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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

You cannot force nobility into people, therefore, pregnancies resulting from rape and those that present an abnormally life-threatening danger should remain subject to the will of the mother. Other than these two rare circumstances, I can think of no reason to empower a citizen with the right to take the life of an unborn child.

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

I support increasing taxes on imports, cutting corporate tax rates to get businesses around the world looking at the U.S. for setting up camp, eliminating government waste, initiating tort, tax, welfare, education, and immigration reform, decreasing foreign energy dependency and foreign aid, and establishing term limits for Congressmen so they can focus on something other than getting re-elected.

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 Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
Greatly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

Border security

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.

Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Eliminateb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Implementation of the Fair Tax or something very similar to it.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

We're coming into a new age where money will soon be a much lesser force in the election process. It will always be a factor, but in the near future, I believe it will be much less of a factor. There is no need to implement regulations in order to tell Americans how they can and cannot spend their money when it comes to patriotic ventures.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

In matters of self defense, I can reasonably justify the taking of life. Punishment and vengeance are not matters of self defense.

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

Outside of clergy, it's hard to find someone who has a job that isn't tied to some form of business. Also, it's unlikely you'll find a government entity that operates at a profit. This means that in order to create jobs and bolster the economy, we need to create an environment that is friendly to businesses. America is a capitalist democracy. If we hurt American businesses, we hurt America. To close the gap on financial inequality, we should concentrate on making poor people wealthier, not making wealthy people poorer.

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

The concept of states' rights is mocked when the federal government dangles the big green carrot in front of them in order to get national conformity. If any state is ineligible to receive federal funds, the federal government should be ineligible to receive federal taxes from that state.

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

If every human being on Earth were given one square yard of land, the entire human population would fit onto Hawaii's Big Island-- and there would plenty of room for more. It is unreasonable to think that our pollution has had no effect on the Earth's atmosphere (and thus climate) whatsoever. However, it's ridiculous to presume that humans have so much power that we can create more global havoc within the environment than even one of the Earth's hundreds of volcanoes. Mankind's contribution to climate change is like standing on a beach during a hurricane and blowing really hard.

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

Though there is a chance something bad will happen if we leave Afghanistan, there is no chance something good will happen if we stay. At some point, we have to let these people live their own lives. We can issue a stern warning to all nations and factions that the Middle East is now a non-war zone. We can come back and keep laying waste to the organizations that exist within these countries, all we need is the green light.

I do not support targeting suspected terrorists. I support targeting known terrorists.

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

Of course we should have restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns-- we currently have such restrictions-- we should be done creating restrictions.

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

Interstate commerce and tort reform are the ingredients for reduced health care costs. There's more to it than that, but they are instrumental in lowering prices. What's absurd is having a federal government that creates laws and regulations that drive up prices, then having the same federal government create programs to help pay for health care. It's like praising the government when you get your money back from income tax overpayments.

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

Control the border, create a six month registration period for illegals to come forward to make themselves known, 3 choices: initiate the current path to citizenship, leave within one year, or face immediate deportation after the registration period is gone. During the naturalization process, keep clean. No federal aid except primary and secondary school, emergency medical care, workman's comp, and a defense lawyer should they be taken to a federal court. Those who don't come forward and can't abide by our laws will face deportation.

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

It's a religious thing. I'm not judging, but I'm not condoning. That's just the way it is.

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

Social Security would be just fine today if Congress had kept its greedy mitts off of the people's money. We don't need Social Security reform, we need Congressional spending reform. One simple law changes everything-- the hands off law.

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.

My first priority is to stop thinking in terms of priorities. We're facing dozens of major issues and choosing 2 or 3 is an excuse waiting to happen. If you have four flat tires, you don't ask the technician which tire he's going to fix first.

I perceive the over-extended powers of the Executive office to be the greatest threat to our nation. International treaties, unelected "czars," executive orders, and departmental monstrosities like the Dept of Homeland Security give the president way too much power. These entities offer the greatest threat to our Constitution, our freedom, and indeed, our nation.