William Smith calls the whole ball of wax, the welfare system. However when he does, he speaks about, social security, medicare, medicaid, unemployment insurance, and food stamps; the things people have invested their own dollars into "To see that they have that" if a time comes it is needed. He said that it comes with a promise from the government that a person has some security and stability in their personal life.
In this video he asked the question about the impact to the U.S. economy if this money was reduced or eliminated and middle class consumers no longer had it to spend. He said he also wants change, but Americans need to understand the concept of the unintended consequences of change.
It was a rainy Saturday morning on Smith's front porch, and later in his kitchen for home made pie, for a ninety-minute interview; the first the overnight truck driver has granted since winning the Democratic primary last March. Until this in-depth interview, Smith remained the unknown candidate, and the ignored candidate, despite grabbing the chance to perhaps become, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” The difference - this real-life Mr. Smith is no naive Jimmy Stewart character. Yet, nearly four and a half months have gone by and no one had contacted Smith to find out his political beliefs.
He said he almost completed a teaching degree at Ohio University, but because of ever changing credit requirements during the 1970s never received a diploma. He has also been a correction officer at the Lucasville State Prison, a postal worker, a job training counselor, and when very young, worked in the family saw mill. He is now a candidate for Congress.
He will face Republican Brad Wenstrup for a seat in the U.S. Congress representing Ohio’s 2nd District - the seat that will be vacated by Jean Schmidt after losing to Wenstrup in the primary election.