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Larry Ishmael's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Larry Ishmael has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Washington Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred 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-lifeCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

ABORTION HAS A HUGE PSYCHOLICAL IMPACT ON THE MOTHER. I KNOW A NUMBER OF WOMEN WHO HAD AN ABORTION IN THE PAST AND ARE STILL NEGATIVE IMPACTED BY IT.

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

I SUPPORT OUR TROOPS, BUT IT IS TIME TO COME HOME NOW. WE'VE DONE WHAT WE SET OUT TO DO: GET AL QAEDA OUT OF AFGHANISTAN AND REMOVE THE TALIBAN FROM POWER

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
do you support reducing defense spending?
do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

I SUPPORT A 17% FLAT TAX AS 47% OF AMERICANS PAY NO TAX, THIS WOULD LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD WHILE DOUBLING REVENUES.

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

I SUPPORT DOING AWAY WITH ALL CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS WHILE IMPLEMENTING PUBLICLY FINANCED SYSTEM.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate 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?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I SUPPORT A 17% FLAT TAX THAT ONLY ALLOWS TWO DEDUCTIONS: INTEREST ON PRIMARY RESIDENCE MORTGAGE AND CHARITABLE DONATIONS. USING TAX INCENTIVES TO HELP STIMULATE THE ECONOMY AS IT PICKS WINNERS AND LOSERS.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

I AM AN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST AND KNOW THE BASIC FLAW IN DETERMINING THE IMPACT OF ANTHROPOGNIC CLIMATE CHANGE. CONTACT ME FOR A FULL EXPLANATION.

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

CRIMINALS & PEOPLE WITH SIGNIFICANT MENTAL ISSUES SHOW NOT BE ALLOWED TO BUY OF POSSESS GUNS. I SUPPORT A NATIONAL "RIGHT TO CARRY" LAW.

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

OBAMACARE HAS A FEW POSITIVES AND A BIG NEGATIVE. IT DOES NOT ADDRESS HOW WE BEND THE COST CURVE DOWN.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Do 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

I SUPPORT THE RECENT EXECUTIVE ORDER ON DEALING WITH THE MINOR'S ISSUS, BUT DETEST THE FACT IT WAS JUST A CAMPAIGN MOVE.

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

I SUPPORT EQUAL RIGHTS OF GAYS BUT BELIEVE THAT IT SHOULD BE A CIVIL UNION, NOT A USE OF THE WORD MARRIAGE.

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

THE US CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO BE A LONE RANGER.

Do 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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) 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 Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I BELIEVE THAT TAX INCENTIVES PICK WINNERS AND LOSERS SO I PREFER A FLAT TAX FOR PERSONAL INCOME (WHICH INCLUDES SUBCHAPTER S CORPORATIONS

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.

I AM AN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AT A CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY. I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO FIX THE FUNDAMENTALS OF THE ECONOMY BEFORE WE CAN HAVE TRUE JOB GROWTH. TO DO THIS WE NEED TO IMPLEMENT A FLAT TAX OF 17% ON ALL PERSONAL INCOME. CURRENTLY ONLY 53% OF AMERICANS PAY TAXES, SO BY IMPLEMENTING A FLAT TAX (EXCEPT FOR THOSE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE) WE WILL MORE THAN DOUBLE TAXES. WE NEED TO USE THESE ADDITIONAL REVENUES TO PAY DOWN OUR DEBT AND FUND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS.

WE NEED TO SAVE HEALTHCARE'S AND HIGHER EDUCATION'S EXHORBATANT COST INCREASES BY...

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