Joseph 'Average Joe' C. Schriner's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Joseph 'Average Joe' C. Schriner
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Liz; 3 Children: Sarah, Joseph, Jonathan
Birth Date: 03/03/1955
Birth Place: Cleveland, OH
Home City: Bluffton, OH
Religion: Catholic
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Joseph Schriner has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

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Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

We believe in a "Consistent Life Ethic." We are against abortion, nuclear proliferation, global warming, poverty, euthanasia... and anything else that ends life prematurely. During a talk at Notre Dame University, I said I would work to reverse abortion legislatively, as our administration would work to reverse precipitating societal factors (poverty, drug addiction, relaxed sexual mores...) that lead to abortion. Also, to move pro-life legislation off a dime, I told the Lewiston-Argus News in Montana that we have to create a climate of dramatic protest similar to what was created in the South to end Segregation.

Budget

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?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

During a talk at Bluffton University, I said our administration would work to balance the Federal Budget in short order. Former U.S. Budget Director Republican David Stockman recently said there must be a tremendous reduction in red ink and major tax increases. After World War II, the government levied a 5% "Victory Tax" across the board to pay off the considerable war debt. It worked then, it would work now (with an exclusion for the poor). In tandem, I told a student group at Mississippi State University that we would tighten the government's belt exponentially.

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
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Eliminatej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
Greatly Decreasem) Other or expanded categories

During a talk in Atlanta, I said I'd nix the expenditure of billions for a new generation of 80 nuclear power plants being proposed here. Two reasons: Fukashima, Chernobyl... I told a Wiki News reporter I'd end the Space Program because sophisticated minds at NASA have designed these ultra-expensive spacecraft to take us to places where: there's no gravity, we can't breathe the air, and there's no food. Four words: lack of common sense. Wouldn't it be better to take some of that money to help more people have access to clean drinking water? Three words: ON THIS PLANET.

Taxes

Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Slightly Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
Slightly Increasek) Other or expanded categories

We propose 30% of Federal Government money come from a "National Sales Tax." California's Kelly Rogers, an Economics major and former IRS agent, told us this would be more "egalitarian." We also propose a simplified, progressive income tax. That is, most of the current 173-tax-loopholes would be closed, and people would file on a simple, one-page form. Taxes would simply increase commensurate with income. Also, during a talk at Dayton University, I said taxpayers would get a say in where 25% of their taxes went. And there would also be a "Let's Help More Voluntary Tax Fund." It could work.

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

I told the online Overworld Magazine that "...corporations have woven their tentacles into almost every aspect of our culture." This includes disproportionate swaying of our political leaders through exorbitant campaign contributions. And the bottom line for the corporation, often, is not the common good -- but rather: net profit. So, say, I'm a politician who has taken a lot of money from the Monsanto Corporation. What are the chances I'm going to get behind legislation to, for instance, ban some toxic farm chemical that Monsanto manufactures? Not very high. And therein lies the rub with allowing relatively unregulated corporate contributions.

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

Connecticut author Antoinette Bosco wrote "Choosing Mercy." Her son was murdered, yet she wrote the judge not to execute the killer. Years later, Ms. Bosco told me the murderer asked forgiveness. What "eternal consequence" would have occurred before this? She wonders... In Florida, I was told "Emmit" grew up in Miami's inner city, fought in Vietnam and developed PTSD and a drug addiction. He would shoot his wife's lover. In prison he found God, recovery and got a Forestry degree. On parole, he works in forestry and helps addicts... Then what about innocent victims of the death penalty, like Jesus?

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?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Bail outs, temporary extensions... are merely: 'rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.' We need a "New Economy," soon! An economy that's tremendously jacked down and simplified, refocusing on "local production for local consumption." Anti-trust legislation breaks up big banks, big box retailers... with local banks and small "Mom & Pop" shops in revitalized downtowns coming back. Refocus on "quality craftsmanship," as opposed to dehumanizing, mass production assembly-line work. Wall Street financial speculation is redirected to local, socially responsible investment. And a return of the small organic farm, en mass. These are more labor intensive -- creating many more "life-giving" jobs.

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

Our plan: Standardized rote learning fostered by "No Child Left Behind" gives way to creative, teacher-led local approaches. Classroom sizes are reduced considerably. Create a drive to turn every school into a quality charter school, with much more meaningful "experience related learning." Learning teams comprised of the student, an adviser, parent and community members develop. More multi-cultural education. More focus on trust-building and conflict resolution between cliques. More farming classes. More phys. ed. and nutrition classes, including classes on "lifetime sports" like: bicycling, canoeing, jogging... Much more "service learning" volunteer work. Schools doubling as community centers in the evenings.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Gwynne Dyer, author of Climate Wars, writes that for each year we don't reach an "adequate climate deal," it will cost 50 million extra premature deaths by the end of the century. I told CBS News in Columbus, Ohio, I don't want those deaths to be: my kids. Or for that matter, kids in more arid countries who are dying now. So... I told the Mt. Vernon News in Ohio on our End Global Warming Bicycle Tour that we would ask Americans to sacrifice (car pooling, bicycling, less air conditioning...) and go to a lot more green energy, quick.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles

After 9/11, President Bush said: "Today we will pray and tomorrow we will get revenge." Just before the war, I told a reporter from the Athens (OH) News that you'd be hard pressed to find those two concepts strung together in the Gospel. Yes, I would have used Special Forces to find Bin Laden and bring him to trial in an International Court. But to put so many innocent people in harm's way in Afghanistan was unconscionable. As far as Iraq: "What if we let the weapons inspectors into Montana?" I posed to an ABC reporter in Toledo.

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

In June 2010, the Supreme Court ruled Americans have a constitutional right to possess fire arms. The Court, however, noted it wasn't saying there shouldn't be restrictions. In line with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, we would push for stricter common sense legislation like: gun registration, background checks, requirement to get gun training... Some 100,000 Americans are killed or injured by guns every year. One was an inner city Cleveland youth who was shot by a gang and staggered into a Rec. Center where he collapsed near our kids who were playing ball. This has to stop.

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

The spirit of wanting everyone to have access to health care is commendable. Yet this Act has created a $1 trillion Federal bureaucratic leviathan of insurance regulations and new programs. We'd move health care back to a local level. There would be local money to cover local health care (just like with school systems). And there would be local benevolent outreaches, too. In Grand Junction, Colorado, we researched a hospital of volunteer: doctors, nurses, citizens doing intake... The poor were covered. In Monroe, Louisiana, a "Community Pharmacy" provided donated medications. In Michigan, private doctors made space for the uninsured...

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

We need Immigration Reform to make the system as user-friendly as possible. And while we'd be tough on drug cartels, during a talk to an Immigration Rally in Flagstaff, Arizona, I said we'd push for amnesty and family reunification for illegal immigrants. I told the Hobbs (NM) Sun that we would also lobby for a living wage, benefits and adequate housing for all Hispanic workers. There would be a "Temporary Worker Program" for Hispanics who merely wanted to work here. And we would mobilize more to help Hispanics be as sustainable as possible in their own countries.

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

I don't believe in discrimination toward homosexuals in the workplace, on the street (hate crimes), etc. However, I believe our nation's laws should square with God's Natural Law. And my faith (Catholic) sees gay sex acts as: "disordered." Just on the surface, the physiological parts don't fit right. I also believe "one man / one woman" should be the basic template for society. I told the Cortez News in Colorado that I believed for a child to mature in a healthy way through the stages of development, he/she needs inputs from both a male and a female. God's design.

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

North Carolina State instructor David Kalbacker told us Social Security should be "an insurance." That is if you make, say, $70,000 (arbitrary figure) a year in retirement on pensions, stocks, etc., you wouldn't be eligible to collect. This would keep the fund bouyant and available for those less well off. It should be a "lock box" (isn't now) that can't be borrowed from. SS should be expanded to include "no interest home loans" for those who have paid in and are first time home buyers. And more systemic, this should be about people feeling "socially secure" in their communities.

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.

The presidency would be a "bully pulpit" to spearhead mass street-protests against abortion, similar to those used to end Segregation. In the face of looming (if not already way underway) global warming catastrophe, I would exponentially ramp up green technology development and institute a series of creative ways to get Americans to sacrifice tremendously in energy use. And I would robustly tackle Third World abject poverty. Allowing 24,000 people to starve to death daily worldwide is absolutely unconscienable. Note: For the green technologies, I'd end the Space Program and use the money and some of NASA's best minds.