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Kenneth Proctor's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Kenneth Proctor has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, 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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
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

  • "We should eliminate Federal income taxes and move to a national Consumption tax instead." http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14026207 (onyourballot.vote411.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Ending the failed war on drugs would go a log way toward solving racial inequality." http://votersguide.michigan.com/race-detail.do?id=14916372 (votersguide.michigan.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Now is the time to dramatically cut state spending by downsizing Michigan's state government. Ask yourself, what State programs are truly essential to your personal well-being? Very few. We can and should cut programs to live within our means." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/552132/issue-position-cut-state-spending (votesmart.org)
  • "The best thing the government can do for job creation is to get out of the way. Government is the source of most of the barriers that impede business and job growth. A little more freedom in America's marketplace and we would get a little better economy. A lot more freedom in America's marketplace and our economy could reach new heights." http://votersguide.michigan.com/race-detail.do?id=14916372 (votersguide.michigan.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We need real tax relief across the board, not just for the politically well connected." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/383345/issue-position-economy (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "No form of energy production should be subsidized with Taxpayer money." http://onyourballot.vote411.org/race-detail.do?id=14026207 (onyourballot.vote411.org)
  • "Private investment in alternative energy must be allowed without the mountains of red tape and endless litigation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/383367/issue-position-a-better-way-to-green (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I fully support the Second Amendment, and will not support any restrictions on our rights to defend ourselves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/383375/issue-position-restore-the-bill-of-rights (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Obamacare is a monster that is outgrowing it's cage. There were no incentives put in place to control or reduce costs, so eventually it will become too expensive for anyone to afford. Obamacare is the polar opposite of a free market approach. The best free market approaches to American Health-care would eliminate the mandate to force people to buy something they may not need, or want." http://votersguide.michigan.com/race-detail.do?id=14916372 (votersguide.michigan.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you favor the deportation of all undocumented immigrants? "No. It is too big a job. It would create a worse police state than we already have. It would severely harm, if not destroy our economy." http://votersguide.michigan.com/race-detail.do?id=14916372 (votersguide.michigan.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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 Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Michigan 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

I believe reproductive issues are not the Constitutional realm of the Federal government.

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

We should bring all of our troops home now. Afghanistan is too corrupt... all of our spent taxpayer money and spilled blood will be in vain.

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

End all of our wars now. Eliminate corporate welfare now.

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

Election are being bought by monied special interests. The average American has lost a lot of ground.

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

The criminal justice system is broken. There are too many corrupt lawyers, prosecutors, and judges to insure that innocent people aren't put to death.

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

Our country needs prosperity, but prosperity cannot flourish in an environment of war and foreign intervention.

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

Eliminate the Dept. of Education and let the States decide what their education systems should look like.

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

Providing that the energy producers are held accountable for any environmental damages they may cause.

YesDo 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 know that if the earth experiences another eruption from a super volcano, this whole issue becomes meaningless.

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

I'm a Life member of the NRA and a decorated Vietnam infantry veteran.

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

The affordable care act is not affordable, it will increase costs, decrease care and have a negative affect on our economy.

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

There is middle ground here for solutions that neither side of the issue had looked at. We need more legal immigration. I believe English should be our official language.

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

Marriage is not the proper constitutional realm of the federal government.

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

End our wars including the failed war on drugs and bring all of our troops home NOW.

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

S.S. would not be an issue if we eliminated corporate welfare and reduce military spending globally.

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.
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Most of these expenses are better targeted at state and local levels.

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.
Greatly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

As a Libertarian I wish to see all taxes eventually eliminated. Moving in that direction I support going to the Fair tax and eliminating the IRS

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.

Voting for another Democrat or Republican will not change our status quo and it's path toward our continuing decline as a nation. It never has, it never will. The best of luck to everyone, our time is running short.

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