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Jason Kendall's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Jason Kendall has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2016 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests. Jason Kendall is still welcome to submit the test at any time.

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Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Pro-choice Candidate Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-choice" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? “Pro-choice” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “Mandatory sexual education starting in 6th grade for all public school children. Keep contraceptives inexpensive and accessible. Stop funding failed abstinence only programs. Keep abortions rare and limited but do not take away a woman's right to choose.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • "Mandatory sexual education starting in 6th grade for all public school children. Keep contraceptives inexpensive and accessible. Stop funding failed abstinence only programs. Keep abortions rare and limited but do not take away a woman's right to choose." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Kendall. Foreign Policy: Power, Peace, Fortune, and Fundamentals. 11 April 2012. "The Federal Government's main objective with foreign policy is to defend against foreign invaders with diplomacy and force while promoting our interests abroad. Other
Yes Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Kendall. Issue Position: Defense Department. 1 January 2012. "It's refreshing to see at least one department in the United States government that is making the necessary sacrifices (as they always do) in order to help America retreat from the brink
No Candidate Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? “No” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "No" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Candidate Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I believe that the federal government should only have 4 roles in public education. 1.Pay for the National School Lunch Program 2.Help pay for E-books, Nooks, Ipads and other technology that will help all American Public schools go digital 3.Set a nationwide fitness standard and grant federal funds based upon fitness/wellness achievement of each school 4.Support States with research information about the progress of educational achievements from other States “ https://www.votekendall2016.com/issue/education (www.votekendall2016.com)
  • “I will vote to repeal No Child Left Behind. Instead of standards-based education reform based on the unrealistic high standards with unachievable goals, I support true education reform by introducing technology into every classroom in America. By getting rid of traditional hardcover textbooks and replacing them with e-readers and digital books, every school in America will be saving money while teaching students on a platform they understand and can learn on. I also support National Fitness Standards that will be tied to federal grants based upon the overall fitness and well-being of the students in that school.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “I have no problem with tying federal funds to schools based upon the physical education of that school. States and local communities must be allowed to set their own standards for education.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683803/issue-position-education-reform (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? “Yes” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Kendall. Issue Position: Energy. 1 January 2012. "We must begin smart and safe offshore drilling. Over 200,000 new U.S. jobs can be created once we begin to open up our natural gas and oil reserves in the Gulf. Once Congress creates a proper liabi
Yes Candidate Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “I support reducing the budget of the EPA and making the agency more efficient and reducing its overall cost to taxpayers. I also support subsidizes for new commercial building construction in order to help build more energy efficient buildings.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? “Yes” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “I don’t think that we should be loosening up any of the regulations that we currently have. We do need to focus on the issue with climate change and work towards reducing our dependency on fossil fuels.” https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Paul-Piccion-1916679008556640 (www.facebook.com)
  • "I don’t think that we should be loosening up any of the regulations that we currently have. We do need to focus on the issue with climate change and work towards reducing our dependency on fossil fuels." https://www.facebook.com/Jean-Paul-Piccion-1916679008556640 (www.facebook.com)
  • "I support reducing the budget of the EPA and making the agency more efficient and reducing its overall cost to taxpayers. I also support subsidizes for new commercial building construction in order to help build more energy efficient buildings." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Jason Kendall. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "It is immoral for such a so-called Christian Nation to have an industry that is profiting off the death and illness of others. We had a good health care system until Wall Street in the 1980s decided to begin to profit off health insurance. Since then we have seen our health care cost skyrocket while more and more people cannot afford basic coverage [¦] President Obama's Health Care Plan does nothing to rein in the high cost of medical treatments. American businesses cannot compete against international rivals due to the high cost of health care in America." (votesmart.org)
No Candidate Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “In the court case, Gonzales v. City of Peoria, the Ninth Circuit ruled an immigration case that the "general rule is that local police are not precluded from enforcing federal statutes," 722 F.2d 468, 474 (9th Cir. 1983). Also a "state trooper has general investigatory authority to inquire into possible immigration violations," United States v. Salinas-Calderon, 728 F.2d 1298, 1301 n.3 (10th Cir. 1984). The states should be limited in their authority in cases involving immigration, however it is not unconstitutional for a local/state officer to inquire about the immigration status of anyone who has been arrested.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Kendall. Solutions: Illegal Immigration. 11 April 2012. "The FairTax helps solve part of the illegal immigration problem by forcing everyone to pay into our tax system and allows us to move to the next issue which is providing a clear pathway to cit
  • Jason Kendall. Issue Position: Immigration. 1 January 2012. "Is it feasible to chase down all illegal immigrants and deport them? No." (votesmart.org)
  • “At the same time, we need to have a process in place to legalize the current illegal immigrants that we have in the this country, after we have verified that they are nonviolent immigrants and that they are here to work.” http://independentflorida.com/jean-paul-piccion-us-representative-district-13 (independentflorida.com)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? “No” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • “I support civil unions that grant the same benefits, rights and obligations that a marriage does. I do not support forcing a church to define marriage nor do I support denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract together. I do not support a constitutional amendment defining a marriage as between a man and woman. Marriage is a contract based in property law. No gov't has the right to deny two consenting adults from entering into a contract together. Change the name of the institution for same-sex couples but guarantee the same rights and obligations.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “The question is thus basic- does the government have the right to deny two consenting adults the ability to enter into a contract together? I would have to say no. Not only does the Constitution not discuss marriage- the Bible does not grant the State the right to sanction a marriage.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not want to live in a society where two consenting adults are denied the ability to enter into a contract together or where someone's loved one is in the hospital and they are denied access to visit that individual." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • "If a State wishes to honor a marriage contract between two consenting adults, the Federal government has no authority to absolve it. Both sides of the argument are compelling- one being that marriage is ordained by God and should only be between a Man and Woman and the other that denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract to be married is unjust and wrongly denies individuals their right to Liberty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • "The question is thus basic- does the government have the right to deny two consenting adults the ability to enter into a contract together? I would have to say no. Not only does the Constitution not discuss marriage- the Bible does not grant the State the right to sanction a marriage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • "I support civil unions that grant the same benefits, rights and obligations that a marriage does. I do not support forcing a church to define marriage nor do I support denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract together. I do not support a constitutional amendment defining a marriage as between a man and woman. Marriage is a contract based in property law. No gov't has the right to deny two consenting adults from entering into a contract together. Change the name of the institution for same-sex couples but guarantee the same rights and obligations." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Kendall. Issue Position: Gay Marriage. "The question is thus basic- does the government have the right to deny two consenting adults the ability to enter into a contract together? I would have to say no. Not only does the Constitution not discuss marriage- the Bible does not grant the State the right to sanction a marriage. I understand the argument against gay marriage and respect that there are many individuals who want to keep marriage between a man and a woman. In order to keep marriage only between a man and a woman, while also granting gay couples the rights that they should not be denied- Separate but Equal works in this situation. As long as the benefits and rights are equal and protected by the State, I support civil unions for gay couples and marriages for straight couples. I do not want to live in a society where two consenting adults are denied the ability to enter into a contract together or where someone's loved one is in the hospital and they are denied access to visit that individual." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Kendall. Moral Issues: Gay Marriage. 11 April 2012. "All Americans are guaranteed the Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness- how they so choose to use these rights is up to each individual." (www.jhk2012.com)
  • “I do not want to live in a society where two consenting adults are denied the ability to enter into a contract together or where someone's loved one is in the hospital and they are denied access to visit that individual.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • “If a State wishes to honor a marriage contract between two consenting adults, the Federal government has no authority to absolve it. Both sides of the argument are compelling- one being that marriage is ordained by God and should only be between a Man and Woman and the other that denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract to be married is unjust and wrongly denies individuals their right to Liberty.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? “Yes” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Kendall. Issues: Foreign Policy: Terrorism. 11 April 2012. "The United States military must re-organize itself to combat the new threats to America. With the Cold War at an end, America is now threatened by religious extremist who owe no allegiance
  • “Only with greater free trade and better partnerships with all nations will war end. We also have a vested interest in protecting markets overseas and I believe that the United States has a right to intervene militarily if these markets are threatened.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683805/issue-position-foreign-policy (votesmart.org)
Yes Candidate Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • "I support increasing the retirement age. Social Security is not an entitlement program but was an investment program which those workers who paid into the system must be rightfully paid back. I also support means-testing for benefits." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? “Yes” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “I support increasing the retirement age. Social Security is not an entitlement program but was an investment program which those workers who paid into the system must be rightfully paid back. I also support means-testing for benefits.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? "Yes" http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)

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Florida Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles

Mandatory sexual education starting in 6th grade for all public school children. Keep contraceptives inexpensive and accessible. Stop funding failed abstinence only programs. Keep abortions rare and limited but do not take away a woman's right to choose.

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

Pull all combat troops out by end of 2013.

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?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Yesdo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles

Replace income tax with a consumption tax. Discretionary Spending Cuts- Security & non-security, entitlement reform, tax reform; Reinstate Glass-Steagall, Promote U.S. Energy Independence- National Gas Act of 2011; Reduce regulations on small businesses and promote a pro-growth environment; Oppose increasing the money supply (as by reducing the margin requirement of federal banks, or by simply printing money) as a means of promoting economic growth

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

Overturn Citizens United....Corporations are not people.

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

I will vote to repeal No Child Left Behind. Instead of standards-based education reform based on the unrealistic high standards with unachievable goals, I support true education reform by introducing technology into every classroom in America. By getting rid of traditional hardcover textbooks and replacing them with e-readers and digital books, every school in America will be saving money while teaching students on a platform they understand and can learn on. I also support National Fitness Standards that will be tied to federal grants based upon the overall fitness and well-being of the students in that school.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I support repealing The Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 (CFMA) which allows speculation in oil futures by investment banks, hedge funds and pension funds. Speculation alone rises each gallon of gasoline by 56 cents. Only by taking speculation out of the oil market, can a barral of oil hit its' natural price. Only after this step, would I even begin to consider reducing restrictions on offshore energy production. I think that once the speculation is gone, gas prices would be reasonable enough that offshore drilling would be unnecessary and greater investment into FlexFuels would be more beneficial.

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 reducing the budget of the EPA and making the agency more efficient and reducing its overall cost to taxpayers. I also support subsidizes for new commercial building construction in order to help build more energy efficient buildings.

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

I believe that all firearms sales at gun shows should be subject to background checks.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations
  • Jason Kendall. Issue Position: Health Care. 1 January 2012. "It is immoral for such a so-called Christian Nation to have an industry that is profiting off the death and illness of others. We had a good health care system until Wall Street in the 1980s decided to begin to profit off health insurance. Since then we have seen our health care cost skyrocket while more and more people cannot afford basic coverage [¦] President Obama's Health Care Plan does nothing to rein in the high cost of medical treatments. American businesses cannot compete against international rivals due to the high cost of health care in America." (votesmart.org)
Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

I support a single-payer healthcare system as it is the only system that can meet our nation's needs. I also support giving tax breaks to those Americans who are deemed healthy by their doctor. By giving incentives to people for better health via tax breaks, then there is motivation to eat better, reduce bad habits & exercise more. This will help reduce the overall cost of healthcare in America. Without incentives, Americans lack the motivation to lead healthier lives and thus, only more visits to the doctor will occur.

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

In the court case, Gonzales v. City of Peoria, the Ninth Circuit ruled an immigration case that the "general rule is that local police are not precluded from enforcing federal statutes," 722 F.2d 468, 474 (9th Cir. 1983). Also a "state trooper has general investigatory authority to inquire into possible immigration violations," United States v. Salinas-Calderon, 728 F.2d 1298, 1301 n.3 (10th Cir. 1984). The states should be limited in their authority in cases involving immigration, however it is not unconstitutional for a local/state officer to inquire about the immigration status of anyone who has been arrested.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations
  • “I support civil unions that grant the same benefits, rights and obligations that a marriage does. I do not support forcing a church to define marriage nor do I support denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract together. I do not support a constitutional amendment defining a marriage as between a man and woman. Marriage is a contract based in property law. No gov't has the right to deny two consenting adults from entering into a contract together. Change the name of the institution for same-sex couples but guarantee the same rights and obligations.” http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • “The question is thus basic- does the government have the right to deny two consenting adults the ability to enter into a contract together? I would have to say no. Not only does the Constitution not discuss marriage- the Bible does not grant the State the right to sanction a marriage.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • "I do not want to live in a society where two consenting adults are denied the ability to enter into a contract together or where someone's loved one is in the hospital and they are denied access to visit that individual." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • "If a State wishes to honor a marriage contract between two consenting adults, the Federal government has no authority to absolve it. Both sides of the argument are compelling- one being that marriage is ordained by God and should only be between a Man and Woman and the other that denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract to be married is unjust and wrongly denies individuals their right to Liberty." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • "The question is thus basic- does the government have the right to deny two consenting adults the ability to enter into a contract together? I would have to say no. Not only does the Constitution not discuss marriage- the Bible does not grant the State the right to sanction a marriage." http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • "I support civil unions that grant the same benefits, rights and obligations that a marriage does. I do not support forcing a church to define marriage nor do I support denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract together. I do not support a constitutional amendment defining a marriage as between a man and woman. Marriage is a contract based in property law. No gov't has the right to deny two consenting adults from entering into a contract together. Change the name of the institution for same-sex couples but guarantee the same rights and obligations." http://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/137632/jason-kendall/#.V3PaoXVTQfI (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Kendall. Issue Position: Gay Marriage. "The question is thus basic- does the government have the right to deny two consenting adults the ability to enter into a contract together? I would have to say no. Not only does the Constitution not discuss marriage- the Bible does not grant the State the right to sanction a marriage. I understand the argument against gay marriage and respect that there are many individuals who want to keep marriage between a man and a woman. In order to keep marriage only between a man and a woman, while also granting gay couples the rights that they should not be denied- Separate but Equal works in this situation. As long as the benefits and rights are equal and protected by the State, I support civil unions for gay couples and marriages for straight couples. I do not want to live in a society where two consenting adults are denied the ability to enter into a contract together or where someone's loved one is in the hospital and they are denied access to visit that individual." (votesmart.org)
  • Jason Kendall. Moral Issues: Gay Marriage. 11 April 2012. "All Americans are guaranteed the Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness- how they so choose to use these rights is up to each individual." (www.jhk2012.com)
  • “I do not want to live in a society where two consenting adults are denied the ability to enter into a contract together or where someone's loved one is in the hospital and they are denied access to visit that individual.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
  • “If a State wishes to honor a marriage contract between two consenting adults, the Federal government has no authority to absolve it. Both sides of the argument are compelling- one being that marriage is ordained by God and should only be between a Man and Woman and the other that denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract to be married is unjust and wrongly denies individuals their right to Liberty.” http://votesmart.org/public-statement/683815/issue-position-gay-marriage (votesmart.org)
Other or expanded principles

I support civil unions that grant the same benefits, rights and obligations that a marriage does. I do not support forcing a church to define marriage nor do I support denying two consenting adults the right to enter into a contract together. I do not support a constitutional amendment defining a marriage as between a man and woman. Marriage is a contract based in property law. No gov't has the right to deny two consenting adults from entering into a contract together. Change the name of the institution for same-sex couples but guarantee the same rights and obligations.

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

I support increasing the retirement age. Social Security is not an entitlement program but was an investment program which those workers who paid into the system must be rightfully paid back. I also support means-testing for benefits.

Spending
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 Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Increaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Maintain Statusd) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
Greatly Decreasem) Other or expanded categories

The American Bureaucracy-

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.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Increasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I support a consumption tax which would make all of these questions irrelevant.

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.

Repeal No Child Left Behind.

Create National Fitness Standards for schools. In order to get more federal funding, a school would have to meet these standards or exceed these standards. The money then could be used to being to eliminate traditional textbooks from schools and replace them with digital copies on ereaders. One textbook on average cost $70 while a digital copy costs $12-20.

Reinstate the Glass-Steagall Act

More investment into Natural Gas and greener technologies in order to become more energy independent.

Eliminate excessive oil speculation- including jet fuel, heating oil, disel fuel.

Tax breaks for healthy living.

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