Gary Swing's Political Positions

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Gary Swing has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

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This candidate has demonstrated 94% courage during the test.

*Note: This percentage is calculated based on the number of issue areas addressed by the candidate on the Political Courage Test at the conclusion of the testing period. It does not indicate support or lack of support by Project Vote Smart.

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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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  • "Fully legalize marijuana. Decriminalize possession of small quantities of other drugs for personal use. No new prisons." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918654/issue-position-legalize-marijuana (votesmart.org)

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  • "Convert to solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal power." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/534524/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)

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  • "Use carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in true cost pricing of new products and services." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/534525/issue-position-fair-tax (votesmart.org)
  • "Support international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/534524/issue-position-energy (votesmart.org)

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  • Rated 93% by Gun Owners of America http://votesmart.org/candidate/evaluations/14995/gary-swing/37 (votesmart.org)

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  • "Create a single payer national health insurance system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/534528/issue-position-health-care (votesmart.org)

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  • "Support equal rights regardless of gender or sexual orientation." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/918657/issue-position-equal-rights (votesmart.org)
  • "I strongly believe that marriage is a private relationship between two or more consenting adults and their online video subscribers." http://boilingfrogparty.ruck.us/ (boilingfrogparty.ruck.us)

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Arizona Congressional Election 2016 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 7.4 billion now. Biological carrying capacity studies show that we would need the resources of 1.6 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 1.5 billion people.

YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Unknown PositionInferred Answer In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations
  • None
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?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

I strongly oppose term limits for US presidents and members of Congress. I believe that they should be required to serve the full length of the prison terms that are appropriate for the crimes they commit while in office. Mark Twain's observation that there there is no truly criminal class in the United States except for Congress remains true today. With a re-election rate that typically exceeds 90% for members of Congress, it would be make sense to convert the US Capitol Building into a maximum security prison to prevent any of the current members of Congress from escaping.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
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 generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose Common Core requirements. The cost of college tuition should be federally subsidized for US citizens. Student loan debt should be forgiven.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
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 generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

When the Second Amendment was written, guns were primitive, 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. The Second Amendment should be reconsidered during a new Constitutional Convention. 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 ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

I support a single payer "Medicare for All" national health insurance system.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present 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

Marriage is a private relationship between two or more consenting adults and their online video subscribers. I'm not a big proponent of same sex marriage. It could get boring after a while to always have the same sex. Why not spice it up with a bit of variety? Try different positions. Set up the harness and trapeze. Bring out the honey, whipped cream, and strawberry sauce. Take turns being the one who gets tied up. Try out some role playing. Invite friends and neighbors to join in once in a while. Go to Swing parties. Make it more interesting.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
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

Uphold the Kellogg Briand Pact outlawing war. 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 an estimated twenty to thirty million people in illegal, immoral acts of aggression. American war criminals should be convicted and imprisoned for their crimes against humanity.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations
  • None
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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.

a) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Eliminatec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
l) 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.

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.

a) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
c) Small business taxes
d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Inheritance taxes
k) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

Replace the federal income tax with a "Fair Tax" national sales tax on consumption of new goods. Provide a guaranteed minimum income for all US citizens. Enact true cost pricing to include external environmental impacts in the price of new goods. Create a "steady state economy" founded upon principles of environmental sustainability.

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.

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