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Kara Russo's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Rhode Island 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 100% pro-life, and I am a pro-life leader in Rhode Island as well as a pro-life speaker and writer. I produce a statewide pro-life television show in Rhode Island, and I testify often against pro-abortion legislation and in favor of pro-life legislation.

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

I want the United States to cease combat operations in Afghanistan.

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?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

I oppose this only because I feel that, unfortunately, DISCLOSE Act type of regulation will be used as a Trojan Horse tactic to strip away our first amendment freedoms. However, I feel that the vast majority of politicians in our country are bought and paid for, often by corporations, and that we as citizens have the absolute right to see the complete information on every corporation, union, organization, PAC, individual, etc. that gives money to candidates, along with which candidates are receiving this money, and in what amounts. This information should be provided by each state's Secretary of State's office.

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

I oppose the death penalty because I am pro-life.

YesCandidate 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?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I feel that our public education system has become an indoctrination mechanism for programming our children with atheistic and immoral ideologies, including the radical same sex agenda and Planned Parenthood "sex education" programs. I strongly support school vouchers.

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


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

The second amendment to the United States Constitution is our greatest protection against government tyranny, as well as our greatest protection against criminals. Criminals who will always be able to obtain guns, whether they are legal or not. Disarming the citizenry is the first step to dictatorship.

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
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo 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
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

The radical same sex agenda, implemented through the passage of same sex civil unions, same sex "marriage", and certain "hate crime" legislation, is one of the biggest threats to religious freedom facing Americans today. The agenda is used as a legal hammer to FORCE the acceptance of homosexual behavior on citizens, with organizations and individuals who do not comply being fined, fired, arrested or forced to close. The Catholic adoption arms of Catholic Charities organizations in several cities were forced to CLOSE rather than violate Catholic teaching by complying with new state law to adopt out to same sex couples.

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

I support international diplomacy instead of invoking a potential nuclear war.

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

This will just deplete social security even further, and if the stock market collapses, these retirement accounts are not secure.

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.
Greatly Increasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) 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.
Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Maintain Statusi) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) 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.

My priorities are to stop the atheistic communistic attack on the United States, which is being carried out through the agenda written in the Communist Manifesto and outlined in "The Naked Communist" by Cleon Skousen. The communist agenda is to destroy our nation from within by deconstructing the building blocks that hold our country together - religion, family, and population. ACLU founder Roger Baldwin, an admitted communist, said directly that communism was their goal, and the ACLU constantly manipulates the legal system to establish laws that remove religion from the public square. Abortion is also a tool for population reduction.

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