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Political Courage Test

This is what I submitted to Project Vote Smart

 

Abortion & Reproductive Issues:

a) Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? Pro-Choice

b) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape? Yes

c) Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions? No

d) Other or expanded principles:

I am pro-life, and recognize that abortion is a sensitive issue. There are good people on either side of the fight. Under the principal of stare decisis, Roe vs. Wade will not be struck down in our lifetime. Please read the case. Abortion is used as a political tactic to divide and distract voters to force a choice of the least worst candidate. I stand firm in my conviction that no-one has the right to force their beliefs on others. Public funding in certain cases may be proper, but never as a primary means of birth control or eugenics.

Budget, Spending, & Tax Issues:

Budget Stabilization: Indicate which of the proposals you support (if any) for balancing Georgia’s budget.

a) Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions? yes

b) Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees? yes

c) Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients? no

d) An income tax increase on any tax bracket? no

e) Other or expanded principles:

State employee salaries, pensions and benefits should not exceed the average salary and benefits of Georgia residents engaged in similar jobs with similar experience. Redundant functions, extra-constitutional agencies and unnecessary functions should be eliminated. Reducing overhead should always be a priority. Innovating and implementing new ideas and technology is the key to improving services and reducing costs. New approaches to healthcare services delivery are already reducing costs with better outcomes in other states . Opportunities for improvement are everywhere. We can cut costs while improving service without a need to raise taxes on anyone.

Campaign Finance & Government Reform Issues:

a) Do you support any limits on campaign contributions to state candidates? No

b) Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? Yes

c) Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting? Yes

d) Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls? Yes

e) Other or expanded principles:

Since the Supreme Court issued the opinion that campaign contributions equate to to Free Speech covered under the 1st Amendment, there should be no impositions on contributions so long as they are transparent and accounted for. The same goes for indirect contributions so long as there is accurate disclosure of the organization behind it. I only support the use of a totally independent and unbiased commission to implement redistricting based on the mess that is our current bipartisan district maps. Government issued photo ID is required for numerous transactions in real life, voting should be among them.

Crime & Public Safety Issues:

a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? NO

b) Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? Yes

c) Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult? No

d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police? No

e) Other or expanded principles:

Treason should be the only death penalty crime and enforced more often. Cannabis (marijuana) should already be legal for responsible adult use, and the tax revenues used to reduce income tax, improve education, healthcare and transportation. The courts need to adhere to the legal definition of a minor and should also consider that there does not exist one Constitution for people under 18 and one for people over 18. There is no Constitutional authority granted to the Federal Government over immigration, only naturalization and citizenship. Immigrants should register to be here and deported if they are subversive or criminals.

Economic Issues:

a) Do you support state government spending as a means of promoting economic growth? No

b) Do you support lowering state taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? Yes

c) Do you support reducing state government regulations on the private sector? Yes

d) Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits? Yes

e) Do you support requiring welfare applicants to pass a drug test in order to receive benefits? No

f) Do you support an increase of the minimum wage of Georgia? No

g) Other or expanded principles:

Government spending is the hindrance to economic growth, spending comes from taxation or debt burden on future generations. Spending for growth is unfair as contracts are usually awarded on the basis of political favor. Lowering taxes puts more money into the economy, you can’t spend what you don’t have. Tax deals to attract new business is unfair to all taxpayers. Unemployment benefits must be earned and include skills training. Police and Politicians should be drug tested. Arizona drug tested for welfare and found 1 in 87,000 on drugs. The real minimum wage is $0, anything else is a starting point.

Education Issues:

a) Do you support adopting federal education standards in Georgia? No

b) Do you support state funding for charter schools? Yes

c) Should immigrants unlawfully present in the United States who graduate from Georgia high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities? Yes

d) Other or expanded principles:

Federal Education standards have not improved the outcome of education and have been, in fact a hindrance. Teaching to the lowest common denominator lowers the overall quality, increases the teacher workload with tracking and reporting requirements for funding which reduces the time available for connecting with the students, and increases the need for additional support staff and administrators. Funding should go with the student not to a school, thus funding charter schools. Any resident child graduating from a Georgia High school should be eligible for in state tuition and not be punished for the sins of their parents.

Environment & Energy Issues:

a) Do you support state funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? No

b) Do you support state government regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? No

c) Do you support increasing state funding for clean drinking water initiatives? Yes

d) Other or expanded principles:

The state should never use tax dollars for anything outside of running government. Renewable energy should be driven by the free market with minimal regulatory burdens. Hemp and other crops that are easily converted to bio-fuels are a much better, planet healthy, carbon negative solution for providing our energy needs. Plants need green house gases to grow, instead of regulating green house gases for the financial benefit of those that lobbied for carbon taxes, we need to plant more trees and hemp. Hemp takes toxic compounds out of the soil and would help solve pollution from run off.

Gun Issues:

a) Do you generally support gun-control legislation? No

b) Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows? No

c) Should teachers be allowed to bring guns into the classroom? Yes

d) Should a license be required for gun ownership? No

e) Other or expanded principles:

The only legislation that I would support is one that addressed people taking drugs proven to increase violent behavior, otherwise “shall not be infringed” should be used to repeal restrictions for law abiding citizens. Private citizens should not be restricted from transacting any legal sale of property of any sort. Any person not prohibited by court order should be able to carry a firearm in any public place and private property owners retain the right to be gun free on their premises, No license should be required to own any sort of legal property, including firearms.

Health Issues:

a) Should the state government increase funding for treatment facilities to combat opioid abuse? No

b) Do you support Medicaid expansion through Georgia’s health care programs? Yes

c) Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance? No

d) Do you support legislation that grants citizens the right to choose to die through euthanasia? Yes

e) Do you support eliminating religious exemptions for vaccinations? No

f) Do you support increasing funding for state medical facilities and hospitals in rural areas? Yes

g) Other or expanded principles:

In every state with legal cannabis, opiod deaths decreased by 25%, and opiod prescriptions are down. Block grants for Medicaid without federal strings would help but is only a band-aid, the problem is in the design and operation of the healthcare system, for which there are numerous proven solutions. All actions should be voluntary and consensual, nothing should ever be required by the government not even health insurance and certainly not vaccines. People with terminal illness should have dominion over their own life. State run medical facilities and hospitals should be funded to meet the needs of the communities.

Social Issues

a) Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Georgia’s anti-discrimination laws? No

b) Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Georgia’s anti-discrimination laws? No

c) Do you support greater efforts by Georgia state government in closing the pay gap between men and women? Yes

d) Should faith-based organizations be permitted to deny services based on religious beliefs? Yes

e) Do you support the removal of Confederate monuments from public spaces? No

f) Other or expanded principles:

I support equal rights under the Rule of Law, When it comes to government, there should be equality as, in an absence of discrimination for all things, race, color, creed, sexual preference and identity, etc. including employment and pay. But private entities that do not contract with the government should not be forced to assemble with, employ, contract, etc., with any person if there exists some aspect of character which conflicts with that entity owner’s Right of Conscience or 1st Amendment Rights. Morality may be subjective but cannot be forced through legislation. I do not support the erasure of history.

Legislative Priorities:

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, 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 aim to restore the Rule of Law by clearing access to Grand Juries enabling citizens’ right to hold elected and appointed officials accountable for malfeasance. I will ensure that every Juror understands that they shall be “the judges of the law and of the facts” to acquit defendants of victimless crime. I will push, via Executive Order, to stop arrests and prosecutions for possession of small amounts of cannabis. I’ll advocate for less taxation and fewer regulations to spur business and job growth. I’ll reform education to develop life-ready, job-ready high school graduates. I’ll also fix healthcare.