Candidate Profile
Brian Stephenson

Democrat , Texas

Biography

Name
Brian Stephenson
Party
Democrat
Race
U.S. Rep., Dist. 6
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.

Right to Life

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

Strongly Agree   

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

No Answer   

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

Strongly Agree   

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Abortion should be allowed if the mothers life will be lost by continuing on with the pregnancy, provided the fetus is not mature enough to survive on it's own.


Economy

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

Neutral   

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

Strongly Agree   

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

By balancing the Federal Budget. I would do this by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 42.4% of working Americans make less than $15 an hour, so this would be giving almost half of all working Americans a raise. This causes them to pay more in taxes without raising the tax rate, and works like giving a stimulus every payday. This should be enough to reverse our deficit into a surplus which would be invested as a sovereign debt fund. It would take some time, but eventually this fund would be big enough that the federal budget can be completely funded by interest from the debt fund.

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

None. I would increase wages and using the early college high school program, increase the numbers of high earners in the country so that we can increase taxes without raising the tax rate. Everyone's employee is someone's customer, if we pay our employees more, our customers will have more to spend.

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

When it becomes a national emergency where the US economy is going to crash due to banks failing, then a bailout is necessary. Otherwise, students are responsible for their own loans.


Religious Liberty

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.

Strongly Agree   

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

Disagree   

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

Yes   

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

Fundamental separation of church and state is important as it prevents the church from running the government. However, our nation has separated church and state to the point to where children can't pray in school, the courts want to take god out of the pledge of allegiance, the bible is removed from the courthouse, etc. We are taking this thing too far. We are a great nation because we follow god, not because we ignore and denounce him. Compare nations that don't follow or acknowledge god, with nations that do, and you will see a vast difference.


Healthcare

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

Neutral   

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

Strongly Disagree   

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

I believe that if private insurance gets too expensive, it can be subsidized with medicare/medicaid as a single payer system. Healthcare should be affordable to all; currently private insurers, in some cases have rates that are unaffordable.


National Security

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

Strongly Agree   

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

Work on converting Muslims to Christians. Let immigrants know that they will be expected to convert to Christianity and Christian training.


Immigration

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.

Agree   

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

Strongly Agree   

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

You should be able to immigrate with a visa, but once the visa expires, you must either re-apply or go back to your primary country. People to whom we are responsible for: If we sponsor militant or political action in other countries that doesn't go well, we should allow those that we used for the action to seek asylum in the USA. Maybe we can set up a territory for them to go to that has the full protections of the USA.


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Agree   


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.

Disagree   

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

Strongly Disagree   

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I believe that there is one god, the bible is 100% factual truth and that Jesus Christ died for my sins. I believe that we as Americans should practice and live as good Christians/Judeo Christians. Yes, we do have freedom of religion, but there is only one true god.


Qualifications

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.

No publicly available data exists except my voting record. I consider myself a centrist, or a "conservative democrat". I don't agree with the liberal left that drugs should be legalized or men are ok dressing up in dresses, neither do I agree with the conservative right that government should be shrunken down to nothing. With a good funded budget, not debt funded, we can grow this country and have things that make every American stand proud and in awe of the magnificence that we can get done and build. No longer will we be able to say that we can't afford it, or that we must choose between food and space exploration. We can have both, with the right financial policy.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

No

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

My plan for America makes sense. Yes I want to cancel taxes, but I have a detailed plan on how to do so. I am for a prosperous America, an America that leads the world in all aspects, (Science, Medical, Safety, Prosperity, etc). America was not built to follow the leader, America was built to be the leader.


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

Strongly Agree   


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

No assault weapons, No silencers, No bump stocks. If you commit a crime using a gun, or violate a constitutional right while committing a crime, the punishment should be harsh.


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

Strongly Disagree   

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

Strongly Disagree   

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

Neutral   

The Electoral College should be abolished.

Strongly Disagree   

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

Minimum wage raised to $15 with annual raises for cost of living increases Make early college high school mandatory for every high school in the country Make and enforce federal Marijuana illegality laws, recreational or otherwise. If there is a medicinal benefit to marijuana, pharmaceutical companies can make a pill from it and sell it with a prescription.

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

Yes, as evidenced in the capital insurgence, racism plays a large role in domestic security. Also, groups like the KKK and other racial groups on both sides of the color line breed hate and distrust with and against the races that they target.


Background

Education
  • Community College of the Air Force, McGuire AFB NJ, AAS, 1987
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, McGuire AFB NJ, BA, 1998
Work & Military
  • US Air Force, E4, 1986 1991
  • US Air Force Reserves, E5, 1991 1998
Affiliations
  • Knights of Columbus, Member
Offices
  • (Candidate did not provide)
 

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