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Mary Waters' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Michigan Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test


Candidate Answer
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

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

I believe a woman has a right to choose

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

I am reluctant to respond to war questions because I do not have access to the proper intelligence. I will leave that decision to the President of the United States.

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?
YesCandidate 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

I support an increase in income tax for those individuals who net #350,000 annually. We must continue to train people so that they will no longer have to depend on medicaid. When it comes to medicare, we have to plan for the graying of America. Our aging population need to have bi-annual exams and screenings to make sure we save on emergency type visits.

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

The people deserve to know who is spending tons of money on candidates and why.

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

The problem with the death penalty is that man is not perfect. Once you take an individual's life, you can not bring them back. DNA has proven time and again that wrong people have been sent to prison.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
YesDo you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?
YesDo you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?
Other or expanded principles

These are tough times for everyone. If we invest in job creation, our economy will turn around.

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

The Federal government should look to the States to identify their educational priorities. The states are able to work with and monitor their local school districts and are in the best position to advise the Federal government. The federal Government must stop holding the states hostage with the no child left behind program.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles

I support the second amendment. However, there are those who should not be allowed to own a gun.

NoCandidate 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

I believe that everyone deserves access to health care without penalty. We have allowed other countries to get it right when it comes to health care. If you have healthy people, you'll have healthy productivity.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
YesDo you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?
NoDo you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?
Other or expanded principles

We need to be fair when it comes to immigration. We must treat everyone the same. If an individual has submitted paperwork to become a US citizen, then why would we want to impose additional financial burdens on them by returning them to their country.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles

I believe marriage is between a man and woman. However, I do believe in civil unions and the right to be committed. People need to commit in relationships.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
YesShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

Again, I've responded based on a limited amount of information. I do not have access to the proper intelligence in order to make such a decision. This is a decision for the President of the United States.

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

Only if it's optional.

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.
Maintain Statusa) Agriculture
Greatly Increaseb) Arts
Greatly Decreasec) Defense
Greatly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Greatly Decreaseg) International aid
Greatly Increaseh) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Greatly Decreasej) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Decreasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
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.
Maintain Statusa) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Greatly Increasec) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Greatly Increased) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Greatly Decreasee) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Eliminatef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statusg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

Our low income families can not afford to pay taxes.

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.

When it comes to single mothers, I will fight to enable them to provide for their households. day care, pre school programs, health care and transportation. I will fight to eliminate taxes for low income households and to give more tax breaks to middle income families. My initiatives will be funded by taxing the 1% fairly and eliminating big oil loopholes even as we end macho budgeting for war and endless defense spending and redirect the dollars to rebuild America human infrastructure using govt dollars and a national service corp to build houses, schools, bridges, roads,green facilities.

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