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Eric Beck's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Eric Beck refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 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 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Beck. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 1 January 2012. "Implement Fundamental and Comprehensive Tax Reform. Such reform should replace the current tax system with a 15% flat tax." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Beck. Video: NJ Insider, Show 3.12. 16 February 2012. ""Secondly, what I'd like to do is look towards fundamental tax reform. I think that's the second leg of my proposal. I'm advocating a flat tax of about fifteen percent on corporations, individuals, which will bring tax rates down to the same level as current capital gains and eliminate the Warren Buffet effect." (10:18). (vimeo.com)
  • Davy James. Princeton Patch: South Brunswick Businessman to Challenge Holt for Congressional Seat. 7 March 2012. "Taxing the rich is a classic socialist mantra, but it's just not the answer to helping the middle class. I'm an advocate of supply side economics," Beck said. "Deficits do matter and I'm a believer in incentives. We need more wealthy people and we need more risk takers. We need to give people an incentive to put their money at risk. If we start overtaxing the rich because we think it benefits the middle class, what we're doing is taking away the resources the wealthy would put at risk for sustainable job growth in the private sector." (princeton.patch.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Beck. Issue Position: Jobs and the Economy. 1 January 2012. "Eric has a pro-growth strategy that focuses on getting the federal government out of the way of private sector entrepreneurs who are the real job creators in America, not government." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Beck. Issue Position: Debt. 1 January 2012. "Progressive leftists like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Rush Holt continue to advocate for more borrowing and spending on top of the $5.0 Trillion in new debt Democrats have added to the backs of our children and grandchildren [¦] We need to stop this type of government-driven stimulus and allow entrepreneurs to retain and use capital in the private sector to ensure job creation can be sustained over the long-run." (votesmart.org)
  • Michael Covin. examiner.com: Sipprelle out, Beck in for GOP in CD-12 challenge to Holt. 13 January 2012. "As Beck would state 'As our nation continues to face daunting fiscal problems and a struggling economy, professional politicians like Rush Holt are still trying to tell us that we can spend our way to prosperity. The truth is that higher taxes and more debt are not the answer.'" (www.examiner.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Beck. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Encourage Entrepreneurship and Job Creation by Passing the 'Start-Up Act' [¦] The Act also calls for reducing tax and regulatory burdens on start-up and growing companies, and also requires formal cost/benefit analysis before new regulations are imposed on such businesses." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Eric Beck. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "A high-growth economy depends on the availability of cost-effective energy in all of its forms. Therefore, we should remove legal and bureaucratic obstacles to oil and natural gas development, both on-shore and off-shore." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Beck. Facebook: Wall. 3 May 2012. "I had the honor of speaking to the Citizens Rifle & Revolver Club in West Windsor last evening. What a warm reception I received and what an engaged group of citizens who demonstrated their concern about respecting our Constitution and the 2nd Amendment." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eric Beck. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "Repeal and Replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ('ObamaCare'). Americans should replace ObamaCare with a "value-based," market-centric healthcare system that puts patients, not the government, in charge of medical decisions." (votesmart.org)
  • Eric Beck. Facebook: Wall. 5 March 2012. "When I go to Washington... to serve the 12th Congressional District... repeal and replacement of Obamacare will be my number one legislative priority." (www.facebook.com)
  • Eric Beck. Video: NJ Insider, Show 3.12. 16 February 2012. "What I'm going to be doing is talking about three things that I think will, in combination, do a lot to facilitate small business creation. The first thing is, basically, the repeal and replacement of Obamacare." (6:51). (vimeo.com)
  • Eric Beck. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "President Obama - "This is not a tax." Supreme Court - "This is a tax." More taxes mean more uncertainty for small businesses and more struggles for working families. As Congressman, I will vote to repeal this enormous tax burden and replace it with a value-based, market-centric healthcare system that puts patients, not the government, in charge of medical decisions." (www.facebook.com)
  • Eric Beck. Facebook: Timeline. 28 June 2012. "In response to today's Supreme Court decision, I remain committed to repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with market-centric healthcare reforms. It does not take a 'rocket scientist' to solve our existing problems within our health care delivery system. What we need is a sound understanding of economics and the willingness to partner with the private sector to bring about such reforms." (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Eric Beck. Issue Position: Medicare and Social Security. 1 January 2012. " Solutions for consideration should include retirement savings accounts that are government regulated for safety but whose funds belong to individual workers." (votesmart.org)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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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.

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