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Dale Virgil Blanchard, Sr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Dale Virgil Blanchard, Sr. refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

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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 issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. THE STAGNANT U.S. GOVERNMENT. 15 February 2010. "Another problem of Democrats is that Democrats support too many positions that are just bad policy and this frightens too many Americans. [¦] These positions include Abortion on Demand, promoting the Gay Lifestyle as mainstream, and wanting to take Guns away from law abiding citizens. These policies scare people and in the end this creates a situation where half of the working people in this county vote against their personal economic interest and vote Republican. As Democrats we must stop frightening people" (daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Promote research in finding cost effient was to terminate pregacies but allow the child to LIVE!"
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Promote research in finding cost effient was to terminate pregacies but allow the child to LIVE!"
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Medium Priority" for: "Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. a) Defense" Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus. Other or expanded principles: "Financr incentives to re-develope our cities. "
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: My Main Priorities. 24 February 2012. "I would fund these credits with an increase in the top marginal corporate and individual rates from the current 35% to 40%. By increasing top marginal rates back to the 1990's Clinton rates of 40%, the actual cost of employment to private employers will be lower. So will the cost of business investments in production tangible assets. This will increase the demand for labor encouraging employers to hire more people leading to more jobs and increased wages and salaries. This will also lead to more corporate investment in production assets." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Voter Guide Ohio Congressional District 14. 24 February 2012. "In the short term I propose an aggressive 5% reduction in income tax rates on the first $150,000 for individuals and $300,000 for married couples for 2013 in order to spur consumer spending and expediting the economic recovery. Those rate cuts would be slowly phased out over the following 3 to 5 years, depending on the speed of the recovery, in order to avoid inflation and to achieve long term the balancing of the federal budget." (vote.cleveland.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Blanchard's American Economic Recovery Plan. "The United States Government must run federal budget deficits until the American economy begins to approach capacity levels again. As the American economy approaches capacity, those deficits will need to be slowly reduced. Therefore, I support a plan to reduce Federal Income Tax rates by 5% on the first $150,000 of income for individuals and $300,000 of income for married couples for 2013 and then phase those rates down by 1% over each of the following 5 years until they are phased out. Thus the 33% rate would drop to 28%; the 28% rate would drop to 23%, the 25% rate would drop to 20%, the 15% rate would drop to 10% and the income that is not subject to federal income tax would be reduced to -5%. This would place an enormous amount to money in the hands of American Consumers offsetting the reduction in American Consumer Spending due to the lack in consumer confidence and the credit crunch experienced by sub-prime debtors. This will provide incentives for American Businesses to expand their operations and increase hiring, creating jobs and increasing American Consumer Confidence. As the rate reductions are phased out over the following 5 years, normal consumer spending will more than replace the tax reduction stimulus." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Deficit Reduction. 24 February 2012. "In order to eliminate our Structural Federal Budget Deficit that would exist even as the American economy approaches full capacity, I propose that we implement a 1% increase in the Income Tax Rate on the first $150,000 for individuals and $300,000 for married couples, and a 5% increase in the Income Tax Rates on income for individuals that exceed $150,000 and $300,000 for married couples. In addition I propose that the corporate Income Tax rate also increase from by 5% from the current 35% rate to 40%." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Federal Budget. 24 February 2012. "Dale Blanchard is major supporter of Pay/Go legislation. I beleive that we need to begin the process of getting back to federal budgets that are balanced. This will mean slightly higher taxes and slightly slower rates of Federal Spending." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Voter Guide Ohio Congressional District 14. 24 February 2012. "President Obama and the Democrats, along with the FED Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Federal Reserve Board [FED] are doing everything that they can to stimulate the American economy. The FED has engaged in unprecedented attempts to increase the American money supply via reducing interest rates to historical low levels and purchasing trillions of dollars of U.S. Treasury obligations. President Obama and the Democrats have proposed and in some instances have passed stimulus programs that have created millions jobs that ordinarily would have been not been created and have saved millions of other jobs along with nearly a trillion dollars in tax cuts." (vote.cleveland.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Deficit Reduction. 24 February 2012. "This is a time for stimulus spending on the part of the Federal Government, and not a time austerity measures, at least not in the short run. [¦] Because Banks have tightened up their lending requirements, many more American Consumers and Businesses have been denied credit and as a result, have reduced their purchasing levels. Some institution somewhere must pick up the slack. That institution must be the United States Government." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Blanchard Opposes the Paul Ryan Budget “ Tax Policy. "I believe there are better ways to encourage businesses to expand their operations and increase their employment other than a 10% reduction in the top marginal Income Tax Rate. I support Increased Employment Credits that could be as much as 10% of a firms employment cost per year, a 10% Investment Tax Credit for Manufacturing, Agriculture and Natural Resource Extraction companies. I believe tax cuts should be used as incentives to encourage businesses to expand their operations and employment levels. And when and only when companies expand their operations and employment levels, then that is when businesses should be rewarded with tax cuts." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Blanchard's American Economic Recovery Plan. "For businesses I propose that the corporate Income Tax rate also increase from by 5% from the current 35% rate to 40%. The 5% Income Tax Rate Increase would be implemented on higher income earners also. Although I call for increased income tax rates for corporations and for small businesses [only small business that are owned by individuals that earn more than $150,000 or married couples that earn more than $300,000 of taxable income per year will be subject to the 5% tax increase] that are taxed at the individual level, I am not proposing an aggregate increase in taxes on American businesses because I also propose a permanent 2% Wage Income Tax Credit on all wages that are subject to Social Security FICA Taxes for all businesses. In the aggregate effect of this credit will offset the Income Tax Rate Increase for Businesses. The purpose of these proposed changes to Business Taxes is to bring down the After Tax cost of Labor. These changes will bring down the after tax cost of Labor by 11%. And like any other commodity, if you bring down the cost of labor, businesses will hire more people. In addition to the 2% Wage Income Tax Credit that will offset the 5% increase in the Income Tax for Businesses, I also urge the passage of a number of other pro-growth tax reduction measures that will encourage businesses to expand their operations and reward businesses when and only when they expand." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Deficit Reduction. 24 February 2012. "In order revive and expand the U.S. manufacturing and other sectors, I propose a 10% Investment Tax Credit on all Assets used directly in manufacturing, Construction, Agriculture and Natural Resource Production. [¦] All of these measures will work as incentives to encourage American Companies to expand their production operations and will greatly reward them when they make these investments in production assets in employment increases." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Deficit Reduction. 24 February 2012. "In order to encourage businesses to expand their investments in production assets, I propose that we make permeate the 100% immediate depreciation expense on the purchase of all Tangible Personal Property Assets. This was a great policy that was implemented by President Obama and a Bi-Partisan vote of the Congress for 2011. In fact the majority of both parties support this in 2011, and I see no good reason why this tax preference should not become permanent." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: My Main Priorities. 24 February 2012. "I want to go to Washington to propose and support legislation that will accelerate the rate of economic growth of the American Economy. [¦] In order to accomplish this I want to see changes to the Federal Income Tax laws that will have the effect of dramatically lowering the cost of labor to private employers, encouraging companies to increase their hiring, pushing up wages and expanding their American economic operations." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "l) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Home. 20 September 2012. "I support improving education including more funding of public schools and more school choice for parents." (daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards and testing of public school students."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "g) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Energy. 22 February 2012. "I support government financing for the development of alternative energy sources and significant energy conservation policies. In addition I support increased exploration and production of US Oil Resources. I am concerned that if we do not increase domestic oil production soon, as the economy approaches full employment, oil prices, and eventually gasoline prices, will sky rocket, eventually threatening the strength of the recovery." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio 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."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment."
  • David Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Energy. 24 February 2012. "I support the concept of Cap and Trade. I do not support Cap and Trade for Environmental, Global Warming or Climate Change reasons but rather for long term economic purposes. I support government financing for the development of alternative energy sources and significant energy conservation policies." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "j) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "i) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "f) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "k) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. THE STAGNANT U.S. GOVERNMENT. 15 February 2010. "Another problem of Democrats is that Democrats support too many positions that are just bad policy and this frightens too many Americans. [¦] These positions include Abortion on Demand, promoting the Gay Lifestyle as mainstream, and wanting to take Guns away from law abiding citizens. These policies scare people and in the end this creates a situation where half of the working people in this county vote against their personal economic interest and vote Republican. As Democrats we must stop frightening people" (daleblanchardforcongress.com)
No Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Health Insurance. 24 February 2012. "I support Comprehensive and Mandatory Heath Insurance for all Americans. [¦] I support the enactment of a Public Option. I agree totally with President Obama and with most Democrats that a Federal Health Insurer would provide additional competition to existing Health Insurance Providers. And additional competition, as always, will results in lower cost." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Health Care Insurance Reform. 22 February 2012. "In general I support what President Obama and the Democrats have recently accomplished with the new Health Insurance Law." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. THE STAGNANT U.S. GOVERNMENT. 15 February 2010. "Another problem of Democrats is that Democrats support too many positions that are just bad policy and this frightens too many Americans. [¦] These positions include Abortion on Demand, promoting the Gay Lifestyle as mainstream, and wanting to take Guns away from law abiding citizens. These policies scare people and in the end this creates a situation where half of the working people in this county vote against their personal economic interest and vote Republican. As Democrats we must stop frightening people" (daleblanchardforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government." Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security. Other or expanded principles: "I support the gradual change of the social secrity system from a transfer payment system to an investment based system."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Ohio 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."
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Social Security Reform. 24 February 2012. "In order to recover this reduction in Social Security Benefits from the Social Security Transfer Payments System, I support the creation of Social Security Private Accounts. [¦] These Private Accounts can be invested in various ways, but when invested in the private sector, the investments will be limited to broad based mutual funds." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Social Security. "DALE BLANCHARD SUPPORTS THE MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF THE AARP WHICH INCLUDES SUPPORT FOR GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE CONTINUOUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR AMERICAN'S SENIOR CITIZENS. THESE PROGRAMS INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY, MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. NOT ONLY DOES DALE BLANCHARD SUPPORT THE THESE PROGRAMS FOR CURRENT SENIORS BUT ALSO FOR FUTURE SENIORS INCLUDING AMERICA'S NEARLY 75 MILLION BABY BOOMERS AND YOUNGER GENERATIONS." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)
  • Dale Virgil Blanchard. Issue Position: Deficit Reduction Plan. 24 February 2012. "In addition, this plan includes reducing Social Security Benefits for reciprocates born after 1949 that are paid out of the Social Security Transfer Payment System and allowing taxpayers to invest the entire increase in the Social Security Tax in private accounts. The higher Rate of Returns on those accounts will more than offset the reduction from the Social Security Transfer System." (www.daleblanchardforcongress.com)

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Congressional Election 2000 National Political Awareness 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.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support.
c) Abortions should always be legally available.
d) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
e) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xf) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
Xg) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
Xh) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion.
Xi) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
Xj) Support "buffer-zones" by requiring demonstrators to stay at least five feet from abortion clinic doorways and driveways.
Xk) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.
Xl) Other

Promote research in finding cost effient was to terminate pregacies but allow the child to LIVE!

Budgetary Priorities
Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories.
Maintain Funding Statusa) Agricultural
Maintain Funding Statusb) Arts
Slightly Increase Fundingc) Defense
Slightly Increase Fundingd) Education
Maintain Funding Statuse) Environmental
Maintain Funding Statusf) International aid
Slightly Increase Fundingg) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Fundingh) Medical Research
Slightly Increase Fundingi) National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA)
Maintain Funding Statusj) National Parks
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Scientific Research
Maintain Funding Statusl) Transportation and Highway Infrastructure
Maintain Funding Statusm) Welfare
n) Other
2) Would you support enforcing the spending limits agreed to in 1997 by the President and Congress to balance the budget?
Defense Spending
Indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories.
Slightly Increase Fundinga) Armed Forces personnel training
Slightly Increase Fundingb) Covert intelligence operations
Greatly Increase Fundingc) Defense plant conversion
Greatly Increase Fundingd) Military hardware
Slightly Increase Fundinge) Military space shuttle missions
Greatly Increase Fundingf) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increase Fundingg) National Missile Defense Program
Greatly Increase Fundingh) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Increase Fundingi) Programs to improve military retention rates
Greatly Increase Fundingj) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Fundingk) Troop and equipment readiness
l) Other
Budget Surplus
Indicate your priorities for spending any anticipated federal budget surplus.
Medium Prioritya) Defense
Medium Priorityb) Education
Highest Priorityc) Federal debt reduction
Medium Priorityd) Medicare
Medium Prioritye) Social Security
Medium Priorityf) Tax cuts
High Priorityg) Other

Financr incentives to re-develope our cities.

Taxes
Indicate what levels you support concerning taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories.
Income Taxes - Family Income
Maintain Statusa) Less than $25,000
Maintain Statusb) $25,000 - $75,000
Maintain Statusc) $75,000 - $150,000
Maintain Statusd) Over $150,000
e) Other
Income Taxes - Retiree Income
Maintain Statusf) Over $40, 000
g) Other
Other Taxes
Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Statusb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Maintain Statusf) Inheritance taxes
g) Other
Deductions/Credits
Maintain Statusa) Charitable deductions
Maintain Statusb) Medical expense deductions
Maintain Statusc) Mortgage deductions
Slightly Increased) Child tax credit
Maintain Statuse) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increasef) Student loan tax credit
Greatly Increaseg) Other

Deduction for savings.

Taxes
2) Do you support replacing the current U.S. income tax structure with a flat income tax?
Yes3) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No4) Would you cut taxes if there were an operating surplus?
No5) Would you cut taxes and use Social Security surpluses to supplement the difference?
6) Other

I support tax cuts that incourage Americans to save and inest their incomie.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance issues.
Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for Congressional candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
Xb) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
c) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
Xd) Provide free or low-cost television advertising to candidates who agree to voluntary campaign spending limits.
e) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
f) Prohibit non-U.S. citizens from making soft money contributions to national parties or party committees.
Xg) Require full disclosure of funding sources of issue advocacy commercials which appear within 60 days of an election.
h) Make campaign spending limits mandatory for all federal candidates.
i) Remove all contribution limits on federal candidates and parties, but require complete and immediate disclosure via the Internet.
j) Require Congressional candidates to raise over half of their campaign money from their home state.
k) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) to address crime.
Xa) Broaden the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xb) Increase spending to build more federal prisons.
Xc) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xe) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
Xf) Increase penalties for crimes committed on school grounds.
Xg) Increase funding for community policing programs.
h) Implement penalties other than incarceration for certain non-violent offenders.
Xi) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
j) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
Xk) Prosecute as adults, youths accused of a felony.
Xl) Provide block grants to states for implementation of programs to combat juvenile crime.
Xm) Impose harsher penalties for youths convicted of violent offenses.
Xn) Support the use of "boot camps" as alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders.
Xo) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
p) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning illegal drugs.
Xa) Increase penalties for selling illegal drugs.
Xb) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
Xc) Support capital punishment for convicted international drug traffickers.
Xd) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
e) Decriminalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Xf) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
g) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
h) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning education (K-12).
Xa) Support national standards and testing of public school students.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xd) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any publicly-funded school.
Xe) Allow parents to use tax-free savings accounts to send their children to any participating school: public, private or religious.
Xf) Support charter schools where teachers and professionals receive authorization and funding to establish new schools.
Xg) Promote education flexibility by giving federal funds, in the form of block grants, to the states to spend it as they see fit.
Xh) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
Xi) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
Xj) Increase funding for computers and computer training in public schools.
Xk) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings and infrastructure).
Xl) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and implement their programs.
Xm) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
Xn) Eliminate federal financial aid for individuals convicted of drug offenses.
Xo) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
Xp) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
q) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment and affirmative action.
Xa) Provide tax credits for companies that move job-creating industries into areas with high unemployment.
Xb) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xc) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
Xd) Establish empowerment zones in areas with large numbers of unemployed people.
e) Eliminate any federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
Xf) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xg) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
Xh) Provide tax credits for businesses that offer on-site child care.
Xi) The federal government should consider race and sex in making government contracting decisions.
Xj) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
k) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
Xl) The federal government should utilize merit and qualifications in making government contracting decisions.
m) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding America's environment and natural resources.
a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Waive environmental review requirements for grazing permits.
d) Revise the 1872 mining law to increase the fees charged to mining companies using federal lands.
e) Require states to fully compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately owned land.
Xf) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Xg) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline or diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
h) Promote the selling of pollution credits between nations to encourage industries to decrease pollution levels.
i) Strengthen logging restrictions on federal lands.
j) Reduce current federal regulations on the environment.
k) Give states added flexibility from the federal government in enforcing and funding federal environment regulations.
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning gun issues.
Xa) Ban the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
Xb) Maintain and strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
Xf) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
g) Increase penalties for the possession of any illegal guns.
Xh) Hold gun owners responsible for crimes committed with their guns by children age 16 and under.
Xi) Raise the minimum age for ownership of handguns from 18 to 21.
Xj) Require background checks of gun buyers at gun shows.
Xk) Require a license for gun possession.
l) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health issues.
a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
Xc) Support health care strategies focused on prevention, including health education, and natural medicines and remedies.
Xd) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights to define and enforce the rights of insured patients, including greater access to specialists and emergency rooms, wider choice of health care providers, and appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
Xe) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
Xf) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to appeal to an administrative board of specialists when services are denied.
Xg) Provide tax incentives to small businesses that provide health care to their employees.
h) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts, which would be taxed if used for purposes other than medical costs.
i) Limit the amount of damages that can be awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
j) Allow states and local communities to use federal funds for needle-exchange programs to combat the spread of HIV.
Xk) Provide citizens age 55-65 the option of purchasing Medicare health coverage.
Xl) Support legislation to provide prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xm) Increase funding for AIDS programs.
Xn) Other

Require all employers to provide health insurance for their employees and their families.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
a) Decrease the number of immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Increase the eligibility of legal immigrants for certain social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
c) Require the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to reduce the time between applying for citizenship and taking the oath of allegiance to six months.
d) Provide extra federal aid to states with higher numbers of immigrants for necessary medical and social services.
Xe) Prohibit states from passing laws that deny human services (medical care, education) to illegal immigrants or their children.
f) Grant U.S. citizenship to children born in the US only if their parents immigrated legally.
Xg) Increase the immigration quota for computer scientists and other information technology workers.
Xh) Establish English as the official national language.
i) Support the separation of the INS into two bureaus: one administering naturalization and one administering border patrol.
j) Increase state autonomy in handling immigration issues.
k) Reimburse states for providing services to illegal aliens.
l) Other
International Aid
Indicate which principles (if any) you support regarding U.S. International Aid.
Xa) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U. S.
Xc) Aid should be granted to countries that are close allies of the U. S. and in need of financial/military assistance.
Xd) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
e) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated except for extraordinary circumstances.
f) Other
International Policy
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Xa) The U.S. should resolve future disputes with Iraq only through diplomatic means.
Xb) The U.S. should take unilateral military action if Iraq does not comply with all accepted United Nations resolutions.
c) The U.S. should take military action against Iraq only as part of an international effort.
d) The U.S. should end the economic embargo against Iraq.
e) The U.S. should not continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
Xf) The U.S. should continue to play a prominent leadership role in the peace process between Israel and the Palestine Authority.
g) Other
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United States-United Nations relationship.
a) The U.S. should participate in United Nations peacekeeping missions only when vital U.S. interests are involved.
b) The U.S. should not commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions.
c) The U.S. should withdraw completely from the United Nations.
Xd) The U.S. should pay its debt to the United Nations.
e) Other
Yes3) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
Yes4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with China?
Yes5) Should the U.S. recognize and extend full diplomatic relations to Taiwan?
Yes6) Should the US maintain ground troops in Kosovo?
Yes7) Do you support the cooperative threat reduction programs with Russia to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to unfriendly nations?
Yes8) Do you support modifying the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty in order to deploy the National Missile Defense System?
Other
International Trade
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
Yes4) Do you support China becoming a member of the World Trade Organization?
Yes5) Do you support imposing tariffs on products imported from nations that maintain restrictive trade barriers on American products?
Yes6) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with the United States?
Yes7) Do you support normal trade relations (most favored nation status) with Vietnam?
Yes8) Do you support granting the President "fast-track" authority in trade negotiations?
No9) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
YesDo you believe there has been a decline in moral and ethical standards in America over the last four decades?
If Yes, please explain what you would do as a member of Congress to address this concern.

I would support Public Service Announcements [PSA] sponsored by Congress that deal with the subjects of morals and ethics. These advertisements would run all year long, nationwide, on all forms of media. By exposing young people to correct behavior, it would offset some of the immorality they are exposed to.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
Xb) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
c) Invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Limit Social Security benefits based on recipients' other income and assets.
Xg) Require individuals to pay the Social Security tax on incomes above $68,400 (which is currently exempt).
Xh) Support a lock box measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs except Social Security and Medicare, until each program's long-term solvency is guaranteed.
Xi) Other

I support the gradual change of the social secrity system from a transfer payment system to an investment based system.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology.
a) Continuing the moratorium on Internet sales taxes.
b) Implement regulation of Internet content by the federal government.
c) Support on-line voter registration.
d) Support voting on-line.
e) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
Xf) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking and Internet violence.
Xg) Support strong Internet privacy laws.
h) Regulating the Internet should not in any way be controlled by the federal government.
i) Other
YesDo you support amending the Constitution to limit the number of terms which members of Congress can serve?
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding poverty and the welfare system.
a) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
b) Provide homeless families with apartment vouchers they can use to supplement the cost of an apartment.
Xc) Continue to give states and local governments responsibility for welfare programs through TANF block grants.
Xd) Maintain current welfare-to-work requirements in order for states to qualify for block grants.
e) Restore food stamp programs to legal immigrants.
f) Transfer homeless housing programs to states through block grants.
Xg) Provide continued Medicaid benefits for those welfare recipients who have moved from welfare to work.
Xh) Require states to return any unused welfare block grant funding to the federal government.
Xi) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based or other non-profit organizations.
j) Other
Please explain what your top two or three priorities will be if elected. Please explain how you would obtain any additional government funding needed to implement these priorities.

A. Use the Federal Budget Surplus to Pay-off the National Debt. This will cost nothing;
B. Eliminate the Marriage Penalty in the Federal Tax Code in a revenue neutral manner. Lower taxes for married people who pay more taxes simply because they are married and finance this tax reduction by slightly increasing the taxes of single people;
C. Reform Social Security by changing it from a Transfer Payment Based System to an Investment Based System. This would cost nothing.

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