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Brian Landsberger's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

What is the Political Courage Test?

Nevada Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Key

Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred 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.

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

See website. I defer to the opinion of women on this since they are the guardians of babies and they are the ones most affected.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

I support an immediate, safe withdrawal from both Iraq and Afghanistan.

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?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

See website. The tax code and federal medical support should be totally revised.

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

The courts have ruled on this.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

See website. A major role of the federal government is infrastructure projects for the purpose of creating a better business and personal environment. Any job creation is a fortunate consequence.

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

See website. The federal government should not fund general operations in education. Research and suggested (non-binding) standards fit the government role.

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

See website. The amount or significance of anthropogenic climate change has not been quantified.

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

Existing restrictions appear to be OK.

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

See website. A new federal health care support program is needed. The program should guarantee essential care, prevent personal financial disaster and require personal responsibility for paying for care, such as equal to but not exceeding 20 percent of income.

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

See website. A new comprehensive immigration program is needed. The program should recognize reality, respect all people, be enforceable and work toward the long term vision. The long term vision is that all peoples of North America can live, work and visit where they choose.

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

Marriage is a legal term. Religious organizations use the same term with different meaning and they can do as the choose.

Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

These questions are too general. Specific cases or responses may change the answer.

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

Currently some people, for example faculty of UNLV, contribute to an alternate plan in lieu of SS. Congress should examine if this option should be expanded to others or all.

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
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

See website. Except for f), the others need case by case study. A general answer adds no information. For example, as I said earlier, the federal government should cease paying for education continuing operations (teacher salaries, etc.). However, due to the importance of education, perhaps more focused research and coordinating between states by the federal government is needed. So one program decreases, one program increases, both in education.

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)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

See website. The tax code need a total overhaul. Income tax should be paid by all, credits and deductions eliminated and tax brackets revised. A total revision would bring in more money but many brackets would be lower.
Gas tax is a user tax and should pay for the highway system. Other user taxes like alcohol should be examined to see if they are too high or too low.

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.

See website.
1. Health care
2. Taxes
3. Immigration
All program revisions should save spending or increase income.

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