John Oscian Parmele, Jr.'s Political Positions

Biographical

Full Name: John Oscian Parmele, Jr.
Gender: Male
Family: Wife: Nancy; 2 Children: Rene, Jon
Birth Date: 11/08/1942
Birth Place: Atlanta, GA
Home City: Virginia Beach, VA
Religion: Baptist
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John Parmele, Jr. has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Candidate selected both pro-choice and pro-life.

Hard to choose "sides". While I feel all life is sacred, I support a woman's right to choose in cases of rape, incest, and danger to health (but not as a means of terminating an unwanted pregnancy due to loose moral standards).

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?
YesCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

[re: do you support reducing defense spending?] Through reduction of duplicative/overlapping departments.

[re: do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?] On highest brackets; Also reduce loopholes. Prefer "Fair Tax"/"Flat Tax".

[re: do you support reducing Medicaid spending?] & [re: do you support reducing Medicare spending?] People must take better care of their health through life-style changes to reduce doctor visits.

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 Increasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
Greatly Decreasem) Other or expanded categories

Wants vs. Needs

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
Slightly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

e) Dedicated to maintenance and upkeep of highway system.

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

Money buys votes. An independent candidate like myself is already at a great financial disadvantage.

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

As long as there is no doubt to guilt, and all avenues of appeal have been exhausted, including DNA confirmation.

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?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Some bailouts were good; others did not fare as well.

Unemployment still around 9%. Keep jobs at home.

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

Too many string attached

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

[re: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?] This must be an individual effort.

[re: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?] Off-shore wind energy okay; Drilling for gas okay; Not okay (presently) for oil due to BP disaster.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo 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

[re: Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?] And operations in other countries as well

[re: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?] Not unless justified by their actions against USA.

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

Background checks make good sense.

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

Again, people need to take better care of their individual health. Too many people are using medical facilities for routine ailments (especially the E.R.)

Do 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?
YesDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

[re: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?] Candidate selected both Yes and No.

[re: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?] Don't understand reason behind this. I would like to know the real intent of the 14th amendment (1868) regarding "All persons born...in the U.S. are citizens of the U.S." as it relates to illegal aliens. It needs to be repealed!

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

However, "civil unions" with legal standing as couples is okay, but not "marriage".

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

As a recipient of SS, I personally do not want to risk that income, but would not deny others from doing so if that was their choice.

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.

1) Stop supporting the rest of the world - charity begins at home. Our problems should be first priority.

2) I ask that every business owner - if he/she could afford to do so - hire at least one employee (even at minimum wage if necessary). That would go a long way to reduce unemployment and stimulate the economy.