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1  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: 2008 Election Poll on: May 20, 2006, 02:01:32 pm
It would be an honor to run with Kinky Friedman. I have seriously considered registering in Texas to vote for the man.
2  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Is Gore underrated? on: May 20, 2006, 02:00:07 pm
No, in fact I'll go as far as to say he is over-rated. Let's not forget his dismal 2000 campaign...

New Hampshire: Gore drops 12 points, loses state
Tennesee: Gore drops 6 points to lose his HOMESTATE
Florida: Gore drops 8 points, loses state
New Mexico: Gore drops 3 points, barely wins state.
Oregon: Gore drops 9 points, barely wins state
Arizona: Gore drops 7 points, loses state
Washington: Gore drops 7 points, wins state

National: Gore drops 3 points, barely wins.

Point I am trying to make - screw job or not - Gore shouldn't have left a doubt in anyone's mind that he won. According to the first round of polling data Gore should have won in a landslide. However, he decided to let it slip away. Gore just wasn't a good candidate. (Also, selecting Lieberman as a VP really hurt the traditonally liberal democratic base...a poor choice)
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Political Region Test on: May 19, 2006, 07:21:17 pm
Desert Southwest, glad to knowI fit in.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: What would you do? on: May 19, 2006, 07:12:43 pm
A vote not cast, is a vote wasted and a voice thrown away. If you aren't satisfied with the GOP or the Dems, than show them how you feel and vote for those dreaded spoilers.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Jimmy Carter or George W Bush? on: May 19, 2006, 07:08:56 pm
Both economic failures, both foreign failures, both incomptent dumbasses (pardon the language), and neither really deserved the first term they were rewarded. I'll be safe and say that James Buchanun was the worst president ever.

Though I really don't like Carter because he prevented the Udall revolution. Mo Udall was a hero to me growing up. Somehow I highly doubt that Mo Udall would have been attacked by "killer rabbits"....while canoeing(sp?).
6  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Viable Centrist Third Option in 2008 on: May 19, 2006, 04:23:28 pm
Howdy Dave, some good questions.

1) I would work with congress to pass legislation replacing the current "Borrow and Spend" policy with a more benefitial "PAYGO" system. In 2000, the Federal government had a budget surplus of $236 billion, because this common-sense approach to managing federal spending was in place.

2) For medicare we need to take some worth while initiatives to simplify the system. I think that the plans need to be thouroughly explained to the American people. Also, before we rush a plan into action we need to test and make sure that it is going to work as expected. Finally, we need to keep these programs flexible so that they can be reformed as our knowledge of the problems increse.

The upcoming benefit cash in will be hard to deal with on a fiscal level but I suggest we cut certain pork barrel programs in order to compensate.

I do not feel that we necessarily spend too much on the military more so than I feel that we spend quite inefficently. While we are busy funding "Star Wars" programs to greater flash our global ego - we are sending our guys into battle with supply shortages and sub par equipment. I would retool the spending bracket to raise pay for active duty personel, troop readiness, and train programs.

3) Yes, I feel that between 90-95% of revenue should go to reducing the national debt. Leaving the additional 5% for programs of the upmost importance.

4) To very honest, I'm still doing the research on the gas tax. While the benefits of raising it are evident and very convincing, so are the issues regarding the American pocket book with the state, local, and federal gas taxes now representing up to 65 cents a gallon in certain places. I am definitely for reducing the demand for oil, but when looking at the big picture we need to first  have to reduce the cost of being energy efficent. i believe that we need to lower business taxes on businesses that produce cars that run on alternative energy as well as alternative energy it's self. As it stands, there just isn't a plentiful source for us to work with. Before we lower demand, we would have to give them an alternative. Not everyone has a hydrogen station around the corner...they should, but sadly enough don't.

As I said, I am still talking to people...researching this issue and trying to formulate a posistion with the people in mind. I'd like to know exactly what I am dealing with before I go off and throwing out these platform planks just for the sake of having a platform.

5) Don't get wrong, I understand that Space Exploration is benefitial. But the debt/deficit situation we deal with now requires us to keep the most important programs while putting smaller things on the backburner.

6) #1 - Immigration reform. We need to crack down on illegal immigration and install assisted assimilation that teaches immigrants to speak english and live in American culture.

#2 - Environmental Protection and Alternative Energies. I would propose to strengthen the clean air/water acts and increase funding to protect the environment in a more efficent manor. I would also fund programs designed to research renewable enrgy sources to assist America in becoming energy independent.

#3 - Regaining Control of our Runaway Economy. - Since Bush took office in 2001, spending has increased by nearly 60%...in coordination with lopsided tax breaks that shift the budget to the average Americans in the middle classes. Fighting the debt via economci responsiblity should be a very high priority for our government.

You're a Democrat. You're not right-wing enough to be what is called a "centrist" in America.

My campaign focus is dived three ways with two of those being a limited immigration platform plank and fiscal responsibility - both traditional conservative ideas. I use to be a Democrat, but as my intrest in social issues dimenished in coordination with the worsening of the illegal immigration situation I decided to leave the party after one election season.

I would say my platform is very "Reform" and thus very "centrist".
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Did you ever at any point predict Katherine Harris would win? on: May 19, 2006, 03:02:04 pm
Haha! No.
8  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Viable Centrist Third Option in 2008 on: May 19, 2006, 12:13:52 pm
Howdy Dave, some good questions.

1) I would work with congress to pass legislation replacing the current "Borrow and Spend" policy with a more benefitial "PAYGO" system. In 2000, the Federal government had a budget surplus of $236 billion, because this common-sense approach to managing federal spending was in place.

2) For medicare we need to take some worth while initiatives to simplify the system. I think that the plans need to be thouroughly explained to the American people. Also, before we rush a plan into action we need to test and make sure that it is going to work as expected. Finally, we need to keep these programs flexible so that they can be reformed as our knowledge of the problems increse.

The upcoming benefit cash in will be hard to deal with on a fiscal level but I suggest we cut certain pork barrel programs in order to compensate.

I do not feel that we necessarily spend too much on the military more so than I feel that we spend quite inefficently. While we are busy funding "Star Wars" programs to greater flash our global ego - we are sending our guys into battle with supply shortages and sub par equipment. I would retool the spending bracket to raise pay for active duty personel, troop readiness, and train programs.

3) Yes, I feel that between 90-95% of revenue should go to reducing the national debt. Leaving the additional 5% for programs of the upmost importance.

4) To very honest, I'm still doing the research on the gas tax. While the benefits of raising it are evident and very convincing, so are the issues regarding the American pocket book with the state, local, and federal gas taxes now representing up to 65 cents a gallon in certain places. I am definitely for reducing the demand for oil, but when looking at the big picture we need to first  have to reduce the cost of being energy efficent. i believe that we need to lower business taxes on businesses that produce cars that run on alternative energy as well as alternative energy it's self. As it stands, there just isn't a plentiful source for us to work with. Before we lower demand, we would have to give them an alternative. Not everyone has a hydrogen station around the corner...they should, but sadly enough don't.

As I said, I am still talking to people...researching this issue and trying to formulate a posistion with the people in mind. I'd like to know exactly what I am dealing with before I go off and throwing out these platform planks just for the sake of having a platform.

5) Don't get wrong, I understand that Space Exploration is benefitial. But the debt/deficit situation we deal with now requires us to keep the most important programs while putting smaller things on the backburner.

6) #1 - Immigration reform. We need to crack down on illegal immigration and install assisted assimilation that teaches immigrants to speak english and live in American culture.

#2 - Environmental Protection and Alternative Energies. I would propose to strengthen the clean air/water acts and increase funding to protect the environment in a more efficent manor. I would also fund programs designed to research renewable enrgy sources to assist America in becoming energy independent.

#3 - Regaining Control of our Runaway Economy. - Since Bush took office in 2001, spending has increased by nearly 60%...in coordination with lopsided tax breaks that shift the budget to the average Americans in the middle classes. Fighting the debt via economci responsiblity should be a very high priority for our government.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Bush's approval rating in NY at 22%, down from 82% on: May 19, 2006, 12:32:31 am
It happens with most unsuccessful war presidents. Public moralefor them shoots up because most people are willing to support their country and then when they realize that are actions aren't that great the support plummets.

Honestly, I wish the Dems hadn't fielded a candidate - Perot probably would have won and I would have had to spend the 90s listen to the GOP whine and complain every second of every day about how "immoral" Bill Clinton was.
10  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Your most hated state. on: May 19, 2006, 12:24:48 am
That's tough, I never been to a state I didn't like. But while I was in college I did get into a fight in Utah. So I was never fond of the place.
11  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Viable Centrist Third Option in 2008 on: May 18, 2006, 10:53:46 pm
Wyatt, if Hillary Clinton is the nominee for my party (which means she would have no chance winning in Arkansas) and you get on the ballot there's a very good chance I would vote for you.

I disagree with you somewhat on funding for NASA and aid to Isreal, but the rest of your platform looks good.

Thanks, I'm glad to know I have your support.
12  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: 2008 power rankings on: May 18, 2006, 09:36:17 pm
Republicans:

1. Rudy Guliani [2/1]
2. George Allen [3/1]
3. Bill Frist [4/1]
4. John McCain [6/1]
5. George Pataki [11/1]
6. Chuck Hagel [15/1]
7. Mitt Romney [30/1]
8. Newt Gingrich [45/1]
9. Tom Tancredo [80/1]
10. John Cox [200/1]

Democrats:

1. Mark Warner [3/2]
2. Even Bayh [2/1]
3. Hillary Clinton [5/1]
4. Bill Richardson [7/1]
5. Russ Feingold [9/1]
6. John Kerry [14/1]
7. John Edwards [15/1]
8. Barack Obama [30/1]
9. Al Gore [45/1]
10. Mike Gravel [100/1]
13  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Who do you THINK will win the Republican nomination? on: May 18, 2006, 09:23:12 pm
I think that by the time the primaries roll around, Rudy's charisma and popularity will trump McCain. McCain has forced a loss of faith in the moderate community they are really starting to realize that he isn't that moderarte at all. McCain doesn't have a strong base to work with...he has experience on his side, but so did John Kerry. Also, keep in mind how old McCain is. He is upwards of 75 years old, and isn't in the best of health from what I hear. Guliani is young and vibrant and really strikes a chord with both the youth and the older crowd.
14  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Why cant Hillary win? on: May 18, 2006, 09:17:52 pm
No base at all, the left doesn't like her that much. The center views her as untrustworthy, and the right predicts that she is the second coming of Lucifer. My predition of 2008 if Clinton is on the ticket against your average Republican.

15  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Viable Centrist Third Option in 2008 on: May 18, 2006, 08:53:50 pm
Wyatt,

Welcome to the forum, first of all.  Glad to see some third-party representation here. Smiley

First off, I love the Mo Udall quote.  I had that in my signature a few months back, in fact.

I have a few questions based on your "on the issues" page.  You may have to forgive my only basic knowledge of some issues; I am a high school student who has not yet had the pleasure of filling out income tax forms or dealing with social security.

First of all, I see that you are a deficit hawk (if this would be an accurate description).  Your page says that we should re-evaluate some programs and replace them to reduce the load.  Certainly, with a deficit of this size, that would constitute some significant cuts.  What specific types of cuts would you first consider?

Secondly, I see that you support banning PAC groups.  I personally disagree with this, but that's a Constitutional issue.  I assume this ban would also include 527 groups?  What is your position on corporate donations?

Thanks. Smiley

Yeah Udall was an awesome guy, I had the pleasure of growing up in his district. =) Anywho, to answer your questions...

The my main focus as far as budget cuts are to eliminate the pork and to scale back programs that hold little function andlittle purpose to the average american. Such things include...

- Corporate Welfare
- The War on Drugs (rather than fighting it with money, I intend to fight it with border security. Did you know that our neighbors to the south are accountable for over 80% of illegal drugs circulating within the United States?)
- Space Exploration Programs
- National Missle Defense (Star Wars)
- Special Intrest Subsides

Also to fight the debt I suggest we privatize a portion of the social security system. The truth is that we spend too much money into the trust fund and discourage fiscal integrity by doing so.

Secondly, the main reason I support the aboliton of PACs is because they usually swing the elections away from the intrests of the American people and and right into the intrests of pocket stuffing...the doing away with PACs and 527 groups would definitely clean up elections.

Finally, I feel like we really need to put campaign donations back into the hands of individuals and the little guy. When corporations dominate the donation process, it's their intrests that will be attended too. I suggest a drastic but effective measure to even the playing feild. Restrict corporations to the same donation limits as an individual.

I hope this answers your questions, and thank you for the welcome.
16  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: 2008 Dream Tickets on: May 18, 2006, 05:54:41 pm
President: H. Ross Perot


Vice President: Kinky Friedman
17  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: 2008 Presidential Candidate Selector on: May 18, 2006, 04:39:01 pm

   (100%) 1: Gov. Bill Richardson (D)
   (97%) 2: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D)
   (93%) 3: Sen. Majority Leader Bill Frist (R)
   (90%) 4: Sen. Russ Feingold (D)
   (88%) 5: Ex-Rep. Newt Gingrich (R)
   (86%) 6: Gov. George Pataki (R)
   (83%) 7: Ex-Gov. Mark Warner (D)
   (82%) 8: Gov. Mitt Romney (R)
   (82%) 9: Sen. George Allen (R)
   (76%) 10: Ex-Gen. Wesley Clark (D)
    (76%) 11: Sen. Evan Bayh (D)
   (76%) 12: Sen. John Kerry (D)
   (76%) 13: Sen. Joseph Biden (D)
   (75%) 14: Ex-Sen. John Edwards (D)
   (74%) 15: Ex-Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R)
   (71%) 16: Rep. Tom Tancredo (R)
   (70%) 17: Ex-VP Al Gore (D)
   (69%) 18: Gov. Mike Huckabee (R)
   (69%) 19: Gov. Tom Vilsack (D)
   (69%) 20: Sen. Christopher Dodd (D)
   (67%) 21: Sec. Condoleezza Rice (R)
   (65%) 22: Sen. John McCain (R)
   (62%) 23: Sen. Sam Brownback (R)
        (54%) 24: Sen. Chuck Hagel (R)
   (43%) 25: Sen. Hillary Clinton (D)

Clinton is at the bottom, go figure.
   
18  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Flip-flopping Americans say they MIGHT vote for Hillary. on: May 18, 2006, 04:31:49 pm
I have said it before, and I'll say it again; Hilarry Clinton CAN NOT win in 2008. She has burned many bridges on the left with her social flip-flops and her public out cry against violent video games. That and she has no room to gain from disaffected conservatives. Her socialist health care policies, her gun control  policies, and her flip-flops on immigration have turned her into public enemy number one within the conservative.

I highly doubt that she'll even get the nomination - all I can really say is - Remember Howard Dean.
19  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Forum 2008 Primary on: May 18, 2006, 04:26:28 pm
Of those not so great options, I would probably take Guliani - despite his lack of experience. I use to really like Warner, but in recent times he is coming off a lot like Hillary Clinton - someone that I would probably never vote for.
20  Election Archive / 2008 Elections / Re: Viable Centrist Third Option in 2008 on: May 18, 2006, 04:21:21 pm
Heya Everybody!

I got  a message from a friend on the Reform Party board and decided that I would drop in and see what's going on.

I'm glad to know that there are more independent thinkers out and around the web. I would be glad to answer any questions you might have about my platform and campaign.
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