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George McDermott's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

George McDermott has refused to provide voters with positions on key issues covered by the 2018 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart and voters like you.

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Issue Positions

For Presidential and Congressional candidates who refuse to provide voters with their positions, Vote Smart has researched their public records to determine their likely responses. These issue positions are from 2018.

Pro-life Inferred Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-life" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? "Pro-life" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Campaign Finance: Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Energy & Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Guns: Do you generally support gun-control legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you generally support gun-control legislation? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Yes Inferred Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")? "Yes" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
No Inferred Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
  • Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? "No" https://votesmart.org/candidate/political-courage-test/36120/george-mcdermott/#.WuCmQGdyIfI (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marijuana: Do you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Should the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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Inferred Answer

Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.

Unknown 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.

Maryland Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage 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.

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

International human rights system everyone has a choice as one of the fundamental liberties of free people.
However there should be certain checks and balances on abuse of abortions for convenience sake. However we can never go back to the 40s and 50s to back alley abortions putting our citizens in harms way because they were possibly raped or made bad choices through lack of education on birth control.

YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles

Only after IRS goes after white-collar criminals and their attorneys who are stealing from the treasury 7000 times  more financial losses to this country than all other criminal acts combined but our FBI Justice Department and courts are looking me other way covering up for the criminal activities of their friends in the American Bar Association and the top 2% of America's wealthiest families undermining the financial integrity of this nation., For their own personal gain and enrichment.

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

Selling out of our Constitution and the resources of this great nation to political candidates who openly state they spend 90% of their time shaking down corporate donors and foreign countries for donations to keep them in office while only dealing with the issues of the nation and constituent services and the remaining 10% of the time they are in office. Complete campaign finance reform is necessary to save this nation as a Democratic form of government and to preserve our democracy from being turned into a dictatorship.

YesDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles

Logic 101 tells us that this does not work a responsible society would put these nonviolent offenders and treatment programs where they would have to do public service work to pay off their debt to society and the cost of the rehabilitation. Incarcerating people makes them unemployable for the most part in society after their release leaving them know where to go but back to a life of crime.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

As someone who started five businesses from scratch from 1968 through 1990 small businesses need the support of government and the government needs to taxes that the small business generates. Once again though it comes down to waste fraud and abuse too many corporate entities are being falsely bankrupted for-profit at the expense of the American taxpayer yet the US trustees do nothing about reporting and prosecuting these sham bankruptcies and the corporate officers and lawyers who falsify court papers for their own profit and gain.

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

As a candidate my district encompasses Prince George's County Maryland and Anne Arundel County Maryland Anne Arundel County has one of the highest education systems in the nation for public education. And the citizens of Prince George's County are left with one of the second worst educational systems in the nation. Without a standard baseline for educational achievement as a nation, many communities across this nation would revert to substandard education standards in order to balance their budgets. This is a dangerous path one to take in the 21st century. Our children deserve the best chances to survive [...].

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles

I'm highly skeptical that this industry has done proper research to make sure that there   efforts are not undermining the stability of the earth surfaces around these sites were cracking is taking place. I think more research is needed so that our citizens don't wake up one day having their property destroyed and no one responsible for it or most precious resources the underground aqua fires that are fast being depleted around the world.

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

ANSWER. I agree with most will scientist that we do not address this problem through cooperation with all the nations around the world I fear for my great-grandchildren and families in the next 50 years.

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

But I also believe in the Second Amendment guns do not kill people people kill innocent victims using guns 99.9% of the time obtained illegally. I do not believe in the society today concealed carry is in the best interests of our society however I applaud the efforts by the National Rifle Association to educate and train con purchasers in the proper handling and care of these weapons

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

Obama care was a disaster from the beginning ill-conceived ill investigated and deceptive than its nature with the cover story of trying to help of small fraction of uninsured parties this debacle has ruined far more families in America that it will ever while making the corporate healthcare industry and drug industries wealthy.

NoCandidate 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

No I do not support the rhetoric of some of our presidential candidates and congressional candidates we have always been a land of immigrants my family arrived from Ireland is immigrants working his sleeves and the coal mines consummate to corporate America profited off of the misery of those living in corporate towns. [...] Comprehensive immigration reform is necessary not building a $2-$3 trillion walls especially after we had the Berlin wall taken down.

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

As a Christian I cannot support same-sex marriage it's against the Bible teaching however our legislative and judicial bodies seem to forget the 10 Commandments, and is now the law of the land. Yet those same legislative and judicial minds have outlawed the word of God and religion in our society which has led to the diminishment of this nation and disrespect for the law of God and the sacrifices of our founding fathers

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
NoShould the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

No in the first place we could never do so without starting a world war on military complex and machinery needs to instill fear in the United States "s citizens. By all estimates that roughly 7000 nuclear weapons spread throughout the world both friend and foe. You would start a war over one nuclear weapon or is the fear of our government that these governments might use the technology as we have for social purposes and the advancement of their societies

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

Have we learned nothing corporate America its bankers stockbrokers and predatory lenders responsible for the crash of our economy moving the deck from $2.2 trillion in 2010 to almost $20 trillion at present. Destroying millions of retirees pensions and investments. We need to replace the funds's taken from the Social Security trust fund and make it whole again. And stop the waste fraud and abuse in the system by courts in CPS workers kidnapping children and making Social Security pay for their own personal gain profit and enrichment.

Spending
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
Maintain Statusd) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Slightly Increaseg) International aid
Maintain Statush) Medical Research
Maintain Statusi) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Slightly Decreasek) United Nations
Maintain Statusl) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories

Medical research should never stop, scientific research will help us save the planet, space Exploration research and development is in the best interest of society, the United Nations serves a purpose by averting wars opening doors to diplomatic solutions. Due to the banks and the court's neglect of prosecuting foreclosure fraud predatory lending on our vulnerable society welfare cannot be cut. But waste fraud and abuse should be addressed

Taxes
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 Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Maintain Statusc) Small business taxes
Slightly Increased) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Slightly Increasee) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Maintain Statush) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Decreasej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories

Meaningful tax reform must also include stopping the wasteful and abuse in America's. Broken judicial system and Department of Justice 90,000+ employees who looked the other way as white- collar corporate criminals steal 7000 times more of our nations money and resources every year than all other criminal acts combined. Yet no white-collar criminals go to jail, no banking executives go to jail, no stockbrokers  and or predatory lenders go to jail. Just their victims the middle of lower-class Americans who are being deprived of the equal access to our state's courts, federal courts in the Supreme Court [...].

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.

priority number one would be to introduce legislation in the House and the approval of the Senate In addressing the waste fraud and abuse within America's judicial system. Protecting white-collar criminals over the Constitution and rule of law.Pass legislation to have cameras put in every judicial Proceeding in every court in the nation Which will expose abuse and fraud on the court. Reduce litigation and would be a payback to the nation in less than one year No more lying deceptive lawyers. Video transcripts Would prevent this.

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