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

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Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

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

I am strongly in favor of protecting life at all stages, from conception to birth to natural death. I encourage all persons to always consider adoption before abortion

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

I believe we must defend our country and the principles of democracy & freedom, but also believe we can achieve more w/diplomacy & spiritual warfare (Christian evangelism).

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.

Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Increaseg) International aid
Slightly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Slightly Increasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
Greatly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

More faith-based funding.. our country was founded by faith, & must live or die by faith

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.

Greatly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Decreasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

The election of a president should NOT boil down to who has the most money.

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

Yes and No. I believe we should have a "hollywood version" of capital punishment where by we pretend to put such persons to death (tv production) to inhibit others (for those who don't read) from murder

NoCandidate 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

As mentioned in my "administrative priorities," I believe that instilling pride, confidence, & a sense of being respected, cherished, & cared-for will be the ultimate boost for our economy.

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

States should have autonomy in education up to a certain point, but if they show NO signs of progress they should be cut off from federal aid until they improve

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

[Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?] Yes & No
[Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?] Yes & No
I believe that human activity can contribute to climate change but not necessarily to the extent extremists believe. I believe fed govt. can play a moderate role in protecting environment.

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

Terrorists prey on perceived weaknesses often they misperceive diplomacy & kindness as weakness, hence at times we must use force as a deterrent. A show of strength inhibits terror.

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

[Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?] Yes & No
Better screening of potential buyers, but not "gun control" per se. Americans w/o significant criminal records or history of mental illness should always be allowed to purchase guns for self-defense.

Do 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

[Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?] Yes & No.
There are some good things about "A.C.T." but not tax-payer funded abortion. It needs amendments to make health care more affordable and accessible, but not mandatory for all to purchase

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

[Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?] Yes & No
[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?] Yes & No
I believe each situation must be considered on a case-by-case basis considering the various factors: length of time in USA, citizenship qualities, contributions, etc.

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

I support traditional marriage & believe that it should apply exclusively to man & woman.

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

given the precarious nature of our social security system for future generations, its imperative to allow alternative ways of saving for SS

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.

BRINGING back to America a sense of pride & unity. In order for our country to "get back on its feet" we need to begin by restoring our sense of pride as Americans. Although I am conservative on social issue such as abortion and marriage, I am still able to "bridge the gap" to a certain extent with "the other side" because I still show respect for all people from a theological perspective (i.e. born in the "Imago Deo", Image of God). In order to truly motivate people, they must know you truly respect, love (agape), & care for them...