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Stanley Blumenthal's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Stanley Blumenthal 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

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "OPPOSE" to the question "ABORTION FUNDING BAN: Prohibiting the use of federal funds to pay for or provide insurance coverage for elective abortions?" Candidate Comments: "Am pro choice up to 4 months of pregnancy." (www.flaccb.org)
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?"
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "CONTROL - INHIBIT OUTSOURCING"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "CONTROL - INHIBIT OUTSOURCING"
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "c) Defense"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense"
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

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded "SUPPORT" to the question "PRIORITY FOR THE POOR: Budget policies with adequate revenues to put a circle of protection around programs that serve poor and vulnerable people at home and abroad?" (www.flaccb.org)
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "RAISE PROTECTIVE TARRIFS- GREATLY INHIBIT OUTSOURCING"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Welcome to our Stanley Blumenthal. 4 October 2012. "FINALLY A "Bring Jobs Home Act, introduced by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich)S.2884 and Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr (D-NJ) H.R.5542. It would eleminate tax deductions for the expenses of exporting jobs. It would also provide 20% tax credits to companies that bring jobs back. Republicans blocked the measue 238-184 but the Senate has yet to vote on it. Why did they allow this tax deduction in the first place?" (electcomradeblumenthal.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

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "d) Education"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?"
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I SUPPORT VARIOUS CONTROLS ON GUN OWNERS"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I SUPPORT VARIOUS CONTROLS ON GUN OWNERS"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I SUPPORT VARIOUS CONTROLS ON GUN OWNERS"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I SUPPORT VARIOUS CONTROLS ON GUN OWNERS"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?"
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

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded: "SUPPORT" to the question "Legislation that ensures the integrity of our borders, fosters family reunification and provides a path to citizenship for the undocumented who have lived in the United States for a number of years, and do not have a criminal record?" (www.flaccb.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Stanley Blumenthal. Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2012 Candidate Questionnaire Project. Responded: "OPPOSE" to the question "Defining marriage as the exclusive union of one man and one woman?" Candidate Comments: "See no harm in same sex marriage." (www.flaccb.org)
Yes Inferred Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "CONTROL - INHIBIT OUTSOURCING"
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

  • Stanley Blumenthal. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Florida Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "LIMIT DOWNSIZING OF EMPLOYEES AND OUTSOURCING"

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Florida Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage 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.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles
1) Spending
Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decrease1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Greatly Decrease3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Greatly Decrease5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Decrease6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
2) Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

RAISE PROTECTIVE TARRIFS- GREATLY INHIBIT OUTSOURCING

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

LIMIT DOWNSIZING OF EMPLOYEES AND OUTSOURCING

Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

I SUPPORT VARIOUS CONTROLS ON GUN OWNERS

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Noe) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Yesb) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

CONTROL - INHIBIT OUTSOURCING

NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
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