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Jeff Byrd's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jeff Byrd has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

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New Mexico Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test


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

Science has proven that DNA is unique to that baby at the moment of conception. Life is precious whether the are young or the elderly.

YesIn 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

I believe that waste exists in all branches of government. We need to look at every department and consider where waste can be eliminated. I also know, based on numerous studies, that our taxes are to high. If the purpose of taxes is to fund the government, then they should be managed in a manor that would maximize the revenue to the government while minimizing the impact to the economy.

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

I believe that individuals should be allowed to donate as they choose. Corporation and union donations should be regulated.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
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?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

The Federal government does not have any Constitutional authority regulating education. This practice of "dangling a carrot" in order to push certain agendas needs to be stopped.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
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 believe it to be hypocritical to say that we cannot access our resources and create jobs here in America in the name of defending the environment. Just because we do not see the damage caused by other countries does not mean it doesn't happen. We can use our resources, create jobs, and protect the environment as well as or better that any other country.

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

Law abiding citizens should not be restricted nor penalized for others crimes.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

There are common since regulations such as tort reform, medical savings accounts, and interstate commerce for insurance that would actually work to improve competition and reduce healthcare costs.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

I believe our priority at this point should be to close the border. Once this is accomplished, I believe that those already here need to be accounted for and dealt with on a more personal basis. I believe that requiring them to leave would not be practical. However, I recognize that they have broken the law and therefore should be penalized appropriately. I do not see an easy path to citizenship as a solution to that.

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

"Marriage" is a term reserved for one man and one woman. However, I do believe that people deserve equal protection, regardless of their personal life styles.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould 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

Number one priority of the Federal Government is to protect this country. If a known threat existed prior to an attack, and steps were not taken to neutralize that threat, I believe severe penalties should be imposed on those that made the decision not to act.

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

People should be able to prepare for their financial futures as they chose (we are a country based on personal freedoms). In addition, however, I do not believe that we the people are responsible for that portion either.

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Certain steps can be made in some categories above that would actually reduce spending from the Federal Gov't and also increase productivity. Specifically in the Agriculture bill. Being a rancher, I see the waste regularly. We need to protect the business, while also protecting the "bottom line".

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.
Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

The purposes of taxes is to fund the Federal Gov't, not to penalize productivity. We need to institute a plan that would actually increase revenue and decrease the impact. Several studies have shown (based on the Khaldun-Laffer Curve) that we are grossly over taxed.

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.

Implement real health care reform with the goal of reducing costs while improving care. I stated some actions earlier to achieve this. Overhaul our tax system, with the goal of reducing taxes and increasing revenue. Eliminate the need for the IRS. Reduce job killing regulations and certain agencies such as the EPA. The EPA has redundancy in every state, therefore the bloated EPA and the costs to operate should be eliminated. Push back on Federal Agencies such as the USFS, USF&G, BLM who have costs thousands of jobs across America for an agenda.

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