Thursday, October 7, 2010

What Kind of Representation Do You Want?

As you go to the polls this election, I have one question you might want to ponder:  "What kind of representation do you want?"

You might be saying, "huh"?  But, that's one important consideration  you need to make before you make your ballot choices.  For example, do you want your representative to listen to his/her constituents and then vote in Congress based on how the majority of those constituents believe he/she should vote?  Or, do you want to elect a representative who will vote the way he/she believes things should be regardless of how a majority of constituents might desire him/her to vote?

If your answer is YES to the first question, then you should be supporting Senator Reid.  If you answered YES to the second question, you are apparently supporting Ms. Angle.

Given Ms. Angle's voting record in the Nevada Assembly, it's quite apparent that she is pretty much incapable of any form of compromise.  It's her or the highway as evidenced by a wide consensus that votes during her tenure in the NV Assembly were called "41-to-Angle" votes.  So, if your wishes differ from hers, chances are that she'll vote her personal views regardless of what you or any other constituent might prefer for her to support.  After all, in her opinion, you elected her to represent you and therefore, she'll vote as she sees fit based on her values and opinions about whatever is brought to the floor for a vote.

And, given her propensity to only allow interviews by sympathetic news organizations (FOX), it's highly unlikely she will listen to concerns by any constituent who doesn't espouse an identical view to hers.  Don't bother to waste the ink to pen a letter, and don't work yourself into carpal tunnel syndrome sitting at your keyboard sending one email after another to a Senator who will be blind to your perspective for anything she might disapprove of.

If you don't know where each candidate stands on issues of importance, this should be of some help in figuring out who you want to represent you and your views of the world over the next 6 year term.


Issue/Policy

Angle

Reid

Social Policy: Abortion; Contraception; Same-Sex Marriage

• Supports a ban on same-sex marriages.
• Pro-life, opposing abortion for any reason.
• Abortion is the taking of a human life. 8/2010)
• All human life is precious. (7/2010)
• Worked on Constitutional Protection of Marriage Act. (7/2010)
• Would support a constitutional amendment to define marriage as only between a man and woman.
• Endorsed by Family PAC Federal, Phyllis Schlafly, and Concerned Women of America

• Voted NO on restricting UN funding for population control policies. (3/2009)
• Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (3/2008)
• Voted YES on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (3/2008)
• Voted NO on barring HHS grants to organizations that perform abortions. (10/2007)
• Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (4/2007)
• Voted YES on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (7/2006)
• Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (7/2005)
• Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (3/2004)
• Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (3/2003)
• Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (J6/2000)
• Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (10/1999)
• Rated 29% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (12/2003)
• Expand embryonic stem cell research. (6/2004)
• Sponsored bill providing contraceptives for low-income women. (5/2006)
• Rated 50% by the NRLC, indicating a mixed record on abortion. (12/2006)
• Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (2/2007)
• Sponsored bill allowing emergency contraception. (1/2009)
• Voted NO on killing restrictions on violent videos to minors. (5/1999)
• Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (12/2006)

Budget/Economy

• Demand a Balanced Budget amendment. 7/2010)
• Limit federal spending growth to per-capita inflation rate. (7/2010)
• Supports/defends Right to Work laws
• Supports a "balanced budget" amendment to the Constitution
• Dismantle Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae
• Supports a constitutional amendment to restrain spending to no more than 20% of GDP (except during a declared war), plus a 2/3 vote of both houses
• Maintain the mining laws and provide access to public lands.

• Bush’s deficit is a ‘birth tax’ of $36,000 on every child. (2/2005)
• Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (7/2009)
• Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (5/2009)
• Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (2/2009)
• Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (9/2008)
• Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (3/2007)
• Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (12/2005)
• Voted NO on prioritizing national debt reduction below tax cuts. (4/2000)
• Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (2/2008)
• More enforcement of mortgage fraud and TARP fraud. (5/2009)

Civil Rights

• No same-sex marriage (8/2010)
• No gay adoption. (8/2010)
• Supports ban on same-sex marriages.
• Opposes adding "sexual orientation" as a protected minority under existing civil rights laws
• Believes clergymen should have the right to express view from the pulpit on legislative issues

• Voted YES on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (6/2006)
• Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (6/2006)
• Voted YES on adding sexual orientation to definition of hate crimes. 6/2002)
• Voted YES on loosening restrictions on cell phone wiretapping. (10/2001)
• Voted YES on expanding hate crimes to include sexual orientation. (6/2000)
• Voted YES on setting aside 10% of highway funds for minorities & women. (3/1998)
• Voted NO on ending special funding for minority & women-owned business. (10/1997)
• Voted YES on prohibiting same-sex marriage. (9/1996)
• Voted YES on prohibiting job discrimination by sexual orientation. (9/1996)
• Voted YES on Amendment to prohibit flag burning. (12/1995)
• Voted NO on banning affirmative action hiring with federal funds. (7/1995)
• Supports anti-flag desecration amendment. (3/2001)
• Rated 40% by the ACLU, indicating a mixed civil rights voting record. (12/2002)
• Rated 67% by the HRC, indicating a mixed record on gay rights. (12/2006)
• Rated 96% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (12/2006)

Corporations

• Businesses need to be liberated from over-regulation and taxation

• Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (3/2005)
• Voted YES on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (3/2005)
• Voted YES on restricting rules on personal bankruptcy. (7/2001)

Crime

• Supports death penalty. (8/2010)
• Require prisoners to serve full sentences. (8/2010)

• Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (3/2007)
• Voted YES on $1.15 billion per year to continue the COPS program. (5/1999)
• Voted YES to limit death penalty appeals. (4/1996)
• Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards. (3/1996)
• Voted YES to restrict class-action lawsuits. (12/1995)
• Voted YES to repeal federal speed limits. (6/1995)
• Voted NO on mandatory prison terms for crimes involving firearms. (5/1994)
• Voted YES on rejecting racial statistics in death penalty appeals. (5/1994)
• Rated 50% by CURE, indicating mixed votes on rehabilitation. (12/2000)
• More funding and stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (4/2001)
• Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (1/2007)

Drugs/Alcohol
• Opposes decriminalization. (8/2010)
• No legal marijuana; limit legal alcohol too. (6/2010)

• Voted NO on increasing penalties for drug offenses. (11/1999)
• Voted NO on spending international development funds on drug control. (7/1996)
• Federal grants to Indian tribes to fight methamphetamine. (12/2006)
• Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (9/2007)

Education

• Let students and teachers acknowledge God. (Aug 2010)
• Vouchers to allow choice of private, religious & home-school. (Aug 2010)
• Decisions are best made by local teachers & parents. (Jul 2010)
• Believes the Federal Department of Education should be eliminated because it is unconstitutional
• Eliminate No Child Left Behind
• Believes that parents should have alternative choices and advocates for home school, vouchers and charter schools.
• Endorsed by Nevada Home School Network

• Voted YES on additional $10.2B for federal education & HHS projects. (10/2007)
• Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (10/2005)
• Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (10/2005)
• Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (3/2005)
• Voted YES on funding smaller classes instead of private tutors. (5/2001)
• Voted YES on funding student testing instead of private tutors. (5/2001)
• Voted YES on spending $448B of tax cut on education & debt reduction. (4/2001)
• Voted NO on Educational Savings Accounts. (3/2000)
• Voted NO on allowing more flexibility in federal school rules. (3/1999)
• Voted NO on education savings accounts. 6/1998)
• Voted NO on school vouchers in DC. (9/1997)
• Voted NO on $75M for abstinence education. (7/1996)
• Voted NO on requiring schools to allow voluntary prayer. (7/1994)
• Voted YES on national education standards. (2/1994)
• Rated 91% by the NEA, indicating pro-public education votes. (12/2003)

Energy & Oil

• Build our vast domestic coal and natural gas resources. (7/2010)
• Ending offshore drilling due to BP is an over-reaction. (7/2010)
• Cap-and-trade has no impact on global temperatures. (7/2010)
• Explore proven energy reserves & keep energy prices low. (7/2010)
• Would vote NO on cap/trade
• Promote Nevada, as the nuclear energy capital of reprocessing spent fuels for the United States.
• Invite scientists to do research and development in a secure test site environment as well as mentoring students who would come to UNR and UNLV to study under these great minds.
• Introduce and shepherd legislation that would remove the prohibitions on reprocessing in the United States, as well as, the executive order agreement with France, which prohibits reprocessing in the US and has strangled domestic reprocessing.
• Store and reprocess nuclear spent fuels at Yucca Mountain. Use those reprocessed fuels to fire nuclear power plants on site at Yucca.
• Educate Nevadans and Americans, on the safe transportation of nuclear spent fuels since 1954 over 400 million miles without an accident.
• Supported the three coal fired plants in Ely
• Would repeal regulations that prohibit drilling off-shore and in ANWR
• Would support elimination of the Department of Energy

• More energy efficiency, no drilling in ANWR. (5/2001)
• Voted NO on protecting middle-income taxpayers from a national energy tax. (4/2009)
• Voted NO on requiring full Senate debate and vote on cap-and-trade. (4/2009)
• Voted NO on tax incentives for energy production and conservation. (6/2008)
• Voted YES on addressing CO2 emissions without considering India & China. (5/2008)
• Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (6/2007)
• Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (6/2007)
• Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (5/2007)
• Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (11/2005)
• Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (10/2005)
• Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (6/2005)
• Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (3/2005)
• Voted YES on Bush Administration Energy Policy. (7/2003)
• Voted YES on targeting 100,000 hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2010. (6/2003)
• Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (3/2003)
• Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (4/2002)
• Voted NO on terminating CAFE standards within 15 months. (3/2002)
• Voted NO on preserving budget for ANWR oil drilling. (4/2000)
• Voted YES on ending discussion of CAFE fuel efficiency standards. (9/1999)
• Voted YES on defunding renewable and solar energy. (6/1999)
• Voted NO on approving a nuclear waste repository. (4/1997)
• Voted YES on do not require ethanol in gasoline. (8/ 1994)
• Keep efficient air conditioner rule to conserve energy. (3/2004)
• Rated 100% by CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (12/ 2006)

Environment

• Believes the EPA should be eliminated
• Does not believe in anthropogenic or man-made global warming and instead believes "there is no sound science to back that up."

• Voted YES on $2 billion more for Cash for Clunkers program. (8/2009)
• Voted NO on prohibiting eminent domain for use as parks or grazing land. (12/2007)
• Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (9/2005)
• Voted YES on confirming Gale Norton as Secretary of Interior. (1/2001)
• Voted NO on more funding for forest roads and fish habitat. (9/1999)
• Voted NO on transportation demo projects. (3/1998)
• Voted YES on reducing funds for road-building in National Forests. (9/1997)
• Voted YES on continuing desert protection in California. (10/1994)
• Voted YES on requiring EPA risk assessments. (5/1994)
• Reduce liability for hazardous waste cleanup. (5/2001)
• Rated 84% by the LCV, indicating pro-environment votes. (12/2003)
• EPA must do better on mercury clean-up. (4/2004)

Foreign Policy

• Withdraw from UN

• Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (10/2008)
• Voted YES on enlarging NATO to include Eastern Europe. (5/2002)
• Voted YES on killing a bill for trade sanctions if China sells weapons. (9/2000)
• Voted NO on cap foreign aid at only $12.7 billion. (10/1999)
• Voted YES on limiting the President's power to impose economic sanctions. (7/1998)
• Voted YES on limiting NATO expansion to only Poland, Hungary & Czech. (4/1998)
• Voted YES on $17.9B to IMF. (3/1998)
• Voted YES on Strengthening of the trade embargo against Cuba. (3/1996)
• Voted YES on ending Vietnam embargo. (1/1994)
• Acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of the early 1900s. (3/2007)
• Condemn violence by Chinese government in Tibet. (4/2008)
• Condemn Iran for state-sponsored persecution of Baha'i. (2/2009)
• Pressure friendly Arab states to end Israeli boycott. (10/2007)

Free Trade

• No official statements available

• Voted NO on promoting free trade with Peru. (12/2007)
• Voted NO on free trade agreement with Oman. (7/2006)
• Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (7/2005)
• Voted NO on establishing free trade between US & Singapore. (7/2003)
• Voted NO on establishing free trade between the US and Chile. (7/2003)
• Voted NO on extending free trade to Andean nations. (5/2002)
• Voted YES on granting normal trade relations status to Vietnam. (10/2001)
• Voted YES on removing common goods from national security export rules. (9/2001)
• Voted NO on permanent normal trade relations with China. (9/2000)
• Voted NO on expanding trade to the third world. (5/2000)
• Voted NO on renewing 'fast track' presidential trade authority. (11/1997)
• Voted YES on imposing trade sanctions on Japan for closed market. (5/1995)
• Rated 17% by CATO, indicating a pro-fair trade voting record. (12/2002)
• Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (6/2007)

Govt Reform

• Close loopholes in campaign finance system. (7/2010)
• Repeal any federal health care takeover. (8/2010)
• Identify constitutionality in every new congressional bill. (7/010)
• Audit federal agencies, to reform or eliminate them. (7/2010)
• Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balanced. (7/2010)
• Supports a 'single subject' rule for all legislation
• Require a supermajority (2/3 vote) requirement for passing tax/spending increases
• Place a restriction on spending growth to population growth plus inflation
• Endorsed by Declaration Alliance PAC

• Voted YES on Congressional pay raise. (7/2009)
• Voted YES on providing a US House seat for the District of Columbia. (2/2009)
• Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (9/2007)
• Voted NO on requiring photo ID to vote in federal elections. (7/2007)
• Voted YES on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (3/2006)
• Voted NO on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (3/2006)
• Voted YES on banning "soft money" contributions and restricting issue ads. (3/2002)
• Voted YES on banning campaign donations from unions & corporations. (4/2001)
• Voted YES on funding for National Endowment for the Arts. (8/1999)
• Voted YES on favoring 1997 McCain-Feingold overhaul of campaign finance. (10/1997)
• Voted NO on Approving the presidential line-item veto. (3/1996)
• Voted NO on banning more types of Congressional gifts. (7/1995)
• Reject photo ID requirements for voting. (9/2005)
• Sponsored bill repealing automatic Congressional pay raises. (1/2009)

Gun Control

• Supports second amendment rights. (7/2010)
• Individual constitutionally protected right to bear arms. (7/2010)

• Voted YES on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains. (4/2009)
• Voted YES on prohibiting foreign & UN aid that restricts US gun ownership. (9/2007)
• Voted YES on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers.( 7/2005)
• Voted NO on banning lawsuits against gun manufacturers for gun violence. (5/2004)
• Voted YES on background checks at gun shows. (5/1999)
• Voted NO on more penalties for gun & drug violations. (5/1999)
• Voted NO on loosening license & background checks at gun shows. (5/1999)
• Voted YES on maintaining current law: guns sold without trigger locks. (7/1998)

Health Care

• Replace Obamacare mandates with tort reform & client pools. (7/2010)
• Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market (both 'Obamacare' and Medicare). (7/2010)
• Repeal any federal health care takeover. (7/2010)
• No mandates for Insurance companies to cover autism, mammograms or colonoscopies
• Elimination of coverage mandates
• TRICARE for the military must be protected from attacks that dilute quality of care and increase costs.
• Would support privatizing the VA
• Believes solution for health care
• Expanded client pools
• Tort reform
• Purchasing insurance across state lines
• Tax credited health savings accounts

• Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (6/2009)
• Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (1/2009)
• Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (7/2008)
• Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (3/2008)
• Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (2/2008)
• Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (11/2007)
• Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (4/2007)
• Voted NO on limiting medical liability lawsuits to $250,000. (5/2006)
• Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (2/2006)
• Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (11/2005)
• Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (3/2005)
• Voted YES on $40 billion/year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (6/ 2003)
• Voted YES on allowing re-importation of Rx drugs from Canada. (7/2002)
• Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (6/2001)
• Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (4/2001)
• Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (6/2000)
• Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (7/1999)
• Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
• Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (6/1997)
• Voted YES on blocking medical savings accts. (4/1996)
• Invest funds to alleviate the nursing shortage. (4/2001)
• Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (5/2003)
• Rated 88% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (12/2003)
• Establish a national childhood cancer database. (3/2007)
• Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (4/2008)

Homeland Security

• Maintain strong defense against terrorist & foreign threats. (8/2010)
• Staunch supporter of strong sanctions against rogue nations. (7/2010)
• Supports a military force of superior strength and readiness to deter all threats to America's national security.
• Equip the military with the best possible weapons and intelligence
• U.N. is ineffective and costly, and threatens U.S. sovereignty. U.S. should withdraw from the U.N.
• Israel's sovereignty, stability and security are in the best interests of the United States, especially when dealing with radical Islamic terrorism.
• U.S. must always promote freedom

• Voted NO on cutting $221M in benefits to Filipinos who served in WWII US Army. (4/2008)
• Voted YES on requiring FISA court warrant to monitor US-to-foreign calls. (2/2008)
• Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (8/2007)
• Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (7/2007)
• Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (3/2007)
• Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (9/2006)
• Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (9/2006)
• Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
• Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (12/2005)
• Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (7/2005)
• Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (3/2005)
• Voted YES on adopting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. (10/1999)
• Voted YES on allowing another round of military base closures. (5/1999)
• Voted NO on cutting nuclear weapons below START levels. (5/1999)
• Voted YES on deploying National Missile Defense ASAP. (3/1999)
• Voted YES on military pay raise of 4.8%. (2/1999)
• Voted NO on prohibiting same-sex basic training. (6/1998)
• Voted YES on favoring 36 vetoed military projects. (10/1997)
• Voted YES on banning chemical weapons. (4/1997)
• Voted NO on considering deploying NMD, and amending ABM Treaty. (6/1996)
• Voted YES on 1996 Defense Appropriations. (9/1995)
• Federalize aviation security. (11/2001)
• Rated 100% by SANE, indicating a pro-peace voting record. (12/2003)
• Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (6/2006)
• Establish global strategy to defeat al Qaeda. (2/2008)

Immigration

• Secure our borders & enforce the law. (7/2010)
• Supports an intensive physical presence on borders, including military assistance to help the Border Patrol do its job effectively.
• Opposes amnesty proposals
• Eliminate access to benefits for non-citizens and anyone living in the U.S. illegally.
• Voted against the Millennium Scholarship because it allowed non-citizens to receive, taxpayer subsidized, college tuition
• Supports the AZ immigration law
• Supports a requirement for voters to show identification before they can cast ballots.
• Endorsed by Minuteman PAC.

• Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (3/2008)
• Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (6/2007)
• Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (6/2007)
• Voted YES on eliminating the "Y" non-immigrant guest-worker program. (5/2007)
• Voted NO on building a fence along the Mexican border. (9/2006)
• Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (5/2006)
• Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (5/2006)
• Voted YES on allowing more foreign workers into the US for farm work. (7/1998)
• Voted YES on visas for skilled workers. (5/ 1998)
• Voted NO on limit welfare for immigrants. (6/1997)
• Rated 0% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (12/2006)

Jobs

• Not her job to create jobs

• Voted YES on extending unemployment benefits from 39 weeks to 59 weeks. (11/2008)
• Voted YES on overriding presidential veto of Farm Bill. (6/2008)
• Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (3/2008)
• Voted YES on limiting farm subsidies to people earning under $750,000. (12/2007)
• Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (6/2007)
• Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (2/2007)
• Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (3/2005)
• Voted NO on repealing Clinton's ergonomic rules on repetitive stress. (3/2001)
• Voted NO on killing an increase in the minimum wage. (11/1999)
• Voted NO on allowing workers to choose between overtime & comp-time. (5/1997)
• Voted NO on replacing farm price supports. (2/1996)
• Protect overtime pay protections. (6/2003)
• Rated 100% by AFL-CIO, indicating a pro-union voting record. (12/2003)
• Allow an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
• Form unions by card-check instead of secret ballot. (3/2009)
• Ban discriminatory compensation; allow 2 years to sue. (1/2009)
• Stronger enforcement against gender-based pay discrimination. (1/2009)

Social Security

• End social security as it is today and privatize it
• Redeem promised IOUs with a lockbox & personal accounts. (7/2010)
• "We must keep the promise of Social Security by redeeming the "IOU's" that have been written to the Social Security Trust Fund and then putting that money in a lock box that cannot ever be raided again by Washington politicians. The only way we pay for it is by cutting spending. We should also create personalized accounts for the next generation that cannot be raided. "

• Bush’s plan guarantees a 40% benefit cut. (2/2005)
• Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (3/2007)
• Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt. (4/1999)
• Voted NO on allowing Roth IRAs for retirees. (5/1998)
• Voted NO on allowing personal retirement accounts. (4/1998)
• Voted NO on deducting Social Security payments on income taxes. (5/1996)
• Rated 90% by the ARA, indicating a pro-senior voting record. (12/2003)

• Welfare & Poverty

• No official statements available

• Voted YES on instituting National Service as a new social invention. (3/2009)
• Voted YES on welfare block grants. (8/1996)
• Voted YES on eliminating block grants for food stamps. (7/1996)
• Voted NO on allowing state welfare waivers. (7/1996)
• Voted YES on welfare overhaul. (9/1995)
• Tax credits to promite home ownership in distressed areas. (4/2003)

Judiciary

• No official statements available

• Voted YES on confirming of Sonia Sotomayor to Supreme Court. (8/2009)
• Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (1/2006)
• Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (9/2005)

Tax Reform

Will introduce bill to:
• Cut back on spending, taxation and regulation
• Defund ObamaCare
• Audit the "Fed" (Federal Reserve)
• Supports a simplification of tax systems and would abolish the 67,000-pages of IRS code
• Supports tax reform that leads to a simpler, fairer, flatter tax system.
• Make the capital gains and death tax cuts permanent
• Sharron Angle, singularly, led the fight in the NV Legislature and in the courts to stop NV's 2003 tax increase
• Pay back the deficit



(Deficit = Revenue-Expenses, thus you can't pay back a deficit, you merely operate with red ink. You can, however, pay down the National debt.)

• Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (3/2008)
• Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (3/2008)
• Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (2/2008)
• Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (3/2007)
• Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (3/2007)
• Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (8/2006)
• Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (6/2006)
• Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (2/2006)
• Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (2/2006)
• Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (11/2005)
• Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (5/2003)
• Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (5/2001)
• Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (5/2001)
• Voted NO on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (7/2000)
• Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (10/1999)
• Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (4/1998)
• Rated 17% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (12/2003)
• Rated 80% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (12/2006)

Campaign Finance Reform

• Believes that campaign finance limitations must come from the candidates themselves
• Supports a campaign law that requires immediate disclosure, of large contributions, via the internet.
• Endorsed by Citizens United