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Jeffrey Harris' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Presidential 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

Recent studies have linked abortion to Breast Cancer, as I have seen and heard on cable broadcasting, this needs to be explored further, I do find examples where there are reasons for abortion and support the act for those specified cases, I do not wish to see federal dollars spent for abortions with so many against the practice today.

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?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
YesCandidate Answerdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIs balancing the budget an administrative priority?
Other or expanded principles

We as Americans need to reinvest our time in old legislation like Medicare and Medicaid, we have created new legislation to help the people, but it only works if the old legislation is in place, this causes us to spend more money, this is not responsible spending, if new legislation is introduced it should not exceed the funding of the prior legislation, and it should replace older legislation.

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.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
e) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Slightly Increasej) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
Greatly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

It has come to my attention the Native American reservations are under funded, that the schools are below the level of financial reason, and the law enforcement authorities have a difficult time responding for crimes to such a large area as they are understaffed. I have also been made aware of our border security is still lacking in human resources, we need a greater attention to secure the area between U.S. and Mexico. I do have an open mind to those questions unanswered.

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) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Decreased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

If I have not answered any questions the I will have an open mind in these areas.

NoDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
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?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

I support "New Perspective," ideas when job creation is concerned, we spend millions upon millions to create jobs every four years, we need to find how to step up into the next wave of industry to partner into a larger world market.

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

I have heard no real plan to effectively commit this kind of legislation in a way to best help American schools.

Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
NoDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Other or expanded principles

I support aiding in those climates where suspected terrorists are located, it is a World Global Operation to end terror from affecting good people. The position of any American President is to ensure the safety of his or her citizens, terrorists do not tell you where they will be or what they will do, we will do all we can to guard ourselves and our allies now and into the future.

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

I support our Second Amendment Right, If you noticed we Americans called these liberties Rights, a "Right," not a maybe, or a possibly, to call it a Right means liberty.

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?
Other or expanded principles

The Affordable care act is a bankrupt system, the act was very poorly written, and I feel it is unconstitutional, we have to attack the rising cost of health-care as many times as necessary to aid Americans, the real issue is to tackle health care costs, we cannot just socialize health-care and say it's finished, this was irresponsible government that shows no one was actually doing their job except Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Do 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

I support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police, if the need to protect Americans is imminent.

Do you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

Same-sex marriage is a vote for the people, and not for federal authority.

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

I would use my effort in the challenging debt ceiling problem, and re-balance what we should do from what we can not afford not to do. I would make education a priority, we need to cut the fat back from our Medicare and Medicaid to see where money could be allocated, to help those battling to repay student loans, and make college more affordable, and bring our public schools into a better light. Another priority would be to tackle the immigration problems facing our nation.

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