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James Foster's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

James Foster has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Oregon Congressional Election 2014 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

While I am generally pro-choice, I believe that the decision on this and other criminal law matters should be left to the states.

YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

The problem is spending, and substantial cuts are required.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that the cost of the process exceeds the benefit, if any. I'm also very concerned about the conviction (and execution) of innocent persons.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

Federal spending should be limited to that needed to support necessary and Constitutional actions. Taxes and spending should not be used to manipulate the economy.

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

There should not be any federal grants for education.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I support building the Keystone XL pipeline only if it can be done with private funds and without interfering with (including condemnation of) any private property.

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

While there is a "scientific consensus" that human activity contributes to climate change, I believe that the link is not as strong as originally argued. Also, I believe that the "solutions" will make humanity worse off and that we can address the actual problems that arise in better ways.

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

I think that a case can be made for restrictions on purchase and possession by certain convicted violent felons and by those who have been judicially determined to be insane. Beyond that, and for the most part, I would oppose any restrictions.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

This should not be a federal issue.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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.
Eliminatea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Eliminatee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Eliminateh) Medical Research
Eliminatei) Scientific Research
Eliminatej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Eliminatel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Congress should be limited to the 18 enumerated powers granted in Article 1 of the Constitution. This would dramatically reduce spending and the need for taxes.

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) Capital gains taxes
Eliminateb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminated) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Eliminatee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Congress should be limited to the 18 enumerated powers granted in Article 1 of the Constitution. This would dramatically reduce spending and the need for taxes.

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.

Congress should be limited to the 18 enumerated powers granted in Article 1 of the Constitution. The federal government should not encourage militarization of local police departments. We should stop the drug war. We should stop our military involvement overseas. We should stop distorting the economy through the Federal Reserve.

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