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John Cox's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Alaska Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

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

I am Catholic and Pro-Life! I believe that life begins at conception.

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

I support our troops and their efforts that our nation has tasked on these fine young men and women. Our country needs to pull out now. We can not afford this fight.

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

Our country does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem, and unless we balance the budget now it will make no difference what program Congress wants to cut, there will be no funds for any programs, not even the military. A country cannot continue to borrow 5 billion dollars daily and expect to pay it bills later, (kicking the can). It is time that our country starts standing up for ourselves and stops expection a free hand out from the government.

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

There should be a cap on funds raised for the Presidential race and funds from corporations as well as unions should be strictly prohibited. On a State Federal races, campaign funding should be limited, (cap) to a total amount that can be raised. Funding for that race should be from raised from within that state only. This would allow the ability of a challenger to take on an incumbent that has backing from special interest groups.

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

I support capital punishment for acts of treason against the country or if you take a life while committing an intentional illegal action.

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

Recent Federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth (stimulus bills) have not worked. Those funds windup in the wrong hands and never makes it to the project that it was intended for. The Federal Government needs to get out of the way of business and allow them to strive without having to worry about new regulations implemented by the EPA, Federal Government or new taxes the following year. "Smaller government"! I do however believe that we should go to a flate tax for everyone.

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

I would do away with the Department of Education first and foremost. Next the only way that reform of our educational system will ever happen is rid the system of tenure. The current system is not working.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I believe that we should open up NPRA, OCS, and ANWR. Our country needs energy now. I understand the concept of green energy; however the demand for energy is greater than the supply, cost and technology that green energy can supply.

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

The original actions of the EPA have had a major impact of the enviornment for the better and I applauded that Department for its past actions. The EPA dreams of zero emissions are unrealistic and places undue burdens on business throughtout the United State.

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

If you impose restrictions on the possession of Firearms, it will only create a larger market for illegal guns. It will require more funding to the BATF to enforce those laws. The most important of the issue on restrictions on firearms would be that you will violate my Second Amendment.

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

The country is now seeing that Obama Care, (Affordable Care Act) is not about health care. It is about the Federal Government and its over reaching authority on your civil liberties.

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

We currently have Immigration laws in place. For Homeland Security not to enforce those law is a dereliction of duty for which they should be fired. To stop a state from protecting its citizens for political gains is shameful.

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

I am Catholic and my religious belief are in conflict and will not support same same sex marriages.

NoCandidate 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

Suspected terrorist no! Known terrorist against the United States, yes.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
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
Eliminateb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Greatly Decreased) Education
Eliminatee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) 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.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Eliminatee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly 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.

Several issues face our nation from Obama Care, same sex marriages, Pro-Life / Pro- Choice, Education, NDAA, Agenda 21, prayer in schools and the list goes on. My three priorities if elected will be:
1. Balancing the budget, and real in Federal spending at the same time auditing the Federal Reserve.
2. Lay down the law to the UN that we, (USA) we will not recognized Sharia law or abide by any resolution that conflicts with the United States Constitution.
3. Maintain a stronger military and stop giving aid to foreign counties that despises our country and way of life.

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