Hugh 'Doc' Cort III's Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: Hugh 'Doc' Cort III
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Deborah
Birth Date: 10/29/1951
Birth Place: Fort Knox, KY
Home City: Birmingham, AL
Religion: Born Again Christian
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Hugh Cort III 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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Presidential Election 2008 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.

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.

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Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.

Xa) Abortions should always be illegal.
b) Abortions should always be legal.
c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester.
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) Dilation and extraction or "partial-birth" abortion procedures should be legal.
g) Medicare, Medicaid, or federal subsidies should be prohibited from being used on abortion procedures.
h) Other or expanded principles.

There is never a time when abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother - Abortion should never be used - Even babies born of rape or incest can have good lives.
It is a lie from the media that abortion is ever necessary to save the life of the mother. Even in the case of severe high blood pressure in pre-eclampsia, which almost always occurs at greater gestation, doctors do not kill the baby with an abortion, they deliver the baby and give it a chance to live in the pre-natal life support unit.

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

1) Budget Priorities

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Greatly Increasec) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) FEMA
Slightly Increaseg) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseh) International aid
Greatly Increasei) Law enforcement
Maintain Statusj) Medical research
Maintain Statusk) National parks
Maintain Statusl) Public health services
Maintain Statusm) Scientific research
Greatly Increasen) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increaseo) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Greatly Decreasep) United Nations
Greatly Decreaseq) Welfare
r) Other or expanded categories

2) Defense Spending

Greatly Increasea) Armed forces personnel training
Greatly Increaseb) Intelligence operations
Greatly Increasec) Military hardware
Greatly Increased) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Greatly Increasee) National missile defense
Greatly Increasef) Pay for active duty personnel
Greatly Increaseg) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Greatly Increaseh) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increasei) Troop and equipment readiness
j) Other or expanded categories

3) Taxes

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

Family Income Taxes

Greatly Decreasea) Less than $12,000
Greatly Decreaseb) $12,001-$40,000
Greatly Decreasec) $40,001-$100,000
Greatly Decreased) $100,001-$180,000
Slightly Decreasee) $180,001-$350,000
Slightly Decreasef) $350,001 and above
g) Other or expanded categories

Other Taxes

Maintain Statusa) Alcohol taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusc) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Statusd) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline Taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Inheritance taxes
g) Other or expanded categories

Deductions/Credits

a) Charitable contribution deduction
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

I believe in the fair tax.

Yes4) Do you support the permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes5) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
6) Other or expanded principles

I believe in replacing the IRA and the federal income tax with the fair tax. I also believe in lowering taxes.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.

Xa) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
b) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
c) Support prohibiting ads containing candidates' name that are paid for by third parties from airing 60 days before a primary and 30 days before a general federal election.
Xd) Support instant run-off voting (IRV).
e) Support designating Election Day as a national holiday.
Xf) Support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations.
g) Support limiting the President’s use of signing statements in order to prevent an alternative interpretation of the bill.
h) Support a federal shield law to protect reporter-source privilege.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.

Xa) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
Xc) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
Xd) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
e) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
f) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
g) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
Xh) Support strict penalties for internet crime (e.g. hacking, identity theft, worms/viruses).
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.

a) Support the federal government funding universal pre-kindergarten programs.
Xb) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any public school.
Xc) Allow parents to use vouchers to send their children to any private or religious school.
Xd) Allow teachers and professionals to receive federal funding to establish charter or magnet schools.
e) Increase funding for the Pell Grant program.
f) Decrease interest rates of Stafford Loans.
g) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
Xh) Ban university financial aid officers from owning stock in or accepting gifts from student loan lenders.
Xi) Require universities to disclose financial relationships with lenders.
j) Support federal education standards and testing requirements for k-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
k) Eliminate all federal education standards and testing requirements for k-12 students (No Child Left Behind).
l) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.

a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that retrain 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) Encourage employers to offer child care services, flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
d) Increase the federal minimum wage.
e) Support the right of workers to unionize.
f) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
g) 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 increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
d) Strengthen emission controls on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
e) Strengthen fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
Xf) Support domestic oil exploration in areas that are currently restricted.
Xg) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels.
h) Support the use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
Xi) Support research and development of nuclear reactors as an alternative energy source.
j) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits under "cap and trade" laws.
k) Support international mandatory emission targets to limit global warming.
l) Support international voluntary emission targets to limit global warming.
m) Other or expanded principles

Global warming is caused by natural variation in the sun's brightness; it is not caused by human production of carbon dioxide.
Adopting the Kyoto Accord will not decrease global warming but WILL cripple our economy!

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.

Xa) Allow individuals to carry concealed guns.
Xb) Require a license to carry a concealed gun.
Xc) Require a license to possess a gun.
d) Ban the sale, ownership or possession of handguns except by law enforcement or other government officials.
e) Require gun owners to store guns in a safe or lockbox, or to have them disabled with a trigger lock.
Xf) Allow individuals to carry guns on college campuses.

On (g) and (h), indicate what levels (#1-6) you support for the following categories.

Maintain Statusg) Enforcement of existing restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
Maintain Statush) Restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health.

a) Implement a universal healthcare program to guarantee coverage to all Americans, regardless of income.
Xb) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
c) Allow the importation of prescription drugs into the United States.
d) Support expanding prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
Xe) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
f) Support expanding child healthcare programs.
g) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
h) Providing healthcare is not a responsibility of the federal government.
i) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.

a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
Xb) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Support a temporary worker program.
Xd) Support harsher financial punishments for employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
e) Support amnesty for illegal immigrants already working in the United States.
Xf) Illegal immigrants should have to return to their countries of origin before being considered for citizenship.
g) Illegal immigrants should be given a pathway to citizenship.
h) Support merit-based visas over family-based visas.
i) Other or expanded principles

International Aid

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international aid.

Xa) Support the United States granting aid to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
Xb) Support the United States granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States.
Xc) Eliminate United States aid for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
d) Aid granted by the United States should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
e) Other or expanded principles

We need to decrease our foreign aid, and continue it at a smaller amount

International Policy

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international policy.

Yesa) 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 impose greater international sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesd) Should the United States support the Lebanese government against insurgent forces?
Yese) Should the United States maintain its troop levels in Iraq?
Nof) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
g) Discuss your proposals for Iraq.

We need to implement General Tom McInerney's plan - to stop Iran's massive interference in Iraq, and also to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, we need to bomb Iran's 24 nuclear sites and Ahadinejad & the Mullas.
General Tom McInerney says after we take out Iran's 24 nuclear sites and Ahmadinejad and the Mullas in a 48 hour bombing campaign, the moderates in Iran can take their country back, Iraq will settle down and we can WIN the war in Iraq, we will have stopped Iran from getting nuclear weapons and killing 200 million people, and we will immediately...

Yesh) Should the United States apply greater economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea if it fails to suspend its nuclear program?
Noi) Should the United States increase financial support for Afghanistan?
Yesj) Should the United States increase military support for Afghanistan?
Yesk) Should the United States trade nuclear fuel to India for civilian purposes?
Yesl) Should the United States decrease financial support for Pakistan?
Yesm) Should the United States decrease military support for Pakistan?
Yesn) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in Darfur, Sudan?
Yeso) Should the United States be involved in bringing an end to the violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Yesp) Should the United States provide economic and military support to the Transitional Government of Somalia?
Yesq) Should the United States use sanctions to encourage the government of Zimbabwe to end its human rights abuses?
Nor) Should the United States support the creation of an independent nation of Kosovo?
s) Other or expanded principles

Musharraf, the president of Pakistan, needs to let the U.S. interrogate Dr. A. Q. Khan and nuclear scientists Dr. Mahmood and Dr. Majid so they can tell us the extent of Osama Bin Laden's nuclear arsenal.

International Trade

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.

Yesa) Do you support the United States imposing economic sanctions on China?
Yesb) Do you support the United States imposing trade sanctions on Venezuela?
Noc) Do you support the United States involvement in free trade agreements?
Yesd) Do you support the United States involvement in intergovernmental organizations dedicated to trade?
e) Other or expanded principles

I believe in free trade that is fair. NAFTA and CAFTA are not fair to the United States and should be repealed and replaced. I am against any plans for a "North American Union."

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.

Yesa) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civilian courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
Yesb) Should law enforcement agencies have greater discretion to monitor domestic communications, to prevent future terrorist attacks?
Yesc) Should the United States hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
Yesd) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
Yese) Do you support pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to United States national security?
f) Do you support the creation of a federal identification card system?
Yesg) Do you support long-term use of National Guard troops to supplement the armed forces in assignments overseas?
Yesh) Should the United States expand its missile defense shield?
i) Other or expanded principles

We need to make the FBI search the mosques in New York City and Washington, D.C. and the 8 other cities Osama Bin Laden has targeted, to see if there are any suitcase nukes.

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding social issues.

Noa) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
Nob) Should same-sex couples be allowed to marry?
Yesc) Do you support a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman?
Nod) Should sexual orientation be included in federal anti-discrimination laws?
Noe) Do you support federal funding for research on existing embryonic stem cell lines?
Nof) Do you support federal funding to create lines of stem cells from new embryos?
Nog) Should the federal government consider race and gender in government contracting decisions?
Noh) Do you support affirmative action in public college admissions?
Noi) Should the federal government continue affirmative action programs?
Yesj) Should the federal government regulate internet gambling?
k) 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 that they manage themselves.
b) Ensure the viability of Social Security by increasing the payroll tax.
Xc) Decrease benefits paid to retirees.
d) Support proportional increases of Social Security benefits based on the cost of living index.
Xe) Raise the retirement age for individual eligibility to receive full Social Security benefits.
f) Other or expanded principles

Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.

Xa) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
b) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
c) Support housing assistance for welfare recipients.
d) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
e) Other or expanded principles

We need to make all able bodied welfare recipients work, and then we will gradually reduce their welfare payments, and then totally stop payments.

Please explain in a total of 200 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.

When I am elected President, the first words out of my mouth will be "I hereby proclaim a Presidential Executive Order banning abortion and homosexual marriage." I will also win the Iraq War, by stopping Iran's massive interference in Iraq and also stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons, by using "The McInerney Plan" to bomb Iran's 24 nuclear sites, and Ahmadinejad and the Mullah's headquarters, in a 48 hour bombing campaign. Yes, it sounds drastic, but don't you wish we had listened to Winston Churchill before World War II when he begged us to stop Hitler before he got big? If we let Ahmadenjad get nukes, over 200 million people will die!
I will also make the FBI search the mosques in New York City and Washington D.C., and the 8 other cities Osama Bin Laden has targeted in his "American Hiroshima" plan to blowup 10 cities with nuclear devices like we blew up Hiroshima (see www.cortforpresident.com and click on "counterterrorism site" for more information).
I will also make Michael Chertoff tell the American people how to survive the radiation from a nuclear attack by terrorists ; stay in your home for two weeks.