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Ben Carson on Abortion
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  • Need civil discussion between pro-life and pro-choice. (Nov 2015)
  • I would love to see Roe v. Wade overturned. (Oct 2015)
  • Maybe exceptions for life of mother, not for rape or incest. (Oct 2015)
  • Was personally against abortion; but what others do matters. (Aug 2015)
  • Drugs OK to prevent conception in instances of rape & incest. (Aug 2015)
  • Planned Parenthood historically targets black communities. (Aug 2015)
  • I spent my career saving the lives of little babies. (Aug 2015)
  • Ban abortion more than 20 weeks after fertilization. (May 2015)
  • No abortion for convenience. (Jan 2014)
  • The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant. (Jan 2014)
  • Persuaded mother of hydrocephalic baby to cancel abortion. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Budget & Economy
Click here for 7 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR other candidates on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Stop tinkering around the edges & address the problem. (Nov 2015)
  • Raise debt limit on condition of making cuts. (Oct 2015)
  • Raise debt ceiling, but ensure you won't have to do it again. (Oct 2015)
  • Let the economy work the way it's supposed to. (Jan 2014)
  • The free market works. (Jan 2014)
  • 1990s deregulation paved way for 2008 economic meltdown. (Jan 2012)
  • Cut every agency spending by 10%, with no exceptions. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Civil Rights
Click here for 16 full quotes on Civil Rights OR other candidates on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Everyone gets the same rights; nobody gets extra rights. (Feb 2016)
  • Constitution protects gays equally, but not marriage. (Oct 2015)
  • Political correctness undermines Black Lives Matter movement. (Aug 2015)
  • Homosexuality is a choice, but same-sex marriage is the law. (May 2015)
  • Give gays rights, but not marriage, because it's a choice. (Mar 2015)
  • Don't let the PC police label conservatives as extremists. (Feb 2015)
  • Underdog status is not determined any longer by race. (Feb 2014)
  • Underdog status is no longer determined by race. (Feb 2014)
  • Apologized for likening homosexuality to pedophilia. (Mar 2013)
  • Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples. (Mar 2013)
  • 1960s: experienced racism in inner-city Boston and Detroit. (Jan 2012)
  • Reparations for WWII Japanese ok, but not for slavery. (Jan 2012)
  • Not all black candidates share Obama's left-wing politics. (Jan 2012)
  • Redefining marriage is slippery slope with disastrous ending. (Jan 2012)
  • Legal binding relationship for gays to enjoy property rights. (Jan 2012)
  • Free speech is wonderful, but hate speech causes actual harm. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Corporations
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  • Smart bank regulation necessary to protect people. (Oct 2015)
  • Tithing teaches about not hoarding as capitalist greed. (Jan 2012)
  • Highest corporate tax rate causes highest national debt. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Crime
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  • Arrests for "Driving While Black" is common. (Nov 2014)
  • Equip police with body cameras to avoid abusiveness. (Nov 2014)
  • Develop inner city resources to build alternatives to crime. (Aug 2014)
  • On Trayvon: It's not a perfect system, but is best we have. (Jul 2013)
  • On "Stand Your Ground": Turn down the rhetoric. (Jul 2013)
  • Imagine the mayhem if all police protection were removed. (Jan 2012)
  • Motorcyclists not wearing helmets consume medical resources. (Jan 2012)
  • Excessive litigation would end with "loser pays" arrangement. (Jan 2012)
  • Stop politically-correct prejudice against blacks vs. whites. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Drugs
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  • Change national narrative so fewer die from drugs. (Nov 2015)
  • Addiction results from weakened values. (Nov 2015)
  • Exposure to marijuana results in decreased IQ. (Oct 2015)
  • Marijuana is a starter drug; keep barriers to hedonism. (Oct 2015)
  • Intensify the War on Drugs at federal level. (Oct 2015)
  • Maybe medical marijuana, but recreational use is a gateway. (Oct 2015)
  • Marijuana for medical use, but not for recreational use. (Jan 2014)
  • Religion kept me away from 1960s sex and drugs. (Jan 2012)
  • Reducing blood alcohol limit to .02 reduces drunk driving. (Jan 2012)
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Ben Carson on Education
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  • Free college is a non-starter. (Feb 2016)
  • Incentivize the state to offer vouchers. (Nov 2015)
  • Free medical care to fix primary care deficit. (Oct 2015)
  • Our public education system has become a propaganda system. (May 2015)
  • Supports charter schools; supports local control. (May 2015)
  • Supports homeschooling; supports teaching values. (May 2015)
  • Private schooling better than Common Core public schooling. (Feb 2015)
  • When you educate a man, you liberate a man. (May 2014)
  • College grads today fail a 6th-grade test from the 1800s. (May 2014)
  • School choice increases competitive nature of education. (Apr 2013)
  • Education worked for me; don't throw young people away. (Mar 2013)
  • Evolution and creationism both require faith. (May 2012)
  • Creationists have God's ethics; evolutionists must find them. (May 2012)
  • As child, mother required written book reports. (Jan 2012)
  • Southern slaveowners knew education would empower slaves. (Jan 2012)
  • Maintaining American pinnacle requires math, not athletics. (Jan 2012)
  • Carson Scholars Fund: for humanitarian & superior academics. (Jan 2012)
  • THINK BIG: Talent, Honesty, Insight, Nice, Knowledge.God. (Jan 2012)
  • Carson Reading Rooms: 4,800 scholarships totaling $2 million. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Energy & Oil
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  • Keep ethanol mandate; unfair to withdraw contracts. (Jan 2016)
  • Change archaic exportation rules to send energy to Europe. (Dec 2015)
  • Best policy is to get rid of all subsidies. (Oct 2015)
  • Smart way in Mideast is to declare energy independence. (Sep 2015)
  • Climate debate is distracting and irrelevant. (May 2015)
  • EPA must work with business; warming or cooling not relevant. (Nov 2014)
  • Petroleum independence would deprive terrorists of funding. (Jan 2012)
  • Intelligently tap our own resources offshore & in Alaska. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Environment
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  • Native Americans casinos are justified, but not beneficial. (Jan 2012)
  • Protecting environment logical for capitalists & socialists. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Families & Children
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  • I'm a pediatrician and concerned about children's future. (Sep 2015)
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Ben Carson on Foreign Policy
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  • Every Israeli thinks we have turned our backs on them. (Feb 2016)
  • North Korea's leader is unstable, but understands strength. (Feb 2016)
  • Use economic power to keep North Korea & Russia contained. (Dec 2015)
  • Focus on funding refugee camps; not bringing refugees to US. (Nov 2015)
  • Trust experts to decide rules of engagement for ISIS. (Nov 2015)
  • Political solution must accompany military solution in Syria. (Nov 2015)
  • Continue to confront China in South China Sea. (Nov 2015)
  • Corner Putin by arming Ukraine & reducing oil dependence. (Nov 2015)
  • Take a stronger stance against Chinese cyber-attacks. (Sep 2015)
  • Leave no doubt that we will stand with South Korea. (Aug 2015)
  • Obama has turned his back on Israel. (Aug 2015)
  • Military force is not off the table when it comes to Russia. (May 2015)
  • Would not go to war with Russia over Ukraine. (May 2015)
  • Back Israel and follow what Netanyahu wants on Iran. (May 2015)
  • Don't just sit around waiting to see what other people do. (Feb 2015)
  • America on same bad path as ancient Rome, but we can fix it. (May 2014)
  • US is exceptional, with different values than rest of world. (May 2014)
  • Rome's decline began with immoral lifestyle; like in America. (Jan 2012)
  • Freedom is why people come from Cuba to US, not vice versa. (Jan 2012)
  • US poverty pales compared to billions in India & Africa. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Free Trade
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  • Stop severe trade imbalance via stiff tariffs. (Jan 2012)
  • Stop severe trade imbalance. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Government Reform
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  • Supreme Court was not partisan, but it has become so. (Feb 2016)
  • Appointing a justice before election would be divisive. (Feb 2016)
  • We have 645 federal agencies--that's way, way too many. (Feb 2016)
  • Regulations cost small businesses $34,000 per employee. (Oct 2015)
  • Regulations cost $34,000 per employee, hurting business. (Oct 2015)
  • Covertly spy on government workers to make them work harder. (Jun 2015)
  • We should discuss "judicial review" in its modern usage. (May 2015)
  • 5-year federal hiring freeze, to decrease size of government. (Jan 2015)
  • Large cumbersome government needs to be deflated. (Oct 2013)
  • Human nature makes giving up power difficult. (Jan 2012)
  • Too many lawyers in government; get more doctors in. (Jan 2012)
  • Lengthen House term to 6-10 years, with no re-election. (Jan 2012)
  • Bloated government keeps itself busy to justify existence. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Gun Control
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  • No limits to gun ownership, except in cases of insanity. (Oct 2015)
  • 2nd amendment critical in guarding against tyranny. (Oct 2015)
  • Law-abiding citizens have right to guns without registration. (Mar 2014)
  • Extremely pro-2nd Amendment; never let anyone tamper with it. (Feb 2014)
  • Semi-automatic weapons ok in countryside, but not cities. (Mar 2013)
Ben Carson on Health Care
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  • Health empowerment accounts for families. (Feb 2016)
  • Health empowerment account for all on the day you're born. (Feb 2016)
  • Give people the option to opt out of Medicare. (Oct 2015)
  • Health savings accounts for families to buy health care. (Oct 2015)
  • Replace need for Medicare with HSAs & catastrophic insurance. (Oct 2015)
  • Health Savings Accounts make insurance companies irrelevant. (Oct 2015)
  • Health Savings Accounts make Medicaid less relevant. (Oct 2015)
  • Vaccines never caused autism; vaccination is important. (Sep 2015)
  • ObamaCare is analogous to slavery. (May 2015)
  • Obamacare is about restriction and control. (Feb 2015)
  • Vaccines are extremely important, despite individual rights. (Feb 2015)
  • Spokesperson for Mannatech nutrition supplement for 10 years. (Jan 2015)
  • ObamaCare robs you of your ability to control your own life. (May 2014)
  • ObamaCare is the worst thing since slavery. (Oct 2013)
  • Health savings account from birth; teach poor responsibility. (Feb 2013)
  • Fund HSAs for indigent from collected HSAs of the rest of us. (Feb 2013)
  • Two-tiered system ok as long as care is adequate. (Jan 2012)
  • Saudi Arabian solution: stiff penalties for medical fraud. (Jan 2012)
  • Regulate insurance companies as non-profit services. (Jan 2012)
  • Government responsibility for catastrophic coverage. (Jan 2012)
  • Let paralyzed quadriplegics choose to die if they wish it. (Jan 2012)
  • Suffered research cancer injection and prostate cancer. (Dec 2007)
Ben Carson on Homeland Security
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  • New type of war means dirty bombs and cyberattacks. (Jan 2016)
  • Rebuild B52's, submarines, missiles: all three need upgrades. (Dec 2015)
  • Doesn't want ISIS to know if he condones torture or not. (Nov 2015)
  • Beef up intelligence gathering, including in mosques. (Nov 2015)
  • Keep 2nd amendment rights for people on terror watchlist. (Nov 2015)
  • Goal of global jihadists is to destroy our way of life. (Nov 2015)
  • Religion not sufficient probable cause to track. (Sep 2015)
  • Use intellect instead of aggression in some circumstances. (Sep 2015)
  • Don't tie military's hands in terrorism fight, even torture. (Aug 2015)
  • Our armed forces are at smallest size in decades. (Aug 2015)
  • ISIL is clear threat; aggressively commit to its destruction. (Jun 2015)
  • Shia-led Iran is more dangerous than ISIL. (May 2015)
  • Give the military the tools they need to meet our needs. (Feb 2014)
  • Roman Empire fell because military was stretched too thin. (Jan 2012)
  • Ethical world leadership stops bullies with brutal force. (Jan 2012)
  • Confront radical violent elements of all religions. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Immigration
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  • Stop illegal immigration, then have a fair path to residency. (Feb 2016)
  • Gather group of experts to screen out terrorists. (Jan 2016)
  • Guest worker program; no citizenship for illegals. (Oct 2015)
  • Many immigrants are criminals from Iraq, Somalia and Russia. (Sep 2015)
  • Turn off the spigots, then allow agricultural guest workers. (Sep 2015)
  • We have the ability to build a border wall, but not the will. (Sep 2015)
  • Taking in Middle Eastern refugees could be dangerous. (Sep 2015)
  • Use drones to destroy smuggler hide-outs on Mexican border. (Aug 2015)
  • Moral low road to use cheap labor if no path to citizenship. (Feb 2015)
  • Pathway to citizenship unfair to past & current immigrants. (Feb 2015)
  • Use Canadian model for guest worker program. (Jan 2015)
  • Common-sense solutions: guest workers plus harsher penalties. (Jan 2015)
  • Overwhelming majority want the southern border secured. (Jan 2012)
  • Deportation is moral low road; create guest worker program. (Jan 2012)
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Ben Carson on Jobs
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  • Raising the minimum wage increases unemployment. (Nov 2015)
  • Minimum wage should probably be raised; then index it. (Sep 2015)
  • College job: supervised highway cleanup crews. (Jan 2012)
  • Unions bad when they focus on power & not future generations. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Principles & Values
Click here for 36 full quotes on Principles & Values OR other candidates on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction. (Feb 2016)
  • 2AM phone calls are about presidential judgement. (Feb 2016)
  • Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution. (Sep 2015)

    Personal Background

  • I had no relationship with Mannatech but I take the product. (Oct 2015)
  • I'm the only one on this stage who separated Siamese twins. (Aug 2015)
  • Raised in inner-city Detroit; poor student in grade school. (Mar 2013)
  • Neurosurgeon who specialized in separating conjoined twins. (Mar 2013)
  • DIRECT: Deny, Ignore, Resist, Exempt, Conform, Transform. (Jan 2012)
  • Naively committed plagiarism in college psychology course. (Jan 2012)

    Political Philosophy

  • We need to recognize again that there IS right and wrong. (Jan 2016)
  • America designed for citizen-statesman as commander-in-chief. (Dec 2015)
  • Don't give away values for the sake of political correctness. (Oct 2015)
  • A Muslim president would not stay true to American values. (Sep 2015)
  • I was a radical Democrat but then I listened to Reagan. (Sep 2015)
  • I will not lick the boots of billionaires. (Sep 2015)
  • Important experience is having a brain, not being politician. (Aug 2015)
  • Secular progressives cause our problems; Hillary is epitome. (Aug 2015)
  • Our brain makes us who we are, not our skin. (Aug 2015)
  • President needs common sense understand of Constitution. (May 2014)
  • PC police make us afraid to say "Merry Christmas". (May 2014)
  • Five doctors signed Declaration; we solve problems. (May 2014)
  • Our flag symbolizes one nation, under God, indivisible. (May 2014)
  • Raised a Democrat, but became a registered Independent. (Jan 2012)
  • Democracy was never intended as a spectator sport. (Jan 2012)
  • Wise voters look at their representatives' voting records. (Jan 2012)
  • Tea Partiers & Independents reject spoon-fed biased media. (Jan 2012)
  • For eagle to fly straight, balance left wing & right wing. (Jan 2012)
  • B/WA: Best/Worst Analysis for risk assessment. (Dec 2007)

    Religion

  • Personal religion important, but it's not the law. (Mar 2015)
  • Bible study overcame youthful violence and anger. (Mar 2013)
  • Not running for office, but God may call on me. (Mar 2013)
  • End the "war on God". (Mar 2013)
  • 2010: Vetted for Lt. Gov., but decision to run "up to God". (Feb 2013)
  • All religions provide beliefs that make us reasonable. (Jan 2012)
  • National Day of Prayer is a suggestion, not a requirement. (Jan 2012)
  • God granted me a miracle in passing freshman chemistry. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Social Security
Click here for 4 full quotes on Social Security OR other candidates on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Individuals responsible for pension; with federal supplement. (Jan 2015)
  • Raise retirement age gradually; & forbid raiding Trust Fund. (Jan 2015)
  • Each person should be responsible for their own pension. (Jan 2015)
  • Gradually raise the age of eligibility for benefits. (Jan 2015)
Ben Carson on Tax Reform
Click here for 15 full quotes on Tax Reform OR other candidates on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • The IRS is not honest and we need to get rid of them. (Feb 2016)
  • Taxes start at 150% of poverty level & some tax below that. (Feb 2016)
  • Cancel mortgage deduction and charitable deduction. (Nov 2015)
  • Tithing at 15%, plus removing all loopholes & waste. (Oct 2015)
  • Progressive taxation on the rich--that's socialism. (Sep 2015)
  • Flat tax of 10%-15% is fairest option, even for low-income. (Aug 2015)
  • Concentrate on incentivizing entrepreneurial risk taking. (Aug 2015)
  • Regulations increase the cost of living. (Aug 2015)
  • God's a pretty fair guy, so tithing is better than FairTax. (Aug 2015)
  • Proposes a flat tax between 10 and 15 percent. (May 2015)
  • IRS unneeded with proportional flat tax system. (May 2015)
  • God says tithe at 10%; no triple tithe for bumper crops. (May 2014)
  • Bible endorses flat tax--10% tithing. (Feb 2013)
  • Nothing in Constitution supports redistributing wealth. (Jan 2012)
  • Not unpatriotic for rich to take advantage of loopholes. (Jan 2012)
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Ben Carson on Technology
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  • Use computer teaching and virtual classrooms. (Jan 2012)
  • Respect privacy; don't use info from post-9-11 monitoring. (Jan 2012)
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Ben Carson on War & Peace
Click here for 15 full quotes on War & Peace OR other candidates on War & Peace OR background on War & Peace.
  • Replacing Mideast dictators leads to chaos, like in Iraq. (Feb 2016)
  • Bomb oil tankers even if it hurts the environment. (Feb 2016)
  • Bomb oil tankers coming out of ISIS caliphate. (Jan 2016)
  • Support Syrian refugees in Jordan; place more with Kurds. (Dec 2015)
  • Military intelligence underused in crafting Syria strategy. (Nov 2015)
  • Counter countries propping up Assad: Russia and Iran. (Nov 2015)
  • Maintain U.S. military presence in Afghanistan. (Oct 2015)
  • Don't get involved in Syria, but push ISIS in that direction. (Sep 2015)
  • I opposed war in Iraq in 2003; then I opposed withdrawal. (Sep 2015)
  • Untie the military's hands; let them destroy ISIS. (May 2015)
  • Eradicate ISIS as quickly and efficiently as possible. (Mar 2015)
  • Tyranny follows if we disarm nukes & madmen get them. (Jan 2012)
  • No right to assume that our way was right for 1960s Vietnam. (Jan 2012)
  • Morality of war in Iraq was highly debatable. (Jan 2012)
  • Better response than post-9-11 invasions: oil independence. (Jan 2012)
Ben Carson on Welfare & Poverty
Click here for 7 full quotes on Welfare & Poverty OR other candidates on Welfare & Poverty OR background on Welfare & Poverty.
  • We the people--not government--should take care of indigent. (Feb 2016)
  • Give poor people opportunity to not be poor people. (Nov 2015)
  • Get rid of dependency; that's true compassion. (Feb 2015)
  • Charities better at providing for needy than the government. (Mar 2013)
  • Those who don't want to work? They are on their own. (Jan 2012)
  • Government entitlements compete with private-sector charity. (Jan 2012)
  • Eradicate poverty by providing education and requiring work. (Jan 2012)


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Strongly Opposes topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(-5 points on Social scale)
Need civil discussion between pro-life and pro-choice: Neutral on topic 1
I would love to see Roe v. Wade overturned: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Maybe exceptions for life of mother, not for rape or incest: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Was personally against abortion; but what others do matters: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Drugs OK to prevent conception in instances of rape & incest: Favors topic 1
Planned Parenthood historically targets black communities: Opposes topic 1
I spent my career saving the lives of little babies: Strongly Opposes topic 1
No abortion for convenience: Strongly Opposes topic 1
The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant: Strongly Opposes topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Political correctness undermines Black Lives Matter movement: Opposes topic 2
Arrests for "Driving While Black" is common: Strongly Favors topic 2
Underdog status is not determined any longer by race: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Underdog status is no longer determined by race: Strongly Opposes topic 2
Opposes topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(-3 points on Social scale)
Everyone gets the same rights; nobody gets extra rights: Opposes topic 3
Constitution protects gays equally, but not marriage: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Homosexuality is a choice, but same-sex marriage is the law: Favors topic 3
Give gays rights, but not marriage, because it's a choice: Opposes topic 3
Marriage should not be extended to same-sex couples: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Redefining marriage is slippery slope with disastrous ending: Strongly Opposes topic 3
Legal binding relationship for gays to enjoy property rights: Favors topic 3
Strongly Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-5 points on Social scale)
Islam is inconsistent with the Constitution: Strongly Favors topic 4
Charities better at providing for needy than the government: Strongly Favors topic 4
PC police make us afraid to say "Merry Christmas": Favors topic 4
End the "war on God": Strongly Favors topic 4
All religions provide beliefs that make us reasonable: Strongly Favors topic 4
National Day of Prayer is a suggestion, not a requirement: Strongly Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Health empowerment accounts for families: Opposes topic 5
Health empowerment account for all on the day you're born: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Health savings accounts for families to buy health care: Opposes topic 5
Replace need for Medicare with HSAs & catastrophic insurance: Opposes topic 5
Free medical care to fix primary care deficit: Favors topic 5
Health Savings Accounts make insurance companies irrelevant: Opposes topic 5
Health Savings Accounts make Medicaid less relevant: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare is analogous to slavery: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Obamacare is about restriction and control: Strongly Opposes topic 5
ObamaCare robs you of your ability to control your own life.: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Health savings account from birth; teach poor responsibility: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Fund HSAs for indigent from collected HSAs of the rest of us: Opposes topic 5
Two-tiered system ok as long as care is adequate: Opposes topic 5
Regulate insurance companies as non-profit services: Strongly Favors topic 5
Government responsibility for catastrophic coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Individuals responsible for pension; with federal supplement: Strongly Favors topic 6
Raise retirement age gradually; & forbid raiding Trust Fund: Favors topic 6
Each person should be responsible for their own pension: Strongly Favors topic 6
Gradually raise the age of eligibility for benefits: Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Incentivize the state to offer vouchers: Strongly Favors topic 7
Our public education system has become a propaganda system: Favors topic 7
Supports charter schools; supports local control: Strongly Favors topic 7
Supports homeschooling; supports teaching values: Favors topic 7
Private schooling better than Common Core public schooling: Strongly Favors topic 7
School choice increases competitive nature of education: Strongly Favors topic 7
Favors topic 8:
EPA regulations are too restrictive
(-3 points on Social scale)
Regulations cost small businesses $34,000 per employee: Favors topic 8
EPA must work with business; warming or cooling not relevant: Favors topic 8
Large cumbersome government needs to be deflated: Favors topic 8
Protecting environment logical for capitalists & socialists: Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+2 points on Social scale)
Equip police with body cameras to avoid abusiveness: Opposes topic 9
Develop inner city resources to build alternatives to crime: Strongly Opposes topic 9
On Trayvon: It's not a perfect system, but is best we have: Opposes topic 9
Imagine the mayhem if all police protection were removed: Favors topic 9
Saudi Arabian solution: stiff penalties for medical fraud: Favors topic 9
Strongly Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Keep 2nd amendment rights for people on terror watchlist: Strongly Favors topic 10
No limits to gun ownership, except in cases of insanity: Favors topic 10
2nd amendment critical in guarding against tyranny: Strongly Favors topic 10
Law-abiding citizens have right to guns without registration: Strongly Favors topic 10
Extremely pro-2nd Amendment; never let anyone tamper with it: Strongly Favors topic 10
Semi-automatic weapons ok in countryside, but not cities: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
The IRS is not honest and we need to get rid of them: Opposes topic 11
Taxes start at 150% of poverty level & some tax below that: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Cancel mortgage deduction and charitable deduction: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Tithing at 15%, plus removing all loopholes & waste: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Progressive taxation on the rich--that's socialism: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Flat tax of 10%-15% is fairest option, even for low-income: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Concentrate on incentivizing entrepreneurial risk taking: Opposes topic 11
IRS unneeded with proportional flat tax system: Strongly Opposes topic 11
God says tithe at 10%; no triple tithe for bumper crops: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Bible endorses flat tax--10% tithing: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Highest corporate tax rate causes highest national debt: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Nothing in Constitution supports redistributing wealth: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
Guest worker program; no citizenship for illegals: Opposes topic 12
Many immigrants are criminals from Iraq, Somalia and Russia: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Turn off the spigots, then allow agricultural guest workers: Favors topic 12
We have the ability to build a border wall, but not the will: Opposes topic 12
Use drones to destroy smuggler hide-outs on Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Moral low road to use cheap labor if no path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Pathway to citizenship unfair to past & current immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Use Canadian model for guest worker program: Favors topic 12
Overwhelming majority want the southern border secured: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Stop severe trade imbalance via stiff tariffs: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Stop severe trade imbalance: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Favors topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Our nation is heading off the abyss of destruction: Opposes topic 14
Focus on funding refugee camps; not bringing refugees to US: Favors topic 14
Corner Putin by arming Ukraine & reducing oil dependence: Strongly Favors topic 14
Taking in Middle Eastern refugees could be dangerous: Strongly Favors topic 14
Back Israel and follow what Netanyahu wants on Iran: Favors topic 14
US is exceptional, with different values than rest of world: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-5 points on Social scale)
Rebuild B52's, submarines, missiles: all three need upgrades: Strongly Favors topic 15
Our armed forces are at smallest size in decades: Strongly Favors topic 15
Give the military the tools they need to meet our needs: Strongly Favors topic 15
Roman Empire fell because military was stretched too thin: Opposes topic 15
No opinion on topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Opposes topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
(-3 points on Social scale)
Replacing Mideast dictators leads to chaos, like in Iraq: Favors topic 17
Political solution must accompany military solution in Syria: Favors topic 17
Continue to confront China in South China Sea: Opposes topic 17
Counter countries propping up Assad: Russia and Iran: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Maintain U.S. military presence in Afghanistan: Opposes topic 17
I opposed war in Iraq in 2003; then I opposed withdrawal: Opposes topic 17
Leave no doubt that we will stand with South Korea: Opposes topic 17
Military force is not off the table when it comes to Russia: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Shia-led Iran is more dangerous than ISIL: Opposes topic 17
Untie the military's hands; let them destroy ISIS: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Eradicate ISIS as quickly and efficiently as possible: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Ethical world leadership stops bullies with brutal force: Favors topic 17
Tyranny follows if we disarm nukes & madmen get them: Opposes topic 17
No right to assume that our way was right for 1960s Vietnam: Favors topic 17
Morality of war in Iraq was highly debatable: Favors topic 17
Better response than post-9-11 invasions: oil independence: Strongly Favors topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Keep ethanol mandate; unfair to withdraw contracts: Favors topic 18
Change archaic exportation rules to send energy to Europe: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Smart way in Mideast is to declare energy independence: Favors topic 18
Climate debate is distracting and irrelevant: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Petroleum independence would deprive terrorists of funding: Favors topic 18
Intelligently tap our own resources offshore & in Alaska: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Strongly Favors topic 19:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
(-5 points on Social scale)
Change national narrative so fewer die from drugs: Favors topic 19
Addiction results from weakened values: Favors topic 19
Exposure to marijuana results in decreased IQ: Favors topic 19
Marijuana is a starter drug; keep barriers to hedonism: Strongly Favors topic 19
Intensify the War on Drugs at federal level: Strongly Favors topic 19
Maybe medical marijuana, but recreational use is a gateway: Strongly Favors topic 19
Marijuana for medical use, but not for recreational use: Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
We have 645 federal agencies--that's way, way too many: Opposes topic 20
Raise debt ceiling, but ensure you won't have to do it again: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Let the economy work the way it's supposed to: Strongly Opposes topic 20
The free market works: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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