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Jefferson 'Jeff' L. Byrd

Jeff Byrd's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jefferson 'Jeff' L. Byrd
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 3
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary June 3, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Suzanne; 2 Children: Noah, Zack
Birth Place: Springer, NM
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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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  • Jeff Byrd. Issue Position: Family Values. 1 January 2012. “We must protect the future of our great nation. In order to protect the future, we must respect the value of life. Growing up on a ranch, I've seen the harsh realities of death and the wonderful blessings of life. I believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death.” (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issue Position: Family Values. 1 January 2012. "We must protect the future of our great nation. In order to protect the future, we must respect the value of life. Growing up on a ranch, I've seen the harsh realities of death and the wonderful blessings of life. I believe that life begins at conception and ends at natural death." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Jeff Byrd. Facebook: Wall. 21 February 2012. "Another attack on this country, and once again, it's from our own President Obama. In his effort to weaken our defences, he has chosen to cut spending to Las Alamos Labs; resulting in more job losses for New Mexicans. Alll this while our Congress hasn't had the fortitude to pass a budget at all. Were is our Representative on saving these jobs?" (www.facebook.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Facebook: Wall. 21 February 2012. “Another attack on this country, and once again, it's from our own President Obama. In his effort to weaken our defences, he has chosen to cut spending to Las Alamos Labs; resulting in more job losses for New Mexicans. Alll this while our Congress hasn't had the fortitude to pass a budget at all. Were is our Representative on saving these jobs?” (www.facebook.com)
No Candidate 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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  • Jeff Byrd. Issues: Reform Tax Code. 20 February 2012 "If you want to stimulate the economy, lower taxes not raise them. However, to solve the whole tax issue let's change the tax code all around - flat tax or fair tax. A flat tax is a consumption tax imposed when money is earned." (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issues: Reform Tax Code. 20 February 2012 “If you want to stimulate the economy, lower taxes not raise them. However, to solve the whole tax issue let's change the tax code all around - flat tax or fair tax. A flat tax is a consumption tax imposed when money is earned.” (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Jeff Byrd. Issues. 21 February 2012. “As the recession dissipates and the economy resumes growth, tax receipts are projected to return to their post-1960 average of roughly 18.5 percent of GDP, and that is in the absence of any tax increases. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for spending, which is projected to climb to a level well in excess of 20 percent of GDP. Long-term deficits are thus being driven not by low revenues, but by government spending—a reality that can and should be addressed not through higher taxes, but through reduced spending.” (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issues. 21 February 2012. "As the recession dissipates and the economy resumes growth, tax receipts are projected to return to their post-1960 average of roughly 18.5 percent of GDP, and that is in the absence of any tax increases. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for spending, which is projected to climb to a level well in excess of 20 percent of GDP. Long-term deficits are thus being driven not by low revenues, but by government spending"a reality that can and should be addressed not through higher taxes, but through reduced spending." (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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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  • Jeff Byrd. Issues. 20 February 2012 “According to the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, the federal government's job is to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote for the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity". The rest of the governing was supposed to be left up to the states, and this is where education belongs.” (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issues. 20 February 2012 "According to the preamble of the U.S. Constitution, the federal government's job is to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote for the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity". The rest of the governing was supposed to be left up to the states, and this is where education belongs." (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
Yes Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Jeff Byrd. Issues. 20 February 2012 “Again protecting the environment is something each individual state should take care of as this is outside the auspices of the constitution.“ (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issues. 20 February 2012 "Again protecting the environment is something each individual state should take care of as this is outside the auspices of the constitution." (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
No Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Byrd. Issue Position: The 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. "The 2nd Amendent protects all of our rights granted in the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. My father taught me how to respect and shoot a rifle at an early age. I'm an avid hunter and outdoorsmen. I support our citizens' rights to protect themselves, their families, and their homes." (votesmart.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Gun Owners of America endorsed Jefferson Byrd in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issue Position: The 2nd Amendment. 1 January 2012. “The 2nd Amendent protects all of our rights granted in the Bill of Rights and our Constitution. My father taught me how to respect and shoot a rifle at an early age. I'm an avid hunter and outdoorsmen. I support our citizens' rights to protect themselves, their families, and their homes.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Jeff Byrd. Issues: Jobs and the Economy. 20 February 2012 "Repeal Obamacare. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has frozen business hiring across America as businesses wait to see how the law's new regulations will develop and what effects they will have. Obamacare encapsulates the kinds of harmful regulatory policies the Obama Administration has favored at the expense of economic growth. " (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issues: Repeal Obamacare. 20 February 2012 "Obamacare includes government mandates and layered regulations that will cripple small businesses. [¦] The government has no business interjecting itself into the personal healthcare decisions of American citizens, or causing health care directly or indirectly to be rationed. Americans have the right to keep their current health coverage. " (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issues: Jobs and the Economy. 20 February 2012 “Repeal Obamacare. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has frozen business hiring across America as businesses wait to see how the law's new regulations will develop and what effects they will have. Obamacare encapsulates the kinds of harmful regulatory policies the Obama Administration has favored at the expense of economic growth. “ (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issues: Repeal Obamacare. 20 February 2012 “Obamacare includes government mandates and layered regulations that will cripple small businesses. […] The government has no business interjecting itself into the personal healthcare decisions of American citizens, or causing health care directly or indirectly to be rationed. Americans have the right to keep their current health coverage. “ (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
No Candidate Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Byrd. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "We must secure the borders! Secure borders is how we "secure the blessings of liberty" to us and our future generations. Not only can we not afford illegal immigration, but we need to know who else is trying to sneak in the back door." (votesmart.org)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. “We must secure the borders! Secure borders is how we "secure the blessings of liberty" to us and our future generations. Not only can we not afford illegal immigration, but we need to know who else is trying to sneak in the back door.” (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jeff Byrd. Issues. 20 February 2012 "Social Security: Privatize for the future." (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)
  • Jeff Byrd. Issues. 20 February 2012 “Social Security: Privatize for the future.” (www.jeffbyrd2012.com)

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New Mexico Congressional 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

Life from conception to natural death.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

No timetable, define "winning" and achieve those goals.

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?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

As with any house, spending has to match income. Not always easy, but it is the only moral and ethical choice. It is not our posterity's responsibility to pay our debt.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Contributions should come mostly from individuals. Corporations and unions should also have the opportunity to contribute, but at level lower than individuals, not higher.

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?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Taxes are a means to control an activity and should always remain low. Federal spending to create jobs is not the purpose of the government. However, a sound infrastructure does reduce the cost of maintenance on transportation companies and individuals.

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

The Federal government has no business telling schools and teachers how to educate.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
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?
Other or expanded principles
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?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

There are too many issues to list here, but the whole act is disgraceful and unconstitutional.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo 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
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I don't support targeting of "suspected" terrorists, but I do support that of "known" terrorists.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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 Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
Maintain Statusm) Other or expanded categories

These are somewhat generic questions that need further explanation. This is what leads to the 30 second sound bites. For example: Cutting education at the federal level is needed as the Department of Education has not achieved the goal of improving education. The EPA is a redundant entity and needs to be cut back.

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.
Maintain Statusa) 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)
Greatly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
Slightly Decreasek) Other or expanded categories

Taxes accross the board need to be cut. A diagram would be helpful to help explain this, however, we are on the right side of the tax curve and raising taxes will only decrease the revenue to the Government.

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.

Repeal Obamacare, Balance the budget, and tax reform. Also, there are too many regulations in the U.S. restricting businesses from moving forward. They need to be eliminated, so that the private sector can create the jobs needed.

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