Q and A

Q: Should police officers be required to wear body cameras?
A: It should be up to the people in the affected communities, and it’s important to protect the privacy rights of victims and bystanders.
Q: Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?
A:  No, no organization should stand to gain from higher rates of incarceration.
Q: Should prisons ban the use of solitary confinement for juveniles?
A: Yes
Q: Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?
A: Yes, every citizen deserves the right to vote
Q: Do you support mandatory minimum prison sentences for people charged with drug possession?
A: No
Q: Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?
A: No
Q: Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?
A: Not if the crime did serious harm to others
Q: Do you fully support ending qualified immunity?
A: Yes
Q: Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?
A: No, the government should never determine what a private business should pay employees
Q: Should the U.S. raise taxes on the rich?
A: No
Q: Should businesses be required to provide paid leave for full-time employees during the birth of a child or sick family member?
A: No, private employers should be free to negotiate benefits with employees
Q: Should the U.S. raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?
A: Lower or eliminate all business taxes for maximum job creation. Pass savings on to customers. 
Q: Should the government prevent “mega mergers” of corporations that could potentially control a large percentage of market share within its industry?
A: No, except for corporations which receive government-issued grants, contacts, licenses and other government perks.
Q: Should welfare recipients be tested for drugs?
A: No
Q: Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?
A: Yes
Q: Do you support a universal basic income program?
A: No
Q: Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current welfare benefits?
A: More
Q: Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?
A: Hurt, I support some private unions but am strongly against public unions
Q: Should the IRS create a free electronic tax filing system?
A: Yes, until the IRS and income tax are eliminated
Q: Should the government increase the tax rate on profits earned from the sale of stocks, bonds, and real estate?
A: No
Q: Should the government require businesses to pay salaried employees, making up to $46k/year, time-and-a-half for overtime hours?
A: No, and the government is currently over-regulating private businesses
Q: Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?
A: No
Q: Should the current estate tax rate be decreased?
A: Yes, and we should eliminate it.
Q: Should the U.S. continue to participate in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
A: No
Q: Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. increase tariffs on imported products from China?
A: No
Q: Should the President offer tax breaks to individual companies to keep jobs in the U.S.
A: No
Q: Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?
A: No
Q: Should the Federal Reserve Bank be audited by Congress?
A: Yes
Q: Should the government subsidize farmers?
A: No, end all government subsidies and let the free market run its course.
Q: Would you favor an increased sales tax in order to reduce property taxes?
A: No, reduce or eliminate both sales and property taxes wherever possible
Q: Should U.S. citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?
A: Yes
Q: Should pension plans for federal, state, and local government workers be transitioned into privately managed accounts?
A: Yes, pension spending is out of control and must be reduced
Q: Do you support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)?
A: No, there are too many hidden provisions in this specific agreement
Q: Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?
A: No
Q: Should an in-state sales tax apply to online purchases of in-state buyers from out-of-state sellers?
A: No, the federal government does not have the authority to impose state and local taxes
Q: Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?
A: Yes, but government should not be classifying nor prohibiting any form of currency.
Q: Should the government acquire equity stakes in companies it bails out during a recession?
A: No, the government should not be interfering with the free market, nor should it bail out companies
Q: Should the government raise the federal minimum wage?
A: No, and eliminate all wage standards
Q: Should the U.S. go to war with Iran?
A:  No
Q: Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. remain in the United Nations?
A: No
Q: Should the government attempt to influence foreign elections?
A: No
Q: Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. remain in NATO?
A: No
Q: Do you support the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani?
A: No
Q: Should the military be allowed to use enhanced interrogation techniques, such as waterboarding, to gain information from suspected terrorists?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. continue to support Israel?
A: No, we should not give aid to any foreign nations
Q: Should the U.S. conduct military strikes against North Korea in order to destroy their long-range missile and nuclear weapons capabilities?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. provide military aid to Saudi Arabia during its conflict with Yemen?
A: No
Q: Should the government increase or decrease military spending?
A: Decrease
Q: Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria?
A: Yes
Q: Should the US increase or decrease foreign aid spending?
A: Decrease
Q: Should the U.S. send ground troops into Syria to fight ISIS?
A: No
Q: Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists?
A: No
Q: Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?
A: Yes, give them a fair trial and shut down Guantanamo Bay
Q: Should the United States pull all military troops out of Afghanistan?
A: Yes
Q: Should the U.S. formally declare war on ISIS?
Q: Do you support President Obama’s move to lift the trade and travel embargo on Cuba?
A: Yes
Q: Should the U.S. provide military assistance to defend Ukraine from Russia?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. defend other NATO countries that maintain low military defense budgets relative to their GDP?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. prevent Russia from conducting airstrikes in Syria?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. sell military weapons to India in order to counter Chinese and Russian influence?
A: No
Q: Should Jerusalem be recognized as the capital of Israel?
A: It’s none of our business
Q: Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?
A: We should not coerce China, but encourage them to embrace freedom
Q: Should the government cancel production of the F-35 fighter?
A: Yes
Q: Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?
A: Yes, along with Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and government employees who have the authority to write and interpret laws and regulations.


Q: Do you support the Patriot Act?
A: No
Q: Do you support affirmative action programs?
A: No
Q: Should there be more restrictions on the current process of purchasing a gun?
A: No
Q: Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use?
A: Yes
Q: Should there be term limits set for members of Congress?
A: Yes
Q: Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission?
A: Yes
Q: Should internet service providers be allowed to speed up access to popular websites (that pay higher rates) at the expense of slowing down access to less popular websites (that pay lower rates)?
A: Yes
Q: Should the U.S. government grant immunity to Edward Snowden?
A: Yes
Q: Should the NSA (National Security Agency) be allowed to collect basic metadata of citizen’s phone calls such as numbers, timestamps, and call durations?
A: No
Q: Should the government raise the retirement age for Social Security?
A: No, the government should allow workers to opt out of Social Security, as in proposals like CATO’s 6.2 Percent Solution. 

Q: Should people on the “no-fly list” be banned from purchasing guns and ammunition?
A: No
Q: Should victims of gun violence be allowed to sue firearms dealers and manufacturers?
A: No.
Q: Should the government be allowed to seize private property, with reasonable compensation, for public or civic use?
A: No
Q: Should local police increase surveillance and patrol of Muslim neighborhoods?
A: No
Q: Should it be illegal to burn the American flag?
A: No
Q: Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?
A: Yes
Q: Should the government regulate social media sites, as a means to prevent fake news and misinformation?
A: No
Q: Should the President of the United States have the power to deploy military troops in order to stop protests?
A: No
Q: Should the military upgrade Air Force One?
A: No
Q: Should social media companies ban political advertising?
A: No
Q: Should teachers be allowed to carry guns at school?
A: Yes

Q: Should the government enforce a “stay-at-home” order to combat the coronavirus?
A: No
Q: Should health insurers be allowed to deny coverage to individuals who have a pre-existing condition?
A: Yes, and the government should not be involved in health insurance
Q: Should the government regulate the prices of life-saving drugs?
A: No, the FDA should be abolished so that drug companies must compete to keep the price of all drugs down.
Q: Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?
A: No
Q: When should your state end the “Stay at Home” order and reopen its economy?
A: State governments should never have issued “stay at home” orders
Q: Should the federal government increase funding of health care for low income individuals (Medicaid)?
A: No
Q: Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?
A: No
Q: Do you support the legalization of Marijuana?
A: Yes
Q: Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?
A: No
Q: Should people be required to work in order to receive Medicaid?
A: Yes, unless they are disabled
Q: Should the federal government be allowed to negotiate drug prices for Medicare?
A: Yes, but ultimately replace medicare with free market solutions
Q: Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?
A: Yes, but better to legalize all drugs
Q: Should there be more or less privatization of veterans’ healthcare?
A: More
Q: Should the government increase environmental regulations to prevent climate change?
A: No, remove subsidies of all forms of energy production, allowing emissions-free nuclear power a chance to compete on a level playing field
Q: Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?
A: Yes, and hold fracking companies responsible for damages
Q: Should the government give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry?
A: No
Q: Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?
A: Yes, with sufficient safety measures and adequate bonding
Q: Should the U.S. withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement?
A: Yes
Q: Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?
A: This should be decided by individuals, hoping they choose not to harm any animal. The free market will judge their actions.
Q: Should the government stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline?
A: It’s already been built.
Q: Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?
A: No, the government should never subsidize private business
Q: Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?
A: Yes
Q: What is your stance on abortion?
A: Keep the government out of it, no subsidies, no regulations
Q: Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage?
A: Yes
Q: Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?
A: Yes
Q:  Should the government continue to fund Planned Parenthood?
A: No
Q: Should marital rape be classified and punished as severely as non-marital rape?
A: Yes. Rape should be prosecuted irrespective of marital status.
Q: Should the federal government institute a mandatory buyback of assault weapons?
A: No
Q: Should a business be able to deny service to a customer if the request conflicts with the owner’s religious beliefs?
A: Yes
Q: Should “gender identity” be added to anti-discrimination laws?
A: Yes
Q: Should health insurance providers be required to offer free birth control?
A: No
Q: Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?
A:  Yes
Q: Do you support the death penalty?
A: No
Q:  Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?
A: Each individual competition should be free to decide
Q: Should states be allowed to display the Confederate flag on government property?
A:  No, not on public property. Private property owners should be free to fly any flag – or burn any flag – they want.
Q:  Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?
A:  No
Q: Should universities provide “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces” for students?
A:  No, students attending universities that benefit from government grants or government-funded school loans should be required to honor the constitutional rights of their students’ free speech.
Q: Should women be allowed to wear a Niqab, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?
A: Yes, but where there is a legitimate need to confirm their identity, provisions must be made for this
Q: Should the government support a separation of church and state by removing references to God on money, federal buildings, and national monuments?
A: No
Q: Should sport betting be legal?
A: Yes
Q: Should adults that are illegally attempting to cross the U.S. border be separated from their children?
A: No
Q: Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into the United States?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. build a wall along the southern border?
A: No
Q: Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?
A: No
Q: Should illegal immigrants have access to government-subsidized healthcare?
A: Replace highly regulated US health care with a free market and voluntary charities that take much better care of everyone
Q: Should children of illegal immigrants be granted legal citizenship?
A: Yes, if they were born here.
Q: Should immigrants be deported if they commit a serious crime?
A: Yes
Q: Should local law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes and transfer them to federal immigration authorities?
A: No, unless the crime involves a victim and is serious
Q: Should immigrants be required to learn English?
A: No, but do not continue to spend taxpayer dollars providing multilingual translations of government documents and services. Keep ones already written.
Q: Should working illegal immigrants be given temporary amnesty?
A: Yes
Q: Should sanctuary cities receive federal funding?
A: No city should receive federal funding for any reason
Q: Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state?
A: No
Q: Should the U.S. increase restrictions on its current border security policy?
A: No
Q: Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?
A: No,  but prospective citizens should know how to speak English, or bear the burden of not doing so.
Q: Should the US increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?
A: Increase
Q: Should immigrants to the United States be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?
A: Yes
Q: Do you support increasing taxes for the rich in order to reduce interest rates for student loans?
A: No
Q: Should the federal government pay for tuition at four-year colleges and universities?
A: No
Q: Do you support Common Core national standards?
A: No
Q: Should the federal government fund Universal preschool?
A: No
Q: Do you support charter schools?
A: I would consider it if adding them causes the total cost of education to go down. I support private forms of education that involve no government funding or control.
Q: Should the government decriminalize school truancy?
A: Yes,  and we need to get the federal government completely out of education.
Q: Should the electoral college be abolished?
A: No. The electoral college was designed to protect representation of all states. 
Q: Should a photo ID be required to vote?
A: Only if it is easy to get an ID to vote
Q: Should there be a limit to the amount of money a candidate can receive from a donor?
A: No, this is a violation of free speech
Q: Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?
A: No, but individuals should be free to donate.
Q: Should political candidates be required to release their recent tax returns to the public?
A: No, their income is none of our business
Q: Should foreign lobbyists be allowed to raise money for American elections?
A: No
Q: Should there be a 5-year ban on White House and Congressional officials from becoming lobbyists after they leave the government?
A:  Yes, there should be a lifetime ban.
Q: Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?
A: Yes
Q: Should the minimum voting age be lowered?
A:  No, but we should not tax workers under the age of 18. No taxation without representation.
Q: Should foreigners, currently residing in the United States, have the right to vote?

A: Yes, anyone who pays taxes should have the right to vote
Q: Should the President be able to authorize military force against Al-Qaeda without Congressional approval?
A: No
Q: Should the US assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?
A: No
Q: Should the government fund space travel?
A: No
Q: Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?
A: No
Q: Should producers be required to label genetically engineered foods (GMOs)?
A: No, the market should decide
Q: Do you support the use of nuclear energy?
A: Yes
Q: Should the government increase spending on public transportation?
A: No

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