Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.
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.
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.
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.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.
It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.
Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.
More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.
Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.
People should be able to vote without photo identification.
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.
Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.
The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.
Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.
People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."
I support sanctuary cities.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.
Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.
I voted in these primaries and general elections:
2010 General Election, 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?
I am an adopted child. My biological mother respected my life instead of aborting it and I am forever grateful for that decision. As a result, the topic of abortion is very personal and I do not view this as a political position but rather, a moral one. Life begins when a heart starts beating. It's a scientifically accepted fact. Given that life begins when there is a heartbeat, I believe that life is granted inalienable rights and those rights should be protected by law. Circumstances do and will arise where abortion is an option that must be reviewed and considered. For example, the life of the mother is in jeopardy. However, there should be due process instead of simply a "choice".
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
The history of being colonists suppressed by the unrepresentative rule of a monarch (King of England) caused the Founders to structure a government that derives its powers from the consent of the people it governs. This framework is essential to facilitate a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
My Christian faith is the core value that I draw upon and utilize every day of my life. My relationship with God is a very personable and private one that has developed and grown over the course of my life and continues to do so. I do not wish to impose my spiritual beliefs on others, nor do I appreciate others imposing their beliefs on me. This is a freedom we enjoy as American citizens.
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?
Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.
The information contained on my campaign website (www.tomliebrecht.com) and my role as Chairman of the Putnam County Republican Party (a historically conservative county)validate my conservative viewpoints.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
In my opinion, it starts with reforming entitlement programs and structuring these programs so they are a means of transitioning to employment instead of becoming a way of life. I also believe that more must be done to encourage and incentivize businesses to create programs that allow people (especially young people) to understand the dignity of working, develop skills and abilities, and understand what type of job/career will offer them personal fulfillment and individual happiness. The formula is different for everyone. Finally our school systems must also recognize the dynamic needs and future trends of the work force. Equal emphasis and encouragement must be placed on skills based programs as there are for college based programs.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
This is a very complex topic but the outline of my answer is as follows: Create a highly competitive marketplace for healthcare with a wide variety of consumer driven plans that could be customized for the individual based on the stage of life and lifestyle.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
Create a level playing field. Incentivize research and development. Encourage development of a workforce that adapts to ever-changing economic demands. Ensure businesses are not over-taxed and over-regulated.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
The combination of my 50 years of life experience and my 30 years of business experience along with my personal qualities provide me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively and productively serve the people in this office.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
Please visit www.tomliebrecht.com for additional information.