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Syed Taj

Syed Taj's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Syed Taj
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Sofia; 1 Child: Asad
Birth Place: India
Home City: Canton, MI
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Syed Taj refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Women. 5 July 2012. "The stigma of women's health is also a trending topic in today's political realm. Many politicians stand to deny the protection of women's reproductive rights, but I believe that we need to allow all people to decide what is right for their own selves. By increasing costs and limiting access to preventative healthcare for women, we are also increasing their health risks [¦] Additionally, if we were to outlaw abortion, the practice would not be completely terminated and would only continue underground under much more dangerous conditions. As a physician, I know that taking away all of these options would further create health complications for women, and this is why we cannot allow this to happen. We must protect women and their reproductive rights." (www.tajforcongress.com)
  • Syed Taj. Questions for Kerry?. 24 August 2012. "It bothers me that in this day and age we have to discuss what constitutes rape and the basic science of human reproduction. However, let me state unequivocally that I support a women's right to choose. Of course, this extends to cases of rape, incest, and when the woman's life is at risk. I am deeply troubled by the statements of Mr. Akin and by the fact that he and Paul Ryan are co-sponsors of H.R. 3, that bans federal funding for abortion in all cases. What's even more troubling is that my opponent has not condemned the statements of Mr. Akin. This makes me wonder where Mr. Bentivolio stands on these issues." (www.tajforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: National Security. 5 July 2012. "It is time to end the war in Afghanistan. The war is exploding our deficit while sacrificing our soldiers and international credibility at the same time. The longest war in U.S. history has gone on long enough. As a member of Congress, I will work to ensure that our troops have the equipment and supplies they need while aggressively advocating for a new strategy." (www.tajforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Positions: Defense. Access 4 October 2012. "Our nation's financial woes are the result of both revenue and spending problems. The way to the balanced budgets of the late 1990s is to grow our economy, but this is much easier said that done. Laying off teachers, firefighters and police officers at the state and local levels and cutting major public investments at the federal level only compounds our problems through depleted revenues and a shrinking tax base. The solution involves: [¦] Reigning in discretionary and defense spending." (www.tajforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 5 July 2012. "Let's simplify the tax code by lowering overall tax rates by eliminating loopholes, complex rules and counterproductive deductions while expanding the tax base. Let's get rid of interest deductions for second mortgages and standardize definitions for things like "household income" and dependency status across forms and guidelines [¦] I also support the President's plan to cap the value of most deductions at 28%, affecting those who earn over $250,000, to save an additional $400 billion over ten years [¦] I will also support a repeal of the Bush tax cuts with exemptions for middle-income families (up to $250,000 per individual and $500,000 per family). (www.tajforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Tax Reform. 5 Juy 2012. "One of the most important functions of our government is investment in infrastructure. This is especially true as we try to get our struggling economy back on track. Public projects to construct roads and bridges put people back to work as well as get goods transported more efficiently, and have other multiplier effects throughout their regions." (www.tajforcongress.com)
  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 5 July 2012. "Rebuilding our roads and bridges are keys to revitalizing our economy and making us competitive. Improving public transportation development, upgrading our electric grid and aggressively pushing alternative energy strategies will be my top job creating priorities." (www.tajforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Economy and Jobs. 5 July 2012. "Creating a business friendly environment through public-private partnerships will help small business. Incentives for small business owners, tax credits for those who hire new workers and Wall Street reform will grow our economy by helping our job creators." (www.tajforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Education. 5 July 2012. "We need a greater focus on the STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and foreign languages in school to compete with China, South Korea, and others. Greater investment in vocational education and training will help make Michigan especially able to compete in the green economy and the tech jobs of the future. We have to protect and support our public school system. Access to quality education is an American right [...] It can lift people out of poverty, spur innovation, and make our society more globally competitive." (www.tajforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • John McKay. Plymouth-Canton Patch: 11th District Congressional Candidates Tackle Jobs at Forum. 2 October 2012. "Taj also said he supports the Second Amendment granting the right to bear arms, but said there must be a policy in place "'against assault weapons and high-caliber ammunitions.'" (plymouth-mi.patch.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Healthcare. 5 July 2012. "For decades we have tried to improve our system. I was encouraged by the President's efforts with the Affordable Care Act and there are many good reforms included in this law [¦] One of the hallmarks of the Affordable Care Act is its treatment of people with pre-existing conditions. I am glad that insurance companies can no longer deny children coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition [...] We must continue to focus on promoting efficiency in our health care system. Because of the Affordable Care Act, 85% of the money spent by health insurance companies must go toward actually providing health care [¦] The Affordable Care Act has addressed overhead costs but we can do more to streamline the process." (www.tajforcongress.com)
  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Women. 5 July 2012. "Under the Affordable Care Act, women are provided with improved insurance coverage and pricing, more cancer screenings, and better prenatal care. We need to do more to keep this protection because if women cannot afford simple procedures such as colonoscopies and mammograms, they could have cancer and not even be aware of it." (www.tajforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Immigration. 5 July 2012. "We must create a pathway to citizenship for people who are already here. It is completely impractical to think that we can simply deport everyone who is here illegally. These people did break the law and should not be given special treatment. Nor should they become scapegoats for politicians looking for a quick source of blame for all of our economic problems." (www.tajforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: National Security. 5 July 2012. "I am a firm advocate of the use of smart power to address national security concerns and foreign affairs. Smart power has also led to great successes in our fight against terrorism. By making better use of our intelligence services and engaging in targeted strikes, the United States has taken out the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden and several other key al Qaeda affiliates." (www.tajforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Syed Taj. Keeping Our Promises. 24 August 2012. "As your Congressman I will fight to protect Medicare and Social Security for our Seniors and Benefits for Veterans." (www.tajforcongress.com)
  • Syed Taj. Issue Position: Medicare-Social Security. 5 July 2012. "I will not support the privatization of Social Security. Over the years, Republicans have repeatedly attempted to privatize Social Security. Republicans would have us gamble Americans' retirement funds on the stock market. If George Bush with the support of Congressional Republicans had privatized Social Security benefits and moved funds into the stock market, our retirement savings would have been utterly destroyed in the 2008 financial collapse." (www.tajforcongress.com)

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