Candidate Profile
Michael Rufo

Libertarian , New Jersey

Biography

Name
Michael Rufo
Party
Libertarian
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 4
Incumbent
No
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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.

Neutral

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.

Disagree

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.

Strongly Disagree

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

Strongly 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.

Neutral

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.

Neutral

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.

Disagree

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

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.

Strongly Agree

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

Neutral

I support sanctuary cities.

Disagree

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

Strongly Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Disagree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Disagree

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

Agree

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

Disagree

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2016 General Election

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, Insest, and when the mothers life is at risk are the obvious answers here. It should also be allowed in the first trimester for any reason. The truth is this is not a black and white issue. it is extremely nuanced and there are thousands of scenarios in which one can justify abortions or life. The bottom line is that the government should not be involved in the decision nor the funding of the practice. It is a decision that should made between a woman and her well trained and knowledgable doctor. Just as with all forms of government prohibition, an out right ban would make the practice far more cruel and dangerous if forced underground and into a black market.

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

We must withdraw our troops from the middle east and end our regime change efforts. We must allow sovereign nations to be sovereign and govern themselves. It has been our aggression that created the terrorists and it is our continual occupations and the death of many innocents that feeds their hate. We were coated into the Iraq war (2) under false pretenses and fooled into every action since. We can defend ourselves and influence democracy with regime change and unconstitutional acts of war.

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

Evil people will abuse power to attain wealth even at the mercy of all others. Once they attain that wealth and power they will stop at nothing to maintain it. This is why the founding fathers separated and limited the powers. The human spirit is meant to be free and each individual deserves that same freedom. When power is decentralized and limited the individual is the focus and individual freedom is the result.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a Roman Catholic. I do not agree with the church on certain issues but I do look to the bible and Jesus as my guiding light for life. In each and every situation I do think to myself that old mantra of 'What would Jesus do?" Compassion, acceptance and love are the things that religion have taught me and I live every day accordingly.

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?

Moderate

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

I say I am a moderate solely because I do no believe that one has to be either conservative or liberal. I believe in individual freedom. I believe in property rights and I believe that you, and only you, own yourself. The government does not own my body or any thing produced by me nor does it have the right to dictate how I live, with whom I live or where I live so long as am not harming others. On the modern American political spectrum I fall on both sides depending the issue. I know that most Americans feel the same and reject the idea that one must be either conservative or liberal.

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

In order to promote healthcare that is affordable for all we must get government out of the way. We must allow people to have access to foreign prescription drugs. We must remove the caps on Health Care Savings accounts and remove the restriction on them in regards to Direct Primary Care Physicians. We must allow the market to cut out the middle "men" because third party payer systems do not work for the consumer. These are but a few options that will address the ROOT of the issue which is cost. Focusing on providing payment (insurance) ignores the true problem and only gives the already corrupt blank checks to do with what they want.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

The government should stay out of the way and solely make sure that no malicious action is taking place. Rules against fraud, deceit and preceptorial practices must be in place but for the most part allow the people to be free and exchange with each other in a manner that they see fit and best for them.

What changes should be made to the tax code?

It must be simplified. All loophole, exemptions etc should be eliminated. We must make it so that the taxpayer can file their taxes themselves and the form should be no bigger than an index card.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

Foster a business friendly economy that does not restrict industries and allows for growth of capital. Reduce burdensome regulations that more often than not only choke small business owners. If we want unemployment to go down we need to make it easier for small businesses to thrive.

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

Future generations need to be given a chance to opt out and privatize their savings. Social security is insolvent and been abused far too much by previous generations to survive. As one of the younger generation that will most likely not have social security, I know that we must find an alternative way or we will be the poorest and most over worked generation to reach their retirement years.

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

I have been a leader in the automotive sales industry for 10 years. I am an American Citizen. I am a resident of my district and I care about the rights of every individual. I will fight for the rights of every individual and make sure to maintain the greatest experiment in government the world has ever seen. True care and concern for our nation, its ideals and my neighbors is all the qualifications one should need. Looking to career politicians has got us into this mess, its going to take everyday people like me and you to get us out.

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

mike.rufo@runrufo2018.com

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

I want the voters to know that I am not a politicians and I am not owned by any donors. The Republicans and Democrats have sold us out to the highest bidders and are using our emotions to divide us. We must break from the system and no longer give them our votes.


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