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Kathy Polhemus

Kathy Polhemus' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Kathy Polhemus
Gender: Female
Family: Married; 2 Children
Birth Date: 09/01/1948
Birth Place: Oakland, CA
Home City: Englewood, CO
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Kathy Polhemus has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where she stands on the issues she may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Colorado Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Pro-choiceCandidate 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

I understood our initial attack on Madrases in Afghanistan after 9/11. I have no idea why we are there in 2012.

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?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

We need to lower healthcare costs overall.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
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?
NoCandidate 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 all of the above when we can afford them. Otherwise, I feel that we should follow the guidance of the Bowles-Simpson National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform recommendations regarding these issues.

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

Everyone has the right to own a gun for personal protection and/or hunting, but to the right to own an arsenal.

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 bottom line is that we need to reduce healthcare costs in the United States and make affordable healthcare available to everyone. The 2010 Affordable Health Care Act is a first step, but an incomplete one. Forcing people to purchase health care insurance is not my preference, but until we agree to some other way of covering all of our citizens with health insurance, it is the best current option.

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

I support the formation of strong families.

YesCandidate 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

While the option to use direct military force must remain available, covert operations and diplomacy must be considered as better options in order to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. If the situation progressed to the point where the use of direct military action would be considered as the last possible option, then we would have failed at many other points along the way

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.
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly 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
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Increasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

In order to extricate ourselves from the current fiscal mess, there must be shared sacrifice, which means that there need to be tax increases for everyone to bear. To that end I would look to raise income through various tax reform proposals, such as introducing an increased gasoline tax, eliminating or restricting a variety of tax deductions.

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. Economy/Balanced Budget: The Simpson-Bowles recommendations must be the basis for balancing the budget. Within those limits the government must take the lead in creating good paying jobs that cannot be outsourced. Banks need to be separated from risk-taking operations.
2. Education: We must invest the future and the education of our young children while returning the cost of higher education to an affordable level.
3. Healthcare: Regardless of the healthcare system employed, the cost of healthcare must be reduced across the board. If this can only be done with a single payer system, then that option should be pursued.

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