William Olson, 8th Congressional District Democratic candidate profile

His top priorities include the environment, education and health care.

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William Olson, 8th Congressional District Democratic primary election candidate, 2020.

William Olson, 8th Congressional District Democratic primary candidate.

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William Olson

Running for:US House-8th Congressional District, and US Senate (write-in)

Political/civic background: Candidate for Member of the Schaumburg Township District Public Library’s Board of Trustees, 2009

Occupation: Author and publisher

Education: The New School of Hard Knocks

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The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board sent candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives a list of questions to find out their views on a range of important issues facing their districts, the state of Illinois and the country. William Olson submitted the following responses:

Please tell us about your civic work in the last two years, whether it’s legislation you have sponsored or other paid or volunteer work to improve your community.

In the last two years, I have authored scholarly work which interrogates and explains the bureaucratic and legal pretexts which were used to coerce parental rights of guardianship from persons at or between US ports of entry. I have used excerpts of my work to petition members of the US Congress, bureaucratic appointees, the Supreme Court, and an office of a president.

What are your views on the decision by the U.S. House to impeach President Donald Trump? Has the impeachment process been fair or not? How so? If, in your view, the president should not have been impeached, would you have supported censure? Please explain. 

Donald J Trump is an obscenity of governance, and his flouting of law at 18 USC Sec 242 and 5 USC Sec 3110 has rendered members of the 115th and 116th Congresses derelict to an oath. Impeachment has been dramatized by members of the US House moreover, such that international intrigue has supplanted prosecutions for cruel and inhuman acts committed domestically. Imagine a government which incarcerates children and imprisons political dissidents, yet which appeals to popular vulgarities upon matters of impeachment for obstructing justice or abusing power.

How would you reduce the federal budget deficit, which now stands at about $1 trillion for 2020? What changes, if any, to the U.S. tax code do you support and why?

The Department of Defense is too big to audit, yet receives the largest outlay of federal appropriations of any bureaucracy. The consequences include an excess of production of war materials, some of which have been sold to Saudi Arabia, and others have been stationed in the Strait of Hormuz as menacing indications of empire. Tinkering with a tax code aggravates taxpayers and obfuscates the costs of an unaccountably expensive war machine financed by American debt.

What changes would you like to see made to our nation’s healthcare system? Would you shore up the Affordable Care Act or work to repeal it in full? What’s your view on Medicare for All? And what should be done, if anything, to bring down the cost of prescription drugs?

The taxes paid to finance medical research and advancements in healthcare may be the most regressive taxes an American incurs. Generations of families have invested their labor in the National Institutes of Health, yet the fruits of those investments have been consumed by private health care providers and drug manufacturers. For a century, investments in the nation’s healthcare have been socialized by Americans’ labor, yet many Americans today suffer insufficient healthcare or obscene medical costs.

The Medicare for All bill admits the shortcomings of healthcare markets and would minimize the number of persons unable to receive sufficient healthcare. A provision of the bill enables the US Government to negotiate costs of drugs.

The Trump administration is awaiting a ruling from the Supreme Court as to whether it can end the DACA program — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — which shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation. Do you support or oppose DACA and why? Should a path to citizenship be created for the so-called DREAMers? Please explain.

DACA was never a program, but was described as a policy by Jefferson B Sessions III in a letter to Acting Director of DHS Andrea Duke, in which Sessions counseled its recission, ‘DHS should consider an orderly and efficient wind-down process.’ Depriving persons of rights under color of law is an egregious crime, and deporting persons who have lived in the US most of their lives is a flagrant violation to due process and constitutional rights.

One of my opponents in the US Senate, Candidate Durbin, authored while there several iterations of the Development, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors Act, which has been romanticized as the Dream Act, yet which condones a nightmare for millions of persons and families who reside stateless in the United States. The US Constitution compels the Congress to ‘establish an uniform rule of naturalization,’ yet any literate person with any familiarity with naturalization will admit to its myriad rules. Candidate Durbin has failed perennially to author viable legislation addressing the issue, yet I have authored a bill entitled An Act to Improve Immigration, which deputizes clerks of county courts with naturalization and recording authorities. A path to citizenship ought run straight to a court of common law for all persons in the United States desirous of taking it.

One of my opponents in the US House, Candidate Krishnamoorthi, meanwhile confuses improper entry with illegal entry, and is hopelessly ill-prepared to author legislation redressing issues of migration and deprivation of rights adhering non-citizenship. Candidate Krishnamoorthi furthermore aggravated the crisis of migration by a vote to finance the incarceration of immigrant children and families under the guise of an emergency border security act.

What are the three most important issues in your district on which the federal government can and should act?

1) Environment, 2) education, 3) healthcare...food safety, water and air quality, voting rights, ethics, endless wars, oppressive taxes, cratered interstate highways, contracts of adhesion, term limits, campaign finance...

What is the biggest difference between you and your opponent(s)?

One of my opponents, an incumbent occupying a consular office of the US Senate, has soiled his reputation for civil governance. Candidate Durbin has dined clandestinely with opposition puppets in Venezuela and privately with Jared Kushner and Ivana Trump in the District of Columbia. Candidate Durbin’s fawning bipartisanship presently upholds a wrinkled patriarchy of chums counting such worthies as John Neely Kennedy of Louisiana, Mike Lee of Utah, John Cornyn of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Candidate Durbin would exceed 80 years of age if re-elected and fulfills a term, and although I’ve shared my candidacy with not a few octogenarians who might dance circles around Candidate Durbin, I submit he is too old. Candidate Durbin has enjoyed serving in the US Congress since the early 1980s, and my candidacy submits his political sensibility is comparably outdated.

Another opponent, the candidate presently attempting to govern the consular office of Illinois’ 8th congressional district, has sat on a government oversight committee for three years while an office of a president torched due process, divested commonwealth, and appointed family members to serve in the name of the US Government. The incumbent is a feckless partisan who voted to appropriate $4.5B in the dim pursuit of border security, and who voted with a caucus to table articles of impeachment in the name of Donald J Trump. The incumbent is a lousy lawmaker moreover, and has authored only one bill which became a public law since elected to the Congress; it renamed a post office in Bloomingdale in honor of American veterans. A perverted irony is a member of a political class who renames post offices in honor of veterans but who shamelessly takes money from persons employed by Lockheed Martin and Boeing, both manufacturers of war materials. While Candidate Krishnamoorthi chased after lawyers and Russian associates of a dim despot, a depraved attorney general promulgated and presided a policy of barbarism more near nothing than the most pernicious part of slavery. Candidate Krishnamoorthi did almost nothing in the matter of Jefferson B Sessions III, yet I authored articles of impeachment in the name of an attorney general and petitioned a Congress and a White House for his expedited removal. Lest a shameless Congress fail to redress mass kidnapping, or a zealous bigot from Alabama seek a return to the US Senate.

What action should Congress take, if any, to reduce gun violence?

There are approximately one half billion firearms in the possession of civilians in the United States. An additional ten million are manufactured domestically each year. When peace adhering civilian life is disturbed, the consequences are thus massacres. A generation of politicians have failed to admit the human cost of firearms, and a Congress has proven itself inept at redressing the manufacture and supply of them. Would a member of the US Congress author a bill to ban the manufacture of firearms and retire half a billion possessed by civilians.

Is climate change real? Is it significantly man-made? Is it a threat to humankind? What if anything should Congress and the federal government do about it?

Polluting an environment ruins its livability. I have drafted an appropriations bill which provisions substantive investments in renewable energy development and environmental remediation, and which rations the manufacture of plastics. I do not subscribe to views of a pending calamity of human communities, yet reducing the incineration of fossil fuels must be part of legislation which admits of the necessity to adapt to environments spoiled by pollution.

What should Congress do to ensure the solvency of Social Security and Medicare?

Index benefits to income and wealth.

What should Congress do to address the student loan crisis? Would you use the word “crisis”?

Approaching default on a loan might be aptly described as a crisis by persons unduly burdened by student debt. Congress should make federal funding of institutions of higher learning contingent upon tuition-free curricula.

What should our nation’s relationship be with Russia?

It should be a relationship improved by cultural exchange, scientific collaboration, and mutual forbearance. Descriptions of Russia as an enemy or adversary are tired and hyper-nationalist cliches which aggravate efforts to reduce arms or make peace.

What’s your view on the use of tariffs in international commerce? Has President Trump imposed tariffs properly and effectively? Please explain.

My view on tariffs is that they increase costs to consumers and, when used as tools of coercion or retribution, cause wars. To digress whether Donald Trump has used them properly or effectively is to entreat ignorance.

Does the United States have a responsibility to promote democracy in other countries? Please explain.

No. The United States has a responsibility to remove its military from other countries. Imagine a world flattered by democracy and not scorched by wars waged by democracies.

What should Congress do to limit the proliferation of nuclear arms?

The most effective things Congress should do to limit the proliferation of nuclear arms is to stop appropriating money to produce them and start appropriating money to decommission them. Rejoining the JCPOA with Iran and INF with Russia are also practicable.

Please list all relatives on public or campaign payrolls and their jobs on those payrolls.

My opponents are members of a craven political class of which I and my relatives are not a part.

What historical figure from Illinois, other than Abraham Lincoln (because everybody’s big on Abe), do you most admire or draw inspiration from? Please explain.

With some qualification, Carl Sandburg. Yet I’d rather not admire or draw inspiration from historical figures of Illinois or elsewhere, but imagine a future not hitched to a history as admirable as it is sordid.

What’s your favorite TV, streaming or web-based show of all time. Why?

I might have answered a better question with this: By the power and authority vested in a citizen of the State of Illinois, I declare Donald John Trump a domestic enemy of the State of Illinois.

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