Five candidates will appear on November’s general election ballot in Missouri’s U.S. Senate race. Libertarian Jonathan Dine, The Constitution Party’s Fred Ryman, Green Party candidate Johnathan McFarland, are challenging, but not showing threatening poll numbers against Republican incumbent Roy Blunt and Democrat Jason Kander.
Dine says immigration policies must be reformed.
“If we make it as easy as possible to get a work visa, people wouldn’t line up at the wall. They would come across. Give them a social security number. They can pay taxes. It’s happening whether we like it or not,” says Dine. “We might as well make them a useful resource. The idea that all immigrants are bad, stems from the war on drugs and the propaganda. Many hospitality and agricultural industries would be devastated without migrant workers. In Alabama, they passed harsh immigration law and fruit was rotting on the vine.”
Ryman says building a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border doesn’t solve America’s immigration issues.
“Never once has Congress acted to secure the border. It has not happened in 40 years and I don’t look forward to it happening anytime soon as long as we have the same crowd talking the same language. One of the things we have to do in order to secure the border is not just build a wall across the border. That’s something that politicians do to make like they’re doing something when all they are really doing is wasting our money,” says Ryman. “What we need to do is to turn off the magnets that are drawing people across the border in the first place. The real criminals are not the people that are crossing the borders trying to feed their families. The real criminals are the companies that are hiring illegal immigrants, against the law, underpaying them and we are taking almost no action at all against them.”
McFarland thinks college should be tuition-free.
“I believe free education is a great idea. I believe that the American people could be much more intelligent through such a device and that we could work on getting there economically,” says McFarland.
Dine opposes “free” college.
“You think college is expensive now, wait until it’s free. Let’s get the government out of the loan sharking business. Easy to secure government loans have artificially inflated the price of college,” says Dine. “If the government wasn’t giving out all of these loans at ridiculously high rates, colleges would be forced to lower their rates to let people in, or go out of business. It’s the same concept that caused the housing bubble. We’re in an education bubble.”
Ryman says he doesn’t believe “in giving away free college”.
“We have seen what a free public education has done for our public education system. I used to be a teacher myself,” says Ryman. “I went to college for two years. I maintained about a 3.2 GPA. When I went back to school at the age of 30 and had to pay for my own education, I maintained a 3.8 plus. When I went back again at age 40, I maintained a 4.0. You appreciate what you have to pay for.”
The latest polls show a dead heat between Kander and Blunt for the seat.