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Stephen Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State Assembly - District 51
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What is the Political Courage Test?

California Congressional Election 2012 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-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

If murdering a pregnant woman is a double murder, how is not (especially late term) an abortion also murder.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

We must help the country to able to defend itself. After that, we should keep a limited specials opps training force.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

All wage earners need skin in the game, even if the amount is small. The questions about Medicaid and Medicare are not yes or no questions, they are more nuanced.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Regulations tend to be bad. Either all reported or nothing allowed from corporations and unions.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

We need to dramatically simplify the tax code and lower taxes, especially corporate taxes.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I support state sovereignty. Regulations cause most of the problems.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

We need more energy production, especially the new technology nuclear energy.

NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Mars is heating at the same rate as the earth. We need to be good stewards, by protecting forests and open spaces. Low polution, especially unburned hydrocarbons, but CO2 is natural and necessary for balance.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Stephen Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California U.S. House District 34. Selected No Answer for: "Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Guns: Other or expanded principles: "This is a bad question because there ARE restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns now. I fully support the Second Amendment. Restrictions on violent felony and mental incompetents is reasonable. I support more safety training."
Other or expanded principles

This is a bad question because there ARE restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns now. I fully support the Second Amendment. Restrictions on violent felony and mental incompetents is reasonable. I support more safety training.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

Gross violation of the Constitution. If upheld, we could be forced to buy anything. Incredible abuse of power.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Stephen Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 California Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected No Answer for: "Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?" Immigration: Other or expanded principles: "These questions put the cart before the horse. Absolutely control the border first. Remember when amnesty was offered under President Reagan the program failed because the borders were not controlled. We can offer solutions for those who are here AFTER we secure the borders."
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

These questions put the cart before the horse. Absolutely control the border first. Remember when amnesty was offered under President Reagan the program failed because the borders were not controlled. We can offer solutions for those who are here AFTER we secure the borders.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

Domestic partnerships should be legal.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

As a last resort.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

The categories may change due to current events, but I support a balanced budget. We need to transition to self-funding for SS and Medicare. The SS trust is a sham. It is not a trust.

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.
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

1. Rewrite the tax code.
2. Simplify regulations to encourage business.
3. Get rid of Czars. Return to separation of powers.

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