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What is the Political Courage Test?

Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

I am committed to offering family planning education in high schools, as a means of educating and empowering our youth in making informed choices in the matter of having and raising children.

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?
YesCandidate 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

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
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) 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.

Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Corporations are not individuals, regardless of what the Supreme Court ruling might suggest.

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

There is no evidence that capital punishment is any deterrent for capital crimes.

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

I support the exploration and creation of new energy sources, aside from fossil fuels, in an effort to expand jobs creation, economic sovreignty and the quality of life for the people of our country and the world. I will assemble the top experts in the environemntal arena and generate and implement a workable strategy and plan to reverse the planet's eco-deterioration. We are loaned this planet; it is not our property.

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

We must shift the context from which we reate the the rest of the world. We are not the world's police force. We do not inherently know best. And war must cease to be inevitable. Peace is the result of a new way of relating, not the absence of war.

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

Being an American is a privilege. And as such, it is earned. Being an American carries with it a distinct responsibility. It honors those who engage in becoming an American to give them the opportunity to step into that responsibility. That is the power of citizenship.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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 restore integrity to the financial sector, with an emphasis on investment banking and securities. Our financial meltdown is a direct result of lies, broken promises and flat out thievery at the highest levels of our finacnial infrastructure. Getting these lies and crimes exposed, and holding those responsible to account will bring a new vitality to our economic system and a culture of economic justice and establish a renewed opportunity for prosperity for the populace. My second priority is the environment, our home, the planet. The abuse must stop and real restoration must begin.