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David Merkle's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

David Merkle has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Illinois Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

Your parents supported pro-life, you should be responsible too. Abortion is not a tool for BirthControl.Personal Responsibility is.

NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
NoCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Other or expanded principles

We the People in order to for a more perfect union. need to be and should be more responsible to the task at hand running our own government. its been way out of habd for over 60 years. Fiscal responsibility and living within our means should be addressed first.
Defense Spending should be taken care of & repaid to us from all the countries we support & have defended for the last 80 years

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

Political contributions have almost ruined the process. Good & Great people stay away from serving because of what things have come too.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles

Economic Growth would be fantastic if government regulations & restrictions were not in place to hamper growth but were put in place to help growth.
America was built on work ethic.It has been stifled in many cases.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles

240 years of education in America by now we should have a system in place thats the envy of the world. If done correctly we should already have that covered. Every time government gets involved in anything. it makes something worse than better off. Whats wrong with free enterprise?
Take Kahn Academy, it came into existence because the public school envoiorment was not helping students & niece asked her uncle for help & he helped her then one of her friends asked for help & so on to the point all the kids learned & understood the material better.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles

Government involvement only slows down the process of finding newer better more efficient ways of producing more efficientresultss. We had & used electricity & windmills hundreds of years ago, now we're coming full circle.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles

2nd Amendment was established for the purpose of protecting & defending ourselves when our government turns on us.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

I watched all that when it passed.We were told PASS IT & then we'll read it. Affordable health care id so very doable with the Right & Correct minds working together for the benefit of our citizens.
4th, 5th, & 6th Graders could put something together that would be much better than what we have.
its all driven on a profit basis plan not health care for our people. just provide the same package our Congressman & Senators have as well as the Supreme court

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Other or expanded principles

There are border points in Canada. Everyone who enters USA thru the legal process shold be able to be a citizen.Border points need to be equally as well on our southern border. previous members of congress have all said yes before. when action is finally taken everyone rushes for their soind bite. Let the illegals live with the congressmen & senators while they gain their status. the parents of the congressmen & senators enterd AMERICIA the CORRECT WAY THE FIRST TIME.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles

WE've had 2 Presidents smoke it. one said he didnt inhale. the other said that was the whole point. Look what contributions they've made

YesCandidate AnswerShould the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Other or expanded principles

we do it every day. we just dont hear about it. We support every country in the world financially. we pay them millions per year so that when theres a problem we can get in there &help out They have all not been paying even there fair share Nuclear weapons are the last thing this world needs. & its come to this because people cant get along & have lost their connections with GOD

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.TRANSPARENCY. Quit lying to the american people. (NO FUNDING NEEDED)
2.Congress Show up Take off your coats off, rollup ur sleves & go to work, act like the Representatives your all suppose to be. (NO FUNDING NEEDED)
3.Establish AMERICAN GOALS & STANDARDS Because for 60-70 years the standards have been misused entitlement programs. (NO FUNDING NEEDED) There has been enough funding going around for 70-80 years.maybe its time the funding goes to the AMERICANS who get up & go to work every day who don't get funding & reward them for WORKING instead rewarding those who dont work

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Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.
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