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Jim McGovern's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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On The Ballot: Running, Democratic for U.S. House (MA) - District 2

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Massachusetts Congressional Election 2010 Political Courage Test

Pro-choice a) Do you consider yourself pro-choice or pro-life?
No b) Should abortion be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy?
Yes c) Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
Yes d) Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
No e) Should federal subsidies be prohibited from being used for abortion procedures?
Please note that federal funds currently are prohibited from being used for abortion procedures.

1) SpendingIndicate what federal funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category- you can use a number more than once.2) 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.

Slightly Decrease a) Agriculture
Maintain Status b) Arts
Greatly Decrease c) Defense
Maintain Status 1) Intelligence operations
Slightly Increase 2) Military hardware
Eliminate 3) National missile defense
Slightly Increase 4) Salary and benefits for active duty personnel
Maintain Status 5) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Status 6) Research and development of new weapons
Greatly Increase d) Education
Slightly Increase e) Environment
Maintain Status f) Homeland security
Slightly Increase g) International aid
Greatly Increase h) Medical research
Greatly Increase i) Scientific research
Maintain Status j) Space exploration
Maintain Status k) United Nations
Maintain Status l) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Slightly Increase a) Alcohol taxes
Maintain Status b) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increase c) Cigarette taxes
Maintain Status d) Corporate taxes
Maintain Status e) Gasoline taxes
Slightly Decrease f) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decrease g) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increase h) Income taxes (high-income families)
i) Other or expanded categories
No 3) Do you support the elimination of the federal estate tax?
No 4) Do you support requiring the federal budget to be balanced each year?
Yes 5) Do you support using government funds in an effort to stimulate and improve the economy?
Bush policies created an economic and federal budget crisis. We need to move as quickly as possible to bring the budget into balance, but it cannot be done immediately.
No a) Do you support privatizing elements of Social Security?
No b) Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
Yes c) Do you support increasing the federal minimum wage?
Yes d) Do you support the ability of workers to unionize?
Yes e) Do you support federal funding for job-training programs that retrain displaced workers?
We should not over-regulate or place onerous restrictions on the private sector. But lax regulation and oversight have, in the past, harmed America�s economy and average American consumers.
No a) Do you support increasing the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns?
Yes b) Should Congress regulate indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
No c) Do you support removing all contribution limits on federal campaigns?
Yes d) Should candidates for federal office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
No e) Do you support giving the President the power of the line item veto for items concerning appropriations?
No f) Do you support limiting the President's ability to define how legislation is applied through the use of signing statements?
g) Other or expanded principles
No a) Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
Yes b) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related training and job-placement assistance when released?
Yes c) Do you support programs that provide prison inmates with substance abuse treatment?
Yes d) Do you support reduced prison sentences for non-violent offenders?
No e) Do you support mandatory prison sentences for selling illegal drugs?
�Non-violent offender� covers a great deal of criminal acts, such as theft, embezzlement, bank fraud, �white collar� crime, etc. All such convicted criminals should go to prison and serve sentences appropriate to the crime and the harm they caused.
Yes a) Do you support federal education standards and testing requirements for K-12 students?
Yes b) Do you support federal funding for universal pre-K programs?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for charter schools?
No d) Do you support federal funding for K-12 school vouchers?
Yes e) Do you support the federal government providing college students with financial aid?
The majority of federal K-12 education funds should support public schools, where over 90% of America�s children go to school.
Yes a) Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yes b) Do you support international emissions targets aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
Yes c) Do you support allowing energy producers to trade carbon credits under a "cap and trade" system?
Yes d) Do you support strengthening fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles?
No e) Do you support domestic oil exploration in federally-protected areas?
Yes f) Do you support federal funding for the development of alternative energy?
No g) Do you support the development of nuclear reactors?
We should focus on creating the �green jobs� of the future.
Yes a) Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
Yes b) Do you believe that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of individual citizens to own guns?
No c) Do you support allowing individuals to carry concealed guns?
Yes d) Do you support a ban on assault rifles?
e) Other or expanded principles
Yes a) Do you support a publicly-administered health insurance option?
Yes b) Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
c) Should the federal government expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts?
No d) Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
Yes e) Do you support relaxing regulations on the importation of prescription drugs?
On �c�, it depends on who benefits from the expansion: yes for middle-class families; no for the wealthy, who don�t need additional tax shelters. On malpractice, I don�t support frivolous lawsuits or extortionate medical malpractice insurance rates, but I can�t see how to make a �one size fits all� law. Cases vary widely, as do damages.
Yes a) Do you support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants?
No b) Do you support decreasing the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country?
No c) Do you support establishing English as the official national language?
No d) Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
Illegal immigrants should be required to pay a fine, pay their taxes, learn English and only then go to the �back of the line� for citizenship.
No a) Do you support United States military action in Afghanistan?
No b) Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
No c) Do you support increasing economic development assistance for Afghanistan?
Yes d) Should the United States continue to strike suspected terrorist targets in Pakistan?
Yes e) Do you support granting aid to countries when it is in the security interests of the United States?
Yes f) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Yes g) Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Yes h) Do you support the withdrawal of United States troops from Iraq?
No i) Do you support the United States' involvement in free trade agreements?
We should trade with all countries, unless they are internationally sanctioned. FTAs need to include labor & environmental standards and stop being cookie-cutter copies. I support maintaining, not increasing, economic and development assistance to Afghanistan. We should aid countries that serve U.S. security interests, but not at the sacrifice or exclusion of other interests. Balance is required.
No a) Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
Yes b) Do you support allowing openly-gay men and women to serve in the United States military?
Yes c) Do you support federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
No d) Should the federal government end affirmative action programs?
Massachusetts allows gay couples to legally marry, with all the rights and responsibilities that accompany such a legal contract.
We must do everything we can to lower the unemployment rate and put people back to work. We should extend tax cuts for middle-class families, increase small businesses? ability to obtain capital, invest in medical research, medical technology, and the ?green jobs? of the future. I also believe we need to bring our military involvement in Afghanistan to an end. Instead of nation-building in Afghanistan, we should be doing more nation-building here at home. Finally, we must address our nation?s long-term budget crisis. Everything must be on the table ? domestic spending, military spending, tax policy, and entitlements.

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