Warren Mosler's Political Positions

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Warren Mosler 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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Connecticut Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

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Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

We need to adjust the monetary system so that children are treated as investments and not expenses. This includes full federally funded vouchers for all students.

The problem with illegal abortion is the thousands of dead teenage girls who no one knew were pregnant until after they died trying to self abort or found quacks to do it. Our teenage girls have a right to life, too.

By fixing the monetary system we can eliminate a leading cause of abortion- parents feeling their children are unwanted.

1) Spending

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.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Maintain Status3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Maintain Statusd) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

My second proposal is for an $8/hr federally funded job to facilitate the transition from unemployment to private sector employment, as been successfully done per my 1996 journal paper in Argentina and India.

Private sector employers don't like to hire the unemployed. My proposal dramatically increases the number of unemployed who find private sector jobs.

2) 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) Alcohol taxes
Eliminateb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Eliminated) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

My first proposal is to completely suspend FICA tax collection for employees and employers to restore effective demand and create the 20 million private sector jobs we desperately need.

NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

Federal taxes function to regulate the economy like a thermostat. Right now we are obviously grossly over taxed for the size govt we have.

Govt is rightly sized by need and public purpose. The size of govt is not a tool for altering aggregate demand

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

I am an expert on privatizing social security as presented is a misnomer. All it does is shift ownership of existing financial assets within the economy. It does nothing for income or growth and serves no useful purpose.

My $8/hr transition job proposal eliminates the need for a minimum wage law.

Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Yesc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Nod) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

I believe campaign contributions should go 60% to the intended candidate and 40% shared by the remaining candidates on the ballot for that office.

This statement qualifies my answers above.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Noe) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

The largest two causes of crime are drugs and unemployment. My proposals eliminate unemployment and we also need to take the money out of illegal drug dealing by decriminalizing drugs.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Yesd) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support full federal vouchers for all students of approximately $10,000 per year.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

I support the choices that can be made to reduce CO2 for example that need not reduce our standard of living.

I am categorically against cap and trade proposals I've seen.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

most gun problems are caused by unemployment and drug crimes. My other proposals will eliminate both, after which I doubt we will have a gun problem.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Nob) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

Mosler plan

Everyone gets a ?medical debit card? with perhaps $5000 in it to be used for qualifying medical expenses (including dental) for the year.

Expenses beyond that are covered by catastrophic insurance.

At the end of the year, the card holder gets a check for the unused balance on the card, up to $4,000, to spend or save as desired, with the $1,000 to be spent on preventative measures not refundable.

The next year, the cards are renewed for the original $5,000 amounts.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

Seal the borders.

Recognize illegal immigration has been an ongoing subsidy for big business, and the illegals per se are not the problem.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

Drone attacks need to have direct Congressional approval.

There is no need for the US to be involved in they current type of trade negotiations.

We need long term fixed price crude oil contracts with Canada and Mexico for our import needs.

NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

The govt should perform civil unions, and leave marriage to religious institutions

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.

A full payroll tax (FICA) suspension, a $500/capita fed revenue sharing to the state govts, $8/hr federal transition job to facilitate the move from unemployment to private sector employment.

We are suffering from a massive shortage of aggregate demand. This is the time to cut taxes, not to raise them. And any spending cuts need be matched by additional tax cuts.

For the federal govt, taxes are the thermostat for controlling the economy. We need to lower taxes to warm up this ice cold economy

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