Keith Blandford's Political Positions

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South Carolina Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations
Yesb) 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?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

As we are not personal advocates of abortion, we believe that people need to make their own personal, informed decision concerning their bodies without State legislation or interference.

1) Spending

Indicate what federal funding 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
Slightly Decrease1) Intelligence operations
Maintain Status2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Greatly Decrease5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Eliminated) Education
Eliminatee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland security
Eliminateg) International aid
Eliminateh) Medical research
Eliminatei) Scientific research
Eliminatej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Eliminatel) Welfare
Eliminatem) Other or expanded categories

Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid whose unfunded liabilities are in the countless trillions.

2) 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.

Eliminatea) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Eliminatec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Other or expanded categories

The IRS. When the government has the Fed print money to pay for its welfare and warfare, why must the people bear the brunt of direct taxation on production on top of inflation.

YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

Keynesian economics is a failure and a farce especially when left in the hands of a mercantilistic governing body.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Noe) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

We have no issue with workers uniting for a common cause. Our issue is when government interferes with what should be a private agreement between the employer and the union body.

Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yesc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Noe) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

Campaign finance, mostly from the corporate end, needs to be completely transparent. If it can not be completely transparent, then it needs to be eliminated. Mercantilism is a failure.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

The "War on Drugs" is an abominable failure and a gross infringement on personal property and individual liberty.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Nob) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Noe) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

The federal government spends more money on education than any other country, and our education system is in the decline. It's an early learning propaganda machine a la Uncle Sam.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Nod) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Yese) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Nof) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

People are primarily good, and freedom works. With the right information, most people will make right choices. Give people good, truthful information with honest debates, and give them the opportunity to make good choices.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

A well armed society is a safe society. People are primarily good. And good people with arms will keep a society safe.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

The healthcare industry needs to be deregulated, and the lawyers need to be reigned in.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

Laws need to be enforced for a society to be stable. So lets make good law, not law based off of fear and misemotion.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Nod) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Nog) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

Non-inteventionism works. We cannot afford to police the world's borders.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

Marriage and sexual orientation should be a private matter between two people- gay, straight, or otherwise. The federal and state government should have no authority over marriage, which should be a private contract.

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 two top priorities include eliminating the Federal Reserve Bank and the IRS. No funding needed.

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