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Presidential 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.

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

Those who cry out the loudest against abortion - they are the ones who were aborted in a previous life, and the experience is stamped in their character. The creator of the Universe decides who is born and who is knot. When a woman cries out she is not going to have the baby that is God moving through her. The unborn growing in her could have been an Auschwitz guard who kicked every toddler on their way to the shower, and God wants that guard aborted a thousand times!

Budget

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?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

The taxes across the board should be put back the way they were before the Bush tax cuts. The 535 members of Congress are against this because they are all millionaires whose personal taxes would go up.

With a new innovative financial instrument, The US Mortgage Savings Bond we can cash out all the bank's mortgage holdings with the US Savings Bonds, rewrite the mortgages at a fixed reasonable rate, tack non-interest bearing 2nd's on the backs of upside down deals, and apply the interest on the 60 million home mortgages toward the interest on the national debt.

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
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

The Homeland Security bureaucracy, with FBI, are "name checking" thousands of ordinary people, to justify their outrageous budgets. Were the methods they use to gather the names of people they "check" made public the American people would be sickened.

The FBI is tapping and savings the contents of every telephone call being made every day in USA. this also must be ceased as it clearly violates our constitutional right to privacy.

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 Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Increasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Increaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Increasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

We need to return to the tax structure before the Bush tax cuts.

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

As long as we have the free PBS network for candidates to deliver actual live speeches, as I did in 1988 in New Hampshire, what matter how much money corporations pump into a campaign. We should also apply the principle of 47 U.S.C. Section 315(a) to campaign ads.

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

We need a Heinous Crime Act. When the prosecutor Motions the court to declare a crime to be under the Heinous Crime Act, an example, the shooting of Congress person Gabriel Giffords, in Arizona, upon being found guilty, the person judged guilty would have 20 days to file one appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, before the date for sentencing is set and carried out.

YesCandidate 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?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
NoDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

We need to build 10 thousand clipper ships, wherever there is water and people need work. The sails can be solar voltaic to generate needed ship board electricity, the masts can be rotational to capture every gust with minimal tacking and the sails can be maneuvered with semi automatic winches from a toggle in the wheelhouse.

College students can crew the ships and pay a reduced tuition, so with or without a cargo the ships are making money an pay for their construction carrying our goods.

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

I have my own educational program whereupon the poorest will be with the best.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

The recent discovery of dramatic decay of all the coral reefs is the canary in the coal mine. We need to move immediately to eliminate all of the carbon dioxide or all the fish will begin to die. Besides our own loss of food, all the mammals of the sea will starve.

The balance of Mother nature will be tipped.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles

I bring to the table a Vehicle for World Peace, that, a world wide all channels dusk until dawn television program, where, running and punning through every spoken tongue, with every line a delicate sensible rhyme, like Dante, of Divine Comedic fame, and with the breadth of old blind Homer I will tell my vision on Tell Lev Vision

Upon steering that course change in human history on good ship Mother Earth, all the so-called terrorists will stop being terrorists.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

You are living in town, hang up your holster.

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

My Lev Health Care program, on my http://michaelslevinson.com web site will cover the whole country, including all the people with preexisting conditions, within six weeks, at half the projected cost of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, with only a one line change in the tax code.

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

We need to insure that all the people who come here to work can be identified and paid with checks and Social Security taxes deducted and paid into the system.

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

As president i am going to hold a mass wedding ceremony on the White House lawn with flat screens all over the country so everyone who wants to get married can get married all at once.

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

I have a giant program to do exactly that.

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.

My first priority is nominating Thomas L. Friedman for Secretary of State so I can begin setting the stage for "whirled pizza" beginning with an all channels all radio waves dusk until dawn TV Show: World Peace on good ship Mother earth, beginning with a peaceful world wide TV night.

My second priority is an Executive Order requiring all of the paper used by the federal government and all of the clothing worn by the military to be manufactured with industrial hemp grown by American farmers.