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Nick Popaditch

Nick Popaditch's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Nick Popaditch
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: April; 2 Children: Richard, Nicholas
Birth Date: 07/02/1967
Birth Place: East Chicago, IN
Home City: Chula Vista, CA
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Nick Popaditch 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Strong Family Values. 2 April 2012. "When Bob Filner is voting to allow adults, you do not know the ability to transport your child across state lines to receive abortions without your consent or even knowledge, I will be there to defend you and your children." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Popaditch for Congress. 1 July 2010. "I am pro-life and believe life begins at conception. The unborn do not have the ability to protect themselves. It is our responsibility to protect every human life. It is the honorable thing to do." (archive.constantcontact.com)
  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Nick Popaditch in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Strong Family Values. 2 April 2012. "I'm Pro-Life / Life Begins at Conception [¦] We need to protect our families and it is our duty to protect every human life" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: More Jobs. 2 April 2012. "The military and Border Patrol not only live in and protect our community, but also bring Federal tax dollars to our community. Reverse the flow. Don't send money to Washington, Bring money from Washington to our community." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Strong National Defense. 2 April 2012. "America stands as the world's champion of freedom against tyranny. September 11, 2001, demonstrated unequivocally that there are those in this world who hate liberty and our way of life. I am not interested in understanding them or capitulating to them. Did President Franklin Roosevelt ask Americans on December 8, 1941, to understand why the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor or learn how to work with them? No. Americans must be as safe as possible, and our country as strong as possible. "Opening dialogue" or the closing of detention facilities to make our enemies "like us" cannot accomplish this. This behavior is cowardice in the face of our enemies. As your Congressman I pledge to rebuild our military to pre-1990 levels, which is absolutely necessary in today's dangerous world. Our Constitution clearly defines the RESPONSIBILITY of the Federal Government to provide for the Nation's security. More troops, equipped with the best technology this great Nation can build, supported by empowered intelligence to fight both traditional wars and asymmetrical conflicts." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Video: Nick Popaditch on Afghanistan 6/22/2011. 22 June 2011. "So, really, we have to ask ourselves, is the mission done? What we sent in the surge to do “ have we done it? And General Petreus has not indicated overwhelmingly that we have done that yet so we have to understand that if we bring them back before the mission is done, there's a real human cost to that. [¦] So let's make sure it's done. [¦] We're here; we're not tired; we're not war-weary, so if you are “ and you may be saying you are “ don't say 'we.' Say 'I.'" (www.youtube.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: More Jobs. 2 April 2012. "The military and Border Patrol not only live in and protect our community, but also bring Federal tax dollars to our community. Reverse the flow. Don't send money to Washington, Bring money from Washington to our community." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Strong National Defense. 2 April 2012. "America stands as the world's champion of freedom against tyranny. September 11, 2001, demonstrated unequivocally that there are those in this world who hate liberty and our way of life. I am not interested in understanding them or capitulating to them. Did President Franklin Roosevelt ask Americans on December 8, 1941, to understand why the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor or learn how to work with them? No. Americans must be as safe as possible, and our country as strong as possible. "Opening dialogue" or the closing of detention facilities to make our enemies "like us" cannot accomplish this. This behavior is cowardice in the face of our enemies. As your Congressman I pledge to rebuild our military to pre-1990 levels, which is absolutely necessary in today's dangerous world. Our Constitution clearly defines the RESPONSIBILITY of the Federal Government to provide for the Nation's security. More troops, equipped with the best technology this great Nation can build, supported by empowered intelligence to fight both traditional wars and asymmetrical conflicts." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Nick Popaditch Enters 2012 Congressional Race For 53rd District in California. 14 January 2012. "What I can do in Congress is make sure the tools are available to our military. Now is not the time for military cuts [¦] That is irresponsible and dishonorable." (www.youtube.com)
No 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

  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Balanced Budget. 2 April 2012. "I will not irresponsibly and dishonestly claim, "No tax increases ever." There are times that call for a tax increase, national emergencies or times of war. It is dishonorable to pass these debts on to our children. I will proudly exclaim, "No tax increase ever, without a budget." As your Representative, I will not support any tax unless the taxpayer can evaluate exactly where their money will be spent. It is time to end taxpayer money going to political donors as political graft and calling it Stimulus. It is time to stop Congress from stealing from our children. It is a time for the transparency of a federal budget. It is time for the responsibility of a Balanced Budget." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Grow the Economy. 2 April 2012. "Leave revenue in the private sector. No tax increases on anybody. This is simple, except to politicians. Their plan is to take from one citizen and give to another citizen. Other than the obvious Constitutional and ethical problems, it doesn't grow anything. It just moves the same revenue around. Leave revenue in the private sector. You keep the money you earn and you spend it where you choose. That is real stimulus. It works. It grows the economy." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: On Set of Civil Rights. 2 April 2012. "Congress has turned to class warfare as a means of pandering for support. The implicit promise is made, that revenue will be confiscated from one citizen and given to another citizen. The fallacious argument is presented that the successful citizens have somehow cheated. If that is the case, we already have laws to prosecute them. What Congress does not have is a Constitutional, moral, or ethical justification to confiscate anything more from one citizen than from another [¦] To imply that a citizen has somehow cheated to acquire wealth and then to confiscate it is a violation of that citizen's Bill of Rights (5th Amendment-Due Process of Law) as well as the 14th Amendment (which guarantees equal protection under the law). This is a blatant violation of the Congressional Oath of Office, a violation of public trust, and fundamentally unethical and immoral." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: More Jobs. 2 April 2012. "Following the Constitution will create JOBS. Limited Federal Government requires less of your money. This means lower taxes-for EVERYBODY. Don't be fooled by misleading promises of only raising taxes on the "wealthiest Americans." Any tax in our community affects all of us. If taxes are raised on the owner of the grocery store, he raises the price of groceries. If a local corporation is taxed at a higher rate, people lose their jobs and the price of their product goes up. We ALL pay the tax [¦] Reverse the flow. Lower taxes for EVERYBODY, not just some. Keep the money here in the 51st District. You decide how to spend YOUR money, not Washington. Business owners can hire new employees, instead of sending their money out of the community to Washington. Increased defense and border spending brings money from Washington to our community. The military and Border Patrol not only live in and protect our community, but also bring Federal tax dollars to our community." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: It's a Time for Action. 2 April 2012. "Unemployment is up as is the price of everything, except your home. Congress has continued to spend irresponsibly in a self-indulgent, disconnected attempt to buy your vote. Americans are not interested in temporary half-measures that momentarily ease the pain, but make the long-term problem worse [¦] It is going to require hard work to fix our economy. Our economy needs a budget, not more irresponsible spending. It is going to take limiting government, not more useless, overpriced programs and agencies. It requires a real commitment to growing the economy, not restricting it." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • One Nation PAC. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. One Nation PAC endorsed Nick Popaditch in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Balanced Budget. 2 April 2012. "Even drastic cuts alone will not balance the budget. Our federal budget is broken worse than that. We must attack the other side of this equation also. We must raise revenue. Congress has thrown in the towel on how to do this and taken the easy way out. "Raise taxes," they exclaim. There is another way. In fact, it is a proven way. Grow the economy. Allow the private sector to flourish and create jobs. This is how our economy was designed to function. "Fundamental change" has only broken and temporarily derailed the greatest prosperity on Earth. More jobs generate more revenue. The people and the government both prosper, both have more revenue, without raising taxes." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Grow the Economy. 2 April 2012. "Leave revenue in the private sector. No tax increases on anybody. This is simple, except to politicians. Their plan is to take from one citizen and give to another citizen. Other than the obvious Constitutional and ethical problems, it doesn't grow anything. It just moves the same revenue around. Leave revenue in the private sector. You keep the money you earn and you spend it where you choose. That is real stimulus. It works. It grows the economy [¦] The government has become the biggest obstacle to the Nation's economic growth [¦] The private sector creates jobs, generates wealth, and grows the economy. This is good for everyone." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Limited Government. 2 April 2012. "Every Government "solution" comes with a price tag and requires a sacrifice of some of your individual freedom. Our Constitution is a limiting document. That means it guarantees a small, limited Federal government. Washington, D.C. is expanding out of control and would be unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers [¦] Congress stuffs bills with earmarks, riders, and even bribes. Legislators confiscate your hard-earned tax dollars and bloat bills to over 2000 pages of waste, corruption, and deception. Even worse, this is done with deficit spending-borrowed money from our children's generation. As your Congressman, I pledge moral clarity and real commitment to the limited government promised to you by our Constitution. I will vote "No" on any bill that is not Constitutionally justified, that contains earmarks or unrelated "riders," or requires deficit spending, regardless of the party who initiates or supports the bill. I will make it my mission to scrub our legislation and bring clean bills up for honest votes." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: More Jobs. 2 April 2012. "Following the Constitution will create JOBS. Limited Federal Government requires less of your money. This means lower taxes-for EVERYBODY. Don't be fooled by misleading promises of only raising taxes on the "wealthiest Americans." Any tax in our community affects all of us. If taxes are raised on the owner of the grocery store, he raises the price of groceries. If a local corporation is taxed at a higher rate, people lose their jobs and the price of their product goes up. We ALL pay the tax. [¦] Reverse the flow. Lower taxes for EVERYBODY, not just some. Keep the money here in the 51st District. You decide how to spend YOUR money, not Washington. Business owners can hire new employees, instead of sending their money out of the community to Washington. Increased defense and border spending brings money from Washington to our community. The military and Border Patrol not only live in and protect our community, but also bring Federal tax dollars to our community." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: More Jobs. 2 April 2012. "Following the Constitution will create JOBS. Limited Federal Government requires less of your money. This means lower taxes-for EVERYBODY. Don't be fooled by misleading promises of only raising taxes on the "wealthiest Americans." Any tax in our community affects all of us. If taxes are raised on the owner of the grocery store, he raises the price of groceries. If a local corporation is taxed at a higher rate, people lose their jobs and the price of their product goes up. We ALL pay the tax. [¦] Reverse the flow. Lower taxes for EVERYBODY, not just some. Keep the money here in the 51st District. You decide how to spend YOUR money, not Washington. Business owners can hire new employees, instead of sending their money out of the community to Washington. Increased defense and border spending brings money from Washington to our community. The military and Border Patrol not only live in and protect our community, but also bring Federal tax dollars to our community." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Strong Family Values. 2 April 2012. "School Vouchers [should] empower parents, not teachers' unions." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Popaditch. Nick Popaditch Enters 2012 Congressional Race For 53rd District in California. 14 January 2012. "If we get more energy out, energy becomes cheaper. We need to get things like that keystone pipeline opened up for more drilling [¦] We can do it and we can do it safely [¦] More energy makes cheap energy makes more revenue." (www.youtube.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Grow the Economy. "The most effective way Congress can reduce operating costs for business is through energy policy. More energy is cheaper energy. Again this is obvious to all except politicians. It is time to open up more domestic energy sources, such as domestic drilling and the keystone pipeline. The Green Energy jobs never materialized. It is time to end taxpayer-funded subsidies. Green energy must compete on the same playing field as everyone else." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Grow the Economy. "The Green Energy jobs never materialized. It is time to end taxpayer-funded subsidies. Green energy must compete on the same playing field as everyone else." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issues and Answers. 24 July 2012. "I am a Christian and therefore believe we must be good stewards of the Earth. As such, I base my positions regarding sustainability on solid science and provable fact, not propaganda or fad movies. Alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar are options to be developed and explored, but to attempt to transfer our economy into these at their current level of technology is foolish, unsustainable, and a recipe for economic disaster." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Nick Popaditch. Twitter. 6 February 2012. "Obamacare was dirty legislation when it was written behind closed doors and dirty when it was voted upon." (twitter.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Grow the Economy. 2 April 2012. "Obamacare, as well as other mandates, have already decimated jobs, with the real costs still unpaid. Congress must eliminate obstacles to job creation. Let's use Government regulation to protect workers who are on the job, not to prevent them from working. Let's use Government regulation to lock up corporate criminals, not to obstruct entrepreneurs." (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: On Set of Civil Rights. 2 April 2012. "Over the last few years, Americans have seen a regression back into inequality. Congress has enacted legislation that favors some Americans and discriminates against others [¦] The individual mandate [of Obamacare] compels Americans to purchase health insurance. The Supreme Court will rule on the Constitutionality of that. Regardless, Congress wrote into the law the authority to arbitrarily exclude some Americans. At present over 600,000 Americans have been authorized to choose for themselves whether or not to purchase insurance. The rest have not [¦] It is easy for politicians to promise government solutions and programs to solve our everyday problems. As Obamacare clearly illustrates, every government solution comes at the cost of some of your liberty [¦] When the safety net includes you against your will and not your neighbor for an arbitrary reason, it is institutional discrimination. " (www.popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Popaditch for Congress. 1 July 2010. "As an American, you no longer have a choice about whether or not you want Health Care Insurance [¦] The Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Democrats have found a way to tax your God given right to Life. I find this complete disregard for our Nation's founding documents disturbing, but not surprising. If the government can FORCE you to buy something against your will, what can it not do?" (archive.constantcontact.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Twitter. 29 February 2012. "The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) proves once again that care will be less affordable." (twitter.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Nick Popaditch. Common Sense Principles: Immigration. 28 August 2012. "Those who are not born citizens and desiring citizenship must follow the uniform rule of naturalization. [¦] If the economy is in recession and unemployment is high, Immigration and Naturalization cannot induce large numbers of immigrants into the country. This problem is compounded when illegal immigrants occupy some of the limited number of jobs. Stiffer penalties for employers who knowingly violate the law combined with a better economy with a thriving private sector produces more jobs. This facilitates larger numbers of immigrants and therefore, shorter waits. This puts immigration priority on those who follow the law. There is a group that has not followed the uniform rule of naturalization through no fault of their own. These are children who were brought illegally to the United States by their parents and had no control of their residence. As Americans, we do not punish children for the actions of their parents. The biggest problem with this issue lies in defining these children. They must be clearly legislatively identified. Until Congress does this, others will use these children as political cover for their own agendas." (popaditchforcongress.com)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: Secure Borders. 2 April 2012. "As your Congressman, I will reject any legislation regarding "immigration reform" that does not also guarantee the completion of the border fence. This does not mean our border should be closed. Many people come here legally to work, seek citizenship, or conduct commerce. We need to know who they are and why they are here. Our immigration laws must be followed and I will propose legislation to cut ALL Federal funding to any city that is operating as a so-called "sanctuary city." Your Federal tax dollars will not go to those who ignore Federal law. Finally, as one of my first priorities, I will work to increase funding to put more border patrol agents where they are most needed: on our borders protecting our national security. Your tax dollars will pay for more border patrol agents who are equipped with the latest technology. Our Constitution DEMANDS that the Federal Government provide security for its citizens. This includes preventing drug dealers from crossing our borders and infecting our streets." (votesmart.org)
  • Nick Popaditch. Issue Position: What Real Immigration Reform Looks Like. 23 July 2010. "The President and Bob Filner have lied to us about the recent Arizona Immigration Law that closely resembles our own Federal Immigration law by stating that we can be asked for our papers while out for a jog or going out for ice cream with our children. Not true, unless you planned on robbing the ice cream shop and jogging away from the scene of the crime. These ridiculous claims are meant to divide us as a nation and distract us from the fact that many of our elected officials are refusing to secure our borders and prevent illegal immigration. Don't be divided. Stand united and demand our elected officials obey their oaths of office and enforce the law. To promote legal immigration, we must complete the border fence and expand the Border Patrol. We must be able to keep the criminal element out in order to facilitate legal entry by those visiting, conducting commerce, or seeking the American dream." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Eagle Forum. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. Eagle Forum endorsed Nick Popaditch in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? 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 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

  • Nick Popaditch. Lemon Grove Patch: 2012 Virtual Town Hall Questions for Nick Popaditch. 31 May 2012. Responded, "I understand the difference between an entitlement and a promise. Social Security is a promise from the federal government. Individuals who paid into this system should not be penalized for governmental mismanagement of revenue. I will stand firm against cuts to Social Security, regardless of the party who initiates them [¦] Sustainability must be addressed, however moving forward. I believe this to be simpler than a complete restructuring," to the question: "I'm retiring in 10 years, but I see little chance of Social Security lasting my lifetime. Why should I vote for you?" (lemongrove.patch.com)

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