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Arthur Rich's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

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North Carolina Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

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

Personal & Religious belief that any man should have the final say by word or law, as to a woman's decision to a personal intimate matter such as this.

NoCandidate 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

I have a plan to increase jobs, increase revenue, stabilize the economy, fund needed programs and with this there should be no need for increasing taxes. I have a plan that would make "minimum wage" "tax free" for every citizen/worker thus giving everyone working a raise and making it easier for employers to keep their doors open.

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

In NC First District there are no funds available for anyone. I do support monitoring any and all groups of special interests.

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

Research and development toward new and innovative products/services which then create openings for new employees. It would allow upper mobility for current employees. The incentives should be distributed where justifiable need exist. Incentives should be focused inward to initiate a statewide program of creativity among our citizens. Visit my website:

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

In view of the major cutback of funding for education we will need reform prior to requesting funds. We have obviously weakened the Dept. of Education through needless cuts and political bias.

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

I do support constant monitoring of the activity and reserve funds of those companies to cover losses and/or clean-ups in the event they occur. We need pursue more alternative energy resources in order to reduce costs to citizens.

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

The 2nd Amendment Rights would trump this. We need to protect the Right to Bear Arms for all citizens and the stand your ground laws. Guns in public places for example restaurants, theatres, schools should be more closely monitored and safety procedures implemented to avoid accidental injuries or certain psychotic breaks with reality.

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

The expense involved and administrative glitches to be expected would cost too much hardship on patients and unnecessary time spent by providers. Modifications to the Act to return it to Medicare/Medicaid which is essentially what is can be made as errors occur or opportunities of change arise.

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

Each case should be reviewed individually as to legalizing individual status as contrasted with incarceration, healthcare and transportation cost of the deportation.

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

All terrorist should be eliminated where-ever they may be if they remotely jeopardize the security and safety of the United States.

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

I already have a plan that would allow each citizen to retire on a program of there individual design. See website.

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 Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Eliminatee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

Job Development involving all citizens. Reduce taxes for all businesses and individuals.
Improve access and expanded providers for healthcare.
Eradication of any and all terrorist threats to United States and its' citizens.
For expanded information in all areas please visit my website.
Thank you for your support and vote Nov. 4th, 2014.


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