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John Moolenaar's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Office: U.S. House (MI) - District 4, Republican
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John Moolenaar has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2014 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. John Moolenaar is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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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 2014, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

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

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe we are endowed by our Creator with the unalienable Right to Live. Life begins at conception. We must protect human life, the foundation of our civilization. We must do everything possible to protect life, because the protection of life is the centerpiece of what makes us unique as a nation. As we consider human life, we must consider these important matters:Life does begin at conception.The foundation of our way of life is based on the belief that every human life has value.Every decision that we make, as pro-life advocates, should always be on the side of life.Partial birth abortions must be banned.Parental notification for children under 18 should be required.Hand in hand with my strong pro-life position is my belief in the importance of adoption." (
No 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

  • "Lower the tax burden on all American families and businesses. In this economic climate, it is absolutely wrong to raise taxes on families and employers. If we do anything on this front, we should make the tax code simpler and fairer, not larger and more painful." (
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe in limited government, focused on providing what we need. Government needs to balance its books the same way families and businesses do - the same way you do - by cutting costs and eliminating wasteful spending." (
Unknown Position Unknown 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

  • "It is essential we give our children an education that prepares them for the future and provides them with the opportunity to pursue the American dream right here in Michigan. I support policies that focus on student achievement, administrative efficiency and spending transparency. I also support greater equity in school funding and expanding affordable post-high school educational opportunities for our children." (
Yes Inferred Answer Energy: Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "It really must be an "all of the above" strategy. And we need to build the Keystone XL Pipeline! We must find a way to remove the red tape that slows innovation. Our free market will sort out what makes the most sense economically and will reward consumer preferences." (
No Inferred Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "Small business owners should not have to wait a year for a permit or pay tens of thousands of dollars for an environmental assessment before they even open their doors." (
No Inferred Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I believe an individual has the right to keep and bear arms and that the Second Amendment conveys that individual right to every American. To erode this constitutionally guaranteed right is unacceptable." (
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "There is no question that America is a global leader in health care. However, the future of healthcare in America was put at risk in 2010 when the Democrat-controlled Congress and President Obama forced a partisan government overhaul, costing Americans twice the price for half the care.The American people made it clear in 2010 - and continue to make it clear today - that they do not like the government run health care law, commonly referred to as "Obamacare." In June 2012, much to the surprise of many of us, the Supreme Court in a narrow 5 to 4 decision ruled that Obamacare was constitutional because it was a "tax."I know that our country can provide access to quality health care for every American by improving our market-based system, expanding health care coverage, and reducing costs. Health care in America should be about choice. At its core, it's about American families having the ability to choose the health care plan that best meets their needs." (
Yes Inferred 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

  • "And we must find a way to deal with those already in our country illegally that will not include amnesty. The Rule of law must be respected and there needs to be consequences for breaking the law." (
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? 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 National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "The war against terror must continue. It is important that we provide our men and women in uniform with all of the resources they need to succeed. Abandoning our efforts against terrorism would jeopardize the safety and security of the United States." (
Unknown Position Unknown 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

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


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.

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

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