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Phil Jennerjahn's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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California Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test


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

I am pro-life. From conception. No exemptions. I prefer adoptions and orphanages. I believe that abortion is not only a crime against the individual, but a crime against your own culture, also. It wipes out future generations who would otherwise become productive human beings.

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

As a former member of the military, I support our troops and their mission in Afghanistan. I do not support a timetable for withdrawal/surrender. It is important that voters in America understand the existential threat that Islam poses to the rest of the world.

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

I support a fair or flat tax with no deductions or exemptions. Our government can live just fine on 10% of everyones income if they stick with Conservative principles and live within their means. Our current situation is untenable and will lead to the collapse of our currency.

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

No. I hate McCain-Feingold. I don't believe the government should be meddling with people exercising their 1st Amendment freedom to support political candidates or issues. If Sheldon Adelson wants to give $5 million dollars of his own money to support a particular candidate, he should be allowed to do so. Any rule to the contrary violates his freedom.

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

Yes. Some crimes deserve the ultimate punishment. Any other position basically gives criminals a "one free murder" opportunity.

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?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

1)Obama "stimulus"... no, I do not support the government arbitrarily interfering in the free market in order to boost growth. "Solyndra". 2) We need to make it as easy/simple as possible for the entrepreneurial class to create new businesses and jobs. 3) I support spending on infrastructure where it is needed, not for political stance of "creating jobs". That is the responsibility of the free market. 4) No unemployment benefits longer than 2 years. Our government cannot continue to infantilize adults. 5) I support the total replacement of our current tax structure with a flat or fair tax program.

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

No. The Federal Government meddling in education is a violation of the Tenth Amendment. That power belongs to the States. If elected, I fully intend to dismantle the Department of Education.

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?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that the earth goes through phases of heating and cooling on its own, and that humans are a statistically insignificant part of that process. I believe that the regulation of greenhouse gases in America is a waste of time because China and other countries continue to do what they wish, making our impacts negligible.

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

No. I am an NRA member and support the Second Amendment, which exists to protect us from tyranny.

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

One of my primary goals, if elected, is to destroy Obamacare. The Act is unconstitutional. Forcing citizens to purchase health insurance is an abuse of power. If the government doesn't like paying so much for healthcare, then STOP PAYING FOR IT! Part of the problem is the government socializing of medicine. Allow free markets to adjust and prices and services will reach an equilibrium on their own.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
NoDo 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 believe that illegal immigration threatens our nations future. The United States cannot possibly accommodate the vast numbers of people who wish to become American citizens. We have to have limited legal immigration. Those who come without permission need to be sent back. I understand the liberal desire for exemptions, like minors, but I feel that coddling people dependent on circumstances sends the wrong message. I also agree with local law enforcement carrying out arrests, but the judicial cases and deportation hearings should be Federal matters.

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

No. I believe that gays should have legal rights to inherit property, visit a loved one in a hospital, be allowed to share an insurance plan...etc...etc... in fact, I believe the gays have every right but one. They do not have the right to interfere in religious traditions and redefine the 5,000 year-old Judeo-Chrisitian definition of marriage simply to accommodate their own personal desires.

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

Yes, I think the U.S. should be allowed to destroy its enemies wherever they might exist on the planet. The Seal team that killed Bin Laden did the world a favor. I also think that the United States may have to use force with Iran. Ahmadinejad is a genocidal maniac who has openly expressed his intentions to destroy Israel. I take him at his word.

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

Absolutely. If elected I will work for an option that allows citizens to "opt-out"... no withholding from their pay for Social Security if they agree not to collect it in the future. The way this incredibly incompetent government is heading, all our social programs/entitlements will eventually be bankrupt in the near future. This is the main problem with trusting the government to do the right thing with your money -- they usually don't. It would be immoral for our government to force people to participate in a program like Social Security that will not be financially viable in the future.

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.
Eliminatea) Agriculture
Eliminateb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Eliminatee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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 Decreasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Increasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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.

If elected, I want to:

1. Help defeat Obama in 2012
2. Repeal Obamacare
3. Protect the Tenth Amendment
4. Protect the Constitution.
5. Uphold my oath to defend my country from all enemies -- foreign and domestic.
6. Stop Socialism by enacting a flat tax or fair tax.
7. Dismantle the Department of Education
8. Dismantle the Department of Agriculture
9. Dismantle the Department of Energy
10. Dismantle the Department of Labor
11. Dismantle the Department of Transportation
12. Dismantle the Department of Commerce
13. Dismantle the Department of Interior
14. Eliminate Fannie/Freddie
15. Eliminate the NEA/NEH

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