John Culberson Ronald Kimmons
Points of Agreement
 The federal government should not micro-manage education.1
 The feder...
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Political Reform

A breakdown of political reform items on which Ronald Kimmons and John Culberson agree and disagree. For more information, see
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Published in: News & Politics      

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  • 1. John Culberson Ronald Kimmons Points of Agreement  The federal government should not micro-manage education.1  The federal government shows dangerous disregard for the 10th Amendment.2  Members of Congress (or at least the Senate3 ) do not need a raise.  Identification should be required to vote in federal elections.4  Federal agencies should not be used to attack political rivals.5 Points of Disagreement In office since 2001. Seems comfortable there. Advocates term limits for Congress and other federal officers. A stagnant culture fosters corruption. Complicit in the use of the Super PAC structure, which can influence elections with unlimited donations.6 Rejects the Super PAC structure as a tool for political money laundering. Voted against measures restricting soft money donations. Supports measures restricting soft money donations. Likely intends to collect on the lucrative pension program Congress has given itself. Wants to terminate special pension programs and put Congress on Social Security. Accepts big money from deep-pocketed donors: BP, IBM, Deloitte, etc.7 21% of his 2014 campaign contributions came from super-rich individuals.8 Supports unlimited campaign contributions.9 Accepts donations only from individuals, not to exceed $100 per donor. Voted to preserve pork in the F-35 program,10 possibly the most wasteful military program in the history of the country.11 Opposes all wasteful political engineering. Defense projects in particular have become rife with inefficiencies to benefit specific parties. Voted in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership,12 a massive trade deal negotiated behind closed doors largely by non-elected individuals. Supports free trade, but opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This deal gives supra-national authority to multinational corporations and deprives us of our sovereignty. Any deal negotiated under such circumstances is highly suspect, as are the intentions of those supporting it. Benefits from the status quo of simple plurality voting, regardless of how poorly representative it may be. Advocates STV, approval voting, and other more accurately representative voting systems. Benefits from the status quo of old-style, cash-intensive electioneering. Proposes the creation of an official federal Internet portal for election debates. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 elections-in-2014/ 9 10 11 12

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