Erin Kent Magee's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Erin Kent Magee
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Doris Wei; 3 Children: Noriyoshi, Ritsuko Tracy, Barbara Han
Birth Date: 10/14/1946
Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
Home City: Lehigh Acres, FL
Religion: Protestant Christian
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Erin Magee has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

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Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

Budget

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

NoCandidate 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?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

There are 2 ways to balance the budget; by spending less or increasing federal revenues. Revenues can be greatly increased by reducing the trade deficit.

The Trade Deficit can be offset by increasing our sales around the world, or increasing tariffs on imported goods.

From 2007 to 2010, our trade deficit with China, alone, was $1.26 trillion, almost enough to balance the federal budget! Since most of our budgetary deficit can be offset through tax revenues, we can balance the budget by eliminating the trade deficit between the U.S. and China, all within the next 4 years!

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
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

About 6.2 million Americans, 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in this country, have been jobless for more than six months - at its highest since the Great Depression.

In the next decade, emerging industries such as rapid rail and bio-fuel production are expected to be a significant source of new jobs.

Thus, colleges and universities will need funding to develop new programs of education and training to prepare new workers and retrain those who wish to re-enter the labor force.

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.

a) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

It is estimated that the top 1% of the US population, or 3,105,000 people, have an average
income of $1.1 million dollars a year.

If we multiply $1.1 million ( $1,100,000 ) by 3,105,000, we come out with $3.4 trillion.

An adjusted tax rate of 25% would yield $1.7 trillion in revenues within 2 years and $3.4 trillion within the next 4 years, from just the wealthiest 1% of the US population.

Our national debt is now around $1.4 trillion. This will give us a surplus of $2 trillion over the four year period, without a tax increase.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

I believe it is better for 100 guilty men to go free than for one innocent man to go to jail.
Hence, I believe in careful judicial review, especially in cases involving the death penalty.

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

Statistically, more than 85% of our nation's wealth is controlled by a mere 20% of the US population. The United States currently has 412 billionaires, over 3 times that of China, it closest competitor. Yet, our deficit is out of control, at more than 1.4 trillion dollars!

Clearly, the infrastructure projects we need to create new jobs will be funded by private investors. Tax incentives will play a key role in attracting investors to projects essential to the growth of our economy.

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

Under conditions of chronic unemployment, colleges and universities will be expected to offer more than the standard menu of academic programs. To prepare themselves for a job market geared toward healthcare, rapid transit and renewable energy, students will need targeted training. Federal grants should be offered to institutions that are willing and able to keep pace with changing requirements.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles

I will not declare war without the approval of Congress; for, in the words of our first President:

"The Constitution vests the power of declaring war in Congress; therefore, no offensive expedition of importance can be undertaken until after they have deliberated upon the subject and authorized such a measure". (George Washington)

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

I support the Constitutional right of all Americans to bear arms, though controls are needed to prevent the abuse of that right.

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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo 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

In no event should families be separated as a result of deportation.

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

Marriage is, by definition, a union between a man and a woman.

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

This concept runs counter to the system on which Social Security is based. The Social Security taxes we pay go directly into the accounts of future recipients. The benefits we receive upon retirement were paid by those who preceded us. Hence, no one pays into his or her own account.

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.

Jobs, a Balanced Budget, Free Enterprise

As President, my first concern will be the economy. Millions of people are out of work. Moreover, about 6.2 million Americans, 45.1 percent of all unemployed workers in this country, have been jobless for more than six months - at its highest since the Great Depression.

A Balanced Budget will encourage Free Enterprise and set the stage for private investment in the infrastructures that will provide millions of new jobs.