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I. Dean Ahmad

Name: Dean Ahmad, Ph.D.
Address: 4323 Rosedale Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Neighborhood of residence: East Bethesda
Date of birth: 8-11-1948
Occupation: Consultant
Education: BA cum laude Harvard University; Ph.D. astronomy & Astrophysics, Univ. Arizona.
Marital status, children: Married, one grown son.
Number of years you have been a city resident: In Bethesda 32 years.
Previous elected/campaign experience: Ran for US Senate without ballot status in 1988.
Committee/board memberships: Executive Board member of Montgomery County Civic Federation late 1980s-2002. Executive Board of East Bethesda Citizens Association 1985-1995.
Website: ahmadforussenate.info
Email address: candidate@ahmadforussante.info
Facebook/Twitter: deanahmadforussenate

1. Given the poor public ratings and perception of Congress, why run for the Senate at this time?

1. The poor public ratings and perception of Congress are justly deserved because of the utter failure of the incumbents to deal with the true causes of our current problems. I was drafted to run by the Libertarian Party and I responded to that draft because they trusted to me to speak the truth clearly. If I don’t win, then at least I will have raised the level of debate so that whoever does win might gauge from however many people may vote for me that there is a segment of the public that will no longer fall for politics as usual.

2. Who or what was responsible for the Great Recession?

The Great Recession was caused mainly by the Federal Reserve Board that pumped an enormous amount of money into the economy that was used by unscrupulous bankers to finance toxic loans. Politicians in Congress made excuses for these malinvestments as necessary to “stimulate the economy” or “extend the American dream of home ownership to more Americans,” but the bailouts in the wake of the crisis ripped the mask of “public interest” from those responsible as they unashamedly continued the “stimulus” of the Fed to fund the very malefactors whose dubious business practices that caused the problem in the first place with the incredible excuse that the banks in question were “too big to fail.” The truth is that these leviathan monsters are too big to sustain themselves in a free market, absent the assistance of a government that puts their interests above those of the general welfare. We are now being told that “regulation” (inevitably by the actors from the industry that caused this problem) is the solution, whereas the truth is that no regulation can be as effective as the self-regulation that comes from that knowledge that a business will be held to suffer the consequences of its own malinvestment.

3. How active a role should Congress take in creating jobs? What should Congress do as a top priority to create jobs?

Congress cannot directly create sustainable jobs. As a senator I will make it my top priority to reform or repeal all counter-productive legislation that is preventing American entrepreneurs from creating the new jobs, new technology, and new industries that will put the American people back to work.

4. Maryland has many federal workers, both living and working here. There has been pressure over the past few years to cut the size of the federal work force. Is that a wise policy and what are the implications for Maryland?

Cutting the Federal workforce will have a negative short-term impact on jobs in this area. However, it will have a positive long-term impact because we cannot continue to ignore the fact that the federal account is overdrawn. It will be better for Federal workers to have their jobs phased out in a planned process rather than have them surprised by the loss of their jobs as the homeowners who lost their homes were surprised. To the degree that any cut back government functions have a positive purpose, they could be provided better by non-profit organizations, which can gradually pick up those functions, and some former federal employees would be in a position to work for those or similar organizations, especially as money saved from less federal spending becomes available to create more jobs.

5. Ron Paul has gained some traction with what some are calling a “new isolationist” foreign policy approach. Is that practical? Why or why not?

As a supporter of Ron Paul’s foreign policy I take strong exception to it being smeared as “isolationist.” Dr. Paul’s foreign policy is for engagement with all nations including fee trade and free cultural exchange. His opposition to military interventionism is not isolationist at all. It is our current neoimperialist foreign policy that is impractical. It has subjected us to attacks by foreigners on our own soil, thrust us to the brink of bankruptcy with wars we cannot afford, caused strains in our relationship with allies and created enemies in countries that used to admire us. The most unambiguous testimony to the wisdom of Dr. Paul’s foreign policy is the fact that his campaign received more contributions from active military personnel than all the other Presidential candidates combined.

6. Much has been written and said about the 1 percent and the 99 percent of Americans and their incomes. Does it make sense as national policy to tax the wealthy? Why or why not?

It makes more sense to tax the wealthy than to tax the poor. However, taxes on production make no sense. We need more production for prosperity, not less. Rather than increase taxes on the wealthy I would reduce taxes on the middle class, end taxation of the poor, and introduce legislation to replace taxes on production with a tax on the location value of land and taxes on natural resources at the point of extraction.

7. What should we make of the Tea Party movement? The Occupy Wall Street movement?

The Tea Party movement and the Occupy Wall Street movement both represent popular dissatisfaction with a government that has put big money interests ahead of the general welfare. The libertarian message that I advocate has the potential to unite members of both movements. For example, the big insurance companies so despised by the Occupy Wall Street movement are the key beneficiaries of the misnamed Affordable Health Care Act so despised by the Tea Party. The deficit so despised by the Tea Party is in large part due to wars so despised by the Occupy Wall Street movement. And both are properly outraged by corporate welfare.

8. Why, of all the candidates, are you best suited to be a U.S. senator from Maryland?

Of the candidates for US Senate in Maryland, I alone combine an uncompromising commitment to fiscal responsibility with an uncompromising commitment to civil liberties and to peace. Unless Marylanders can find another candidate who can believably promise to commit his time in the Senate to defund undeclared wars, repeal the Patriot Act and the detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act, end the deficit and reduce the debt and promise to vote against ANY CORPORATE WELFARE—especially for any company “too big to fail,” they should vote for Dean Ahmad, Libertarian for US Senate.