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Randolph 'Randy' Altschuler

Randy Altschuler's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Randolph 'Randy' Altschuler
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Cheryl; 1 Child: Noah
Home City: Saint James, NY
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Randy Altschuler 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-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Altschuler. Issue Position: Pro-Family Values. "I am pro-family and pro-life [¦] I feel it is the duty of any honest and decent representative of the people to stand on the side of life and support federal policy which sustains life." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Tim Gannon. Shelter Island Reporter: Listen: Bishop V. Altschuler at Times/Review debate. 28 September 2012. "Mr. Bishop supports getting troops out of Afghanistan, and maintaining our support for and protection of Israel, 'our closest ally in the Middle East.' [¦] Mr. Altschuler agreed with Mr. Bishop on Afghanistan, Israel and Iran." (shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com)
  • Randy Altschuler. Issues. "Randy Supports: Providing our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world with the tools they need to fight and win the war on terror and then come home to us safe and well." (randy2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Altschuler. Issue Position: National Defense. 5 October 2012. "We must support our nation's military by providing the best training, technology and equipment available. I am committed to ensuring that America stands ready to effectively confront the global security challenges of the 21st Century, such as terrorism and nuclear proliferation." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Altschuler. Issue Position: Defense. 1 January 2012. "Randy supports: Increasing funding for intelligence and counter-terrorism operations. There are plenty of places to cut government and reduce spending without weakening our ability to identify, expose and scuttle terrorist attacks before they occur. Providing our troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and around the world with the tools they need to fight and win the war on terror and then come home to us safe and well." (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

  • Randy Altschuler. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "We need a sensible pro-growth tax policy; excessive taxation is devastating to job creation. Every dollar that a small business owner pays in excess tax is a dollar they cannot put into expanding his/her business. We will create more jobs if we let that owner decide how to put that dollar to work in his/her business, rather than Tim Bishop or any other Congressman deciding how to spend it." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Altschuler. Blog: 101 Days Until a $$Trillion$$ Tax Hike. 22 September 2010. "Tim Bishop and his Democrat colleagues in Congress seem to have no clue as to the effect this will have on the already over-burdened American taxpayer as they attempt to navigate their way through the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. The Democrats just don't get that taxpayers, especially those in Suffolk County, are at the breaking point and simply can't take anymore tax hikes. Tim Bishop needs to get honest with the voters and explain to them why he supports this piling on of taxes on his constituents and why he hasn't had the guts to speak up and just say NO to Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel and the rest of his tax hiking colleagues in Congress." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Altschuler. Blog: Pelosi & Tim Bishop Punt On Tax Cuts - Taxpayer$ Pay. 24 September 2010. "In Congress, I'll fight to cut spending, cut taxes and shrink the deficit and work to repeal Obama-care. Unlike Tim Bishop, I am a fiscal conservative and I will always have the courage to vote against the big spending, high taxing ways of Nancy Pelosi and I will never shirk the responsibility of telling the voters where I stand." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Altschuler. Blog: Pelosi & Tim Bishop Punt On Tax Cuts - Taxpayer$ Pay. 24 September 2010. "In Congress, I'll fight to cut spending, cut taxes and shrink the deficit and work to repeal Obama-care. Unlike Tim Bishop, I am a fiscal conservative and I will always have the courage to vote against the big spending, high taxing ways of Nancy Pelosi and I will never shirk the responsibility of telling the voters where I stand." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Altschuler. 10 Point Job Plan. "1. The private sector creates jobs, not the government; 2. Every law we pass should make it easier, not harder, for the private sector to create jobs; 3. Congress should not be in the business of investing our money in their favorite pet projects; 4. All Americans should be able to pursue their dream without having to beg for government permission." (randy2012.com)
  • Randy Altschuler. Issue Position: Economy. 5 October 2012. "Today, hardworking Long Islanders feel the burdensome effect of a Democrat-controlled Congress, with no check and balance on their authority. Their big government model of massive spending and higher taxes has produced anemic growth and few jobs for our struggling economy. We must stop the Washington politicians from spending trillions of dollars we don't have and strapping future generations with massive debt we can't afford." (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Altschuler. 10 Point Job Plan. "To promote start-up business growth: Create research and development tax credits that are refundable and/or transferable [¦] Reform & Simplify the Tax Code: Cut taxes 20% on small businesses with fewer than 500 employees; Maintain current tax rates on qualified dividends and long-term capital gains; Lower the corporate income tax rate to 25%, which would make the United States competitive with the rest of the developed world. At the same time, close the loopholes in the corporate tax structure." (randy2012.com)
  • Randy Altschuler. Issue Position: Jobs. 1 January 2012. "Current tax and regulatory policy makes it too hard for startups to grow and create jobs. New jobs are born out of start-ups taking chances. This is an area where I've had some experience. Let's incentivize risk-takers to do what they do best and make it easier for them to raise capital." (votesmart.org)
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

  • Randy Altschuler. Issues: Education Reform. 13 October 2012. "Randy believes in empowering parents, teachers and local school boards to guide educational policy in their own schools. The Washington bureaucratic one-size-fits-all approach has hurt public education in America. Randy supports: - Ensuring that federal tax dollars spent on education improve the classroom and are not wasted on top-heavy administrations and glutted bureaucracy." (randy2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Altschuler. Issues. 5 October 2012. "We must pursue an all-inclusive national energy strategy that reduces our dependence on foreign oil and lowers energy prices for consumers, while ensuring that the air we breathe and water we drink is clean [¦] Randy supports: Environmentally responsible expansion of domestic offshore drilling to reduce our dependence on foreign oil." (randy2012.com)
  • Randy Altschuler. 10 Point Jobs Plan. 5 October 2012. "Advocate for environmentally responsible expansion of domestic drilling for oil and natural gas to reduce our dependence on foreign oil." (randy2012.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Altschuler. Issues. 5 October 2012. "Randy Supports: Ensuring that President Obama's 'cap-and-trade' plan “ supported by Tim Bishop “ never becomes law. We simply cannot afford a national energy tax that will cost homeowners and businesses thousands of dollars more in energy costs for the next 10 years." (randy2012.com)
  • Randy Altschuler. Americans for Prosperity: No Climate Tax. 5 October 2010. "I, Randy Altschuler, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of New York's 1st District and to the American people that I will oppose any legislation relating to climate change that includes a net increase in government revenue." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Karl Grossman. Shelter Island Reporter: Suffolk Closeup: Aurora massacre has East End pols talking gun control. 5 August 2012. Democrat Bishop's Republican opponent this year, Randy Altschuler, said: "There are plenty of politicians out there right now pandering to voters by calling for more gun control laws as if this were some magic pill to prevent future Aurora, Colorados from happening. I think most common sense people realize that all the gun control laws in the world won't stop an unstable, violent person from securing a gun and committing a heinous crime. If it did, the answer to all this would be easy." (shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com)
  • National Rifle Association. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Rifle Association endorsed Randy Altschuler in the 2010 general election. (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Randy Altschuler. 10 Point Jobs Plan. 5 October 2012. "Obamacare has had tremendous negative repercussions for our economy [¦] The Solution: Repeal and replace Obamacare with common-sense measures that will both reduce healthcare costs and expand the ranks of the insured." (randy2012.com)
  • Randy Altschuler. Issues. 5 October 2012. "President Obama's big-government takeover of healthcare “ supported by Tim Bishop “ is a disaster and must be repealed and replaced." (randy2012.com)
  • Randy Altschuler. News. 19 March 2012. "I opposed the law and have supported repealing and replacing it with more common sense, free market reforms that actually reduce healthcare costs for individuals, families, small business owners and senior citizens through increased competition." (randy2012.com)
  • Randy Altschuler. News. 28 June 2012. "As the next Congressman, I will fight to repeal Obamacare and replace it with common sense reforms that are outlined in my 10-point jobs plan for Long Island, like lowering the cost of care by enabling insurance companies to compete across state lines and allowing small businesses to pool together to purchase healthcare for their employees; enacting comprehensive tort reform; putting medical decisions back in the hands of doctors and patients, not bureaucrats; and ensuring that we still protect those with pre-existing conditions." (randy2012.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

  • Randy Altschuler. Issue Position: Immigration. 5 October 2012. "We must expeditiously complete the construction of the southern border fence and enact strong reforms to stop illegal immigration. No one should be rewarded for coming here illegally. I will not support any legislation that contains amnesty for illegal aliens." (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Altschuler. Press Release: Bishop Using Office to Promote Obama Backdoor Amnesty. 18 June 2012. "Responding to a stunning press release issued this afternoon by incumbent Congressman Tim Bishop urging illegal immigrants to contact his office so he can expedite them taking advantage of President Obama's unilateral executive order effectively granting them amnesty, self-made businessman and Republican challenger Randy Altschuler said the move demonstrated Bishop's misplaced priorities and complete lack of focus on creating jobs and improving Long Island's devastated economy. Altschuler said that in these tough economic times, Tim Bishop's priority is assigning a taxpayer funded caseworker to expedite President Obama's backdoor amnesty program. In contrast, Altschuler's 10-Point Jobs Plan calls for a caseworker in his future office solely focused on bringing new jobs back to Suffolk County.' (votesmart.org)
  • Randy Altschuler. VIDEO: Bishop, Altschuler Face Off at 1st Debate. 27 September 2012. "We need a policy that address the young men and women who are here through no fault of their own. We're compassionate. But we also need a policy that doesn't reward folks who are here illegally, that doesn't put them at the front of the line [¦] In summation, I think we need a comprehensive policy; I do not support amnesty; [9:17] (hauppauge.patch.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Paul LaRocco. Long Island Newsday: Bishop, Altschuler Debate in House Race. 23 September 2012. "Altschuler said he believes 'in the traditional definition of marriage' but that the decision should be left to states." (www.newsday.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.
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Randy Altschuler. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 1 January 2012. "Randy supports: Keeping the promises made to our seniors by ensuring both Medicare and Social Security remain solvent for future generations. Failure to act now will result in either an immediate 17% cut in benefits or a 24% tax increase in order to avoid Medicare going bankrupt in the next decade." (votesmart.org)

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