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Cornelius O'Leary, Jr. 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

Key

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Inferred Answer
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Do 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,

do you support reducing defense spending?
do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
do you support reducing Medicaid spending?
do you support reducing Medicare spending?
Is 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.

a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) 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.

a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
Do you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Do 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.