Benjamin 'Ben' A. Emery's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Benjamin 'Ben' A. Emery
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sue; 2 Children: Trevor, Reilly
Birth Date: 12/11/1969
Birth Place: San Jose, CA
Home City: Nevada City, CA
Religion: Spiritual, The Sacred
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Ben Emery refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

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  • Ben Emery. The Mysterious CAFR Funds -- And How We Can Tap into Them by Ellen Brown. 25 August 2010. "This $100 billion credit line would allow California to finance its $26 billion deficit at very minimal interest rates, with $74 billion left over for infrastructure and other sorely needed projects. Studies have shown that eliminating the interest burden can cut the cost of public projects in half. The loans could be repaid from the profits generated by the projects themselves. Public transportation, low-cost housing, alternative energy sources and the like all generate fees. Meanwhile, the jobs created by these projects would produce additional taxes and stimulate the economy." (www.benemery.org)
  • Ben Emery. Punishing the Jobless by Paul Krugman. 25 August 2010. "Wait: there's more. One main reason there aren't enough jobs right now is weak consumer demand. Helping the unemployed, by putting money in the pockets of people who badly need it, helps support consumer spending. That's why the Congressional Budget Office rates aid to the unemployed as a highly cost-effective form of economic stimulus. And unlike, say, large infrastructure projects, aid to the unemployed creates jobs quickly - while allowing that aid to lapse, which is what is happening right now, is a recipe for even weaker job growth, not in the distant future but over the next few months." (www.benemery.org)
  • Ben Emery. Issue Position: Financial Market Reform. "In the fall of 2008 our financial sector brought the United States of America and the world economies to the brink of collapse. We still haven't recovered. The U.S. taxpayers bailed out the major banks in hope of preventing a total collapse and so the lending banks would start investing in the productive economy, to fuel an economic recovery. Instead these banks are receiving taxpayer-financed 0% interest loans through the Federal Reserve and investing in Government Bonds that have a 3% return on investment." (votesmart.org)

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  • Ben Emery. Ben Emery for Congress. 24 June 2010. "Our democracy is in the jaws of death, and we need to snatch it out before it is too late. We can do this by promoting and supporting the following: Solvency of Medicare and Social Security." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Ben Emery. 2010. The Voter Guide: U.S. House 4. Responded "Yes, this increase in revenue could help recover some of the hidden external costs associated with these pollutants such as health and environmental costs. Corporations take home the profits and we the people get the bill to deal with the clean up" to the question "Should companies be forced to pay higher taxes if they do not reduce greenhouse emissions? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)

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  • Ben Emery. 2010. The Voter Guide: U.S. House 4. Responded "The competition of a medicare for all public option is the only way to reduce the ballooning cost of private health insurance in America -- or amending ERISA law giving states the self governing power of setting up their own single payer program" to the question "Should Congress allow the federal government to compete with private insurers in offering health insurance? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Ben Emery. Ben Emery for Congress. 24 June 2010. "Polls show voters want a public option over a 'bipartisan' health care bill. Join 150,000 people in sending a message to Congress. Tell Congress: We want a good bill with a public option, not a 'bipartisan' bill." (www.facebook.com)

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  • Ben Emery. 2010. The Voter Guide: U.S. House 4. Responded "No, it should not become easier. Immigration is a cornerstone in the foundation of America but the saturation of cheap labor into the US workforce would hurt an already dwindling middle class during these times of 17% unemployment or underemployment" to the question "Should Congress make it easier for immigrants to become U.S. citizens? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)

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  • Ben Emery signed Coalition Against War Spending: "The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost Americans over $1 trillion in direct costs, and over $3 trillion altogether. At a time when our national debt exceeds $13 trillion, we can no longer afford these wars. It's time for Congress to reject any funding except to bring all our troops safely home." 2010. (www.afterdowningstreet.org)

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  • Ben Emery. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Political Courage Test. Social Issues: Other or expanded principles: "a) I think the term marriage should be dropped and equal rights should be given to same sex couples who want to publicly perform a civil union with a government contract. Leave the term marriage behind and leave it up to the faith or church of the people pursuing the recognition."
  • Ben Emery. 2010. The Voter Guide: U.S. House 4. Responded "Yes, I believe this is in violation of the 10th amendment. This issue comes down to civil and equal rights for all US citizens. Government contracts such as Civil Union/ Marriage license should be absent of discrimination" to the question "Should Congress repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act which makes it illegal for the federal government to recognize gay marriages? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)

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California Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

The government needs to stay out of the reproductive rights of individuals
In Fact the only man who should have any input on the matter of a woman's reproductive rights is the potential father of the child *(the doctor as well if they are male)

Federal funding of abortion practices since the 1970's have been prohibited with the Hyde Amendment.

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decrease1) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decrease2) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Agriculture subsides need to be reduced to industrial farming, lets pay the true cost of foods. NAFTA wouldn't of caused the immigration floodgates to the US if the heavily subsidized corn industry didn't undercut Mexican corn farmers.

GMO's are the patent of life is the biggest threat to food diversity on the Planet.

On the reduction of homeland security I will use Benjamin Franklin quote
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

The Patriot Act, FISA Act, Suspension of Habeas Corpus, Torture, Invasion of Afghanistan/ Iraq were all Un-Constitutional

2) Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

Capital Gains Tax Increase
Long term investments 7 years or more should be exempt

Corporate tax percentage levels are fine except the are not collected because of multiple tax loopholes and shelters. One building in the Cayman Islands houses 18,000 US corporations, this is what we call a tax shelter

We need to go back to Demand Side Economics tax structure where it is purely progressive and the incentive is to reinvest in the productive US economy. When those incentives were removed in the 80's with Supply Side economics that is when America started its downturn

NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

The Estate Tax will continue to generate hundreds of billions of dollars as it has since the early 1900's.
Lets make the threshold $50 million dollars.
The average annual income of the top 400 families in America is over $350 million.
The estate tax only affects the top 0.03% of Americans.

Budget needs to be balanced unless in times of emergencies

I do support stimulus packages but only if they have buy American clauses attached to them, otherwise it is a stimulus to foreign economies not our own

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

Privatizing Social Security only favors the financial sector and access to tack on fee's of a multi-trillion dollar program. It is the most successful and most solvent government programs we have.
Lift the cap of $106,800 to include all income except long term capital gains.

Reducing Government regulation on Big Business is what I am opposed too. Regulations are a weapon of big business to stomp out competition of medium and small business.

Reducing Regulations was directly linked to the 29 miners killed in the Massey Coal incident, the financial meltdown of 2008, and the BP Gulf of Mexico Disaster.

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

The only way to regain control of our government back from special interest influence is Public Financing of Campaigns. Progressive caps on spending, the higher the office the higher the cap. This would reduce special interests influence and reduce the smear campaigning.

Citizens United vs. FEC decision was the biggest assault on democracy in American in modern history. We need to amend the US constitution stripping corporations of their human rights status.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

Capital Punishment -the only circumstance it should be applied is in international courts on war crimes

We need to decriminalize all drugs that grow naturally. This will empty out of expensive overcrowded prisons and reduce the government drug enforcement cost greatly. Use that saved government spending and put it towards vocational training and higher education. Lets educate not incarcerate.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

Teaching to the test of private sector companies has been a disastrous policy that has bankrupted our educational institutions. End No Child Left Behind

Head Start programs are one of the best ways to get children on the right path

I would much rather see funding of charter schools than voucher programs

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nog) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

E) is a worded where I can't answer. I don't mind oil exploration depending on the situation.

Personally I would encourage ending all subsides to energy companies which include, military support or invasions, health care cost of burning fossil fuels, land and lease give aways, and straight up tax subsides.

If we paid the true cost of fossil fuels in America we would as citizens would demand the development of renewable alternative energy.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Noc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe as a social benefit all gun owners need to take a course on proper gun management, make the course fee's voluntary. The second amendment couples gun ownership with a well regulated militia, I believe this course would fall under the well regulated militia clause.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Noc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Nod) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

Reducing tort law would be removing one of the hallmark of the ability for an individual to redress their grievances in the court of law.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Nod) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

Illegal immigrants need to take proper procedures to gain legal status

b) it depends if we are talking about H1 visa's of workers coming into the country to replace qualified American workers than the answer is yes we need to reduce legal immigration allowed into the country.

If state and local police get certified by federal government to be able to enforce federal law than I would have no problem but that isn't what is being proposed

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Nod) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
g) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

g) Iran is a signatory of Non-Proliferation Treaty and there has been no evidence in a weapons program or manufacturing sites.

Sanctions punishes the people not the government of the nations targeted.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations
  • Ben Emery. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Political Courage Test. Social Issues: Other or expanded principles: "a) I think the term marriage should be dropped and equal rights should be given to same sex couples who want to publicly perform a civil union with a government contract. Leave the term marriage behind and leave it up to the faith or church of the people pursuing the recognition."
  • Ben Emery. 2010. The Voter Guide: U.S. House 4. Responded "Yes, I believe this is in violation of the 10th amendment. This issue comes down to civil and equal rights for all US citizens. Government contracts such as Civil Union/ Marriage license should be absent of discrimination" to the question "Should Congress repeal the federal Defense of Marriage Act which makes it illegal for the federal government to recognize gay marriages? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

a) I think the term marriage should be dropped and equal rights should be given to same sex couples who want to publicly perform a civil union with a government contract. Leave the term marriage behind and leave it up to the faith or church of the people pursuing the recognition.

d) is a horrible program but it is the best thing we have to make sure all Americans have an equal opportunity

Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Public Financing of Campaigns- an $8 dollar per federal income tax return to remove the influence of special interests of our government officials.

Returning the American economy to Demand Side economics and renegotiating our current trade agreements to begin to create another strong middle class

Reducing the revolving door between lobbying and government.