Republican Liberty Caucus

The Republican Liberty Caucus
“The Conscience of the Republican Party”

The Liberty Compact

I,    Greg Collett    , pledge to the citizens of the State of    Idaho     and to the American people, that as their elected representative I will work to: Restore liberty, not restrict it; shrink government, not expand it; reduce taxes, not raise them; abolish programs, not create them; promote the freedom and independence of citizens, not the interference of government in their lives; and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.

Signed: Greg Collett
Date: 5-21-2010

Federal Candidate Questionnaire

1. What is the proper role of government?
A. Providing for the common good
B. Protecting individual rights
C. Preserving American culture
D. Supporting useful commerce

B. The other responses will naturally happen when our God given rights are secured.

2. What is the best method of obtaining federal revenues?
A. Tax Capital [profits]
B. Tax Labor [income]
C. Tax Consumption [sales]
D. Tax Foreign Trade [imports & exports]

I support a voluntary capitation tax based on the census.

3. Does the federal government have the Constitutional authority to:
A. Enforce an individual right to keep and bear arms
B. Require registration of firearms ownership
C. Limit magazine capacity or gun features
D. Require waiting periods for weapon purchases

A. “Enforce an...” should read “Not infringe upon our...”.

4. Federal electoral campaign contributions and expenditures should be:
A. Financed and controlled by the FEC
B. Reported and publicly disclosed
C. Protected as free speech
D. Restricted only by state governments

Federal elections are properly left to each individual state.

5. Who should decide what a proper education for children is?
A. Federal Department of Education
B. State Education Boards
C. The child’s parents
D. Local school boards

C. It is the right and responsibility of parents to educate their children, not the state.

6. From the current level, Federal government spending should:
A. Increase to provide more goods and services for US citizens
B. Decrease, returning any surpluses to the private sector through debt repayments and/or tax decreases
C. Increase faster than the rate of inflation
D. Be set at whatever level is necessary to fund worthwhile government programs

B. Cuts in spending should always be accompanied with tax reduction.

7. With respect to international commerce, do you favor:
A. Multi-lateral treaties to reduce barriers to trade
B. Support and protection of industries in trouble
C. Bi-lateral agreements on quotas and tariffs
D. America first in every way possible

I favor fair, open trade wherever possible.

8. When is US military intervention in other nations justified:
A. Whenever a national interest is at stake
B. When a “clear and imminent threat” is evident
C. After Congress declares war
D. Before there is any risk of injury to U.S. citizens

Congress should declare war only when it is necessary to defend the United States from their enemies.

9. Do you favor national service which is:
A. Strictly voluntary
B. Compulsory for military needs
C. Required for community benefit
D. Limited to male heterosexuals

A. Citizens should serve their country on a voluntary basis.

10. Drugs, chemicals and foods which may have harmful side effects should:
A. Always be banned or limited to federal government controls
B. Require a physician’s prescription and state regulation
C. Be truthfully labeled and restricted to adults
D. Protected by liability limits

The government should not regulate drugs, chemicals, or food.

11. The Federal government should engage in the following environmental activities:
A. Standardize claims related to clean air and water
B. Purchase additional land for National Parks
C. Protect endangered species
D. Participate in and pressure other nations to participate in the Kyoto Protocol

The federal government has no authority over environmental issues.

12. The Constitution’s Article 1, Section 8 wording “Congress shall have power to provide for General Welfare” means that:
A. Corporations that provide vital products or services should sometimes be prevented from going into bankruptcy
B. A minimum income should be provided to all US citizens
C. The federal government should exercise power over issues that jeopardize the safety of the entire US population
D. Any government action that can help citizens is okay to pursue

The general welfare clause has been misconstrued. It is a summary statement, not a delegation of authority.

Please indicate the top three issues or themes selected for your campaign:

1. Restore our God given constitutional rights
2. Return government to its proper role
3. Realize fiscal responsibility