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Paul Chehade's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

What is the Political Courage Test?

Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Candidate Answer
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I am PRO -LIFE believer. If abortion were made illegal it would unfortunately still take place ? generally under unsanitary conditions that would endanger the life of the pregnant mother.
The avenue - solution is to CREATE NEW LAWS, NEW REGULATIONS, in which we provide the pregnant woman the facilities to have the right to a proper medical assistance by which we give her and/or ?the biological father of the unborn? the right to keep the unborn baby and therefore the right and the opportunity for the baby to live! Which is a RIGHT to every creature in this planet.

Budget
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?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I do not support reducing medicaid and medicare benefits, but I strongly support auditing in order to reduce reckless spending.
The United States must quit spending beyond its means.
The budget must be balanced.
The U.S. should live within its means and pay down the deficit.
I would give up the American empire to reduce debt without sacrifice.
I think spending should be based on the Constitution. If all spending had to be justified by the Constitution our spending would be drastically reduced.
We cannot afford the wars in the Middle East.

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.
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Other or expanded categories

Property Taxes
High property taxes discourage people from improving their property.

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
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?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Giving tax cuts to businesses to encourage growth and hiring of more workers.
Abolish marriage penalty and death tax and advocate further tax cuts.
The economy will improve when the government stops interfering in business matters. Businesses should not be curtailed by excessive government regulations.
In order to get more jobs we need to change our thinking and adaptation. We cannot just bring back jobs that are no longer there so we must create new ones. This means changing our thinking and careers.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I believe the education system should be regulated at the federal level in order to standardize education around the country.
I am passionate about education, believing it is the solution to many of our social and economic problems.
I believes that teachers should be paid extra for their experience.
Raise teacher salaries and cut bureaucracy.
Create partnerships with businesses to link students to careers and higher education and give them a real goal that they can see.
Give teacher and students access to newest technology and individual attention.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

The environment is one of the most important issues facing everyone today.
I support conservative-based conservation efforts.
I think we should reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup.
I believe that using our own resources instead of buying from other countries will bring high paying jobs and energy independence.
We should be using more clean coal, solar power, tertiary oil recovery and our own natural gas.
I believe in extending tax incentives for energy efficiency.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles

America should help those who ask but otherwise maintain diplomatic relations and a policy of non-interference.
Countries want our help they should have something to give in return other than vague promises of 'working toward democracy'. They need us more than we need them; we should use our leverage to benefit everyone but especially ourselves.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support enforcing gun laws at the time of sale with background checks and educated vendors.
I would confiscate illegally owned guns and guns that are illegal for civilians to own.
I believe that assault weapons should be banned, ?who needs them except criminals and police??

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoCandidate AnswerShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

The government should regulate health care costs to be reasonable and accesible to all.
The medical system requires amend and reformed.
Health care is about getting help when you need it. There has to be a way to help everyone without ripping off half the population. We just have to find it and not have it shoved down our throats.
You can?t force people to go to the doctor or make them take medication, goes back to the whole personal choice and civil liberties.

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?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

Immigration is a federal responsibility and should not be handled by the states.
I believe that every nation must have a secure border but we must also recognize that we do need immigrants.
I think that amnesty should be given to those illegal immigrants already in the country.
There should be quick and comprehensive immigration reform to enable a faster, simpler path to citizenship.

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

Marriage should be between a man and a woman, but I accept a legal contract between same sex couples to protect their joint assets.
I believe there is no reason to discriminate against anyone because of their sexual orientation. However, I believe it best to allow the general population, to decide on the issue of same sex marriage, by casting their individual votes, as has already been done in several states, rather than to rely on the personal decision or a candidate for the Presidency of the United States..

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

I think that the Social Security program has been looted by unethical politicians.

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.

Economy, Immigration, Health, Education.
How are we planning on accomplishing our objectives and cover the cost of our propositions?
By controlling and drastically reducing the reckless federal spending that our government, states and local authorities authorize without any real supervision.
How are we planning on increasing our national revenues without imposing more taxes?
By controlling imports that considerably affect our local industry and imposing higher duties. We will also give preference to our national products by providing significant incentives to the small and medium national industries.

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