1. Do you support keeping the Bush-era tax cuts? Yes. The series of tax cuts enacted in 2001 early in the George W. Bush Administration are set to expire in 2010. The major tax cuts are: reduced tax rates, the reduction of the marriage penalty (and increase in the marriage bonus), the repeal of the personal exemption phase-out and the limitation on itemized deductions, the reduced tax rates on long-term capital gains and qualified dividends, and expanded tax credits. Now is not the time to raise taxes on millions of Americans. The Associated Press reported that the unemployment rate has been stuck above 9.5 percent for 14 consecutive months, the longest stretch since the 1930s. A family of four, for instance, with an annual income of $50,000 would face a tax increase of more than $2,000.Americans just cant afford a tax hike.

2. If so, are you worried about the tax cuts increasing the national deficit? No. Our deficit problem comes from Congress spending too much, not taxing Americans too little.

3. The tax cuts for couples making more than $250,000 and individuals making more than $200,000 affect approximately 3% of small businesses. How do keeping those tax cuts help small businesses? The Joint Committee on Taxation found that approximately half of the income (47%) targeted by the Presidents marginal tax rate increase proposals in 2011 would be earned by small business owners.This data is consistent with Gallup survey results showing that approximately half of the small business owners who employ 20 or more workers would be hit by the marginal tax rate increases. Thats a big hit to a group thats responsible for 70% of new jobs.

4. Will you support reinstating the estate tax expected to resurface in 2011? No, no one should be taxed for dying.

5. How will this help land owners? After no estate tax in 2010, it is set to kick back on Jan. 1 at a maximum rate of 55% with an exemption for the first $1 million. That means, land owners, especially farmers, will have over half of their land taxed by the government should they die and want to leave their land to their children. This is a great way to kill family businesses. We shouldnt punish people for dying just because the federal government cant kick its addiction to out-of-control spending.