Jeff King's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Jeff King
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Racheal; 5 Children: Victoria, Cole, Scarlett, Jaxon, Stella
Birth Date: 02/29/1980
Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
Home City: Goose Creek, SC
Religion: Christian
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Jeff King has responded to the Political Courage Test, providing voters with clear stances on key issues.

What is the Political Courage Test?

South Carolina Congressional Special Election, District 1, 2013 Political Courage Test

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

I am Pro-Life, but feel this decision belongs in the hands of the states per the 10th Amendment.

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

I do not support our combat operations in Afghanistan because there are no clear requirements to deem the mission a success. When Congress votes to approve military action, there should be a clear objective so we know when we are done. At this point, however, a timetable for troop withdrawals will undermine our efforts and possible put our soldiers in danger.

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
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
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
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 Department of Education is a bureaucratic mess that needs to be eliminated. Our federal education budget continues to increase while our test scores and international rankings decrease. We need to eliminate the Department of Education and provide funding to the states directly.

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
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

I think the decision to allow same-sex marriages should be left to the states per the 10th amendment.

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

I am currently 33 years old and have been paying into Social Security for 10 years. I will not become eligible for Social Security benefits until some time in the 2040s. I have a 0% confidence level that the program will be there for me to receive benefits when eligible.

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
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Eliminatej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

We need to limit the size and scope of the federal government. We do this by transferring power back to the states, and privatizing government programs where possible.

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
Slightly Increasek) Other or expanded categories

I am a supporter of the Fair Tax, which will eliminate most federal taxes and replace them with a consumption tax. Under the Fair Tax, the tax rate for high income families would be 23% and the tax rate for low income families would be 0%.

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.

1) Reduce the size and scope of the federal government. We need to consider repealing federal statutes that fall outside the scope of the constitution and return that power to the states.
2) Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment that would require Congress to pass a budget each year. We also need to implement term limits for both the House and Senate.
3) Reform the overly complex and burdensome tax code by moving to a consumption based tax. This will broaden the tax base and allow businesses to retain more revenue to put back into the economy.