Nick Smith on Principles & Values
Former Republican Representative (MI-7)
Religious affiliation: Congregationalist.
Smith : religious affiliation:
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Whatís an adherent? The most common definition used in broad compilations of statistical data is somebody who claims to belong to or worship in a religion. This is the self-identification method of determining who is an adherent of what religion, and it is the method used in most national surveys and polls.
Such factors as religious service attendance, belief, practice, familiarity with doctrine, belief in certain creeds, etc., may be important to sociologists, religious leaders, and others. But these are measures of religiosity and are usually not used academically to define a personís membership in a particular religion. It is important to recognize there are various levels of adherence, or membership within religious traditions or religious bodies. Thereís no single definition, and sources of adherent statistics do not always make it clear what definition they are using.
Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH13 on Nov 7, 2000
Member of the Republican Liberty Caucus.
Smith is a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus:
What is the RLC?The Republican Liberty Caucus is a grassroots, nationwide organization affiliated with the Republican Party (GOP). The goal of the RLC is to elect pro-liberty individuals to office. The RLC was founded in 1990, and now has members in every state.
What does the RLC do?We are expanding our nationwide base of pro-liberty Republicans. We publish a national newsletter and some state chapters publish newsletters as well.
What is the RLCís platform?The RLC doesnít have an official platform like the major parties, because it is a political club and only affiliated with a major party. There is, however, an official list of RLC positions that emphasizes limited government across the board. The document was adopted at the 1996 RLC convention. Individual RLC members do not necessarily concur with every position, and it is not a requirement of membership to endorse it. It does seem to reflect the general views of the members.
Why donít you just join the Libertarian Party?Many in our group have been LP members, some still are. Our past chairman, Rep. Ron Paul, was the LP presidential candidate in 1988. Our Past Treasurer, Mike Holmes, was a founding member of the LP.
Everyone in the RLC joined for their own reasons, but it can be presumed that they all would agree that in many races the GOP is the best way to go in order to actually get a libertarian elected. It can also be said that the LP runs educational campaigns, where the goal is not actually electing someone, but educating the public about the libertarian philosophy. We are interested in getting someone who holds the libertarian philosophy elected.
Will the RLC support an LP candidate?The RLC does not support LP candidates in a race where there is a GOP candidate. This does not mean that individual RLC members are party line voters. A personís individual choice with regards to voting is not a litmus test for participation in the RLC.
Source: Republican Liberty Caucus web site 00-RLC0 on Dec 8, 2000
Contract with America: 10 bills in 1st 100 days of Congress.
Smith signed the Contract with America:
As Republican Members of the House of Representatives and as citizens seeking to join that body, we propose not just to change its policies, but to restore the bounds of trust between the people and their elected representatives. That is why, in this era of official evasion and posturing, we offer instead a detailed agenda for national renewal, a written commitment with no fine print.
Within the first hundred days of the 104th Congress, we shall bring to the House Floor the following bills, each to be given a full and open debate, each to be given a clear and fair vote, and each to be immediately available this day for public inspection and scrutiny:Further, we will work to enact additional budget savings, beyond the budget cuts specifically included in the legislation above, to ensure that the federal budget will be less than it would have been without the enactment of these bills. Respecting the judgment of our fellow citizens as we seek their mandate for reform, we hereby pledge our names to this Contract with America.
Source: Contract with America 93-CWA1 on Sep 27, 1994
- The Fiscal Responsibility Act: Balanced budget amendment & line item veto
- The Taking Back Our Streets Act: More prisons, more enforcement, more death penalty
- The Personal Responsibility Act: Limit welfare to 2 years & cut welfare spending
- The Families Reinforcement Act: Use tax code to foster families
- The American Dream Restoration Act: Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes
- The National Security Restoration Act: No US troops under UN command; more defense spending
- The Senior Citizens Fairness Act: Reduce taxes on Social Security earnings
- The Job Creation and Wage Enhancement Act: Incentives to small businesses
- The Common Sense Legal Reforms Act: Limit punitive damages
- The Citizen Legislature Act: Term limits on Congress