Representative Addison 'Joe' Graves Wilson, Sr.'s Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Addison 'Joe' Graves Wilson, Sr.
Current Office: U.S. House - District 2, Republican
First Elected: 12/18/2001
Last Elected: 11/06/2012
Next Election: 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Roxanne; 4 Children: Alan, Addison, Julian, Hunter
Birth Date: 07/31/1947
Birth Place: Charleston, SC
Home City: Springdale, SC
Religion: Presbyterian
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Joe Wilson, Sr. submitted the 2012 Political Courage Test after the official deadline and release of results to the media. The candidate's late responses are provided here as a public service.

What is the Political Courage Test?

South Carolina Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

100% pro-life record in the US Congress and SC Senate

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.

In order to balance the budget,

NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I do support full reporting

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Spending

Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.

Greatly Decreasea) Agriculture
Greatly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Greatly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

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.

Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

We must maintain a strong national defense and protect American families by defeating the terrorists overseas. It is also critically important that we strive for energy independence by embracing an "all of the above" energy plan. Finally, Congress should repeal and replace the job-killing healthcare takeover with sensible health insurance reform.