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Gary Boisclair's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Minnesota Congressional 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

Human Life begins at the moment of conception. Our laws must respect this fact. I will fight to protect the unborn, From conception til birth. I will fight to criminalize human pesticides such as "the pill", and RU486, and all forms of child-killing by abortion.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
YesDo you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
NoCandidate 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
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

In theory, yes I support capital punishment; but with our flawed system, I have grave reservations.

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?
NoDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
NoDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Taxes are necessary for "the common defense" (U.S. Const. Art. 1 Sect. 8 Par. 1). Taxes are also needed for infrastructure, specifically, roads. Beyond these basic needs, taxes enslave the US Citizens. Taxes provide for socialist ends; as such, they undermine Life, Liberty, & the pursuit of happiness.

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

The premise that the Federal Gov't be directing the education of the youth contradicts the rightful authority of parents to raise their children as they see fit.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

After the Federal Gov't succeeds in regulating solar and volcanic activity, then they can turn their attention to human contributions to earth's atmospheric conditions.

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

[Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?] Candidate answered "neither" with an arrow to both yes and no

I do not find any such restrictions in the U.S. Constitution. Perhaps the regulations relating to fully automatic weapons & shot-gun modifications, should remain intact.

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

Compulsory giving is the fruit of statist ideals; such as "giving" is not to be confused with compassion, which depends on the free, deliberate choice to help one's neighbor.

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

No one in their right mind can conceive of extraditing 12 million people. The logistics & capital outlay would be incalculable. That said, illegal immigrants ought to bear the burden of doing Public Service, on a temporary basis, to offset the burdens which they lay upon the U.S. taxpayers.

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

Government has no authority to contradict Natural Law and Divine Law. Marriage is between one man and one woman.

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

The U.S. should support & strengthen its ties with Israel.

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

Such a measure would be a good initial measure for the phasing out of the entire Social Security Ponzi Scheme.

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 Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Increasec) Defense
Eliminated) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Decreaseh) Medical Research
Greatly Decreasei) Scientific Research
Slightly Decreasej) Space exploration
Greatly Decreasek) United Nations
Eliminatel) Welfare
Eliminatem) Other or expanded categories

[g) International aid] if monies will cease to be applied to sterilization of women and forced abortion- then I am in favor of only a "slight decrease."


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.
Eliminatea) Capital gains taxes
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminated) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Slightly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Eliminateg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Eliminateh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Eliminatej) Payroll taxes
k) 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.

First of all, we must make it illegal to kill unborn babies. No nation that spills innocent blood can expect the blessings of heaven. I will fight to pass legislation which will protect the unborn, from conception til birth.

Second, I will work to guard this nation from all encroachments by foreign/enemy politics, including Islamic encroachments in our laws and in their enforcement.

Thirdly, I will fight to end the socialist policies, -the entitlements- which paralyze our economy and which undermine human dignity- Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security- all entitlements must be phased out.

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