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Andre Barnett's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-life Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing Medicaid spending? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing Medicare spending? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Budget, Spending, and Taxes: Is balancing the budget an administrative priority? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Environment and Energy: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Environment and Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Foreign Policy: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Foreign Policy: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Health Care: Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Same-Sex Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Presidential 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

We must first look at ourselves as a nation and ask if we are educating our youth in a way that detures them from being sexually active. We then must address the real question as to why an abortion is being requested. In a situation of life or death I could possibly see a need not just for convenience.

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

If we remove the government's over-reaching regulating arms from withing the private sector and let business sectors regulate one another we could renegotiate and restructure these benefits to keep our promise to those who have been paying into the system for so many years. See my plan exerpt at http://bit.ly/pdq1Ug.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

This is also in conjunction with my economic plan. With more people working we would be able to maintain the functionality of a smaller government while still providing necessary services to the public without the bruden of heavier taxes. We also should not require taxes for gains that have already been taxed. (Inheritance Tax)

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate 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?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I support perminant tax relief. I also believe we need to get people back to work not keep the unimployeed. It is not that I do not support a temporary extension, however people need to get motivated to make a change in our government and force them to do what is right. If people truly cannot find work there should be assistance, but this must be done on a case by case basis not blanket free monies for anyone not working.

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

The Department of Education shoule be overhauled or abolished. The federal government should not have authority to dictate what our children are taught or impeed state's authority over them.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Though I am not fully certain about humans contributing to climate change I would rather err on the side of caution. I believe we need to begin extracting resources on our land before allowing our waters to be tapped into. We also need to keep oil leases from being held just to drive up costs.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

We need only enforce the laws we already have and not pile more onto it. Our citizens have a right to defend themselves.

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

We must restructure this system, see my proposal http://bit.ly/pdq1Ug

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo 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

Promoting illegal immigration is not the way to stop illegal immigration.

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

I believe that marriage should not be in the hands of the government but the Church. Thus the Bible defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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.

Prenegotiation with corporations to brings jobs back into the US under a tax haven here in the US. (no extra funding required)
Reducing the size of government and its reach into the private business sectors, our Churches, families, and our everyday lives. (no extra funding necessary)
Repealing 501c3 and allowing the Church's voice to be unbridled. They are also protected under the 1st amendment.

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