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Calen Fretts' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project 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 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts. Issues: Solutions. 4 April 2012. "I personally hold the pro-life position and believe that Roe v. Wade should be overturned as the fetus has its own DNA, blood type, and heartbeat, generally after only 3 weeks; however, at this time I would advocate for transferring abortion laws to the States instead of the Feds, as that is the best chance to begin restoring the pro-life position." (frettsforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: War. 1 January 2012. "America's Founding Fathers envisioned a revolutionary ideology for the New World; one where the nation would refrain from offensive and interventionist wars, one even without a standing army, where force would only be justified in defense against imminent attacks. Sadly, the US today could not be further to the opposite side of the spectrum. Now fighting multiple wars in the Middle East with no end in sight, the price is being unnecessarily paid every day with American lives and American dollars." (votesmart.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: Non-interventionist Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. "The US' stated military mission in the Middle East was to bring to justice those who perpetrated 9/11. Osama bin Laden and his cronies are now dead. The US military has now been engaged abroad over a decade. How much longer will we allow ourselves to be stretched too thin? I will vocally demand an immediate end to all wars and conflicts the US is currently engaged in overseas. The US must now focus on defending its own borders, which are being attacked and invaded every day - particularly in the southwest, where US citizens are being terrorized by Mexican cartels" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts. In Defense of Fiscal (and Legislative) Sanity. 10 August 2012. "For example: the Navy has requested funding for nine DDG-51 Destroyers, but Congress appropriated funds for 10 of them. The Quigley of Illinois Amendment would have defunded the extra appropriations and saved almost $1 billion, but Congressman Miller voted against it. As fiscal conservative Congressman Justin Amash stated, 'Congress should stop forcing equipment on the Armed Forces that they haven't requested and say they don't need.' Our own Congressman seems to have a penchant for directing our Armed Forces against their will. If he can't even come to cut a relatively minor $1 billion on something the Navy doesn't even want, how can we expect fiscal sanity elsewhere? Something's got to give." (votesmart.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: War. 1 January 2012. "America's Founding Fathers envisioned a revolutionary ideology for the New World; one where the nation would refrain from offensive and interventionist wars, one even without a standing army, where force would only be justified in defense against imminent attacks. Sadly, the US today could not be further to the opposite side of the spectrum. Now fighting multiple wars in the Middle East with no end in sight, the price is being unnecessarily paid every day with American lives and American dollars. The United States military accounts for almost half of total world military expenditures, and is deployed in more than 150 countries around the world. During many missions, the US cedes its military sovereignty to international organizations such as the UN and NATO, putting its troops under foreign commanders and foreign flags. It is time to restore the US military to its rightful place as the defender, not the offender, of liberty worldwide." (votesmart.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Issues: Solutions. 4 April 2012. "The US' stated military mission in the Middle East was to bring to justice those who perpetrated 9/11. Osama bin Laden and his cronies are now dead. The US military has now been engaged abroad over a decade. How much longer will we allow ourselves to be stretched too thin? I will vocally demand an immediate end to all wars and conflicts the US is currently engaged in overseas." (frettsforcongress.com)
  • Calen Fretts. Calen Fretts Remarks at Bagdad Political Rally. 21 July 2012. "Defense is a sacred duty of our government. Our Congressman likes to portray himself as a defender of veterans, but massive spending, like we've been talking about, threatens veterans. It cannot be sustained. I sincerely ask the veterans in the audience how many of you fought for massive debt, less freedom, and endless war? Is our military really served best by this Congressman who uses his power to micromanage things like where a headquarters unit should be?" (votesmart.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: Non-interventionist Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. "The cost to maintain hundreds of foreign military bases is astronomical and must be eliminated, not to mention anachronistic to the non-interventionist spirit our founders envisioned." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Calen Fretts. Issues: Solutions. 4 April 2012. "No matter what, taxes should be decreased and eliminated across the board, both individual and corporate. Corporations are comprised of individuals, and corporate taxes are merely passed on to the consumer in the form of increased prices." (frettsforcongress.com)
  • Calen Fretts. Real Economic Freedom Brings Prosperity. 6 September 2012. "Of course, the most hated time of year in the small business world is April. Business income is taxed, personal income is taxed, compounded on top of property taxes, sales taxes throughout the year, and more; not to mention the tax on your time, filling out paperwork to submit to the IRS. The proportion of your wealth that the government takes from you throughout the year is colossal; many estimates put the total well over 50%. Indeed, many politicians love passing temporary tax cuts, as this is always sure to keep the lobbyists coming back with more and more cash. But all of these taxes should be permanently repealed and replaced with one simple, Constitutional excise tax: the FairTax. Though this would put thousands of IRS agents out of a job, it would allow businesses to create new and useful jobs many times over." (frettsforcongress.com)
  • Calen Fretts. Issues: Solutions. 4 April 2012. "The optimal solution would be to repeal the Sixteenth (16th) Amendment; scrap the IRS code, abolish the income tax, and replace it with nothing. However, a flat tax or Fair Tax of no more than 25% (ideally no more than 10%) would be a step in the right direction [¦] No matter what, taxes should be decreased and eliminated across the board, both individual and corporate." (frettsforcongress.com)
  • Calen Fretts. Illusory Tax Cuts. 2 August 2012. "In a newsletter on July 29, 2012, Jeff Miller decried the tax increases Congress is considering imposing on us at the end of the year. While it is obvious that tax increases are a bad idea, it should be even more apparent by now that Jeff Miller is, once again, playing with smoke and mirrors [¦] Our government should ditch this immoral tax system altogether (along with the IRS), quit spending and borrowing trillions of dollars it doesn't have and can't afford, and cease impeding the ability of Americans to save and spend the product of their own labor, as only they know best." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts. Issues: Solutions. 4 April 2012. "Spending must be cut drastically across the board; deficit spending should be eliminated. The debt ceiling must not be raised any further in an effort to kick the can down the road for our posterity yet again." (frettsforcongress.com)
  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: Taxes. 1 January 2012. "Cut taxes and government spending by 50% or more. The ideal solution would be to cut government by 90% or more, but unfortunately this may be a completely impractical goal for the authoritarian statists in today's Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Real Economic Freedom Brings Prosperity. 6 September 2012. "Government does not create jobs; in fact, whenever it interferes in the free market beyond its fundamental role of prosecuting force and fraud, it has the opposite effect of destroying jobs." (frettsforcongress.com)
  • Calen Fretts. CANDIDATE RESPONSE United States Representative District 1. Responded: "Again, these programs should be delivered by churches and charities" to the question: "Budget policies with adequate revenues to put a circle of protection around programs that serve poor and vulnerable people at home and abroad?" (www.flaccb.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts. Real Economic Freedom Brings Prosperity. 6 September 2012. "Permits, licensing, and "fees" (in the form of taxes) are a favorite form of government protectionism. It is in fact large corporations who often lobby for these requirements, as it is they who can afford to comply while keeping the "little guy" out. But in a free market, there is a much better regulator: the consumer. When consumers are free to vote for the best product with their dollar, everybody wins - except those who profited from big-government protectionism. One method of getting outdated, bad laws such as these off the books would be to introduce a federal sunset provision, where all federal legislation expires after a period of 10 or 20 years [¦] The proportion of your wealth that the government takes from you throughout the year is colossal; many estimates put the total well over 50%. Indeed, many politicians love passing temporary tax cuts, as this is always sure to keep the lobbyists coming back with more and more cash. But all of these taxes should be permanently repealed and replaced with one simple, Constitutional excise tax: the FairTax. Though this would put thousands of IRS agents out of a job, it would allow businesses to create new and useful jobs many times over." (frettsforcongress.com)
  • Calen Fretts. Issues: Solutions. 4 April 2012. "No matter what, taxes should be decreased and eliminated across the board, both individual and corporate. Corporations are comprised of individuals, and corporate taxes are merely passed on to the consumer in the form of increased prices." (frettsforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts. Calen Fretts Remarks at Bagdad Political Rally. 21 July 2012. "Jeff Miller's poor voting history [¦] What is the big picture of what Jeff Miller does? [¦] He voted for Planned Parenthood/Title X funding, and No Child Left Behind, one of the largest federal Department of Education expansions (and failures) in history." (votesmart.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "The federal government should have no involvement in education whatsoever" to the question: "Reauthorizing the current provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to ensure that all public and nonpublic schoolchildren receive equitable services?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Calen Fretts. CANDIDATE RESPONSE United States Representative District 1. Responded: "The federal government should have no involvement in education whatsoever" to the question: "Reauthorizing the current provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to ensure that all public and nonpublic schoolchildren receive equitable services?" (www.flaccb.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts. Fretts publishes National Rifle Association questionnaire. 13 September 2012. "I agree with the NRA and would oppose legislation banning the manufacture, sale or transfer of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms or ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds [¦] I agree with the NRA and support the national Right-to-Carry reciprocity legislation [¦] I support current gun laws and oppose further regulation [¦] I agree with the NRA and agree that secret government lists should not be used to deny Second Amendment rights and oppose this legislation [¦] I agree with the NRA. The federal government should not ban firearms [¦] oppose federal firearm owner licensing." (frettsforcongress.com)
  • Calen Fretts. Issues: Solutions. 4 April 2012. "The evidence is proven beyond dispute that a well-armed people is a well-defended people, and in areas where gun ownership is high, violent crime is low. As a Virginia citizen, I exercised my right to open carry everywhere I went. Florida open carry laws are now being considered, and I would strongly support them." (frettsforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts signed Independent Women's Voice: ObamaCare Repeal Pledge. "I pledge, if elected, to vote for all bills which seek to REPEAL the health care bill, HR 3590, signed into law on March 23, 2010.* To that end, I would now and will in the next Congress endorse and vote for all measures, including discharge petitions, leading to its defunding, deauthorization, and repeal. I shall do so whether those measures are taken for the whole of the bill or those component parts that impose mandates, restrict patient and doctor choice and access, violate individual freedom and privacy, reduce healthy competition, increase costs, or raise taxes. *The healthcare bill is defined as consisting of: 1) The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), signed into law on March 23, 2010; and 2) The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), signed into law on March 30, 2010." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts. CANDIDATE RESPONSE United States Representative District 1. "I support legislation that ensures the integrity of our borders. I do not support a 'path to citizenship' for the 'undocumented'. They do have a criminal record - the first action they took in entering this country was illegal!" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops: 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "I support legislation that ensures the integrity of our borders. I do not support a 'path to citizenship' for the 'undocumented'. They do have a criminal record - the first action they took in entering this country was illegal!" to the question: "Legislation that ensures the integrity of our borders, fosters family reunification and provides a path to citizenship for the undocumented who have lived in the United States for a number of years, and do not have a criminal record?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Immigration. 3 August 2012. "People across the world want to come to the United States to make a greater life for themselves. However, they cannot do so at the expense of others. Illegal immigrants enjoy the blessings of our society without contributing anything back in the form of taxes. This must be stopped by securing the border and reducing the welfare state." (frettsforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Calen Fretts. CANDIDATE RESPONSE United States Representative District 1. Responded: "The federal government should have no involvement in marriage whatsoever" To the question: "Defining marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: There Should be no Laws Regarding Sex Between Consenting Adults. 1 January 2012. "There should be no laws regarding sex between consenting adults. There should be no laws regarding ANYTHING between consenting adults, as long as it affects no one else. What people choose to do in the privacy of their own homes is up to them only -- period. When privacy rights are lost for some, the door is opened to take them from all." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: Non-interventionist Foreign Policy. 1 January 2012. "The US' stated military mission in the Middle East was to bring to justice those who perpetrated 9/11. Osama bin Laden and his cronies are now dead. The US military has now been engaged abroad over a decade. How much longer will we allow ourselves to be stretched too thin? I will vocally demand an immediate end to all wars and conflicts the US is currently engaged in overseas. The US must now focus on defending its own borders, which are being attacked and invaded every day - particularly in the southwest, where US citizens are being terrorized by Mexican cartels." (votesmart.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: War. 1 January 2012. "America's Founding Fathers envisioned a revolutionary ideology for the New World; one where the nation would refrain from offensive and interventionist wars, one even without a standing army, where force would only be justified in defense against imminent attacks. Sadly, the US today could not be further to the opposite side of the spectrum. Now fighting multiple wars in the Middle East with no end in sight, the price is being unnecessarily paid every day with American lives and American dollars." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred 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

  • Calen Fretts. Issue Position: Social Security. 1 January 2012. "Let people control their own retirement: privatize Social Security." (votesmart.org)
  • Calen Fretts. Issues: Solutions. 4 April 2012. "Social Security should be privatized, should allow opt-outs, and should honor commitments to all those who have paid in." (frettsforcongress.com)

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