ARE MY REPLIES TO THE "DE FACTO" STANDARD QUESTIONNAIRE
Juan Xuna, Candidate US Congress, district 22, FL
US Congress, District_22
1239 Hillsboro Mile, # 607, Hillsboro Beach, FL 33062-1313
Home 954 I-am-Xuna ;
Office 954 426-9862
Fax 954 426-9331 ; email
Main site at www.Xuna.com
Resigned on January 15, 2002 to position as Vice President of
International Sales for Telecomm. Manufacturer
(Independent Technologies, Omaha, NE). Full-time
dedicated to campaign.
Telecommunications Engineer. For
more, please browse resume.
Born in Vigo, Spain in
1948. My father was a Police Officer and veteran of the Spanish Civil War. I
have 3 brothers and 1 sister. I am the only one in my family who left for
good the Iberian Peninsula. I have a BS in Electrical Engineering. Master in
Telecommunications. Founded two software companies. I am married to a
Brazilian-American Artist. I have four children. My father died a decade ago, my mother has been diagnosed
with stomach cancer and will likely die before Christmas.
What previous actions by you demonstrate you have the honesty, integrity, ethics
and personal character to be an elected official?
I am an Engineer who has served almost three decades in private industries, I am
a neophyte in politics. As such, I have not held any position in public office
before, neither elected nor appointed. Only
close acquaintances or family could attest to my personal character, integrity
What I could say though, is
that you will not find a single newspaper article, website page, or court
document that would suggest that I do not have the attributes you point out,
Honesty and integrity
World trotter and polyglot
Clear visibility of what is right and fair.
Not biased by religion doctrine.
I do not profess any religion.
These are my greatest personal
for the US Congress, despite being a foreign born who does not speak
two high-tech ventures (“Scientific Software”, Old San Juan, PR; and
“Animal Science Software International”, Two Rivers, WI), and suffered
financially (as well as family penuries) as a consequence of this
entrepreneurial spirit, summed to the lack of venture capital.
away from the Spanish Catholic mold that I was born to fit in.
Summa Cum Laude, Cum Lauded, With Honors, or In the Top 5% of the Class, in
every degree I earned or careers I chose to embark.
Procreated four well directed children: Ryan (28
-Optometry), Jason (21 -Optometry), Kelvin (20 -Architecture) and Alana (3 ½
2 What are your top priorities for the nation and for
your district and why?
failure of some of our international policies motivated me to run for
office. Some of our domestic political trends have been a factor, as
well. For instance:
proven incompetence mediating peace in the Middle East, the 9-11 tragic events,
and the possibility that more terror events would be added to this saga (do not
forget that these days anybody could possibly carry a “dirty” nuclear bomb
in a suitcase, or in a briefcase). It
is imperative that we strive for fairness, and set -by example international
unequal treatment of Immigrants, inequalities in the civil rights of Gays and
Lesbians, stigma against Atheists, Foreign-born electoral limitations, and so
lack of social protection in our labor laws, lack of adequate vacations and
enough quality time to achieve good bonding among family members, lack of a
socially-responsible maternity leave period, millions of workers making less
than the minimum wage standards, non-universal healthcare, inadequate
prescription drug coverage, …
right-to-die with dignity, the woman’s right to decide what to do with an
unwanted pregnancy, and so forth.
Therefore, the most important international, national and state
issues in my campaign are:
Equality in our legal system, and for ALL individuals
Emphasis on better Quality of Life for the American family
(longer vacations, maternity leave, child care,)
To palliate the depression in the industrial sector (and to give
incentives to our commerce with Latin America, Asia, and Europe) I am pro
quantum leaps in Global Trade (finishing the Pan-American highway, and
tunneling under the Bering Strait) … That
will surely bring more opportunities to the US work force, and ample commerce to
American corporations. It will also
reduce immigration pressure in our shores by creating opportunities abroad.
Universal Healthcare and Universal Rx Drug Coverage.
Others do it with 10% GDP, why cannot we do it spending 15% of our GDP?
Quality of Education (inseparably joined to cap limits on those H1B
visas being issued from our Embassies all over the world).
National investment in technological advancement.
Focus on support to high-tech companies so they keep our technological
Drastic measures for immigration control.
But compassion, understanding, amnesty and equal rights to Immigrants.
Environmental Responsibility, and Long Term view to the effects of
pollutants. In other words, I would
like to be a watchdog for the rights of those humans who will live in our Planet
in the year 3,000 . Or even 30,000
and beyond. We must not be
shortsighted with the needs for a healthy planet and for a diverse flora and
fauna. Easy said!
The more acute
problems that I would like to see dealt with at the district level
Inadequate housing for the needs of Immigrant families, and of the poor in
general. Some immigrants might be illegal aliens.
Yet, they are human beings who eat, sleep and love their children and
families as we all do. If we do not
expel them (what we have the right to do, no question), then they deserve
Lack of enough police
officers with ethnic roots in our ever-growing immigrant communities.
Particularly in my district
–a sliver of gold coast- there is a lack of vision on the need for open
spaces along the shoreline. In
other words, too much development. The
present and future needs of our citizens have a second seat.
Big developers and Realty empires indulge in their first seat
accommodations. There are only
boardwalks in Hollywood, Deerfield, Lake Worth, Palm Beach and Juno Beach.
Most of the access to the coastline is strangled and very limited.
Promote tourism more vigorously. We
could be the Mecca for international travelers.
We are not at present. When
Japan joined the developed nations, their outflow of tourists surged.
China is waking up, and although the pace might be slower than that
experienced by Japan, a small percent of two billion people could increase
Florida’s tourism tenfold.
Taxing fossil fuels (gasoline) is unpopular, yet it would be a
responsible way of reducing traffic, energy consumption, and pay for needed
infrastructure of the country. Taxing fossil fuels requires a lot of political
courage to deal with the backlash. But
it would promote more occupancy in cars (car pooling), elimination of frivolous
trips, savings of US dollars, reduction of CO2
emissions that are warming the globe and threatening to immerse Florida’s
coastline under water in another 250 years, or even sooner.
3 What are the proper roles of a
member of the US Congress?
justice for ALL.
Defend separation of Church and State
4 How could Congress improve its
We will soon be confronting unbelievable challenges: depletion of fossil
deposits and few alternative fuels, a third-world population growth that will
swamp the developed countries, etc. We
need to analyze and redesign some of our social systems.
The fabric of the American family is also breaking apart.
Can bureaucrats and lawyers accomplish these tasks alone?
I do not think so! The US Congress -for the most part- is made up of
lawyers and bureaucrats. We have
very few Governors, Representatives, or Senators who are technocrats or
scientists. It is my firm belief that we need more doctors, engineers and
science pundits in our governments (State and Federal).
How NASA would be if 87% of
their employees were bureaucrats and lawyers?
The emerging problems in our 21st century world are not less
challenging than NASA’s projects. That
is my point!
5 In what major areas would you
like to increase or decrease federal spending?
6 What should be done to make
our government less wasteful and more accountable, streamlined, efficient,
productive and user-friendly?
After World War II Europe was a disaster area.
The European leaders knew they could not offer their citizens the
“American standard of living” exhibited in Hollywood movies.
Europeans opted instead for the protection of their citizens, putting
emphasis on social issues (vacations, job security, universal health care,
and so forth). Today, most
economies in Europe are very socialistic in nature when compared to our
capitalistic system of government.
Well, I hate to be the messenger of bad news, but America –and the
entire world for that matter- is confronting new and serious problems, pretty
much as the Europeans did half a century ago.
No easy solutions. Some of
these problems might defy attainable feasible solutions.
I would like to see the American economy rebounding.
That would probably help me recover some of the stock market losses I
suffered during the last two years. Unfortunately,
deep down I feel it is not going to be a V-shaped recovery.
Not even a U-shaped one.
Looking at the origin of the merchandize sold these days in Wal-Mart and
K-Mart, you realize that the economy of China (2-billion-people strong) is
emerging after many centuries of lackluster progress. India and China seem to be on their way out of the
doldrums. It sounds good, but it
might not be for the developed nations.
Our economy suffered a great deal when Japan raised up; we lost many
manufacturing jobs and factories. And
remember, there is only 1 Japanese for every 2 Americans. But for every 2
Americans there are 10 Hindus, and 14 Chinese. See it?
The demand for energy is bound to reach new heights as the economic
acquisitive-power of these giants moves up.
Known oil reserves will be depleted in 80 years at current yields.
Coal will last for 300 more years at current production levels, but long
before then we might have to drastically stop burning fossils fuels, which
release significant amounts of CO2
into the atmosphere.
Either that, or in a mater of 500 years we will return to an atmosphere
as it used to be billions of years ago, before the trees and plants had
extracted the CO2 from the atmosphere and buried it as fossils.
In other words, the air will not be breathable to humans and to most
species of animals.
Furthermore, without much of the polar caps remaining, watch for the sea
level! A great deal of Florida
could be underwater in just 250 years.
With that preamble I can now answer your questions and say that we
need to emphasize energy conservation, cap the flow of dollars going to pay for
foreign oil, and protect our citizens. IF
WE ARE GOING TO BE LESS RICH, LET’S -AT LEAST- HAVE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE.
Many of our citizens do not have adequate vacations, access to medical
care, and … the list goes on. We
also need to do a better job controlling illegal immigration.
Each country must accept responsibility for their economic predicaments.
They need to educate their citizens, introduce planned parenthood,
protect their environments, and so forth. Although
American compassion should be our bulwark, we should not be rewarding their
chaotic ways of governing.
With those statements above, I think I have answered pretty well
–although indirectly- the questions of where we should we be spending our
federal money (5) and government accountability(6). With China forcing salaries down in the US
–probably- for many years to come, it is time to focus more on people.
7 Briefly discuss how the US
government should handle these issues:
The Israeli-Palestinian dispute.
the Middle East. Negotiations need to be carried out with a more
balanced USA positioning. If we do not help them achieve the right
democratic solutions, Israel -and all of us- will suffer tremendously in
years to come. That has been my opinion on this conflict since before 1967.
Born is Spain, I
have met many Arabs and Jews in college and at the workplace. I am able to see
grievances on both sides of the conflict. Many
politicians -unfortunately- either cannot, or are too politically timid to be
honest about their views.
The war on international terrorism.
We have to be assertive helping Colombia getting rid of the FARC guerrillas,
kidnappings are causing havoc over there, and pushing immigrants to our shores.
Too much emphasis on minimizing American casualties in Afghanistan (and
in Iraq when Desert Storm) has diminished the effectiveness of our armed forces.
I am a critic of how both US presidents (Bush father and son) have
handled these conflicts.
We also need to be pro-active. Having
all our Government Agencies in Washington D.C. is like having all your eggs in
just one basket. Again, we need
Improving Health Care, including Medicare and Medicaid
HEALTH CARE /
Canada, and many countries in Europe, spend less than 10% GDP in
healthcare. Many offer universal care to their citizens. We spend 15% of
GDP and we have 70 million people uninsured. For that kind of
investment, the United States should have universal coverage.
I am for a balanced budget
and fiscal responsibility. Therefore, we need to come up with smart savings, so
as to offer a better system to our people.
I am pro tort reform, limiting
punitive damages to reasonable levels.
I am pro the right-to-die with
dignity. We spend more in two years of life support with an octogenarian (often
beyond the point of any possible recovery) than in 60 years of preventive
checkups and medical attention to a younger mother and child.
If it is true that we have
"the best democracy in the world" let's show it with deeds, instead of
charlatan's cheap talk. Let's have the highest possible quality care to ALL our
We need more Doctors!
We have to eliminate ludicrous barriers to those capable students who
want to study Medicine.
Let's have affordable generics.
Volume acquisition of drugs by the US Government to reduce R&D expenses of
pharmaceutical companies. Remember the $5 Cipro that went down to $0.95
with proper sales of scale?
Let's fight head on the causes of
overweight. Caring for the multiple problems caused by obesity is diverting
funds needed to fight other ailments.
It is outrageous to allow
frivolous claims to end up as multi-million dollar penalties to hospitals and
Protecting and improving Social Security.
/ INVESTMENTS / CAPITAL GAINS: I am
an active online trader. As such, I am no different to other traders; I have
lost a lot of money in the stock market during the last two years. That is one
reason for me to believe that Social Security has to be guaranteed, and
therefore not “privateable”. However, I am pro unlimited infusions of savings into IRAs and into employees’ 401K plans.
I am also pro treatment of capital gains as if they were regular earnings.
Protecting the environment.
We need smarter regulation, but we need regulation! Otherwise labor
and the environment will suffer. Many people are egocentric in nature and
shortsighted. We deal with our global ecology as if the world has to be in
good shape for just another 60 or 100 years. We need to look seriously at
long-term environmental impact of pollutants. I mean long-term view, like in
1000 years or more. Be assured that humans will be here in 3,000 AC (and
-probably- in 30,000 AC as well) and they might have a hard time cleaning the
environmental mess. More so after the cheap fossil energy deposits had
been exhausted and depleted by their predecessors and there will not be abundant
fuel to drive heavy-duty clean-up machineries.
Improving the economy.
Expansion of TRADE
with Latin America, Asia, Russia and Europe. I am (a) pro finishing (the Darien
Gap) the Pan American highway, and (b) pro boring a tunnel under the Bering
Strait. It is not just trade, I am an Engineer, and I would like to see
the United States take a quantum leap involvement in challenging technological projects.
We need to reinvigorate NASA projects and stimulate the brains of our
engineers and scientists. We need
to maintain our technological leadership. Since
the software gap can easily be closed in a couple of decades by India and other
countries, let’s not rely too much on information technology,.
OPPORTUNITY / FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIVENESS:
I founded two software companies. The product was very innovative, and of great
use to farmers, yet, I could not find venture capital. I know there
are many other entrepreneurs out there who cannot find sponsors for their
ideas and technologies. If we do not incubate these golden eggs, we will lose
the hard earned competitive advantage we have enjoyed since World War II.
It is good to return money to taxpayers when the Government has taken too much,
but it has ben overdone. To keep a strong dollar and a strong business
environment we need a healthy economy and a balanced budget. We had just a
couple of excellent years, and the Government went crazy giving tax rebates.
That was bad policy. The Government should have anticipated the impact to
the US economy of China's "awakening", and it failed to do so.
The same thing happened when they did not foresee the rising of
Japan, and we almost lost Chrysler.
I do not want to be redundant, but the first oil field was discovered in Rumania
in 1853. In a mere 150 years we have depleted about 60% of all known world
oil deposits. We need to be responsible and limit consumption. Alternative
sources of energy might be there, but they do not have a similar energy density
as fossil fuels. More powerful sources of energy have eluded us, or are
too dangerous to deal with. We need to do prospecting of oil ANYWHERE, although
not necessarily for production at this time. But, it is imperative to
pinpoint the field's location for future needs. We need higher fuel-efficiency
standards for cars and for combustion-engines in general.
Trading and dealing with nations with human rights
violations like China and Cuba.
China is making good progress, let’s not interfere too
much with their system of government. We
should keep unrelenting pressure, but sensibly.
I am pro normalization of relations with Cuba, and an end
to the US embargo. It only makes
more miserable the life for the average Cuban.
Ironically, we could manipulate Fidel a lot better, if Cuba were
accustomed to US goods and services, and their people more influenced by the
views of foreign tourists. Their
isolation only helps Castro.
Problems of the underclass: discrimination, poverty,
homelessness, joblessness, and illiteracy.
VISAS / IMMIGRATION : Good education
is of paramount importance. Equally important is to have incentives for our
graduate students to further their careers. If we do not put a cap on
H1B visas we are destroying little by little our engineering curriculums.
No company is willing to pay for the required years of study, sacrifice, and
investment when they can hire a Ph.D. from overseas for a salary that would
be more appropriate to a graduate of a community college. Trust me
on this I have been there! (Please, check my biography and academic credentials
at www.Gr8St8.com). As I said, we are losing our technological lead in
manufacturing, and in this information society we live there are few barriers to
"new entrant" nations. To be at the leading edge we need more focus in
supporting universities and high-tech companies. Although it might sound
paradoxical, H1B visas are more destructive than constructive to our
in the treatment of all people: Women, Homosexuals, Immigrants, Foreign-born
citizens, Atheists, etc. The immigration flood into the
US has to stop!
I am NOT pro-immigration, other than in a few compassionate cases.
But I am pro-Immigrants and would like see them being treated with the
same rights (including labor laws) and respect we treat other citizens.
I am pro-Amnesty of those who have worked openly several years in
America and have not been deported. I am pro EQUALITY. We are all citizens of
the planet. Legal and Illegal Immigrants should be treated with the same dignity
offered to our citizens. Of course, to avoid economic chaos we need national
boundaries. I am pro strong immigration control. Our once-abundant
resources are starting to show indication of serious depletion. We need to
control the flow of immigrants to our shores. Perhaps the best way of doing this
is helping them develop the needed infrastructure in their countries, and
promote international trade.
Crime, including drug abuse.
There are more people today in America without the right to
vote, than there were American citizens when the American Constitution was
written. If we value our
democracy for what it is, ALL people should have representation.
That includes ex-felons, felons and non-citizens.
Voting for President could remain a citizen’s privilege, but voting
for your representatives should be the right of all legal residents in our land
Public distrust of elected leaders and voter apathy.
In the name of our
democracy, please, allow and support “bona fide” independent or third party
candidates to participate in our democratic system.
It is already too difficult for independent candidates as it is.
Do not make it worse by tagging as “non-viable” the campaigns of
those individuals who are perfectly qualified to be our representatives.
Value our independence, lack of influence in our thoughts,
and our courage and stamina. Do not
be another of those “prophets” who say: NPA campaigns are not viable!
In doing so, they fulfill their prophecy.
Instead, please support our campaigns, and promote political
debates. Without prejudice, let the best win, fairly.
Reforming the income tax system.
Our tax system has become too complex for the average
individual to understand. It is
imperative we simplify it. Deductions
and credits are at the root of its complexity, and most of these deductions only
benefit a few, and are subject to manipulation and transformation into
loopholes. In my opinion the
best way to simplify the code, and eliminate the yearly burden to our citizens,
is to eliminate the tax code in its entirety. It will be a simple
metamorphosis through a period of a decade, first a flat tax with only
two or three tax tiers. Then
progressively reduce the tiers, to be changed in favor of an increase in sales
tax (taxing consumption, and not wages) maintaining the equation balanced.
Not only our lives will be simpler, but also would fairer and it would
promote conservation of our -more and more- limited resources.
8 What edge do you have over your
They belong to major parties and therefore their campaigns are well
On the other hand, and modesty aside, I am –academically- better qualified that any of the
other two candidates to grasp -and solve- today’s problems!
If our democratic system were more fair and representative –I am sure-
there would be many people and organizations out there stating publicly what I
visit my campaign websites ( www.Xuna.com -main campaign site; or www.Gr8St8.com
-issues’ detailed coverage)
to convince yourself of the veracity in my previous statement.
I am not a stealth candidate who likes to fly below radar screens.
I valiantly divulge my views on about anything.
Both, incumbent Republican
Congressman Clay Shaw and Democratic
challenger Carol Roberts, would easily
accommodate their views to their party's platform, I could hardly do that.
Their websites are laconic!
They are local bureaucrats; I am
an international technocrat. I am an Ideologist, a Philosopher, a
Freethinker, an Engineer, an Immigrant, and a Hispanic. Major parties
do not need thinkers; they just need to fill chairs.
More often than not –many of us know- those chairs vote as suggested.
Our system is supposedly
a democracy, full of people with ideas and proposals. Let me ask, do you think
it is? I do not know why I
even bother filling this questionnaire. Often Independents are tagged as
"non-viable" candidates; receive few endorsements, and no
contributions from PACs.
That perpetuates the ostracism, and entrenches the two-party system.
Congressman Clay Shaw has been in Washington 22 years.
In that long period of time a lot can be accomplished by an energetic and
idealist individual. Mr. Shaw – despite his party’s propaganda to the
contrary- in more than two decades has done very little for our seniors, workers
or families. He does not
believe in equal rights for all Americans (definitely not for homosexuals, a
group that represent -perhaps as much as- 10% of our population).
Both, Shaw and Roberts do not see
anything wrong with Israel’s theocracy where the “Jewish character” of
the land has to be maintained at all costs. Consequently, in those
“sacred” lands ethnic Arabs are being treated as second-class citizens.
And this despite the fact that in a couple of decades the Arab ethnic
group will be the majority there. Land has been a usurped, legitimate inhabitant
expelled and transformed in international refugees.
All Palestinian families are painted as guerrilla-lovers and being
exposed to similar predicaments to the ones Jews suffered in Germany and
elsewhere. The oppressed have
become the oppressors! Who would
have guessed this outcome in the 1950’s?
The US government closes its eyes and tacitly nods.
The saga of terror will not end! Too
much injustice! We now look at Iraq
as the culprit of malice. Look
Shaw, in my opinion, has sold his soul to the Pharmaceuticals.
But, I will give him partial credit for some of those needed reforms to
the welfare system that were implemented a few years ago.
sits on a Republican chair, voting 99.9% of the time as his party recommends.
He does not have much ideology of his own.
am hopeful on the support from the thousands in the technocratic communities of
Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton. As
well as thousands of Hispanics, Foreign-born citizens, Freethinkers and
I trust my campaign will have as much appeal to the business
community as support from the labor unions. And as much appeal to moderate Jewish as to Arabs,
Pakistanis, Hindus, Italians and others. Fairness
is fairness, and it goes beyond social barriers and religions.
9 List some specific ways you
would like your effectiveness in office to be judged.
My role as an elected official would be to make a real difference in
people’s lives. Not just for
Floridians, but for all people in this nation of ours.
As well as, justice for all in the international community, from which
–progressively- we will become more inseparable. After all, we are all human beings! … Here and abroad.
crying 2-year old in Uruguay or in Topeka, KS, are the same to me. Seeing a hungry mother or a malnourished child in Bosnia or
in Afghanistan is equally devastating to me.
Both, an American afflicted with AIDS in Miami, or one in S. Africa,
deserve similar compassion.
Juan Xuna, “El
Candidate US Congress (FL 22)