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Anthony Williams' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Anthony Williams has responded to the Political Courage Test, providing voters with clear stances on key issues.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Illinois Congressional Special Election, District 2, 2013 Political Courage Test


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

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

I am pro-life however, I believe each person has the right to make his or her own personal choices and as Congressman I believe in equal rights under the law.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan?
Do you support a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan?
Other or expanded principles
Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing the federal budget.
In order to balance the budget,
NoCandidate Answerdo you support reducing defense spending?
NoCandidate Answerdo you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Nodo you support reducing Medicaid spending?
Nodo you support reducing Medicare spending?
YesIs balancing the budget a legislative priority?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles

All contributions should be regulated as being transparent so that in case federal contracts are awarded, it ill be easier to determine whether or not there is a connection between the two.

NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Other or expanded principles
Do 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
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants?
Other or expanded principles

I support requiring states to implement education reforms to be eligible for competitive federal grants, with the stipulation to include educators making decisions regarding the needs of our students. The Surgeon General, who is a physician, oversees the operations of public health services. Educators, who are teachers, must have the same authority. Educators work with our children daily and are hands-on in the classroom. Educators have first-hand knowledge of what their classrooms/students or a particular student's needs are. Educators must not have to succumb to the whims of persons who have never set foot in a classroom.

NoCandidate 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

Climate change is a natural occurrence as not all heat is absorbed by the earth, some by greenhouse gases preventing heat from continuing into the atmosphere. However our actions contribute to the greenhouse effect or global warming by the burning of fossil fuels, methane, coal, cutting down forests without replanting, excessive use of electricity, etc. releasing more CO2 into the air causing the temperature to become warmer.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Should individuals be required to purchase health insurance, as mandated in the 2010 Affordable Care Act?
Other or expanded principles

Everyone in America is not in the position to purchase health insurance, many do not have life insurance. The poor will always be among us. Today we have families who were considered middle-class, now part of the working poor. On average, people are proud to pay their fair share for all services. However, with inflation outweighing raises, we must take a closer look at funding earmarked for charitable services outside of the United States. America for Americans first.

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

As a Christian and Bible believer as stated, Marriage is between a man and a woman. However, I am not homophobic and I do believe in equal protection under the law.

Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent Iran from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles

Social Security was set up for retirement. Monies were deducted from taxpayers income without their permission for this very reason. What needs to happen is for the government to protect social security because those funds belong to the people. Once they reach the age of retirement, they can take it and do as they please.

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.
a) Agriculture
b) Arts
c) Defense
d) Education
e) Environment
f) Homeland Security
g) International aid
h) Medical Research
i) Scientific Research
j) Space exploration
k) United Nations
l) 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.
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Excise taxes (alcohol)
d) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
e) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
f) Income taxes (low-income families)
g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Inheritance taxes
j) Payroll taxes
k) Other or expanded categories
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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