this file photo provided by his campaign is
Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf. Fahrendorf, a small
business owner, faces Democratic Winnebago County
Executive Mark Harris and Republican state Sen. Glenn
Grothman on the Nov. 4 ballot for the open U.S. House
seat in Wisconsin's District 6.
— The candidates for Wisconsin's lone open congressional
seat have sharply different views on the programs some
Americans rely on for food, medical care and living
Mark Harris and Republican Glenn Grothman are vying for the
6th Congressional District seat. Each has made so-called
entitlement programs a focus of his campaign. Both oppose
the concept of changing people's Social Security benefits
based on their incomes, but the things they agree on
essentially end there, HTR Media (http://htrne.ws/1D1yMJV
wants to continue funding programs such as Social Security,
Medicare, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program (SNAP) because he believes they help Americans in
times of need.
impression is most people don't rely on these for a long
time and no one aspires to be poor," he said. "In
the free market economy, people fall through the cracks; the
social safety net is there to help prevent crisis."
and Medicaid can operate more efficiently than private
insurance, according to Harris, but politicians should
strive to find ways to control the cost of the programs.
this file photo provided by his campaign is Republican
Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman. Grothman faces
Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf, a small business owner,
and Democratic Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris
on the Nov. 4 ballot for the open U.S. House seat in
thinks taxes should not be raised on anyone. He believes
many of the entitlement programs should be better regulated
and less dependent on taxpayers.
growth in federal welfare programs is unsustainable and is
driving down the work ethic of Americans," he said.
thinks buying junk food with SNAP funds should be prohibited
because the "government eventually pays the price for
health problems associated with eating and drinking these
unhealthy foods." Most voters he speaks to agree with
him on this issue, he said.
this file photo provided by his campaign is Democratic
Winnebago County Executive Mark Harris. Harris faces
Republican Wisconsin state Sen. Glenn Grothman and
Libertarian Gus Fahrendorf, a small business owner, on
the Nov. 4 ballot for the open U.S. House seat in
Wisconsin's District 6.
the campaign rhetoric coming from Grothman indicates he
supports cutting programs that are critical for low-income
families and seniors. Harris said he would back the removal
of junk food items from SNAP if it was replaced with the
addition of toiletries and other personal care products.
people receiving food share work, but don't earn enough to
make ends meet," Harris said. "Or they're low-wage
workers. Or widowed seniors . I'd take away junk food, but
add basic care items."
didn't comment on Medicare, Grothman said Medicaid should be
less bureaucratic and more market-based.
currently the Winnebago County executive, while Grothman is
a state senator. Both are seeking to fill the seat that will
be left vacant by U.S. Rep. Tom Petri, a Republican from
Fond du Lac.
Congressional District stretches from Adams County east to
Lake Michigan and from Neenah south to Watertown.