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Jake Pretot's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

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Maryland Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

It is not the government's right to make that decision for a woman. We can't go back to the days where pregnant women would use a coat hanger to abort the fetus. I would support some form of legislation that would require pre-procedure counseling. Providing a pro-life prospective/options to a woman before she has an abortion is a good idea. Having an abortion is a major decision that will remain with her for the rest of her life. Providing better sex ed in the schools and increased availability of contraceptives would drastically reduce abortion numbers. Attack the root cause!

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

The federal government needs to learn how to balance a budget like the state governments need to do every single year. People who have large credit card debt to pay off don't go out and get another credit card! In FY 2017 we spent 458,542,287,311.80 on debt interest alone, more than $1000 per adult. Our total public debt outstanding as of June 7th is 21,100,104,747,917.42. That's $71k per citizen! Unacceptable! Through sound financial management, temporary tax increase and a business friendly environment that encourages growth, we can keep our country from going bankrupt.

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

Candidates should receive some amount of direct and indirect state funding. In addition, we must limit the amount of indirect campaign contributions from corporations. Large donations from corporations affect decision making as legislators feel compelled to return a favor to those corporations for their donations. Federal employees can't accept gifts from contractors, yet the rule doesn't apply to those making the laws? We must get big money out of Washington so legislators can make decisions for people, not corporations.

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

It is perfectly acceptable for the federal government to provide stimulus money to promote economic growth. One way the government can accomplish this is spending on infrastructure projects to facilitate product transport and grants for new school construction and education. Money invested should be tied to economic growth. I support lowering of taxes on small businesses, and a fair competitive tax rate for corporations that encourages hiring of American workers.

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

I have heard time and time again from teachers that there is too much emphasis on common core testing. If any federal education standards are adopted, states should be required to provide non-college prep curriculum. We need more skilled trade training programs in our high schools. Not everybody wants to go to college or work in an office. We need more plumbers, electricians, welders, construction project managers, truck drivers and carpenters. We need to align what we are teaching in schools to the workforce demands.

YesCandidate 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

Switching from fossil fuel energy to renewable industry will be painful for some workers. Government funding for renewable energy will make us a world leader in these technologies, creating jobs in our country and spurring sales to other countries. The government must also provide retraining programs for those who will lose jobs like coal mining, so they can transition to a skilled job in the green industry. We must also protect our innovation and trademarked products from other countries like China who steal our technology and manufacture copycat products.

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

As an Army Veteran, I support common sense gun legislation. We must first close the purchasing loopholes in current legislation. FBI data on gun murders shows 3% are committed with rifles and at least 65% with handguns. Over 85% are committed by males and the majority under the age of 35. For this reason I would raise the purchase age for AR-15s to 35 and handguns to 25. At the same time we must crack down on getting illegal weapons off the streets.

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

Repealing the ACA does nothing but hurt people and increase insurance company profits. While the ACA is far from perfect, it was a step in the right direction. Without ACA, many current patients would have died. Instead, we need to keep key provisions of the ACA and improve on it while we transition to a single payer healthcare for all system. Those with chronic conditions like diabetes should not have to choose between purchasing insulin to stay alive or putting food on the table. At the same time we must invest more money into medical research.

NoCandidate 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

Building a continuous wall along the border makes no sense, but we do need to further secure our border. We need to invest more money into border areas that require fortification. Additional pressure should be applied to those countries who are not providing adequate safety and protection for their citizens from gang violence. Those immigrants who have lived in the US for an extended period of time and are employed should be given green cards.

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

How many times have you heard of a person high on weed getting into a bar fight? I'll bet never! How many times have you heard incidents of domestic abuse by a drunk alcoholic? How many times have you seen an verbally abusive or violent drunk at a Raven's or Oriole's game? I believe alcohol is a far worse drug than marijuana yet the government regulates and taxes alcohol. Legalizing marijuana will also reduce the number of arrests and allow police to focus on more serious problems in our counties and cities like opioids.

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

We must protect and defend against foreign nations wanting to do us harm. Use of military must be done in a collaborative fashion with the support of our allies. The going it alone approach does not work and breeds hate for the US. While I do not support increased American intervention in the Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support, I do support the use of special forces to train foreign military and conduct missions in a joint effort with the foreign nation to take out terrorist cells.

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.

Priority one is fixing healthcare by providing healthcare for ALL. We must implement in a way that preserves open access we enjoy now while driving down healthcare, medical device and prescription drug costs. We must return to patient focused care! Education is the next priority. It is a disgrace that our children attend schools with no heating or air conditioning. We must also provide more skilled labor training programs for our students. And lastly, we must get big money out of our politics and decision making. Representatives should be for the people!


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