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Cris Ericson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Cris Ericson has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2014 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Vermont Congressional Election 2014 Political Courage Test

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Candidate Answer
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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.

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

PLEASE DEMAND EQUAL FUNDING FOR ADOPTION CLINICS IN THE SAME OFFICE AS ABORTION CLINICS. I want a legislative Bill to demand equal funding for adoption clinics, and to have adoptions for the same price to the public, free for low income, as abortions. I want the adoption clinics to be in the same office as the abortion clinic, ONE WAITING ROOM, so that people can see their choices, and to change their choice at the last minute. I want abortions to be aired on television to prove they are killing life, without censorship by the government or any government agency.

NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

Demand a flat 1 percent tax, WITH NO DEDUCTIONS FOR BUSINESS OR PERSONAL EXPENSES, the exact same percent on all incomes of all persons and all corporations who claim to be persons, regardless of how high the income is. If your income is 1 Million dollars, and the tax is 1%, then you pay $100,000. tax. If your corporate "person" income is 1 Billion dollars, then you pay 1 Million tax. If your income is $10,000 dollars per year, then your tax is $100. If we can't balance the federal budget with a 1% tax, no deductions, then try 2%.

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

Elected U.S. Congressmen and U.S. Congresswomen
vote to give 30 Billion taxpayer dollars a year
to the National Institute of Health .
which gives Billions to
pharmaceutical corporations for research.
The pharmaceutical corporations
sell drugs and devices,
and keep the profit;
then give
millions, out of the billions, to lobbyists
who wine and dine members
of U.S. Congress while
employees of the
pharmaceutical corporations put money into
political action committee PACs which then
put money into the campaign funds of the politicians
in the U.S. Congress.
This is campaign finance
money laundering
because your taxpayer dollars have come full
circle.

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

We are a barbaric nation. STOP CAPITAL PUNISHMENT. IT IS DISGUSTING.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoDo you support lowering taxes as a way of promoting growth in the economy?
NoDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
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
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo 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

We don't have a scientific grip on the situation yet, frozen arctic tundra can create greenhouse gas emissions.

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?
Other or expanded principles

Vote for Cris Ericson for U.S. Representative to Congress because if she
is elected she will offer a deal to
whichever party is in majority control of the
U.S. House of Representatives. If they agree
to make her Speaker of the House, she will
join their party.
If Cris Ericson is elected Speaker of the House,
then Impeachment proceedings against
President Barack Obama for exceeding his
legal authority under the U.S. Constitution
may begin. As Speaker of the House,
Cris Ericson will be third in line for the
Presidency when Joe Biden and Barack Obama
are both Impeached. Vote Ericson.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

The word "hostile" is too vague.

NoCandidate 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 Increasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Stop the F-35 strike fighter jets from being
based adjacent to Burlington Airport in
Vermont because they are designed to be dual
capable to carry nuclear bombs.
(1) Congressmen and Congresswomen vote to
give Billions of dollars to the Pentagon.
(2) The Pentagon gives Billions of dollars
to Defense Contractors.
(3) Defense Contractors give millions, out
of the billions, to Lobbyists who
wine and dine elected Congressmen.
(4) Employees of Defense
Contractors give money to Political Action
Committees (PACs) which give money to
elected officials campaign funds.
(5) Your taxpayer dollars have come full circle;
this is money laundering!

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.
Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Eliminatee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

We would be better off with one flat tax, the exact same percent for all persons and all corporations claiming to be persons, with no deductions for personal or business expenses,
and no matter how high the income is, for example 1% for Billionaires and the same 1% for people who are very low income. Simplify the tax code.

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.

LAKE CHAMPLAIN in VERMONT should be declared a grandfathered in
public drinking water reservoir because it has always been
a source of drinking water for Vermonters and currently
one-third of Vermonters draw their drinking water from
Lake Champlain. STOP natural gas pipelines from running
underneath Lake Champlain because they can burst and
clean up can take years.
OUTLAW motorboats on Lake Champlain because
they pollute Vermont's drinking water with lead from drops
of oil and gas. STOP dumping MONSANTO's chemicals into
Lake Champlain to "treat" (KILL) invasive AQUATIC species.
STOP dumping treated sewage into Lake Champlain and re-route
it elsewhere.

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