Tom Barrett's Political Positions

Office: Mayor (Milwaukee, WI) - At-Large, No Party Affiliation
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Tom Barrett refused to tell citizens where he stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Congressional Election 1992 National Political Awareness Test

This candidate has responded to a Political Courage Test in a previous election. As a continued effort to provide the American public with factual information on candidates running for public office, these archived responses are made available here.

The Political Courage Test asks candidates which items they will support if elected. It does not ask them to indicate which items they will oppose. Through extensive research of public polling data, we discovered that voters are more concerned with what candidates would support when elected to office, not what they oppose. If a candidate does not select a response to any part or all of any question, it does not necessarily indicate that the candidate is opposed to that particular item.


Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Unknown Answer
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.

1. Which of the following tax measures, if any, will you support if elected to the Congress in 1992?

Reducing the capital gains tax rate on profits from the sale of stocks, bonds and real estate.
XPermitting tax-free withdrawals from IRAs in limited circumstances.
Providing some kind of middle-class tax break.
Increasing the income taxes of those with incomes over $100,000.
XProviding a tax credit for first-time home buyers.
Repealing luxury taxes on limited items.
XProviding a temporary investment tax credit.

Increasing the income taxes of those w/incomes over $150,000; a reduction in the capital gains tax for new investments that generate job...

Please evaluate the following general program areas and indicate the level of federal funding that you will support if you are elected to Congress.

Keep Spending The SameHealth Care
Keep Spending The SameUnemployment
Increase SpendingAIDS Research
Keep Spending The SameEnvironment
Decrease SpendingDefense
Increase SpendingEducation
Increase SpendingNational Debt Payments
Increase SpendingDrugs

If you are elected to Congress, how will you confront the issue of the national debt?

XReduce governmental defense spending.
XReduce governmental domestic spending.
Raise personal income taxes for all citizens.
Raise personal income taxes for citizens with incomes over $100,000.
Raise corporate taxes.
Do nothing at the present time.

Raising personal income taxes of those w/incomes over $150,000. I think that the National Debt is the number one economic issue.

Which of the following measures designed to address the issue of unemployment do you support or oppose?

SupportExtending unemployment compensation further.
SupportFederal support of job retraining programs.
Strongly SupportFederal grants to states for creating jobs in inner cities.
Don't KnowMandating workfare for welfare recipients.
SupportMinimizing governmental intervention and letting the market take a more natural course.
SupportFederal investment in America's infrastructure.
Don't KnowOther

Regarding the Workfare Proposal: I need more information on the specifics of the Workfare Proposal.

Which of the following policies, if any, should be pursued by the federal government in the area of the United States/Japenese trade?

Restricting the overall volume of goods entering the United States from Japan.
Imposing tariffs on goods entering the United States from Japan.
Requiring Japan to eliminate its trade surplus with the United States over a period of five years.
Requiring reciprocal trade agreements between the United States and Japan based on equal dollar values.
Imposing no restrictions on trade between the United States and Japan.

Which of the following defense proposals do you support or oppose?

Strongly SupportReduction of the number of American military troops.
OpposeContinued funding of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI).

Do you consider the fact that many Americans do not have health insurance to be a problem, and if so, please note which of the following proposals you favor?

Elimination of private insurance in favor of a program administered and paid for by the federal government and run by the states, similar to the health care system in Canada.
Offering tax incentives to all small employers in return for guaranteed health insurance coverage of all employees and their families.
Implementation of a "play or pay" program where employers must enroll their employees and families in a basic health plan or contribute to a public fund that will provide health care for everyone without coverage.
Creation of a fund designed to provide health insurance to the unemployed and supported by additional tax levies on large employers.
A system of tax credits and vouchers to provide health insurance for the working poor and people of moderate income.
No reform necessary at this time.

I can support any system of reform that is going to bring more health care to more Americans. I'm going to work to implement whatever...

If elected to Congress, which of the following proposals designed to change our nations' public education system will you support?

XIncreased federal funding.
XIncreased state and local funding.
XImproved teacher recruitment and training.
National curricula and standards.
XSmaller classes.
Increased national testing.
A "choice" or "vouchers" program.
No major changes are necessary at this time.

If elected to Congress, how will you confront the War on Drugs?"

XProvide federal funds to educate people about the dangers of drugs.
XProvide federal funds to help drug addicts overcome their addictions.
XWork with foreign governments to stop the export of drugs to this country.
XImpose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug dealers.
Impose mandatory federal jail sentences for drug users.
Legalize the possession and use of drugs.

What is your opinion on the following environmental proposals?

OpposeOpening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
OpposeAmending the Clean Water Act's section on wetlands to provide landowners with greater rights.
SupportReauthorization of The Endangered Species Act in its current form.

Please indicate which of the following positions you support or oppose.

OpposeParental or spousal notification prior to permitting an abortion.
Strongly OpposeAbortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
Don't KnowFederally funded abortions should be permitted.
SupportWomen should be able to get abortions if they want no matter what the reason.
OpposeAbortion should be legal only in limited circumstances, for example, when the life of the mother is endangered or in the case of rape or incest.

Which of the following anti-crime measures do you support or oppose?

OpposeExpansion of the number of federal crimes punishable by death.
Strongly SupportA mandatory waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
SupportIncreased federal spending for state and local police programs.
Strongly SupportA ban on the sale and possession of assault-style semiautomatic weapons.
Don't KnowA limitation on habeas corpus appeals for death row inmates.

Whare are your two top priorities if elected to the Congress?

a. What will you do about each priority?

DEFICIT: I think that all spending has to be placed on the table and reviewed, and tax increases for the wealthy have to be implemented.

b. How will you finance (when necessary) each priority?

HEALTH CARE: We have to have a health care system where people are not denied health care based on their income or employment status. Again, I take a pragmatic approach as to the best way to reach that goal. Touching on the abortion issue--the funding question. If it is shown that poor women are denied the right to abortion, I would support federal funding.

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