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Danny Bedwell's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Libertarian for U.S. House - District 1
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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.

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.
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Karen Brown. MPB: MPB's Morning Edition. 29 October 2011. "MPB: So applied to our modern context, what would that say about the international conflicts we are involved in right now? Bedwell: Oh most definitely, we should bring the troops home. When we were attacked on 9/11, we had a responsibility, the government had a responsibility to respond, and we did. And right now, we're just mired down in the Middle East. There's no reason for us to be there to force people to be more like us." (mslp.org)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 12 November 2011. "On this Veterans Day, I want to apologize to all of the Vets, for all of the wars the Democrats and Republicans send you off to fight in. As former military, I understand that something's are worth giving your life for, but none of the current wars are worthy of even a sprained ankle." (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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

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  • Danny Bedwell. Issues. 28 February 2012. "Repeal the 16th amendment." (dannybedwell.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 17 January 2012. "Did you know that America has had a 0% income tax rate, longer than it has had a 20%, 25% or even 37% tax rate? Going back to a 0% tax rate would take us back to what the founders envisioned, and take the pandering tool of 'exemptions' out of the hands of the politicians." (www.facebook.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 30 October 2011. "The Income Tax is theft. It is the Government saying 'I have a gun, give me your money'. This is theft and nothing more. [¦] Your choice, is to vote for someone who thinks a little bit of theft is ok, or to vote for someone that will abolish the theft from Caesar. So, ask yourself, Will I tolerate theft, simply because alot of people will benefit from it,.....or do I reject theft, regardless of how many people benefit from the stolen money." (www.facebook.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 18 July 2012. "When the Constitution was first written (before the 16th amendment), the only methods of taxation were imposts, excises, and duties. The Constitution limited taxation to these because they were the only moral and just methods of taxation. They were in essence, voluntary [...]" (www.facebook.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 20 February 2012. "Taxation of earnings from labor is on a par with forced labor. Seizing the results of someone's labor is equivalent to seizing hours from him,... and directing him to carry on various activities. The income tax is theft and forced labor. I am the only candidate in Congressional District 1 that wants to repeal the Income Tax. The other candidates are only offering to reduce it. I suppose, to them, a little bit of theft is ok, and a little bit of forced labor is tolerable. In November, you will have clear choice for your representative. You can vote for someone who opposes theft and forced labor,.....or you can vote for someone who thinks it's tolerable. Your choice." (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 14 January 2012. "The next time a politician tells you he wants to create jobs, kick him in his pandering populist shins and run him out of town." (www.facebook.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 18 July 2011. "I would like to take this oppurtunity to thank President Obama for proving once and for all, that Keynesian economic thought is a scam." (www.facebook.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 7 September 2011. "Reduce the power of the President to meddle in job creation, and we'll have more jobs. Reduce his power to influence an economy, and it will improve." (www.facebook.com)
  • Karen Brown. MPB: MPB's Morning Edition. 29 October 2011. "MPB: What is the libertarian solution to unemployment? [...] I'm assuming that you'll be against government intervention? Bedwell:That's right, libertarians are more laissez-faire economic-side people. We've subscribe to the Meese or Austrian version of economics and government has a very limited role in guiding the economy. It's not only for economic reasons but for moral reasons as well. It's immoral to take something that does not belong to you, and it doesn't matter how many people benefit from it; if the government takes your money to benefit someone else, it's still theft. It's still theft." (mslp.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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No Inferred 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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  • Chance Wright. The Bolivar Commercial: Rotary speaker provides insight into Libertarian Party. October 2011. "We are for every child in America to receive a world-class education. That can only be achieved by taking schools out of the government's direction." (www.bolivarcom.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Issues. 28 February 2012. "Repeal the Dept of Education." (dannybedwell.com)
  • Radio Free Mississippi. Radio Free Mississippi: Danny Bedwell CC 2009 Part 2. 15 December 2009. "When the state accepts federal money, it's not for free. They have to spend it. They have to"how do I say this"it comes with strings attached. And the strings that are attached to taking this money are expensive strings. And if we could just tell the federal government, 'No, thank you, I don't want your money', we would no longer have those expensive strings." (Timestamp: 83:59) (www.blogtalkradio.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Danny Bedwell. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "we must drastically reduce the regulatory burden placed on manufacturing, and create a business friendly atmosphere where investors are no longer afraid to start up new companies. If elected, I would start serious discussions on repealing several federal departments and agencies that serve as roadblocks to the entrepreneur. These would include the Department of Labor, the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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

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  • Danny Bedwell. Issues. 28 February 2012. "Strong advocate for the 2nd amendment." (dannybedwell.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 22 December 2011. "People should be able to conceal/carry with or without a 'permit'. The 2nd amendment is nothing more than the right of self preservation. It's one of those pesky little unalienable rights that our Constitution spoke of." (www.facebook.com)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook:Timeline. 21 July 2012. "Even if the Senate ratifies the small arms treaty with the UN, So what? It will not pertain to me, or my handguns. I have the right to keep and bear arms, even if others say I cant. You see, the right to self preservation is one of those unalienable rights talked about in our Constitution. Inalienable rights cannot be merely voted away from us." (www.facebook.com)
  • Radio Free Mississippi. Radio Free Mississippi: Danny Bedwell CC 2009 Part 2. 15 December 2009. "Mississippi gun control laws are very good. I'm really impressed with them. I only have one problem with it, and it is the fact that the legislature can set up rules for concealed carriers. But basically, the Second Amendment for the Mississippi state constitution says that you can carry a gun anywhere, in your vehicle, fully loaded, in your pocket, and you don't need anyone's permission; you don't need a license or to register it, or anything like that, and that's the way it's supposed to be." (Timestamp: 96:06). (www.blogtalkradio.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Danny Bedwell. Issue Position: Budget. 1 January 2012. "We need to shutdown and defund every government entity that is not authorized in Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution. Furthermore, we need to repeal Obamacare and any other piece of legislation that our Congress is not authorized to pass under Article I, Section 8." (votesmart.org)
  • Danny Bedwell. Facebook: Wall. 13 August 2011. "Dont get me wrong, I am against Obamacare" (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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Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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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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