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Arden Wells has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

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Louisiana Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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[...]