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Art Jones' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Art Jones 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

I am a supporter of the pro-life movement and have been so since my first campaign for congress in 1984.

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

According to the Grace Commission Report,the federal government is top heavy with agencies and departments within agencies that
duplicate various function of government services. Cut out the wasteful duplication of services,and outright fraud and there would not
have to be any increase in taxes to balance the budget or to reduce defense spending,which is also a source of criminal waste and
corruption. In other words,it's time to "drain the swamp" of all the predators in Washington,D.C.

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

I support a tax-funded campaign finance system. Each tax payer could deduct $10-100 off of the income tax paid. That money and
only that money would be used to finance all federal election campaigns. Once a candidate was on the ballot,he or she would re-
ceive exactly the same amount of money as any other candidate. No candidate,no matter how wealthy would be allowed anymore
money than any other candidate to use - even if it was his own money! In this way, the people would be once again the masters of
this country, not "Special Interests."

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

This country is falling apart. Our infrastructure is crumbling. Our educational system has become an indoctrination system of the
Radical Left. Private businesses can and must play a huge role in rebuilding our country in partnership with the local,state and
federal governments. Lowering corporate taxes would encourage these corporations to remain here,rather than invest their money
in foreign lands. There is plenty of work to be had in rebuilding our country.

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

I believe in allowing local school boards to set the standards for their students. There is however,too much influence by the two
largest teachers unions - the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association. They are both engaging in
a Radical Leftist course of action aimed at instilling in White children in particular,a guilt complex for being born White! Courses on
White racism,Sexism,Black History and the "Holocaust" contribute nothing in terms of being a truly educated citizen. However,it does
serve these radicals in their campaign to create an army of Marxist street-fighters for their long planned for "Revolution."

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

I support any worthy effort to make this country an energy-independent nation. A certain amount of regulation of greenhouse gas
emissions and other air pollutants is necessary to reduce air pollution. However,I do not believe in the hysterical predictions of the
end -of-the-world environmental extremists who want to ensnare this nation in all kinds of environmental rules and international
treaties whose effect would be to severely damage our national economy.

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

I support the 2nd Amendment right of any law-abiding citizen to purchase any gun of their choice that is legally available for sale. I do
not however see the need for any gun purchased by the civilian population to have 30 round magazines for hunting wild game,or for
reasons of self-defense. Those kind of guns should be reserved for the police and our military services. I also support concealed-carry
law to be honored all across this country.

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

As an independent,professional insurance agent with 30 years experience in this profession, it is my opinion that Obamacare's design
was intended by its creators to destroy the private insurance profession and replace it with a needlessly complex government-run
health care system which has been a disaster for millions of Americans to date.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
YesCandidate 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

According to the U.S. Border Patrol,the aliens crossing into our country on our southern border with Mexico are coming from 72 foreign
countries! We don't know who these people are,why they came, or what they are doing in our country. Some are criminals,drug dealers,
rapists,child molesters,or highly trained terrorists planning mayhem and mass murders in our country. Or some could be ill with deadly'
diseases that Americans could die from. Those are reasons why we need to build that border wall and why illegal aliens must not be
allowed to flaunt our immigration laws.

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

We have enough problems with people using alcoholic drinks. Legalizing marijuana will only add a new menace on our streets and
highways. Another generation of drug-induced zombies will only weaken our nation physically,morally and spiritually. What comes
next after marijuana? Recreational cocaine use? Or once that battle is over - recreational heroin? Or will it be some new designer
drug created in some foreign land or even right here that will be even more powerful in its effect on our young people?

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
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.


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