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Arthur DiBianca's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Libertarian for State House - District 51
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Texas State Legislative Election 2010 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.

a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Do you support requiring a patient seeking an elective abortion to view the results of a sonogram?
Yesf) Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Yesg) Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
Noh) Do you support sexual education programs that include information on abstinence, contraceptives, and HIV/STD prevention methods?
Noi) Do you support abstinence-only sexual education programs?
j) Other or expanded principles

I am trying to answer completely, but your choices are false dilemmas. As a legislator I would vote against laws prohibiting abortion, but I could support laws prohibiting cruel treatment of a fetus. I believe Roe v Wade should be overturned, because the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a right to abortion. I oppose the sex education programs because I oppose government-provided schooling, and I believe education should be returned to the private sector.

1) State Spending
Indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Eliminatea) Education (higher)
Eliminateb) Education (K-12)
Greatly Decreasec) Environment
Eliminated) Health care
Greatly Decreasee) Law enforcement
Greatly Decreasef) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Eliminateg) Welfare
h) Other or expanded categories

My answers here are consistent with my libertarian principles. Most of these functions should be returned to the private sector.

2) State Taxes
Indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.
Greatly Decreasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreased) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatee) Property taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Sales taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

All tax levels should be greatly decreased. Property taxes should be eliminated because the process is fundamentally subjective, unfair, and prone to corruption.

3) Budget Stabilization
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Texas' budget.
Noa) Tapping into Texas' "rainy day" fund
Yesb) Issuing the early release of certain non-violent offenders
Noc) Increasing tuition rates at public universities
Yesd) Instituting mandatory furloughs and layoffs for state employees
Yese) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
Yesf) Privatizing certain government services
g) Other or expanded principles

By privatizing, I mean returning the services entirely to the private sector, not using government money to pay privately owned providers. I want to avoid anything that increases revenue flowing into government.

Yesa) Do you support further limiting the use of eminent domain in Texas?
Nob) Should voters be required to present government-issued photo identification at the polls?
Yesc) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Texas governors?
Yesd) Do you support limits on the number of terms for Texas state legislators?
e) Do you support limits on the following types of contributions to candidates for state government?
No1) Individual
No2) Political Action Committee
No3) Corporate
No4) Political Party
Nof) Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Nog) Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
h) Other or expanded principles

I think it may be good for candidates to disclose finance information, but I think it is up to the voters to hold candidates accountable, and to refuse to vote for candidates who don't voluntarily provide that information. Please note that disclosure laws create a lot of red tape burden that disproportionately harms less-funded candidates, who can't afford the lawyers and accountants to help them navigate the complicated process.

Yesa) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
Yesc) Should the possession of small amounts of marijuana be decriminalized?
Nod) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
Noe) Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
Nof) Do you support a ban on smoking in public places?
Nog) Do you support a ban on the use of trans fats in restaurants?
Noh) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
i) Other or expanded principles

Some of these questions are false dilemmas. Regarding the minors sending explicit photos, the complete answer is obviously "it depends on the circumstances." If a minor sends explicit photos of other people against their wishes, that could be grounds for criminal charges.

Yesa) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesb) Do you support legalizing casino-style gambling in Texas?
Noc) Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
Nod) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
Noe) Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
Nof) Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Nog) Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
h) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support national education standards?
Nob) Do you support requiring public schools to administer high school exit exams?
Noc) Do you support using a merit pay system for teachers?
Nod) Do you support state funding for charter schools?
Noe) Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
Nof) Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Texas high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
g) Other or expanded principles

All of these answers should be viewed in the context of my libertarian position that public schooling should end, and education should return to the private sector. The Texas Constitution should be amended to remove the constitutional demand for public schools.

Noa) Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nob) Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
Noc) Do you support providing financial incentives to farms that produce biofuel crops?
Nod) Do you support state funding for improvements to Texas' energy infrastructure?
Noe) Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
Nof) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
g) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Nob) Do you support requiring background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support requiring a license for gun possession?
e) Other or expanded principles

Gun ownership is an individual right, and it has also proven to be beneficial because it is an excellent deterrent against violent crime.

Noa) Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
Nod) Should individuals be required to purchase health care insurance?
Noe) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yesf) Do you support legalizing physician-assisted suicide in Texas?
Yesg) Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
h) Other or expanded principles

Health insurance compacts might be all right, if they just repeal laws that prohibit people from buying insurance from providers in other states.

Noa) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Nob) Should Texas allow same-sex couples to form civil unions?
Noc) Do you support state funding for stem cell research?
Nod) Do you support state funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Noe) Do you support the state's use of affirmative action?
Nof) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Texas' anti-discrimination laws?
Nog) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Texas' anti-discrimination laws?
h) Other or expanded principles

Marriage and sexual preference issues have no place in government. Government should not define marriage, and should not grant privileges based on marital status. Marriage should be a private contractual arrangement. Anti-discrimination laws are fine within government, but they should not be used to control the behavior of private citizens and their businesses.

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 first priority is to reduce state government spending. My second priority is to reduce state taxes.

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