Taxes & Spending:
Based on ratings from taxpayer advocacy groups such
as the National Taxpayers Union and Americans for Tax Reform, this candidate shares
about 20% of their views. According to the Concord Coalition, he agrees with less than half their positions on balanced budget issue.
In his book, he advocates for full employment for all Americans as federal policy.
Social Services Funding: Voted "no" on HR 7 Community Solutions Act of 2001. Bill would allow religious organizations to compete equally with other non-governmental groups for federal funds to provide social services.
Welfare: The Children's Defense Fund, an organization concerned how poverty and
welfare cuts effect children and families, recently gave him a score of 100%. BIPAC, the Business-Industry Political Action Committee gave him a score of
Security & Terrorism: Voted "no" on HR 3162, Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT) Act of 2001.
Voted "yes" on the "Visa Entry Reform Act of 2001", a bill to strengthen counter-terrorism efforts by imposing restrictions on student visas and among other things, it creates a centralized 'lookout' database.
Foreign Affairs: Voted "no" on H.J.RES.114, Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq. Regarding a Palestinian state, he supports it. "Ultimately, there will and must be two nations"
Education: Is against vouchers. Voted to increase federal funding of public schools. Voted to tie federal education funding to local public school performance.
Healthcare: A cosponsor of the Universal Health Care and Health Care Resolution 99. Voted "no" a bill that would have have prohibited cloning.
Social Security: Opposes the idea of allowing workers to invest a portion of their payroll tax into private investments.
Voted for a "lock box" measure, limiting Congress's ability to spend Social Security and Medicare surpluses on any other federal programs.
Illicit Drugs: Voted against a bill to raise penalties. In a House Speech said, "The cost of the (US) helicopters (used in Colombian drug fighting efforts) alone would provide treatment for almost 200,000 substance users or drug prevention services for more than 4 million Americans. Arianna Huffington, in her article `Drug War Comes at a High Price,' was right. We are about to spend close to $2 billion on Colombia, while here at home we have 3.6 million addicts not receiving the treatment they need. This despite the fact that drug czar Barry McCaffery's budget is expected to rise to a proposed $19.2 billion this year.
Ex-felons' Voting Rights: Supported the National Commission on Federal Election Reform, chaired by former Presidents Carter and Ford, which recommended that all states restore voting rights to citizens who have fully served their sentences. Jackson also sponsored voting rights legislation.
Gun Policy: He received a D grade from the NRA, and a 100% score from The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
Abortion Policy: He received a 100% score from Planned
Parenthood and zero from the National Right to Life
Environmental Policy: He received 100% from the
League of Conservation Voters.
Minority Issues: He received 93% from the NAACP.
Civil Liberties: He received 100% from The American
Civil Liberties Union.