's tax dollars are spent instead of accepting the responsibility himself. Chaffetz doesn't believe in limited government since he has no problem using government to force his personal beliefs on people he doesn't even represent (the citizens of District of Columbia). The only person Chaffetz is accountable to are the corporations that give him money. That's why he sponsors legislation that helps them instead of legislation that helps his own constituents. And Chaffetz' idea of a strong national defense is to give our military carte blanche to commit atrocities and war crimes in the name of "freedom" and waste trillions of dollars in the process.