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Robert Murphy's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Robert Murphy has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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Oklahoma Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test


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

The law must say that a fetus is the woman's property, and doesn't become an independent person until it is born. Any other view lays the legal foundation for strict control of women's lives. This issue is based on 5,000 years of women being treated badly, and a fear of independent women having sex without consequences.

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

As long as people support the idea that we should police the world, they should pay for it instead of passing the debts off to the next generation. We're facing serious economic trouble very soon because of government extravagance. The government should pull out of our wars, declare bankruptcy, and repeal the section of the US Constitution that allows congress to borrow.

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

By regulation, I mean transparency. Anonymous political contributions should be prohibited. If someone's spending millions to influence the laws I have to live by, I want to know who they are so I can figure out their motives.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

1) There are some that deserve to die, but our system is too full of corrupt prosecutors and evidence examiners to trust a death sentence as justice. 2) By repealing the Harrison Narcotics Act, prescription requirements, the DEA and all substance prohibitions, this problem would disappear. People have a right to decide for themselves what to use as medicine. 3) Of course not. The Drug War has always been a war against the lower classes, enabled by a Puritan fear of heresy. Drug users are the modern world's heretics, constantly hunted by the Inquisition.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

Centralized control of economic activity seldom works, and usually has bad consequences. It has no place in a free country. Spending and taxes should be just enough to protect us from foreign and domestic criminals and adjudicate disputes. No business should be subsidized in any way by any government. To do so interferes with the price-finding mechanism of the market. To make business decisions into political decisions is always destructive.

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

Parents have a moral duty to educate their children, and it is up to them to decide what their children will be taught. Central control of education is the mark of an authoritarian state, and has no place here.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

1) Pipelines are the safest way of transporting oil and gas, but the company must be held strictly liable for damages. 2) Subsidies are always subject to political corruption and distort markets. The new green energy source is Thorium in safe molten-salt nuclear reactors that can't melt down and can burn nuclear waste from Uranium reactors. 3) We have to guarantee that the poisons they pump deep into the earth don't leak into aquifers.

YesDo 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

1) There should be no doubt that the burning of fossil fuels would tend to make the atmosphere the same as when those fossils were laid down, but I think the human effect is microscopic compared to sun cycles, since the climate has changed may times before the motor car was invented. 2) No, such a thing is a political football and would be economically harmful. The answer is to have electricity generated by Thorium reactors.

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

I think it was Robert Heinlein who said "An armed society is a polite society." (Or maybe it was the original Sir Richard Burton, on his way to Mecca in the 19th century.)

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

I favor a free market in Medicine, and the elimination of all the legal barriers to market entry. End the AMAs monopoly control of medical education, allow nurse practitioners and dental hygienists to practice on their own, end Certificates of Need that prevent competition, allow people to buy drugs at the lowest prices from anywhere in the world, and remove legal prescription requirements for buying medicine. In a free market, the cost of medical care should drop so that insurance would only be necessary for catastrophic illness or accident.

NoCandidate 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

Anyone who sets foot on U.S. soil should be considered a free person - free to work, pay taxes, and live a peaceful life.

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

Marriage is a contract, and freedom of contract is written into the Constitution.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
NoShould 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

I agree with Marine General Smedley Butler who said that foreign wars are always fought to enrich the Military-Industrial Complex and the Corporate State, and that no U.S. warship or warplane should go more than 200 miles from our coasts for any reason. (I would except submarines, who should patrol the seas)

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

The question is which institution is going to go broke first - Wall Street or the U.S. Treasury? At least this would allow some people to hedge their bets.

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.
Eliminatea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly 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.
Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Greatly Decreased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasej) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Increasek) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

Prosperity depends on the rule of law and the recognition of contracts, and those who have the most to lose should pay the most for the maintenance of civilization.

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.

I want to repeal the March 1933 Amendment to the 1914 Trading With the Enemies Act. This law gave the Executive Branch the power to erect our mammoth Administrative State, where laws are made by unelected bureaucrats who seem to aim at controlling every aspect of our lives. This bureaucracy must be carefully dismantled. I also support a complete withdrawal of our military forces from foreign lands, leaving only diplomatic missions - and spies to keep tabs on the activities and intentions of foreign governments. War is bankrupting us and making us endless enemies.

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