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Powell Gammill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Powell Gammill has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Powell Gammill is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected PRO-CHOICE for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Other expanded principles: "Abortion is horrible. Especially late term abortion. But people have a Right to do with themselves what they wish. Their body is their property, and their life, and their pursuit of happiness that government is charged with solely protecting. And yes, the Rights of the mother outweigh the Right to life of the unborn child. If you permit this one instance of government power over Rights it will never end until government has absolute power and you have no Rights. Oooops, too late."
  • Powell Gammill. Abortion and Stem Cell Research. 10 October 2012. "All abortion should be legal." (gammillforcongress.com)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected PRO-CHOICE for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Other expanded principles: "Abortion is horrible. Especially late term abortion. But people have a Right to do with themselves what they wish. Their body is their property, and their life, and their pursuit of happiness that government is charged with solely protecting. And yes, the Rights of the mother outweigh the Right to life of the unborn child. If you permit this one instance of government power over Rights it will never end until government has absolute power and you have no Rights. Oooops, too late."
  • Powell Gammill. Abortion and Stem Cell Research. 10 October 2012. "All abortion should be legal." (gammillforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Powell Gammill. Vote AZ. 15 October 2012. "I support eliminating all taxes." (vote-az.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: "f) Income taxes (low-income families); g) Income taxes (middle-income families); h) Income taxes (high-income families)."
  • Powell Gammill. Vote AZ. 15 October 2012. "I support eliminating all taxes." (vote-az.org)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: "f) Income taxes (low-income families); g) Income taxes (middle-income families); h) Income taxes (high-income families)."
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart. 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart. 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Education: f) Other or expanded principles: "There is absolutely no authority for the federal government to steal people's earnings and redistribute them for 'education.' I would close down the US Department of Education. I would stop all federal spending on education at all levels. I would remove all federal regulations having to do with education. Why does a bureaucrat in Washington have a more valid opinion on the education of a child than that child's parent? That is a matter best left up to individuals, their parents and their state."
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Education: f) Other or expanded principles: "There is absolutely no authority for the federal government to steal people's earnings and redistribute them for 'education.' I would close down the US Department of Education. I would stop all federal spending on education at all levels. I would remove all federal regulations having to do with education. Why does a bureaucrat in Washington have a more valid opinion on the education of a child than that child's parent? That is a matter best left up to individuals, their parents and their state."
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?;" "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?;" "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a 'cap and trade' system?"
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?;" "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?;" "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a 'cap and trade' system?"
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues: Other or expanded principles: People have the absolute Right to keep and carry arms in this nation, especially militarily useful arms in any manner they see fit. The single biggest reason to possess arms is for the people to violently overthrow a repressive government if needed, as it was over 200 years ago. 'CONgress shall pass no law.'
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues: Other or expanded principles: People have the absolute Right to keep and carry arms in this nation, especially militarily useful arms in any manner they see fit. The single biggest reason to possess arms is for the people to violently overthrow a repressive government if needed, as it was over 200 years ago. 'CONgress shall pass no law.'
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Vote AZ. 15 October 2012. "Adults are presumed capable of getting their own health insurance, if they want it bad enough. Eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Prescription Drug Benifits, the FDA, the HMOs and their assocaited regulations. Let the free market back into health care, and the prices will fall to competative levels." (vote-az.org)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Vote AZ. 15 October 2012. "Adults are presumed capable of getting their own health insurance, if they want it bad enough. Eliminate Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Prescription Drug Benifits, the FDA, the HMOs and their assocaited regulations. Let the free market back into health care, and the prices will fall to competative levels." (vote-az.org)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Powell Gammill. Issues: Immigration. 12 October 2012. "People come here ready to take advantage of the opportunities the USA gives them. They raise children with high expectations and demands to better themselves. That is why they excel in school's and business. Industrious, and hard working. They produce. They consume. They help fuel and turn the economic engine. They have a very strong reason to preserve our way of life, because they came from a life that was far less desirable. And immigrants bring unique perspectives and ideas to our shores. As well as international business contacts which further increases both two-way demands for products, and expands potential customers in a world wide marketplace [¦] Historically, the States made their own immigration rules, typically requiring sponsorship (assuring the financial self-sufficiency and good conduct) of an immigrant by a citizen of that state. In less populated states, frequently there were no rules set up with the intent of encouraging immigration. Under the Tenth Amendment, the State's have reserved the power of deciding immigration, and the federal government has once again usurped the superior state privilege." (gammillforcongress.com)
  • Powell Gammill. Issues: Immigration. 12 October 2012. "People come here ready to take advantage of the opportunities the USA gives them. They raise children with high expectations and demands to better themselves. That is why they excel in school's and business. Industrious, and hard working. They produce. They consume. They help fuel and turn the economic engine. They have a very strong reason to preserve our way of life, because they came from a life that was far less desirable. And immigrants bring unique perspectives and ideas to our shores. As well as international business contacts which further increases both two-way demands for products, and expands potential customers in a world wide marketplace [¦] Historically, the States made their own immigration rules, typically requiring sponsorship (assuring the financial self-sufficiency and good conduct) of an immigrant by a citizen of that state. In less populated states, frequently there were no rules set up with the intent of encouraging immigration. Under the Tenth Amendment, the State's have reserved the power of deciding immigration, and the federal government has once again usurped the superior state privilege." (gammillforcongress.com)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?" Selected NO for "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "a) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?" Selected NO for "b) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?"
  • Rated 19% by Stonewall Democrats of Arizona (votesmart.org)
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for "i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?"
  • Rated 19% by Stonewall Democrats of Arizona (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues: Other or expanded principles: "We have gone from a nation seeking peaceful commerce with the world to a nation bent on terror, conquest and thievery, spending our children's blood and squandering their inheritance on the road to global hegemony."
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues: Other or expanded principles: "We have gone from a nation seeking peaceful commerce with the world to a nation bent on terror, conquest and thievery, spending our children's blood and squandering their inheritance on the road to global hegemony."
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Powell Gammill. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Arizona Congressional Election Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)
  • 2012 PCT (votesmart.org)

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Arizona Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

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

Abortion is horrible. Especially late term abortion. But people have a Right to
do with themselves what they wish. Their body is their property, and their life,
and their pursuit of happiness that government is charged with solely
protecting. And yes, the Rights of the mother outweigh the Right to life of the
unborn child. If you permit this one instance of government power over Rights
it will never end until government has absolute power and you have no Rights.
Oooops, too late.

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

"It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliance with any portion of
the foreign world" --- President George Washington's Farewell Address to us.

The inaugural pledge of President Thomas Jefferson was no less clear: "Peace,
commerce, and honest friendship with all nations---entangling alliances with
none."

"(America) does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy." --- President
John Quincy Adams.

We have gone from a nation seeking peaceful commerce with the world to a
nation bent on terror, conquest and thievery, spending our children's blood
and squandering their inheritance on the road to global hegemony.

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

We can no longer afford the gang with a flag. Eliminate ALL federal
government except that explicitly authorized and required in Article 1, Section
8 of the CONstitution. Bring home all of the troops from around the globe,
thank them for a job well done and send them home to their jobs and families.
A standing Army is unconstitutional. An Air Force is too. A Navy is permitted,
and I would work to restrict it to less than 25,000 personnel whose sole duty is
to guard our shorelines. Return to a gold standard. End the Fed.

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

If voting could change things it would be illegal. All that is required is your
participation lending legitimacy to the outcome. The outcome is
predetermined, because candidates you get to choose are previously vetted by
government. And if that fails government "recounts" the votes and reports the
results. Stop voting!

It is all window dressing getting your acquiescence to government's theft and
control over you. Even if the vote were legitimate it would be immoral.
Government is three wolves and a sheep sitting at the table voting on lunch.
Who gave anyone authority to vote your Rights or property away?

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

Eliminate ALL federal laws where there is not a victim, or where the accused is
not accused of initiating force, or fraud or trespassing upon another
individual. Eliminate all federal funds to states that fund enforcing such non-crimes. 2% of the population is imprisoned! = police state.

The death penalty is a really bad idea because you cannot right a wrongfully
convicted person after they have been executed. You also do not want to give
the federal government the power of death because they will expand its use on
more and more crimes as the expand their power on everything.

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

All taxation is theft at the point of a gun and therefor immoral. A libertarian
believes it is wrong under ALL circumstances to initiate force or fraud upon
another. The only tax allowed under the CONstitution is a tax on imported
goods. I would restrict such tariffs to a maximum 4% which should be plenty
in a free country where people flock to live and work freely and keep what they
earn.

All lands, buildings and property of the US government not authorized in the
CONstitution, or needed is to be auctioned off to pay off the horrific national
debt.

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

There is absolutely no authority for the federal government to steal people's
earnings and redistribute them for "education." I would close down the US
Department of Education. I would stop all federal spending on education at all
levels. I would remove all federal regulations having to do with education. Why
does a bureaucrat in Washington have a more valid opinion on the education
of a child than that child's parent? That is a matter best left up to individuals,
their parents and their state. I would stop federal guaranteed student loans so college tuition would plummet.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Carbon credit trading and cap and trade are socialist programs designed to
steal from the productive and transfer wealth to the nonproductive. They will
destroy our shaky economy.

The Dept. of Energy hasn't produced a single erg of energy. It has crushed much of the innovative energy creation and conserving ideas by small businesses not awarded government RFPs to connected corporations and their patronaged subcontractors. The government has NO constitutional authority to say squat about energy.

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

People generally do not pollute their own property. They protect their
property. They will sue others who pollute their property, because such
pollution diminishes the value of their property. Governments are the biggest
polluters. Getting rid of government property will reduce pollution. Getting rid
of federal regulations and subsidies that currently stifle competition and
innovation will encourage energy production and conservation. Conservation
will reduce pollution, as will lawsuits brought by property owners.

Global warming is real. Man made causality is a hoax perpetrated by government thugs as a way of expanding their power and expanding their take of your wallet.

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

People have the absolute Right to keep and carry arms in this nation,
especially militarily useful arms in any manner they see fit. The single biggest
reason to possess arms is for the people to violently overthrow a repressive
government if needed, as it was over 200 years ago. "CONgress shall pass no
law...."

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

Healthcare costs are astronomical BECAUSE government has interfered in the
free market. Government restricts your choices of healer and your choices of
treatment. Government subsidizes some providers with your stolen tax money,
and then pass massive regulations when their plans to supposedly provide you
with inexpensive healthcare fail. When government removes market forces
and choices your prices are increased and healthcare availability is diminished.
Just part of the plan.

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?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

If you cannot keep drugs out of prisons what makes you believe Mexicans can
be kept out of the USA? Stop the damaging trespass through private property
encouraged by the current government policy. Eliminate public official's
corruption. Eliminate organized criminal gangs, hidden money and
unreported crime. Lower the costs of your purchased goods and services. Keep
more money in your wallet. Eliminate all government provided welfare. Legalize drugs to reduce crime, violence and eliminate smuggling.

Open the borders. Eliminate the rude border guards, the un-American vehicle
searches, and the repressive threats heaped upon businesses and the free
market.

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

The only just laws are those that recognize and protect private property, and
those laws that punish those who initiate force, fraud or trespass upon
another. Government's SOLE purpose is to protect your Rights. When
government fails in this it is YOUR duty to alter or abolish this government.
Stealing your money to fund "noble causes" the CONstitution does not
authorize is blatantly immoral. Creating laws that interfere in the free choices
of a free people is tyranny. Neither should be tolerated.

Government is nothing more than a gang with a flag. Eliminating government
increases your freedom.

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

National security is just a myth created by the military industrial complex to justify the inordinate amounts of money stolen from you and transferred to them. They need wars and boogeymen to justify that theft and expending your loved one's blood and life. They foment terror in the populace with tales that they are protecting us. They are milking us. They create the terror, hostility and war overseas. They create hatred for us. They create the police state here to rule. Open your eyes, stop supporting them, learn how to shoot, take responsibility, tell someone and stop living in fear.

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

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Social Security is just another tax and Congress can do as it pleases. Well they please to have IOUs in that "lock box." Social Security has always been a ponzi scheme, doomed to fail when there were more tit suckers than contributors. Well that day has arrived and there is nothing to be done for it. It will collapse and you will not get any benefits, or the money they print to pay you will be so inflated as to not even buy a loaf of bread with that month's payment. It's already spent.

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

The true purpose of government is to loot the fruits of YOUR labor. To use part
of that theft to finance a complete property identification mechanism and
support an armed apparatus to ensure your compliance with the robbery. They
even fund continuous and broad cradle to grave propaganda services to
persuade or cajole your support of their just benevolence. The only question is
how much can they steal before you forcefully complain, refuse to cooperate or
they run out of things to seize? Slave. Suckers!!!!

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
k) Other or expanded categories

All taxation is theft at the point of a gun and therefor immoral. A libertarian
believes it is wrong under ALL circumstances to initiate force or fraud upon
another. The only tax allowed under the CONstitution is a tax on imported
goods. I would restrict such tariffs to a maximum 4% which should be plenty
in a free country where people flock to live and work freely and keep what they
earn.

All lands, buildings and property of the US government not authorized in the
CONstitution, or needed is to be auctioned off to pay off the horrific national
debt.

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.

Bring our troops home from around the globe, thank them for a job well done
and send them home to their families and their jobs. The savings WILL
stimulate our economy.

Cut government to its Constitutionally authorized functions: This would
dramatically cut our expenditures helping to pay off our massive debt, restore
faith in our currency, and encourage investment in our nation. This is the engine that creates jobs, liberty, peace and prosperity. Life, liberty and happiness.

Restore our civil liberties by repealing the PATRIOT Act, and others, and
prosecute former government employees who have violated their oaths to us.

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