Barbara Howe's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)
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What is the Political Courage Test?
Barbara Howe has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.
North Carolina Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test
|No||In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?|
|Yes||In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?|
|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.|
|No||Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?|
|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.|
|No||Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?|
|Yes||Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?|
|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.|
|No||Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?|
|Federal government should have little to no role in education. Attempts at central planning are a very bad action plan.|
|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?|
|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.|
|No||Do you generally support gun-control legislation?|
|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.|
|Yes||Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?|
|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.|
|No||Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?|
|No||Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?|
|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.|
|Yes||Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?|
|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.|
|No||Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?|
|No||Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?|
|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.|
|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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