Who Should I Vote For In The 2008 Election?

This quiz is designed for the user to be able to discover which candidate they side with on issues pertaining to the United States and its policy abroad.

There is no need to vote along party lines in today's world but to vote with knowledge about which candidate you truly side with on the issues of the the US.

Created by: John Doe
1. What is your age?
Under 18 Years Old
18 to 24 Years Old
25 to 30 Years Old
31 to 40 Years Old
41 to 50 Years Old
51 to 60 Years Old
Over 60 Years Old
2. What is your gender?
3. How to deal with Gas Prices?
ELIMINATE the 18.4-cents-a-gallon federal gas tax during the summer thereby lowering prices, LIFT the 54-cents-a-gallon tariff on imported ethanol lowering gas prices, ELIMINATE a current tax break for oil companies, but lower corporate taxes across the board.
KEEP gas tax in place thereby maintaining or raising gas prices, KEEP ethanol tariff to protect domestic industry thereby maintaining or raising gas prices, TAX oil profits which maintains or raises gas prices and use the money to expand programs that help low-income people with energy bills
I'm not sure.
4. How to deal with Driving?
DOUBLE fuel economy standards within 18 years while maintaining current flexibility, PROVIDE retooling credits to help domestic manufacturers switch to more fuel-efficient cars, MANDATE all new cars be flex-fuel capable, LIFT 60,000 vehicle-per-manufacturer cap on hybrid tax credits, LEVEL employer commuting assistance for driving and public transit.
RAISE penalties car companies pay for violating Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, OFFER $5,000 tax credit for every customer who buys a zero-emission car, SPEED introduction of "flex-fuel vehicles" that can run on ethanol blends and gasoline, REMOVE or reduce tariffs on imported ethanol, AWARD $300 million prize to the company that can produce a plug-in hybrid battery technology at 30% of current costs, allowing commercial development of plug-in hybrid cars.
I'm not sure.
5. How to deal with energy security?
USE mix of free market, government incentives and a lower corporate tax rate to foster renewable energy, LIFT ban on offshore drilling which would allow America to drill off its coast and CONSIDER drilling in ANWR if it was totally environmentally safe thereby lowering gas prices, EXPAND nuclear power production
INVEST $150 billion in renewable energy over the next 10 years, KEEP ban on offshore drilling and RESTRICTING drilling in ANWR thereby maintaining current gas prices or raising them, REQUIRE utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources.
I'm not sure.
6. How to tax wealth?
PRESERVE the 15% tax rate on carried interest - the cut private equity and hedge fund managers take when the funds they manage make a profit, INCREASE the amount of money exempt from the estate tax to $5 million, REDUCE the top estate tax rate to 15% from 55% - where it otherwise will be in 2011 under current law, KEEP capital gains and dividend tax rates where they are.
TAX carried interest as ordinary income rather than as an investment gain, thereby subjecting it to much higher tax rates than 15%, FREEZE the exemption amount of estate tax at $3.5 million -- where it will be in 2009, FREEZE top estate tax rate at 45%, RAISE capital gains and dividend tax rates to at least 20% but under 28% for high-income investors.
Layman's terms: LOWER or MAINTAIN Taxes
Layman's terms: RAISE or MAINTAIN Taxes
I'm not sure.
7. How to deal with Housing?
ALLOW troubled homeowners to refinance to a loan insured by the Federal Housing Administration, ALLOW subprime borrowers to challenge foreclosure proceedings if they've been subjected to abusive lending practices, CREATE a 10% tax credit for homeowners who do not itemize their taxes.
GIVE homeowners the chance to have their loan modified, provided they meet certain criteria, OFFER of financial assistance to borrowers contingent upon lending reform, PROVIDE more funding for community development groups so they can expand their home rescue efforts.
I'm not sure.
8. How to deal with Mortgage Fraud?
ESTABLISH new federal criminal penalties for mortgage professionals found guilty of fraud, REQUIRE lending professionals to report suspicious or fraudulent activity, ESTBALISH a database of censured or debarred mortgage professionals, so borrowers can easily check the credentials of lenders.
CREATE a Justice Department task force that punishes individuals or firms that defrauded innocent homeowners or forged loan application documents, TASK FORCE would also assist state attorneys general investigating abusive lending practices, IMPROVE transparency in the lending process so that borrowers know exactly what they are agreeing to.
I'm not sure.
9. How to deal with Social Security?
Supplement Social Security benefits with individual investment accounts, Prefers slowing the growth in benefits to raising taxes.""You have to go to the American people and say...we won't raise your taxes. We need personal savings accounts, but we got to fix this system."
Opposed to individual investment accounts, "We will not privatize Social Security, we will not raise the retirement age"
I'm not sure.
10. How to deal with Personal Taxes?
MAKE 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent for everyone, PERMANENTLY REDUCE the reach of Alternative Minimum Tax, the so-called "wealth tax" that threatens the middle class.
TAKE tax cuts from couples making 250,000 or more and single files making more than $200,000 but leaving tax cuts for the rest, INTRODUCE new tax breaks for lower and middle-income households.
I'm not sure.
11. How to deal with Business Taxes?
REDUCE corporate tax rate to 25% from 35%, MAKE R&D credit permanent, but change formula, REPEAL several oil company tax breaks, ACCELERATE business expense deductions, BROADEN corporate base.
MAKE R&D credit permanent, ELIMINATE capital gains tax for start-ups, MAKE renewable production credit permanent, IMPOSE windfall profits tax on oil and gas companies thereby raising gas prices, REQUIRE companies to verify transactions that have benefits other than their tax benefits.
I'm not sure.
12. How to deal with Health Care?
FAVORS tax credits of up to $5,000 for families that get health insurance, OFFER refundable tax credit for anyone who buys health insurance, CREATE a federally subsidized state-administered program to offer coverage for low-income people.
Create a national network of public and private plans for those without other access to insurance thereby raising taxes, Require employers to either offer a plan, help pay for employee costs or pay into a national health care network.
I'm not sure.
13. How to deal with Savings?
Require companies to automatically enroll their employees in retirement plans, Provide a federally funded match on retirement savings for families earning below $75,000 thereby raising taxes.
Require companies to automatically enroll their employees in retirement plans they offer. Encourage saving by keeping investment taxes low.
I'm not sure.
14. How to deal with Free Trade?
WORK to renegotiate NAFTA, the free trade agreement with Canada and Mexico, OPPOSE the free trade agreements with South Korea and Colombia, USE trade agreements to spread good labor and environmental standards around the world, SUPPORT steep tariffs on imports from China if the Chinese keep their currency from rising, INCREASE and expand assistance offered to workers who lose jobs due to trade and create flexible education accounts to help workers retrain.
BACK additional trade agreements and engage in multilateral, regional and bilateral efforts to reduce barriers to trade, SUPPORT the free trade agreements negotiated with South Korea and Colombia which are now awaiting Senate approval, WOULD NOT THREATEN to impose tariffs on Chinese imports here if China does not allow the value of its currency, the yuan, to rise against the dollar, IMPROVE efforts to provide retraining for those who lose their jobs due to imports.
I'm not sure.
15. How to deal with Jobs?
SPUR economy and job growth by cutting corporate tax rate and maintaining current rates on dividends and capital gains, LEAVE minimum wage at $7.25 an hour, which is where current law will take it to by 2009 (Control inflation). Opposed to tying future hikes to inflation rate, CREATE tax credit equal to 10% of wages spent on R&D, CONSOLIDATE federal unemployment programs and reform training programs for job seekers.
FUND federal workforce training programs and direct these programs to incorporate "green" technologies training, RAISE minimum wage to $9.50 an hour by 2011 and tie future rises to inflation (React to inflation), DOUBLE federal funding for basic research and make R&D tax credit permanent, ESTABLISH tax credit for companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the U.S.
I'm not sure.
16. How to deal with Wall Street?
Impose liquidity and capital requirements on investment banks, Streamline regulatory framework of the financial services sector, Create an oversight commission that would advise the president, Congress and regulators on the health of and risks facing financial markets, Give Federal Reserve supervisory power over any bank that borrows from it.
Increase capital requirements on financial institutions, Remove some of the regulatory, accounting and tax impediments to raising capital, Examine how banks and other firms value assets that exacerbated the credit crunch, Increase transparency of complex financial instruments.
I'm not sure.
17. Stance on Abortion?
OPPOSE abortion and favors overturning Roe. v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
SUPPORT abortion and the Roe. v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
I'm not sure.
18. Stance on Gay Rights?
SUPPORTS civil unions that would carry equal legal standing to that of marriage for same-sex couples, BELIEVE that decisions about the title of marriage should be left to the states.
OPPOSES civil unions that would carry equal legal standing to that of marriage for same-sex couples, BELIEVE that decisions about the title of marriage should be left to the states.
I'm not sure.
19. Stance on Iraq?
KEEP troops in Iraq for as long as the Iraqi government needs them for security and rebuilding.
REMOVE troops in Iraq within 16 months leaving Iraq on its own.
I'm not sure.
20. Stance on Iran?
SUPPORT Economic Sanctions and an Anti-Missile Shield
CONTINUE diplomatic talks with Iran.
I'm not sure.

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