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Robert Murphy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

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Oklahoma Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test


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

An unborn child is not a separate person, but the property of the woman who carries and nourishes it. To suggest otherwise is to introduce a legal rights contradiction that would inevitably lead to gross violations of fertile women's rights - through required pregnancy testing; food and drink regulations; and inquests for miscarriages. Only the woman involved knows whether her child would be loved or unloved, cared for or abused, well-fed or half-starved. She must be free to choose whether to carry on or terminate her pregnancy.

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

The Military-Industrial complex has taken control of our foreign policy, enriching elites and impoverishing our people. We must call an end to all foreign wars, which have made us less safe and created endless enemies around the world. I agree with Marine General that War Is A Racket and that most of our wars are rooted in Imperial Hubris and the protection of Corporate assets overseas.
Our country would be better served by repealing income and property taxes and imposing a stamp tax on all business transactions. See The Stamp Tax Reconsidered at

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

Only to the extent that those who pay for these things must be identifiable. If I am to be inundated with waves of Public Relations Psychobabble intended to influence the laws I must live by and obey, I want to know who's creating and distributing them.

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

Our justice system is much too heavily authoritarian and subject to corruption and incompetence to be trusted with the death penalty.

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

Prosperity requires economic freedom and a stable currency. We now have neither. Local, State, and Federal bureaucracies suppress business and jobs, especially for the middle class and poor who are without the money or influence to meet or bypass onerous regulations. Our economy is controlled by a Corporate Oligarchy that uses political influence to limit liability and competition. It must be dismantled.
The actions of the Federal Reserve Bank in bailing out banks and keeping interest rates low has only served to enrich elites while raising prices on basics like food and fuel.

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

There should be no Federal involvement in education. The Department of Education should be scrapped. Education is a commodity and should be treated as such. Instead of a monolithic, bureaucratic, politically-controlled system based purely on force - forced attendance, forced curriculums, forced textbooks, forced taxes - we should have a free market in education where the differences between students are recognized, and hundreds of different schools and methods are free to compete. The primary subjects our schools teach now are attendance, punctuality, and obedience to authority - all for the advancement of the Corporate State.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

We have to get away from fossil fuels and turn to small-scale Thorium nuclear reactors for electrical energy production. Unlike our Uranium reactors, Thorium reactors can't melt down and can actually consume the nuclear waste from Uranium reactors.
Thorium reactor technology was invented in the US, but it doesn't produce the necessary products - Uranium and Plutonium - for nuclear weapons, so the technology was abandoned.
China, India, and other countries are now working on this technology. We don't want to get left behind, polluting our air and water with oil and coal.

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

When you think of the definition of fossil fuels - that they are carbonaceous fossils deposited over hundreds of millions of years - it's not hard to think that the oxidation of trillions of pounds of these substances over the last two centuries might have some effect on our atmosphere, though I think sun cycles have a much more profound effect than anything humankind can do.
Carbonaceous fossils are too useful to waste them by burning. We need to develop new systems - such as the Thorium reactors I mentioned before - to provide cheap electrical power for the world.

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

"Fear no man because of size, with a Colt revolver you can equalize". This was the slogan of the Colt firearms company for many years, and I admire the sentiment.
For thousands of years, the weak and helpless among us have been oppressed and enslaved by thugs with superior weapons. Samuel Colt did the world a great favor by providing the weak with an affordable and effective measure of security against the strong. Guns can be abused, of course, and their abuse must be firmly punished, but their availability and use should not be restricted.

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

The 2010 ACA is merely a way of supporting and expanding the system of cartels that presently control the development and delivery of medical services, in the form of monopoly control of medical education, legal control of competition, insurance company collusion, and pharmaceutical regulation.
We must work for a free market in medical care, where new technologies and delivery systems are free to develop. We'll soon have automated diagnostic systems that are at least as good as a B student from a local medical school. We need to get ready for this. There will be a lot of pushback.

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

I figure that anyone who sets foot on American soil should be considered a free person, able to work, earn a living, buy a house, rear children, and pay taxes like the rest of us.
The US is a nation of immigrants. Every new wave has been reviled by those who came before, but each new wave eventually adapted to the American way of social and economic freedom.
My parents were born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I think that anyone with the gumption to cross an ocean or a desert in pursuit of freedom should have a chance at it.

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

Who we choose to love or consider as family is not subject to a vote.

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

Our policy of targeting "suspected terrorists" in places such as Yemen and Pakistan, killing civilians as well as warriors, is nothing short of murder. We are not innocent of war crimes.
The development of nuclear weapons by Iran is inevitable and necessary to balance the nuclear arsenal of Israel. It is regrettable, but perhaps only a nuclear standoff between Israel and Iran will dampen the Likud Party's expansionist efforts to conquer a "Greater Israel".

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

Not when the markets are as rigged as they are today. Social Security was created because the expansionist policies of the Federal Reserve Bank in the 1920s led to a bubble in stocks which imploded in 1929, wiping out the savings accounts and pensions of millions of people. This corruption of our monetary system has not abated, creating bubble after bubble, until we're now in the same place as in 1929, with stocks at record highs in spite of high unemployment and a stagnant economy. Expect a correction that will make a Depression look like heaven on earth.

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
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

It is time to dismantle the Administrative State that has centralized control of economic and social activity in our country, reducing us to subjects rather than free citizens. The Department of Agriculture is a tool of Corporate interests, as are the Departments of Education and Homeland Security. We must maintain the social security net, however, until freeing the economy makes it superfluous.

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
k) Other or expanded categories

Americans would be better served by a tax on business transactions. Since one of the primary purposes of government, and a necessity for a prosperous civilization, is the defense of contracts, a small tax on the value of each of those contracts, would be a more effective, just, and moral method of financing necessary government institutions. Those who engage in business transactions are those who benefit most from the rule of law, and they should be the ones to pay for it.

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.

Economic Policy: A free economy and an end to the Corporate State.
Social Policy: An end to the Drug War and other prohibitions against consensual, voluntary transactions between individuals. An end to NSA spying without warrants. A restoration of Habeous Corpus. Elimination of Homeland Security and TSA checkpoints.
Foreign Policy: An end to policing the world for Corporations, a withdrawal of all troops from overseas (except spies and precautionary submarines), free trade with all peoples.

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