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Cris Ericson's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Cris Ericson has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2018 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Vermont Congressional Election 2018 Political Courage Test

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

Whether it be Planned Parenthood which pays their top executive a higher salary than the President of the United States! or any group which receives taxpayer dollars and then uses part of those dollars to hire lobbyists to wine and dine the members of the United States Congress, House and Senate, and also uses part of your taxpayer dollars to pay their PACs, political action committees, to give campaign contributions to members of the U.S. Congress, these "non-profits", including Planned Parenthood, should be examined for actual need, just like people who apply for food stamps, every bank account they

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

Our biggest expense is what is should be, national defense. But, this valid expenditure for our U.S. Military has made some defense contractors mega-multi-millionaire, and even billionaires. That's the part that makes no common sense, particularly since our war Veterans are lacking a lot of medical and dental treatment, and many are homeless. Taxpayers pay taxes, the U.S. Congress votes to give billions of tax dollars to the Pentagon, then the Pentagon gives millions and millions of your tax dollars to each defense contractor for research and development of new weapons systems and improvements of existing weapons and jets

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

Defense contractors and Pharmaceutical corporations and Planned Parenthood, etc., entities which received your taxpayer dollars from the Pentagon which received your taxpayer dollars from the U.S. Congress, then pay (your taxpayer dollars) to their PACs, political action committees, and also millions to their lobbyists, and the PACs give money to your U.S. Congresspersons, and the lobbyists wine and dine your U.S. Congresspersons (House of Representatives and U.S. Senate). So, your tax dollars have come full circle and lots and lots of them have ended up in the pockets of U.S. Senators and Congressmen and Congresswomen. Does that sound like

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering corporate taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles

2 million homeless American citizens have little chance of securing employment to pay for health insurance. Health Care will only cover all Americans if it is NOT insurance based, but instead, paid for by taxes funding clinics and hospitals and prescriptions. We should require all medical schools receiving state and federal funding to require students work for government run free clinics to pay back the taxpayers for their investment in the students' education. We must demand taxpayers own 50% of the profits for all prescription drugs for which taxpayers paid for the research, design

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the construction of a wall along the Mexican border?
YesCandidate 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

We need to build a Canal like the Grand Canal in China, and this would reduce illegal border crossing by illegal aliens and it would re-route flood water from the Gulf of Mexico bordering inbetween Florida and Louisiana and across the southern states into the Gulf of California, the Baja Peninsula in Mexico, and the water can be de-salinated and used for farming water.

YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerShould the United States use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the U.S. from possessing a nuclear weapon?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support increased American intervention in Middle Eastern conflicts beyond air support?
Other or expanded principles
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.

Independent political candidate Cris Ericson demands "R.O.I." return on investment of our taxpayer dollars when given to defense and pharmaceutical corporations and non-profits which make trillions of dollars worldwide providing sales of products and sales of services. We, the taxpayers, by the vote of the U.S. Congress, paid for the research, design and development of new drugs and weapons, products and services, we deserve a share of the trillions of dollars in profit these corporations are making! If we demand "R.O.I.", return on investment, every time our tax dollars are given to any entity that makes a profit, then

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