Questionnaire Responses

Barry Lindemann

We reached out to just about every candidate that we ranked with a questionnaire specific to the office they are running for. Here are the answers Mr. Lindemann provided.

Mr. Lindemann is a non-partisan. He's running to be Nevada's next U.S. Senator.

Tell us about your background. What are your qualifications for this position?

I grew up on a small ranch in northern Wyoming. I put myself through college at Saint John's University in 1987 and received my MBA from Pepperdine University in 2015. I have worked in ranching, construction, advertising, utilities, asset management and finance. I have a broad array of experience and education to help craft pragmatic solutions to make limited government work effectively.

Do you agree or disagree with the measures taken by state officials in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? What do you think should have been done or done differently?

I do not agree with government's solution to Covid. The Federal Government should have allowed individual communities to manage their response to Covid at a local level. I also feel that our governor interfered with practical solutions to the flu by eliminating viable alternatives to the treatment of Covid. A singular government approach to solve the health crisis was wrong. The fact that government was so heavy-handed in its response, makes the case that government should not limit the ability of the people to craft their own solutions in times of a crisis.

Many voters are unhappy with our public school system. What policies or actions would you prescribe to repair or replace the existing system? Do you support “school choice” policies such as educational savings accounts? Why or why not?

What children learn should be guided by the parents in the communities. Educators are there to coalesce with parents' direction and ultimately teach the agreed curriculum. Problematic topics like sex and gender need not be available for grades K-8th. High schools should acquire parent's permission for kids to be involved in mature discussions on these topics. School choice should be a viable alternative to public school. Not all public-school agendas will be approved by all parents. The parents should have the freedom to place their child in an environment which they think best suits their child, and the funds for those kids need to travel with them to the alternative school. Last, all kids need to take and pass a course on money. Kids don't understand money and the earlier they grasp the use of money the faster they become self-sufficient.

Please briefly describe your political philosophy. What are your guiding principles?

The pragmatic approach to any system or problem often is best. Politicians should not be in charge of crafting a society but should only be there to see that it runs seamlessly. Protect the citizens, spend tax dollars wisely, and give help to those who cannot help themselves.

Many voters are concerned about inflation and its impact. What could be done at the state or national level to address the root causes of inflation or mitigate its impact on the public?

Inflation is singularly created by the printing and overspending of money. The government needs to adhere to a balanced budget. This means that segments of the federal government may be reduced or even eliminated. It is time to audit the books of the federal government and see where all the money is really going, then make adjustments accordingly.

What would be your top priorities in the U.S. Senate? What issues are most important to you, and what issues do you believe are politically achievable in the near term?

Nevada needs the Colorado River system to be repaired. Should the system continue to die then Southern Nevada (where Nevada derives 70% of its state's income) will be in great financial peril. In addition, I will tackle inflation, immigration, and the student loan issues. There are many problems which need addressing, so those issues which affect Nevadans wallets are first on the list.

Please describe your views on foreign policy, specifically with regards to the Middle East, Russia, and China. What role should the United States play in world affairs?

The United States has overleveraged itself economically. This fiscal position doesn't allow us to spend any more money on overseas adventures. We must curtail our spending in other nations and allow them to stand on their own two feet. Not until we fixed our own economic house will be able defend others. So, with regards to China, Russia, and others we maintain our current leverage through fiscal penalties, economic punishment, and import taxes while we return manufacturing to the US to make it the powerhouse it can be.