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Joe Kallas' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Joe Kallas has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Joe Kallas is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Wisconsin 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

Abortion should be legal & safe.
If you don't support abortion, don't have one. The decision should be made between the woman and her doctor. The gov't should butt out.

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

We should have left years ago.
What a waste of human life and money.

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

Unfunded wars + 3 huge tax cuts for the rich were a huge cause of the deficit.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

The air waves belong to the people. Each candidate should get a certain amount of free air time + that's it.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

The only time I support capital punishment is when the person asks to die.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate 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

Rebuild America not Iraq + Afghanistan

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

The BP spill will haunt us for years.

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

Unlimited use of fossil fuels is causing global warming. Other forms of energy need to be used.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I support a move toward Universal Healthcare - A not for profit system that works in conjunction with a reduction in health related services costs. Medical facilities shoud post their charges for service

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

Complex issue - all people need to be treated as human beings

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

It should be a national policy not done state by state. What happens when people move?

YesCandidate 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

Iran has a right to protect themselves since Israel already has the bomb.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

If people want separate 401K retirement plans, that is fine but money should not be taken out of social security to do it.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

I think a lot of the homeland security dollars are being wasted right now. The TSA needs new leadership. We need to close many of our military bases overseas.

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) Capital gains taxes
Slightly 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)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

We need to end "corporate" welfare.

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.

1. Expand passenger and freight rail systems. Creates jobs, reduces dependency on fossil fuels. Makes our roadways less conjested. Pay for it w/ user fees and some of the gas tax/license fees.
2. A Universal not for profit healthcare delivery system that will cover everyone. Insurance no longer tied to your employer. Automatically save 40%of the money now spent on healthcare since it eliminates a multitude of insurance paperwork. In addition all medical facilities would have to post their charges + justify them based on actual cost. This would save thousands of lives, create tens of thousands of jobs and...

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