Representative Glenn 'G.T.' W. Thompson, Jr.'s Political Positions

Office: U.S. House (PA) - District 5, Republican
On The Ballot: Running, Republican for U.S. House - District 5
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G.T. Thompson, Jr. has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. G.T. Thompson, Jr. is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

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  • Rated 0% by NARAL Pro-Choice America http://votesmart.org/interest-group/1016/rating/7720 (votesmart.org)
  • "I am confident I have more personal and professional experience than any other candidate who is in this race. I am committed to applying this experience […] championing for the pro-life movement and serving the citizens of our district." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/347354/#.VaQ_cXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent - If the tax cuts are allowed to expire it will be the single largest tax increase in American history. We cannot allow that to happen. The lowest tax bracket will be put back on the tax rolls and our small businesses will see a marked increase in their burden. To spur economic development we must decrease taxes not be regressive in our tax system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/385556/issue-position-thompson-plan-to-lower-your-tax-burden/?search=tax%20increase#.VaRBKXUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I, Glenn Thompson, pledge to the taxpayers of the 5th district of the state of Florida and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." http://www.atr.org/current-list-taxpayer-protection-pledge-signers-a5597 (www.atr.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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  • "Two years after passage of the stimulus, unemployment remains at staggering levels, despite billions of dollars still sitting in government coffers. It was my hope that the President would move past his stimulus spending proposals and offer real economic relief." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/641059/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Our national debt recently surpassed economic output, meaning the national debt is now greater than the value of the entire U.S. economy. Despite almost $1 trillion of stimulus spending, there's been 35 straight months of national unemployment averages greater than 8 percent. These are the facts, Mr. Speaker, yet some are calling for more deficit spending and tax increases, and that's just plain wrong."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/664069/#.VaVFG3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We continue to see a bloated federal government increase in size and take more of your money, this cycle cannot continue. […] As your Congressman you can count on me to work hard to lower bloated Washington spending and keep more of your money in your pocket." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/385556/issue-position-thompson-plan-to-lower-your-tax-burden/?search=tax#.VaVJRnUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Tax cuts have been one of the most effective means of growing our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/329009/issue-position-on-the-issues/?search=tax#.VaVJ0nUVikon (votesmart.org)

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  • "For too long our nation has struggled under the weight of an ineffective one-size-fits-all approach to education. The Student Success Act restores maximum flexibility at the local level, while maintaining high expectations and ensuring that schools, teachers, and parents have the tools and resources to help our kids get the best education possible, prepare for postsecondary education, and have the knowledge and skills to succeed in careers." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/671174/ (votesmart.org)
  • "Unfortunately, too often, our schools have subscribed to a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to the opportunities available to all students.It is expected that all graduates will be going on to a 4-year postsecondary school or program. Mr. Chairman, this is a false premise. It is not realistic and certainly not fair to students. […] This amendment provides flexibility for school districts to provide credit for achieving these real-world academic experiences. I encourage support of this amendment." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966162/student-success-act/?search=education#.VaVMsnUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Mr. Speaker, despite overwhelming bipartisan support from my colleagues in both the House and the Senate, the President vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline project in the name of political expediency; rather than listening to a majority of the American public […] the President's decision yesterday is a giant leap backwards on a road to energy independence, effectively saying 'no' to the creation of over 40,000 American jobs and lower energy prices for businesses and families." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966152/president-obama-vetoes-keystone-xl-pipeline/?search=Keystone#.VaVNu3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Today, the House passed legislation approving the Keystone XL Pipeline with broad bipartisan support. This is an energy and infrastructure project that over its lifespan will inject billions into the U.S. economy. Despite bipartisan support, the President has announced his intention to veto this common sense proposal." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/970817/rep-thompson-it-is-time-for-president-obama-to-appove-keystone-xl-pennsylvania-jobs-at-stake/?search=Keystone#.VaVOM3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We must utilize all available resources to help lower the price immediately. This includes drilling off the Outer Continental Shelf, drilling in ANWR and seeking other sources to help us solve our immediate energy crisis. It is vital that there is an expansion of our current refining capacities. Many of our facilities are outdated and unable to cope with new demands. […] Wind, solar and hydro power are strong possibilities but currently comprise one percent of our needed energy. If our investments are to be affective, they must be cost effective and efficient." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/385553/issue-position-thompson-energy-game-plan/?search=solar#.VaVPJHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Not only are solar cells an overpriced tool for reducing CO2 emissions, but their manufacturing process is also one of the largest emitters of hexafluoroethane (C2F6), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3), and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). Used for cleaning plasma production equipment, these three gruesome greenhouse gases make CO2 seem harmless. As a greenhouse gas, C2F6 is twelve thousand times more potent than CO2, is 100 percent manufactured by humans, and survives ten thousand years once released into the atmosphere." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/712927/international-energy-agency-us-carbon-emissions-down-more-than-any-other-country-why/?search=solar#.VaVSiXUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "The fact that the coal industry is facing tough times isn't news. They have other energy competitors, including natural gas, and challenges with coal transport costs, energy, and labor costs. The issue that's newsworthy is the additional burden being placed on American employers during such difficult and tough economic times." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/743163/energy-closures-and-layoffs/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VaVjlHUViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As you know, the EPA's actions have far-reaching implications, and this proposed rule affects not only coal and natural gas companies but also energy-intensive industries like manufacturing and construction as well as average American families trying to pay their electric bills." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/838523/letter-to-gina-mccarthy-administrator-of-the-environmental-protection-agency-standards-of-performance-for-greenhouse-gas-emissions-from-new-stationary-sources-electric-utility-generating-units/?search=greenhouse%20gas#.VaVi0nUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Many of my constituents are alarmed at the gun control proposals being considered in the U.S. Senate for fear they violate this sacred constitutional right. I share this concern." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/775719/right-to-bear-arms/?search=gun%20control#.VaVmo3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I will work with state lawmakers whenever possible to secure gun rights over a vast spectrum, rather than in the limited sense that seems pervasive in many states."http://votesmart.org/public-statement/385565/issue-position-thompson-on-your-gun-rights/?search=gun#.VaVn33UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Let me be clear: ObamaCare is certainly not worth celebrating.The House majority budget proposal would repeal ObamaCare in full, including the tax increases, erroneous regulations, and mandates, all while promoting freedom of choice, affordability, and true patient-centered health care solutions." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/966121/republican-budget-proposal/?search=Affordable%20Care%20Act#.VaVqQ3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "As you know, I have fought hard to repeal and replace the President's Affordable Care Act (ACA), which I believe is disastrous for the American economy and for our health care system." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/821653/work-to-repeal-and-replace-the-affordable-care-act/?search=tax#.VaVleHUViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "Unlike illegal immigrants from Mexico, who are required by law to be processed and promptly returned home, the 2008 law guarantees minors from these countries a court date and mandates extensive assistance for temporary relocation as they wait out their pending appeal. We also know that a large number of these individuals evade attending these proceedings, and that ultimately, few minors are sent home. In fact, most are able to stay for years, and a large number remain permanently." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/908197/immigration/?search=Deport#.VaVsm3UViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Mr. Speaker, I rise to discuss President Obama's recent expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which will protect a large number of unlawfully present aliens from deportation. In addition to constitutional concerns and national security implications, the action poses a range of unintended consequences." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/950520/deferred-action-for-childhood-arrivals/?search=Deport#.VaVuInUVikp (votesmart.org)
  • "Currently people can wait upwards of five years before being able to get in to the country legally while it is easy to skip the line and come here illegally. It is important that we have a good guest worker program that works for our farmers, our restaurants and other service industries. The program in place now is cumbersome and sometimes nearly impossible to use effectively." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/385572/issue-position-the-thompson-plan-to-see-us-into-the-future-on-immigration#.Vjj6cGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "Currently less than 2 percent of our Pennsylvania farms utilize the temporary worker program for legal immigrant workers due to the problems and issues of this program. […] The Temporary Worker Program must be revised to allow Pennsylvania's farmers the ability to access legal immigrant workers in a flexible manner and without the current burdensome regulations that limits utilization and threatens significant fines and penalties." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/335018/the-express-what-are-your-thoughts-on-farmers-using-immigrant-workers/?search=citizenship#.Vjj4WmwViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "While I am disappointed in today's Supreme Court decision, today's ruling must be followed by adequate Congressional oversight in order to assure that federal protections the Supreme Court has granted to same-sex couples does not infringe upon the religious liberties of others." https://www.facebook.com/CongressmanGT/posts/10153103718311748 (www.facebook.com)
  • "I am pro-life, pro-marriage and a lifelong hunter. I share your values. look forward to earning your confidence as we work together to address your issues and concerns." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/335075/#.VaVvC3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • "We are presented few good options in confronting ISIL. […] The combat component of this strategy must be executed by local forces. Yesterday, the House passed a bipartisan resolution that reinforces this principle. The measure authorizes neither U.S. troops in a combat role nor additional taxpayer funding." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/930692/the-islamic-state-in-the-levant/?search=isil#.Vjj7YGwViko (votesmart.org)
  • "I commend and thank our military, intelligence community, and special operation forces for their hard work and determination over the years that led to this success. I also want to commend President Obama and his team, as well as former President Bush and his Administration, for their steadfast efforts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. This demonstrates that America will not tolerate terrorism in any form and remains on the offense in the fight against global terrorist networks." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/607487/#.VaVyz3UViko (votesmart.org)

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  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Pennsylvania Congressional Election 2008 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.

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) regarding abortion.

a) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
Xe) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
Xg) Medicare, Medicaid, and federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

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.

1) Budget Priorities

Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) FEMA
Maintain Statusg) Homeland security
Slightly Decreaseh) International aid
Maintain Statusi) Law enforcement (Federal)
Maintain Statusj) Law enforcement (State)
Slightly Increasek) Medical research
Maintain Statusl) National parks
Maintain Statusm) Public health services
Slightly Increasen) Scientific research
Maintain Statuso) Space exploration programs
Maintain Statusp) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Slightly Decreaseq) United Nations
Maintain Statusr) Welfare
s) Other or expanded categories

2) Defense Spending

Slightly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Maintain Statusc) Military hardware
Slightly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Maintain Statuse) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Slightly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Slightly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

3) 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.

Family Income Taxes

Eliminatea) Less than $12,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Slightly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Maintain Statusd) $100,001-$180,000
Maintain Statuse) $180,001-$350,000
Maintain Statusf) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Eliminatea) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Eliminatec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Eliminatef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

Slightly Increasea) Charitable contribution deduction
Slightly Increaseb) Child tax credit
Maintain Statusc) Earned income tax credit
Greatly Increased) Medical expense deduction
Maintain Statuse) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increasef) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
b) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
c) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
Xd) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
e) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
f) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
g) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
Xh) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
i) Support limiting the President's use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
j) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
k) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
g) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
h) Require that crimes based on sexual orientation be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-K programs.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
e) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
f) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
Xg) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
Xk) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

Xa) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain displaced workers or teach skills needed in today’s job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector.
c) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
Xe) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
h) Include gender identity in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.

a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
Xc) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xe) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xf) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
b) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement and other government officials.

On (c) and (d), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

Maintain Statusc) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statusd) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
Xb) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
Xc) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
Xc) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
Xf) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.

Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.

Yesa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Undecidedb) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Undecidedd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Yese) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Nof) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

Decisions regarding our Troops in Iraq should be made by the commanders on the ground. Not politicians. Our Troops should return when we have established a stabile democracy and the Iraq citizens have continued to step up and providing for their own security.

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to abide by its agreement to suspend its nuclear program?
Yesi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Undecidedk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Undecidedl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Undecidedm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Undecidedn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Undecidedo) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Undecidedp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Undecidedq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Undecidedr) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Yesa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Yesb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Yesc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Undecidedd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
Nof) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Yesg) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Undecidedh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesb) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Nod) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Noe) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Nof) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Undecidedg) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
h) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.

Xa) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
c) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
e) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles
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.

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