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David Ross' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

David Ross has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Tennessee Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

While I lean pro-life I have several conflicts that do not make this an absolute answer. The first conflict is that I am not a woman, and I do not feel qualified pass laws concerning abortion without hearing from women. Second conflict is can the state force a woman to carry a child to term if she does not want to. Until the state determines when the unborn qualify as humans or just tissue, we will always change policy from generation to generation.

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

There seems to be no slowing of the government spending, unlimited borrowing, reckless monetary policy and the currency controlled by a secret society called the Federal Reserve with no oversight or accountability. To continue taxing, spending and printing money to make up the difference we will find either runaway inflation or a significantly lower standard of living in our nation.

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

As long as everything is in the open and above board.

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

As long as the lower rates available to all businesses regardless of size.

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

The federal government has failed in the education of our children. Test scores are falling compared to other industrialized nations. I support restoring the responsibility of education our children to the states.

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

It is all about the money, paying for the privilege to pollute with the carbon tax is about increasing the tax revenue.

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

I support the second amendment.

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

It was never about helping people, all the deals were cut in back rooms behind closed doors. That means some people are getting rich off it, and I bet the politicians are also getting wealthy.

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

We want to accept immigrants into our country we must control the flow of immigration to prevent the destabilization our society. Some people believe that we should accept anybody without restrictions but that jeopardizes not only our safety but the principles that our society is based on. For people who have no intention of assimilating should not be allowed into our country. Nothing angers a host as much as a lack of respect and appreciation from a guest.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles

After a hundred years of trying to prevent people from using a plant for pleasure or healing are we any closer to stopping it? This plant came with the planet, and was not a problem for thousands of years. That is until powerful people stood to make huge amounts of money by demonizing it and making it illegal.

NoCandidate AnswerShould the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Other or expanded principles

After the Second World War the United States became a nation that no longer declared war for using military action. Even to this day we are still have a large military presence in Korea in a high state of alert but it was never officially a declared war. We still have overseas military bases in over 160 countries including many countries that are well able to defend themselves without our help. It is difficult to justify spending so much money to defend Germany Japan Italy and even Saudi Arabia when we have an ever deepening debt crisis.

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.

1. Make the government functions transparent and have a open door policy to fight corruption.
2. Restoration of States rights except for powers explicitly defined by the Constitution.
3. Conduct a complete audit of every department, program and government contract for wasteful spending and fraud.
4. A complete review of our criminal justice system with a eye on sentencing reform and tort reform.

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