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Candidate positions: Stephen Carlson

The following positions reflect those used for Stephen Carlson in the Select A Candidate survey. Read the full responses from candidates below. “Answer option” is the choice given in the quiz, and “Candidate’s position” shows the candidate’s response to MPR News.


Issue Question Candidate Position
Jobs and economy What should the federal government do to stimulate job creation and economic development? ANSWER OPTION
Create a policy environment that encourages investment of private capital in businesses. Government should not compete with private business to create jobs, but but instead get out of the way. Potential workers should have access to education for real, productive knowledge, especially science and technology.

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Carlson said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Federal deficit Where are three specific areas where federal spending should be cut? Are there any specific areas where federal spending should be increased? ANSWER OPTION
Federal spending should be cut by transferring power and resources back to the states. In education, cut tuition, federal financial programs and federal mandates. In housing, cut Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and stop propping up a 30-year mortgage that isn't working. In agriculture, cut federal farm subsidies and let prices be set by market forces. We should invest in the water infrastructure so we can defend against deadly drought and price increases. We should have a program to pay homeowners if they provide shelter to the huge homeless population the housing finance bubble has created.

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Carlson said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Bush-era tax cuts Do you support extending the Bush-era tax cuts? If so, all of them? ANSWER OPTION
Yes, all of them, but not indefinitely.

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"We should permanently reverse federal spending growth by a clear program of cutting federal departments and agencies, sending the power, responsibility and resources back to the 50 states," Carlson said in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Issue Question Candidate Position
Farm Bill Do you support the farm bill passed by the Senate and awaiting action in the House? ANSWER OPTION
No. The House should pass its own bill, not just adopt the Senate's. Now is not the time for any cuts in food stamps. We should immediately authorize the drought assistance, but we need to rebuild the water infrastructure, to protect against global warming patterns and powerful climate change which brings severe drought.

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Carlson said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Social Security What should be done with the Social Security program? ANSWER OPTION
We need to save it. Significant decreases in births are jeopardizing the long-term viability of the retirement society we are trying to build and we should support marriage and growth in family size to reverse this. For age groups affected by population shifts, we should offer choices to invest for retirement, and also consider tax dollars to maintain the basic promise to those paying in.

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Health Care What types of changes should be made in the health care system? ANSWER OPTION
Repeal and replace the president's health care reform law, a massive, ineffective federal bureaucracy. Congress should partner with states and private medical providers and insurers to target killer or catastrophic diseases with preventive education, early detection and standard treatment, to reduce incidence, mortality, and health disparities.

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Carlson said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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Medicare What changes, if any, would you support in Medicare? ANSWER OPTION
Medicare faces the same population shifts as Social Security, plus the problem of rising medical costs, but growing families will help build a more stable health care industry and help reduce costs. We should allow private companies to develop innovative health services and allow vouchers for those under 55, but not force them. Tax dollars may have to be used rather than cutting Medicare. Reverse the new health care reform law's raids on Medicare.

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Education What changes would you make to federal education policy? ANSWER OPTION
Instead of any federal education policy, local communities and states should run education, and states should allow tax credit funding of scholarships to private schools for low-income children. I would slash tuition in higher education and loans. Through its science committees, Congress should promote on-line math and science learning. Public schools should not brainwash students regarding social issues.

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Carlson said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
Energy policy What changes would you make to federal energy policy? ANSWER OPTION
The federal government should not pick winners and losers among alternative energy sources like oil, natural gas, solar, water or wind. The federal government should support the development of conservation by consumers. By supporting basic science and science education, the government will permit development of hybrid cars to drastically expand vehicle mileage.

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Environment Should the federal government's environmental protection efforts be changed? If so, how? ANSWER OPTION
We need to rebuild the water infrastructure to protect against drought caused by climate change. States and local governments have always been responsible for protecting the environment and should continue, through education and recycling. Rapid progress in energy is needed to drastically reduce our fossil footprint; federal leadership is needed.

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Abortion Where do you stand on legalized abortion? ANSWER OPTION
Abortion is traumatic and destructive of human life, and so should only be allowed in cases of rape, incest or to protect the health and life of the mother. The power to govern this issue should be returned to the states.

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Carlson said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Marriage Should same-sex marriage be legal? ANSWER OPTION
No. There is no such thing as "same-sex marriage," and we should not recognize as marriage anything except marriage bonds between men and women. I am against discrimination against homosexuals, but we must resist attempts to re-norm by treating homosexual relations as marriage.

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Carlson said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. Back to top
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Immigration What are your views concerning immigration? ANSWER OPTION
Work shoulder-to-shoulder with Mexicans, Chicanos and immigrants to build up northern Mexico and the southwest U.S. We can build human rights and create massive job growth in the region.

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Carlson said this in response to an MPR News inquiry. (More Info)
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Racial disparities What would you do to address the income, education and employment gaps for minorities in the 4th District? ANSWER OPTION
The American way is the best way, and we need to improve it, and expand access to it. All races need real equal opportunity to be born, to live in a whole family, to get a real education, serve our nation, be economically productive, forge a family of our own with a home, health care and prospects for retirement. I do not count women or homosexuals as minorities.

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