Representative Thomas Massie's Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (KY) - District 4, Republican
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Thomas Massie has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Thomas Massie is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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  • Thomas Massie. Video: Buffalo Trace Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner. 22 January 2012. "We must respect the Constitution. It protects our natural god-given rights to liberties that our founders and our military have fought for and preserved. And by the way, those rights extend to the unborn." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Lewis County judge executive considering run for Davis' congressional seat.19 December 2011. "I am staunchly pro-life." (fatlip.leoweekly.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Abortion. 1 January 2012. "I believe that life begins at conception. I will vote against government funding of abortion services and will vote to defund Planned Parenthood. I am hopeful that scientific discoveries and engineering advancements like ultrasound will continue to improve public understanding about the existence of life before birth. As public perception and morality shifts it will be easier to pass laws that will guarantee the rights of the unborn. I support a Constitutional Amendment banning abortion and until that can be achieved, I support overturning Roe v. Wade thereby allowing individual states to decide abortion issues. Furthermore I believe no public money should ever be spent on abortion procedures, abortion pills, or embryonic stem cell research." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Video: Buffalo Trace Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner. 22 January 2012. "We must respect the Constitution. It protects our natural god-given rights to liberties that our founders and our military have fought for and preserved. And by the way, those rights extend to the unborn." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Lewis County judge executive considering run for Davis' congressional seat.19 December 2011. "I am staunchly pro-life." (fatlip.leoweekly.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Abortion. 1 January 2012. "I believe that life begins at conception. I will vote against government funding of abortion services and will vote to defund Planned Parenthood. I am hopeful that scientific discoveries and engineering advancements like ultrasound will continue to improve public understanding about the existence of life before birth. As public perception and morality shifts it will be easier to pass laws that will guarantee the rights of the unborn. I support a Constitutional Amendment banning abortion and until that can be achieved, I support overturning Roe v. Wade thereby allowing individual states to decide abortion issues. Furthermore I believe no public money should ever be spent on abortion procedures, abortion pills, or embryonic stem cell research." (votesmart.org)

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  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Thomas Massie in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Video: Pure Politics with Thomas Massie Part 1. 18 January 2012. "Well, I think we've got a problem when 50% of the nation is paying taxes. There may be a case where our tax policy is bad and is causing that upper 1%, if you will, to go overseas. But what you need to realize is that 1% is also largely the job creators in this country, and I don't think you should punish success. [¦] I'm not a big fan of progressive taxes." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie Issue Position: Tax Code. 6 February 2012. "Our tax code is confusing, unfair, and full of loop holes for special interests with political influence. Thomas supports a fairer, flatter tax plan that distributes the burden more fairly without increasing overall revenues for the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Courier-Journal: 2012 Congressional Race District 4. Responded "The most viable alternative is Senator Rand Paul's budget plan which reduces most non-military, discretionary spending to 2008 levels, eliminates the Department of Energy and the Department of Education, and institutes a 17% flat tax rate." to the question: "As part of the debt-ceiling deal last year, $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over 10 years “ half from defense programs and half from most domestic programs - will begin Jan. 1, 2013, unless Congress acts. Should the automatic cuts be allowed to take place? If not, what is the alternative?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Facebook: Timeline. 14 June 2012. "The Thomas Massie Campaign will be gearing up again very soon. Are you ready to take on the ultra liberal, Bill Adkins? Who has already stated he would support an income tax increase, Obamacare, and the Obama agenda of more government regulations? I am! This is going to be fun!" (www.facebook.com)
  • FreedomWorks. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. FreedomWorks endorsed Thomas Massie in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie Issue Position: Tax Code. 6 February 2012. "Our tax code is confusing, unfair, and full of loop holes for special interests with political influence. Thomas supports a fairer, flatter tax plan that distributes the burden more fairly without increasing overall revenues for the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Video: Pure Politics with Thomas Massie Part 1. 18 January 2012. "Well, I think we've got a problem when 50% of the nation is paying taxes. There may be a case where our tax policy is bad and is causing that upper 1%, if you will, to go overseas. But what you need to realize is that 1% is also largely the job creators in this country, and I don't think you should punish success. [¦] I'm not a big fan of progressive taxes." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Courier-Journal: 2012 Congressional Race District 4. Responded "The most viable alternative is Senator Rand Paul's budget plan which reduces most non-military, discretionary spending to 2008 levels, eliminates the Department of Energy and the Department of Education, and institutes a 17% flat tax rate." to the question: "As part of the debt-ceiling deal last year, $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over 10 years “ half from defense programs and half from most domestic programs - will begin Jan. 1, 2013, unless Congress acts. Should the automatic cuts be allowed to take place? If not, what is the alternative?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Facebook: Timeline. 14 June 2012. "The Thomas Massie Campaign will be gearing up again very soon. Are you ready to take on the ultra liberal, Bill Adkins? Who has already stated he would support an income tax increase, Obamacare, and the Obama agenda of more government regulations? I am! This is going to be fun!" (www.facebook.com)

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  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Solving the Debt Crisis. 30 January 2012. "It is imperative that we act now to stop deficit spending. Thomas supports the "penny plan" which cuts the federal budget by 1% each year until the budget is balanced. American families must live within their means, and so should the government." (www.thomasmassie.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Massie announces candidacy for Congress. 16 January 2012. "We need someone who is committed to lowering taxes, cutting government waste, and ending run away spending. I have done that in Lewis County and I will do that in Washington D.C. as your representative." (www.maysville-online.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Video: Pure Politics with Thomas Massie Part 1. 18 January 2012. "I'm a fan of the penny plan. Basically what it does it cut real spending by 1% over the next 6 years until we get to a balanced budget." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Corporate Welfare. 1 January 2012. "Corporate welfare must end. Companies should compete in the free market without government picking winners and losers." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Corporate Welfare. 1 January 2012. "Corporate welfare must end. Companies should compete in the free market without government picking winners and losers." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Solving the Debt Crisis. 30 January 2012. "It is imperative that we act now to stop deficit spending. Thomas supports the "penny plan" which cuts the federal budget by 1% each year until the budget is balanced. American families must live within their means, and so should the government." (www.thomasmassie.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Massie announces candidacy for Congress. 16 January 2012. "We need someone who is committed to lowering taxes, cutting government waste, and ending run away spending. I have done that in Lewis County and I will do that in Washington D.C. as your representative." (www.maysville-online.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Video: Pure Politics with Thomas Massie Part 1. 18 January 2012. "I'm a fan of the penny plan. Basically what it does it cut real spending by 1% over the next 6 years until we get to a balanced budget." (www.youtube.com)

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  • Thomas Massie. Courier-Journal: 2012 Congressional Race District 4. Responded "The most viable alternative is Senator Rand Paul's budget plan which reduces most non-military, discretionary spending to 2008 levels, eliminates the Department of Energy and the Department of Education, and institutes a 17% flat tax rate." to the question: "As part of the debt-ceiling deal last year, $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over 10 years “ half from defense programs and half from most domestic programs - will begin Jan. 1, 2013, unless Congress acts. Should the automatic cuts be allowed to take place? If not, what is the alternative?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I support eliminating the federal Department of Education and returning K-12 funding and curricula to the states. Schools should be locally managed and accountable. Parents have the right to chose among all educational opportunities for their children, including home schooling, public schools, and private schools." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Courier-Journal: 2012 Congressional Race District 4. Responded "The most viable alternative is Senator Rand Paul's budget plan which reduces most non-military, discretionary spending to 2008 levels, eliminates the Department of Energy and the Department of Education, and institutes a 17% flat tax rate." to the question: "As part of the debt-ceiling deal last year, $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts over 10 years “ half from defense programs and half from most domestic programs - will begin Jan. 1, 2013, unless Congress acts. Should the automatic cuts be allowed to take place? If not, what is the alternative?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. "I support eliminating the federal Department of Education and returning K-12 funding and curricula to the states. Schools should be locally managed and accountable. Parents have the right to chose among all educational opportunities for their children, including home schooling, public schools, and private schools." (votesmart.org)

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  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Energy. 6 February 2012. "Regulations and mandates that stifle energy production are dragging down our economy, especially in Kentucky. Thomas supports the REINs act that Geoff Davis championed because it limits the power of unelected bureaucrats to impose economically crippling regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Video: Pure Politics with Thomas Massie Part 2. 19 January 2012. "One thing that frustrates me is this red herring we are talking about which is carbon dioxide. That's not a pollutant and that should be taken off of the list." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Courier-Journal: 2012 Congressional Race District 4. Responded "Global warming has not been conclusively linked to human activity. Federal bureaucracies should have no authority to regulate carbon dioxide." to the question: "Do you believe the planet is warming and that the government should play a role in addressing the problem?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Energy. 6 February 2012. "Regulations and mandates that stifle energy production are dragging down our economy, especially in Kentucky. Thomas supports the REINs act that Geoff Davis championed because it limits the power of unelected bureaucrats to impose economically crippling regulations." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Video: Pure Politics with Thomas Massie Part 2. 19 January 2012. "One thing that frustrates me is this red herring we are talking about which is carbon dioxide. That's not a pollutant and that should be taken off of the list." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Courier-Journal: 2012 Congressional Race District 4. Responded "Global warming has not been conclusively linked to human activity. Federal bureaucracies should have no authority to regulate carbon dioxide." to the question: "Do you believe the planet is warming and that the government should play a role in addressing the problem?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)

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  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Thomas Massie in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Thomas Massie Endorsed by Major Kentucky Gun Rights Group. 13 May 2012. "The KRBA is among the most respected Second Amendment rights groups in the Commonwealth and I am privileged to accept their meaningful endorsement. As a proud gun owner and unflinching defender of others' individual right to keep and bear arms, I take the responsibility to reverse the national trend of eroding Second Amendment rights quite seriously. If voters place their trust in me in the upcoming election, as congressman I will defend gun ownership and advance Second Amendment rights rather than join the disturbing tide of curtailing them." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Thomas Massie Endorsed by National Gun Rights Group. 8 May 2012. "I am proud to receive the National Association of Gun Rights' endorsement. I will work vigorously to defend the rights of gun owners. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not principally about hunting or recreation. In fact, the Second Amendment to our Constitution is our Founding Fathers' restatement of our natural God given right to defend life, liberty, and property." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Buffalo Trace Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner. 22 January 2012. "I remember the first time that I met a person who didn't know that gun control means hitting your target. I mean, I heard about these people in the news, but I didn't know there were real people that wanted to ban guns, and this person wasn't afraid to sayit publicly. The next day I joined the NRA." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Preserving Individual Freedom. 30 January 2012. "Thomas is opposed to ObamaCare, the Patriot Act, any new firearms restrictions, the intrusive actions of the Transportation Security Administration, indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, internet censorship, and all other infringements on our liberties by the federal government." (www.thomasmassie.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. "I will work vigorously to defend the rights of gun owners. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not principally about hunting or recreation. In fact, the Second Amendment to our Constitution is our Founding Fathers' restatement of our natural God given right to defend life, liberty, and property. I'm a decade-long concealed carry permit holder and Class III firearms collector. When I was twelve years old, my father bought me my first gun, an H&R .410 shotgun. In the course of hunting in the woods of Kentucky, he taught me the great responsibility that comes with ownership of a firearm. Now that I am a father of four, I enjoy teaching these same lessons to my children through hunting and target practice." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Thomas Massie in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Thomas Massie Endorsed by Major Kentucky Gun Rights Group. 13 May 2012. "The KRBA is among the most respected Second Amendment rights groups in the Commonwealth and I am privileged to accept their meaningful endorsement. As a proud gun owner and unflinching defender of others' individual right to keep and bear arms, I take the responsibility to reverse the national trend of eroding Second Amendment rights quite seriously. If voters place their trust in me in the upcoming election, as congressman I will defend gun ownership and advance Second Amendment rights rather than join the disturbing tide of curtailing them." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Thomas Massie Endorsed by National Gun Rights Group. 8 May 2012. "I am proud to receive the National Association of Gun Rights' endorsement. I will work vigorously to defend the rights of gun owners. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not principally about hunting or recreation. In fact, the Second Amendment to our Constitution is our Founding Fathers' restatement of our natural God given right to defend life, liberty, and property." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Buffalo Trace Lincoln/Reagan Day Dinner. 22 January 2012. "I remember the first time that I met a person who didn't know that gun control means hitting your target. I mean, I heard about these people in the news, but I didn't know there were real people that wanted to ban guns, and this person wasn't afraid to sayit publicly. The next day I joined the NRA." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Preserving Individual Freedom. 30 January 2012. "Thomas is opposed to ObamaCare, the Patriot Act, any new firearms restrictions, the intrusive actions of the Transportation Security Administration, indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, internet censorship, and all other infringements on our liberties by the federal government." (www.thomasmassie.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: The Second Amendment. "I will work vigorously to defend the rights of gun owners. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is not principally about hunting or recreation. In fact, the Second Amendment to our Constitution is our Founding Fathers' restatement of our natural God given right to defend life, liberty, and property. I'm a decade-long concealed carry permit holder and Class III firearms collector. When I was twelve years old, my father bought me my first gun, an H&R .410 shotgun. In the course of hunting in the woods of Kentucky, he taught me the great responsibility that comes with ownership of a firearm. Now that I am a father of four, I enjoy teaching these same lessons to my children through hunting and target practice." (votesmart.org)

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  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Individual Freedom. 6 February 2012. "Thomas is opposed to ObamaCare, the Patriot Act, any new firearms restrictions, the intrusive actions of the Transportation Security Administration, indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, internet censorship, and all other infringements on our liberties by the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Courier-Journal: 2012 Congressional Race District 4. Responded "There exists no constitutional authority for the federal government to impose a mandatory health care plan. I will therefore fight to repeal Obamacare. Healthcare is a personal issue and belongs in the private sector. The most efficient path to lower-cost, high quality healthcare is to open the healthcare industry to free-market forces. Insurance should be available across state lines. Healthcare providers should be able to expand service offerings without gaining permission from government regulators. Healthcare consumers should have a full range of options including Health Savings Accounts and the ability to buy unbundled insurance services. As an inventor and associate of inventors of medical devices, I understand that the FDA is a bottleneck to innovation. American ingenuity in healthcare has improved and extended lives over the past 50 years, but the onerous FDA approval process threatens to extinguish the innovation and investment in one of our most prolific industries. " to the question: "Do you believe that President Barack Obama's health care reform law should be upheld by the Supreme Court or struck down? Is the law overall a benefit for Americans or a burden? If you do not support the law, how do you address the inequities in the private U.S. health care system that led to millions of Americans being uncovered by insurance and millions more facing bankruptcy if they are struck by a major illness?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Facebook: Timeline. 14 June 2012. "The Thomas Massie Campaign will be gearing up again very soon. Are you ready to take on the ultra liberal, Bill Adkins? Who has already stated he would support an income tax increase, Obamacare, and the Obama agenda of more government regulations? I am! This is going to be fun!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "There exists no constitutional authority for the federal government to impose a mandatory health care plan. I will therefore fight to repeal Obamacare. Healthcare is a personal issue and belongs in the private sector. The most efficient path to lower-cost, high quality healthcare is to open the healthcare industry to free-market forces. Insurance should be available across state lines. Healthcare providers should be able to expand service offerings without gaining permission from government regulators. Healthcare consumers should have a full range of options including Health Savings Accounts and the ability to buy unbundled insurance services. As an inventor and associate of inventors of medical devices, I understand that the FDA is a bottleneck to innovation. American ingenuity in healthcare has improved and extended lives over the past 50 years, but the onerous FDA approval process threatens to extinguish the innovation and investment in one of our most prolific industries. Our business unfriendly tax code is also pushing healthcare innovation overseas." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Individual Freedom. 6 February 2012. "Thomas is opposed to ObamaCare, the Patriot Act, any new firearms restrictions, the intrusive actions of the Transportation Security Administration, indefinite detention of American citizens without trial, internet censorship, and all other infringements on our liberties by the federal government." (votesmart.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Courier-Journal: 2012 Congressional Race District 4. Responded "There exists no constitutional authority for the federal government to impose a mandatory health care plan. I will therefore fight to repeal Obamacare. Healthcare is a personal issue and belongs in the private sector. The most efficient path to lower-cost, high quality healthcare is to open the healthcare industry to free-market forces. Insurance should be available across state lines. Healthcare providers should be able to expand service offerings without gaining permission from government regulators. Healthcare consumers should have a full range of options including Health Savings Accounts and the ability to buy unbundled insurance services. As an inventor and associate of inventors of medical devices, I understand that the FDA is a bottleneck to innovation. American ingenuity in healthcare has improved and extended lives over the past 50 years, but the onerous FDA approval process threatens to extinguish the innovation and investment in one of our most prolific industries. " to the question: "Do you believe that President Barack Obama's health care reform law should be upheld by the Supreme Court or struck down? Is the law overall a benefit for Americans or a burden? If you do not support the law, how do you address the inequities in the private U.S. health care system that led to millions of Americans being uncovered by insurance and millions more facing bankruptcy if they are struck by a major illness?" (c3.thevoterguide.org)
  • Thomas Massie. Facebook: Timeline. 14 June 2012. "The Thomas Massie Campaign will be gearing up again very soon. Are you ready to take on the ultra liberal, Bill Adkins? Who has already stated he would support an income tax increase, Obamacare, and the Obama agenda of more government regulations? I am! This is going to be fun!" (www.facebook.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "There exists no constitutional authority for the federal government to impose a mandatory health care plan. I will therefore fight to repeal Obamacare. Healthcare is a personal issue and belongs in the private sector. The most efficient path to lower-cost, high quality healthcare is to open the healthcare industry to free-market forces. Insurance should be available across state lines. Healthcare providers should be able to expand service offerings without gaining permission from government regulators. Healthcare consumers should have a full range of options including Health Savings Accounts and the ability to buy unbundled insurance services. As an inventor and associate of inventors of medical devices, I understand that the FDA is a bottleneck to innovation. American ingenuity in healthcare has improved and extended lives over the past 50 years, but the onerous FDA approval process threatens to extinguish the innovation and investment in one of our most prolific industries. Our business unfriendly tax code is also pushing healthcare innovation overseas." (votesmart.org)

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  • Thomas Massie. Lewis County judge executive considering run for Davis' congressional seat. 19 December 2011. "LEO: What about gay rights? Would you be for civil unions? Massie: On this one I kind of take the Rand Paul/Ron Paul view of things, that this should be left up to the states. It's a state issue. And the federal government really shouldn't get involved in that. LEO: So you wouldn't be for a federal marriage amendment that outlaws gay marriage in all states?Massie: No, I don't think the federal government should be involved in marriage." (fatlip.leoweekly.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Lewis County judge executive considering run for Davis' congressional seat. 19 December 2011. "LEO: What about gay rights? Would you be for civil unions? Massie: On this one I kind of take the Rand Paul/Ron Paul view of things, that this should be left up to the states. It's a state issue. And the federal government really shouldn't get involved in that. LEO: So you wouldn't be for a federal marriage amendment that outlaws gay marriage in all states?Massie: No, I don't think the federal government should be involved in marriage." (fatlip.leoweekly.com)

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  • Thomas Massie. Video: Pure Politics with Thomas Massie Part 1. 18 January 2012. "Well, I have seen very few examples where government does anything better than private industry. And there are opportunities to invest in, you know, retirement vehicles in the private market, either through 401ks or the like. And I think more young people, even the folks that are using their bodies recognize that, that they'll get more return from investing in the private market, through private investment vehicles, than they will through any other government investment." (www.youtube.com)
  • Thomas Massie. Video: Pure Politics with Thomas Massie Part 1. 18 January 2012. "Well, I have seen very few examples where government does anything better than private industry. And there are opportunities to invest in, you know, retirement vehicles in the private market, either through 401ks or the like. And I think more young people, even the folks that are using their bodies recognize that, that they'll get more return from investing in the private market, through private investment vehicles, than they will through any other government investment." (www.youtube.com)

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