Gary Swing's Political Positions

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Gary Swing has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

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Colorado Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

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

The anti-abortion position is absurd and irrelevant to reality. Abortion should not be a political issue. The real issue today concerning human reproduction is overpopulation. Human overpopulation and over-consumption threaten the sustainability of life on Earth. World human population has grown from one billion people in 1803 to two billion in 1927 and 7.3 billion now. Biological carrying capacity studies show that we would need the resources of 1.5 Earths to sustain current human ecological impacts. If the average person on Earth consumed as much as the average American, the world could not sustain more than 1.4 billion people.

YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

The US military budget should be cut by 90% and all foreign military aid should be eliminated. The CIA, the NSA, and the Selective Service System should also be eliminated. Corporate welfare programs should be eliminated. Congress should be required to balance the budget.

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

I support a ban on corporate campaign contributions. The Supreme Court's determinations that money equals speech and that corporations are people need to be overturned or repealed by constitutional amendment. The outrageous cost of elections corrupts politicians who are deeply indebted to their largest campaign contributors. I support campaign spending limits, public campaign financing, open debates, and fair media access for all candidates on the ballot. I advocate an open party list system of proportional representation for legislative elections to establish fair representation for all parties, and range voting to elect the most popular candidates in elections for executive offices.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

Growth is unsustainable. The global economy has grown far beyond sustainable limits. We must greatly reduce per capita ecological impact and reduce birth rates well below the replacement level until we can establish an environmentally sustainable (steady state) economy. Carbon taxes should include environmental impacts in true cost pricing of new goods and services. Tax consumption, not income. Minimize carbon footprint to arrest climate change.

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

The cost of college tuition should be federally subsidized for US citizens.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
NoDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Without the environment, there is no economy. Perpetual growth cannot continue within a finite environment. We must reduce energy consumption at least 50% by 2030. Eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy. No oil from tar sands or shale. Ban fracking. Conserve energy. Improve efficiency. Convert to solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal power. Localize energy production. Promote alternative transportation.

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

Climate change is happening now as a result of human industrial activity. We must reduce greenhouse gas emissions at least 40% by 2020 and 95% by 2050.

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

Congress has no legal authority to restrict the sale or possession of firearms. When the Second Amendment was written the United States had no standing army and no weapons of mass destruction. Thomas Jefferson believed the Constitution could only be binding upon his generation. He wrote that: �every generation needs a new revolution.� He believed that each generation should create its own Constitution. I am more concerned with taking dangerous weapons away from the government than with restricting private gun ownership. US military imperialism and domestic police brutality have run rampant. Weapons of mass destruction should be abolished.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

The misnamed "Affordable Care Act is a corporate welfare program, not real health care reform. It should be repealed and replaced with a single payer "Medicare for All" national health insurance plan.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose the racist scapegoating of immigrants. We must address the real causes of high immigration levels: an unsustainable, high consumption lifestyle in the United States; economic globalization policies that exploit Third World nations for the benefit of transnational corporations; and labor policies designed to drive down wages. We must reform international trade policies to protect labor, human rights, and the environment. Fair trade should promote local self-reliance, not foreign corporate domination. I support international work permits that are not tied to a specific employer.

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

I oppose discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation. Marriage is a relationship between consenting adults.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

All weapons of mass destruction should be abolished. The US government possesses more of these weapons than the rest of the world combined. The US has no legal or moral authority to commit acts of military aggression against the people of other nations. The US military and the CIA have committed war crimes against at least 69 foreign nations since the end of World War Two, killing millions of people in illegal, immoral acts of aggression. American war criminals should be convicted and imprisoned for their crimes against humanity.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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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.

a) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
g) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Many of these programs should be fundamentally changed. It's not just about increasing or decreasing spending. The military is used for imperialism and genocide, not defense. End all foreign wars, shut down foreign military bases, and restrict the military to non-offensive defense of US territory. Eliminate foreign military aid. Greatly increase humanitarian foreign aid. Eliminate subsidies for petrochemical agriculture, factory farming, and animal farming. Increase subsidies for permaculture (sustainable agriculture), organic farming, and urban forming. Provide federal subsidies for college tuition. Secure a guaranteed baseline income with either a negative income tax or pre-bate on a national sales tax.


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
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) 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.

Human overpopulation is the most critical problem facing our planet. I support public funding for birth control and family planning programs at all levels, as well as public education efforts concerning the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis.

US military imperialism must be stopped. The United States' undeclared wars of aggression are always sold to the public on a foundation of lies. We have seen this recently with the fake "war on terror." 9/11 was "false flag" psychological warfare attack by the US government against its own people.

The two party system doesn't work. We need proportional representation for legislative elections.