G.O.P. Congressional candidate told WNYCs’ Brian Lehrer this morning that he is currently reading F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom, a dense philosophical treatise on libertarianism that has become a favorite of Glenn Beck and the Tea Party.
Asked by Lehrer what is the best book he has read over the past year, Turner said he wasn’t sure, but that he was currently reading Hayek.
“I am struggling through it,” he said. “I am not going to say it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.”
Perhaps wrestling with Hayek has been keeping him from briefing books. Turner demurred on a number of policy questions that came up during the show.
Asked by a caller about immigration and H-1 visas, Turner said, “I would like to duck that question,” saying he needed more time to study up on the matter.
Asked by Lehrer if he supports the Dream Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for illegal aliens brought here as children, Turner replied that he didn’t since it “is a fairly abused program.”
Reminded by Lehrer that the program couldn’t be abused, since it wasn’t in existence yet, and asked if he meant it would be ripe for abuse if passed, Turner agreed.
Asked also if we would be willing to hire a Muslim as an aide–an issue that came up during a recent presidential debate–Turner replied, “I haven’t really thought about that,” but added that he didn’t think any national security clearances would be necessary to work in the office of a first-term Congressman.
Turner also said that he doesn’t believe in man-made global warming, is in favor of the Defense of Marriage Act, and opposes abortion rights.
He did depart from Republican orthodoxy in some respects however, saying that he wouldn’t sign Grover Norquist’s pledge to not raise taxes, and that tax loopholes needed to be closed in order to raise revenue.
“Republicans happily are saying we’re not increasing taxes, we’re just closing loopholes,” he said. “I like that terminology better than raising taxes. But the reality is, revenue will be increased.”
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