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Richard Murphy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Richard Murphy has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Maine Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

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Candidate Answer
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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

I support pro-life legislation.

YesIn 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

I support revising our Tax code, which would result in higher taxes paid in some income brackets due to the elimination of deductions and loopholes.

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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

I support federal spending on needed national infrastructure as a means of promoting growth. Federal money must be spent wisely with competitive bidding processes and based on need, not re-election goals.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I support the Keystone XL pipeline provided it is funded 100% by the companies building and profiting from its construction. No federal funds should be allocated towards it.

YesDo 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

I believe that states are responsible for regulation of greenhouse gas emissions.

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

I do not support additional restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns. There are already more than enough regulations placing limitations on our 2nd Amendment rights.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I do not support continuing to prop up a healthcare system that is not competitive, results in inflated costs to consumers, and REQUIRES citizens pay private businesses or be fined.

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

Illegal immigrants must not be allowed to circumvent our laws and regulations that thousands of legal immigrants have gone through before them. They must re-enter the US legally, and go through the process like everyone else.

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

I believe that marriage licenses in general are un-Constitutional. There is no logical reason why private citizens must request permission from the government in order to marry.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould 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

Governments and those in charge change. Death is permanent. Military force is a last resort and only used when we have been attacked. Empty threats are made everyday. Our military responds to action, not threats.

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 was designed as a safety net to support low income people in their older years. It was never designed to be a retirement fund, nor that everyone collects who paid into it.

It started off as a 1% tax, to provide a safety net for those in need. As it exists now, it is unsustainable. I support returning it to its original purpose, as an Insurance for those who need it. This will need to be done in stages to allow for planning for those who counted on it as their retirement fund.

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.
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Eliminatej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

I support the reduction of federal involvement in the majority of general categories. The result should be a return of income to individuals through lower taxes. States can assume responsibility, tax accordingly and there will be a more localized level of control.

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
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminated) 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
Greatly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Our Tax code needs reform. Thousands of pages of regulations, exceptions and loopholes. There is no reason why we have a Tax code so complicated that professionals are needed to file returns in most cases. Generally even CPAs don't know all the rules. I support eliminating all deductions for individuals. Corporations pay taxes profits reported, no deductions. Adjust the tax percentages accordingly and everyone pays in.

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 top three priorities if elected would be
1) Reduce the size and spending levels of the Federal Government. Encourage the States to assume responsibility and local control of the majority of issues currently regulated by Washington bureaucracies.
2) Tax reform and simplification. The goal should be that the average person have a 1 page Federal tax form to file. Income earned, taxes due. The same should apply to business filers and corporations.
3) Healthcare reform, repeal of the Un-Affordable Care Act, and inject competition into healthcare. We need solutions to healthcare cost, not forced insurance coverage at inflated prices.

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