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Christopher Shays' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Connecticut Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test


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

I oppose partial-birth abortions.

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

While a Member of Congress, I never believed the war in Afghanistan was the so-called "good war" as President Obama has called it. In 2008, I took the position that we should withdraw our troops out of Afghanistan by 2012. Since then our relationship with Pakistan has deteriorated creating a major challenge to our withdrawal route.

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?
NoCandidate 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

Re: reducing defense spending--I co-chaired the Commission on Wartime Contracting where we identified $60 billion dollars of waste out of $205 billion spent on contingency contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
re: reducing Medicare spending--we need to introduce into all health care programs cost consciousness, tort reform, health care pooling and portability, and allowing purchasing of insurance across state lines.
I want to balance the budget within 6 years by reducing the size of the federal government and through pro-growth tax cuts. To find out more how I plan to balance the budget in six years, read my plan at:

YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate 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

I support a corporate rate of 15% in order to make America the #1 destination for capital investment.
re: supporting spending on infrastructure--I support infrastructure projects based on merit and believe infrastructure pojects have a payback value of 20 to 50 years.
re: unemployment benefits--I support a temporary extention of unemployment benefits up to 1 year.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?
Other or expanded principles

America is blessed with an abundant supply of oil and natural gas resources that can lower energy prices, particularly for manufacturing companies, making America a leader in low cost energy rates for companies, which will stimulate a renewal of American manufacturing.

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

The Constitution is clear--Americans have the right to bear arms. This has been re-affirmed by recent court decisions.

YesCandidate 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

Repeal the so-called "Affordable Care Act" and replace it with a patient/doctor approach that promotes both quality care and cost savings, and each state to decide the kind of health care programs they want. The right direction for reform includes the following: tort reform, health care pooling and portability, and the purchase of health insurance across state lines. Those with pre-existing conditions and individuals under twenty-six must have an appropriate path to health coverage. Reform must also provide aggressive funding for medical research to find cures for Alzheimer's, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, major drivers of Medicare and Medicaid costs.

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

I support a "Blue Card" to allow undocumented immigrants to stay and work here legally. It's not a path to citizenship. To receive citizenship, Blue Card holders would need to return home and wait to be legally processed.

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

I believe same-sex marriage should be determined by each state.

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

Re: military force to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon--I don't advocate for military force, but beleive the United States government should not rule this option out. Iran need to know that all options are on the table.

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

I support allowing anyone under 45 to take half of their Social Security and invest it in a Thrift Savings Account.

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.
Slightly Decreasea) Agriculture
Slightly Decreaseb) Arts
Slightly Decreasec) Defense
Slightly Decreased) Education
Slightly Decreasee) Environment
Slightly Decreasef) Homeland Security
Slightly Decreaseg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) 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
Greatly Decreaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreasef) Income taxes (low-income families)
Greatly Decreaseg) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (high-income families)
Eliminatei) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusj) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories

I support a corporate tax rate of 15%.

I support a simplification of the tax code into 3 brackets (10%; 15%; 25%). To help offset the lower tax rates, eliminate most deductions and cap the few that remain.

I support a corporate tax rate of 15%.

To find out more about my plan to simplfy the tax code and restore the Promise of American, read my plan by visiting

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.

To find out more about my plan to restore the Promise of American and grow the economy by 4%, read my plan by visiting

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