U.S. Rep., Dist.35
11-06-18 General Election
 

Lloyd Doggett (D)

 

Clark Patterson (L)

 

David Smalling (R)

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Lloyd Doggett (D)
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David Smalling (R)

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Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Disagree
Smalling:   Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Disagree
Smalling:   Agree

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Agree
Smalling:   Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Disagree
Smalling:   No Answer

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Disagree
Smalling:   Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Disagree
Smalling:   No Answer

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Disagree
Smalling:   Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Disagree
Smalling:   Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Agree
Smalling:   Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Disagree
Smalling:   No Answer

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Agree
Smalling:   Agree

The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Neutral
Smalling:   Agree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Agree
Smalling:   Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Disagree
Smalling:   Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Agree
Smalling:   Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Neutral
Smalling:   Agree

I support sanctuary cities.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Agree
Smalling:   Strongly Disagree

It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Disagree
Smalling:   Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Disagree
Smalling:   Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Strongly Disagree
Smalling:   No Answer

The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Agree
Smalling:   No Answer

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Disagree
Smalling:   Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   2010 General Election, 2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election
Smalling:   2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Abortion should be allowed in almost all circumstances. Ayn Rand Objectivists don't believe that life begins at conception. The fetus is not a human being until it is biologically viable. Outlawing abortion and requiring a woman to carry a pregnancy to term against her will forces her body to be a mandatory life support system for the fetus for up to nine months. All individuals, including pregnant women, possess an inalienable right to their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. Even if a fetus is a human life, no human being can abridge the inalienable rights of another human [in this case, the pregnant mother] by forcing her to carry a pregnancy to term.
Smalling:   If the mother's life is in danger it should be her decision. In cases of Rape or incest

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Like the Founding Fathers, Libertarians believe in a foreign policy of strict non-interventionism in the internal affairs of other nations. During the last 70 years, the US has aggressively intervened in the internal affairs of Islamic nations, planting the seeds for the blowback of radical Islamic terrorism. The US overthrew the democratically-elected governments of Syria in 1949 and Iran in 1953. It invaded Lebanon in 1958 and helped overthrow the Iraqi government in 1958 and 1963. The US also began furnishing nuclear technology to Iran in 1957 with its Atoms For Peace program and in the 1970s supported a plan to build 20 nuclear reactors in Iran. The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 has led to the disastrously destructive regional sectarian civil war that has raged in the Middle East for the last decade. In fact, the biggest enemy of ISIL and al-Qaeda today are Shiites, not the US. Libertarians believe that the US should completely phase out its intervention in the Islamic world.
Smalling:   Vett more fully people wanting to come in from countries with ties to terrorists, stop allowing the wild card immigration and stop allowing the family immigration until they too can be more fully vetted.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   The Enlightenment belief that humans require freedom and natural rights in order to flourish, prosper, and achieve a secular, happy life on earth.
Smalling:   I don't believe it was the nature of mankind. I believe it was the founders who had come from countries that had monarchs and aristocracy. They wanted a country where people could live in freedom with liberty and justice for all. Separate religion from Government because they had seen what is like to have the church in control of Government. Separation of powers was set up to not allow one branch of government to be in control. Yet our Congress has pretty much set themselves up as elitist.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   I'm an Ayn Rand Objectivist. Ayn Rand Objectivists are secular atheists. In the age-old duel between Plato and Aristotle, Ayn Rand Objectivism is an Aristotelian worldview, whereas Christianity, Judaism, and Islam are Platonist worldviews. Like Aristotle, Objectivists believe that morality is a normative science, moral values can be rationally derived, and that ultimate Right and Wrong must be based on the requirements of human life. [For more information about this, please consult the works of Ayn Rand.] We also believe in complete laissez faire, free market capitalism. Finally, Ayn Rand Objectivists are political libertarians.
Smalling:   My relies beliefs are between me and God and I choose not to share this information.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   No Answer
Smalling:   Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Politically, I'm a libertarian. As a political libertarian, I believe in reducing about 99 percent of the current size of the federal government in Washington. Political libertarians don't believe in a left-right or liberal-conservative political spectrum. Instead, libertarians believe that the political spectrum is shaped like a baseball diamond, with home plate representing complete authoritarianism and totalitarianism and second base representing extremely-limited government and libertarianism. In short, libertarians believe that it's more important to be closer to second base and away from home plate than it is to be on the right near first base and conservative or on the left near third base and liberal.
Smalling:   I have to live within my means and balance my checkbook. When was the last time you saw Congress write a budget or approve a longterm budget. They ask the president to write the budget, by Constitution it is Congress's responsibility specifically the House of Representatives. In 2004 Congress said they were going to fix immigration. Have they? Foreign Policy, we give away billions to foreign countries some wealthier than us yet we should leave that money here to take care of Americans. Our social programs are not helping those who need the help to get them out of a cycle of poverty. We need better ideas to help these people become independent.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Libertarians believe that Obamacare should be phased out and replaced with a complete free market in health care. We should also phase out Medicare and Medicaid within one to two generations [25-50 years]. Libertarians believe there should be no governmental involvement in health care. Unfortunately, too many Americans today believe that health care is a right. It is not. Removing all levels of government from health care would, in the long run, greatly reduce overall health care spending. In a complete free market in health care, Americans would pay almost all of their health care costs "out of pocket." Insurance would likely only pay for health emergencies.
Smalling:   I do not have enough information at this time to determine this. However, if elected I can look into it and hopefully work with others in the House to determine.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Libertarians believe in extremely limited governmental spending and no taxation. In fact, this is the best way to promote private economic growth. Libertarians also believe that only the private sector should create jobs. If US federal governmental involvement [and state and local governmental involvement] were completely removed from the American economy, the result would be unprecedented economic growth and expansion. At that point, any job unemployment would be completely voluntary.
Smalling:   All it can through taxes, regulations and oversight. Help small businesses grow.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Libertarians believe that taxation has no place whatsoever in a free society and that all taxation should be phased out and eliminated. Libertarians believe that the only proper, constitutional function of the federal government is national defense and that the only proper functions of state and local governments are to provide police and court services. Also, both the federal government and state and local governments should be completely funded by voluntary contributions from Americans and voluntary lotteries. These developments would likely reduce current government spending by at least 95 percent.
Smalling:   Get the IRS to come to people with respect. The Tax Court is the only court you have to prove your innocence. There are many things that need changing, the sheer size and complexity need to to be changed, made simpler. Again I would have to get much counseling from others more knowledgable before I could make any decisions.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   We've known for years how to both prevent and resolve economic bubbles. We know from Austrian economic theory that completely deregulating interest rates (specifically, permitting them to rise to reflect deficit spending), avoiding pump-priming fiscal stimulus policies, and allowing recessions to run their course for 18-24 months is the only long term strategy to both avert and rectify economic downturns. Austrian economic theory holds that artificially low interest rates create economic booms and busts and business malinvestment. Instead of attempting to avoid recessions and unemployment, the federal government should pursue economic policies that acknowledge that recessions and shifts in employment are the only long term cures for malinvestment and the economic busts that malinvestment generates. Finally, in an unfettered free market economy, the only unemployment would be voluntary.
Smalling:   No Answer

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   Libertarians believe that the Social Security and Medicare "entitlement" programs are transparent Ponzi schemes. Because entitlement programs and Ponzi schemes are antithetical to limited government, Libertarians believe that Social Security and Medicare should be phased out -- not protected and restored. Currently, taxpayers who pay into Social Security and Medicare for their entire working careers do not own their benefits, meaning that US citizens who die before retiring receive nothing from these programs. With private retirement plans, Americans could leave huge financial nest eggs to their heirs.
Smalling:   Take the payments to SS out of the General Fund so Congress won't spend it, and we were promised it would not be taxed, but they tax up to 80% of your SS.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   I possess a college bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin that I received in 1988. I’m running for Congress to advocate the philosphic ideas of Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism and the economic views of Ludwig von Mises and the Austrian School of economics. Bad philosophic and economic ideas have led America to our current philosophic, cultural, and financial crises. My absolute, overriding conviction is that only the sound views of Rand and of Mises and the Austrian School can make America great again.
Smalling:   I have a BA in Political Science, with a minor in history. They say we study history because it repeats itself. It does repeat. I have over forty years raising a family living within my means, balancing my budget. Watching the cycles of tax increases and decreases. Watching gov react. I am a learned man and have seen a lot of policies good and bad. I can make good decisions given the information I ask for, I ask for very specific information. EX: An insurance company comes to me and tells me they are losing money, show me your books, prove to me you are losing money and prove to me you need a rate increase. What could you have done differently to prevent needing this increase?

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

Doggett:   (Did not answer)
Patterson:   clarkryanpatterson@gmail.com (512)784-0929
Smalling:   david@davidsmallingforcongress.com 512-967-1601

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

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  Background
Lloyd Doggett (D)
Clark Patterson (L)
David Smalling (R)

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Education

  • University of Texas, Austin, BA, 1988

Education

  • University of Texas Arlington, Arlington, BA PolSci, 2003

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Vocational & Military Experience

  • Clark Patterson Photography & Videography, Owner/Principal Photographer & Videographer, 21

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  • Beta Theta Pi, Member

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Other Political Offices Sought

  • Texas State House District 48, 1982
  • Texas Congressional District 1, 2012

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