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Barbara Howe's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

What is the Political Courage Test?

North Carolina Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

I support reducing spending at all levels of the Federal budget, not just defense. I am fully in support in ending our military adventures on foreign soil.

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

The biggest change we need to make is to remove the federal government from all areas in which it has no business, from education to health care to welfare and on and on. If government is small, limited to protecting individual rights, then there are no favors to be curried by big donors. Campaign contributions become a moot point.

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

Government should not be attempting to promote economic growth by trying to decide winners and losers through economic incentives. Reducing taxes and burdensome regulation will do more to promote economic growth.

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

Federal government should have little to no role in education. Attempts at central planning are a very bad action plan.

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

While I am happy to see the development of renewable energy, it is an industry that must thrive on its own, not through taxpayer funding.

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

I am 100% in favor of an individual's right to self defense and their right to own the means of exercising that right. While incidences of violence are heart-breaking, additional gun laws will not address the problem.

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

Absolutely. There is often a debate over whether healthcare is a right or a privilege. It is neither; health care is a service. Our history proves that a free economy is really good at providing services and that red tape is a huge hindrance. I will focus on reducing federal involvement in your healthcare choices. Government should not mandate what kind of health insurance you purchase nor limit your options of what kind of healthcare practitioner you choose.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
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

As a Libertarian, I believe in the freedom to travel. Peaceful, honest people seeking to improve their lives should not face the tremendous obstacles currently in place. We need serious immigration reform.

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

The failed war on drug users is one of the most immoral things ever perpetrated on the American people. It has failed to curb drug use and addiction, but has succeeded in filling our prisons, ruining lives, and making our streets unsafe. Problems of drug use are a medical problem, not a criminal. I advocate ending the war of drugs immediately.

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

Our meddling in the affairs of other countries has made the US a target of terrorism and made the world a less safe place. Free trade and diplomacy should be our first options when dealing with other countries.

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 will focus on ending our foreign military adventures, ending the war on drugs, and reforming our immigration policy. All of these are consistent with the overall Libertarian position of reducing the size and scope of the Federal government. Washington has too much involvement in all of our lives.


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