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Joseph McLaughlin's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Joseph McLaughlin 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

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues. 19 September 2012. "I believe life begins at conception and a baby does not have a choice of whose womb they are conceived or under what circumstances they were conceived." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • The Wall Street Journal: Joe McLaughlin Profile. 8 October 2012. "McLaughlin says the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have 'gone on too long and have lost direction' and he favors a pullout." (projects.wsj.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues. 8 October 2012. "The U.S. needs to maintain the best trained, most technologically proficient military force in the world. It is vital to our homeland and national security interests." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issue Position: Short Term Plan. 1 January 2012. "Extend Bush Tax Cuts Washington has a spending problem not a revenue problem. The 113th Congress should take up re-writing the tax code into a 50 page or less readable booklet. Until then no taxes should be raised." (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues: Reign in out of Control Federal Spending by Making Congress More Accountable. 13 October 2012. "The growing public debt is approaching $16 Trillion (it would take over 14 years for a jet traveling at the speed of sound to roll out 1 Trillion $1 Dollar Bills) and threatens to reduce our standard of living and stagnate our economy for decades to come. Public spending and debt squeezes out private credit and investments. Our growing debt will raise interest rates, taxes, and inflation, which will increase economic stagnation further." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.com)
  • Joe McLaughlin. Issue Position: Short Term Plan. 1 January 2012. "Have all stimulus money not spent recaptured and given to taxpayers as a tax rebate. This money has already been borrowed at historically low rates and the taxpayers are in a more desperate need of the money then any bank, corporation, special interest group or local government." (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

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issue Position: Short Term Plan. 1 January 2012. "Allow all businesses to deduct 100% of Capital Investment Costs. Unleash the dollars held in Corporate Treasuries due to the uncertainty of the last 3 years and let their Purchasing Managers stimulate the economy with new factory orders for equipment that need to be manufactured, shipped and run while increasing productivity, safety and in most cases the reducing any harmful impact on the environment." (votesmart.org)
  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues: Long Term Plan. 13 October 2012. "I agree with the President's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform that suggested 1) we reduce the federal corporate income tax rate and simplify the tax code for all businesses no matter the size or structure to be more competitive with the rest of the world and keep and attract jobs here in America. I support dropping the top tax rate to 25% for all business income." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.com)
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

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues: Education. 13 October 2012. "America is now ranked 27th in the world in K-12 education and falling further behind India, China and Russia. We need to re-establish competition into our secondary school system by reforming our curricula; our graduation criteria and the relationship between the teacher, the student and the parent by eliminating the politician and the union from that equation. The federal Government should help set criteria for graduation criteria, guarantee freedom of choice of schools and then let local school boards, parents and teachers plan and implement the curricula to help student fulfill that criteria." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues. 19 September 2012. "We must realize that at full capacity wind and solar will only be able to provide 20% of U.S. energy needs and thus must reduce regulations that block domestic drilling and work with coal industry to keep energy costs down." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues. 19 September 2012. "We must repeal the authority and funding for the Department of Energy that has not come up with a plan in over 35 years. Repeal anything that resembles cap and trade which is purely a punitive tax on U.S Coal and Oil industry." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? 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 Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • The Wall Street Journal: Joe McLaughlin Profile. 8 October 2012. "On immigration, McLaughlin said illegal residents should be required to present themselves with no guarantees and the country should decide one-by-one which immigrants can stay. 'You can't just give free amnesty,' McLaughlin says." (projects.wsj.com)
No Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues. 19 September 2012. "I believe people have the freedom to associate with whomever they want and that civil unions should be honored at the federal level and all the rights given to a married couple should apply. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.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

  • Joe McLaughlin. Issues. 19 September 2012. "I believe we can reform Social Security by supplementing Social Security with a market-based retirement plan." (www.joemclaughlinforcongress.com)

Key

Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

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