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James 'Jim' Frederick Bridenstine

Jim Bridenstine's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: James 'Jim' Frederick Bridenstine
Office: U.S. House (OK) - District 1, Republican
First Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Potential, Republican for U.S. House - District 1
Primary June 24, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Michelle; 3 Children: Walker, Sarah, Grant
Birth Date: 05/15/1975
Birth Place: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Home City: Tulsa, OK
Religion: Baptist
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Oklahoma Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

All human life is sacred and begins at conception.  Unborn children should be welcomed in life and protected by law.  New technologies have made embryonic stem cell research unnecessary.  Taxpayer money should never be used to subsidize abortion as is the case in ObamaCare.  I support a human life amendment to the Constitution.

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

Afghanistan has historically been a haven for Islamic terrorists planning attacks on the U.S. and its allies. I support intelligence gathering and counter-terrorist operations as necessary to protect the national security of the United States. I do not support setting timetables for withdrawal from any conflict. Setting a deadline communicates to our enemies how long it will take to outlast us and essentially ensures defeat for the United States.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate 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

We must balance our national budget. Our debt is unsustainable, jeopardizing our ability to attract capital needed to expand our economy and create jobs. Politicians often get re-elected by making promises which can't be kept. However, retired people and those nearing retirement have counted upon these promises. Therefore, people 55 or older should be protected from benefit reductions. I support smart reductions in defense spending that don't jeopardize national security.

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

The First Amendment prohibits any infringement on free speech. People have the right to spend their own money as they wish to support political campaigns. Corporations and unions should be able to make direct and indirect contributions to campaigns. However, those contributions and the identities of the entities receiving them must be disclosed. No corporate or union funds derived from union dues or other payments compulsory as a condition of employment should be eligible as a source of direct or indirect campaign contributions.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

When used appropriately, swift capital punishment deters violent crimes and saves lives. Capital punishment for certain heinous crimes is consistent with the high intrinsic value of human life.

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?
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

Private capital investment drives economic growth and job creation. Free markets weed out businesses the public is unwilling to support but money-losing, government-supported businesses can and do persist indefinitely. The federal government has nothing at risk when it "invests" tax payer money. When offering subsidies, tax incentives and loan guarantees the government inappropriately chooses winners and losers. The Obama Administration's economic policies have inhibited recovery from the recession that began in 2007. I support extension of the 2010 tax relief and making the tax cuts permanent because high taxes inhibit economic growth and job creation.

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

I support funding of education at the local level where citizens are most aware of educational needs. The federal government should not be in the business of funding education or setting standards for the states to meet. Each state should oversee its own educational institutions. American citizens should not send money to Washington, DC to have it redistributed as the federal Department of Education deems appropriate.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Offshore oil and gas exploration and production can contribute significantly to U.S. energy production. The Obama Administration currently bars drilling in most offshore areas, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Alaska and the east and west coasts. Offshore oil operations have been conducted safely around the world for decades. Even though accidents sometimes occur, as in any human activity, they are isolated and most are minor in scope.

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

The Earth's climate has always varied substantially as demonstrated by pre-industrial human records and natural evidence. There is no doubt that human activity can change local conditions, but on a global scale natural processes including variations in solar output and ocean currents control climatic conditions. There is no credible scientific evidence that greenhouse gas atmospheric concentrations, including carbon dioxide, affect global climate. I oppose regulating greenhouse gases. Doing so will significantly increase energy prices and keep more people in poverty.

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

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says ". . . the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." There should be no restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns for lawful purposes.

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

I would replace ObamaCare with a more competitive and cost efficient system. Mandating purchase of health insurance is an unconstitutional infringement on individual rights. The so-called Affordable Care Act will replace health care decisions made by patients and their doctors with decisions made by the federal government. Healthcare reform should:
-Allow families and businesses to buy insurance across state lines.
-End frivolous lawsuits that result in defensive medicine and exorbitant malpractice insurance premiums.
-Enhance Health Savings Accounts.
-Ensure that people with pre-existing conditions can purchase health insurance.
-Provide incentives for healthier lifestyles.

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

The laws of the United States must be enforced unless they are changed by legislative process. We must secure the borders of the United States so that illegal movement of persons, narcotics, slaves and weapons across the border is stopped.

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

I believe that a man should marry a woman and that a woman should marry a man. The institution of marriage is sacred and should be protected by law. I would support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. Men and women were intentionally designed very differently and each is important in the raising of children.

YesCandidate 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

Terrorists should have no safe havens where they may organize and prepare for attacks against the United States, its armed forces and American citizens living or traveling abroad. U.S. military commanders need rules of engagement that allow them to immediately and appropriately respond to threats. Iranian nuclear weapons would further destabilize the Middle East and pose a threat to the entire world. The U.S. and its allies should use military force as needed to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability for its own use or for equipping terrorists.

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

The Social Security system is on an unsustainable financial trajectory. Funds people have paid into the Social Security "trust fund" have be raided to support government spending and replaced by IOUs. For people 55 and older the current social security system should be preserved and deliver the benefits people were promised and planned to receive. However, younger people should have the option of opting out of the social security system and assuming the risk of diverting social security taxes (up to 100%) into personal retirement accounts.

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.
Eliminatea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Eliminatee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Eliminateb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminated) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Eliminatee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I support the fair tax.

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.

My first priority is to balance the federal budget and stop creating money to "fund" out of control spending. I favor amending the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget and limit federal expenditures and the national debt to fixed percentages of the GDP.

My second priority is limiting the terms of U.S. Congressmen and Senators. Term limits will encourage federal lawmakers to make decisions in the best interest of the nation rather than on the basis of what's best for their re-election.

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