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Columbia Missourian

Constitution candidate uneasy about entitlements

By Joel Walsh
October 27, 2008 | 11:38 p.m. CDT
James Rensing says expanding the two-party system would be better for everyone.

JEFFERSON CITY — James Rensing, the Constitution Party candidate for lieutenant governor, acknowledges he might not be the obvious choice for office.

But, he said, many residents cast a vote for Republicans or Democrats each election without feeling completely comfortable about their decision.

James Rensing

HOMETOWN: Webster Groves.

PERSONAL: 41. He is married and has one son.

PARTY AFFILIATION:
Constitution

CAMPAIGN WEB SITE: rensingforltgovernor.com

OCCUPATION: Certified signing agent in the mortgage industry.

EDUCATION: Between 1986 and 1991, Rensing took classes at MU, the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Southwest Missouri State University and Maryville University.

BACKGROUND:
From 1992 to 1999, Rensing worked as a licensed nursing home administrator in Clayton before moving to independent real estate sales. He is a former member of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps.


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"People should vote with their conscience and their opinions and what they believe in," he said. "We should have three, four, five, six parties running the government. I think that would be better for everyone."

Rensing, a resident of Webster Groves in St. Louis County, worked as a licensed nursing home administrator in Clayton before moving to independent real estate sales in 1995. He is a certified signing agent, or, as he described, an intermediary between banks and customers seeking loans to refinance their homes.

He is married and has one son.

As a member of the Constitution Party of Missouri, Rensing said he stands for wresting power away from the federal government and giving it back to the states.

"I think governments are run better the closer they are to their people," he said.

Asked if he supported restoring Medicaid cuts made in 2005 and what, if anything, he would do to make health care more affordable to all Missourians, Rensing said he is "not a big fan of entitlement programs."

"Personally I think they're bankrupting our society and states," he added. "I think Medicare or Medicaid is kind of a socialistic program that we're in. If it could be phased out, I'd be more in favor of that."

Rensing said by eliminating certain government programs, health care would be more affordable for everyone.

As with other issues, Rensing said the "free-market system seems to always work."

The 41-year-old spent time in Arizona involved in the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a border-security group, "helping build the fence that's never going to be built by our government."

He said he supports constitutional Amendment 1 on the ballot, which would make English the official language of government proceedings.

"I think English-only would be a great thing not only for the state but for this country," Rensing said, adding, "I don't think we're at a point right now where we can just be bringing everyone and their brother into our country."

He encouraged Missouri residents to vote for him Nov. 4, because, he said, "I'm not an insider; I'm not entrenched in the system.

"It's time for a third party to step in and get involved."