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Jonathan 'Jon' A. Golnik

Jon Golnik's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Jonathan 'Jon' A. Golnik
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Phyllis; 2 Children: Zeke, Tillie
Birth Place: Middletown, CT
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Jon Golnik 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

  • Jonathan Golnik. Haverhill Gazette: Golnik's goals: Lower costs, listen to constituents. 10 September 2010. "Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. That said, I don't support partial birth abortions, late-term abortions or the government funding of abortions." (www.hgazette.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jon Golnik. Chelmsford Patch: FIVE QUESTIONS WITH THE CANDIDATES. 25 October 2010. Responded "I believe we must stay in Afghanistan in some capacity to ensure its stabilization. This is a breeding ground for terrorists. What I do not believe is that we give a timeline to our enemy for withdrawal. This administration seems to forget we still have troops in Korea, Japan and Germany" to the question "As we approach the 10-year mark to the War on Terror, what do you see as a timetable, if any, of withdrawing from Afghanistan?" (chelmsford.patch.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Golnik. Issue Position: National Security & Terrorism. 12 September 2012. "We must fully fund our nation's military and ensure the men and women in uniform have the tools, training, and care they need and deserve. [...] Cuts to the military as established by the default spending debacle in the fall of 2011 create a danger for our troops serving and potentially for we in the Homeland." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Jonathan Golnik. Press Release. 2 August 2012 "The reality is without extending tax cuts to everyone, we will see an increase of taxes on nearly one million small businesses who file their business taxes at the individual tax rate. You do not increase taxes on small businesses, or any business, when we are in the middle of a jobs crisis, and you cannot increase the costs to an employer and expect that employer to create jobs." (www.jongolnik.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Issues. 12 September 2012. "I propose the following: Permanently extend the existing temporary tax cuts; Maintain current levels of personal income tax rates. People simply cannot afford to give more away." (www.jongolnik.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Golnik. Littleton Republican Town Committee endorses Jon Golnik for Congress. 31 August 2012. "I travel through the district and repeatedly hear how frustrated people are about the economy and specifically the jobs market. We need to get people back to work and more government spending is not the answer." (www.jongolnik.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Debt and Spending. 25 September 2012. "The government needs to encourage the long-term goal of promoting economic growth through more adequate saving and investment. We can't borrow our way to sustainable prosperity any more than the housing bubble could sustain itself on perpetually growing debt. Whether or not you think new spending will stimulate the economy, the one undeniable truth is that this money has to come from somewhere, which means that it is borrowed or taxed from the private economy. The recent rate of spending all but guaranteeing huge future tax increases, and anyone who thinks only "the rich" will pay is living an illusion." (www.jongolnik.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Facebook: Timeline. 7 September 2012. "Latest jobless numbers prove Niki Tsongas' failed spending won't get us out of this mess. Spending stunts don't work. We need solutions. We need to focus on what counts." (www.facebook.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Press Release. 1 June 2012. "The same old rhetoric of borrowing, spending and taxing our way out of this economic recession is clearly not working. Yet Niki Tsongas and her colleagues continue to call for more of the same. In November, she called for a ˜21st century New Deal' that was yet another taxpayer funded spending bill to create jobs. She failed to say how many jobs this plan would create or how much it would cost the taxpayers [¦] We need to give businesses a reason to want to do business here and feel comfortable adding to their payrolls. That's how we will get our citizens back to work." (www.jongolnik.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

  • Jonathan Golnik. Press Release. 2 August 2012 "The reality is without extending tax cuts to everyone, we will see an increase of taxes on nearly one million small businesses who file their business taxes at the individual tax rate. You do not increase taxes on small businesses, or any business, when we are in the middle of a jobs crisis, and you cannot increase the costs to an employer and expect that employer to create jobs." (www.jongolnik.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Issues. 12 September 2012. "I propose the following: Incent business growth by offering tax credits to companies who are expanding." (www.jongolnik.com)
No Inferred 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

  • Jonathan Golnik. Chelmsford Patch: FIVE QUESTIONS WITH THE CANDIDATES. 25 October 2010. Responded "I believe we must look to reduce the role of the Department of Education and shift that control back to state and local governments who know what is best for their communities" to the question "Do you feel the Department of Education is playing an important role to students of Massachusetts?" (chelmsford.patch.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Golnik. 12 September 2012. Issues. "Our immediate priority should be to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil when we have opportunities right here in the US to supplement it. The Keystone pipeline project would have created thousands of jobs and weaned us from foreign sources of oil. In addition, we also must look at drilling off our coasts in safe and environmentally sounds manners, the use of shale exploration and to our other natural resources such as ANWR." (www.jongolnik.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Golnik. Fifth District Candidates Make Pitch to Voters at Concord Forum: The Sudbury Town Crier. 20 October 2010. "Climate change is a real problem; however regulations should not be imposed. Advance technological changes that won't inconvenience consumers." (www.wickedlocal.com)
  • Jon Golnik. The Harvard Press: Eyes on the Election: Fifth District candidates for U.S. House respond to Press questions. 22 October 2010. Responded "I think we need to take seriously the concerns of our environment, while balancing the financial abilities and responsibilities of the families in our district. Cap-and-Trade is an energy tax that will cost each Massachusetts family $2,000. We cannot afford it. Let's look at tax incentives for renewable energy creation. People will naturally begin to produce and use cleaner fuels if it is cost effective. We cannot force products onto the market that are not market-ready" to the question "What do you believe about climate change, and what role do you think government should play with respect to this issue?" (www.harvardpress.com)
  • Betsy Levinson. Chelmsford Patch: 5th District Candidates Debate Issues at Forum. 17 October 2010. "Golnik said he does not want consumers to pay for new technologies to combat global warming that have not been tested and proven. Clark said he favored encouraging companies to reduce their carbon footprint, not 'punish them like cap and trade.'" (chelmsford.patch.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Golnik. 12 September 2012. Second Amendment. "I believe that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. I believe that the government should not intrude in a right so clearly guaranteed by our forefathers in the Constitution and I will fight to uphold every attempt to diminish this right." (www.jongolnik.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Facebook: Timeline. 30 August 2012. "Jon met with voters at the Leominster Sportsman Club and hlistened to their concerns about 2nd Amendment rights for law abiding citizens - Team Golnik Share this with your friends to let them know that Jon supports your Second Amendment rights!" (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Golnik. Press Release. 23 March 2012. "We need to repeal this multi-thousand page bill and enact healthcare reform that actually reduces costs and opens up coverage by permitting people to buy insurance across state lines and enacting tort reform." (www.jongolnik.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Video: Jon Golnik on Healthcare. 25 March 2010. "That health care bill is a bad bill; it's not a health care bill, it's a health spending bill. [¦] I am going to tell you right now that I am here to pledge that I will work and spend almost all my energy on trying to repeal and replace that bill." (youtu.be)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Press Release. 28 June 2012. "Now it is even more vital that we make sure we elect people into office that will work to repeal this terrible and massive tax. Let's start there and then implement measures that will actually lower health care costs with the market driven reforms" (www.jongolnik.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Press Release. 11 July 2012. "I am pleased the House took this symbolic vote to repeal this job-killing, tax-hiking legislation, which does nothing to address the true issue of the escalating costs of health care and health insurance. [¦] We need to repeal Affordable Care Care Act, which is anything but affordable, and implement real, market driven reform that will lower healthcare costs." (www.jongolnik.com)
Yes 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

  • Jonathan Golnik. Immigration. 12 September 2012. "Ronald Reagan signed comprehensive immigration reform in 1986. Almost 3 million illegal immigrants were given a path to citizenship. The legislation failed and now more than 25 years later, we find ourselves with four times as many illegals immigrants in the country. The 1986 reform failed because we failed to secure our border and we failed to enforce the laws prohibiting the hiring of undocumented workers. Before we make any attempt at additional reform we must enforce existing laws: Secure our borders; Remove the magnets for illegal immigration: Impose strict penalties on any employers who hire undocumented workers; eliminate government entitlements and benefits for illegal immigrants." (www.jongolnik.com)
  • Jonathan Golnik. Video: Question on Dream Act at FSU GOP debate 7 24 12. 24 July 2012. "Well, I certainly didn't support the amnesty for people who are children who came here with their parents who are here illegally. Just from a practical perspective, at the rate that we're creating jobs right now, it would take a year just to employ these people [¦] I think we need to enforce the current laws on the books. I think that people come here because of magnets. They come here because of jobs; they come here because of amnesty, and amnesty is the single biggest magnet that will attract people here. So I don't support that in any way, shape, or form." (www.youtube.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jonathan Golnik. Golnik's Goals: Lower Costs, Listen to Constituents: The Haverhill Gazette. 3 September 2010. Responded "No. Let states decide." to "Would you support a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage?" (www.hgazette.com)
  • Ross Marrinson. The Haverhill Gazette: Golnik endorsed by Gov. Pawlenty. 14 October 2010. "The Carlisle resident said that he differs from the prototypical Republican on a variety of platforms, particularly on key social issues. While he believes that traditional marriage is between a man and a woman, Golnik believes that a homosexual couple should have the same rights as a heterosexual couple." (www.hgazette.com)
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.
Yes 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

  • Jon Golnik. Video: Jon Golnik on Social Security. 1 November 2010. "I do not believe in privatizing Social Security. ¦ If you are approaching retirement age or already retired, your benefits will not be touched. However, people who are entering the workforce should have the option to put a small percentage of their Social Security in private investment vehicles. That is not privatization. That is choice. Choice is good." (youtu.be)

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