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Javahn Walker's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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

What is the Political Courage Test?

New Jersey Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

I do not support hundreds of billions of dollars in budget deficits each fiscal year if it is not necessary. A crisis like the Great Recession is a reason where budget deficits would be necessary, which helped save our financial system. However, in the event that it is not necessary, I support either a balanced budget or a budget surplus. Taxing the wealthy at much higher rates while reducing defense spending is how we can address the national deficit and actually operate at a profit, if not at least revenue-neutral.

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

I would make it a federal law that requires all corporate and union PACs to list all donors to the PAC to the general public in a fully transparent manner.

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

I do not support lowering corporate taxes for big businesses. The only corporations that should be subsidized is small businesses, which are the majority of employers in the US.

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

The federal government should have high standards for the students in public education and should ensure that the states adopt those high standards. Granted, some states might have higher standards than the federal government's but there are so many states that don't. The lack of adequate reciprocity between public education of states is a risk not willing to take, so I will support requiring states to adopt federal education standards.

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

Our energy system is old & antiquated. Developing renewables is the future and a more efficient way of providing energy to Americans.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

I would not repeal Obamacare. My goal is a single-payer system, which is the system that is provided by every major country in the world. I would also work to have optional supplemental private health insurance by requiring private health insurers to enter the Obamacare marketplaces and providing the services that they were created to do.

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

Too many lives are ruined and in jail behind simple possession of marijuana. For a drug that has medicinal purposes, it is immoral to lock people up for possessing it. There are countries and states that have legalized marijuana and we need to be the next country to do so. The most important reason to legalize marijuana is to eradicate the social injustices that come with the stigma of marijuana.

NoCandidate 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 have not learned from our military interventionist past (Bay of Pigs, Vietnam, Afghanistan 1979, Desert Storm Afghanistan 2001, Iraq 2003, Syria). Military intervention is not the way to solve international problems. Negotiation, peace treaties, open discussion: that is how we can solve problems without using unnecessary force.

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) Healthcare is the most important. Moving away from healthcare being regarded as a business model and instead towards a guaranteed right (Medicare for All) is how we can improve many peoples' lives.

2) Lowering middle-class taxes while instituting a wealth tax on the richest households. The income tax rates for the wealthy are too low and our revenues are not enough from the top. We can fix our budget by instituting a wealth tax.

3) Campaign finance reform: Banning corporate PACs and Super-PACs in addition to capping the amount individuals can donate will bring our democracy back.

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