*Remember, I am only allowed to pick the answers that best fit my opinion.*
At this point, I knew that I either...
a.) had a better understanding of the "importance of government spending and oversight", as it says
b.) was an Independent, as it says
    or
c.) I am indeed a news junkie, as I have often been accused  (SIGH!)
It is obvious that the Answer is:         ALL OF THE ABOVE!  (
HEAVIER SIGH!)



Answer:
    Health care should be entirely free for everyone. The government should be  responsible for all costs.





Answer:
    Children whose parents bring them to the US illegally should be protected from deportation. There needs to be a
    process for illegal immigrants to work toward citizenship.





Answer:
    Collective bargaining rights are being unfairly attacked in this country. Labor should be protected; it is the
    backbone of the American economy.




Answer:
    We should increase taxes on the wealthy, while the middle class receives tax cuts.  The rich need to pay their fair
    share.





Answer:
    Medicare and Social Security are a great idea! I would be willing to pay more in taxes so people of all ages could
    have guaranteed access to health insurance and a fixed supplement to their income.
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1. How do you view health-care reform in this country?
    The health-care system needs to be reformed; Obama’s plan was just the wrong one. We should give
    consumers a tax break if they purchase their own insurance, rather than taking their employers'
    option. This will make the market more competitive and give consumers more options.

2. How do you feel about immigration?
    The immigration system needs to be changed to attract more skilled workers. Illegal immigrants who
    are brought to the US as children should be granted legal status if they serve in the military.

3. Are unions too powerful?
    Unions are costly and too rigid, harming innovation and competition. But if someone wants to join a
    union they should be able to.

4. Is tax reform necessary and what should it look like?
    Our existing tax rates would be fine, for the most part, if the government were a bit smaller. We should
    reduce taxes on the wealthy and corporations to encourage innovation and investment.

5. Should Social Security and Medicare be reformed?
    Medicare should function more like a private insurance system, where seniors are given a federal
    subsidy to use either toward private insurance or traditional Medicare. The retirement age should
    slowly be increased and in the future, those with higher incomes should receive fewer Social Security
    benefits.

6. What should be cut to reduce the federal deficit?
    Cut all discretionary spending that doesn’t relate to security or defense. Federal spending should be
    capped at the equivalent of a certain percentage of gross domestic product (GDP). We must balance
    the budget.

7. How do you feel about the right to bear arms?
    Americans should be able to own firearms and use them lawfully, for hunting and self-defense.
    Current laws to prosecute criminals are necessary, but the US does not need additional laws that
    restrict gun ownership.

8. Where do you stand on abortion?
    Life begins at conception, and our nation’s laws should reflect that. But until then, states should have
    the right to determine their own abortion laws. Americans have an obligation to protect all life.

9. Where do you stand on gay marriage?
    Marriage is necessary for civilization to continue. It should be defined in the US Constitution as a
    union between one man and one woman.

10. What’s the best policy toward Afghanistan?
    An assessment needs to be made that takes the military commanders’ opinions into greater
    consideration. The troops will probably need to stay a little longer than Obama planned.

11. How should the US decrease its dependence on foreign oil?
    Green technologies are too expensive. We should make permitting simpler for the energy industry,
    and make sure they’re not overregulated. We should also invest in nuclear power. We should worry
    less about decreasing CO2 outputs; that’s harmful to business.

12. Should those still struggling to pay their mortgages receive help from the government?
    The housing market needs to hit bottom before it can get better. Investors can come in and buy
    foreclosed houses, and then people can rent them. Government intervention would only delay a
    recovery and ultimately result in a larger burden on taxpayers.

13. Where should the US stand on torture?
    I don’t believe that waterboarding is really torture. War is a complicated, and specific tactics used are
    best left to the discretion of military commanders and the intelligence agencies.

14. Where do you stand on wiretaps and the Patriot Act?
    I support the Patriot Act. It’s extremely useful to investigators. In addition, I believe the government
    should be able to arrest and indefinitely detain US citizens who are suspected of being allied with Al
    Qaeda.

15. What should be America’s foreign policy toward China?
    America must assert a strong naval presence in the Pacific. We should also build closer economic and
    military relationships with other countries that share concerns about China’s growing power, like
    Taiwan. America should support dissidents and Chinese groups that protest human rights violations.

16. What should be done to help recent college graduates saddled with so much debt?
    The key to reducing student debt is economic recovery. Once the economy is doing better more recent
    graduates will be able to find better-paying jobs and pay their loans off.

17. Who should have the most power in our government, the federal government or the states?
    States should have the right to determine how to handle some issues, like immigration enforcement
    and health-care reform. But on issues that would affect the very core of our society, like abortion and
    gay marriage, the federal government should pass laws to protect our way of life.

18. Should women be allowed to serve in combat?
    Women certainly have the capacity to serve in roles of great responsibility, but I would look to military
    leaders to determine exactly what jobs they should have in the military.
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Question #1:
President Obama’s health-care law has been controversial. Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have vowed to
repeal it. How do you view health-care reform in this country?
Question #2:
Immigration and border control are hot-button issues each election cycle, though the two parties have different
views on what should be done. How do you feel about it?
Question #3:
Historically many Americans have belonged to unions, but some argue that unions are too powerful these days.
What do you think?
Question #4:
The US is $15 trillion in debt. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize a need to start shaving down the
debt. Raising taxes is one option. Is tax reform necessary, and if so, what should it look like?
Question #5:
Entitlement programs accounted for 36 percent of federal spending in 2011, most of it going to programs for
seniors such as Social Security and Medicare. As the baby boomer generation ages, these costs will just keep
rising. Should these programs be reformed?



Answer:
    The biggest cuts should be made to the defense budget. The US already has the most powerful military in the
    world and doesn’t need to spend more money on war and defense.




Answer:
    Americans should be able to own firearms and use them lawfully, for hunting and self-defense. Current laws to
    prosecute criminals are necessary, but the US does not need additional laws that restrict gun ownership.



Answer:
    Some Americans are pro-life, and some are pro-choice, and that’s OK. Everyone should be able to believe what
    they want to, and a woman who wants or needs an abortion should be able to have one safely.




Answer:
    Same-sex marriages should be recognized nationwide, and gay couples should have all the same rights as straight
    couples.




Answer:
    The Afghanistan war is not winnable and extremely unpopular. We should withdraw right now and focus on the
    home front.




Answer:
    We need to work to make renewable energy and green technology economically feasible. Meanwhile, we should
    cautiously drill for domestic energy reserves.





Answer:
    The government should set up a program to forgive mortgage debt altogether. Banks, not individuals, caused the
    foreclosure crisis. If people have already lost their homes, they should be given fair access to credit to buy again.





Answer:
    Interrogation is important and necessary, but prisoners of war are people, too, and should be treated humanely.




Answer:
    The Patriot Act is a violation of Americans’ privacy rights and hopefully it will be repealed soon. Until then,
    legislators should work to ensure that the FBI and other federal agencies do not misuse it.






Answer:
    China’s human rights record is appalling. But it’s best to keep it as a close economic ally, while pushing it toward
    more democratic reforms. We’ll take dissidents into consideration on a case-by-case basis.





Answer:
    The government should forgive student loans. Education is an investment in a democratic society. It’s not students’
    fault that the recession happened and now they can’t find jobs.




Answer:
    We should be working to limit the powers of the government in general, at the local, state, and national levels. The
    people should have the power to make individual decisions.





Answer:
    Policies barring women from combat are discriminatory. It should be about which person is most qualified for the
    job, regardless of his or her gender.
Question #6:
The federal government's budget deficit (spending over income) is on track to hit almost $1.2 trillion this fiscal
year. What should be cut to reduce the federal deficit?
Question #7:
The Second Amendment of the US Constitution gives citizens the right to bear arms. But how much regulation is
appropriate is up for debate. How do you feel about the right to bear arms?
Question #8:
Many Americans believe that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. Where do you stand on abortion?
Question #9:
President Obama recently came out in favor of gay marriage. Where do you stand on gay marriage?
Question #10:
President Obama implemented a "surge" of 33,000 troops in Afghanistan. But this fall those 33,000 will be
pulled out. What’s the best policy toward Afghanistan?
Question #11:
Most Americans say decreasing US dependence on foreign oil is important. What do you think is the best plan for
doing that?
Question #12:
Since 2008, millions of Americans have lost their homes in the foreclosure crisis. Should those still struggling to
pay their mortgages receive help from the government?
Question #13:
On his second day in office President Obama issued an executive order stating that prisoners should not be
subjected to violence or torture. Where should the US stand on torture?
Question #14:
Where do you stand on wiretaps and the Patriot Act?
Question #16:
The average student debt load is about $25,000. What should be done to help recent college graduates with so
much debt?
Question #15:
China’s economic and military rise over the past decade has worried many Americans. At the same time, China’s
human rights violations have outraged and saddened many. What should be America’s foreign policy toward
China?
Question #18:
Recently, the military agreed to open 14,000 new jobs to women, placing them closer than ever before to
combat and the front lines. Should women be allowed to serve in combat?
Question #17:
Who should have the most power in our government, the federal government or the states?
RESULTS:
You might just be a Democrat, or at the very least an Independent. You probably agree with most of President
Obama's polices, and you understand the importance of government spending and oversight.
Below are answers that come closest, as of June 2012,
to Romney's stated positions during his campaign for president:



Answer:
    Since 2005 America’s dependence on foreign oil has declined, from 60 percent to 49 percent. Most   people agree
    we need to decrease our dependence on foreign oil even further. What’s the best plan to achieve this goal?





Answer:
    Times are still tough. The current payroll tax cut is a good idea, and hopefully people will spend that little bit of
    extra money to help stimulate the economy.





Answer:
    The government should set up a program that requires banks to give mortgage holders loan modifications.






Answer:
    The country realized the war in Iraq was a mistake years ago. Troops should have been pulled out then.





Answer:
    What was Obama thinking? We should raise taxes on high earners right now. Our economy is still in crisis, and
    middle- and low-income families are still struggling. The rich just keep getting richer, and the poor just keep getting
    poorer.





Answer:
    The Afghanistan war is not winnable; the US should withdraw altogether right now and focus its efforts on foreign
    aid and domestic spending. We are in a recession at home after all.





Answer:
    Questions of torture wouldn’t be relevant if the US weren’t engaged in so many wars. We should work toward
    more peaceful foreign policies.




Answer:
    Prisoners at Guantánamo are technically at war with the United States; therefore it makes sense to try them in
    military court. But the U.S. should make an effort to review the cases of long-time prisoners who have not yet
    been charged or convicted of anything.



Answer:
    The Patriot Act is a violation of Americans’ privacy rights. I hope it will be repealed soon. Until then, legislators
    should work to ensure that the FBI and other federal agencies do not misuse it.




Answer:
    Cut the defense department entirely; our foreign policy needs to be more peaceful anyway. Keep raising taxes on
    the wealthy. With all that revenue we could expand, rather than reduce, entitlement programs.



Answer:
    It would be great if the world were free of nuclear weapons, and the United States should work with other
    countries toward that goal. But until then, it’s necessary for the United States to keep some nuclear weapons.





Answer:
    Health care should be completely free and accessible to all citizens. All costs should be the responsibility of the
    government.




Answer:
    Transparency is not enough; lobbyists and PACs should not be allowed to contribute to campaigns at all. They're
    distorting US democracy and making government beholden to a small number of wealthy individuals and   
    corporations.





Answer:
    Cap-and-trade is a good idea, but it’s too contentious to pass in Congress. For now, we need to find other areas
    within the energy policy where we can agree, like reducing dependence on foreign oil.




Answer:
    A woman’s right to choose is one of the most fundamental human rights. There needs to be a law protecting
    abortion rights at the local, state, and federal level.



Answer:
    In general, it’s probably not the best policy to have my entire administration made up of former lobbyists, but a few
    here and there can’t hurt.





Answer:
    Legislation needs to be passed to recognize same-sex marriages nationwide. Gay couples should receive all the
    same rights as straight couples.





Answer:
    There’s no need to spend more money, we should simply do a better job of enforcing current immigration laws.





Answer:
    The most important step that can be taken is funding community outreach programs that target at-risk youth and
    recently released inmates.



Answer:
    I support the Dream Act and strongly believe that children illegally brought to the country by their parents should
    be given legal status. Immigration reform is one of the most important issues our country is facing right now.





Answer:
    The main problem is that both parties have become too polarized. It’s important to support and elect moderate and
    independent lawmakers.
RESULTS:
It appears as though you just may be more Liberal than President Obama.
1.) What's the best plan to reduce our dependency on foreign oil?
America needs more fuel-efficient cars, and we should invest in renewable energy. Wind and solar energy
need to become economically feasible alternatives. We should also invest in domestic oil production and
nuclear power.

2.) Where do you fall on the extension of the payroll tax cut?
Times are still tough. The current payroll tax cut is a good idea, and hopefully people will spend that little bit
of extra money to help stimulate the economy.

3.) What would you do to help those still struggling to pay their mortgages on time?
The government should set up a program that requires banks to give mortgage holders loan modifications.

4.) Was it the right time to pull out of Iraq?
Whether or not the war was necessary, it was time for the troops to come home. Keeping some military
officials there to train the Iraqis is a good idea; there needs to be a transitional period.

5.) Should people earning more then $200,000 be taxed more?
With tea party Republicans controlling the House right now, a compromise was probably the right decision.
Hopefully, Democrats will be able to raise tax rates on the rich in the future.

6.) Has Obama been making the right calls in Afghanistan?
Obama looks like he knows what he’s doing. The withdrawal sends the message to the Taliban that we’re
winning, but keeping a good number of troops there insures the country against future violence.

7.) Where should the US stand on torture?
Interrogation is important and necessary, but prisoners of war are people too and should be treated
humanely. I do not support torture as a tactic to make people talk.

8.) How would you deal with the prisoners at Guantánamo?
Prisoners at Guantánamo are technically at war with the United States; therefore it makes sense to try them
in military court. But the US should make an effort to review the cases of long-time prisoners who have not
yet been charged or convicted of anything.

9.) Where do you stand on wiretaps and the Patriot Act?
The Patriot Act is probably still necessary. But the FBI and other federal agencies should have to prove that
wiretaps and other data collection are crucial to their investigation.

10.) What’s the best plan for reducing the federal deficit?
For now we can keep raising the debt ceiling, and in the future we should trim entitlement programs like
Medicare and Medicaid, raise taxes on the wealthy, and end all foreign wars.

11.) What should be America’s policy toward nuclear disarmament?
It would be great if the world were free of nuclear weapons, and the United States should work with other
countries toward that goal. But until then, it’s necessary for the United States to keep some nuclear weapons.

12.) Should Americans have to buy health insurance?
Everyone should be required to buy health insurance, and penalties will ensure they do. No one should
receive completely free medical services.

13.) How important is transparency when it comes to campaign contributions by lobbyists and political
action committees?
Lobbyists and PACs are a fact of life and contribute to both parties. But transparency is necessary. Citizens
should be able to search campaign contributions online in a user-friendly database.

14.) What should be done to reduce carbon emissions and global warming?
Cap-and-trade is a good idea, but it’s too contentious to pass in Congress. For now, we need to find other
areas within the energy policy where we can agree, like reducing dependence on foreign oil.

15.) Where do you stand on abortion?
I believe in a woman’s right to choose, but I understand not everyone shares this belief. The most important
thing we can do right now is reduce the anger surrounding this issue and focus on the things we can agree
on.

16.) Would you allow former lobbyists to work in your administration?
As a general rule, I wouldn’t allow former lobbyists to work on projects directly related to their prior
employer. But if a lobbyist has special knowledge I might make an exception.

17.) Where do you stand on gay marriage?
I believe same-sex couples deserve the same rights as the rest of us. If they’re willing to make a commitment
to another person, they should receive federal benefits and rights. However, it’s up to each individual state to
determine if they recognize same-sex marriage.

18.) If you were president what steps would you take to secure the border?
Send more resources to the border; increase the number of Homeland Security agents and increase the
budget of the Department of Homeland Security.

19.) How would you reduce the prison population?
The mandatory-minimum sentence laws need to be reevaluated in this country. In addition, prisons need
more funding, and better policing throughout the country is needed.

20.) How do you feel about undocumented workers?
I support the idea of allowing undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn
English, and work toward their citizenship, although it may not be possible to achieve these goals right away.

21.) If you were president, how would you achieve bipartisan compromise?
Division within the government waxes and wanes. When both parties work together to pass something, it
reminds the American people compromise is possible, and it encourages legislators to work together again.
Below are the choices describing Obama's policies enacted in his first term of office as of June 2012:
Liberal Questions & Answers:
Question #1:
Since 2005 America’s dependence on foreign oil has declined, from 60 percent to 49 percent. Most people agree
we need to decrease our dependence on foreign oil even further. What’s the best plan to achieve this goal?
Question #5:
In 2010 President Obama compromised with Republican lawmakers to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for high
earners. Should people earning more the $200,000 be taxed more?
Question #6:
Last year, President Obama announced that 33,000 troops would be pulled out of Afghanistan this fall. The
33,000 were originally part of the “surge” Obama approved in 2009. Even withdrawing that number will leave
more troops in Afghanistan than when Obama first took office. Has he been making the right calls?
Question #4:
In December 2011, the last US combat troops left Iraq. Today, a handful of Americans remain as military
trainers or civilian contractors, but their number is nowhere close to the 20,000 troops the Pentagon wanted to
leave as a hedge against future violence. Was it the right time to pull out of Iraq?
Question #2:
In 2012, the payroll tax cut implemented in 2011 to help stimulate the economy was extended another year,
sending middle-income workers home with an average savings of $400 more a year. Where do you fall on the
extension of the payroll tax cut?
Question #3:
Since 2008, millions of Americans have lost their homes in the foreclosure crisis. What would you do to help those
still struggling to pay their mortgages on time?
Question #7:
On his second day in office, President Obama issued an executive order stating prisoners should not be subjected
to violence or torture. But the status of many prisoners in our military prisons remains unclear. Where should the
US stand on torture?
Question #9:
Where do you stand on wiretaps and the Patriot Act?
Question #13:
How important is transparency when it comes to campaign contributions by lobbyists and political action
committees?
Question #12:
penalty. The law, including the individual mandate, survived a Supreme Court challenge, but Republicans are
vowing to repeal it. Should Americans have to buy health insurance?
Question #11:
What should be America’s policy toward nuclear disarmament?
Question #10:
The US government budget deficit (spending over income) is on track to hit almost $1.2 trillion this fiscal year.
What’s the best plan for reducing the federal deficit?
Question #8:
He originally promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, but for now, President Obama has
compromised on this issue. How would you deal with the prisoners at Guantánamo?
Question #14:
Carbon emissions, say most scientists, are the prime driver of global warming. As of 2008, the United States
contributed to about 23 percent of global CO2 emissions, second only to China. What should be done to reduce
carbon emissions and global warming?
Question #15:
President Obama originally promised to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, but the bill fizzled in Congress. Where
do you stand on abortion?
Question #16:
If you were president, would you allow former lobbyists to work in your administration?
Question #17:
In addition to announcing that the Department of Justice will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act,
President Obama recently announced that he supported same-sex marriage. Where do you stand on gay
marriage?
Question #18:
Between 2008 and 2010, US Customs and Border Protection reported a decrease in arrests nationwide. They say
the reduction is due to beefed-up border control. If you were president, what steps would you take to secure the
border?
Question #20:
In 2010 the Dream Act failed to pass in Congress. How do you feel about undocumented workers?
Question #19:
Between 1980 and 2009, the federal inmate population rose from 24,252 to 208,668. How would you reduce the
prison population?
Question #21:
When Congress is deadlocked, most Americans become frustrated. As president it’s crucial to work with
Congress, and get legislators to work together, to pass your bills. If you were president, how would you achieve
bipartisan compromise?
Am I too Conservative or am I too Liberal?
Left, Right or in between?  After this, would I be considered an Independent????




While reading an online article, a link led me to The Christian Science Monitor where I noted a link
on their said that read, "Are you more (or less) conservative than Mitt Romney?
Take our quiz!"

Although I have previously heard of The Christian Science Monitor, I did not know it was
bipartisan, so I was a tad skeptical and later realized that I was wrong to have thought it was a
Republican defender.

Anyway, after I took the "Are you more (or less) conservative than Mitt Romney," test, I noted
another: "Are you more (or less) liberal than President Obama?
Take our quiz!"

I must say that both were interesting but what was even more interesting, were the results of each
quiz.

The results are just as interesting and may reveal a lot about me.  And although it was an online
quiz without any correct answer, I must say that I thought the questions were rather difficult.

The best thing about The Christian Science Monitor's quiz?  It tells you just EXACTLY where
both Mitt Romney and President Obama stand on the issues such as Abortion, Clean Air Energy
and a whole lot more.

The Conservative questions and my answers are posted as well as Mitt Romney's questions and
answers.

The Liberal questions and my answers are posted as well as President Obama's questions and
answers.

I am only allowed to pick the answers that best fit my opinion.

Anyway, here goes nothing:
Well, this is not surprising, as I have always admitted that I am a PROUD socialist.  Alternatively, the choices weren't
clear or not allowable to answer the way I wanted to, but it was interesting.
*Remember, I am only allowed to pick the answers that best fit my opinion.*