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Rhett Rosenquest Smith

Rhett Smith's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Rhett Rosenquest Smith
Gender: Male
Family: Divorced; 2 Children: Marybeth, Garrett
Birth Date: 06/03/1950
Birth Place: Ranger, TX
Home City: San Antonio, TX
Religion: Methodist
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Rhett Smith has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Key

Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Presidential Political Courage Test. Abortion Issues: Other or expanded principles: "No Taxpayer funds should be used Rather private funds can be set up for these choices"
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test. Other or expanded principals: "Roe v. Wade addresses this important issue for U.S citizens. Together with the Hyde amendment these laws help enable our society to minimize violence and to co-exist even while expressing divergent points of view. I actively help and voluntarily support the San Antonio Coalition for Life and also 40 Days for Life, which offer peaceful, prayerful help, in my San Antonio community." (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

Roe v. Wade addresses this important issue for U.S citizens. Together with the Hyde amendment these laws help enable our society to minimize violence and to co-exist even while expressing divergent points of view. I actively help and voluntarily support the San Antonio Coalition for Life and also 40 Days for Life, which offer peaceful, prayerful help, in my San Antonio community.

Budget
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown PositionInferred Answer do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "e) Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?"
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test. Selected NO ANSWER for: "b) do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?;" Other or expanded principals: "We should 'greatly decrease or eliminate' income taxes for low income tax payers; this would improve the 'safety-net,' stimulate the economy, and get Washington bureaucrats off the backs of those taxpayers. Because the U.S is in economic crisis (we do not want to face a 'Euro Zone' situation) I favor minimizing alarm, i.e. 3=Maintain Status no major changes for overall total budget, spending, and taxes."
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test. Spending and Taxes: Other or expanded principles: "We should 'greatly decrease or eliminate' income taxes for low income taxpayers; this would improve the 'safety-net,' stimulate the economy, and get Washington bureaucrats off of the backs of those taxpayers. I select level (3) =maintain status for all the other general categories, with the exception of alcohol and cigarette taxes which should be increased to cover long-term health care."
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
Is balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

We should "greatly decrease or eliminate" income taxes for low income tax payers; this would improve the "safety-net," stimulate the economy, and get Washington bureaucrats off the backs of those taxpayers.

Because the U.S is in economic crisis (we do not want to face a "Euro Zone" situation) I favor minimizing alarm, i.e. 3=Maintain Status no major changes for overall total budget, spending, and taxes.

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.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
Greatly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

Greatly increase funding for U.S Institute of Peace-raise to Departmental level. Education Increase funding early childhood and accelerated (college prep) programs.

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.
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

We should "greatly decrease or eliminate" income taxes for low income taxpayers; this would improve the "safety-net," stimulate the economy, and get Washington bureaucrats off of the backs of those taxpayers.
I select level (3) =maintain status for all the other general categories, with the exception of alcohol and cigarette taxes which should be increased to cover long-term health care.

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

As a Green party candidate, I believe our political system would be better served if the Federal Communication Commission were required by law to provide some coverage for candidates who are not running in the major parties. The Citizens United v. FEC case was a moral outrage--that corporate money is entitled to "1st Amendment rights", while millions of impoverished citizens are being denied the same due to lack of funding.

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

In my state of Texas, which executes more than the other 49 states combined, the Roman Catholic Cardinal organized a peaceful demonstration, marching from an abortion clinic in Huntsville, TX to the death chamber where Texas carries out executions. Would not society be better off, if the government were not involved in terminating life,?... because this places taxpayers in an unethical dilemma.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

In an economic period of low inflation, the U.S should make prudent decisions for long-term balanced development and prosperity, not only for domestic economy, but mindful of global impact as well. The first 4 questions above involve government borrowing, while the fifth allows taxpayers to control their
own dollars, and eliminate bureaucracy.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles

Advocate for Federal Early Childhood Development office. Supported fellow members of NAACP, LULAC in filing a formal complaint against Texas State Board of Education, due to Board's adoption of racially prejudiced curriculum of instruction for social studies. Advocate for every child (upon completion of primary education) to be offered acceleration (college preparatory) programs- funded by elimination of secondary education in the U.S.
We hear about young 12, 14 year old students who have excelled at college level. If students would complete their four year degree before age 20, perhaps the major cots could be state funded.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

As a Green candidate, I advocate a massive increase in every avenue of public education, research, and communication regarding environment and energy. The above answers (Y,Y,Y) sustainable development for centuries to come must be America's long-term goal as well as working with global partners.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles

I advocate for the First Amendment in both domestic and foreign policy. I am the only candidate that is currently developing a Dept. Of Peace, which I believe can link historically to Adam Smith- The Wealth of Nations, "political economy". As a Green party candidate, we support policies of engagement that avoid conflict."__ Proposal: to create Department of Peace to generate developmental plan for seven billion humans to peacefully coexist.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2008 Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns; e) Require gun owners to store guns in a safe or lockbox, or to have them disabled with a trigger lock." Gun Issues: Other or expanded principles: "I have highest rating from Texas State Rifle Association"
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Congressional Political Courage Test. Other or expanded principles: "the Second Amendment address this issue for U.S citizens. I believe that the 2nd Amendment, along with the other nine amendments in the Bill of Rights, is to protect individual citizens from oppression by their own government. As Americans we must always guard our liberty and be wary of Washington elite who would usurp the same."
Other or expanded principles

the Second Amendment address this issue for U.S citizens. I believe that the 2nd Amendment, along with the other nine amendments in the Bill of Rights, is to protect individual citizens from oppression by their own government. As Americans we must always guard our liberty and be wary of Washington elite who would usurp the same.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoCandidate AnswerShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I believe there is an important reason that the United States of America are fifty sovereign and separate states. As this Act clearly demonstrates, Congress and the Chief Executive have usurped rights that are clearly reserved for the states and the people. Medical/health care is a personal, private choice. This Act undermines our liberties and freedoms.
If United States citizens believe they have been denied medical care due to no funding, Congress should set up an oversight fund of several billion dollars and consider case-by-case basis... In San Antonio, University Health System serves all county residents.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Presidential Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "Do 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 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

Re: the international borders with Canada and Mexico-- U.S citizens, many whose families immigrated from Europe after 1776, are now trying to make laws for Americans whose families were living along the borders for many more than 236 years. As a Green candidate, I respect these indigenous people and their families.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations
  • Rhett Smith. Project Vote Smart: Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test. Other or expanded principles: "As a Green candidate, I support Constitutional protections for all citizens."
Other or expanded principles

As a Green candidate, I support Constitutional protections for all citizens.

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

Social Security should not be touched, due to possible financial risk if taxes are diverted.

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.

Rekindling the spirit of the American Revolution; America's founders realized "revolution" alone was not enough, -- a Constitution was needed that secured basic rights and liberties. The First Amendment, I believe, represents the pinnacle of freedoms that individuals seek worldwide. I make "no Proselyte" pledge: all major administrative positions and all appointments will be from a faith tradition other than my own.
Two predominate parties (Republican/Democrat)-- are not serving America well.
We fail children, women, veterans, ... child abuse, violence against women, veteran suicides.
Finally, "Eco-Renaissance" creating 'eco'- sustainable education, jurisprudence, economics and global finance.

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