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Christopher R. Wight

Christopher Wight's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Christopher R. Wight
Gender: Male
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Christopher Wight refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Fight for Women. 8 October 2012. "As a Republican and strong believer in freedom of religion and individual choice, Chris believes the federal government should not dictate what is morally right regarding our private lives and regarding health-related decisions. The individual, not the government, must let their conscience and religion guide their personal decisions. Chris believes the federal government should be small, limited, and non-intrusive into our private lives and therefore that abortion should be safe, legal, rare, and the final choice left to individuals and families, not a federal mandate." (wight2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Foreign Policy. 8 October 2012. "After more than a decade of war and failed economic development policies, the United States must recognize Afghanistan as what it is, a failed state that is further debilitated by a meddling Pakistani government. We must establish a strategic overwatch with Air Force and Special Operations assets in the vicinity to aid government forces. In doing so, we will encourage the Afghans to choose between theocratic Taliban rule and a maturing democracy. We must work vigorously to ensure the safety of our ground troops and rebuild cooperation with Afghan troops." (wight2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Homeland Security. 8 October 2012. "The U.S. military is the most powerful fighting force in the world. Keeping it strong is vital to our security and that of our freedom loving allies around the world. Our men and women who courageously serve or have served are among the finest and bravest America has to offer and we must support them in every way possible." (wight2012.com)
  • Christopher Wight. About Chris. 8 October 2012. "Chris believes in building a strong American economy by responsibly managing our money, a small non-intrusive government that focuses more on individual freedom and free markets, and a strong national defense to protect our democracy and that of our friends around the world." (wight2012.com)
No Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. American Incomes Lowest Since 1995. 13 September 2012. "Americans will be faced with an additional tax bill of over $400 billion in 2013 unless we extend the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts. We will create jobs, increase total government revenues, and stimulate long-term growth if we provide desperately needed tax relief for our businesses which are subject to higher taxes here than any other country in the world." (wight2012.com)
  • Christopher Wight. Carolyn Maloney Votes to Raise Taxes on All Americans. 27 September 2012. "To stimulate and revive our economy it's critical that we let people keep more of their money to spend and save. Congress voted to extend the badly needed tax relief initially passed in 2001 and 2003." (wight2012.com)
  • Christopher Wight. More Jobs, More Take-Home Pay. 8 October 2012. "In January 2013 Americans will pay an additional $494 billion in taxes. Nearly all taxpayers will be impacted if Congress doesn't act by year-end. Marginal income tax rates will rise by 3-5 percent, dividend tax rates will rise from 15% to 39.6%, capital gains from 15% to 20%, and many others. Economic stimulus and prosperity comes when workers keep more of their wages and pay less to the government. We must support families and workers by making the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent." (wight2012.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Facebook: Wall. 7 October 2011. "There are many people in Washington who still think you can spend your way out of a recession. The fact is you can't. To create jobs and stimulate our economy we need to create an environment favorable to businesses by cutting the corporate tax rate, streamlining regulation, and supporting small businesses while cutting our federal deficit." (www.facebook.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Issue Position: Taxes. 1 January 2012. "Reducing the tax burden on workers and families supports a strong middle class with more money. Our tax laws unfairly benefit some while penalizing others and are overly complicated. Lower taxes for businesses helps drive growth and job creation. Lower taxes on savings and capital gains encourages investment." (votesmart.org)
  • Christopher Wight. Facebook: Wall. 7 October 2011. "To create jobs and stimulate our economy we need to create an environment favorable to businesses by cutting the corporate tax rate, streamlining regulation, and supporting small businesses while cutting our federal deficit." (www.facebook.com)
  • Christopher Wight. More Jobs, More Take-Home Pay. 8 October 2012. "Tax rates on job creators in the U.S. are the highest in the world. In order for businesses to invest in themselves and create new jobs we must provide a better environment for them to thrive by lowering the corporate tax rate." (wight2012.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Education. 8 October 2012. "President Bush's failed No Child Left Behind Act has added layers of bureaucracy and administrative red tape to our broken education system and costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year while achieving modest results. It puts too much emphasis on standardized testing and sets unrealistic goals. Our education system must be streamlined to produce a well-educated population, not good test-takers. States must be allowed to opt out of NCLB if they adopt rigorous teacher and principal evaluations and retain staff and award compensation based on merit [¦] We must find waste and redundancy in the DOE's budget and redirect those funds directly to schools, students, and programs like the Pell grant and Race to the Top." (wight2012.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. American Incomes Lowest Since 1995. 8 October 2012. "Also we must implement an all-of-the-above strategy for domestic energy production. We are sending billions of dollars overseas to purchase energy when we have abundant natural resources here at home." (wight2012.com)
  • Christopher Wight. Energy. 8 October 2012. "We must implement an "all of the above" strategy and fully develop our production of energy from domestic natural gas, clean coal, oil, nuclear, hydroelectric, and renewables that are economically viable [¦] Maloney's Failure: [¦] Voted against a bill to expedite permitting for offshore energy production in Alaska; Voted against a bill to allow drilling for natural gas and oil in the most product regions of the Outer Continental Shelf; Voted against a bill to expedite permitting for exploratory drilling in the Gulf of Mexico; Voted against drilling for natural gas and oil in the Outer Continental Shelf; Voted against deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico." (wight2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Facebook Wall. 17 May 2012. "When elected, I will be a fierce advocate for the full repeal of Dodd-Frank and Obamacare, and will convince my House colleagues to agree." (www.facebook.com)
  • Christopher Wight. Facebook: Wall. 9 July 2012. "Not only is the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional (as the court ruled before effectively re-writing the law), the Supreme Court's action in revising the law in order to rule on it was unconstitutional. But there is a higher authority “ the people. We have the power this November to overturn this decision and repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with real solutions for health care reform. The wrong way to reform healthcare is by levying one of the highest tax increases in American history and “ what worries me most “ the government deciding what treatments patients are allowed to receive. Our healthcare system needs reform “ better quality of care, lower costs, and basic health care available to those in need. This can be accomplished through incentives, not penalties." (www.facebook.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Immigration. 8 October 2012. "Chris believes that by serving in the U.S. military, people seeking citizenship and their families should have an expedited path to citizenship, not just temporary residence that the DREAM act offers. Chris will introduce legislation to allow more immigrants and families an immediate path to citizenship, strengthen our military, and create more loyal, patriotic citizens [¦] The family is the basic building block of society. We must cut regulation which is currently keeping immigrant families apart [¦] Chris will introduce legislation to raise the country caps to allow more hard-working and law abiding immigrants to apply for permanent residency and citizenship." (wight2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Equal Rights. 8 October 2012. "Gay Rights “ As a Republican and strong believer in limited government, freedom of religion, and individual choice, Chris believes the federal government should not dictate what is morally right regarding our private lives. The individual, not the government, must let their conscience and religion guide their personal decisions." (wight2012.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Christopher Wight. Issue Position: Social Security and Medicare. 8 October 2012. "We must fight to protect the benefits of Social Security and Medicare recipients and overhaul these programs for long-term sustainability." (votesmart.org)

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