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David Gill's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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David Gill has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their parties and advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads.

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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 2016, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life? "Pro-choice" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/33722/david-gill/#.V3LfHXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Politicians have no idea of the details and the complexity of the situations presented into the lives of these women. Accordingly, representatives in Congress should stay out of such business, and leave the decision-making to the pregnant women themselves." http://www.davidgill2016.com/issues.aspx (www.davidgill2016.com)
Yes Inferred 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

  • "When our priority is not the well-being of big corporations and Wall Street banks, we can finally put in a place a much-needed more progressive tax system, as well as a very small tax on financial transactions such as the sale of stocks, bonds, and derivatives." http://www.davidgill2016.com/issues.aspx (www.davidgill2016.com)
  • "David Gill knows there's something fundamentally wrong when billionaires pay a lower tax rate than nurses and police officers and when corporations like GE pay more for their DC lobbyists than they do in federal taxes on their profits." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/723027/issue-position-millionaires-pay-their-share#.V3Ln_HVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Crime: Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "We have legislators who implement policies that result in the unjust mass incarceration of young African-Americans. " http://www.davidgill2016.com/issues.aspx (www.davidgill2016.com)
  • "Most non-violent offenses should have reduced sentences, and most sales of illegal drugs should result in a prison sentence, but the precise details of each case should be at the discretion of a judge." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/33722/david-gill/#.V3LfHXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/33722/david-gill/#.V3LfHXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "First, we have the immediate need both for job creation and infrastructure repair, maintenance, and development. Funding these projects will boost employment, pump money into our local economy and ensure that businesses large and small in our community can safely and efficiently bring their products to market." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700416/issue-position-jobs#.V3LmpHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Through tax breaks for hiring and "in-sourcing" jobs we can reinvigorate the small business sector that is the main engine of job creation in our economy." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/700416/issue-position-jobs#.V3LmpHVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/33722/david-gill/#.V3LfHXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? 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 Energy: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/33722/david-gill/#.V3LfHXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/33722/david-gill/#.V3LfHXVTQfl (votesmart.org)
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/33722/david-gill/#.V3LfHXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Making sure that law-abiding Americans have the ability to be armed will force assailants to think twice and wonder if their attack might result in harm to themselves." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/723043/issue-position-supporting-the-2nd-amendment#.V3LnOnVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Allowing insurance companies to draft the Affordable Care Act was yet another dereliction of duty by politicians who take the big contributions from such companies and then turn their backs on their constituents." http://www.davidgill2016.com/issues.aspx (www.davidgill2016.com)
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "When we finally have compassionate leaders, then we will finally stop tearing families apart. And at last we will see the comprehensive immigration reform we so desperately need; we will finally have an understandable and manageable pathway to citizenship for all undocumented immigrants." http://www.davidgill2016.com/issues.aspx (www.davidgill2016.com)
Yes Inferred Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "As a longtime champion of marriage equality, Dr. Gill was very pleased with the recent Supreme Court decision which finally corrected the stubborn and unconstitutional position of politicians such as Rodney Davis." http://www.davidgill2016.com/issues.aspx (www.davidgill2016.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No 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

  • Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/33722/david-gill/#.V3LfHXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Dr. Gill believes that Social Security benefits are a sacred promise the U.S. government has made to each and every American who pays into the system. It needs to be strengthened and protected for future generations, not opened up to risky Wall Street investment schemes." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/723026/issue-position-strengthening-social-security#.V3Lnp3VTQfI (votesmart.org)

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Candidate Answer

Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.

Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown Answer

Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

Project Vote Smart's Research: Click on this icon to reveal more information about this candidate's position.

Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Illinois Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Nob) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Noe) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

As an E.R physician, I spend my days preserving and saving life. I've seen many miscarriages and all other pregnancy-related complications. The circumstances surrounding such complications are far too diverse and unique for legislation to address each and every situation; we tread into very murky waters when we pretend to write laws which might account for each of the many and varied pregnancy-related issues-- such attempts will certainly result in otherwise moral and good persons being wrongly accused of criminal behavior.

1) Spending
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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Decrease2) Military hardware
Slightly Decrease3) National missile defense
Greatly Increase4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Slightly Increase5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
Greatly Decreasem) Other or expanded categories

We should greatly reduce the amount of corporate welfare, which currently dwarfs the amount of welfare provided to struggling families. Corporations should "sink or swim" on their own, without the welfare currently doled out to them by a Congress whose halls are filled with corporate lobbyists.

2) 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 Increasea) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increasec) Cigarette taxes
Greatly Increased) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statuse) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

I support an estate tax with a $4 million exemption per person ($8 million per couple). Balancing the budget over a period of time is necessary, but requiring this annually is foolishness, given the potential for unexpected disasters or wars. Targeted stimulus funding can frequently result in a net GAIN of dollars for the government.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Nob) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

Publicly financed campaigns would go far toward preserving our democracy. I also strongly support term limits for U.S. House and Senate members, in direct contrast to my opponent, who pledged to leave Washington, D.C. effective January 2007.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I believe that vocational training can be provided during the prisoners' time of incarceration. Most non-violent offenses should have reduced sentences, and most sales of illegal drugs should result in a prison sentence, but the precise details of each case should be at the discretion of a judge.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yesd) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Nog) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yese) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

I support limits on NON-ECONOMIC damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

As a longtime member of Physicians for a National Health Program, I recognize the need to enact "Improved Medicare for All American Citizens" legislation. This is needed to both greatly improve our quality of care, as well as restore our nation's economic health.

We also must revise EMTALA, the law that currently requires that every person with a tiny paper cut who goes to the E.R. be evaluated and treated, at tremendous cost to all of us.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Noc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

We need a multi-factorial approach to this issue, as suggested by President Bush in 2006. We must secure our borders, crack down on the employers who so abuse the system, penalize those undocumented workers who are already here, and modify the so-called "Free Trade" agreements that have played a huge role in provoking this problem.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Nod) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Noi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action 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.

Government subsidies to start the "Green Revolution" NOW-- the health of our planet is in grave danger, and failure to act today risks the habitability of Earth for our grandchildren's children. This will provide jobs for tens of millions, and will pay for itself through a greatly expanded tax base.

Implementation of "Improved Medicare for All"-- taking back the 35% of our $2 trillion health care budget currently wasted by the private health insurance industry will provide an economic boon rarely seen before in America.

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