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Nancy Wade's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

On The Ballot: Running, Green Party for U.S. House - District 5
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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

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No Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

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  • Nancy Wade. Issue Position: Cut the Basic Military Budget by 25 Percent over the Next Decade. 1 January 2012. "National defense has become the nation's biggest jobs program. We need to invest this money here at home to provide sustainable jobs for our young people. We must give them better choices than looking to the war machinery for employment because they see few other options." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

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  • Nancy Wade. Issue Position: Pass the Buffet Rule to start undoing the inequities in our tax structure. 1 January 2012. "Right now the top wealth-holders pay a significantly smaller percentage in income tax than do the rest of us. Beyond that, the marginal income tax on the top 1% should return to pre-1981 levels, to at least 70 percent." (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

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  • Nancy Wade. National Defense Against Climate Change. 23 July 2012. "It is time that our government takes its collective head out of the sand and recognizes the dangers of global warming. As your representative I would call immediately for a national plan of defense addressing the climate crisis based on the Green Party platform [¦] including "Establish carbon taxes on fossil fuels [¦] Eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels [¦] Adopt energy efficiency standards that reduce energy demand economy-wide by 50% over the next 20-30 years."" (www.wadeincongress.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

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  • Nancy Wade. Issue Position: Medicare for All. 1 January 2012. "The US is the only advanced country that does not provide this basic human right to its citizens." (votesmart.org)
  • Nancy Wade. Facebook: Wall. 25 March 2012. "Two years ago the health care reform bill, called Affordable Care, was signed into law. In anticipation of it's effects health insurance companies have increased premiums by 40% and more. We still must have single-payer healthcare, with no profit-making middlemen." (www.facebook.com)
No Candidate Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

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Yes Candidate Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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  • Nancy Wade. Marriage Equality. 23 July 2012. "Marriage equality is a step in the right direction; the direction of valuing fairness, equality, and understanding. Let's keep advocating for it and more steps in that direction, steps that result in laws to uphold those values." (www.wadeincongress.org)
No Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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No Candidate Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

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Illinois Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

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

Women must have control over our own bodies as a human right.

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

The war in Afghanistan has lasted for nearly eleven years, and has cost the lives of unknown thousands of Afghan civilians, with millions more displaced and otherwise suffering from the effects of war. Nearly two thousand U.S. soldiers have been killed, and thousands more wounded. The war has cost the taxpayers well over half a trillion dollars, and the costs continue to climb. All this to defeat a poorly defined enemy that as of June 2010 was down to no more than 50 to 100 operatives in Afghanistan. Our Afghanistan deployment is an unconscionable waste of blood and money.

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?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

While the deficit is a concern there are many ways it could be dramatically reduced or eliminated. Primary among them are significantly reducing military spending and taxing the wealthy to contribute their fair share. At present the deficit is being used as a smokescreen to shield the 1% from responsibility for contributing fairly to the well-being of the 99%. It is being used as an excuse to squeeze even more from the 99% for the benefit of the wealthiest among us. We should balance the burden and balancing the budget will follow naturally.

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

The Citizens United decision made already inadequate campaign regulations null and void. Our democracy is being swallowed by moneyed interests who are able to hide behind this decision. We should have universal publicly financed elections. Until that time there should be full disclosure of all indirect campaign contributions above $2,500.

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

There are many problems with capital punishment. It is unfairly meted out, with poor and minority criminals being those most frequently receiving it. An eye for an eye makes everyone blind -- it is morally wrong for the state to engage in murder. There have been instances of people being wrongfully convicted, enough for the governor of Illinois to declare a moratorium on executions. Most Western nations have ended capital punishment and we should as well.

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

I support tax relief for middle income and working poor. I do not support tax relief for those earning over $300,000 a year. A significant reason we are in economic straits is that the wealthiest among us are not paying their fair share.

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

The federal government should contribute to educational improvement without making it a competition for resources. Standardized testing should not be used as the sole criteria by which schools are measured. Democratically elected boards of education, teachers, parents, and students, not federal authorities, should determine by democratic process what reforms their schools need and be able to use federal contributions to help implement them. Priority in allocating federal funds should be to create more equitable educational opportunities for disadvantaged communities.

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

Offshore oil drilling, as well as all other energy production and use of fossil fuels, is disrupting the climactic system of the planet. We must immediately move decisively away from fossil fuels and toward clean, green energy sources. The U.S. currently has all the energy production we need. Expanding offshore drilling only serves the profit motive of multi-national oil companies, not our or the planet's best interests.

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

We must have a national defense plan to move away from fossil fuels that are the source of climate change. It is absolutely essential to regulate and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. should be a leader in this, not holding back and stymieing international efforts in this, as it currently is by not participating in international agreements on reducing greenhouse gases.

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

Guns that are designed specifically to kill people, that is, automatic and semi-automatic military guns should not be allowed in private possession. For other guns, as with the regulations on cars, people should have to register their gun purchase, be educated about using it safely, have to buy insurance against the possibility of damage to people or property caused by its use, and guns for hunting should have improved safety mechanisms. In addition, every gun purchaser should have a background check, no loop holes, no exceptions.

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

The 2010 Affordable Care Act was a compromise allowing the health insurance industry to continue to reap unconscionable profits from the pain and suffering of citizens. Because it offers some relief, such as allowing young people to age 25 to continue to be covered on their parent's insurance, and other similar stop-gap measures, I don't support repealing it. However, requiring people to contribute to the profits of the insurance industry by mandating purchase of insurance is the wrong direction. We should expand Medicare to cover everyone and eliminate the profit-taking insurance industry from healthcare.

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

We need a fair and just path to citizenship. Many immigrants come to escape economic conditions that U.S. policies have created, such as NAFTA and the war on drugs. We should recognize the value immigration has to our economy and not allow immigrant labor to be exploited. Keeping immigrants in fear allows them to become a large pool of exploitable labor that also depresses wages and working conditions for citizens. U.S. trade treaties should help protect the rights of all workers, thus reducing the pressures on workers to escape conditions in their own countries.

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

I support equal rights, including the right to marry, for all. This includes gay, lesbian, transgender and queer people.

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

I do not support any country having nuclear weapons. However, Iran has the sovereign right to possess a nuclear weapon. Many states that are considered to be our enemies have them: Russia, China, and Korea, for instance. The threat of mutual destruction has a significant deterrent effect on states that are enemies. Therefore, if Iran has a nuclear weapon it can balance the threat that Israel holds in its nuclear weapons. Attacking Iran to prevent it from having a nuclear weapon is a greater world danger. It would lead to an engulfing war in the region.

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 should not be subject to the whims of Wall Street. It should be secure and reliably available at retirement. By lifting the $106,800 cap on earnings subject to tax Social Security can remain solvent.

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.
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Greatly Increasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
Maintain Statusm) Other or expanded categories

I support the People's Budget, proposed by Rep. Grijalva and The Progressive Caucus. It eliminates the deficit and raises a $31 billion surplus in ten years. It puts America back to work, restores competitiveness, creates a fairer tax system, protects health and social security, and brings troops home. The bottom line:
? Deficit reduction of $5.6 trillion
? Spending cuts of $1.7 trillion
? Revenue increase of $3.9 trillion
? Public investment $1.7 trillion

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)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) 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.

Fairness in taxation and job creation. The wealthiest among us and big corporations must pay their fair share of income taxes. There should be a Wall Street transaction tax. With the funds gained we should create green jobs to benefit communities.
Medicare for all. We should have universal, single-payer healthcare.
Amend the Constitution to nullify the Citizen's United decision. The amendment would declare that constitutional rights are guaranteed only to human persons and that money is not speech, it is property.

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