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Troy Goodale's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Troy Goodale has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Tennessee Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Key

Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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

with parental consent for minors, meaning a parent's or guardian's consent

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

We need to get out ASAP

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

By cutting fraud in Medicaid and Medicare, we can cut spending without cutting benefits

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

The Citizens United v. FEC decision by the US Supreme Court is the worst judgment by the Court since Plessy v. Fergusen or the Lockner v. NY cases.

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

Not for minors or the mentally challenged... Texas and Florida use it too readily ... it is punishment, not a deterrent

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Only those tax incentives for businesses' job training program and for workers to go back to school to hone their skill sets.

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

Only As Long as the Teachers have a seat at the table in determining what education reforms are most effective.

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

caveat --> that sufficiently stringent regulations are in place to prevent another BP-type catastrophe

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

Environmental protection costs are like buying insurance: if we don't prepare and it is happening and accelerating, then we're screwed. Also, we should look at Environmental Protection as a National Security issue

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

I strongly support the individual right to bear arms, but states and municipalities have the right to know who has these weapons.

NoCandidate 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

If the Federal Government can draft a a person into the military, why can't it require a person to buy health insurance?
those with insurance "cover" the freeloaders who can afford it but choose not to be protected.

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?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

The Federal government should set immigration policy, state and local law enforcement should have some discretion in enforcing the law.

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

All American Citizens, each of us, deserve equal treatment under the law. The Rule of Law is meant to ensure that rights are guaranteed and protected. Discrimination codified by unjust laws is immoral and wrong

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

But not ground troops (regarding Iran)

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

A small portion with limited investment options ... no shorting stocks or playing the options game with derivatives

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) 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.

#1 . Jobs
Government should partner with Business to bring good-paying jobs back here at home and invest in job training programs that give American workers the skill sets necessary to successfully compete in the 21st Century global job market. We need to see the words "Made in America" again. The money would come from the Federal dollars given to U.S. companies to advertise in China and elsewhere. Corporate welfare should be used to help American workers.

#2 Campaign Finance Reform
The influence of Big Money is destroying our democracy!

#3 End the Gridlock I will bring a problem-solving attitude...

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