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Karen Lynn Ramsburg

Karen Ramsburg's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Karen Lynn Ramsburg
Gender: Female
Family: Single; 1 Child: Alexandra
Birth Date: 11/17/1961
Birth Place: Frederick, MD
Home City: Mercersburg, PA
Religion: Roman Catholic
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Karen Ramsburg has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where she stands on the issues she may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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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-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate 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,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

Creating jobs should be our number one legislative priority and returning the wealthiest 1% to the Clinton era tax rate.

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

Reverse Citizens United and direct public funding as the only source of all candidates political campaigns.

NoDo 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?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Any continued tax relief would not include those earning more than 250k per year.

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

School funding should be equalized to all school districts across the U.S. End high stakes testing and return curriculum control to the local school districts.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

We need national legislation to protect our water quality because all waterways are connected.

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

A separate public healthcare option needs to be created to provide competition + lower cost in the private sector.

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

There should be a civil union that enables same sex couples to share benefits and rights.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
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
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

subsidies should go to small family farms = #1

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
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

No inheritance tax on estates under 5 million = 6. Wealth should be earned not inherited.

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.

#1 - Jobs creation through rebuilding infrastructure, sustainable energy sources i.e. solar/wind, + rebuilding our manufacturing base. Repeal NAFTA, place punitive tariffs on imported goods from low wage countries. Re negotiate all trade treaties to maintain our national sovernity. Re-instate Glass-Steagel and use tax policy to place more money on the demand side of the economy.
#2 - Create a public healthcare option separate from the private sector that would create competition and lower costs.
#3 - Create national legislation to protect our waterways.

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