Gary 'Thought Criminal' W. Swing's Political Positions

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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 are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I object to calling the forced birth movement "pro-life." I am pro-life because I oppose war, genocide, and imperialism; and I support environmental sustainability and public funding for health care. Most anti-abortion activists are not pro-life. Abortion should not be a political issue. I support full public funding for family planning programs and public education about the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis. Population growth is unsustainable. Encourage lower birth rates. National health insurance should cover the cost of contraception, voluntary sterilization, and abortion for people who choose them. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Abortion Issues: f) Other or Expanded Principles: "I object to calling the forced birth movement "pro-life." I am pro-life because I oppose war, genocide, and imperialism; and I support environmental sustainability and public funding for health care. Most anti-abortion activists are not pro-life. Abortion should not be a political issue. I support full public funding for family planning programs and public education about the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis. Population growth is unsustainable. Encourage lower birth rates. National health insurance should cover the cost of contraception, voluntary sterilization, and abortion for people who choose them."
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2010 Abortion Issues. 15 February 2012. "I oppose criminalizing abortion." (vote-co.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy? c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Eliminate public funding for abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Prohibit the late-term abortion procedure known as "partial-birth" abortion."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?" Abortion Issues Other or expanded principles: "I object to calling the forced birth movement "pro-life." I am pro-life because I oppose war, genocide, and imperialism; and I support environmental sustainability and public funding for health care. Most anti-abortion activists are not pro-life. Abortion should not be a political issue. I support full public funding for family planning programs and public education about the seriousness of the overpopulation crisis. Population growth is unsustainable. Encourage lower birth rates. National health insurance should cover the cost of contraception, voluntary sterilization, and abortion for people who choose them. "

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I oppose American economic, military, and political imperialism. The United States has committed war crimes against the people of more than 70 nations since the end of World War Two. There are now US soldiers stationed in 156 countries with official US military bases in 63 foreign countries. Bring home all US troops NOW! End all foreign wars, shut down all US military bases in foreign countries, and restrict the US military to non-offensive defense of US territory. US foreign policy should be strictly humanitarian foreign aid, respect for human rights, fair trade, and support for environmental sustainability."
  • Gary Swing. It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got that Swing. 15 February 2012. "[I] consistently opposed illegal US military interventions, including the bombing, invasion, and occupation and Afghanistan and Iraq. We demand the immediate withdrawal of all US soldiers from wars of aggression." (www.newmenu.org)
  • Gary Swing. Gary Swing for Congress 2012. 4 January 2012. "The Green Party has consistently opposed illegal US military interventions, including the bombing, invasion and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. We demand immediate withdrawal of all US soldiers from wars of aggression. I will be upholding the Kellogg-Wright Act with outlaws war as a tool of foreign policy. The US should shut down all of its foreign military bases, restrict its military to non offensive defense of US territory, abolish its weapons of mass destruction and eliminate the CIA." (www.youtube.com)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support nited States military action in Afghanistan? b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan? c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues: j) other or expanded principles: "I oppose American economic, military, and political imperialism. The United States has committed war crimes against the people of more than 70 nations since the end of World War Two. There are now US soldiers stationed in 156 countries with official US military bases in 63 foreign countries. Bring home all US troops NOW! End all foreign wars, shut down all US military bases in foreign countries, and restrict the US military to non-offensive defense of US territory. US foreign policy should be strictly humanitarian foreign aid, respect for human rights, fair trade, and support for environmental sustainability."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Spending: m) Other or Expanded Categories: "No more war. Close all foreign military bases. Non-offensive defense of US territory. Abolish the CIA and its front organization: "National Endowment for Democracy." End foreign military aid. Abolish all weapons of mass destruction. Prosecute war criminals and 9/11 traitors. Rescind NAFTA. Repeal Patriot Act and Homeland Security."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Legislative Priorities: "1) End the American war against humanity. Stop the US genocide against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, end the military occupation and bring home all US soldiers. Prosecute American war criminals and the traitors responsible for 9/11, and end US imperialism. Tell the truth about American foreign policy."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I oppose American economic, military, and political imperialism. The United States has committed war crimes against the people of more than 70 nations since the end of World War Two. There are now US soldiers stationed in 156 countries with official US military bases in 63 foreign countries. Bring home all US troops NOW! End all foreign wars, shut down all US military bases in foreign countries, and restrict the US military to non-offensive defense of US territory. US foreign policy should be strictly humanitarian foreign aid, respect for human rights, fair trade, and support for environmental sustainability."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "The real issue is HOW the money is spent. Stop subsidizing petrochemical agriculture and animal farming, Promote permaculture, organic farming, urban farming. No more war. Close all foreign military bases. Non-offensive defense of US territory. Abolish the CIA and its front organization: "National Endowment for Democracy." End foreign military aid. Abolish all weapons of mass destruction. Prosecute war criminals and 9/11 traitors. Rescind NAFTA. Repeal Patriot Act and Homeland Security. Support human rights, fair trade, local self reliance, sustainable economics. Convert to solar, wind, geothermal power. End subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Conserve. Improve efficiency. End corporate welfare."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. c) Defense" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "The real issue is HOW the money is spent. Stop subsidizing petrochemical agriculture and animal farming, Promote permaculture, organic farming, urban farming. No more war. Close all foreign military bases. Non-offensive defense of US territory. Abolish the CIA and its front organization: "National Endowment for Democracy." End foreign military aid. Abolish all weapons of mass destruction. Prosecute war criminals and 9/11 traitors. Rescind NAFTA. Repeal Patriot Act and Homeland Security. Support human rights, fair trade, local self reliance, sustainable economics. Convert to solar, wind, geothermal power. End subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Conserve. Improve efficiency. End corporate welfare."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: "1) Intelligence operations 3) National missile defense 5) Programs to improve troop retention rates 6) Research and development of new weapons f) Homeland security"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected GREATLY DECREASE for: "c) Defense 2) Military Hardware"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Spending: m) Other or Expanded Categories: "No more war. Close all foreign military bases. Non-offensive defense of US territory. Abolish the CIA and its front organization: "National Endowment for Democracy." End foreign military aid. Abolish all weapons of mass destruction. Prosecute war criminals and 9/11 traitors. Rescind NAFTA. Repeal Patriot Act and Homeland Security."
  • Gary Swing. Issue Position: Military Budget. 15 February 2012. "Greatly reduce the bloated US military budget. Remove all US armed forces from foreign nations and restrict them to non-offensive territorial defense of the United States." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Swing. It Don't Mean a Thing if You Ain't Got that Swing. 15 February 2012. "I advocate upholding the Kellogg-Briand Pact, which outlaws war as a tool of foreign policy. The United States should shut down all of its foreign military bases, restrict its military to non-offensive defense of US territory, abolish its weapons of mass destruction, and eliminate the CIA. US foreign policy should focus strictly on humanitarian aid, respect for human rights, fair trade, and support for environmental sustainability." (www.newmenu.org)

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. d) Family income $75-150,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Gas taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Gas taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Gas taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2008 Tax Issues. 15 February 2012. "The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never legally ratified. There is no law requiring Americans to pay a federal income tax on their labor. The federal income tax should be abolished and replaced with a national fair tax (progressive national sales tax)." (vote-co.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Pollution taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. c) $75,000 - $150,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Pollution taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2008 Tax Issues. 15 February 2012. "The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never legally ratified. There is no law requiring Americans to pay a federal income tax on their labor. The federal income tax should be abolished and replaced with a national fair tax (progressive national sales tax)" (vote-co.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: " f) Income taxes (low-income families) g) Income taxes (middle-income families) h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?" Taxes: 6) other or expanded principles: "Use carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in true cost pricing of new goods and services. Minimize carbon footprint to halt climate change. Replace the federal income tax with a "fair tax" (national sales tax) to discourage consumption while encouraging saving and investment. Secure a baseline income with monthly rebates. Abolish the IRS. End the private Federal Reserve Bank's control over US monetary policy and restore it to the Treasury Department."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: " f) Income taxes (low-income families); g) Income taxes (middle-income families); h) Income taxes (high-income families)."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: "f) Income taxes (low-income families; g) Income taxes (middle-income families) h) Income taxes (high-income families)."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. a) Retiree income over $40,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Pollution taxes -- Greatly Increase"

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. It Don't Mean a Thing if you Ain't Got that Swing. 15 February 2012. "I support public investment to create jobs in energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, green construction and mass transportation." (www.newmenu.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked NO for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked YES for: "c) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage? e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?" Budget, Spending, and Tax Issues Other or expanded principles: "Use carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in true cost pricing of new goods and services. Minimize carbon footprint to halt climate change. Replace the federal income tax with a "fair tax" (national sales tax) to discourage consumption while encouraging saving and investment. Secure a baseline income with monthly rebates. Abolish the IRS. End the private Federal Reserve Bank's control over US monetary policy and restore it to the Treasury Department."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing in reading and math."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support school choice programs within public education. I also think school vouchers are okay for private, secular education, but not for schools that practice religious indoctrination. I support the separation of church and state. I oppose the teaching of creationism in schools, or any form of political or religious indoctrination, such as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or organized prayer as part of the public school curriculum. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "The real issue is HOW the money is spent. Stop subsidizing petrochemical agriculture and animal farming, Promote permaculture, organic farming, urban farming. No more war. Close all foreign military bases. Non-offensive defense of US territory. Abolish the CIA and its front organization: "National Endowment for Democracy." End foreign military aid. Abolish all weapons of mass destruction. Prosecute war criminals and 9/11 traitors. Rescind NAFTA. Repeal Patriot Act and Homeland Security. Support human rights, fair trade, local self reliance, sustainable economics. Convert to solar, wind, geothermal power. End subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Conserve. Improve efficiency. End corporate welfare."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support school choice programs within public education. I also think school vouchers are okay for private, secular education, but not for schools that practice religious indoctrination. I support the separation of church and state. I oppose the teaching of creationism in schools, or any form of political or religious indoctrination, such as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or organized prayer as part of the public school curriculum. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Local" for: "Indicate which level of government that should have primary responsibility for the following services. Select one level only. c) Education"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Give all federal education funding to states in the form of block grants and allow them to spend it as they see fit."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support school choice programs within public education. I also think school vouchers are okay for private, secular education, but not for schools that practice religious indoctrination. I support the separation of church and state. I oppose the teaching of creationism in schools, or any form of political or religious indoctrination, such as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or organized prayer as part of the public school curriculum. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?" Education Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support school choice programs within public education. I also think school vouchers are okay for private, secular education, but not for schools that practice religious indoctrination. I support the separation of church and state. I oppose the teaching of creationism in schools, or any form of political or religious indoctrination, such as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or organized prayer as part of the public school curriculum. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "d) Education" Indicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once. Other or expanded principles: "The real issue is HOW the money is spent. Stop subsidizing petrochemical agriculture and animal farming, Promote permaculture, organic farming, urban farming. No more war. Close all foreign military bases. Non-offensive defense of US territory. Abolish the CIA and its front organization: "National Endowment for Democracy." End foreign military aid. Abolish all weapons of mass destruction. Prosecute war criminals and 9/11 traitors. Rescind NAFTA. Repeal Patriot Act and Homeland Security. Support human rights, fair trade, local self reliance, sustainable economics. Convert to solar, wind, geothermal power. End subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Conserve. Improve efficiency. End corporate welfare."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Maintain Status" for: "1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. c) Education (K-12)" 1) Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number (level) only. Other or expanded principles: "Single payer health care -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs? c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools? d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers? e) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?" Education Issues: f) other or expanded principles: "I support school choice programs within public education. I also think school vouchers are okay for private, secular education, but not for schools that practice religious indoctrination."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Climate change is happening now as a result of human industrial activity. We must phase out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy to replace them with solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy with decentralized energy production. The United States has the second highest per capita ecological footprint (impact) of any nation (9.4 hectares per person). We must convert to a steady-state (sustainable) economy, vastly reducing consumption and waste production. With the peak of global oil production, the automobile-centered economy and petrochemical agriculture are no longer sustainable. We need to shift to alternative transportation and sustainable agricultural techniques."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Environment and Energy Issues: h) other or expanded principles: "Climate change is happening now as a result of human industrial activity. We must phase out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy to replace them with solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy with decentralized energy production [¦] We must convert to a steady-state (sustainable) economy, vastly reducing consumption and waste production. With the peak of global oil production, the automobile-centered economy and petrochemical agriculture are no longer sustainable. We need to shift to alternative transportation and sustainable agricultural techniques."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support opening a select portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."

Vote Smart's Research

  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Climate change is happening now as a result of human industrial activity. We must phase out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy to replace them with solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy with decentralized energy production. The United States has the second highest per capita ecological footprint (impact) of any nation (9.4 hectares per person). We must convert to a steady-state (sustainable) economy, vastly reducing consumption and waste production. With the peak of global oil production, the automobile-centered economy and petrochemical agriculture are no longer sustainable. We need to shift to alternative transportation and sustainable agricultural techniques."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Impose stricter national air quality standards." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate logging, grazing, and oil drilling on public lands; support ecological tax shifting to develop an environmentally sustainable economy; legalize industrial hemp for use as food, fuel, and fiber."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Climate change is happening now as a result of human industrial activity. We must phase out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy to replace them with solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy with decentralized energy production. The United States has the second highest per capita ecological footprint (impact) of any nation (9.4 hectares per person). We must convert to a steady-state (sustainable) economy, vastly reducing consumption and waste production. With the peak of global oil production, the automobile-centered economy and petrochemical agriculture are no longer sustainable. We need to shift to alternative transportation and sustainable agricultural techniques."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Support the U.S. re-entering the current Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Climate change is happening now as a result of human industrial activity. We must phase out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy to replace them with solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy with decentralized energy production. The United States has the second highest per capita ecological footprint (impact) of any nation (9.4 hectares per person). We must convert to a steady-state (sustainable) economy, vastly reducing consumption and waste production. With the peak of global oil production, the automobile-centered economy and petrochemical agriculture are no longer sustainable. We need to shift to alternative transportation and sustainable agricultural techniques."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel powered engines, including cars and trucks." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate logging, grazing, and oil drilling on public lands; support ecological tax shifting to develop an environmentally sustainable economy; legalize industrial hemp for use as food, fuel, and fiber."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?" Environment and Energy Issues Other or expanded principles: "Climate change is happening now as a result of human industrial activity. We must phase out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy to replace them with solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy with decentralized energy production. The United States has the second highest per capita ecological footprint (impact) of any nation (9.4 hectares per person). We must convert to a steady-state (sustainable) economy, vastly reducing consumption and waste production. With the peak of global oil production, the automobile-centered economy and petrochemical agriculture are no longer sustainable. We need to shift to alternative transportation and sustainable agricultural techniques."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Adhere to the United Nations treaty regarding global climate change." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources. Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate logging, grazing, and oil drilling on public lands; support ecological tax shifting to develop an environmentally sustainable economy; legalize industrial hemp for use as food, fuel, and fiber."
  • Gary Swing. Issue Position: Energy. 15 February 2012. "We should implement a 'powerdown' strategy for reducing the impact of human overconsumption and production on the environment and promote transition to sustainable, non-polluting energy technologies. Move toward steady-state economic principles. Support international agreements to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Stop subsidizing fossil fuels and nuclear energy. No oil from tar sands or shale oil development. Support conservation and energy efficiency. Convert to solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal power. Decentralize energy production." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Spending: m) Other or Expanded Categories: "Convert to solar, wind, geothermal power. End subsidies for fossil fuels and nuclear energy. Conserve. Improve efficiency."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Environment and Energy Issues: h) other or expanded principles: "Climate change is happening now as a result of human industrial activity. We must phase out the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy to replace them with solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy with decentralized energy production [¦] We must convert to a steady-state (sustainable) economy, vastly reducing consumption and waste production. With the peak of global oil production, the automobile-centered economy and petrochemical agriculture are no longer sustainable. We need to shift to alternative transportation and sustainable agricultural techniques."

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  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am neither pro-gun nor an advocate of gun control. I consider most gun control measures to be unconstitutional, but I am also an advocate of nonviolence. Nonviolent resistance is more effective and morally preferable to violence for social defense against a criminal government. I am much more concerned about the threat of guns in the hands of the government than those in the hands of private citizens. Individuals have the right to possess any weapons that the government may possess. No public entity or private person should be allowed to posses weapons of mass destruction. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Favor allowing citizens to carry concealed firearms." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Repeal the Second Amendment; Allow states to establish their own policies concerning gun issues."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am neither pro-gun nor an advocate of gun control. I consider most gun control measures to be unconstitutional, but I am also an advocate of nonviolence. Nonviolent resistance is more effective and morally preferable to violence for social defense against a criminal government. I am much more concerned about the threat of guns in the hands of the government than those in the hands of private citizens. Individuals have the right to possess any weapons that the government may possess. No public entity or private person should be allowed to posses weapons of mass destruction. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Increase federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am neither pro-gun nor an advocate of gun control. I consider most gun control measures to be unconstitutional, but I am also an advocate of nonviolence. Nonviolent resistance is more effective and morally preferable to violence for social defense against a criminal government. I am much more concerned about the threat of guns in the hands of the government than those in the hands of private citizens. Individuals have the right to possess any weapons that the government may possess. No public entity or private person should be allowed to posses weapons of mass destruction. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?" Gun Issues Other or expanded principles: "I am neither pro-gun nor an advocate of gun control. I consider most gun control measures to be unconstitutional, but I am also an advocate of nonviolence. Nonviolent resistance is more effective and morally preferable to violence for social defense against a criminal government. I am much more concerned about the threat of guns in the hands of the government than those in the hands of private citizens. Individuals have the right to possess any weapons that the government may possess. No public entity or private person should be allowed to posses weapons of mass destruction. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Maintain federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms by law-abiding citizens." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues. Other or expanded principles: "Repeal the Second Amendment; Allow states to establish their own policies concerning gun issues."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons."
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2010 Guns Issues. 15 February 2012. Responded "opposed" to: "Renewal of Ban on Assault Weapons Purchases; Gun Control Legislation; DC gun ban." (vote-co.org)
  • Gun Owners of America. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Ratings. 15 February 2012. "In 2010 Gun Owners of America gave Candidate Swing a grade of A." (votesmart.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked NO for: "a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked YES for: "b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns? c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Gun Issues: e) other or expanded principles: "I am neither pro-gun nor an advocate of gun control. I consider most gun control measures to be unconstitutional, but I am also an advocate of nonviolence. Nonviolent resistance is more effective and morally preferable to violence for social defense against a criminal government. I am much more concerned about the threat of guns in the hands of the government than those in the hands of private citizens. Individuals have the right to possess any weapons that the government may possess. No public entity or private person should be allowed to posses weapons of mass destruction."

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  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) The federal government has no responsibility in providing health care."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support a single payer national health insurance system. Take the private health insurance industry out of the equation. The insurance industry profits by denying patients the health care they need. The two corporate-controlled major parties oppose any real health care reform. The United States is the only industrialized nation without a national health care program."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Legislative Priorities: "3) Create a single payer national health insurance program."
  • Gary Swing. It Don't Mean a Thing if you Ain't Got that Swing. 15 February 2012. "The insurance industry profits by denying patients the health care they need. I support real health care reform through the creation of a single payer national health insurance program." (www.newmenu.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?" Health Issues: f) other or expanded principles: "I support a single payer national health insurance system. Take the private health insurance industry out of the equation. The insurance industry profits by denying patients the health care they need. The two corporate-controlled major parties oppose any real health care reform. The United States is the only industrialized nation without a national health care program."

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  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Children of illegal immigrants, born in the United States, should not automatically receive U.S. citizenship."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support immigrant rights, freedom of travel, and international work permits. I oppose the system of indentured servitude that is in effect today. People have a fundamental human right to travel and seek employment anywhere in the world. I oppose the racist political scapegoating of immigrants. We must address the real causes of high immigration levels: an unsustainable, high consumption, wasteful lifestyle in the United States; globalist economic policies that exploit Third World nations for the benefit of transnational corporations; and labor policies designed to drive down wages. We need fair trade policies promoting local self-reliance and labor rights. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?" Immigration Issues Other or expanded principles: "I support immigrant rights, freedom of travel, and international work permits. I oppose the system of indentured servitude that is in effect today. People have a fundamental human right to travel and seek employment anywhere in the world. I oppose the racist political scapegoating of immigrants. We must address the real causes of high immigration levels: an unsustainable, high consumption, wasteful lifestyle in the United States; globalist economic policies that exploit Third World nations for the benefit of transnational corporations; and labor policies designed to drive down wages. We need fair trade policies promoting local self-reliance and labor rights. "
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Allow legalization for certain illegal immigrants working in the U.S." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration. Other or expanded principles: "Establish an "open borders" policy recognizing the human right to freedom of travel and migration."
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2010 Immigration Issues. Responded "Support" to: "Amnesty for illegal immigrants; Legal status for undocumented farm workers." (vote-co.org)
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2010 Immigration Issues. Responded "opposed" to: "Arizona's strict new immigration law; English-only laws; securing our borders; Real ID Act; Database of Foreigners; immigration application fees; border fence; using national guard troops to secure Mexican border; fed and state enforcement of immigration laws; illegal immigration as a felony; criminalize assistance to illegal immigrants; Guest Worker Program; Minute Men Project." (vote-co.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Immigration Issues: e) other or expanded principles: "I support immigrant rights, freedom of travel, and international work permits. I oppose the system of indentured servitude that is in effect today. People have a fundamental human right to travel and seek employment anywhere in the world. I oppose the racist political scapegoating of immigrants. We must address the real causes of high immigration levels: an unsustainable, high consumption, wasteful lifestyle in the United States; globalist economic policies that exploit Third World nations for the benefit of transnational corporations; and labor policies designed to drive down wages. We need fair trade policies promoting local self-reliance and labor rights."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country? c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language? d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?"

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  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?" Social Issues Other or expanded principles: "I oppose the bigotry of the anti-gay agenda. The issue of gay people working for the military demonstrates the absurdity and sickness of our society. Mass murder is considered to be a foundation of American pride, while loving someone of the same gender is considered to be immoral. That is totally backwards. I applaud people of any ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation who build loving, consensual relationships with each other. Insofar as the government recognizes contractual marriage relationships, it should do so without respect to gender or sexual orientation. Consensual polyamorous relationships are equally legitimate."
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2008 Gay Issues. 15 February 2012. "I support gay marriage. Marriage is a voluntary social contract between consenting adults." (vote-co.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?" Social Issues: e) other or expanded principles: "I oppose the bigotry of the anti-gay agenda. The issue of gay people working for the military demonstrates the absurdity and sickness of our society. Mass murder is considered to be a foundation of American pride, while loving someone of the same gender is considered to be immoral. That is totally backwards. I applaud people of any ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation who build loving, consensual relationships with each other. Insofar as the government recognizes contractual marriage relationships, it should do so without respect to gender or sexual orientation. Consensual polyamorous relationships are equally legitimate."

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  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?" International Policy Issues Other or expanded principles: "I oppose American economic, military, and political imperialism. The United States has committed war crimes against the people of more than 70 nations since the end of World War Two. There are now US soldiers stationed in 156 countries with official US military bases in 63 foreign countries. Bring home all US troops NOW! End all foreign wars, shut down all US military bases in foreign countries, and restrict the US military to non-offensive defense of US territory. US foreign policy should be strictly humanitarian foreign aid, respect for human rights, fair trade, and support for environmental sustainability."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Spending: m) Other or Expanded Categories: "Repeal Patriot Act and Homeland Security."

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  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate the legal fiction of corporate "personhood." Establish a livable wage."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Presidential Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"

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Colorado 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

The anti-abortion position is not pro-life. I support full public funding for family planning programs at all levels.

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

All US troops must be withdrawn immediately from all foreign wars. US political and military leaders must be convicted of war crimes.

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?
NoInferred Answer do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. d) Family income $75-150,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Gas taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. e) Family income over $150,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Gas taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Gas taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2008 Tax Issues. 15 February 2012. "The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never legally ratified. There is no law requiring Americans to pay a federal income tax on their labor. The federal income tax should be abolished and replaced with a national fair tax (progressive national sales tax)." (vote-co.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. d) Over $150,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Pollution taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "Using the key below, indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per tax. c) $75,000 - $150,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "6) Do you support requiring a super-majority vote in both houses of Congress to raise taxes?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. k) Corporate income taxes" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Pollution taxes -- Greatly Increase"
  • Gary Swing. Vote CO: 2008 Tax Issues. 15 February 2012. "The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was never legally ratified. There is no law requiring Americans to pay a federal income tax on their labor. The federal income tax should be abolished and replaced with a national fair tax (progressive national sales tax)" (vote-co.org)
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: " f) Income taxes (low-income families) g) Income taxes (middle-income families) h) Income taxes (high-income families)"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected YES for: "3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?" Taxes: 6) other or expanded principles: "Use carbon taxes to include environmental impacts in true cost pricing of new goods and services. Minimize carbon footprint to halt climate change. Replace the federal income tax with a "fair tax" (national sales tax) to discourage consumption while encouraging saving and investment. Secure a baseline income with monthly rebates. Abolish the IRS. End the private Federal Reserve Bank's control over US monetary policy and restore it to the Treasury Department."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: " f) Income taxes (low-income families); g) Income taxes (middle-income families); h) Income taxes (high-income families)."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected ELIMINATE for: "f) Income taxes (low-income families; g) Income taxes (middle-income families) h) Income taxes (high-income families)."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Slightly Increase" for: "1) Indicate the levels you support concerning taxes in the following categories. Select one number (level) only. a) Retiree income over $40,000"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "3) Do you support eliminating the Internal Revenue Service?" Other Tax Issues: Other or expanded principles: "Pollution taxes -- Greatly Increase"
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

Cut the military budget by at least 90%

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

I support a proportional representation voting system for electing members of Congress.

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

Economic growth is unsustainable. I support transition to a steady-state economy based upon principles of ecological sustainability.

NoCandidate 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

I support transition to sustainable energy sources including solar, wind, hydroelectric, and geothermal power.

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

I am neither pro-gun nor pro-gun control. However, as long as the Second Amendment remains in place, most forms of gun control are unconstitutional.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I support a single-payer universal health care system.

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

I support international work permits that are not tied to a particular employer.

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

Restrict the military to non-offensive defense of US territory. End US imperialism and war crimes. Shut down all foreign military bases.

NoInferred Answer Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 1998 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which are managed by the government."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "No" for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?" Business and Employment Issues Other or expanded principles: "Eliminate the legal fiction of corporate "personhood." Establish a livable wage."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2002 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2012 Presidential Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
  • Gary Swing. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Colorado Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected NO for: "a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?"
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.

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
j) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Subsidize organic farming, not petrochemical family farming.
International aid should only be humanity aid Foreign military aid should be eliminated.

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
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Institute a national sales tax.

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. ) End U.S. imperialism. End US war crimes. Prosecute American war criminals. Close all foreign military bases. Abolish the CIA and NSA. Cut the US military budget at least 90%.
2.) Enact a single-payer national health insurance program.
3.) Institute a proportional representation voting system for electing Congress.