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Seth Grossman's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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

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New Jersey Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

Pro-life Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Advances in ultrasound technology and care for premature infants since 1973 undermined the basic facts that supported Roe v. Wade. Most Americans now agree that abortions after 12 to 15 weeks are barbaric takings of human life. Many now take a similar view of all abortions. I therefore oppose abortions after that time frame except in the most rare and extreme cases involving objective physical danger to mother and child. I also oppose any laws that would force any American to directly or indirectly pay for, or any health professional to perform, any abortion.
No In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
No In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
The federal government currently spends far more than Americans can afford. It does not matter whether Americans pay directly through income and sales taxes, or indirectly through higher prices caused by taxes on corporations or through inflation. The key to reducing spending by the federal government is to respect the limits of Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, and to stop using the national government to address local problems or give benefits to some businesses or industries that are paid for by somebody else.
No Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
However, I do support laws that would prevent employees from being forced to join unions or any organization against their will or being forced to pay for political candidates or causes against their will.
No Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
No Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
The federal government should only spend money needed to pay for the limited purposes described in Article One, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. They include removing obstacles to trade between the states, providing stable and uniform money, protecting the patent rights of inventors, having a national court system, having a military to defend us, etc. I believe that most government programs to "promote economic growth" simply give money, permits, and opportunities to selected political insiders at the expense of everyone else. If federal spending were limited to these purposes, there would be much lower and affordable taxes for everyone.
No Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Nothing in Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution suggests that the federal government has any right or power to be involved in education. Its unconstitutional funding and control, together with politicized public employee unions, drive up taxes and create unworkable regulations and rules that make it impossible for parents and teachers to do what is best for our children. Federal laws like the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) have good intentions, but do more harm than good. Far too many students graduate public schools without the knowledge and skills they need to succeed as independent adults.
No Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
No Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
The federal government should not fund the development of any energy. We all need energy and should be able to pay for it, just as we pay for food, houses, and cars. Any inventor or business owner who produces cheap, clean, and reliable energy should be able to sell that product and make a profit. There is no need for government to be involved. I am not aware of any scientific reason for the government to regulate carbon dioxide commonly known as "greenhouse gas". Carbon and oxygen have been essential life-giving elements for billions of years.
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
However, I believe that the gun control laws we already have are more than enough to protect our citizens, including students in our schools. What is lacking is the refusal of government officials and employees to systematically and effectively apply and enforce those laws we already have.
Yes Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
When America was great, routine doctor visits were inexpensive and most Americans could afford them. At that time, most Americans needed "major medical" insurance for only serious injuries and illnesses. Health care got expensive when unions and government used "insurance" to pay for all medical expenses. Once most Americans demanded and expected "free" health care, waste, fraud, and over-billing created the ridiculously high prices we have today. The first step to making health care affordable again is to again allow Americans to buy only the insurance they want and need.
Yes Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
Yes Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
When America was great, we had laws that limited legal immigration to roughly 300,000 per year, and we enforced those. laws. This allowed immigrants to quickly learn English and become mainstream Americans. It also gave Americans the highest wages and standard of living in the world. During this time, immigrants were respected and welcome. All this changed after 1965, when Ted Kennedy Democrats increased legal immigration by roughly 400% and stopped enforcing immigration laws. If we fail to respect and enforce our laws, America will quickly become as poor, violent, and miserable as the countries immigrants want to escape from.
Yes Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Our nation was created on July 4, 1776 when Americans recognized the self-evident truth that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Each American has the "unalienable" right to make dumb choices as well as smart ones--as long as he or she does not harm others. When government tries to force adults to make "correct" choices, we end up with government that is complicated, expensive, corrupt, and oppressive.
Yes Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Unknown Position Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Yes. Experience has shown that fanatical, dictatorial regimes will use any weapon they have to preserve themselves when threatened, and if they have nuclear weapons, they will sooner or later use them. We should have learned this from our experience with Hitler and Imperial Japan in the 1930's and 1940's. We should only interfere in Middle East conflicts when Americans or other close allies who share our values are being directly threatened by regimes or enemies who are also a direct threat to us.
1. Support President Trump and our MAGA agenda. 2. Enforce immigration laws. Reduce legal immigration to the sustainable levels we had before 1965. 3. Repeal Expensive Obamacare mandates we don't need and can't afford.

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