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Donald Bacon's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (NE) - District 2, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 2
Candidates who qualify for the General Election will be invited to take the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Nebraska Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

I am proud to stand in defense of the unborn as a strong advocate for pro-life policies.

NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles

Lowering the tax burden on individuals and corporations helps grow the economy, resulting in more prosperity. We're already seeing some of these benefits from the recent tax cut bill, and those benefits will only increase.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

On most things, I believe states should have more control than the federal government. This is how our Constitution was written and how our Founding Fathers intended our republic to operate.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

These types of regulations are expensive to energy producers, which means they're also expensive to energy consumers (us). We can encourage producers to continue their efforts towards cleaner methods of production, but we don't need to regulate them to the point where they can no longer create jobs or keep prices low for consumers.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

The Second Amendment is clear on this. We need to enforce the laws we already have, not create new ones. I am a proud member of the National Rifle Association and the Nebraska Firearms Owners Association.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

It's no secret Obamacare is broken. Whether through repeal and replace or just fixing the law, we need to make it right. The system just isn't working for most people, and it never has. We can find ways to lower costs, increase transparency, and remove government control over the healthcare industry. However, we need to ensure that pre-existing conditions remain covered, lifetime caps don't come back, and parents can keep their children on their plans until 26. A competitive free market will help us achieve these things.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

For all those who made the conscious choice to come to this country illegally, I believe we need to enforce the law. DACA recipients did not make this conscious choice and were brought here illegally as children. For DACA recipients, I believe we should allow them to stay in the country on a conditional basis and work toward their citizenship. I absolutely do not support a blanket amnesty, and any immigration solution needs to increase border security using a combination of barrier and technology. DACA cannot happen again.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations
  • "North Korea will only continue to develop ballistic missiles capable of targeting America unless countered or deterred." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1182196/rep-bacon-emphasizes-national-security/?search=korea#.WrLP_me3wfI (votesmart.org)
YesInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations
  • "[...] I want to be a leader in ensuring our nation has a strong defense, that we have a plan to defeat ISIS, and that we treat our allies like allies." https://www.facebook.com/donbacon2016/posts/564692900363207 (www.facebook.com)
  • "Although almost 100 percent of the territory ISIS occupied in Iraq and Syria has been liberated, they are still a threat." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1222775/rep-bacons-statement-on-the-state-of-the-union-address/?search=syria#.WrLPjGe3wfI (votesmart.org)
  • "We need to defeat ISIS with assertive leadership, our superior airpower, and special forces. Iraq and other regional partners should be the lead with ground forces." https://votesmart.org/public-statement/1045263/issue-position-war-on-terror&speechType=7#.WrJ_2me3wfI (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

As a retired brigadier general with almost 30 years of service, my views on these questions cannot be boiled down to a yes or no answer. Many things must be considered before using military force or sending Americans into combat. I don't know a single military leader who actually wants war, including myself. We must work to ensure our enemies do not have the ability to attack the United States with a nuclear weapon. We must promote peace through strength.

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.

Liberty: I will continue defending Americans' individual and religious liberties by reducing the size, scope, and intrusiveness of government.

Security: We were finally able to strengthen our military and national defense due to a bill I helped write. My background and experience are useful in Congress, and I plan to use all of that experience to continue defending America and her people.

Prosperity: Government needs to get out of the way so families and businesses can prosper. I want to continue cutting harmful regulations and creating a better economy where Americans can thrive.

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Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.
Unknown Answer
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.
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