Zachary Knight's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
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Zachary Knight has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.
Oklahoma Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test
|Yes||In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?|
|No||In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?|
|We need to balance the budget, reduce deficit spending, and start paying off the national debt. We can do all that while lowering taxes if we actually get serious about cutting spending. The Defense Department makes up the largest portion of Federal discretionary spending and is ripe for serious cuts that do not impact troop compensation or Veteran Affairs. There are also other areas of spending that should be cut including the Department of Education and the IRS.|
|No||Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?|
|No. The Firs Amendment is the first item of the Bill of Rights for a reason. People should be free to speak, print and otherwise communicate their political ideas without threat of force from the government. They should be free to organize as groups for that purpose. It is all outlined in that First Amendment.|
|No||Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?|
|Yes||Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?|
|No||Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?|
|Mandatory minimums are a violation of due process. Judges and juries should be free to seek more lenient punishments if they feel the perpetrator would be more harmed by a harsher sentence. Additionally, we should review our criminal code and eliminate crimes completely, especially crimes that have no real victim.|
|Yes||Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?|
|No||Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?|
|Humans do have an impact, but I have seen no convincing evidence that we are the sole and most damaging cause. The earth has a long natural history of climate change. Yet for some reason, natural causes are not what is happening now? Should people be more responsible in how we treat our planet, including earth, water and air? Yes. But more regulation will not accomplish that. We should focus more on property rights and allow polluters to face real consequences for their actions.|
|No||Do you generally support gun-control legislation?|
|The second amendment is clear, we have a right to bear arms. That includes everything from knives and swords to guns of any variety. Law abiding citizens are not a danger and never will be. No amount of gun regulation will prevent those intent on doing harm from doing so. The greatest violent acts to be perpetrated on US soil were not done using guns, but home made explosives and jumbo jets. Regulating or banning guns will not solve anything.|
|Yes||Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?|
|Additionally, I would go further and repeal all federal insurance mandates and regulations. We need to open up the insurance market to true competition. That will actually result in lower prices for consumers and hospitals. There are other aspects of Federal regulation that result in increased medical costs that can be repealed. We should explore those areas and fix the root cause of overpriced health care, government regulation.|
|Yes||Do you support same-sex marriage?|
|I support right of the people to love whomever they choose and express that love in whatever way they choose. Marriage should be of no concern of the government on any level. I believe that laws restricting marriage need to be abolished. This include restriction on same-sex marriage as well as plural marriages. If all parties are willing, and of age of consent, then they should be free to express that union in whatever way they wish.|
|Yes||Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?|
|I support getting rid of our current social security program and replacing it with a private system. Our current program has devolved into nothing more than a costly and unstable ponzi scheme. People should be free to invest in their retirement how they choose and should be responsible for their own futures.|
SpendingIndicate 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.TaxesIndicate 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 Decrease||c) Defense|
|Greatly Decrease||f) Homeland Security|
|Eliminate||g) International aid|
|Eliminate||h) Medical Research|
|Eliminate||i) Scientific Research|
|Eliminate||j) Space exploration|
|Eliminate||k) United Nations|
|Eliminate||a) Capital gains taxes|
|Greatly Decrease||b) Corporate taxes|
|Eliminate||c) Small business taxes|
|Slightly Decrease||d) Excise taxes (alcohol)|
|Slightly Decrease||e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)|
|Greatly Decrease||f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)|
|Eliminate||g) Income taxes (low-income families)|
|Eliminate||h) Income taxes (middle-income families)|
|Eliminate||i) Income taxes (high-income families)|
|Eliminate||j) Inheritance taxes|
|Eliminate||k) Payroll taxes|
|If the program is not expressly authorized by the US Constitution as a duty of the federal government, it needs to be eliminated. If the program is authorized by the Constitution, then we need to audit and reform it to be as effective and efficient as can be.|
|The 16th amendment should be repealed and people should be free to keep their legally earned income. By eliminating unnecessary government programs, we can cut and eliminate nearly all Federally mandated taxes as well as abolish the IRS.|
|My goals are 1) To end federal prohibition on marijuana and hemp growth, production and sales, decriminalize all other drugs, seek an end to mandatory minimums and the repeal of all crimes that have no real victim. 2) To end all acts of aggression, including bringing all our troops home for foreign engagements, closing all military bases not on US or US Territory soil, end Federal foreign aid programs and leave NATO. 3) to Balance the budget and reduce the debt by eliminating wasteful government spending, including closing of agencies and programs not expressly authorized by the US Constitution.|
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