Thursday, February 16, 2012

FRC Action CORRECTED Voter Guide

I begin this post by quoting a parable from our Lord Jesus Christ:

28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard. 29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went. 30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not. 31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.  Matt 21:28-32 (KJV)

Last week I received a voter guide from “the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council” (FRC Action).  I think they made quite a few mistakes.  I decided to help them out and correct some of the errors.  The reason for many of their “mistakes” was that they listened to what the candidates said, rather than reporting how they voted.  Here is the CORRECTED FRC Action Voter Guide, followed by the references to back it up:


Question
Newt Gingrich
Ron
Paul
Mitt Romney
Rick Santorum
1
Abortion Funding
Support
Oppose
Support
Support
2
Planned Parenthood Funding
Support
Oppose
Support
Support
3
Federal Funding of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research
Unknown
Oppose
Unknown
Oppose
4
Federal Ban on Human Cloning
Unknown
Oppose
Unknown
Unknown
5
Repeal of the Federal Estate Tax
?
?
Unknown
?
6
Federal Marriage Amendment
Unknown
Oppose
Unknown
Support
7
Federal Employment Non-Discrimination (of homosexuals) Act
Unknown
DNV
Unknown
Oppose
8
Strict Constructionist Judges
Unknown
Support
?
Oppose
9
Educational Choice
Oppose
Support
?
Oppose
10
Legalize Open Homosexuality in the Military
Oppose
Support
Unknown
Oppose

Support = the candidate voted (or sponsored legislation) to support this issue
Oppose = the candidate voted (or sponsored legislation) to oppose this issue
Mixed = the candidate voted both for and against this issue at various times
Unknown = the candidate was never in a situation to able to vote on this issue and was either unable or unwilling to sponsor legislation to affect it
DNV = the candidate abstained from voting on this issue whenever it came up as a single issue
? = I have not done enough research to make a determination in these cases

Newt Gingrich

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c103:hr4606: (Title V., section 509--click on “Operating Expenses” and scroll down to section 509.) Similarly find the same in the other two bills under the same title and section.
2          ibid
9          http://www.votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/26821/newt-gingrich/27/education (Gingrich supports most funding of federal educational programs, which makes educational choice harder for parents.)

Ron Paul

2          Ibid
7          http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2007/roll1057.xml  I believe that the reason why Ron Paul missed this vote was that he was invited to a Presidential debate/interview at that time.  

Mitt Romney

2          Ibid
3-7, 10 Mitt Romney has never held a federal office.

Rick Santorum

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c103:hr4606: (Title V., section 509--click on “Operating Expenses” and scroll down to section 509.) Similarly find the same in the other two bills under the same title and section.
2          Ibid
8          Santorum voted to confirm Samuel Alito the Supreme Court (http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00002), but contrary to popular opinion, Alito is not a strict constructionist.  For example, he ruled that a New Jersey law against partial birth abortion was unconstitutional because it was an “undue burden on a woman’s constitutional right to choose” and that he would “approach the issue with an open mind”.  He echoed this sentiment in the Senate confirmation hearings.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axExSrXw3Uk

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