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.
Additional regulations are needed to prevent climate change.
Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.
The United States should help defend Israel from attack by its enemies.
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.
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.
It is OK for Congress to exempt itself from compliance with laws applicable to all citizens.
I support the death penalty.
Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.
The United States should protect its sovereignty from the United Nations.
The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.
I voted in these elections:
2012 General Election, 2014 General Election, 2014 Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Primary
Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?
I believe that Roe v. Wade set up a good standard for abortion, it is the fundamental right of women to determine when and how they want to have children. I believe that it is a fundamental American right, and a right that must be preserved, to allow women to determine their own future and own paths. Abortion is an extremely hard decision for any woman, and I believe it should be between her, her doctor, and anyone she chooses to involve. The government has no place in this decision.
What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?
I believe that we must always take a diplomacy first approach to any type of military conflict. It is the job of Congress to determine when military strikes should be executed and we must move away from being a society of violence toward a society of peace. Our military actions have destabilized an entire region and we must take accountability for that. We must move toward building schools, providing water and electricity, and establishing a framework by which these cultures can thrive. American Imperialism must end and we must focus on enriching lives, not ending them. Naming it radical Islamic terrorism is also deliberately singling out a religion. Majority of terrorist attacks on American soils were carried out by right wing nationalists and fundamentalists. To end terrorism by any group we need to stop the root cause of terrorism: poverty, mental illnesses, cycle of unending wars.
What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?
Absolute power corrupts. This is why the constitution has checks and balances in place that we must protect and expand as we mature as a republic.
Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.
When Jesus was asked what the two greatest commandments were he included to love your neighbor as yourself. We cannot call ourselves moral persons if we do not care for the disadvantaged, the disenfranchised, or the needy in our communities. It is the moral duty of every person to fight for their neighbor and to find ways to make their lives better. I believe that as a representative and as an American that this is the greatest commandment and one that I try to hold my life to.
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.
You can check out my (nearly) full list of issues that I support at https://www.votesarahsmith.com A couple quick highlights: 1. I believe we must end the 8 undocumented conflicts that our Executive office has gotten us into since passing the AUMF. 2. I support an immediate plan to forgiving student debt and paving the way for debt-free public education, K-College for all Americans. 3. I believe that we must move toward a Single-Payer Healthcare system so that Americans can be relieved of their medical debt and can guarantee a future for every person. 4. I support the demilitarization of police and the establishment of community-driven oversight committees.
How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?
I support HR676, John Conyers' bill advocating Medicare for All on the federal level. However, I believe that we must move toward the implementation of a single-payer healthcare for all. Other nations have successfully implemented this style of plan because they recognize that healthcare is a human right.
What role should government play in boosting the economy?
Government's job is to make sure monopolies are not created. Strong anti-trust laws must be created and enforced. Additionally, an economy is strong when everyone can participate in it. A velocity of money indicates a strong economy. We can do that by ensuring a living wage and fair tax system where the wealthy and corporations pay their fair share. Finally, we need to have a healthy society for a strong economy, a well educated work force, and modern infrastructure.
What changes should be made to the tax code?
Quite frankly, the burden of running the government has been shifted to working class and removed from the wealthy. There is a demonstrable and direct relationship with the amount that we tax wealth and the well-being of our society. We must work toward empowering and supporting the 99%. We can do this by removing the cap on social security contributions, taxing unearned wealth, strengthening the estate tax, and penalizing corporations that pay their workers so little that the tax payers have to subsidize them. I also support an implementation of a Robin Hood style tax to help lift up our middle and working class persons.
What is the best way to bring down unemployment?
The immediate implementation of a federal jobs guarantee putting Americans that want to work to work and guaranteeing them a livable wage, healthcare, and other benefits that would typically be accompanied with a job. We can utilize this program to help push forward with an infrastructure that will bring America's highway and rail systems into the modern age. It also will force private corporations to compete with our federal jobs program, increasing wages for workers all across America and raising the standard for our working class Americans.
How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?
I believe that we must eliminate the contribution cap on Social Security and require that the wealthiest among us contribute their fair share to the Social Security program.
What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?
Our founding fathers believed that the only experience that you needed to have was that you were above the age of 25 and that you were a representative of the community. Washington's 9th District has one of the largest voting blocks of millennial and working class voters of any region in the United States. I am a working class woman, I pay student loans every month, I have a mortgage that I work hard to pay, I have had a full time job for as long as I can remember, am a survivor of sexual assault, and have had to fight back as a proud strong woman. Representation matters and I believe that as a working class woman that I am the right person for this job.
E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:
You can reach my campaign at: email@example.com 206-452-5037
Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?
I represent people, not corporations. I will never take a dime of corporate money as long as I'm in office. The number one threat to our democracy and the well-being of our society is the effect of money on our politics. We must create a free and fair election system that represents people, not corporations.