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Arden Wells' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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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 Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-life" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "Because I am a male I do not believe I have a right to restrict a a woman's freedom over her body."
No Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Houma Today: Q&A with congressional candidate Arden Wells. 25 September 2012. Responded "Spending needs to be reduced. As I see it, we're spending money on wars we can't win" to the question "Do you support increased federal spending overall during the next term of Congress? Or should spending reductions be made instead?" (www.houmatoday.com)
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "We must acknowledge the crimes of our allies against Muslims and not allow Zionists to manipulate our government."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "We must acknowledge the crimes of our allies against Muslims and not allow Zionists to manipulate our government."
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana 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. c) Defense" 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. Other or expanded principles: "Fire ant + mosquito control"
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "c) Defense" 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. Other or expanded principles: "Fire ant + mosquito control"
Yes Candidate 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

  • Arden Wells. Facebook: About. 25 September 2012. "Abolish Individual Income Tax." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana 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: "I believe that the government that governs least, governs best"
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would support experimental "Block" schools with computer instruction and tutor testing."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" 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. Other or expanded principles: "Fire ant + mosquito control"
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" 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" 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. Other or expanded principles: "Fire ant + mosquito control"
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would support experimental "Block" schools with computer instruction and tutor testing."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would support experimental "Block" schools with computer instruction and tutor testing."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would support experimental "Block" schools with computer instruction and tutor testing."
No Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) ? I support hydo-electric and nuclear energy research and a national electric train system to eventually replace the automobile."
  • Arden Wells. Houma Today: Q&A with congressional candidate Arden Wells. 25 September 2012. Responded "We should encourage oil and gas exploration and production as much as possible. But it seems to me like these are ultra-hazardous activities and somebody needs to oversee that or there could be real damage done" to the question "What would be your policy approach to balancing energy exploration with conservation?" (www.houmatoday.com)
Yes Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) ? I support hydo-electric and nuclear energy research and a national electric train system to eventually replace the automobile."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) ? I support hydo-electric and nuclear energy research and a national electric train system to eventually replace the automobile."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "c) ? I support hydo-electric and nuclear energy research and a national electric train system to eventually replace the automobile."
No Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe that every adult should be permitted to own and carry concealed firearms without a permit and own automatic small arms w/o a ATF stamp."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe that every adult should be permitted to own and carry concealed firearms without a permit and own automatic small arms w/o a ATF stamp."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana 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 believe that every adult should be permitted to own and carry concealed firearms without a permit and own automatic small arms w/o a ATF stamp."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe that every adult should be permitted to own and carry concealed firearms without a permit and own automatic small arms w/o a ATF stamp."
  • Arden Wells. Facebook: About. 25 September 2012. "Lift ban on automatic weapons." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a national health care system not based on income tax."
Yes Candidate 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

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would deport illegal immigrants and their recourse would be to obtain legal status through established policy."
  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would deport illegal immigrants and their recourse would be to obtain legal status through established policy."
No Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?" Social Issues Other or expanded principles: "I believe that marriage is a legal contract to legitimate offspring and gays cannot bear children"
No Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "We must acknowledge the crimes of our allies against Muslims and not allow Zionists to manipulate our government."
Yes Candidate 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

  • Arden Wells. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Louisiana Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "I would allow citizens to opt out of contributing to Social Security and forfeit the prospective benefits."
  • Arden Wells. Facebook: About. 25 September 2012. "Allow individuals to opt out of Social Security." (www.facebook.com)

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Louisiana Congressional Election 2012 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 AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Pregnancy is an issue for women to address, people who can't get pregnant should have no say on this issue.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I favor immediate withdrawal, there will never be a perfect time to leave.

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

[do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?] , See below *

Would abolish individual income tax, place flat tax on Corporation gross profits, abolish non-profit status, there is no such thing as a corporation that does not profit

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I once supported it, but I believe the judicial system is corrupt and that prosecutors lack ethics and are not held accountable for their crimes

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

[Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?] *

I would place a flat tax on Corporations, but would offer grants to American Corporations to encourage domestic industry

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I would support federal standards for Education, particularly in Science and Mathmatics

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I would do anything to increase offshore Energy production but sacrifice the environment.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

I would impose taxes on all imported products which are produced on manufactured under lower fair labor and/or environmental Standards than U.S.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I believe the right to possess a firearm is absolute.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I would support a universal Health Care program for all U.S. citizens but, I DO NOT like this one

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

I Believe that the US HAS A Right to secure it's Borders from invasion by illegal Aliens, but Federal Law is preemptive on this issue.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I believe consenting Adults have a right to engage in any private consensual Sexual Behavior, but I see no Rational Basis for positively sanctioning mental illness

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I Don't believe that the U.S. Should Police the World, I Do Not Believe Non-combatants should be killed without a trial

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Greatly Increasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
Greatly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

Alternative Energy Sources, Mass transportation, Human population control, Animal Protection Legislation & Enforcement, preservation of National refuges & Wilderness areas.

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.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
Greatly Increasek) Other or expanded categories

[a) Capital gains taxes] , individual
[i) Inheritance taxes] , Large Estates See below

I would totally exempt estates of less than 1 million Dollars, and increase Inheritance tax to 100% after allowing a $1 million surviving spouse, and per child deduction, with Family Home Exemption

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.

The U.S. has too many programs which duplicate services and discriminate based on wealth. We NEED immediate tort, workmans compensation, disability benefits reform, encompassed by a single universal Health Care, disability, and welfare system which would supercede and preempt all State and Federal programs with a view to insuring a job at a Living Wage to all who desire and can work, education for those who desire higher education. Living wage for totally Disabled persons (due to age, injury, or disease) and universal health of the same Quality for everyone. It is time to restore the American Dream to more[...]

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