WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — KSN News sent a questionnaire to each candidate facing a challenger in the August primary election. We have not made any edits to the candidate’s answers.
Robert Klingenberg is a first generation Mexican-American from Salina, Kansas. He is a labor advocate, and is a strong advocate for unionization at all places of work. He was a truck driver for several years. He is involved with local labor groups, and several smaller political groups. Robert is a progressive, and is running on issues we all share as working class peoples. He is the working class candidate.
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What are the top 3 things you think deserve your immediate attention in Washington and what action would you take on them, including how you’d compromise with members of the other party?
There is no shortage of things that require immediate attention. If I were to choose three, it would be Implementing Medicare for All, passing a comprehensive labor rights package, and passing and implementing a new rural funding and development package.
I do not want to compromise with the opposing side. They don’t want to compromise with us, and I do not support preemptive surrender on an issue. This is how the elites get their way, and I will use my political leverage against them and their agenda to drain wealth from our communities. If they want to work together they need to come to me.
Share your thoughts about the current Supreme Court. Do you believe it should be expanded?
This supreme court should be expanded, and the sitting justices that have undone our rights should be impeached for lying under oath and other disclosure violations.
What should be done to fight inflation?
All inflation is caused by corporate greed. We need to begin funding and developing publicly owned alternatives to the corporations that have driven our inflation sky high. This means new community owned family farms, new public energy cooperatives, and other various means. We must eliminate the heavy profit incentives that prioritize shareholders over the people.
Share your stance on gun control/2nd Amendment rights.
I believe the right to defense is a human right. I support the common sense reforms we need such as expanding background checks. I do not support measures that hide defensive capability behind a paywall. Our marginalized communities are living under the very valid fear of directed violence, and should be able to defend themselves accordingly.
Where do you stand on LGBTQ issues and rights?
People who are LGBTQ are NOT second class citizens, and should not be treated as such. I support codifying all the relevant rights into federal law to ensure their protection. This Supreme Court has already signaled they are ready to reverse marriage equality, and lawyers are already prepping lawsuits and legislation to further criminalize LGBT peoples.
Do you think we need immigration reform and what changes would you support?
The system itself needs reform. Currently, it is very difficult to come to the United States. We need a new system that both secures our border and monitors who is entering that is humane and accepting. We need to fully fund border checkpoints, and create new entry systems for monitoring. We must also look at foreign policy that destabilizes regions of the globe that is a direct cause for mass migration.
What are your thoughts on climate change? What should Congress do about it, if anything?
It is time to implement a green new deal that focuses on decentralizing and regulating the power grid. It is time to enter a new transient phase of power generation that utilizes all the tools available to cut down on emissions. This means we can not ignore nuclear power. We need new solar micro grids to shield the power grid from extreme events. We also need to work on transitioning from private companies to new publicly owned non profit entities directly passing the savings onto the people.
Do you think the U.S. should do more about the situation in Ukraine?
Truthfully, I am not sure what else can be done. A diplomatic solution would be ideal, but we have sent so many weapons to Ukraine that I fear that is not possible.