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Loren Hanks' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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California Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test


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Pro-lifeCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yesc) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yesd) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
Yese) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
f) Other or expanded principles

I am pro-life, but I will hold open a measured and narrow window for medical experts - and I am not one - to provide expertise and guidance in specific situations. We should not consider abortion a form of birth control without consequences, nor advocate it as such to our children. We must promote adoption, and remove the shame from carrying a child to term. No federal funding, and this issue would be better addressed by the individual states.

1) Spending
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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Maintain Status1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increase2) Military hardware
Slightly Increase3) National missile defense
Maintain Status4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status6) Research and development of new weapons
Eliminated) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

A)Let's reduce farmer dependence on federal subsidies
B)The arts will survive through other means - not a federal issue
D)Education can be improved by returning control to the people and to the states
H,I,J) For national security purposes

2) 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) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Decreased) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasee) Gasoline taxes
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

We must simplify the tax code. The federal government must reduce its take from the people.

YesCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
Yes4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
NoCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

3)The government should have no claim on our property after we are dead - we should be able to hand it on as we see fit - we paid for it, cared for it, and it is not the role of government to tax it out of the hands of those we wish to have it next.
4) Link federal spending to federal tax collections

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
Yesb) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Noc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Noe) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles

C)Not a federal government function - and minimum wage rules have ruined youth employment
D)But not federal government employees
E)Not in the Constitution and thus not a federal government function - if we want to restore fiscal discipline, we have to shrink the federal government.

Yesa) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yesb) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Noc) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yesd) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
Yese) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
Yesf) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles

The campaign rules we have now were written by entrenched incumbents, for the benefit of entrenched incumbents. There is much that needs to be addressed. We should eliminate campaign warchests - all candidates start at zero at the beginning of the election cycle.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yesb) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yesc) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Nod) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
Yese) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

B and C) For first-time offenders only

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Nob) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Noe) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

Federal involvement has been an expensive failure. Remove distant bureaucracy and return control to people and states. Return that 50 billion dollar annual budget to the states and people to use as they deem appropriate.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Nob) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Noc) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Nod) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
Noe) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yesf) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
Yesg) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
h) Other or expanded principles

A,B,C) Climate change is a hoax perpetuated by government shills and corporate hucksters looking for more power, money and influence
D)The people and the consumer market will reward the best mix of efficiency and utility.
E)Certainly not in national parks. We must clearly define "federally protected"
F)Very limited funding, for purposes of national security research
G)Clean, green, safe nuclear is an answer to many of our problems

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
Yesc) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Nod) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles

A) Law-abiding citizens should not be restricted

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yesb) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
Yesc) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
Yesd) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
e) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles

A)We must repeal and defund the health care plan, aka, "Obamacare"
E)Depends upon which regulations, so a conditional "yes", but ultimately not a solution to the bigger problems that need to be addressed.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
Nob) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
Yesc) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
Yesd) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
e) Other or expanded principles

A)No blanket amnesty programs. Offer case-by-case review - with penaties if approved.
B)Legal immigrants are and should be welcome.
C)A common language maintains better bonds throughout the country

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Yesb) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesc) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yesd) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yese) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yesf) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yesg) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yesh) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
Yesi) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

B,C) It will speed our departure
F)But not at the expense of Israel's security
H)On the advice of military commanders, not the whims of politicians

YesCandidate Answera) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yesb) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Noc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Yesd) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

A)But require full-legal rights for same-sex unions - no discriminations base on relationship profiling
B)But the military must prosecute any improper behavior through the military justice system - just as we do now with adultery and improper male-female relationships
C)Only the original 23 stem cell lines - and that research has been less promising than others
D)We are ready to move forward - let's prove it to ourselves

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. Build a Better Congress: Allow only 1 issue per bill, with a summary that explains the cost and purpose of the bill, the Constitutional authority Congress has to legislate the matter in the first place, and an expiration date of that bill should it become law.
2. Limit federal spending, debt and intrusion into our lives and liberties; Return powers to the states and to the people
3. Eliminate Congressional pensions and campaign war chests

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