Last updated: July 27. 2014 4:07PM - 548 Views
By Pat Pratt ppratt@civitasmedia.com



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Over the past few weeks the Democrat has profiled each of the candidates facing opposition in the Aug. 5 primary. In this, the final candidate profiles, we will discuss health care, energy and federal spending with the primary election Libertarians Herschel Young and Randall Langkraehr, candidates for U.S. Representative District 4.


Herschel Young


Young was born and raised in Cass County. He served as Lake Annette City Alderman for eight years and was elected Presiding Commissioner of Cass County in 2010. He was removed the following year because of a felony second-degree assault charge stemming from 1995.


In that incident Young hit a man after the man allegedly spit on his wife. He makes no qualms about saying it was the right thing to do.


He is currently employed in transportation and logistics.


Federal Spending


Do you believe the Federal Government is fiscally responsible at this time?


“The first thing we need to do is to freeze all of congress’s pay. The biggest thing on spending is the waste. The waste is out of control and we don’t really need to eliminate the spending, we need to control the waste.


“Everybody says we need to downsize our military. We don’t need to downsize our military, we need to close our borders, stop the wasteful spending in taking care of illegal aliens and undocumented workers and we will cut our medical bills in half or more. We will eliminate the waste of government funding from Medicaid and Medicare.”


The Affordable Care Act


What is your stance on the Affordable Care Act?


“It’s the biggest joke in the world. No branch of government should be in a private industry. They are trying to control something by issuing government subsidies to make it cost effective. Well it does not make it cost effective; it just takes our tax money and pays for it. It actually makes it more expensive.”


Energy


What are the solutions to the country’s energy needs and what is your position on the President’s Climate Action Plan?


“If you stop and look at who’s behind all these mandates, you will see the reason they are pushing them through is to make theses coal plants to shut down and use more green energy which puts money back into certain contributors’ pockets. It’s not about the clean air act, it’s not about the coal burning power plants, it is all about paying back favors. It is totally ridiculous to put mandates on any industry that will shut the industry down.”


Randall Langkraehr


Langkraehr was raised in Emma, Missouri, a small town on the 62 mile marker of Interstate 70. During college he worked as a Medication Technician. Prior to graduation from Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, he opened tax and bookkeeping offices in Warrensburg and Concordia, which he has operated since 1984. He started Davken Co., a marketing company the following year, and became a licensed Real Estate Broker in 1986. He continues to operate all three businesses.


Federal Spending


Do you believe the Federal Government is fiscally responsible at this time?


“No. I do not. The deficit keeps climbing drastically. We need to get our financial house in order and get our country back on track. We can’t continue letting the debt go when we are trillions of dollars in debt.


“It’s not a wasteful spending thing where we can cut out one item. We need to across the board put everybody on a budget, just like a household is on a budget. If you’re in a family, you have to budget, you have to say I can spend this much on this or that. I don’t think there is one item you can cut out. We need to say this is how much money we have coming in, this is how much we need to service on our current debt and work out a payment plan and this is what we have left to spend.”


The Affordable Care Act


What is your stance on the Affordable Care Act?


“I am totally opposed to it. It should never have happened and we need to abolish it and start over with something better.”


Energy


What are the solutions to the country’s energy needs and what is your position on the President’s Climate Action Plan?


“The new EPA standards are way too prohibitive and too overreaching. A lot of that should be left to the Missouri voters to take care of. It should be a state and not a federal issue.”


 
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