Center for Arizona Policy Survey Answers

Michael Oatman
Candidate for the Presidency of
these United States of America
PO Box 304
Tucson, Arizona. 85702-0304.
(360) 656-0498

Cathi Herrod, Esq.,
Jennifer Clark
The Center for Arizona Policy
7227 North 16th Street
Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85020

11 January 2008

Dear Cathy and Jennifer,

I received your 2008 Survey Questions given to the 2008 Presidential Candidates (which was postmarked on 01/08/2008, by the way). After reading through the questionnaire, I felt that it was necessary to qualify and/or expand on some of my answers to your survey questions, given the leading phrasings of most of the questions.

Therefore, I am submitting my full text answers to all of your survey questions, since I believe they are deserving of answers more descriptive than a simple scale of “support” to “oppose”. I will also be posting my answers on my own website ( so that there is no confusion as to exactly how these questions were answered by myself. When you “inform citizens of [my] positions on key issues”, I would consider it to be deceptive to those citizens if you do not include the full text of my responses which are given in this letter (and fax).

My answers are as follows to the survey questions, as numbered in your survey:

1. School Choice.
Parents should be able to earmark money from their taxes owed to the federal government to enhance the quality of their local public schools (in their district). If parents wish to home school, or send their children to a private school, that would be their independent choice. I would support a tax write-off for parents buying books and other school supplies when their children do not attend a public school. I believe it is beyond the scope of the responsibilities of the federal government to support private and particularly parochial/religious schools beyond the bounds of the current level of support.

2. Stem Cell Research.
With the advent of stem cell development using blastomeres (see NY Times, 23 August 2006, Science Section) it is no longer necessary to use embryonic cells to develop stem cells. Therefore, since using the embryonic method destroys the embryo, which I *DO NOT SUPPORT* doing, and the blastomere method does not destroy the embryo, I do support using *ONLY* the blastomere method of stem cell harvesting.

3. Marriage.
I am a strict constitutionalist and would not support adding an amendment to the constitution which involves an area in which the federal government has no business involving itself. Exactly how marriage is defined is up to the church, and not to the state.

4. Abortion.
In the words of Donna Edna Shalala, a person whom I do admire, “abortion should be safe, legal and rare”. I do not believe it is necessary to perform abortions at all (except in the cases of incest or rape, and in cases where it may severely adversely affect the health of the mother), particularly with proper and freely available family planning methods. Once these resources are in place and available for all women of child bearing age to receive, I would like to see an end to the procedure of abortion (above noted excepted), but moreover, I would like to see the federal government place much more of a priority on pre- and post-natal care, including allowed leaves of absence for pregnancy.

5. Abstinence Education.
Abstinence-Only programs have been shown time and again not to work, and in fact, to tend to have the opposite effect on teens’ behavior patterns. I would support any program which has a proven track record of preventing teenage pregnancies, particularly until marriage, and I would have those programs receive federal funds, provided they are not entwined in a religious program (I would also provide federal funds if the religious nature could be ambiguated from the pregnancy prevention nature).

6. Taxes.
I would support replacing the national tax code, as it is voluntary unless you are a federal employee. I do not think that taxing the poor does anyone any good, and therefore I would not support a flat or national sales tax (unless the flat tax was 0% below US$200K/year + COLA and something like 40% above the same). I believe there are better ways for the federal government to raise the money it needs, including spending less.

7. Gay Rights.
All citizens of these United States of America should share and enjoy the same rights. Period. No exceptions. No discrimination should exist, lest there be legal charges brought against any offending party.

8. Border Security.
Building walls on our borders (don’t forget Canada) is impractical (not to mention physically passable) at best and an environmental catastrophe waiting to happen at worst. I would support placing sensors along all of our borders, much like is done on Nellis Air Force Range’s S4 and S5 regions, but only in the short term. In order to secure our nation, we must improve upon our foreign policy, and particularly become an active participant in the economic development of the nation of Mexico and other Central American nations, so as to prevent the need for the mass migration which is presently and has been occurring. Without the millions of immigrants passing across our borders who only want jobs and a brighter future, it will make spotting those who wish to do us any harm much simpler. Then again, pulling our bases out of Mecca and Medina will also accomplish much in the way of reducing the number of people in the world who wish to do us harm.

9. Immigration.
Tax law reform, economic reform and foreign policy reform (see answer #8) also have to happen before true border security can be accomplished. If so many people per annum wish to become peoples of these United States of America, we ought to recognize this and eliminate the 18-or-so-year waiting list by allowing all of the current and the would-be entrants a legal path to citizenship.

10. Iraq War.
We need to first restore the world’s confidence in this nation in terms of its efforts to fulfill in good faith the policy objectives of all nations. This will take a great deal of legwork, no thanks to the current resident and his band of neoconservative hate-mongering iconoclasts. This will be basically top priority in my administration, since we should have brought the troops home about four years ago, after being in Afghanistan, and never in Iraq to begin. As soon as a diplomatic solution can be reached (read: we will need to force a solution by March 2009 should none be reached sooner), we should remove 100% of our current military forces. Note that I spoke not of our private military (Blackwater, etc.), which may stay at the sole behest of the Iraqi government, and without federal support.

11. Judicial System.
I’m not quite sure why this question is included; federal judges do not use other countries’ current laws to interpret our laws. If you are referring to the Magna Carta, etc., that is already part of the laws of the United States. If you are referring to treaties, there are a few which, for brevity, I do not entirely support (Geneva Conventions is not one of them), but those too are laws of the United States. I support the United States law of the Posse Comitatus Act.

12. Gun Laws.
Of course I support requiring a waiting period for gun purchases, even at gun shows. This question is the only one which I would actually circle “SS” on the form which you have provided, with no caveats. To allow anyone to possibly immediately purchase a gun for use in the heat of anger is a recipe for disaster, and does not impinge upon the Second Amendment. Further restrictions on the use of guns (except requiring that a civilian who carries a gun must be over the age of 21 or be in the immediate presence of a parent/relative/guardian over the age of 21, and either way must have passed a federal gun safety test prior to carrying the gun), are where I would have to give the issue more consideration.

13. Health Care.
This nation should have a single payer system, but it may be possible to incorporate a two tier option into that system. Whichever entity, public or private, produces the most benefit to the users of health care should be the entity which is selected as the single payer. Right now this is looking like the federal government, but with the proper corporation reforms in place, HMOs might not exist solely to make money for their stockholders, and may be able to actually serve the needs of their heals care clients. This is really the crux of the issue, some would say “corporate greed” but it is actually the way corporations are defined within the laws of these United States of America. I would consider it a top priority to reform those laws regarding the behavior of corporations with regard to having the profits of the shareholders being the single motivating factor where all externalities and harm to the people of this nation be damned. This would actually solve quite a few problems, most of which you have not mentioned in your questionnaire, like the mortgage crisis and housing industry, environmental destruction, global outsourcing and job level migration, poor product quality, skyrocketing oil and gas prices, and the lack of development of alternative energies to name just a few.

14. Environment.
With Bali and subsequent conferences on Global Warming / Climate Change (which *IS* a reality) obsoleting the Kyoto protocols, it is, as they say, too little and too late to sign on to Kyoto. We must, and I repeat *MUST*, as a nation, curb our insatiable appetite for carbon emitting energies and immediately develop carbon-neutral and better yet, carbon-negative methods of energy production. So far I support only solar, wind, hydrogen fuel cell (*ONLY* when one uses solar powered electrolysis to produce point-of-consumption hydrogen), and wave action energy technologies as viable and carbon-neutral. Short of actual carbon sequestration, I have not found any carbon-neutral technologies which I would endorse. We as a nation of industry must pledge our support to developing more carbon-negative technologies in the immediate future and we must mandate the cessation of use of all carbon-positive technologies by the end of my first three years in office.

Thank you for your interest in printing my responses.
I hope your publication goes well.


Michael Oatman


Michael Oatman For President of
these united States of America!

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Jobs, Energy and Environment

19 December 2007

Hello Everyone,

Today, I’d like to address an issue which I believe should be first and foremost in addressing: the economy of this nation.

Furthermore, I’d like to talk about one of those things which economists talk about almost in taboo terms, externalities. These are things which most industry planners as well as economists largely ignore, for the simple fact that it becomes someone else’s problem. For example, to most in industry, THE ENTIRE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT is an externality. Pollution is as well to these types. To them, externalities are anything whose actual cost is unknown and which does not immediately affect the bottom line for the enterprise.

Of course, I’m writing about Global Warming, air and water pollution, and food chain contaimination, primarily and amongst a myriad of other problems brought on by this tunnel vision.

But what I’m really about to write is how I believe we can satisfy our economic needs without slowly killing our collective selves, and while simultaneously dramatically improving the middle class job sector. This is how we can end our energy dependence, save our environment and produce lots of jobs (and not even in the service sector!).

It is indisputable that we need to end our reliance on *ANY* foreign oil, be it from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Iran or Venezuela. The cost of a barrel of oil being roughly $100 whereas seven years ago it was barely $25 (and our resulting gas and heating oil price jumps) is not only a result of the current administration’s global policies and attempts at empire, but also as a result of rapidly growing demand, particularly in China and India. We do not need to be competing for this resource any longer.

This nation is already becoming a global supplier of wind energy, and it has long been in the forefront of producing solar energy. We now need to do more. Much more.

We can, and if you elect me on Tuesday, the 4th of November 2008, we will convert at least 80 percent of our overall national energy reliance to solar, wind, and other renewable and non-polluting energies. These are all systems which have no or little of those pesky things called externalities.

If this requires converting our entire fleet of personal and corporate commuter cars and trucks, then so be it. If this requires shutting down coal burning plants and converting them to atmospheric carbon scrubbers, then so be it. If this requires this nation to sign on to an international treaty whose sole effect is to reduce the amount of carbon produced into the atmosphere from all nations globally, then so be it.

Making these changes will go a good deal of the way toward balancing our carbon output with what this planet can handle naturally, effectively reducing our “carbon footprint” to zero. Making these same changes will also produce thousands if not hundreds of thousands of jobs, or more; and not just regular service industry jobs, which are the type which are cited by the current administration when it refers to “posted national job gains”, but well paying, unionized, secure positions in an ever-growing new vital industry.

And we won’t be addicted to foreign oil.

Now, the other problem is that corporations which operate in this nation and who employ skilled and semi skilled labor have been, since the advent of GATT and particularly NAFTA, outscourcing their operations to overseas branches of that corporation or to similar industries, located most recently in China, India and Indonesia (to name only a few). Corporations which wish to continue to do business as being based in this nation, or at least ones which do not wish to be taxed heavily, under my administration when you vote in this November election, will not be permitted to perform these, or any other, types of outsourcing of skilled or semi skilled labor.

When I named TR — Theodore Roosevelt — as my most respected president in the history of this nation, I was refering in part to his own handling of corporations which have run amok with power over and abuses toward the national labor force. It is most worthy of note that TR did *NOT* simply hit all the corporations with a “big stick” but used anti-monoply laws fairly and judiciously to alleviate the problems caused by the worst offenders and as a result, bring others into line.

It will take something akin to his deft manouvering just over one hundred years ago to bring about similar change in this country and beyond, for labor and jobs, for our energy for our future, and for our planet for all of us.

Thank You Everyone,
Michael Oatman


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Lets get on TV – Illegal Knowledge’s Presidential Preference Election Special is this Saturday @9PM on Access Tucson

Hi Everybody,

Would anyone like to be on Access Tucson
this Saturday 19 January for an episode
titled "The Presidential Preference Election

I will be interviewing candidates, and
stating my own positions, on my TV show,
Illegal Knowledge.

The show runs from 9PM to 9:50PM this coming
Saturday. If you are interested in appearing,
please reply to this email (preferably) or
just show up at the Access Tucson Studio
(124 East Broadway in downtown Tucson --
just Southeast of 6th and B'way) around 8PM.

Regardless, please arrive no later than
8:30PM so everything can be coordinated
properly. Sorry for the short notice.

The show Illegal Knowledge is a live call-in
talk show, hosted by myself, Michael Oatman.

We will discuss our positions and take calls
from the audience.

NOTE TO JIM NINTZEL: Jim, if you would like
to come also, you could have the position of

Thanks in advance for your interest,
Michael Oatman

Michael Oatman For President of
these united States of America!
Take The Power Back!

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Michael Oatman for President! We Can Take the Power Back!

Hello Everyone,

Please allow me to introduce myself; my name is Michael Oatman and I am seeking nomination as a candidate for the office of President of the United States of America from the Democratic Party.

I am submitting my Candidate Nomination Paper via the Tucson Weekly for the Arizona Presidential Preference Election to be held on the 5th day of February 2008.

Before I begin to write about my platform, I would like to tell you how I came to be running for President. It was in the early Reagan years when I was in grade school, learning civics, that I did the math and figured that I would be just old enough to be able to run for president, then far off in 2008. I have since considered it to be a civic duty, an avocation if you will, and have spoken of the possibility on rather many occasions to a great number of people throughout the years. My friends would sit around and debate (hypothetically) who would get which cabinet position.

So when I turned 35 last March 10th and started talking about getting 250 people together who could each find one thousand individuals who were willing to donate $1000 to my campaign, no one was much surprised. But when the Tucson Weekly put forth their 22 November 2007 issue with the “Project White House” cover story, I said immediately “okay, I said I was running, so now I’m definitely doing it if they’re just going to throw it in my face”. And with that, here it is. A nice story, but let’s get to the meat of things.

Now, I would like to tell you a little about my platform. Actually, unlike just about every candidate who is currently running for president, I would like to describe fully (to a practical extent) the platform upon which I will be running for the office of President of the United States of America.

We all have heard the push-button issues about which the current candidates have made their televised sound bites: the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; universal health care; reduced deficit, and particularly debt; middle class job sector improvement; a federal executive trashing the Bill of Rights and the Constitution; the border and migration issues; the failing housing market and economy; and many more. Then, there are the usual suspects like gun control, abortion and gay marriage. In a moment, I will address all of these issues.

However, I think it is important for all of us to step back and look at the whole of things, “the big picture” so to speak. These issues, while debating and discussing them is extremely important when finding a solution, they have tended to do more harm to the peoples of this country, at least in their attitudes toward one another.

While it may not be as bad as in 2004, mostly because nearly everyone wants to end the war in Iraq very soon, when we talk about immigration, about recruiting in schools or in general, or about when and where are the most appropriate times to protest, we can see that we are becoming increasingly intolerant to what we consider “the other side”, when usually there are always shades of grey.

I think that the Peoples of the several States of these united States of America ought to truly and finally set aside their differences and do come together in order to be completely themselves. It would be a marvelous day when we can all say that we fully know who we are, and who each other are, and have understanding and show respect for this; this which is not exactly the current state of affairs.

With that said, I would like to say a little about myself. I consider myself to be, first and foremost, a logician. My profession is a computer scientist, or an “IT Guy”. The way I approach problem solving is with the goal of *actually solving the problem* rather than giving lip service to some group or a sound bite or two to the media. When the latter is done by politicians, the goal is not to necessarily *do* anything about the issue, but rather simply to quell the populace, or a particular group; to spin the media so that the issue becomes a “non-issue” is the immediate goal of this rationale. I employ no such rationale.

I would also like to mention that I currently host and produce a television show entitled “Illegal Knowledge” ( on the local public access stations, Access Tucson ( The show’s tagline is “Everything we should have known, but were never supposed to find out”, and the issues in this season, season two, have ranged from the Question of the Middle East, to 9/11 Revisited, to Media and Corporatism, to A Discussion of Non-Valuation, and even featured an Election Special with Proposition 200 author John Kromko as guest. I am keenly aware of the subtleties of the global events happening today, and I will not hesitate to bring that knowledge to my Administration.

Let us now go onward and discuss various specific issues relating to topics of today. I am and will be always open to input from the People of this Nation, and I currently will make my email address available for this purpose; it is and all who wish may write to me there, or to Post Office Box 304, in Tucson, Arizona, 85702, for those of you who prefer snail mail (parcels will not be accepted). If anyone emails me with generally important issues, they will also be answered on my blog at Yahoo 360 ( I will first state that I am generally, although not without exception, socially left-leaning and fiscally conservative.

In the arenas of health care, jobs and housing, I would like to side fully with the bulk of the People who are disaffected as a result of this administration’s policies. We must support the People who support this Nation, and we can do that by providing full and free health care, tax heavily corporations who wish to outsource jobs overseas (if not prevent it outright), and work with home builders to create a glut of affordable and decent housing, while keeping interest rates low. More on exactly how to accomplish this will appear on my blog in the near future.

In issues of federal and executive importance, I strongly believe in the efficacy of our Constitution and give myself as a strict constructionist if not an originalist; that is I will use the executive to interpret the Constitution in its original meaning, with emphasis given to the Articles and Amendments themselves. This means I will roll back all domestic spying and the myriad of other executive abuses perpetrated by the current administration, I will work to end the deficit *AND* debt, partially by bringing to and end by political means the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and wherever else by the end of Bush’s term).

I will write much more on these and many issues later, but for now I will ask all of you this: where would you like to see this Nation be in five years?

I look forward to representing We the People of these United States of America in the next general election in 2008. This is now the time to register to vote and, most certainly, to vote for me, Michael Oatman, on election day, Tuesday 4 November 2008, and I thank you well in advance for your vote that day.

Michael Oatman

Contact Info:

  • My email address is
  • My mailing address is:
    PO Box 304
    Tucson, Arizona. 85702-0304

Please send email if you would like me to answer a particular issue very quickly. I apologize for the informality, but I can type rather quickly being a computer guy by profession, and therefore I can answer much more mail this way.

Please send regular mail if you need to mail in a campaign donation or any other type of contribution to my campaign. Sending anything but flat parcels or regular envelopes is *VERY* highly discouraged by the post office and myself.

Thank You Everyone,
Michael Oatman

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