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Christina Lopez has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where she stands on the issues she may face if elected.

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Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

Full and free reproductive rights for all women, including freedom from forced sterilization. Employer-paid health insurance must include birth-control, with no exemptions for religion-connected institutions.

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?
NoCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

A sane budget is possible by disarming the U.S. war machine and using the money for a massive, publicly-funded training and jobs program at union wages with childcare.

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
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Eliminatec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
g) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
Greatly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Government spending that helps the needy, not the greedy.

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.

Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminated) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Tax the rich and corporate profits. Simplify the tax code and eliminate loopholes and tax breaks for corporate giants. Shift the tax burden from workers and small businesses to the top 1 percent at a tax rate of 70 percent.

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

Contributions from corporations, which exist for profit, should be highly regulated and super PACS banned. Unions, which exist for improving conditions of working people, should not be prevented from supporting minor party challenges to the parties of big business.

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

I do not support capital punishment. In the U.S. it is rooted in slavery's power of life and death to impose black bondage. Today, capitalism uses the death penalty and the whole prison system to maintain the rule of wealth, and to terrorize those most likely to revolt.

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

The big debate is not spend vs. tighten your belts. Under capitalism, whatever their fix, it is always short-term, profitable to capital and at the expense of working people. Instead, nationalize the banks and key industries under the management of workers committees, and ban speculation.

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

Under a socialist government, federal requirements would prevent abuses in states and enhance public education. But under capitalism, federal policies are imposing charter schools, business-oriented goals, and tests scores that prevent free, quality, multicultural education for all.

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

Slash industrial fossil-fuel emissions. Phase out nuclear power. Make workplaces free of toxins. Fund publicly owned renewable energy sources. Expand public mass transit and make it free. Ban fracking. Clean up toxic waste dumps and poisoned waterways and end mountaintop removal mining.

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

For unilateral U.S. nuclear disarmament. End the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. No war with Iran. Bring home all troops and mercenaries. Close all U.S. bases abroad and shut down Guantanamo.

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

Everyone has the right to self-defense, which can include guns. The public should be more concerned with regulating the multiple, highly armed policing agencies of city, state and the federal governments. Legalizing drugs would minimize the profit-driven, gun-toting drug cartels.

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

The Affordable Care Act does not come close to providing what's really needed: free medical care for all U.S. residents, regardless of immigration status, and including comprehensive care for those with disabilities.

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

End U.S. military and free-trade policies that cause forced immigration; shut down ICE, Homeland Security, and all detention centers; open the borders for working people; declare amnesty for all immigrants; abolish guest worker programs; full civil rights for immigrants and the native born.

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

Marriage between consenting people is, of course, fine. Much organizing still needs to be done to protect the rights of the LGBTQ community from job discrimination, police brutality, school bullies, and murderous bigotry.

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

Social Security, funded directly by payroll taxes from workers and employers, is outside corporate control. The campaign to "allow" people to divert some of their Social Security into personal accounts is really an attempt to privatize worker' retirement for corporate profit.

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.

To create more jobs, begin an ambitious, publicly funded training and jobs program at union wages with childcare, and reduce the workweek to 30 hours with no cut in pay. Extend unemployment benefits indefinitely. Restore urgently needed funds to already slashed government programs for the neediest.

To pay for this, end the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq, bring home all troops and mercenaries, close all military bases abroad, and cancel all military contracts for weaponry. Additionally, implement a tax of the top 1 percent a rate of 70 percent. Billions in unpaid taxes from corporate America should be vigorously collected.