Arden Wells's Political Positions

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Arden Wells has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Louisiana Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
YesIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

I would support large tax increases on the richest 2% of the earners, moderate increases for the next richest 18%, and elimination of all income tax for persons earning less than $ 24,000. per year.

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

I support legalization of marijuana and decriminalization of all drugs. I support lifting restrictions on the manufacture of certain drugs and would support federal funding of scientific experimentation with LSD and other potentially useful drugs.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

I would support legislation to require all state and local governments to adopt a single United States Standard for both teacher qualification and student education. I would support an increase in science, mathematics and computer technology requirements. I would increase funding for gifted students.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

I would support legislation to develop mass transportation nation wide with the objective of eliminating the automobile as the principal means of transportation in the United States.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

I support zeroing human population growth in the United States and using foreign aid to achieve that objective in other countries.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

I believe the possession of personal weapons by the population is a means of discouraging government tyranny, and abuse of police power. I believe in the English common law principal that a citizen may resist an illegal arrest even to the point of killing the officer.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

I support national health care and I believe that it should be funded by taxes on know threats to health including tobacco, alcohol, machinery, recreational vehicles, boats, automobiles, gasoline and other products and things in proportion to the amount of injuries and diseases that they cause or to which they contribute. I would support regulating the cost of health care and changing the laws to encourage the investment in alternative treatments and scientific research into the benefits natural drugs derived from plants and minerals.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

I would except the parents of children who are U.S. citizens, persons married to U.S. citizens, and persons seeking sanctuary from countries that are presently engaged in human rights violations.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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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
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Greatly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

I believe that the United States government should greatly increase spending to restore the environment and to protect agriculture from the threat of non-native species of plants, animals, and insects. I would initiate a national program to eradicate the imported fire ant which has spread across the southern U.S. from coast to coast and which thrives despite the futile efforts of individuals who put tons of poison into the environment in an effort to combat them.


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 Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Small business taxes
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasef) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Greatly Decreasek) Payroll taxes
l) 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.

# 1 The elimination of imported fire ants and other non-native species of plant, insects and harmful animal life. #2 Greatly increase income and inheritance taxes on the richest 2% of the population, slightly increase income taxes and increase inheritance taxes on the remaining 18 % of the richest 20 % of the population, and abolish income taxes for individuals earning less than $ 24,000. per year (single or married, without regard to household size) without increasing their inheritance tax.
#3 Achieve clean energy goals and clean mass transportation eliminating the automobile as much as possible as main transportation source.

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