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Florida Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test


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

My Wife and I have always been Pro-Life, however, I do not believe the government should tell a woman what to do with her own body, so I respect the stance of those who choose to be Pro-Choice.

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

It was a justifiable war at the beginning when it was anti-Al-Qaeda in the post 9/11 era, but now it has morphed into a nation building quagmire. We have spent enough time and resources and need to execute our exit strategy ASAP. We should increase the burden on the Afghanistan security forces and continue the draw down process.

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

I support Simpson-Bowles type legislation that would lower all tax brackets while also eliminating some deductions and loopholes while implementing other revenue generating policies. This would go hand-in-hand with entitlement reform and defense spending reductions.

All options must be on the table to put the fiscal house back in order and both parties must work in a bipartisan manner if it is to be successful.

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

Citizens United was a SCOTUS atrocity. How do you think the founding fathers would have liked King George influencing the race for White House or Congress? I will offer a constitutional amendment to fix this.

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

Most economists would agree that stimulus spending is more economically beneficial than austerity. These are all temporary attempts to help a weak economy but at some point should be rolled back (slowly and over time) to regular levels to raise revenue and lower deficit spending.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

I believe we should develop our natural resources in an environmentally responsible way; for the time being I would not want to hinder the economic benefits derived from energy exploration and production.

I believe that continued reliance on fossil fuels indefinitely is both an economically and environmentally unwise policy; I will push my National Energy Security Act (NESA).

NESA is a renewable-energy-only initiative with the main goal of being completely dependent from fossil fuels.

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

Climate change is a clear and present danger to the citizens of this country and it is unacceptable policy to question its legitimacy.

My National Energy Security Act will positively shape the government's priority regarding research to solve our fossil fuel burning ways.

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

I support the Second Amendment, but some gun loopholes exist that need to be looked at.

However, Congresswoman Giffords was shot in the head (It was a miracle she survived) but not one piece of legislation came through the House of Representatives to foster gun control, so I foster little hope for any meaningful gun legislation.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
YesShould individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

The government requires that I buy car insurance if I want to drive a car or to get a loan for my house, so I can see the logic here.

SCOTUS has ruled it constitutional and we need to move on and focus efforts on other important pressing issues.

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

We need to secure the border first. From there I feel illegal immigrants should have a "declaration" window of 18-24 months to register with the government. There should be a fair evaluation process based on many important factors that will allow the majority to stay, but they would need to make some concessions because of their illegal actions.

The GOP does not want immigration reform because Hispanics tend to skew Democrat or Independent and that can change some battleground states in the Electoral College. It's purely them trying to keep as much power as possible for as long as possible.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

Gays marrying has nothing to do with the sanctity of marriage. The sanctity of marriage is ruined by adulterous partners and sham weddings for green cards.

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

How the Iraq war was sold to us based on a WMD threat has me very concerned with the loose talk of preemptive strikes to prevent nuclear capabilities.

I would build a nuclear shield to protect our interests in the region. Also, the specter of nuclear war & MAD worked to prevent nukes being from being used during the cold war so why not now?

A military strike would be an option of absolute last resort based on a strong military coalition after all efforts to negotiate have failed. America will not bare the most burden in casualties or treasure.

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

A small percentage of the Social Security taxes for younger workers should be invested in a few predetermined risk-appropriate index funds. This will allow for higher returns and ease the burden on the Social Security system for future retirees.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) 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.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Maintain Statusb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Maintain Statusf) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I support a Simpson-Bowles type plan that will lower & simplify tax rates while increasing revenue along with spending reductions & entitlement reform.

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. My National Energy Security Act will seek energy independence through renewable energy, thus saving the average American thousands of dollars per year.

2. Tax Relief for the Police, Fire, Armed forces and Teachers. State governments are always cutting the benefits and pay for the most important jobs in the community.

3. Enacting a Simpson-Bowles type fiscal plan to get our finances in order before we become Greece.

4. Overturning the Citizens United ruling through a constitutional amendment.

5. Immigration reform.

6. Marijuana reform; it should be removed from DEA Schedule 1 and allow states to decide without federal interference.

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