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David Collins' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Issue Positions

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  • David Collins. House Party Speech, 20 June 2012. 2 October 2012. "Let's make sure that women's health and reproductive options do not take a back seat to anyone's political or religious agenda." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. Video: TX Green Party candidate for US Senate David B. Collins. 28 September 2012. "[We are going to] end the war on women and women's health." (www.youtube.com)
  • David Collins. Video: David Collins is running as a Green for US Senate in TX. 14 May 2012. "Nonviolence [¦] we would quickly draw down our current large scale involvement not only in Iraq and Afghanistan [¦] We should begin to phase out bases all over the world [¦] We no longer need nearly the military presence in Europe that we might have thought we needed decades ago [¦] Why are we spending so much money to maintain bases, for example, in Uzbekistan? [¦] So decreased military involvement is definitely on the menu worldwide." (youtu.be)
  • David Collins. Video: David Collins “ Green Party for US Senate from Texas 2008. 12 February 2008. "We are in favor of the simplicity, difficult as it is, of walking the peaceful road in this world. As the world gets more crowded, we simply cannot afford to let our foreign policy be summed up in the word 'violence' or 'occupation'." (video.google.com)
  • David Collins. Important Issues. 14 August 2012. "Let's end counterproductive and wasteful military involvements." (www.newmenu.org)
  • David Collins. NO VIOLENCE. NO EXCUSES. 14 August 2012. "The Green Vision deplores this propensity toward violence. The nation needs to take many and various steps toward reversing the trend of escalating violence worldwide and in our own land." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. Video: David Collins is running as a Green for US Senate in TX. 14 May 2012. "We are also going to look at, in a sensible, rational and as painless way as possible, decrease the sheer amount spent on military hardware. That's where the bulk of the defense budget comes from." (www.youtube.com)
  • David Collins. Important Issues. 14 August 2012. "Let's end counterproductive and wasteful military involvements." (www.newmenu.org)
  • David Collins. Immigration, Jobs, Health Care, & Taxes. 12 September 2012. "Well, I didn't have a bullet specifically about taxes. What it comes down to is ending the Bush tax cuts for the super-rich, and eventually getting the top marginal tax rates at least to the level they were in the early 1980s." (www.newmenu.org)
  • David Collins. About David Collins. 13 June 2012. "The way to heal and help is a comprehensive change in our energy production and use, which can begin here at home and then be exported around the world, including to the poorest regions of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. A Green Jobs program at a scale similar to that of the New Deal will accomplish that, while providing full employment for our own citizens." (www.newmenu.org)
  • David Collins. Chapter 3: Exploring the Jump. 2 October 2012. "It seems to elude the average Tea Party voter that the economic aims of the Kochs et al. would be disastrous for¦the average Tea Party voter. I cannot claim to speak for this subculture or individuals within it, but it seems that most have swallowed the Gospel of the Free Market with only minimal chewing. This gospel posits that when businesses are free to maximize profits without regulation or taxation, they can reinvest those profits in the creation of jobs, which is better than paying taxes to the government to support the welfare state. Like many theories that appeal to common sense, it simply isn't true: These firms, given the choice, will create jobs where labor is the cheapest." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. Immigration, Jobs, Health Care, & Taxes. 12 September 2012. "Also, we need to close the loopholes that allow gigantic corporations to pay effectively nothing in taxes, as well as ending tax incentives for offshoring jobs. A small sales tax on each share of stock bought or sold would also generate hundreds of billions of dollars per year." (www.newmenu.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • David Collins. About David Collins. 13 June 2012. "The biggest challenge of all is helping the United States and the industrialized world kick this deadly addiction to fossil fuels. Our current habits of consumption are starving, sickening, ravaging, and killing the planet and too many of its people. Climatologists are nearly unanimous on the reality, causes, and potentially disastrous effects of climate change. We have the capability and the technology to reverse the roll back the concentration greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, but our leaders lack the will [¦] What is less unanimous is scientific consensus on peak oil, the theory that worldwide oil production has peaked. However, resorting to dirty, expensive, and dangerous sources"such as tar sands, hydrofracking, and deepwater drilling"practically proves that we have reached that peak. Energy giants and their subcontractors exploit these sources because doing so is immensely profitable, but the cost to our natural resources and those who make a living from them is far too high." (www.newmenu.org)
  • David Collins. Video: David Collins is running as a Green for US Senate. 14 May 2012. "The Green Party's position is, as it has been since the beginning, that it's time to ween ourselves from the fossil fuels diet. We need to start building the alternative energy society as soon as possible, if not sooner." (youtu.be)
  • David Collins. Video: David Collins is running as a Green for US Senate in TX. 14 May 2012. "When it comes to Texas we are [¦] the energy capital of the Western world [¦] how will we power all of these wonderful gizmos that we've gotten accustomed to having. Especially in light of the fact, not theory but fact, that worldwide oil production either is peaking or has already peaked [¦] it's time to wean ourselves from the fossil fuel diet [¦] we need to start building the alternative energy society as soon as possible [¦] solar, wind, geothermal." (www.youtube.com)
  • David Collins. Chapter 1: Fundamentals of the Green Vision. 2 October 2012. "Perhaps this nation's biggest crime of violence has been its continuing abuse of the planet and its creatures. You likely know the ways in which the Industrial Revolution has not been kind to Mother Earth, but perhaps the most unkindest cut of all is speeding up climate change. The intransigence that the US has demonstrated in the face of appeals to curb greenhouse gas emissions has been stunning, from Republicans who deny that climate change is a problem, or that we have caused it; and from Democrats like President Barack Obama who have forestalled international action probably due to pressure from their corporate sponsors, and due to the screaming fit that Republicans would raise if the US signed a meaningful agreement." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. Video: David Collins - Green Party for US Senate from Texas 2008. 12 February 2008. "We are for pro-actively cleaning up the environment. It's as simple as that, right? It's as simple as not building more coal plants or more nuke plants." (video.google.com)
  • David Collins. House Party Speech, 20 June 2012. 2 October 2012. "Let's confront the challenges of climate change, and begin building a post“fossil fuel economy as soon as possible, and put millions of Americans back into living-wage jobs through the Green New Deal." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. About David Collins. 13 June 2012. "The biggest challenge of all is helping the United States and the industrialized world kick this deadly addiction to fossil fuels. Our current habits of consumption are starving, sickening, ravaging, and killing the planet and too many of its people. Climatologists are nearly unanimous on the reality, causes, and potentially disastrous effects of climate change. We have the capability and the technology to reverse the roll back the concentration greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, but our leaders lack the will." (www.newmenu.org)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
  • David Collins. Immigration, Jobs, Health Care, & Taxes. 12 September 2012. "Single-payer national health care, as practiced in two-dozen industrialized nations including Canada, may not be the perfect solution; however, it consistently creates better health outcomes as measured in life expectancy, infant mortality, and preventive care. It also saves tremendous amounts in overhead, considering how much of each dollar in revenue private insurers spend on executive pay, advertising, business travel, lobbying, and just the shareholder profits that are their reason for being; this is measured in the percentage of GDP single-payer nations spend on health care compared to the US. In short, better outcomes for less money. The Affordable Care Act, while a great improvement for millions of US citizens, does not go nearly far enough. Its inspiration, the Massachusetts system, has resulted in higher costs for consumers and a windfall for the insurance companies." (www.newmenu.org)
  • David Collins. HOUSE PARTY SPEECH, 20 JUNE 2012. 20 June 2012. "Let's adopt the health care system dozens of nations have implemented with proven and continual success: single-payer or Medicare for all." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. MAY DAY & LABO[U]R. 29 April 2012. "Immigrants, documented or not, contribute to our economy in ways immigrant-bashers refuse to see. From a policy perspective, the central question is not whether an immigrant is here legally, but whether US immigration policy makes any sense. Not only is our current policy irrational, but it is downright harmful: dividing families, forcing municipal police to do the jobs of better-trained Border Patrol agents." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. House Party Speech, 20 June 2012. 2 October 2012. "I have looked into Paul Sadler, former state representative, and he has articulated some positions with which I can easily agree. He favors marriage equality, providing immigrants an easier path to citizenship, fully funding public education, for example." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. Immigration, Jobs, Health Care, & Taxes. 12 September 2012. "Eliminate double standards on immigration policy, help develop the economies of Latin America to meet the needs of their people's survival so they don't feel compelled to migrate to the US, and provide a path to citizenship for immigrants already in the US." (www.newmenu.org)
  • David Collins. House Party Speech, 20 June 2012. 2 October 2012. "I have looked into Paul Sadler, former state representative, and he has articulated some positions with which I can easily agree. He favors marriage equality, providing immigrants an easier path to citizenship, fully funding public education, for example." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • David Collins. Chapter 1: Fundamentals of the Green Vision. 2 October 2012. "Nonviolence, No Excuses [¦] How are we violent? Let us count the ways [¦] This nation is still sending drone aircraft into Pakistan to drop bombs, supposedly on Al Qaeda targets, at the cost of many dead civilians. This nation is still involved in low-intensity conflict in Yemen." (dbc4senate.tumblr.com)
  • Despite exhaustive research, Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.

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