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Pat Miles, Jr.'s Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Michigan Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate Answera) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
Yesb) 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 a Christian and am personally against abortion. Religion does not allow exceptions to moral absolutes. It is not the role of government to impose personal religious views on others. Ultimately the decision belongs to a woman based on medical needs and spiritual beliefs. No government funds should go toward paying for abortions.

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.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
1) Intelligence operations
2) Military hardware
3) National missile defense
4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
6) Research and development of new weapons
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland security
g) International aid
h) Medical research
i) Scientific research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Politicians squandered the federal budget surplus. Both parties have been fiscally irresponsible over the past 10 years. We can no longer live on borrowed money to the current degree and rely on foreign creditors. Doing so jeopardizes our economic future and national security.

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.
a) Alcohol taxes
b) Capital gains taxes
c) Cigarette taxes
d) Corporate taxes
e) Gasoline taxes
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories

Politicians squandered the federal budget surplus. Both parties have been fiscally irresponsible over the past 10 years. We can no longer live on borrowed money to the current degree and rely on foreign creditors. Doing so jeopardizes our economic future and national security.

NoCandidate Answer3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
YesCandidate Answer5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
6) Other or expanded principles

Politicians squandered the federal budget surplus. Both parties have been fiscally irresponsible over the past 10 years. We can't live on borrowed money and rely on foreign creditors. Doing so jeopardizes our economic future and national security. Members of Congress should live the way American families and businesses do--when the budget is not balanced you take a hit. I propose a 5% pay cut for Members of Congress each year the federal budget is not balanced. I support a Presidential line item veto and adherence to pay as you go principles for new federal programs and spending.

NoCandidate Answera) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yesc) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yesd) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yese) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
f) Other or expanded principles
Noa) 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?
d) 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
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?
Yesd) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
f) Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate Answera) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yesb) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
Nod) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yese) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
f) Other or expanded principles

We get a great return on effective education investments. Federal education standards and requirements should be fully funded. Parental involvement is the top indicator of student achievement. Standardized testing is not necessarily the best method to hold teachers and schools accountable. Teachers should be held accountable for what they can control. Teachers should be judged by whether they (1) have mastered the subject matter, (2) are engaged with the students, and (3) know how to teach students with difference learning styles.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yesb) 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?
Yesd) 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
Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations
  • Pat Miles. 2010. The Voter Guide: 2010 Michigan Voter Guide. Responded "I come from a family of sportsmen and hunters and support the 2nd Amendment. Law abiding citizens should be able to keep firearms. The only people I am interested in taking guns away from are criminals and terrorists who want to harm Americans. That is why the gun laws I would modify are reinstating the assault weapons ban and ratifying the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials--to keep illegal weapons out of the hands of criminals and terrorists" to the question "Do you think current gun laws are too restrictive, about right, or not restrictive enough? Which current gun laws would you change?" (thevoterguide.mlive.com)
Yesb) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yesd) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option? View Citations
  • Pat Miles. 2010. The Voter Guide: 2010 Michigan Voter Guide. Responded "Calls for repeal of the healthcare law are more of the same political grandstanding and partisan posturing that held us back for years. The healthcare bill process was a disaster and the law isn't perfect--but it starts to address major problems. Doing something to help struggling Americans is better than doing nothing. Everyone can agree that healthcare finance was broken. The system was unsustainable--costs spiraling out of control, patients being denied care by insurance companies, and too many Americans lacking any coverage at all. The system was squeezing working families and businesses. We cannot go back to that crisis situation again. I support reform that is focused on providing quality, affordable and accessible health care to all Americans. People must be able to keep their doctors and plans if they like them and not be denied care or coverage based on a pre-existing condition or when they lose their job. Rather than repealing the healthcare law, which is extremely unlikely to occur, we must work together to find the best policy fixes to any problems we encounter with the reform law. I do not support going back to the prior unsustainable financing system" to the question "Do you think the healthcare bill should be repealed? Why or Why not? If you want it repealed, how would you address the healthcare needs of the uninsured?" (thevoterguide.mlive.com)
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?
Nod) 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

I support healthcare reform that is focused on providing quality, affordable and accessible health care to all Americans. People should be able to keep their doctors and plans if they like them, not be denied coverage based on a pre-existing condition, and to keep insurance coverage if they lose or change jobs.

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?
c) 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

We are a nation of laws and immigrants. We must not reward law breakers. We need practical solutions to immigration problems. If illegal immigrants (1) come forward, (2) pay a fine for breaking the law, (3) have a clean record, and (4) learn English, then I support allowing them to get in line for citizenship behind others who are in the U.S. legally.

YesCandidate Answera) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
Nob) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Noc) 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?
f) 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?
i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
j) Other or expanded principles

Trade agreements must be fair, reciprocal, and enforced.

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?
Yesc) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Nod) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
e) Other or expanded principles

I also support civil unions.

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.

My top priorities in Congress are creating an environment to assist job creation in America, improving our education system, and working to balance the federal budget.

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