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Joe Pamelia's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Joe Pamelia submitted the 2012 Political Courage Test after the official deadline and release of results to the media. The candidate's late responses are provided here as a public service.

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Arizona 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

I do not support controlling abortion using Legislation, if a woman requires an abortion for emergency purposes, or who has an unwanted pregnancy, it is their business as to what they want to do with their bodies.

However, it is possible to entertain a position on whether or not it is considered undue termination or murder, due to drug use or abuse, etc.

In ANY CASE, I do not want the Taxpayer funding Abortion, period.

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

The American People are always told "we have pulled out, etc." and yet we still are spending billions and sending troops and building materials,etc. to these same countries.

We need to pull our Embassies, Personnel, Military AND MONEY OUT OF THESE COUNTRIES.

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

On Medicare and Medicaid, I want to roll both of those Programs into my "Protect America" Healthcare Plan, which pays for 80% of your premium, and you pay 20% of the premium. There are NO Deductibles and YOU pick your own Plan, up to $700 per month.

Over that premium, YOU will pay the rest.

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

Special Interest Money given to Candidates AND Politicians HAS TO STOP. I WILL INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO THAT EFFECT.

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

Child Molesters and First Degree Murderers AND Accomplices will get the Death Penalty. No appeals.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate 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?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

Tax Incentives per se are NOT bringing back Jobs to America. Manufacturing and the repealing of NAFTA, CAFTA and H1-B Visa WILL.

Infrastructure will fix problems within a state, however it does NOT necessarially CREATE jobs.

People NEED JOBS, not a hand out. This is just more Welfare, in Lieu of a strong economy.

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

Absolutely, however Govt will have to step in and stop handing out grants, without ensuring that REAL EDUCATIONAL REFORM takes place, by monitoring AND Auditing ALL PROGRAMS.

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

I want the U.S. to begin more Oil production as needed, instead of paying the whim of other countries prices, and controlling our political power in their countries.

YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Human activity is a contributing factor, but Business needs to be MORE responsible.

Federal Regulation needs to be reviewed and possibly reformed for future generations.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate 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
YesCandidate 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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

People should be left alone to pursue their dreams.

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

The Social Security system needs reforming. Its purpose is for the good of the American Citizen that lives and works in this country.

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
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Maintain Statuse) Environment
Greatly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Eliminateg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Eliminatej) Space exploration
Eliminatek) United Nations
Greatly Decreasel) Welfare
Greatly Increasem) Other or expanded categories

See my "Protect America" Plan.

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
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Eliminatec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Eliminated) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Eliminatee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Greatly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Greatly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Slightly Decreasej) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

f) A Flat Tax of 20% for everyone, INCLUDING BUSINESS, and a 12% Consumption Tax for everyone.
ij A Flat Tax of 10% for everyone.

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.

My main priorities, as I believe are each Americans' are: 1) Jobs, 2) Healthcare, 3) Taxes, 4) Immigration.

Jobs can easily be generated, just by reforming NAFTA, CAFTA, and H1-B Visa. NO funding required.

Healthcare can easily be funded by rolling the funds already provided by Medicare, Medicaid and augmenting with eliminating Bailouts for Banks, Corporations, Wall St, AND WELFARE EUROPE. Also, cutting the U.S. Quota to the IMF, down to 20%.

Taxes. Cut Defense and Welfare, make up for lower taxes.

Immigration. Place National Guard on the Border for one year, with Border Patrol. Eliminate Border Patrol, saving TRILLIONS.

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