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Kyle Yarber's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Kyle Yarber 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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  • Kyle Yarber. Facebook: Wall. 22 May 2012. “America spends more on military spending than all the rest of the countries of the world combined. Who's profiting? Are we really being made safer?” (www.facebook.com)
  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: Missouri Values. 1 January 2012. “Kyle Yarber is for: […] Genuine support and respect for military personnel, police, fire fighters, and other first responders by, first, never sending them into harm's way needlessly, but, if it is absolutely necessary, then taking care of them and their families through and after the sacrifices they make to serve and protect the rest of us.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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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  • Kyle Yarber. Facebook: Timeline. 1 August 2012. “This 'tax reform' proposal "would generate higher deficits and substantially shift tax burdens from high-income to low- and moderate-income taxpayers." More proof that the ones claiming to be fiscally responsible aren't.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Kyle Yarber. Kyle Yarber-A Libertarian Democrat-To Challenge Congressman Graves. 17 October 2012. “As a Libertarian Democrat, I am opposed to deficit spending. But no one seems to be telling the truth about how this current pattern of deficit spending came about, and no problem can be fixed by ignoring the truth. The increases in deficit spending that has ballooned the national debt over the past thirty years began during the corporate-friendly Reagan administration and accelerated ten years ago under the corporate-partnered second Bush administration. Both of these upturns in spending coincided with increases in corporate subsidies and private, for-profit contractors while decreasing regulation and tax rates on the highest brackets.” (stjtelegraph.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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  • Kyle Yarber. Kyle Yarber-A Libertarian Democrat-To Challenge Congressman Graves. 17 October 2012. “As a Libertarian Democrat, I am opposed to deficit spending. But no one seems to be telling the truth about how this current pattern of deficit spending came about, and no problem can be fixed by ignoring the truth. The increases in deficit spending that has ballooned the national debt over the past thirty years began during the corporate-friendly Reagan administration and accelerated ten years ago under the corporate-partnered second Bush administration. Both of these upturns in spending coincided with increases in corporate subsidies and private, for-profit contractors while decreasing regulation and tax rates on the highest brackets.” (stjtelegraph.org)
  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: National Debt. 9 March 2012. “Kyle Yarber is for: -A balanced budget to reduce the national debt that will increasingly become a crippling burden on future generations of Americans, an anchor to the economy, and a danger to national security.” (www.kyleyarber.com)
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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  • Kyle Yarber. Facebook: Notes. Prepared text for a speech to the United Democratic Club of St. Joseph, November 9. 2011. 10 November 2011. “But who Graves is really working to represent are the large land owners who receive millions in tax-payer provided subsidies, and who keep the competitive costs high to drive the small operators out of market. […] So, local retail businesses, once the life blood of our small towns, are systematically snuffed out by international chains. Profits that once would have remained and recirculated in our communities are now immediately syphoned off elsewhere, and all we're left with are no-benefit, minimum wage, service jobs. And any jobs we do hang onto come at the expense of educational funding to pay for tax credits and abatements with which we attempt to bribe corporations into staying. All this brought to you by the so-called 'job creators' Sam Graves thinks we really ought to be a lot nicer to.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Kyle Yarber. Facebook: Timeline. 31 July 2012. “Senate Bill S-3364. This bill would ban tax deductions for expenses of moving workers or operations overseas from the U.S. It also would allow a tax deduction for companies returning jobs to the U.S. from overseas.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: Jobs. 9 March 2012. “Kyle Yarber is for: -Policies that support the rights of working people to collective bargaining, safe working conditions, and fair compensation, and that encourage American industry to keep jobs in America.” (www.kyleyarber.com)
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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  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: 2020 Vision. 1 January 2012. “We need to let our teachers get back to the job of teaching, provide them the resources they need, and not burden them with responsibilities beyond the classroom!” (votesmart.org)
  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: Missouri Values. 1 January 2012. “Kyle Yarber is for: […] A public education system, second to none in the world, that supports and renews the spirit that made America the most innovative and industrious nation in history, and lets teachers get back to the job of preparing our young people to assume their place as citizens and leaders of tomorrow.” (votesmart.org)
  • Kyle Yarber. Facebook: Notes. Prepared text for a speech to the United Democratic Club of St. Joseph, November 9. 2011. 10 November 2011. “Profits that once would have remained and recirculated in our communities are now immediately syphoned off elsewhere, and all we're left with are no-benefit, minimum wage, service jobs. And any jobs we do hang onto come at the expense of educational funding to pay for tax credits and abatements with which we attempt to bribe corporations into staying. […] Who am I fighting for? -I’m fighting for the teacher who didn’t get into education to spend two or three months each school year teaching a standardized test that undermines the curriculum.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: Education. 9 March 2012. “Kyle Yarber is for: -A public education system, second to none in the world, that supports and renews the spirit that made America the most innovative and industrious nation in history, and lets teachers get back to the job of preparing our young people to assume their place as citizens and leaders of tomorrow.” (www.kyleyarber.com)
  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: Education. 1 January 2012. “Education is the single most important thing we do as a society, and I believe that for more reasons than just being a third generation Missouri teacher. Public education was both a creation of the United States and created the United States as we know it. The public school movement establishing elementary and secondary schools all across the country provided a comprehensive education to all our young people regardless of economic class […] But we're seeing our public school system eroded. Educational funding is too often the first place we look to cut to balance budgets. Well-meaning programs have watered down or undermined curriculum. And teachers are finding themselves under attack, having to justify pensions and collective bargaining rights which once the majority of American workers enjoyed. It is essential in this ever more competitive global economy that our young people be the best educated workforce in the world.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. “Advanced, industrialized countries depend upon energy. The abundant oil discovered in the United States in the first half of the 20th century fueled revolutions in industry, invention, transportation, and agriculture. And oil, coal, and natural gas will be part of our energy picture for a long to come. But leadership is not maintained by resting on past achievements. There are many reason why it is not too soon to be thinking beyond oil. There are many reason why it is not too soon to be thinking beyond oil. We ignore the demands placed on our combat readiness and foreign policy at our own peril. (Our military is already looking into this.) So, as we transition from 19th and 20th century sources to those of the 21st century, northern Missouri has the right elements -- wind, sun, and biomass -- to become a leader in the future of energy production, not just in the country but in the world. When I go to Washington as a voice for the people of northern Missouri, this is the energy future I'll be fighting for.” (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

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  • Alexander Hassell. St. Joe Channel: Downtown Rotary Hosts 6th District Democratic Primary Forum. 25 July 2012. “In light of the recent shootings in Colorado, each candidate has different approaches toward gun control.” […] “"Some of the ammunition was ordered online. Since that crossed state lines, that may be an issue that congress needs to look at," (stjoechannel.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Kyle Yarber. Facebook: Timeline. 17 July 2012. “Kyle Yarber is a candidate for United States Representative of the 6th District. Mr. Yarber is a 6th generation Missourian and a 3rd generation teacher. He is tired of representatives who don't represent the citizens of Missouri. He pointed out our current representative voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act while he enjoys the benefits of government funded health care.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Kyle Yarber. Facebook: Timeline. 29 June 2012. “Sam Graves says he will "vote to repeal, de-fund and dismantle" the Affordable Care Act. Spoken like a person so out of touch, so privileged, that he has never, in all his life, had to pay for his own health care insurance I, on the other hand, do pay for my own insurance, and despite no claims anywhere near my (high) deductible, my monthly premiums are triple the amount I was told they'd be when I applied for the plan two and a half years ago. Those who claim we can't afford to extend access to health care to everyone fail to recognized that we already overspend. The people who are so opposed to the Affordable Care Act, which parts of it are they against? […] I have stated many times that the Affordable Care Act, as it is, was not the plan I wanted. Had I been in Congress at the time, I would have worked toward something very different. But this plan, as compromised as it is, was what we got, and the Supreme Court has ruled it - good, bad, or otherwise - Constitutional, including the individual mandate. If elected, I will not lift a finger to help it be repealed.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Kyle Yarber. Facebook: Notes. Prepared tex for a speech to the United Democratic Club of St. Joseph, November 9. 2011. 10 November 2011. “Yes, Sam Graves has sympathy for the large land owners whose fields were flooded over the summer, and for the business owners who’d rather not have to be burdened by taxes or with making health care accessible to their employees, and for the corporations that can’t move dangerous chemical fertilizers without safety regulations. But I see nothing demonstrating any of the same level of sympathy for the daily struggles of the regular people of northern Missouri, people like those I met in Plattsburg, in DeWitt, and in Chillicothe. […] Who am I fighting for? -I’m fighting for the person injured while helping others who, without a public option, has to become indigent before he has access to the physical therapy he needs to get back to being healthy and back to work.” (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.
No Inferred 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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  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: 2020 Vision. 1 January 2012. “We need to keep the promises we made to seniors who worked all their lives, played by the rules, and now depend on Social Security and Medicare! A voucher system is not what we promised.” (votesmart.org)
  • Kyle Yarber. Issue Position: Seniors. 1 January 2012. “Once upon a time, we did a poor job in this country of taking care of our seniors […] The Social Security program was established as a safety net. It was not charity. It was a cooperative program which people paid into during their working years and drew from after. A generation later, Medicare was established for much the same reason. It was not of our country's character to deny seniors, after a lifetime of work and playing by the rules, access to healthcare. They had earned that. There are those who now claim we can't afford to keep our promises. They'd have us believe that the best we can is to privatize Social Security and let people take their chances in the stock market […] The health and well being of our seniors should not be exploited for profit. Social Security and Medicare are successful government programs that must be preserved.” (votesmart.org)

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