Darcy Richardson's Political Positions

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Darcy Richardson has demonstrated Political Courage by telling citizens where he stands on the issues he may face if elected.

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Presidential Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
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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?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
NoCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
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The current fixation with deficits instead of jobs will lead to an even greater economic crisis, as European leaders are about to painfully discover. With U.S. corporations currently sitting on more than $2 trillion in cash while refusing to hire American workers, it's up to the federal government to stimulate our economy through a massive jobs program financed, in part, by a capital levy on wealth. The mean-spirited austerity measures being advocated by the GOP's presidential pretenders will devastate poor, working-class and middle-income Americans while plunging the nation into another Great Depression.


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.

Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Greatly Increasee) Environment
Eliminatef) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Greatly Increasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Greatly Increasel) 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 Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Greatly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
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We need a constitutional amendment outlawing the ridiculous notion of Corporate Personhood. I personally support the version drafted by Rick Staggenborg of Oregon, founder of "Take Back America for the People."

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
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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?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
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However, we should immediately repeal the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
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YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
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YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
NoCandidate AnswerShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
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I support a Medicare-for-All program.

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?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
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The Obama administration is vigorously ? and shamefully ? pursuing a policy of mass deportations. Our overcrowded immigration detention centers are a disgrace, claiming an alarming number of criminal abuses and medical neglect. They're nothing more than warehouses for poor men and women who have suffered from untold personal trauma in their search for a better life on our shores. A benevolent society would be working to protect these poor souls instead of subjecting them to the kind of legal purgatory for which this nation should be deeply ashamed. Illegal immigrants have become the new scapegoats in our recession-ravaged country.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
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NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
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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.

A capital levy on wealth, much like the proposals currently being discussed in several European countries, to finance the implementation of a new Works Progress Administration (WPA), similar to the massive jobs program carried out by President Franklin D. Roosevelt during the Great Depression, will be my highest priority. We'll put millions back to work rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure. I would also implement an immediate moratorium on home foreclosures. Ending unmanned drone attacks on innocent civilians and bringing our troops home from Afghanistan and elsewhere will also be among my highest priorities.

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