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National Political Awarness Test

Abortion Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding abortion.
a) Abortions should always be illegal.
 X b) Abortions should always be legal.
  c) Abortions should be legal only within the first trimester of pregnancy.
   d) Abortions should be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape.
  e) Abortions should be legal when the life of the woman is endangered.
f) Abortions should be limited by waiting periods and notification requirements as decided by each state government.
  g) Prohibit the dilation and extraction procedure, also known as "partial-birth" abortion.
 X h) Prohibit public funding of abortions and of organizations that advocate or perform abortions.
  i) Provide funding for family planning programs as a means to decrease the number of abortions.
 X j) Other or expanded principles
We have come to the conclusion that abortion is the choice of the mother and not the governments. We intend to eliminate this as a government issue and recreate it as a health issue. This implys that we will not continue to spend government dollars on abortion, whether its for or against.


Budgetary, Spending, and Tax Issues, Part 1: Budget Priorities
Budget Priorities
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category.
Maintain Funding a) Agriculture
Maintain Funding b) Arts
Maintain c) Defense
Greatly Increase Funding d) Education
Slightly Increase Funding e) Environment
Slightly Decrease Funding f) Homeland security
Slightly Decrease Funding g) International aid
Maintain Funding h) Law enforcement
Slightly Increase Funding i) Medical research
Maintain Funding j) National parks
Greatly Increase Funding k) Public health services
Slightly Decrease Funding l) Scientific research
Greatly Decrease Funding m) Space exploration programs
Slightly Increase Funding n) Transportation and highway infrastructure
Maintain o) Welfare
Greatly Increase Funding p) Other

Renewable energy production.

No Answer q) Other


Budgetary, Spending, and Tax Issues, Part 2: Defense Spending
Defense Spending
Using the key below, indicate what levels of federal funding you support for the following categories. Select one number per category.
Maintain Funding a) Armed Forces personnel training
Maintain Funding b) Intelligence operations
Maintain Funding c) Military hardware
Maintain Funding d) Modernization of weaponry and equipment
Slightly Decrease Funding e) National missile defense
Greatly Increase f) Pay for active duty personnel
Maintain Funding g) Programs to improve troop retention rates
Maintain Funding h) Research and development of new weapons
Slightly Increase Funding i) Troop and equipment readiness
No Answer j) Other
No Answer k) Other


Budgetary, Spending, and Tax Issues, Part 3: Taxes (A)
Taxes
Using the key below, indicate what levels you support regarding taxes, deductions, and tax credits in the following categories. Select one number per category.
Income Taxes:
Family Income
Eliminate a) Less than $25,000
Slightly Decrease b) $25,000-$75,000
Maintain c) $75,000-$150,000
Maintain d) Over $150,000
No Answer e) Other
Retiree Income
Eliminate f) Over $40,000
No Answer g) Other
Other Taxes:
Slightly Increase a) Alcohol taxes
Slightly Increase b) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increase c) Cigarette taxes
Slightly Increase d) Corporate taxes
Eliminate e) Gasoline taxes
Seeing as how we are eliminating fossil fuels. There will not be any gasoline to tax.
Eliminate f) Inheritance taxes
No Answer g) Other
Deductions/Credits:
Maintain Status a) Charitable contributions
Slightly Decrease b) Child tax credit
Slightly Decrease c) Earned income tax credit
Slightly Increase d) Medical expense deduction
Slightly Increase e) Mortgage deduction
Slightly Increase f) Student loan credit
No Answer g) Other


Budgetary, Spending, and Taxes, Part 3: Taxes (B)
No 4) Do you support permanent repeal of the federal estate tax?
Yes 5) Do you support eliminating taxes on dividends paid to individual investors?
Yes 6) Should a married couple filing jointly pay the same taxes as if they were an unmarried couple filing separately?
No Answer 7) Other or expanded principles


Campaign Finance and Government Reform Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding campaign finance and government reform.
  X a) Support public taxpayer funding for federal candidates who comply with campaign spending limits.
  X b) Eliminate publicly financed matching funds for presidential campaigns.
  c) Raise campaign spending limits for presidential candidates who wish to receive matching funds.
  d) Increase the amount individuals are permitted to contribute to federal campaigns.
  X e) Prohibit Political Action Committee (PAC) contributions to candidates for federal office.
  X f) Ban unregulated soft money campaign contributions to political parties or committees.
  X g) Ban ads paid for by soft money that support or attack a candidate for federal office.
  X h) Ban issue advocacy commercials by corporations, labor unions, and non-profit groups which appear within 60 days of a general election and within 30 days of a primary election.
i) Remove all contribution limits on federal campaigns and parties.
  X j) Require unions to give members the option of not having dues used for political purposes.
Yes k) Do you support instant run-off voting (IRV)?
No l) Should Election Day be a national holiday?
Hold elections on weekends to increase voting percentage.
Yes m) Should same-sex couples be allowed to form civil unions?
No n) Should marriage be restricted to a union only between a man and a woman?
 X o) Other or expanded principles
Homosexuals are people to. There life-style isn't a disease so we wont treat it like one. We fully support gay marriage as we see it as a constitutional right.


Crime Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding crime.
 X  a) Support the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
b) Eliminate the use of the death penalty for federal crimes.
   c) Impose "truth in sentencing" for violent criminals so they serve full sentences with no chance of parole.
 X d) Support programs to provide prison inmates with vocational and job-related skills and job-placement assistance when released.
 X e) Support programs to provide prison inmates with drug and alcohol addiction treatment.
  f) Increase funding for community policing programs.
 X g) Reduce prison sentences for those who commit non-violent crimes.
 X h) Support additional criminal penalties if a fetus is killed in the commission of a federal crime against a pregnant woman.
 X i) Require that crimes based on gender, sexual orientation, and disability be prosecuted as federal hate crimes.
j) Support programs that provide job training and placement services for at-risk youth.
 X  k) Impose stricter penalties for those convicted of white-collar crimes.
l) Enforcement of civil rights should primarily be the responsibility of the federal government.
 X m) Minors accused of a violent crime should be prosecuted as adults.
 X n) Other or expanded principles
To help stop crime in this country we must admit that we have lost the "War on Drugs". Most "crimes" that are commited in this day and age are drug related. If we begin to acknowledge drugs as a personal problem rather than a crime, you'll notice a steep decrease in crime.


Drug Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding drugs.
   a) Support mandatory jail sentences for selling illegal drugs.
b) Expand federally sponsored drug education and drug treatment programs.
 X c) Decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.
 X d) Allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes.
  e) Increase border security to stop the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S.
 X f) Eliminate federal funding for programs associated with the "war on drugs."
 X g) Other or expanded principles
We believe that drugs are a personal problem, not a crime. The centrist equality party proposes government regulating and taxing drugs. To think that 50,000,000,000$ a year is spent ont he war on drugs as drug problems continue to worsen. By taxing and regulating drugs, not only are we extending more freedom to the people, but we are putting a significant amount of cash back into the economy.


Education Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding education.
X a) Support national standards for and testing of public school students.
X b) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any public school.
c) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any private school.
d) Allow parents to use vouchers (equal opportunity scholarships) to send their children to any religious school.
e) Allow teachers and professionals to receive authorization and funding to establish charter schools.
X f) Increase funding for block grants to states to help them hire additional teachers.
X g) Support teacher testing and reward teachers with merit pay.
X h) Increase funding for school capital improvements (e.g. buildings, infrastructure, and technology).
X i) Eliminate restrictions on federal education funding, giving educators or local school districts more flexibility to design and to implement programs.
j) Support granting states limited control over Head Start programs.
k) Support changing the mission of Head Start to improving the math and reading skills of disadvantaged children.
l) Providing education is not a responsibility of the federal government.
m) Support affirmative action in public college admissions.
n) Increase funding of programs such as Pell grants and Stafford loans to help students pay for college.
o) Support federal tax incentives to help families save for college.
p) Other or expanded principles


Employment and Affirmative Action Issues
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding employment.
 X a) Increase funding for national job-training programs that re-train displaced workers or teach skills needed in today's job market.
b) Reduce government regulation of the private sector in order to encourage investment and economic expansion.
c) Provide tax credits or grants to businesses that offer employee child care services.
d) Encourage employers to offer flex-time scheduling, comp-time, and unpaid leave for family emergencies.
e) Eliminate all federal programs designed to reduce unemployment.
 X  f) Increase the federal minimum wage.
 X  g) Support the right of workers to strike without fear of being permanently replaced.
 X h) Allow workers to sell company stock and to diversify their company retirement funds into other investment options.
i) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding affirmative action.
a) The federal government should consider race and gender in government contracting decisions.
   b) The federal government should discontinue affirmative action programs.
c) The federal government should continue affirmative action programs.
d) Include sexual orientation in federal anti-discrimination laws.
 X e) Other or expanded principles
We believe that the people that truly need help with employment are the physically and mentally disabled. They are impaired from recieving an education that will help them for the future. We suggest we institute quotas for the physically and mentally challenged and elimination of all other quotas.


Environment and Energy Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the environment and energy.
 X a) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Water Act.
 X b) Strengthen the regulation and enforcement of the Clean Air Act.
c) Require states to compensate citizens when environmental regulations limit uses of privately-owned land.
 X d) Exempt the military from some environmental regulations.
e) Relax logging restrictions on federal lands.
f) Relax standards on federal lands to allow increased recreational usage.
   g) Support increased development of traditional energy resources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil).
 X h) Strengthen emission controls and fuel efficiency standards on all gasoline and diesel-powered engines, including cars, trucks, and sport utility vehicles.
   i) Support opening a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil exploration.
 X  j) Encourage further development and use of alternative fuels to reduce pollution.
Solar and Hydrogen based renewable energies.
k) Support use of ethanol as an alternative fuel.
  l) Allow energy producers to trade pollution credits.
 X m) Support the U.S. re-entering the Kyoto treaty process to limit global warming.
 X n) Other or expanded principles
The continued use of fossil fuels are going to be the true death of this planet. We have the power of hydrogen at our fingertips yet we ignore it. We support a large increase in the funding of alternative fuels. Earth is in grave danger, its time we protect it.


Gun Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding guns.
a) Renew the ban on the sale or transfer of semi-automatic guns, except those used for hunting.
b) Maintain the current level of enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
c) Strengthen the enforcement of existing federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
d) Ease federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
   e) Repeal federal restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns.
   f) Allow citizens to carry concealed guns.
g) Require manufacturers to provide child-safety locks on guns.
h) Require background checks on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows.
 X i) Require a license for gun possession.
j) Establish a national database of ballistic "fingerprints" to track guns used in criminal activities.
k) Support legislation that would protect manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers of firearms from civil lawsuits by crime victims.
X l) Other or expanded principles
We believe that gun control is a state issue as certain areas require more gun control than others. However we believe that a liscense is necessary to limit gun deaths to as low as possible.


Health Issues
 
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding health care.
   a) Providing health care is not a responsibility of the federal government.
 X b) Implement a universal health care program to guarantee coverage to all Americans regardless of income.
 X  c) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes appeal mechanisms when claims are denied.
 X  d) Support a Patient's Bill of Rights which includes the right to sue when claims are denied.
e) Expand eligibility for tax-free medical savings accounts.
f) Establish limits on the amount of punitive damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.
 X  g) Support prescription drug coverage under Medicare.
h) Support prescription drug coverage under private managed care plans.
i) Offer tax credits to individuals and small businesses to offset the cost of insurance coverage.
j) Support automatic enrollment of children in federal health care programs such as CHIP and Medicaid.
 X  k) Allow 55-65 year-olds to buy into Medicare.
l) Support stem cell research on existing lines of stem cells.
m) Allow laboratories to create lines of stem cells for additional research.
n) Other or expanded principles


Immigration Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding immigration.
   a) Decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country.
   b) Establish English as the official national language.
c) Increase the number of visas issued for agricultural workers.
 X d) Relax restrictions barring legal immigrants from using social programs (e.g. public housing, food stamps).
e) Support amnesty for certain illegal immigrants who already reside in the United States.
f) Support the detention of asylum seekers from countries known to sponsor terrorism.
X g) Other or expanded principles
The centrist equality party fully encourages immigration. However immigration laws must be obeyed. Illegal immigrants (as the title implys) are commiting a crime. We must learn to protect our boarders. Illegal immigration is a crime, ignoring it is a worse crime.


International Aid, International Policy, and Trade Issues, Part 1: International Aid
International Aid
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding U.S. economic assistance.
 X a) Aid should be granted to countries when extraordinary circumstances cause disaster and threaten civilian lives.
b) Aid should be granted to countries when it is in the security interests of the U.S.
  c) Aid should be eliminated for any nation with documented human rights abuses.
   d) Aid programs should be scaled back and eventually eliminated.
 X e) Other or expanded principles
The centrist equality party believes that countries need to learn to look out for themselves, international aid only in extreme cases.


International Aid, International Policy, and Trade Issues, Part 2: International Policy
International Policy
1) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the Middle East.
No a) Should the United States continue to provide leadership in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?
Yes b) Should the United States support the creation of a Palestinian state?
No c) Should the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq?
Finish war, but look to be much more efficent in fighting it.
d) Discuss your proposals for the reconstruction of Iraq. What funding sources would you use to implement these proposals? (100 words or less. Please use an attached page if the space below is not adequate.)
We support full payment of the damages we have caused. However we leave the actual reconstruction and recources for reconstruction to Iraq.
No Answer e) Other or expanded principles
2) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Central and East Asia.
No a) Should the U.S. use diplomatic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
No b) Should the U.S. use economic pressure to encourage North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program?
No c) Should the U.S. use military force to destroy the North Korean nuclear weapons program?
No d) Should the U.S. remove the North Korean government from power?

Its time that America learns that that we don't own the world. People talk about wanting peace, however they see it necessary to try and change peoples life-styles and governments. Let countries be and run life how they see fit if you want REAL peace.

No e) Should the U.S. increase financial support to Afghanistan?
No f) Should the U.S. increase military support to Afghanistan?
Yes g) Other or expanded principles
North Korea ahould be allowed to have weapons if they see fit. Only if they attack us do we pressure them to disarm.
3) Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding the United Nations.
No a) Should the U.S. increase participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions?
No b) Should the U.S. commit military troops to United Nations peacekeeping missions?
No c) Should the U.S. withdraw completely from the United Nations?
No Answer d) Other or expanded principles
No 4) Should the U.S. have full diplomatic relations with Cuba?
No 5) Should the U.S increase its financial support to Colombia to combat "the War on Drugs"?
No 6) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention programs fund abstinence education and distribution of contraceptives?
No 7) Should aid to African nations for AIDS prevention fund abstinence education only?
No Answer 8) Other or expanded principles


International Aid, International Policy, and Trade Issues, Part 3: International Trade
International Trade
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding international trade.
No 1) Do you support the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)?
Supports re-negotiation.
Yes 2) Do you support the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)?
No 3) Do you support continued U.S. membership in the World Trade Organization (WTO)?
No 4) Should a nation's human rights record affect its normal trade relations (most favored nation) status with the United States?
No 5) Do you support the trade embargo against Cuba?
Yes 6) Should trade agreements include provisions to protect workers' rights and to address environmental concerns?
No Answer 7) Other or expanded principles


National Security Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding national security.
No a) Do you support using military tribunals to try suspected terrorists when ordinary civil courts are deemed inappropriate or impractical?
No b) Should the U.S. adopt stricter rules for student visa applications from nations known to sponsor terrorism?
No c) Should the U.S. grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?
No d) Should the U.S. hold foreign states accountable for terrorists who operate in their country?
No e) Should the federal government increase funding to states and cities for homeland security?
No f) Do you support a policy of pre-emptive strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to national security?
No Answer g) Other or expanded principles


Social Security Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding Social Security.
 X a) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts which they manage themselves.
b) Allow workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax in private accounts managed by private firms contracted by the government.
 X c) Invest a portion of Social Security's assets collectively in stocks and bonds instead of U.S. Treasury securities.
d) Increase the payroll tax to better finance Social Security in its current form.
 X e) Lower Social Security's annual cost-of-living increases.
f) Raise the retirement age for when individuals are eligible to receive full Social Security benefits.
g) Other of expanded principles


Technology and Communication Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding technology and communication.
No a) Collect taxes on commercial Internet transactions.
No b) Continue the moratorium on Internet taxation.
No c) Implement regulation of Internet content.
No d) Support government mandates to curtail violent and sexual content on television.
 X e) Support strict penalties for Internet crimes such as hacking.
In this day and age, people live their life and manage 80% of their buisness on the internet. We believe that hacking is as good as stealing or vandalism.
f) Support legislation to detail how personal information can be collected and used on the Internet.
 X  g) Regulating the Internet is not a responsibility of the federal government.
h) Impose regulations on "spam" emails.
i) Other or expanded principles


Welfare and Poverty Issues
Indicate which principles you support (if any) regarding welfare and poverty.
 X  a) Require welfare recipients to spend at least 40 hours a week in a combination of work and training programs.
 X b) Increase funding for child care programs.
c) Continue to give states and local governments flexibility in and responsibility for welfare programs through federal block grants.
d) Direct federal poverty aid through religious, community-based, or other non-profit organizations.
   e) Abolish all federal welfare programs.
 X f) Support housing assistance for low-income families.
g) Support funding for programs to promote marriage.
h) Other or expanded principles


Presidential Priorities

Explain in a total of 200 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected President of the United States. If these priorities require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

1) We still fully support the removal of religious bias, and ANY government funding of any bias social activity. We believe that any law dictated by "god" is unfair and that if people want god to make our decisions..they can elect him president!

2) We now fully support the legalization of drugs and any other commodities related to "victimless crimes". 50,000,000,000$ a year is spent on the war on drugs, when we could be taxing and regulating it to help put money back into the economy. We see the "war on drugs", as a war on freedom.

3) Finally we still fully support the use of renewable energy and the complete removal of fossil fuels from our economy and eviornment.

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