Andrew Hastings's Political Positions

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Andrew Hastings has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

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Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

The government has no business in the personal decisions in ones life.


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?
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

The Presidents primary constituional priority is Command in Cheif, If we reduce military spending what would the President be commanding.

I support a flat tax, because taking a little from a lot will always bring in more then taking a lot from little. Currently 48% of Americans pay no income taxes how is that fair?

My medical plan, which is detailed on my website:, would basically eliminate the need for Medicad/Medicare while providing government health care.

I would be the nations balanced budget amendment. I would not pass a budget that's not balanced.


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 Decreasea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

The Government should not support the arts, if it were popular, aka self-sefficent, it wouldn't need support.

Education should be a state concern.

All research funded by the government will no longer be in the form of grants. We will instead be silent investment partners.

Welfare as we now know it would end. It would be like unemployment insurance, you must put in before you can take out.


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.

Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminated) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Increasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

See my website: for information about my flat tax plan.

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
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate 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?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

The Hoover Dam and the Interstate Highway System are the greatest, publicly funded, infrastructure project of all time.

See my website: for information on my flat tax plan.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo 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

I believe we've accomplished out goal in Afghanistan we removed the Taliban from their ruling position. Now we need to get out and let the chips fall where they may. I think that if our money had anything to do with a dicator being in power, we are responsible for removing that dictator from power. If the people of that country so desire (aka Libya).

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
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

Just because something is a good idea to have, or do, dosen't mean Government should require having it, or doing it, by law.

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

I think that all illegal immigrants need to leave this country. Only allow back in the actual workers, on guest worker permits. Do NOT allow them to bring their families.

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

Government needs to stay out of the personal lives of individuals. Whether they are straight or homosexual.

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

As part of my tax plan 5% of the taxes will go into personal retirement accounts. Where it will acculmate tax free, and one can withdraw it tax free.

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.

Fix the tax system by making it a flat tax.
Create an executive order repealing Obama-care.
Get the budget under control. Have two budgets a necessity spending, which would cover all the entitlements and budget items that must be paid. A budget to spend the rest of the money on, give the items priorities 1 to 4 with level 1 beinging funded the first year of my Presidency, and level 4 bing funded on the 4th year.

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