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Larry Metz's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: State House (FL) - District 32, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for State House - District 32
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What is the Political Courage Test?

Congressional Election 1992 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?
Reducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
XPermitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
Providing some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
XProviding a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Repealing luxury taxes on limited items.
XProviding a temporary investment tax credit.
XOther

Special tax incentives in enterprise zones.

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.
Keep Spending The SameHealth Care
Keep Spending The SameUnemployment
Keep Spending The SameAIDS Research
Keep Spending The SameEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Keep Spending The SameEducation
Keep Spending The SameNational Debt Payments
Keep Spending The SameDrugs
If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?
XReduce governmental defense spending.
XReduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.
XOther

Congressional reform, budget reform, balanced budget amendment, and line item veto.

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?
Don't KnowExtending unemployment compensation further.
OpposeFederal support of job retraining programs.
OpposeFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
Strongly SupportMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
Strongly SupportMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
Strongly SupportOther

Enterprise zones.

Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?
Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
Imposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
Imposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.
XOther

Reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan ensuring fair and equal access to markets.

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?
SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
SupportContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).
Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?
Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
Offering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
A system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.
XOther

Reform based on consumer empowerment and choice, including mandated disclosure of provider fees, medical care savings accounts and tax....

If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?
Increased federal funding.
Increased state and local funding.
Improved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
Smaller classes.
XIncreased national testing.
XA "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.
XOther

America 2000 strategy.

If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"
XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
Provide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
XImpose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.
XOther

Death penalty for drug kingpins.

What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?
Don't KnowOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Don't KnowAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
Don't KnowReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.
Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.
SupportParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
OpposeFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
Women should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
Abortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.
Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?
SupportExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
OpposeIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
OpposeA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
Strongly SupportA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.
Strongly SupportOther

Mandatory sentences w/out parole for violent crimes, repeat offenders & drug pushers; alternative punishment for first-time, non-violent....

Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?
a. What will you do about each priority?

1. Congressional Reform: I strongly support reforms designed to take the careerism out of Congress and transform it into a citizen body that can provide common sense solutions to the probems facing our country. These include: Term limits; Prohibition on PAC financial contributions; Prohibition on rollover of unused campaign funds from one election cycle to another; Curtailment of the franking privilege; Repeal of special exemptions from laws; And, reorganization of committee system and reduction of committee staffs. 2. Balanced Federal Budget: I strongly support measures to balance the federal budget. These include: Balanced budget amendment; Line item veto; Two-year budget cycle; Zero-base budgeting; Spending caps on discretionary spending and non-Social Security entitlements during transition to balanced budget; Federal regulatory and agency sunset law; Civil service reform; Welfare reform involving 'Workfare' and 'Learnfare;' Defense downsizing. Agency and program reviews for cost effectiveness & to identify candidates for downsizing, consolidation, cancellation or....

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?
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