Candidate Profile
Brad Sostack

Republican , Florida

Biography

Name
Brad Sostack
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 13
Incumbent
No
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Panel Rating

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Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

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

Strongly 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.

Strongly 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.

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.

Neutral

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

Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.

Strongly Disagree

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

Agree

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

Neutral

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

Strongly Agree

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

Strongly Disagree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Agree

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

Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly Agree

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

Agree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

(Did not answer)

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

When the life of the mother is at risk. When the woman has been a victim of rape/incest.

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

Radical Islamic Terrorism is a limited threat that is exacerbated by US foreign policy and involvement in other countries. We should work to reduce our footprint in the Middle East. Saddam Hussein was a terrible guy, but can we really make the argument that Iraq as a country is better off now then they were 20 years ago? With every bomb and drone strike on a country, we irritate a lot of people who might want to one day avenge their loved ones' death. America should refocus its military objectives on defense and remember the words of our founding fathers, who warned against "entangling alliances". We must also secure our border and empower law enforcement to deport illegal alien criminals and potential terrorists.

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

Our rights are natural rights that are inherent to us as individuals. The US Constitution enumerates these rights but it is not the source, and any rights not specifically enumerated are covered under the Ninth and Tenth Amendment.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I was raised Catholic and am a practicing Christian.

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?

Conservative

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

bradsostackforflorida.com

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

The federal government should not be involved in promoting a healthcare solution. Rates were rising before Obamacare, but Obamacare made them skyrocket. The free market was able to handle healthcare until the government got involved, and federal government bureaucracy is extremely inefficient, but a few things can be done. Reduce regulatory barriers that inhibit creation of Group based or Association insurance. Expand the tax benefits of HSAs. I would also support a tax break for healthcare providers who perform pro bono work or discounted work for lower income families.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

Less regulation. Lower corporate taxes. Growth is key. Also, monetary policy must be improved. Monetary policy is not the Fed Funds rate. Congress effectively abdicated its responsibility to regulate the value of money under Article I, Section 8, when the Federal Reserve was created in 1913. The Fed uses the Fed Funds Rate to set an inflation target and uses unemployment numbers as a decision input - this just doesn't make sense. Unemployment and inflation could theoretically be zero - there is no reason it can't be. The Federal Reserve has directly caused, or severely exacerbated, every financial crisis and recession since then - because the value of the dollar was unstable. Returning to a gold standard would not be feasible based on spot price vs. global supply/demand, so I advocate that the Federal Reserve peg dollar liquidity (and thus fix the value of the dollar) to a broad commodity index.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

I support abolishing the personal and corporate income tax and a shift to a tax based on consumption, e.g. a national sales tax. As that is not a likely scenario in the near future, I support a simplified federal tax code that lowers overall tax burden on the poor and middle class, and reduce the corporate income tax to spur reinvestment - expanding the business, hiring more workers, offering more benefits. Also, we should not tax income twice. Currently we pay an income tax on money we make, and then if we invest or save that money, the gains and interest are taxed again. Reduce the estate tax.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Reduce the corporate income tax and remove crippling business regulations. In addition to federally subsidized loans for college, the government can offer starter loans to people who choose not to go to college which will help them get jobs or start their own small business. Many kids (especially in the foster care system) graduate high school with zero savings and no real assets, may have vocational training or learned skills, and may not be a great fit for college. Wouldn't it be great if the government offered them a starter loan to move to another city state where the job is, put a couple months down for apartment rent, buy health insurance, and maybe a down payment on a car so they can get to and from work or they can drive for Uber (example), or buy landscaping gear to start a landscaping business (example)? Trade or apprenticeship jobs such as electricians, plumbers, construction workers are perfect examples of living wages that don't require a college degree.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

The program must become more actuarily sound. Social Security should be a safety net if needed, not the main source of income. Social Security benefits should be lower for higher income retirees (such as millionaires or those with very large pensions or dividend/investment income) as they do not exhibit a large need for the benefits. We also should make spending cuts in other areas. Medicare fraud and abuse must be investigated and stopped - save $50+ billion per year. The Federal Reserve should stop paying banks Interest on Reserves - save $3+ billion per year. Reduce illegal immigration - illegal immigration total costs exceed $100+ billion per year. Planned Parenthood should not be federally funded - save $500 million per year. Many examples of unnecessary and unconstitutional spending that can be refocused on fixing Social Security.

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

I am an engineer, military veteran, Patriot, and I have business experience. I've led and worked with people from all walks of life, and brought people to together to achieve common goals and shared success. I understand that America will have its best chance with smaller government, lower taxes, individual liberty, and equal justice under the law. Part of Congress's job is oversight. Serving as an audit and compliance officer onboard a nuclear submarine, I understand the need to demand answers to tough questions and hold government bureaucrats accountable.

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

brad@sostackforcongress.com 727-303-1242

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

(Did not answer)


Background

Education
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, MBA, 2015
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, BS, 2006
Work & Military
  • Naval Submarine Officer, Lieutenant, 11
  • McKinsey & Company, Senior Implementation Coach, 2
Affiliations
  • (Candidate did not provide)
Offices
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