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Star Parker

Star Parker's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Star Parker
Gender: Female
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Star Parker refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Family Research Council. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 24 September 2010. Family Research Council endorsed Star Parker in the 2010 General Election. (votesmart.org)
  • Republican National Coalition for Life PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 24 September 2010. Republican National Coalition for Life PAC endorsed Star Parker in the 2010 General Election. (votesmart.org)
  • Star Parker. Issue Position: Abortion. "Rather than recognizing that every human being is unique and free, created in God's image, socialism tries to turn us into laboratory rodents, pretending to manage our lives according to predictable formulas. A recent Gallup poll reflects that 51% of Americans are now Pro-Life. Even former Planned Parenthood director, Abby Johnson, has confirmed that her former organization tries to instill in its employees and women who seek abortions that their wombs carry nothing but a mass of cells. Taxpayers, especially in light of their faith, should not be forced to support abortion with their hard-earned dollars. Note: In my state of California, a school official can remove your minor daughter from the school and facilitate an abortion without so much as notifying you the parent. Yet these same school officials cannot administer so much as an aspirin without your written permission. Their goal: control and indoctrination as early in life as possible." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star Parker signed American Family Business Institute: Death Tax Repeal Pledge. (www.nodeathtax.org)
No Inferred Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star Parker. Economy Slows with Massive Government Spending and Regulations. 1 August 2010. "Parker believes that the economic recovery and the restoration of jobs will not be the result of government spending, but rather private industry being relieved of high taxes and backbreaking government regulations...Also creating concern was the fact that most of the expansion was the result of the federal government's massive $862 billion stimulus package and increased government spending rather than from consumer spending, the consistent lifeblood of economic activity, which actually slowed over the quarter...Parker believes that the economic recovery and the restoration of jobs will not be the result of government spending, but rather private industry being relieved of high taxes and backbreaking government regulations. "When I get to Washington I will work with private industry generally and small businesses specifically to help reduce the burdens of skyrocketing corporate taxes and overreaching regulations," Parker promised." (votesmart.org)
  • Star Parker. Fox News "Your World with Neil Cavuto" - Transcript. 14 June 2010. "There are only two ways to stimulate the economy and create jobs, the types of jobs that we need in the private sector: Reduce taxes and reduce the regulation against small businesses. Unfortunately, the -- this -- this administration pits the public against the private. And now here we have a situation to where the public sector are supposed to be servants. And we're finding out that they make twice what people make in the private sector. And it's very, very difficult, because, when you don't have money in the grassroots, and people spending that type of money because of government out of control in many instances, the collapse of Fannie and Freddie, what we're beginning to see are people judge these state workers, these employee -- these -- the employees of the government, to say, wait a minute, there's no more money for us to send to you. So, the bailout is the last thing we want to do. The government, all of the states, the local governments are going to have to do like the rest of the American people, start cutting back." (votesmart.org)
  • Star Parker. Issue Position: Jobs & the Economy. "The economy has been in a downward spiral since the Obama Administration began its socialist agenda. Instead of focusing on jobs, which is the people's highest priority in all major polls, the president and the Congress led by Reid and Pelosi has focused on such government takeover programs as Healthcare, Cap & Trade (Cap & Tax), Financial Reform and Amnesty for illegal immigrants. Most financial experts now say that Obama's plan for financial reform will only further destroy the economy by causing more job losses. What I want to do when I arrive in Washington is to bring back control of the economy to private industry -- the entrepreneurs that create jobs." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star Parker. Social Security Reforms Cooking again: Payroll taxes no longer cover payments. 15 February 2010. "Wealth doesn't come from income. It comes from ownership. Investing in personal retirement accounts, rather than paying Social Security taxes, would be a boon for America's black community." (www.urbancure.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eakins, Paul. 2010. The Long Beach Press-Telegram: Star Parker, challenging Laura Richardson in 37th, speaks at town hall meeting. 10 September 2010. "Parker said she [?] supports the death penalty [?]." (www.starparkerforcongress.com)
  • Parker, Star, and Lorenzo Benet. Pimps, Whores and Welfare Brats: From Welfare Cheat to Conservative Messenger. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1998. "One of government's few roles in society should be making its citizens feel safe and secure. The death penalty is the ultimate form of authority for the civil government to use in maintaining control. I support it for three crimes-murder, rape, and kidnapping. It's needed for murder because there is no other form of retribution for taking another life; it's necessary for rape because what a rapist steals from a person can never be recovered. And I endorse it for kidnapping because when you put a person's life in danger, that individual will never feel secure again." (books.google.com)
No Inferred Answer Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star Parker. Obama on Education: Right Talk, Wrong Walk. 3 March 2009. "The problem with professional bureaucrats is that they think we learn about human beings in laboratories and academic studies. It never occurs to them the problem is a bankrupt culture, which they themselves often reflect, and what's needed is a return to traditional values... That is why throwing money at a goverment school Monoply is not going to change education realities. We need freedom to allow parents - certainly inner-city parents - to choose thier child's school...We need more common sense and freedom in K-12 education -- not more government programs and money." (www.urbancure.org)
  • Home School Legal Defense Association. 2010. 30 September 2010. Home School Legal Defense Association endorsed Star Parker in the 2010 General Election. (www.hsldapac.org)
  • Star Parker. Issue Position: Education. "With 2009 California Standardized Test scores in my district reflecting proficiency rates as low as 4% in English-Language Arts, and 17% in Math, it is long past time that the students in my district receive the same quality education as is in more affluent parts of the state. What will help bring this to a realization is what always works in other areas: COMPETITION!! More than 50% of the high schools students drop out in my district. This is unacceptable and I will work to restore California to its previous #1 education ranking in the country." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star Parker. Our Problems Not in the Atmosphere, But On the Earth. 5 July 2010. "Supposedly we have no choice. Three assumptions drive it all: that the earth's climate has irreversibly warmed (which will cause major problems), that this warming is caused by carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels, and that we've got to get government to intervene to get us off these fuels and onto alternatives. The global warming nightmare is a warm fuzzy dream for those that want even more major government interference in our private lives. And if the premises behind it were all true, we'd all agree to it. But these premises are far from clear. The recent "climategate" scandal showed that scientists at global warming "headquarters" at the Climate Research Unit in London were suppressing serious scientific dissent regarding their assumptions and conclusions. A new article in the prestigious journal of the Phi Beta Kappa society - American Scholar - sheds further serious doubt on "clean energy" initiatives. The article, by a Nobel Prize winning physicist from Stanford, Robert B. Laughlin, shows that the vast time spans and complexity of the earth's geological realities are far beyond our understanding and control. Over time, the earth has gone through cycles of cooling and warming. Dr. Laughlin concludes, 'The geological record suggests that climate ought not to concern us too much when we're gazing into the energy future, not because it is unimportant, but because it's beyond our power to control.' The bottom line on "clean energy" initiatives is that the only sure things we will get are more taxes, higher costs, and more government. Guaranteed costs for benefits that are extremely questionable." (townhall.com)
  • Star Parker. Issue Position: Cap and Trade. "Cap and Trade involves using new regulations and legislation to reduce the release of various pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere and oceans. The prime pollutant is carbon dioxide. If enacted, this law will create a scheme that would allow companies to buy and sell their emission permits or credits. But despite the political spin in Washington, this is nothing more than a smokescreen to impose a tax on business that will hurt not only businesses, but particularly distributors, and will ultimately hurt the consumer." (votesmart.org)
  • Star Parker. Issue Position: Jobs & the Economy. "The economy has been in a downward spiral since the Obama Administration began its socialist agenda. Instead of focusing on jobs, which is the people's highest priority in all major polls, the president and the Congress led by Reid and Pelosi has focused on such government takeover programs as Healthcare, Cap & Trade (Cap & Tax), Financial Reform and Amnesty for illegal immigrants. Most financial experts now say that Obama's plan for financial reform will only further destroy the economy by causing more job losses. What I want to do when I arrive in Washington is to bring back control of the economy to private industry -- the entrepreneurs that create jobs." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gun Owners of America. 2010. 30 September 2010. Gun Owners of America endorsed Star Parker in the 2010 General Election. (www.goapvf.org)
No Inferred Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star Parker. Abortion is not Health Care: New government bean counters, programs, taxes, speding, and subsidies are not the answer. 27 July 2009. "For those currently on private plans, we need less, not more government. More competition and health savings accounts...Health care is not about bureaucrats but about individual human behavior. We should be talking about a culture of life and the traditional values that sustain it." (www.urbancure.org)
  • Star Parker. Issue Position: Jobs & the Economy. "The economy has been in a downward spiral since the Obama Administration began its socialist agenda. Instead of focusing on jobs, which is the people's highest priority in all major polls, the president and the Congress led by Reid and Pelosi has focused on such government takeover programs as Healthcare, Cap & Trade (Cap & Tax), Financial Reform and Amnesty for illegal immigrants. Most financial experts now say that Obama's plan for financial reform will only further destroy the economy by causing more job losses. What I want to do when I arrive in Washington is to bring back control of the economy to private industry -- the entrepreneurs that create jobs." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star Parker. Se habla entitlement. 17 April 2006. "Part of the package deal that comes with showing up in the United States today is our welfare state as well as our free economy. Illegal status is really a temporary situation, anyway. Illegal immigrants' children who are born here are U.S. citizens. Significant demands are being made on our tax dollars in the way of schools, health care and government services, including law enforcement. Yes, let's encourage freedom. But freedom is a privilege and a responsibility. We have enough people already here who think it's all about entitlement." (townhall.com)
  • Star Parker. Issue Position: Jobs & the Economy. "The economy has been in a downward spiral since the Obama Administration began its socialist agenda. Instead of focusing on jobs, which is the people's highest priority in all major polls, the president and the Congress led by Reid and Pelosi has focused on such government takeover programs as Healthcare, Cap & Trade (Cap & Tax), Financial Reform and Amnesty for illegal immigrants. Most financial experts now say that Obama's plan for financial reform will only further destroy the economy by causing more job losses. What I want to do when I arrive in Washington is to bring back control of the economy to private industry -- the entrepreneurs that create jobs." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Star Parker. Laura Richardson votes 'no' on war funding. 21 October 2010. "We are in a war with terrorists who want to kill us. It is their paramount goal," Ms. Parker said. "To not provide our men and women on that battlefield the necessary tools to fight this terrorism is nothing short of an outrage. And this is just one of the many reasons I am challenging Laura Richardson this election year." (www.starparkerforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 24 September 2010. Eagle Forum endorsed Star Parker in the 2010 General Election. (votesmart.org)
  • Family Research Council. 2010. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 24 September 2010. Family Research Council endorsed Star Parker in the 2010 General Election. (votesmart.org)
  • Star Parker. Issue Position: Gay Marriage. "Marriage between one man and one woman has been a protected institution over the centuries all across the globe. Californians passed Proposition 8, the "Marriage Protection Act" constitutional amendment in a clear effort to continue to protect this institution. Studies show that homes and families with both parents have a significantly higher success rate raising their children to become well-grounded adults." (votesmart.org)

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