Joe Kexel's Political Positions

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Wisconsin Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

Personally, I consider abortion to be morally wrong. However, our nation is divided on the issue. I do not believe that the federal government may ban a medical procedure which should be regulated at the state level. I do not believe that the federal government may fund abortions, either.

With the nation so conflicted over the issue, the state level is the most reasonable place to deal with abortion. I would love to see the abortion rate reduced, but that needs caring communication at the community level, not decrees from Washington.

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

If the timetable is set for immediate withdrawal, I would support it. We did not need to invade Afghanistan. We only needed smart attacks upon the Taliban and al-Qaeda, along with a intensive search for Bin Laden. We spent nearly $550 billion on that conflict with no real results in nation building. All we did was show that a terror attack will lead us into very expensive wars that will bring Americans to the enemy for target practice. We are poorer, we have lost many soldiers and we aid al-Qaeda recruitment by being in their country.

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

Simply, we must balance the budget now! Americans pay a lot in taxes as it is. The real issue is we have a spending problem. If we taxed the top corporations at 100% revenue, take all the billionaires' money and grab money in other wild ways, we could cover our budget for a single year. Then, we would have no more top corporations and billionaires to tax. We would be bankrupt. When you look at our long term liabilities, entitlements are a main source of the problem we face. We will have to touch them to survive.

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

I feel the issue is not campaign contributions as much as a far too powerful government. If we had truly limited government where all the citizens demanded the federal government remove itself from our lives and say no to everybody, no lobbyist would have a reason to spend a penny in DC. We have mistakenly chosen to put tremendous power in Washington against the recommendations of our founders. Power leads to corruption and we should not be surprised. The solution is limiting the size, scope and power of our federal government.

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

Never. No individual has the authority to kill others, so we do not have such power collectively. Self-defense is the only exception. If you have a person in prison, they are no longer a threat so self-defense does not apply.

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

I support letting people keep their own money as much as possible. To truly invigorate our economy, we need not stimulus, but liberty. A free people with few regulations will create a huge amount of economic activity. Today, we tax (punish) success and give money (reward) to companies and individuals that are failing. We must create an economic environment that supports investment and rewards hard work. I would want the 2010 tax relief be made permanent.

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 no role in the education system for the federal government. They should not regulate nor offer funds. Education is purely a state issue.

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

The only restrictions should be that we expect the environment to be as clean when a company is finished as when energy production began. That can be done under contracts and we may demand that companies have sufficient insurance to cover any calamity. We need energy and we should go and get it.

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

I do believe that climate is changing, but it is not clear that human activity is causing it. Ice core data and solar radiation are far better indicators of what is truly happening than CO2 levels. All models have failed to express current temperatures, so why must we accept the doomsday scenarios as true. Keeping the 3rd world from developing in order to keep the world's CO2 levels low is practically a death sentence to those nations.

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

I read the 2nd Amendment to be very clear that gun control is not a legal activity of the federal government. State governments may make rules according to their constitutions.

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

There is no constitutional authority for federal involvement in health care.

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

If the federal government is not willing to enforce its laws, states should be allowed to. As for immigration, I feel we need a resident/worker program. I feel anyone may live and work in the US as long as they are otherwise law abiding. I wish only that people that truly want to be citizens to become citizens. There should be a significant fine for those entering illegally. They must come forward and identify themselves to live and work in the US. If people choose to leave the country and re-enter to avoid the fine, that is acceptable.

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

I do support same-sex marriage, but I do not support same-sex marriage legislation at the federal level. If it is a government issue, it would be a state government issue. Ideally, I would like to have governments of all levels remove themselves from marriage, both heterosexual and homosexual. All we need is contract law. Marriage is a contract between people and all we need are courts to enforce and manage those contracts. Marriage needs to be defined by those involved, not the government.

YesCandidate 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

If our intelligence network provides evidence of a true threat outside our country, we must act. We must be careful not to offend other nations, but it can and should be done. Taking out a terrorist cell would likely be beneficial to any country and would likely be welcomed, if it doesn't come with a full US invasion of their nation.

Iran is not a threat to the US. I do not feel they are looking for a nuclear weapon. Even if they had one, the number one reason they would have it would be to prevent US invasion.

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

Absolutely! If Social Security was set up initially to have all your money put into a private account for yourself, we would not have the mess we have today. The government would not have been able to borrow the money to grow government and the system would be 100% debt free. So, I would go further and suggest transition to a fully private system. Eventually, that system should be made voluntary. People should take care of their own lives according to their own needs and desires.


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

Defense is the only constitutional item in that list. Homeland security is about internal security, so it is up to the states to manage that.

Entitlement programs must be moved to the states where they may decide what is actually affordable and how to transition to sustainable programs.


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

The federal government, with its greatest expense being defense, should be funded through tariffs or taxes on the state governments, as our founders originally intended. It is only the growth of government that forces all these forms of taxation. States should be the more influential than the federal government in both activity and taxation. I strongly suggest limiting state governments, but as a Senator my work would be to get the federal government under control.

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.

I wish to balance the budget. That is important for economic reasons alone. Reducing the size, scope and power of the federal government would be required to do it. It will be impossible to turn our budget mess around without looking at the proverbial 3rd rails of politics, entitlements and defense. Fixing our budget will not be fun, but we start with the admission that we have a spending problem. I feel I am best choice for I do not have my head buried in the sand. I fully acknowledge the size of our problem.

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