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John Koster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: County Council (Snohomish County, WA) - District 1
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John Koster refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed John Koster in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “My 100% pro-life voting record is a testament to the commitment I have to the culture of life. Our Declaration of Independence states that our unalienable rights include “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and “That to secure these rights, governments are institute among men.” Therefore, it is the express job of government to protect all innocent human life.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • John Koster. Facebook: Wall. 17 September 2010. “John Koster was endorsed by National Right to Life! 'You are a strong Advocate for life: you support pro-life legislation and you oppose the use of federal funding for elective abortion. We look forward to working with you to restore legal protection for innocent life...'” (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “The primary legitimate function of the Federal government is national security. I believe in a strong military that is well funded and second to none.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • John Koster. Larsen's "Green Navy" & PC Military. 29 October 2010. "Even in the midst of wartime and the worst economy since the 1930's, Rick Larsen's political correctness and pork barrel projects take precedent over the genuine needs of the U.S. Military […] "Now is probably not the time for retrofitting the U.S. Navy to achieve utopian energy standards; Nor is it time for implementing liberal social agenda items, or delaying passage of needed funding for our troops in order to add billions in domestic pork barrel project funds […] It's time we got back to basics in this country, putting the genuine needs of the U.S. military ahead of partisan agendas […] Rick talks about developing a 'Green Navy'. He needs to tell us how much this is going to cost us and how it's going to improve the war effort. He voted to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'. He needs to tell us how this will affect the morale of our fighting men and women during wartime. He voted to tack 23 billion in pork to Afghanistan funding, which was just plain wrong. How do these Larsen/Pelosi agenda items strengthen our military and win wars?" (www.kosterforcongress.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

  • John Koster. Issue Position: Larsen Caught Telling Another Whopper. 8 September 2010. “Unlike Rick Larsen, I have pledged to the people of Washington that I won't reach into their pockets to pay for more government spending. If Larsen wants to have a debate on the wisdom of raising taxes during the most devastating recession in generations, I'm happy to have it. By attacking my promise to cut taxes, cut spending, and get the country back on track, Larsen is telling voters that he's planning to do the exact opposite - and drive the country further down the road to bankruptcy." (votesmart.org)
  • John Koster. Issue Position: The Economy. 1 January 2012. “I have been a fiscal hawk in the State Legislature and County Council, opposing bigger government, higher taxes and wasteful spending. Excessive tax rates result in decreased revenue. That's why I have pledged to vote against any new or increased tax, and against increases in the regulatory burden on business.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Koster. Larsen Attacks Koster to Hide His Own Record of Shipping Jobs Overseas. 12 October 2010. “Earlier this year, Republican nominee John Koster signed the Americans for Tax Reform Pledge, authored by an organization dedicated to protecting the American people from tax hikes. By signing the pledge, candidates and elected officials put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.” (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Larsen Attacks Koster to Hide His Own Record of Shipping Jobs Overseas. 12 October 2010. “Rick Larsen will continue to lie until election day, but at some point he has to answer the question 'Where are the jobs?' Rick Larsen supported the failed $814 billion stimulus bill. Not only has that bill failed to create jobs, it has truly sent jobs overseas. The stimulus bill buried us in debt, failed to stimulate job creation, and it sent billions of our hard-earned tax dollars to China." (votesmart.org)
  • John Koster. Koster Statement Regarding Primary Election. 8 August 2012. “John Koster is an advocate of free markets and free enterprise. He is a proponent of job creation in the private sector and wants to rein in the rule making of the regulatory agencies, streamline unnecessary processes, and eliminate duplicative and antiquated regulation. He favors tax reform that would close loopholes and lower rates to stimulate the economy, and believes federal government must stop spending money it doesn't have […] 'Throughout the primary election, Suzan DelBene has proudly advocated the continuance of the same "progressive" policies that have been a trademark of the Obama Administration: Government-run health care, trillion dollar deficits, taxpayer funded "stimulus" programs and bailouts - 'which have 'stimulated' nothing but our national debt,' said Koster.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Koster. Issue Position: Federal Spending. 1 January 2012. “We cannot "stimulate" our economy by spending more than we're taking in. History and common sense both instruct us that we cannot spend our way out of debt. The most recent bailouts and stimulus packages are a failure. We are courting long term economic devastation and potentially enslaving our children and grandchildren to pay the debt. Our founders warned against a 'welfare state' where the government undertakes to provide for every person from the cradle to grave. I look forward to opportunities to reduce or eliminate bureaucracy, curtail government growth and spending, and demand efficiency in spending.” (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Issue Position: Will Larsen Spare Small Businesses From Obama Tax Hike? 23 September 2010. “We cannot punish hard working, job creating Americans by raising taxes on the very people who will power our economic recovery. Rick Larsen and his fellow Democrats just don't get it; raising taxes on job creating small businesses during a recession is ludicrous, reckless, and dangerous.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Koster. Issue Position: The Economy. 1 January 2012. “I believe in the free market and free enterprise. Excessive regulation and taxation suppresses the private sector's ability to create wealth. Our economy works best when our citizens are allowed to keep the fruits of their own labor. With lower taxes, businesses have more money to invest and create jobs. I have been a fiscal hawk in the State Legislature and County Council, opposing bigger government, higher taxes and wasteful spending. Excessive tax rates result in decreased revenue. That's why I have pledged to vote against any new or increased tax, and against increases in the regulatory burden on business.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “Reasonable safety regulation for the use and extraction of energy resources is appropriate for the benefit of both the workers and the public. Likewise reasonable environmental regulation is appropriate. But the perfect must not become the enemy of the good, and regulation must not be allowed to stifle or shut down the U.S. Economy […] Our dependence on foreign oil is both unnecessary and unwise, and seriously undermines our national security. We need to drill for oil on American lands - and do it now. This will simultaneously defund our enemies and put Americans to work. We have huge oil deposits and the proper technology to extract oil responsibly.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • John Koster. Facebook: wall. 20 March 2012. “The Clear Possibility: energy independence, new JOBS, deficit reduction!” (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “Our thriving economy requires energy, and plenty of it. This includes oil, coal, nuclear, and hydroelectric systems. Alternative energy sources like wind, solar and bio fuels should be encouraged. We should continue to utilize our abundant and affordable fuel sources until free market technology and innovation provide realistic and affordable solutions to our energy needs. I have grave concerns with the staggering costs of Cap-and-Trade regulations and their potential to cripple our struggling economy. Reasonable safety regulation for the use and extraction of energy resources is appropriate for the benefit of both the workers and the public. Likewise reasonable environmental regulation is appropriate. But the perfect must not become the enemy of the good, and regulation must not be allowed to stifle or shut down the U.S. Economy.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • John Koster. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 10 August 2011. “I, John Koster, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Washington and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue.” (votesmart.org)
  • John Koster. Facebook: Wall. 21 March 2012. “Proposed new regulations on fuel manufacturers are only driving gas prices higher with little or no enviromental benefit.” (www.facebook.com)
  • John Koster. Twitter: @Koster4Congress. 24 May 2012. “The WA affiliate of Americans For Prosperity gave me thumbs up on Wednesday for signing the "No Climate Tax Pledge.” (twitter.com)
  • John Koster. Who do these people think they are? January 2010. “With Rick Larsen, you will see even more of what I call "fear driven" governing. In this fear driven government, the liberal-socialists must always have a new crisis on the horizon. This bogeyman keeps the people locked in fear and following the liberal's bigger government solutions like the Pied Piper, which allows them to pile on more laws and regulations - along with new taxes to pay for those mandates. We see that today with much of the environmental movement using cooked science to keep us held hostage, energy dependent and unable to build industry, infrastructure and grow business.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • John Koster. Twitter: @Koster4Congress. 11 April 2012. “EPA an ideological property rights bully? A Supreme thinks so & in recent court case said their behavior:"unthinkable" ” http://twitter.com/Koster4Congress. (bit.ly)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Gun Owners of America endorses John Koster. 28 October 2010. “I am honored to appear today at Kesselring Gun Shop alongside my friends from the Gun Owners of America in defense of the 2nd Amendment. As a United States Congressman, I will not support any legislation that seeks to undermine the right to keep and bear arms.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees all citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Our founders stated in many different ways that an armed citizenry is the best defense against crime and tyranny. I will not support any legislation that seeks to undermine the right to keep and bear arms.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed John Koster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Facebook: Wall. 21 March 2012. “Top priority: Repeal ObamaCare! See the RSC chart below on ObamaCare & Things the Federal Government Can't Do.” (www.facebook.com)
  • John Koster. Facebook: Wall. 23 March 2012. “Next week, on the 2nd anniversary of ObamaCare, Obama will "celebrate" by ditching town and leaving his Health Care takeover baggage behind. House Democrats from safe liberal districts will be left to praise the takeover and convince us of its many benefits before the November elections take place. I'll celebrate when ObamaCare is repealed! How about you?” (www.facebook.com)
  • John Koster. Facebook: Wall. 26 March 2012. “Dear Senior Friends and Family BEWARE! Obama's Broken Promise: "I will protect Medicare". ObamaCare will cut a predicted $529 Billion from Hospitals, Nursing Homes, and Medicare Advantage to fund Obama's healthcare entitlement programs. It also puts a group of 15 unelected officials (IPAB), dubbed by some as the "death panel", in charge of finding cuts in Medicare to meet new spending limits.” (www.facebook.com)
  • John Koster. Facebook: wall. 23 March 2012. “Hi Eva, much has become known about the new Health Care law. It has unfortunately left Americans with increased health care costs, fewer choices, government interference in the physician-patient relationship, and drastic cuts to Medicare. ... The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently reported that the law will cost more than originally anticipated and force millions off of their employer-provided insurance. I am including a link to a chart from the Republican Study Committee which shows the predicted increases to health care due to the Health Care law.” (www.facebook.com)
  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “Another government program won’t fix health care. Only free market policies that increase competition and individual choice will achieve greater efficiency and affordability for all Americans. A recent poll of Americans shows that 63% are opposed to a federal health care mandate and they strongly oppose any government bureaucracy putting itself between patient and doctor. I will support addressing the issues of portability, tort reform, pre-existing conditions, tax credits for insurance premiums for individuals, and the expansion of Health Savings Account programs (which currently allow Americans to save a limited amount of pre-tax money for medical expenses). I will fight for free market solutions that increase choice and accessibility.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
Yes 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

  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “We are a nation of immigrants. The debate and problems we have today are not about legal immigration, but illegal immigration. The debate is also a matter of national security. We must secure our borders. We are a nation of laws; therefore, we first need to enforce our existing immigration laws. I will oppose efforts to provide amnesty for illegal aliens. Second, we need to revamp and reinstitute our “guest worker program” that offers temporary visas for those wishing to come from other countries to work as seasonal workers. Washington’s farmers have a need for seasonal agriculture workers. However, any guest worker program should never provide a fraudulent cover for those seeking to flout our immigration laws.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • Americans for Legal Immigration. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Americans for Legal Immigration endorsed John Koster in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. To undermine the family is to undermine the very cornerstone of our society.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed John Koster in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “Terrorists and terrorism must be dealt with swiftly and severely. It is unacceptable that terrorists be given Miranda rights and tried in civilian courts. George Washington warned about foreign alliances, interventions and entanglements. That was good advice to safeguard our national security and we should always consider it carefully. A foreign intervention is justified when it legitimately protects our national interests and security.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
  • John Koster. Issues. 30 March 2012. “Victory in our efforts to combat terrorism will be achieved due to our national resolve put into action by the courageous men and women in the armed forces of the United States.” (www.kosterforcongress.com)
No 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

  • John Koster. Video: Koster Responds to Larsen's Disinformation Campaign on Social Security & Medicare. 15 September 2010. “John Koster opposes privatizing social security.” (youtu.be)
  • Lynn Thompson. The Seattle Times: GOP challenger John Koster faces off against Rick Larsen in 2nd Congressional District. 18 September 2010. “Koster quickly released a statement saying, "I do not support privatization of Social Security" and in an interview said the government has a commitment to people who have paid into the program.” (seattletimes.com)

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