Bryan Paul Barrilleaux's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Bryan Paul Barrilleaux
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Kathy; 6 Children: Jennifer, Louis, Claire, Elizabeth, Paul, Vivian
Birth Date: 08/21/1957
Birth Place: Thibodaux, LA
Home City: Lake Charles, LA
Religion: Catholic
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Bryan Barrilleaux has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Louisiana Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

Life is God's gift and begins at the moment of conception.

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

We must require of our Commander In Chief that we accomplish a swift and decisive victory. Do not reveal intentions or timetable to the enemy.

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

[do you support reducing defense spending? Candidate wrote:] "Do not support discussion of "reducing defense spending" until the war is won."

[do you support reducing Medicaid spending? Candidate checked both YES and NO and wrote:] "I support conditions that make Medicaid spending less necessary."

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

We must require full disclosure of sources of campaign contributions. Voters should refuse to vote for candidates who take the money. I accept no campaign contributions and I spend no money on a campaign, not mine or anyone else's. I will serve with no conflict of interest.

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

Better to redeem souls, but the public must be protected. Our criminal rehabilitation system needs improvement.

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?
Do 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

The best tax incentive for business is to lower taxes across the board - no favorites. Government does not pick economic winners by manipulating the tax code. Infrastructure is necessary for commerce and industry but not as "make work" projects.

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

Under the 10th Amendment, the role of federal government in education should be minimal.

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

I support making more leases available on public lands and offshore. I favor a Canadian model of streamlining permits: "One project, one review, completed in a defined period of time"

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
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

Immigration policy must control the borders and observe the law. We must respect human dignity as we assist our illegal neighbors to achieve citizenship. We should also address the economic incentives that have created this problem.

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

Our allies in the region must also take responsibliity for opposing Iran's nuclear ambitions, with military force if necessary.

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

The Barrilleaux Plan
I propose a tax cut that would offer a generous
incentive to beneficiaries who voluntarily forego Social Security benefits. Any
qualifying beneficiary who wants to continue receiving Social Security benefits
unchanged, may do so. However, my proposal would allow seniors who wish to continue working, an option of
paying no income tax or Social Security tax on earned income in any year in which they voluntarily decline their Social Security
benefits. This would decrease the amount Social Security is required to pay out.
The 2011 shortfall would be ELIMINATED if only 2 % of beneficiaries accepted.

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.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

5 HHS
5 Dept of Housing
5 Energy
6 Green Czar

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.

Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

Campaign finance reform. I accept no campaign donations and spend no
money on a campaign so that when I serve in Congress, I can serve with no
conflict of interest and without the constant distraction caused by seeking money
for the next campaign.

Discipline in the federal budget and restraint on the debt.

Restore Social Security. I propose a tax cut that would offer an
incentive to beneficiaries who voluntarily forego Social Security benefits, an option of
paying no income tax or Social Security tax on earned income in any year in which they voluntarily decline their Social Security.