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1  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How would you vote on TARP? on: Today at 12:32:56 am
Nay. We shouldn't have bailed out the banks who owned underwater mortgages, we should have bailed out the homeowners whose houses were underwater. That way we could have stopped the collapse (as much as TARP did anyway) and prevented people from losing their houses. True, the ought to known better than to sign up for the mortgages in the first place, but that's the banks' fault as much as it is the homeowners. By bailing out the banks we managed to reward bad behavior and screw over the little guy at the same time.

I am inclined to agree with this. Bank bailouts don't sit well with me.
2  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Are there posters from the opposite party/ideology that you would vote for... on: February 20, 2017, 11:30:57 pm
Well, I'm not sure what you consider "opposite party" from me, but there are multiple people from each party I would vote for.
3  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Has the phrase "identity politics" become as worthless as "neoliberalism"? on: February 20, 2017, 06:48:48 pm
Both are basically used as meaningless dogwhistles for something bad.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: HB 2016-1076 - The Deputy Secretary of Federal Elections Act (DEBATING) on: February 20, 2017, 05:53:14 pm
I thought we already passed this for some reason.

AYE
5  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: On which issues do you break with your own ideological labels? on: February 20, 2017, 05:46:37 pm
Well, doing this to the best of my abilities:

Economics: I would generally consider myself right wing on economics, so I suppose these would be the exceptions to the rule:
  • Healthcare: While I am not opposed to private healthcare per se, I have come to the conclusion that it's a market where competition isn't necessarily the most efficient way of providing it, and so I tihnk some basic level of healthcare should be considered a public necessity and paid for by the government.
  • Free Trade: Only if you consider protectionism to be right wing, if you consider protectionism to be left wing then my stance is very much is line with right wing economics.
  • Welfare: While I tihnk that social welfare programs are often mismanaged and handled inefficiently, I do think that a social safety net is necessary and I think that "corporate welfare", such as farm subsides, are much more harmful to the market and how it operates than social welfare.
  • Antitrust Laws: Basically, my thoughts are that competition is generally good and monopolies are generally bad, so I do think there are situations where it is justified for the government to break up large corporations, which puts me very much at odds with hardline anti-government intervention types.
  • Carbon Tax: I'm not sure if this really fits here, but I am not opposed to carbon taxes, and actually on a philosophical level consider taxes on externalities to be more justified than taxes on income.

    Domestic issues: I am generally considered on the libertarian side here, so here are my less libertarian stances:
  • Death Penalty: I don't consider the death penalty to be cruel and unusual punishment, and consider it's use justified for mass murders and the like.
  • Background Checks: I support them. Of course, I oppose most other forms of gun control, so I don't know if this really counts as unlibertarian of me...
  • Abortion: Assuming that libertarian equals less regulation, I do think that there should be some regulation on abortion, such as a cutoff date for non-medically necessary abortions, though I still call myself "pro-choice" becasue I think abortion should be legal more often than not.
Foreign Policy: This one is harder to do, since there are so many philosophies and nuances to it. I guess I will list my deviations from what would be considered the standard "hawkish" position:
  • The UN: While it's a flawed organisation, I think it does more good than harm overall, and I would very much be opposed to any attempts at pulling out of the UN. If I lived in Europe, I think I would be saying the same thing about the EU.
  • ISIS: For the sake or pragmatism, I think we need to be willing to work with nations like Syria and Russia to fight against ISIS, though we need to make it very clear that any such alliances are temporary and only for the purpose of achieving that specific goal.

    There are probably more things that aren't coming to mind right now.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier: LIVE Coverage of the February '17 Election on: February 20, 2017, 04:25:23 pm
FTR, I moved to WY, so UT should be 1 instead of 2 and WY 1 instead of 0. It doesn't really matter though, since the results don't change. Tongue
7  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: dfwlibertylover(R) vs NeverAgain(D) vs Maxwell(G) vs Winfield(I) on: February 20, 2017, 04:15:43 pm
Wait, you consider DFW to be basically Kasich, of all people? I don't see it, sorry. Tongue
8  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: On which issues do you break with your own ideological labels? on: February 20, 2017, 04:05:44 pm
Well, first of all I would have to determine what those ideological labels actually are...
9  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The CrabCake Bureau of Funny Post Archival on: February 19, 2017, 06:13:34 pm
Let me solve this ongoing Eharding-RINO Tom debate on who the real conservatives are: neither of you are real conservatives.  In fact, no one with a negative social score should call themselves a conservative.  In fact, if any of the following are true, you are not a true conservative:

-I think free trade is a net negative for America
-I think abortion should be allowed in most or all cases
-I would rather have unrestricted privacy, even if it compromises public safety
-I believe that there are more than two genders
-I voted for Donald Trump in the primaries
-I did not vote for Donald Trump in the general election
-My social score is below a +5
-My economic score is below a +5
10  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Eharding Landfill for Absurd, Ignorant, and Deplorable Posts VI on: February 19, 2017, 06:13:06 pm
Let me solve this ongoing Eharding-RINO Tom debate on who the real conservatives are: neither of you are real conservatives.  In fact, no one with a negative social score should call themselves a conservative.  In fact, if any of the following are true, you are not a true conservative:

-I think free trade is a net negative for America
-I think abortion should be allowed in most or all cases
-I would rather have unrestricted privacy, even if it compromises public safety
-I believe that there are more than two genders
-I voted for Donald Trump in the primaries
-I did not vote for Donald Trump in the general election
-My social score is below a +5
-My economic score is below a +5
11  Forum Community / Forum Community Election Match-ups / Re: In which state would the previous poster do better in? on: February 19, 2017, 11:08:28 am
Minnesota, I would think

Tennessee or Kentucky?
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Choose the first woman President. on: February 19, 2017, 10:46:26 am
Collins would be great.
13  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Democratic Runner up vs Republican runner up: Mo Udall vs Ronald Reagan on: February 19, 2017, 10:40:12 am
Easily Reagan.
14  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Romney-Hillary voters? on: February 19, 2017, 10:38:44 am
Not as good as Romney-Johnson voters. Wink
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: February 2017 Federal Election on: February 19, 2017, 10:36:53 am
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF ATLASIA


[1] dfwlibertylover/Goldwater
Federalist Party



[  ] Maxwell/smilo
Vermont Communist Party/Harambe is a Free Gorilla Party



[2] NeverAgain/Southern Gothic
Labor Party



[  ] Winfield/Poirot
Independent



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above



HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES - NINE SEATS



[  ] 1184AZ of Washington
Labor Party



[  ] Cashew of California
Labor Party



[6] Enduro of Pennsylvania
Federalist Party



[2] lwp2004 of Connecticut
United Alternative



[4] North Carolina Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party



[  ] OneJ_ of Mississippi
Labor Party



[  ] Peebs of North Carolina
Labor Party



[5] Potus2036 of West Virginia
Federalist Party



[1] SecureAmerica/Heisenberg of New Mexico
Federalist Party



[  ] simossad of Minnesota
Labor Party



[3] tedbessell of California
Federalist Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
16  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Tulsi Gabbard v. John McCain on: February 18, 2017, 07:22:58 pm
McCain easily
17  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Your Hogwarts House on: February 18, 2017, 12:56:01 pm
I have taken quizzes on this and gotten Ravenclaw, so I guess that works.
18  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What would a hardline version of Antonio V be like? on: February 18, 2017, 12:34:50 pm
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Hardline is a radically regressive deep ecology subculture that has its roots in the vegan straight edge hardcore punk scene and is notable for its opposition to abortion, birth control, LGBT equal rights and human sexual activity without the intent to procreate.

WTF is this nonsense? Gross.
19  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Judging the Ideology of Presidents Who "Played Their Environment" on: February 18, 2017, 12:19:55 pm
Ideally people should go by the second one, though it can sometimes be hard to determine what exactly that is.
20  Forum Community / Election and History Games / Re: Mafia-Game 4 (Day Phase 1) on: February 18, 2017, 12:09:44 am
Hey yo guys, to get things started, I'll make an unfounded accusation. I think Goldwater is mafia. What's he gonna say to that? I wonder.

Well, I mean. I'm not. Granted, there is no way for me to prove that, but there is also no way for you to prove that I am. What if you are mafia and just trying to get me killed? How can I trust you?
21  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Susan Collins vs. Ted Cruz on: February 17, 2017, 06:57:35 pm
Collins, of course. (sane, normal, etc.)
22  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Presidential Losers: Round 1 on: February 17, 2017, 05:58:43 pm
Goldwater, of course.
23  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TV Tropes on: February 17, 2017, 05:52:54 pm
I tend to go though periods of being super obsessed with it, and then basically never go there when I'm not.
24  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of each generation on: February 17, 2017, 04:39:21 pm
Trying to classify generations like this is dumb. I mean, depending on what cutoffs you use, I am apparently supposed to identify more with people 10 years older than me than people a few years younger than me.

     Part of the problem here is that societal attitudes evolve at a much faster rate these days, such that 20-year generations are not really a useful sociological concept. I already see a pretty significant difference in attitudes and outlook between my peers and people just five years younger than me.

Part of it, sure. But you still have the issue about people born near the cutoff dates, regardless of where you actually put those dates, even in older generations.
25  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: The Midwest on: February 17, 2017, 03:45:46 pm
Doubt if Illinois can really be considered a part of the Midwest anymore

Then what is it? The only other region it's geographically somewhat close to is the South, which would make even less sense.
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