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Andrew Manuse's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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New Hampshire State Legislative Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifea) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Noc) 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) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Yesh) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
i) Other or expanded principles

I think the RU486 pill (or its equivalent) should be made available ONLY to women who are raped for a week after their rape. I support no other form of abortion, for life begins at convention and the government has a duty to protect the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness for every citizen equally under the law. If a woman's life is endangered by her pregnancy, her life should be given precedence, but the doctor should make every effort to save mother and child. Modern technology makes that possible. Situations that affect the life of the mother are rare.

1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Slightly Decreasea) Education (higher)
Maintain Statusb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decreasec) Environment
Greatly Decreased) Health care
Slightly Decreasee) Law enforcement
Slightly Increasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreaseg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

I think we need to audit all of our state departments so we know where our money is being spent. That will allow us to eliminate redundant, excessive or unconstitutional spending items. My answers above indicate my priority levels for funding the named categories.
* I will always advocate for an affordable government that considers the NH Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land under the U.S. Constitution.
* Enact right-to-work legislation and eliminate collective bargaining for public employees. Bring state employees� salaries and benefits in line with the private sector, including the far-too-generous state pension system.

2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Property taxes
f) Other or expanded categories

* NH currently has one of the worst corporate tax rates in the country, which is causing businesses to flee the state. We must reduce the Business Enterprise Tax and the Business Profits Tax to attract new businesses and jobs back to NH.
* Return any savings to the people by further tax cuts or repeal of existing taxes. Repeal all tax and fee increases passed over the past six years that have grown government, such as the electrical generation tax and car registration fees.
* Pass a state constitutional amendment to prohibit a state income tax or sales tax.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing New Hampshire's budget.
Noa) Tapping into New Hampshire's "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Yesc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Noe) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

* Perform an audit of all state departments to determine which programs and employees are excessive, redundant, unnecessary or unconstitutional, and eliminate them. Post the results of the audit online for the public. Thoughtful spending-cut suggestions will become commonplace.
* Require zero-based budgeting, under which state department heads would build each budget from zero. Under this system, state department heads would have to justify every expense and would no longer be able to use the previous budget cycle as a spending baseline.

Noa) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Hampshire governors?
Nob) Do you support limits on the number of terms for New Hampshire state legislators?
c) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nod) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
f) Other or expanded principles

Political donations are a form of free speech and should not be limited. To ensure we avoid corruption, however, all political donations should be reported. Limits on campaign contributions stifle free speech, plain and simple.

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yesc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Yesd) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Yesf) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
g) Other or expanded principles

Crimes that only affect the person committing the crime (i.e., non-violent) should be decriminalized or removed from the books as crimes. This will save money on enforcement and will also save money on incarceration.

When there is an age gap between an adult engaging in violent or unwanted sexual behavior against a minor, the adult, if convicted with DNA evidence, should at minimum spend the rest of his or her life in prison. When one teen engages in consensual sexual behavior with another teen, the law should not intercede in any way.

Noa) Do you support establishing a state income tax?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support the expansion of state-regulated gaming?
Nod) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Noe) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Nof) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Noh) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
i) Other or expanded principles

One of government's primary purposes is to maintain the infrastructure for the state, however infrastructure projects should never be funded to "create jobs." Government doesn't create jobs, government--through taxation--destroys wealth. Thus, government should be removed from the economy wherever possible, by decreasing regulations and lowering taxation, to encourage the private sector to create jobs. Keynesian Economics is an abysmal failure; this has been proven time and time again. I am an advocate of Austrian Economics, which is based on the original principles of free enterprise as posited by Adam Smith. (I would vote to legalize gambling only in this context).

Noa) Do you support national education standards?
Nob) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Yesc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noe) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from New Hampshire high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

* Support laws that, in general, encourage school choice and competition and allow all parents to choose the best public, private, charter or homeschool program for their children. Repeal laws that attempt to restrict or control alternatives to public education.
* Institute tax credits or school vouchers, which will introduce competition in education, give more choice to families who cannot afford private school tuition, and ensure that families who choose home or private school do not pay twice for their children�s education.
* Restore ultimate control over primary and secondary school curriculum and decisions to elected local school boards.

Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Noc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Yesd) Do you support state funding for improvements to New Hampshire's energy infrastructure?
Yese) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles

I strongly support the equal application of the law, as required by Article 2 of New Hampshire's Constitution. Subsidies and targeted tax breaks for any industry give advantages to certain favored groups at the expense of others who are not given the same opportunities to access the same markets. It also hides the true cost of goods and services, which creates market inefficiencies. Free enterprise should always be preferred to government intervention. As for climate change: If it is real, why would I damage our economic ability to respond to potential threats by pretending government could solve this problem?

Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles

Gun control laws help criminals, while innocent law-abiding citizens are made more vulnerable to attack by them. According to John R. Lott Jr. in his March 2003 book, "The Bias Against Guns," he said that "the effect of gun ownership on crime is quite large: a 1 percent increase in gun ownership reduces violent crime by 4.1 percent." Perhaps that is why New Hampshire has such a low per capita gun crime rate. In 2004, New Hampshire had 167 violent crimes per 100,000 people, the fourth lowest number of any state in the country (U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics).

Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Yese) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Nof) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in New Hampshire?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

* Opt-out of the unconstitutional requirements of Obamacare in NH.
* Eliminate government mandates on insurance companies; allow people to decide what kind of coverage they want.
* Enable insurers to provide catastrophic-only coverage (a person could choose to pay for routine care out of pocket and get coverage only when it is truly needed).
* Allow NH residents to buy insurance policies written in other states and allow insurance companies in other states to sell their plans in NH.
* Allow NH residents to create health insurance pools so they can receive the same discounts as large companies.

Yesa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should New Hampshire continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in New Hampshire's anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

According to Article II of the NH Constitution, "All men have certain natural, essential, and inherent rights - among which are, the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing, and protecting, property; and, in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by this state on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin." As such, any laws that infringe or extend rights only to one group of people based on their preferences should be repealed. Marriage is a religious concept and government should not be involved.

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.

* Implement zero-based budgeting to force department heads to start from scratch with their budgets, justify every expense and restrict spending to what the state has coming in. Audit all the state departments to identify and eliminate excessive, redundant or unconstitutional spending. With the savings, cut business taxes to stimulate job growth. With remaining savings, cut taxes that impact households, such as the taxes on electricity production and car registration fees.
* Opt-out of the unconstitutional sections of Obamacare and institute free-market reforms to reduce costs and improve quality of care.
* Restore authority over children to their parents.

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