Bryan Barrilleaux's Political Positions

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Bryan Barrilleaux has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Louisiana Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

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

Life is a gift from God that begins at the moment of conception and is to be treasured and protected.
I would favor legislation that would define "person", for purposes of the 5th and 14th Amendments to the Constitution, as beginning at conception.
I would seek legislation that would de-fund Planned Parenthood and I would vigorously pursue criminal investigation of the sellers and the buyers of aborted fetal body parts.

NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

Defense spending may need to be increased. National security and defense are fundamental responsibilities of the government. The world is not a safe place and is not at peace. We need to remain very strong. We work for peace, but always remain strong in our readiness and preparation.
Rather than an income tax increase, I favor broad decreases in all tax brackets. Lower taxes promote economic activity and growth in the economy. A more robust economy creates more opportunity for commerce and taxable events and thus generates increased revenue to the treasury and better opportunity to balance the budget.

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

Campaign donations are legalized bribes, and constant fun-raising distracts our congressmen from their duty.
I favor full disclosure of funding sources. I recommend that voters reject candidates who accept campaign money. We can stop the corruption with our votes if we vote only for candidates who do not take the money.
I accept No campaign donations and spend NO money on a campaign so that when I serve, I will serve with No Conflict of Interest and with No Distraction from my duty caused by endless fund-raising activity.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

The government is not capable of creating jobs or economic growth. This has been proved in the last 8 years. Higher government spending, even when well intentioned , only serves to burden and depress economic growth. True economic growth and prosperity occurs as a spontaneous result of economic activity by individuals in a free market. Government serves economic growth best by providing conditions that are favorable for commerce such as protecting individual rights ( private property), providing national security and peace, a sound currency, infrastructure, and low tax with minimal regulation.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

Standards should be established by local authority.
I would abolish the Department of Education as an unconstitutional and failed government program. Educational standards as well as all other decisions are best made at the appropriate level that is closest to the student. Decisions that are best made at the State level should be made at that level. Those best made at the Local School Board level should be made there. Those best made at the school level , in the classroom or by the parents should be made there.
The Federal Government role in education should be minimal.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

Ingenuity and hard work in the energy industry has produced tremendous benefits for this country. We must not prevent this progress with unwise excessive regulation.

The Keystone pipeline should observe prudent and reasonable environmental stewardship of the kind that we see with the Alaska pipelines. The Keystone Pipeline should be allowed to proceed.

"Investing in green energy" is not the proper role for our government and should be stopped. The market should decide what energy sources to develop.

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

Global warming is not real. Global temperature evidence has been fraudulently produced and fabricated. It has been 11 years since Al Gore released the film " An Inconvenient Truth." On revisiting the predictions from that film, we find that none of them has come true. The "computer models" and other techniques that were used to make the conclusions in the film are obviously flawed and are therefore not a sound basis for making public policy. Scientist should continue to study climate issues, but the "global warming" theory should not be the basis for any public policy.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I very strongly defend the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

Obamacare was misconceived and has clearly failed to accomplish the intended goals. It has harmed the economy and has functioned as a job killing tax on full time employment and has violated religious liberty. Obamacare is yet another example of the failures of Socialism in which a vague but appealing utopian goal is passed into law. The implementation of the law imposes rules regulations and coercions that violate liberty and freedom and create suffering.
We must repeal Obamacare, and return healthcare to the very successful free market that had given us the greatest healthcare system the world has every known.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

First we must control the border. Then Yes ,allow a return to the country of origin or to some other place that is outside of the U.S. With the correct preparation of facilities, some illegals could leave the U.S. to Canada, to Mexican embassies, or even to Indian Reservations for an Ellis Island style of processing designed to initiate the same Naturalization process that every legal immigrant undergoes. Staggering the process over 1 - 2 years with immigrants presenting during the month of the birthday of the head of the household would be practical.

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

Same sex couples have access to civil contracts that will allow all of the property and privacy benefits that they seek. Marriage is an institution that is essential to the strength of the country and to the rearing of children and should not be experimented with. Marriage is between one man and one woman.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

We should not allow ISIS to pursue their ambition of conquest. Any military intervention must occur with Congress taking full responsibility under a Declaration of War. Any war considered must oppose only clear security threats to the U.S., and must occur only after all peaceful means have been exhausted. The contemplated war must have a clear prospect for success and must include a plan for successful exit strategy. Finally, a war waged must not create greater suffering than the evil that we battle. Adversaries are more likely to accept terms of peace if they fear our strength and firm resolve.

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

Social Security Trust Fund money has been spent. The Trust Fund now consists of IOU's. Social Security now pays out more than it brings in and this money must come from general revenue, increasing the budget deficit. The shortfall is expected to rise dramatically in years to come. Beneficiaries fear denial of benefits and young wage earners fear tax increases to cover the shortfall.
The Barrilleaux Plan (see below) can relieve the shortfall and provide a surplus that could be directed toward increasing benefits and/or lowering taxes. Managed well, it could be more desirable, but participation should be voluntary.

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
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Increasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

In general, spending levels must come down and revenue must increase to balance the budget. We must pay off the national debt in order to stop paying interest on a debt that burdens our budget.

With thoughtful conservative approaches to Social Security and Medicare we can increase benefits and lower cost at the same time. For example, the Barrilleaux Plan for Social Security described below could not only stabilize Social Security finances, it could produce a surplus that could be directed toward increasing benefits and lowering employment taxes.

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
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatej) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

Lowering taxes will encourage business , industry and commerce. Prosperity , economic growth and jobs will be created. Increased economic activity will create more taxable events that will increase revenue to the Treasury and help balance the budget.
Barrilleaux Plan for Social Security that provides: " All beneficiaries of Social Security at or above full retirement age who voluntarily forego social security benefits for one year will be exempt from income tax or social security tax on earned income for that year or years. "

This will both improve financial strength of social security and stimulate the economy.

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.

First priority will be ethical representation and restoring confidence in our government.
Second will be to return Congress to it's Constitutional authority and responsibility.
Third, to address, from an ethical and Constitutional position, every serious problem in Washington including but not limited to the budget and debt, de-funding Planned Parenthood, immigration and border control, improve Social Security with Barrilleaux Plan Tax Cut, lowering taxes to encourage economic growth and jobs, repeal Obamacare and other unnecessary and/or unconstitutional regulations on industry and commerce, reform/simplify tax code and clean up corruption in the IRS, FBI. Investigate Clintons for espionage and corruption.

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