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Justin A. Coussoule

Justin Coussoule's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Justin A. Coussoule
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Amanda; 2 Children
Birth Place: Adams, OH
Home City: Liberty Township, OH
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Justin Coussoule refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2010 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 2010, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion Issues: Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. A Conversation with Justin Coussoule. 23 June 2010. "As far as abortion, I have no idea what a woman goes through to come to that decision. Gratefully my wife and I have never had to make that decision. When a woman does, hopefully with counsel of family and doctor and significant other, I hope they're safe, legal and increasingly rare. If you want a soundbite answer, I am pro-choice. We need to embrace policies that embrace and support life, not just before birth but care for children at every level. That's where I get very frustrated with the other side." (www.ohiodailyblog.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax? 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 Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues: Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. Down With Tyranny: What Happens to "Conservatives" Who Supported Bush's Wall Street Bailout Bill? 21 May 2010. "Although a response while our nation stood at the edge of economic collapse may have been necessary, a bail out without transparency, accountability and safeguards for American families was inexcusable." (downwithtyranny.blogspot.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Crooks and Liars: Live Chat with Justin Coussoule. 22 April 2010. "There are things our government should and must do, including health care reform and stimulus. But we need to have an honest discussion about spending. We cannot leave our children a mountain of debt to inherit. We need a long term plan to reduce an eliminate our national debt and deficits [?] The people of the 8th District care very deeply about long-term fiscal responsibility, and I agree with them. Our government, like our families and businesses, must operate with common sense." (crooksandliars.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. 2010. Cincinnati.com: 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "Our long-term prosperity, continued economic growth and national security depend on dramatically reducing our national debt. [?] Our federal government must learn the lessons that responsible American families and businesses understand with their budgets - spending only within its means and resisting the poisonous allure of borrowed money. We must reduce our national debt by freezing non-essential spending; prioritizing expenditures; eliminating ineffective or unaffordable programs; upholding our President's strict pay-as-you-go law; and only funding growth in fundamental programs with offsetting spending cuts," to the question: "What would you do to reduce government spending?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Crooks and Liars: Live Chat with Justin Coussoule. 22 April 2010. "I look at expanding broadband access as part of reinvestment in our infrastructure in general - which I think is critically important. We need roads and bridges and the infrastructure of the 21st century to compete." (crooksandliars.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. 2010. Cincinnati.com. 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "I fully support the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, which has created and saved countless jobs across the 8th District. [?] The economic disaster inherited from the Bush administration required bold action and the stimulus has worked tremendously by keeping us from slipping into even more treacherous recessionary straits. Our nation should be thankful," to the question: "Do you support the stimulus? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Issue Position: Growing Our Economy and Creating Jobs. "We invest in the foundation of our economy by: [?] funding infrastructure projects to repair, update and expand the roads, bridges, and rail networks that will serve tomorrow's economic growth." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Business and Employment Issues: Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin Coussoule. 200+ Democrats Go On Offense to Protect Social Security. 18 October 2010. "Today, Justin Coussoule (pronounced kuh-SOO-lee) joined over 200 other Democratic candidates and members of Congress across the nation in jointly going "on offense" against Republican plans to cut Social Security -- by promising to oppose any cuts, any raising of the retirement age, and any privatization of one of America's most popular and successful programs for seniors and workers. "Republicans, including my opponent Minority Leader John Boehner, have made it clear that they will work to cut or privatize Social Security," said Coussoule. "I will fight to protect the Social Security benefits that millions of Americans depend upon." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Crime Issues: Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes? 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 Education Issues: Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. Strengthening the Middle Class. 23 June 2010. "We must collectively reinvest in ideas, values and programs that will create jobs while strengthening and expanding the middle class by fighting for: investment in America's schools in order to strengthen American competitiveness, innovation and economic leadership." (www.coussouleforcongress.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Justin Coussoule's Candidacy Announcement Speech. 18 February 2009. "As parents, we're here because we're outraged that our children will attend public schools that continue to be victimized by those elected officials who denounce public education as an expense rather than recognize it as the investment in our children and our future that it is." (www.coussouleforcongress.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Issue Position: Investing In Our Children and Our Future. "For America to continue to be a leader in the 21st century, we must: Reform, improve and invest in K-12 education; [?] Fund governmental mandates for the schools that are implementing them in order to reduce the financial burden on local school districts and property taxpayers; Improve the No Child Left Behind Act with better school evaluation methods focusing on the "what" vs. the "how" and reducing punitive action against struggling schools" (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment and Energy Issues: Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. Justin's Issues. 23 June 2010. "I will fight to ensure environmental standards are upheld both here and with our trading partners abroad to protect the health of Americans, protect and preserve the environment and defend American workers from unfair competition." (www.coussouleforcongress.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. A Conversation with Justin Coussoule. 23 June 2010. "We're talking about getting back to making things in this country and marrying that with sustainable energy policies on the environment, the whole notion of green economy. You can say to people around here, there's a tremendous opportunity for wind energy or solar energy or battery packs, and we could make those things right here." (www.ohiodailyblog.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Strengthening the Middle Class. 23 June 2010. "We must collectively reinvest in ideas, values and programs that will create jobs while strengthening and expanding the middle class by fighting for: Inclusion of environmental standards in our trade agreements in order to protect American workers and enable them to compete with their foreign counterparts in a global economy." (www.coussouleforcongress.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Issue Position: Protecting the Environment and Growing Our Economy. "Both our energy independence and economic growth are tied to our ability to address climate change. I believe cap-and-trade legislation, a system similar to that which brought an end to acid rain, will spur aggressive private investments in alternative energy which will work to protect our environment as well as grow our economy." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Gun Issues: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. A Conversation with Justin Coussoule. 23 June 2010. "I've been asked on occasion, more so by progressives who I think want to confirm I am not a Blue Dog, are you pro-choice, are you for human rights? I think in economic times like this that are even more pronounced in this district, those are the issues that are on peoples' minds. They're not so concerned about Second Amendment. I'm a gun owner. I grew up in very rural part of Massachusetts, where we went sport hunting. I fought to serve and protect the entire Constitution, not just the Second Amendment. I support peoples' right to own a firearm. I think that's sufficient for most people. Mercer, Darke and Preble counties in the district are very rural, and gun rights and abortion are the top two social issues. But honestly, I haven't been asked directly about gun rights on this campaign." (www.ohiodailyblog.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Issues: Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. 2010. Cincinnati.com: 2010 Ohio Primary Election Candidate Survey. Responded: "Last month's passage of the health reform bill made history, achieving what American leaders from Teddy Roosevelt, Truman, Kennedy and even Richard Nixon have sought for nearly 100 years. [?] The bill extends coverage to 32 million Americans without insurance, achieving near universal coverage that ensures our citizens will no longer face bankruptcy due to unforeseen medical costs and despite erroneous claims this bill will help reduce our health care costs and lower the national deficit. It is long overdue and a giant step forward for our nation," to the question: "Do you support President Obama's health reform plan? Why or why not?" (www.thevoterguide.org)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Dayton Daily News - Local Leaders Deride Health Care. 22 March 2010. "We made history tonight and passed what American leaders have sought for 100 years." (www.coussouleforcongress.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Statement from Justin Coussoule on Passage of Health Care Reform. 22 March, 2010. "Last night's vote made history, achieving what American leaders have sought to do for 100 years. Families in the 8th District and across the country will see immediate benefits. Children with chronic conditions will no longer be denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions, a benefit that will soon expand to all Americans. Young adults, struggling to find jobs in this tough economy, can now be covered under their parents' plans for much longer. And seniors will no longer struggle to pay for prescriptions as the "donut-hole" in prescription coverage will be closed over the coming years. In the long-term, residents will see improved coverage, with insurance regulations that eliminate the worst practices of insurance companies, including the practice of dropping coverage when consumers become very ill. And the bill extends coverage to 32 million Americans who currently have no insurance, achieving near universal coverage and ensuring that Americans will no longer face bankruptcy due to unforeseen medical costs." (www.coussouleforcongress.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Issue Position: Growing Our Economy and Creating Jobs. "We invest in the foundation of our economy by: [?] ensuring the health and well-being of our citizenry through affordable and accessible healthcare for all." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration Issues: Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. Crooks and Liars: Live Chat with Justin Coussoule. 22 April 2010. "I'm not familiar with the specifics of either of the bills you are describing in Arizona, but generally speaking we need to craft an immigration policy that reflects the reality of the situation in America and our long, proud tradition of being a melting pot nation of immigrants." (crooksandliars.com)
Yes Inferred Answer International Policy Issues: Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. Crooks and Liars: Live Chat with Justin Coussoule. 22 April 2010. "I believe we must remain committed to stabilizing Afghanistan. I know that that is not an easy or simple proposition, but I agree with the President - the 9/11 attack originated from Afghanistan and American and world security will be threatened if we do not take action to help the Afghan people bring stability and security to their country." (crooksandliars.com)
  • Justin A. Coussoule. Issue Position: Preserving Our Freedom and Security. "The two greatest threats to our national freedom and security today are terrorism and the proliferation of nuclear weapons. Defending America from these threats while supporting our brave men and women in uniform is a fundamental responsibility of our government. We must protect our national interests by: Fighting both domestic and international terrorism, focused on finding and defeating terrorists where they live and train; Employing military and intelligence capabilities to find terrorists and bring them to justice while preserving individual rights of American citizens; [?.]" (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Social Issues: Should marriage only be between one man and one woman? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Justin A. Coussoule. A Conversation with Justin Coussoule. 23 June 2010. "I'm for equal rights. I support right of gay and lesbian people to marry, no exceptions or parameters." (www.ohiodailyblog.com)

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