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Harry Perkinson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

What is the Political Courage Test?

Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.
Unknown Answer
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.
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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.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
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?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I support: (a) tougher budget choices including defense spending cuts that maintain national security and good pay and benefits for service members, (b) tax reform that eliminates subsidies for special interests and creates a system that is simple, fair and compliance friendly, (c) reducing Medicare spending (not benefits) by controlling costs, reforming provider payments and incentives and eliminating fraud and waste.
Medicaid spending (short term) will increase because the number of Americans living in poverty is increasing.
Revenue and spending must respond to economic conditions: in good times, we should run a surplus, in hard times, a budget deficit.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
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?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

After 26 weeks on unemployment, persons who continue to be unemployed should go into a jobs/public works program. Instead of short term Congressional fixes or stop gap measures, Congress should pass comprehensive tax reform to eliminate subsidies for special interests and create a system that is simple, fair and make compliance easy.

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

Good public education is important to maintaining a strong economy and a strong national defense.

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

I support the US Supreme Court's decisions upholding an individual's right to "keep and bear arms" under the Second Amendment. I support reasonable restrictions that seek to keep guns out of the hands of anyone who has been shown to be mentally or medically incompetent, convicted of a gun crime or serving probation for a felony.

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

I believe all Americans should have access to quality and affordable health care. The Affordable Care Act is as close as this nation has come to achieving that goal, and it implements many good reforms: coverage for preventive services without co-pays, extending coverage for dependent children to age 26, eliminating lifetime claims limits, prohibiting insurers from denying or revoking coverage for preexisting conditions or because an insured gets sick and tax credits for individuals and businesses to make health insurance more affordable. The mandate applies to fewer than 2%, and does not apply at all to Medicare beneficiaries.

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

Deporting the approximately 12 million illegal immigrants in the US will have serious economic impacts on our fragile economy. We should: (a) fine persons currently in the country illegally for their crime and legalize their status as residents, (b) vigorously enforce immigration laws, (c) provide national biometric ID cards for all future legal immigrants and temporary workers, (d) implement E-verify in all work places and (e) impose heavy fines for employers hiring future illegal immigrants.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations
  • Harry Perkinson. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Pennsylvania Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected No Answer for: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? National Security other or expanded principles: "I support targeting known terrorists anywhere as long as the rights of US citizens are protected. A nuclear Iran is one of the greatest threats to national security faced by the US. The US in cooperation with other nations should continue to employ increasing economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure. Military force against Iran to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power should be a coalition effort and used only as a last resort."
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

I support targeting known terrorists anywhere as long as the rights of US citizens are protected. A nuclear Iran is one of the greatest threats to national security faced by the US. The US in cooperation with other nations should continue to employ increasing economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure. Military force against Iran to prevent it from becoming a nuclear power should be a coalition effort and used only as a last resort.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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 Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) 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
Slightly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Increasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

The critical issues in my campaign to represent the 4th Congressional District in Pennsylvania are job growth and getting the economy going full steam again. We need to improve our public education system so that our citizens can compete in a world job market. We need to grow the strength of our middle class and protect working families. We need to protect our rights as individuals from too great a Government over reach.

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