Following are the unedited answers of Curtis Harris to the Colorado 2010 Candidate Survey.
If nothing else, Harris, a third-party candidate for the the Second Congressional, gets points for speed. He was the first candidate to reply to the survey.
In a Twitter-length reply (140 characters maximum), please state why you are running for political office.
The present US Government is driving America to socialism and economic disaster. Both major political parties and the Congress are at the heart of the problem. I want to return the Federal government to its Constitutional limits and restore individual liberty in this country.
* Should the federal or state government spend money in an attempt to “stimulate” the economy? If so, on what sorts of projects?
No. Economies are stimulated by economic freedom.
* Should tax dollars be directed toward energy projects, tourism, or any other form of business subsidies?
No. Corporate welfare is the result of or leads to government corruption. There is no place for it in a free economy.
* Should state or federal spending (depending on which office you
seek) be higher or lower than it is currently?
* Should the state or federal minimum wage (depending on which office you seek) be repealed, maintained, or increased?
Repeal the Federal minimum wage. The States are free to chose their policy. Minimum wages are a proven killer of entry-level jobs.
* Should college education be subsidized by tax dollars?
Certainly not Federal dollars. I would not support state funding, either.
* Should antitrust law or its enforcement be changed?
Yes. Federal enforcement is often politically motivated and/or based on flawed economics.
* (Federal-level candidates:) Should Sarbanes-Oxley be repealed?
SOCIAL AND CHURCH/STATE ISSUES
* What do you believe is meant by the “separation of church and state,” and do you endorse it?
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;”
I endorse the First Amendment. That being said, this country is founded on the primacy of the rights of people as endowed by their Creator. The exclusion of general religious principles (morality) from government is a mistake.
* Should religious institutions receive tax dollars for providing welfare or other faith-based services?
Not from the Federal level.
* Should the teaching of creationism or Intelligent Design be subsidized by tax dollars?
Not from the Federal level.
* Should tax-funded schools establish a period of permitted or required prayer?
This should be up to local school districts and parents. A daily period of meditation would have done me a lot of good when I was in school.
* Should government officials promote religiously oriented displays and comments on government property and at government events?
Promote? No. Allow? Yes.
* Do you support gay marriage?
The Federal government has no role at all in marriage, gay or otherwise. I support loving, committed relationships. How the people of the States and local governments chose to define these is up to their people.
* If you answered no to the question above, do you support domestic partnerships, civil unions, or comparable legal recognition of gay couples?
These are different labels for marriage. The love and commitment in the relationship is all that matters.
* Should gay couples be allowed to adopt children by the same standards as heterosexual couples?
This is not a Federal matter. I do not have the knowledge or experience that would qualify me to have an opinion.
* Should government never, always, or sometimes mandate parental notification and consent before a minor may legally obtain an abortion, and, if sometimes, under what conditions?
Again, no Federal role. However, I support parental notification unless there is evidence of abuse within the family.
* Should government mandate waiting periods or ultrasounds before a woman may legally obtain an abortion?
Abortion is a State, not Federal matter. There are two questions here. Should abortion be legal? Should there be waiting periods?
As a practical matter, government should not interfere in family matters during the first trimester.
* Do you endorse the “personhood” measure that may appear on the 2010 ballot?
I am not familiar with this measure.
* Should abortion be legal in cases of fetal deformity?
Again, no Federal role. It is the family’s decision.
* Should abortion be legal in cases of rape or incest?
Again, no Federal role. Otherwise, yes.
* Should abortion be legal in cases of risk to the woman’s life, as determined by the health professional selected by that woman?
Again, no Federal role. There can be a big argument over what constitutes “risk of life”.
* Should elective abortion be legal?
Again, no Federal role. As a practical matter, government should not interfere in family matters during the first trimester.
* If you believe that abortion should be legally restricted, what criminal penalties do you advocate for a woman and her doctor for obtaining or facilitating an illegal abortion?
I believe the States can decide on abortion restrictions after the first trimester. I have no opinion on penalties, except the one below.
* Would execution ever be an appropriate penalty for obtaining or facilitating illegal abortions?
* Should types of birth control be legal that may prevent a fertilized egg or zygote from implanting in the uterus?
States choice. My personal opinion – Yes.
* Should fertility treatments be legal that may result in the freezing or destruction of a fertilized egg or zygote?
States choice. My personal opinion – Yes.
* Should research involving the use of embryonic stem cells be legal?
States choice. My personal opinion – Yes. The research should not be Federally funded.
* Should abortions or embryonic stem cell research be subsidized by tax dollars?
Certainly not Federal dollars.
* (Federal-level candidates:) Should the U.S. expand a legal guest- worker program or legal immigration, and, if so, by how much?
Yes. I don’t know how much, but there is unmet demand for skilled people in this country, so the additional visas or immigration would add value to our economy. People that love freedom and have the ability to add value to America should be welcomed.
* (State-Level Candidates:) Should Colorado government force employers to verify with the federal government the legal status of potential employees, and, if so, what penalties should apply for failure to do so?
The Federal government has a Constitutionally authorized role in immigration control.
* Should federal or state tax-funded benefits (depending on which office you seek), including K-12 education, be extended only to U.S. citizens, to legal immigrants and guest workers, or to everyone in the U.S. including illegal immigrants?
Not to illegal immigrants. In any case, most Federal benefits are not authorized by the Constitution.
* What restrictions, if any, should be placed on the use of eminent domain?
Eminent domain is for legitimate public use only and the property owner must be fairly compensated.
* Do you endorse the use of eminent domain in the case of the Pinon Canyon military expansion? Do you support the military expansion if it does not involve eminent domain?
I am not familiar enough with the situation to have an opinion at this time.
* Should the Endangered Species Act be altered or differently enforced?
Yes. It has become a weapon against healthy growth in our economy and often violates private property rights.
BILL OF RIGHTS
* Should McCain-Feingold and state campaign finance restrictions be repealed, maintained, or expanded?
McCain-Feingold should be repealed. It is unconstitutional. In general, campaign finance is a free speech issue and should not be restricted. Voters should have complete access to information on candidates’ campaign funding.
* Should the federal government control what radio or television stations may broadcast?
Since these signals cross State lines and can have an effect on the welfare of the United States, there is a legitimate Federal role. Beyond protections against slander, libel, and content unsuitable for minors (violations of the rights of others), there should be no content control.
* Should the FTC’s rules regarding blogger endorsements be rescinded?
* Should students with licenses be legally permitted to carry concealed handguns on the property of tax-subsidized colleges?
* Should additional restrictions be added (or repealed) on gun ownership? Please specify.
No additional restrictions. I think Colorado’s laws in this area are a good model for the nation.
* Do you believe that desecration of the U.S. flag should be outlawed by Constitutional amendment?
* Do you believe that pornography or obscene materials involving consenting adults should be legally restricted?
* Should state or federal laws (depending on which office you seek) pertaining to marijuana be altered, and, if so, how?
Again, no Federal role here. Repeal the federal laws and leave it to the States.
* (State-Level Candidates:) Should rules pertaining to petitioners be altered, and, if so, how?
* If there is any important issue that you believe we have missed, please state what it is and state your position on it.
Nothing is more important than getting the Federal government’s fiscal and monetary policies under control. Many functions of the Federal government are not authorized by our Constitution and must be phased out. Corresponding cuts in spending, taxes and regulation will allow our economy to grow and produce the tax revenue necessary to eliminate the deficit and reduce government debt.