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Schaffer: common sense needed
David Schaffer and the Natural Law Party want to provide government with a common sense approach.
Schaffer, 40, of SR 99 near Havana, said he became inspired about the approach of the Natural Law Party after the 1992 election.
He is now one of a number of candidates the new party has running on the November 5th ballot.
Schaffer said his background makes him a perfect U.S. Representative for the Ohio 5th District.
He has worked 28 years on the family farm near Havana and also has worked the past several years at Durable Corporation in Norwalk.
Farmers and factory workers make up the majority of the population in the district, he noted.
Schaffer pointed out the nation is not approaching the health care issue properly.
The government should be stressing preventative health care instead of what Schaffer and the Natural Law Party calls "Disease Care."
Schaffer said Medicare should cover preventative oriented services, which he noted in the long run would be more cost effective than major health care services.
Schaffer said studies have indicated 70 percent of all diseases and 50 percent of all medical problems are preventable.
By focusing on preventative medicine, the health care system will stop being a "disease care" system which treats medical problems after the fact, Schaffer noted.
While health care is important, the top issue for Schaffer is job creation.
He said the best thing government could do is lower taxes wisely (without raising the deficit or cutting important programs).
Citizens are paying up to 35 percent of their income to the government, he pointed out.
In the 1950's taxes paid by individuals accounted for 60 percent of the government's tax revenues compared to 40 percent from businesses, according to Schaffer.
He said that proportion has changed to 90 percent by individual citizens and 10 percent by businesses.
Schaffer said government needs to eliminate "corporate welfare" and instead lower the tax rate for the middle class.
The Natural Law Party supports a flat tax and a balanced budget, Schaffer said.
The flat tax would start out at 18 percent and could be lowered to 10 percent by the year 2002, when the budget would be balanced.
"The two party system has not worked," Schaffer said. "We have a $5 trillion debt which is undermining the vitality of our nation."
Schaffer said becasue of deductions and tax loopholes, wealthy people generally pay less taxes than the average middle class person.
The Natural Law Party has other "common sense" solutions to the nation's problems, according to Schaffer.
He pointed out the party believes improving education is a major factor in reducing crime.
Crime costs the country nearly $500 billion a year. In Ohio, the cost of operating correction facilities since 1991 has increased 100 percent and is now up to $527 million a year, according to Schaffer.
One of the common sense answers to the crime problems is keeping students in high school, he said, noting that a large number of crimes are committed by persons who are high school dropouts.
The party also supports stress-reduction programs in prisons, which have been shown to be effective at reducing the rate of return to prison.
The party also supports successful education and job training programs in prison.
"They should be trying to build lives instead of just throwing them back out in the streets where they will go back to their old neighborhoods and old habits," Schaffer said.
The party also has a strong stance on the environment, he added, pointing out that the country needs to reduce the pollution of the air and water.
The Natural Law Party stands by the principle that society is violating 'natural laws,' which is the source of the country's problems.
The party supports finding alternative energy sources so the country will not be dependent on oil and does not support the development of nuclear energy.
The Natural Law Party has candidates in 17 of the 19 U.S. Representative districts in Ohio.
The party's presidential candidate, John Hagelin, a quantum physicist, is on the ballot in 45 of the 50 states.
Schaffer, who has no political background, still believes he has a chance to pull of an upset.
The 1974 Monroeville High School graduate has recently put 80,000 inserts into different newspapers throughout the 5th District.
He has also visited every county in the district.
"I am probably the only candidate who is considering selling his car for campaign expenses," he said.
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