Stephen M. Wyman's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Stephen M. Wyman
On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for State House - District 20
General Nov. 4, 2014
Primary March 4, 2014
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Cathy; 1 Child: Nathan
Birth Date: 07/29/1957
Birth Place: Laconia, NH
Home City: Georgetown, TX
Religion: Yes
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Texas Congressional Election 2012 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.

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Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "a) Abortions should always be illegal."
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2010 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Selected "Pro-choice" for: "a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?" Abortion and Reproductive Issues Other or expanded principles: "I'm a man. I don't get pregnant. I will not deny a woman's access to choice. Sexual education should be biologically complete. The best decisions can only be made using the best information."
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should always be legal."
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2006 Texas State Legislative Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "f) Prohibit public funding of abortions and to organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Checked SUPPORT for: "c) Abortions should always be legally available." Indicate which principles you support (if any) concerning abortion. Other or expanded principles: "Educate pre-teens about the challenges and responsibilities of parenthood/pregnancy."
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "b) Abortions should be illegal when the fetus is viable, with or without life support."
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "h) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial birth" abortion."
  • Stephen Wyman. Project Vote Smart: 2000 Texas Congressional Political Courage Test. Did Not Check SUPPORT for: "i) Prohibit public funding of abortions and public funding of organizations that advocate or perform abortions."
Other or expanded principles

I support Family Planning.

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

The original mission to Afghanistan was to punish the Taliban and Al-Qaeda for the attacks of 9/11/2001. When that mission was partially committed to by the W administration, it had very modest success. The lack of success apparently caused the President to change the mission to nation building; extraordinary mission creep. That creep cost us the justification for our presence in Afghanistan.

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

In order to balance the budget,

YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

The federal budget deficit is a problem, was a problem even as the Bush admin turned the budget surplus it inherited into deficit spending.

You can not save your way out of a recession, see: Europe today and the USA in 1937. The federal government has the most capacity to stimulate the economy. Unfortunately, the debt was already large when the great recession started in December of 2007. The deficit will continue to grow until such time that the economy is confirmed to have been recovered for a period of at least one year.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Public candidate campaign contributions, direct or indirect, need be public information, at a minimum.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles

A life sentence, without parole, is preferred.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Smart, oft audited, government spending is a priority, but incumbent legislators haven't demonstrated that capacity for decades. Appropriate revenue is also essential, and most recently lacking plausibility.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

Recently TX state govt refused more than $850 million in federal funds, because someone attached an amendment requiring the state to use the money only for public education. I'm a parent of a public school student and found the inability to accept such simple requirements to be, at least, disappointing; unfortunately, not surprising.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

Providing guidelines and oversight of health, safety and environmental standards is a govt responsibility.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate 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

I do support training, certification, licensing and registration of firearms; similar to the other type of machine that kills tens of thousands of Americans every year: the automobile.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I would prefer single-payer, medicare for all, health care to the ACA.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

Everyone in the USA today is an immigrant, or descended from immigrants, and we should figure out how to deal with legal and illegal immigrants more graciously.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I support marriage equality.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Targeting suspected terrorists, outside of official theater, should go through the appropriate law enforcement, military and/or espionage agency every time. We should demonstrate high ethical standards in pursuing accused national or international criminals that are terror suspects.

Work with the Green Revolutionaries, and other Iranians, who are ready for their country to be able to participate freely with the rest of the countries of the world.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Pensions and personal savings are likely to be invested in retirement accounts. Social Security needs to be sufficiently different so that all funds are not able to be adversely affected simultaneously.

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.

Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) 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.

Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) 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.

The current legislature is not accomplishing anything, because there is no longer bi-partisan cooperation.

There is serious common-carrier infrastructure maintenance and replacement work needing to be done, including: roads, bridges, water, sewer, communication and electrical power distribution.

It is essential to invest in the future, continuing the work of previous generations, improving potential and possibilities for all in these United States.