No biographical information was available for Mr. Malone.

In his opening statement, Malone claimed to be a “Reagan Republican.” The issues about which Malone is most concerned all have to do with healthcare. He is concerned about medical malpractice reform, the elimination of frivolous lawsuits, the nurse shortage (which he blames on the lack of free-enterprise), and asthma. Malone never elaborated on what he wanted the government to do about asthma, but, as an asthmatic myself, I’ll tell you that I don’t want the government involved in my lungs. Thank you, though. This also seems to contradict the free-enterprise statement he made immediately prior, but, as I said, he didn’t have the opportunity to elaborate, so maybe he has a brilliant plan for the government’s eradication of asthma without infringing upon the free-market.

Question 1: What one quality will make you the best choice for Representative from the Sixth District?

Malone says that his principles are the one thing that sets him apart from the other candidates. He is honest and hard-working, as, he says, President Bush is. He mentioned growing up on a farm and how that is where he learned his principles, including sharing and giving. Malone says that he appreciates churches. He cited ethics problems in Nashville.

Question 2: We have been hearing lately about numerous new companies relocating to and/or hiring in Virginia. What can be done to draw companies to Washington County?

Malone says that by keeping taxes low, the area will be more attractive to business; he is opposed to the income tax. Malone believes that keeping taxes low will grow the economic base (I can’t argue with that), while the income tax will send people to work somewhere else.

Malone says that the government needs to attract business and workers, encourage businesses to come to the state, and offer tax breaks for small businesses.

In his rebuttal, Malone said that the government should remain solvent. Government should “take care of the books” and “stay out of debt,” which will attract business.

Question 3: How do you feel about Gov. Bredesen’s “Cover Tennessee” plan? Do you believe that it will help small businesses?

Malone agrees with Jarrett, but says that health care is a huge problem (Jarrett, of course, doesn’t disagree that health care is a huge problem, where she disagrees is how to solve that problem).

While Malone says that people should take care of their own health, he also believes that the government – both state and federal – should impose “conditions” to encourage health and educate the population on staying healthy, with a focus on prevention.

Malone is opposed to Cover Tennessee, not for the same reasons that I’m opposed to it – because the government has no business in health care – but because it is wasteful.

In his rebuttal, Malone agreed that medicine should be privatized, but it seems that he’s not opposed to complete government distance from health care.

Question 4: What are your thoughts on President Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” plan? What can we do to improve education in Washington County?

Malone “strongly approves” of No Child Left Behind (here’s another one who hasn’t read the Constitution lately). He says that schools need to be held accountable (sure. But by parents, not by the Federal government).

Malone believes that Tennessee should “reach out” to teachers. He compares teachers to nurses, and says that they deserve pay increases. Malone says that we need more teachers and smaller classes. He believes that money spent on education will pay back well into the future. Interestingly, despite his support of increased Federal involvement in education, Malone also says that he believes that parents should have increased control.

In his rebuttal, Malone called No Child Left Behind a “reach across the aisle” to institute Federal programs already in place (this was in response to criticism from Arrowood and Jarrett concerning the unconstitutionality of No Child Left Behind). This tells me that Malone approves of compromising those principles he spoke of in his response to the first question. When we’re talking about the Constitutionality of an issue, one mustn’t “reach across the aisle” to institute another unconstitutional program.

I don’t think I have to reiterate my opposition to government education. Needless to say, Malone will not be getting my vote.

In his closing statement, Malone asked to be the first to sign Jarrett’s anti-Naifeh pledge. He said that he saw “Conservative values” across the board.

He said that he wished the candidates had been able to talk about immigration issues, as he has a plan for dealing with immigration. Malone is a strong supporter of the troops.

Malone emphasized that a representative is someone who represents the people (he, unfortunately, certainly does not represent me).

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