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James 'Jim' A. Berns

Jim Berns' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: James 'Jim' A. Berns
Gender: Male
Family: Fiancé: Marty; 9 Children: Weslee, John, Brian, Aaron, Jeremy, Jason, Annalisa, Tommy, Cassy
Birth Date: 08/01/1948
Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH
Home City: Cincinnati, OH
Religion: Yes
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Ohio Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test


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Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations
  • Jim Berns. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Pro Life and Pro Choice. Both sides of this issue have valid points. I wish they could both work together to minimize the number of abortions."
Other or expanded principles

I have adopted 8 children. If more adopted maybe there would be less abortions. Some women will choose to abort their babies. They will have to live with their decision and face the judgement of God when the die.

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

Our continued combat and diplomatic operations in Afghanistan reduce our security and make the likelihood of a terrorist attach here greater. Defend the continental U.S.A. and let the other countries solve their own problems. We are paying for the war with borrowed money which is a far greater danger to our security than some illiterate Taliban fighter.

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

If you want to make any problem worse ask the government to fix it. I support defending the continental USA. George Washington warned us against getting involved in foreign wars. Friendly relations with all entangling alliances with none. Our involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan has make a terrorist attack here more likely and reduce our security while adding trillions to the deficit and wasting the lives of thousands of our young people. The Social Insecurity system is a Ponzi scheme and should be fazed out in an orderly manner with private charity and savings instead.

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

More candidates from the Libertarian Party need to be elected. They totally recognize the Constitution and limited government. The Democrats and Republicans got us into this mess and it is crazy to think they will get us out of this mess. Vote Libertarian!

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

I do not support government organized murders. It is also cheaper to send people to prison for life than to pay all the court expenses to finally have them executed

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate 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

Businesses and individuals create economic growth. It is a big lie that the government can create jobs or economic growth. Government can destroy economic growth by their mischief!

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

I support the separation of government and education and oppose government standardized testing.

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
YesCandidate 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
YesInferred Answer Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations
  • Jim Berns. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?" Social Issues Other or expanded principles: "People should be able to determine what relationship fits them best. I oppose all federal funding of research. Everyone should be judged on the quality of their character not on race, religion or nationality. "
Other or expanded principles

If you love another person go ahead and call yourself married.

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

They should be allowed to opt out of the Social Insecurity Ponzi Scheme.

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
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Eliminateh) Medical Research
Eliminatei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Eliminatel) Welfare
Eliminatem) Other or expanded categories

All of these except National Defense would be better left to the private competitive sector.

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) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) 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
Eliminatek) Other or expanded categories

The government is way too big and every problem they clame to solve they make much worse.

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 cost of goverment.
2 Reduce the size and cost of goverment.
3. Reduce the size and cost of government.

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