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David Kulma's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)


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David Kulma has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2017 Political Courage Test.

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South Carolina Congressional Special Election, District 5, 2017 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
Yes In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
No Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
David Kulma does not support mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders. He further does not support prosecution of anyone for non-violent violations of the drug laws.
Yes Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
David Kulma does support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth. He has called for a Guaranteed Basic Income. Perhaps most importantly he has called for eliminating student loan debt. I quote: "Imagine what would happen to our economy if millions of Americans with student loan debt suddenly had a couple of hundred dollars every month in their pockets." David Kulma supports lowering taxes as a means of achieving greater justice, and raising taxes for the same purpose.
No Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
David Kulma opposes the No Child Left Behind and similar federal programs which lead to high stakes testing and students being seen as data points instead of human beings. So, in short, no, he does not.
Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
No Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
Yes Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
Do you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
Yes Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
No Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
No Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
Yes Do you support same-sex marriage?
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
No Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
No Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?

SpendingIndicate 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.TaxesIndicate 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) 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
a) Capital gains taxes
b) Corporate taxes
c) Small business taxes
d) Excise taxes (alcohol)
e) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
f) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
g) Income taxes (low-income families)
h) Income taxes (middle-income families)
i) Income taxes (high-income families)
j) Inheritance taxes
k) Payroll taxes
l) 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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