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Robb E. Cunningham

Robb Cunningham's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Robb E. Cunningham
Gender: Male
Family: Single
Birth Place: Overland, MO
Home City: Saint Louis, MO
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Robb Cunningham 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

  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
No Inferred Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robb Cunningham. Facebook: Timeline. 5 August 2012. “I don't believe Obama will withdraw the troops from Afghanistan if he is re-elected. Now he says they will leave in 2014. I hope he keeps that promise. The invasion of Afghanistan brought me to the realization that America was going completely in the wrong direction. I decided it was time to stand up for what I believe and begin making a difference. I never thought this War would still be raging 10 years later, now our longest War in U.S. History.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Robb Cunningham. Facebook: Wall. End the War. 22 May 2012. “My question to America: Is Afghanistan and Pakistan worth being our Wars of the future? I say NO.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: End the War. 1 January 2012. “War is not only bad for the economy it is bad for the reputation of America. We need to promote Peace, Diplomacy and Respect and only when the U.S. is directly in harm do we use our forces for defensive purposes only. We have entered the dangerous realm of occupier in Afghanistan and I believe Obama has no intention of pulling troops out completely in Afghanistan as he did in Iraq. I will put forth an Amendment allowing all military to refuse going overseas, illegalizing the draft, and allowing military action only with a Declaration of War. The U.S. needs to fight for Peace.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: End the War. 1 January 2012. “War is not only bad for the economy it is bad for the reputation of America. We need to promote Peace, Diplomacy and Respect and only when the U.S. is directly in harm do we use our forces for defensive purposes only. We have entered the dangerous realm of occupier in Afghanistan and I believe Obama has no intention of pulling troops out completely in Afghanistan as he did in Iraq. I will put forth an Amendment allowing all military to refuse going overseas, illegalizing the draft, and allowing military action only with a Declaration of War. The U.S. needs to fight for Peace.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] c) Defense"
  • Robb Cunningham. Facebook: Timeline. 12 August 2012. “If he had to pick only one issue to focus on during his time in office, Cunningham would focus on war. He will put in a constitutional amendment to allow Congress to end wars along with its power to declare them.” (www.facebook.com)
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

  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: Taxes. 27 August 2012. “Repeal the state income tax provision of the Missouri Constitution. All state and local government functions should, where possible, be funded by user fees. By Constitutional Amendment require 75% voter approval for all tax increases or new taxes.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robb Cunningham. Facebook: Timeline. 12 August 2012. “Cunningham also wants to end the income tax and decrease other taxes so as to streamline federal spending.” (www.facebook.com)
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?"
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Yes" for: "5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?" Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B) Other or expanded principles: "Cut spending in the departments"
  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Development. 27 August 2012. “Repeal all subsidies. Eliminate mandated benefits. Eliminate taxes, do not abate them for certain groups. Eliminate the abuse of Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Sell all State agencies that duplicate services provided by businesses or charitable organizations.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: Legislative Priority. 1 January 2012. “I will decrease taxes, streamline spending on a surplus not a deficit […] Income Tax will be ended.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: Jobs and Economic Development. 27 August 2012. “Repeal all subsidies. Eliminate mandated benefits. Eliminate taxes, do not abate them for certain groups. Eliminate the abuse of Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Sell all State agencies that duplicate services provided by businesses or charitable organizations.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: No Corporate Welfare. 1 January 2012. “Corporate Welfare is a term for corporations that receive money from the government. Changes in the tax code proposed by President Barack Obama no doubt will be debated hotly in Congress. While his plan to reduce corporate taxes is appealing, his back-door strategy to keep pumping money into the federal treasury by massive tax increases elsewhere is not. But most members of Congress should be able to unite behind another of Obama's recommendations - to eliminate corporate welfare-style tax breaks for certain types of businesses. The idea is nothing new. It has been suggested, off and on, for decades. In the past, however, powerful special interests have been able to block changes in their cherished loopholes and subsidies. Obama ought to be very familiar with how recipients of corporate welfare can cozy up to policymakers. One of his top financial advisers is Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. In 2010, GE earned a whopping $14.2 billion in profits - yet did not pay a dime in U.S. corporate taxes. In fact, the company scooped up $3.2 billion in U.S. incentives! Americans are familiar with the fiasco of tax breaks, subsidies and incentives. Big corporate farms rake in billions a year in agriculture subsidies. Big oil sucks up billions more in other breaks, even when the business is wildly profitable. And yes, the "alternative energy" industry - unable to make it on its own - survives entirely on taxpayer subsidies in some cases. It is time to make a clean sweep of corporate welfare, not necessarily to help balance the federal budget, but simply because continuing to subsidize profitable big businesses is wrong.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robb Cunningham. Facebook: Timeline. 5 August 2012. “I will vote NO on excessive spending bills, but if I can get money of Government, I guarantee you it will come to St. Louis. Let's empower Small Business with folks and Jobs with people.” (www.facebook.com)
No Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: No Corporate Welfare. 1 January 2012. “Corporate Welfare is a term for corporations that receive money from the government. Changes in the tax code proposed by President Barack Obama no doubt will be debated hotly in Congress. While his plan to reduce corporate taxes is appealing, his back-door strategy to keep pumping money into the federal treasury by massive tax increases elsewhere is not. But most members of Congress should be able to unite behind another of Obama's recommendations - to eliminate corporate welfare-style tax breaks for certain types of businesses. The idea is nothing new. It has been suggested, off and on, for decades. In the past, however, powerful special interests have been able to block changes in their cherished loopholes and subsidies. Obama ought to be very familiar with how recipients of corporate welfare can cozy up to policymakers. One of his top financial advisers is Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric. In 2010, GE earned a whopping $14.2 billion in profits - yet did not pay a dime in U.S. corporate taxes. In fact, the company scooped up $3.2 billion in U.S. incentives! Americans are familiar with the fiasco of tax breaks, subsidies and incentives. Big corporate farms rake in billions a year in agriculture subsidies. Big oil sucks up billions more in other breaks, even when the business is wildly profitable. And yes, the "alternative energy" industry - unable to make it on its own - survives entirely on taxpayer subsidies in some cases. It is time to make a clean sweep of corporate welfare, not necessarily to help balance the federal budget, but simply because continuing to subsidize profitable big businesses is wrong.” (votesmart.org)
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

  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: Education. 27 August 2012. “Restore local control of all schools. Remove restrictions on home schooling. Move toward privatization of government public schools. Repeal all Federal and State education mandates.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: Legislative Priority. 27 August 2012. “Everyone's priority is for change.but what will they change? […] Education will be privatized.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Selected "Greatly Decrease" for: "Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once. [?] d) Education"
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: Justice. 1 January 2012. “Restore Second Amendment rights.” (votesmart.org)
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "e) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "g) Require a license for gun possession."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows."
  • Robb Cunningham. Issue Position: Legislative Priority. 27 August 2012. “Everyone's priority is for change.but what will they change? […] Gun Laws Constitutionalized.” (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri 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."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government."
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

  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States."
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

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Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

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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

  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves."
  • Robb Cunningham. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Missouri Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government."

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Congressional Election 2006 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) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
Xb) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
g) Other or expanded principles
Using the key, indicate what federal funding levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category, you can use a number more than once.
Budget Priorities
Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Law enforcement
Greatly Decreasei) Medical research
Greatly Decreasej) National parks
Greatly Decreasek) Public health services
Greatly Decreasel) Scientific research
Maintain Statusm) Space exploration programs
Greatly Decreasen) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Eliminateo) Welfare
Maintain Statusp) Emergency preparedness
q) Other or expanded categories
Defense Spending
Greatly Decreasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Decreaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Decreasec) Military hardware
Greatly Decreased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Decreasee) National missile defense
Greatly Decreasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Decreaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Decreaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Decreasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories
Using the key above, indicate what federal tax levels you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Taxes
Income Taxes:
Family Income
a) Less than $25,000
b) $25,000-$75,000
c) $75,000-$150,000
d) Over $150,000
e) Other or expanded categories

Eliminate

Retiree Income
f) Over $40,000
g) Other or expanded categories
Other Taxes:
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

NONE

Deductions/Credits:
a) Charitable contributions
b) Child tax credit
c) Earned income tax credit
d) Medical expense deduction
e) Mortgage deduction
f) Student loan credit
g) Other or expanded categories
Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support making President Bush's tax cuts permanent?
6) Discuss your proposals for balancing the federal budget. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Cut spending in the departments

7) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal 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.
d) Allow unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
e) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
f) Require Section 527 organizations to register with the Federal Election Commission as Political Action Committees.
g) Do you support instant run-off voting?
h) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
i) Do you support a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and woman?
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
c) Support programs to provide prison inmates with educational, vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
g) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of corporate crimes.
h) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
i) Other or expanded principles

Legalize recreational drugs

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
Xc) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
d) Allow doctors to recommend marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
e) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the United States.
f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
g) Support a federal law to standardize testing and penalties for steroid use in professional sports.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
b) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers, (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private or religious school.
d) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
e) Reward teachers with merit pay for working in low-income schools.
f) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, technology).
g) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
h) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
i) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
j) Other or expanded principles

Privatize all education

1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
Xb) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer child care services to employees.
d) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
h) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
Xb) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) 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.
c) Support Clear Skies Act to reduce power plant emissions by setting a national cap on pollutants.
d) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
j) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
k) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
m) Support the Kyoto Protocol to limit global warming.
n) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Reauthorize the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain and strengthen the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xc) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Xe) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
f) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
g) Require a license for gun possession.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
Xa) 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.
c) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
d) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
e) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
f) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
g) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
h) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
i) Allow laboratories to create new lines of stem cells for additional research.
j) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
Xa) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program that would enable illegal immigrants to work in the United States legally.
d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using government funded social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
f) Other or expanded principles
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding United States economic assistance.
a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
b) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
Xd) International Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
Noa) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Nob) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesc) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Nod) Should the United States send more troops to Iraq?
e) Discuss your proposals for an exit strategy in Iraq. (75 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)

Leave

f) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
a) Should the United States use diplomatic and economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
b) Should the United States use military force to dismantle the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
c) Should the United States remove the North Korean government from power?
d) Should the United States increase financial support to Afghanistan?
e) Should the United States increase military support to Afghanistan?
f) Other or expanded principles
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
a) Should the United States maintain its financial support of the United Nations?
b) Should the United States decrease its financial support of the United Nations?
c) Should the United States commit troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
d) Other or expanded principles
4) Should the United States lift the travel ban to Cuba?
5) Should the United States increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the war on drugs?"
6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund distribution of contraceptives?
7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education?
8) Other or expanded principles
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
Yes1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Yes2) Do you support the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA)?
Yes3) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
Yes4) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No5) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No6) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
No7) Should trade agreements include provisions to address environmental concerns and to protect workers' rights?
8) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
Noa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Nob) Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Noc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Nod) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
e) Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?
f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?
g) 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 which they manage themselves.
b) 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 assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of United States Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
e) Lower the annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
c) Implement government regulation of Internet content.
d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
e) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
Xg) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Other or expanded principles
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
Xe) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
f) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
g) Other or expanded principles
On an attached page, disk, or via email, please explain in a total of 75 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.

Quagmires Ended, Welfare Ended, Income Tax Ended, Gun Laws Constitutionalized, Eminent Domain Ended, Marijuana Legalized, Education Privatized, Federal Mandates Limited, Privacy Policies Tightened and Election Day Declared National Holiday.

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A passion for giving honest information and an empathy for arbitrating the opinions and needs of each individual is my purpose. No one person does this alone. It takes a great deal of personnel, not only to pluck the will of the people, but first, and foremost, to inform the masses of the truth.

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