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« Reply #1225 on: March 26, 2017, 12:46:07 pm »
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I shall distinguish between my old, deplorable political opinions (mencken 1.0), and my new, enlightened philosophy (mencken 2.0)

Abortion:
Use money in the welfare/food stamp budget to fully subsidize abortions and contraception for those who cannot afford it.
Use money in the Medicaid budget to fully subsidize abortions and contraception for those who cannot afford it.
Death Penalty:
Abolished for the judicial system. Convicted murderers forfeit their personhood to their victim's estate, whereupon the next-of-kin are free to do with it as they see fit.
Abolished uniformly. Convcited murderers sent to rehabilitation for six month before returning to society as changed men.
Religious Liberty:
Nonsensical term. People ought to be free to associate with whom or what they want regardless of pseudoreligious justification.
Life imprisonment for those who refuse to actively participate in any celebration of alternate lifestyle (with special waivers from this statute for observant Muslims)
Drug Legalization:
Legalize them all, with appropriate surgeon general's warning that nobody will read anyway.
Use money in the Medicaid budget to fully subsidize marijuana for those who cannot afford it.
Affirmative Action:
Gross violation of equality under the law. Banned from institutions receiving federal funding for educational purposes.
All minorities (except Asians and Jews) shall be guaranteed at least twice the representation in an institution as their representation in the applicant pool.
Immigration:
See here.
Automatic citizenship for all undocumented immigrants currently present and for all claiming refugee status. Those currently in the immigration queue move to fourth in the line behind the above groups and their extended families and friends.
Guns:
Existing background checks and waiting period for purchase, concealed carry and open carry.
Banned except for police use. Misdemeanor offense for toy guns or extending the middle and index finger in a suspicious manner.

Taxes:
Abolish personal and corporate income taxes and estate taxes. Fund government services with user fees, property (sales) taxes, excise taxes, and tariffs (capped at 10% each)
One-time 60% wealth tax on households over $10 million; double tax burden on brackets over $100,000; half tax burden on brackets under $50,000.
Health Care:
Individual mandate for catastrophic coverage and/or health saving accounts over a specified amount. Insurance purchasable by individuals rather than employers. Price caps on patent-protected prescription drugs.
Universal public option, ban on private health care
Social Security/Medicare:
Allow individuals to earmark Social Security/Medicare taxes toward their parents' benefit.
Need-based Social Security/Medicare benefits. No benefits for seniors in households over $500,000.

Welfare:
Restructure welfare system to gradually tapir off benefits/avoid creating disincentive toward marginal increase in earned income.
Expand the requirement for need-based eligibility to 300% of the poverty line.
Labor:
End minimum wage, ban on public sector unions, freeze federal hiring, eliminate Wagner Act
Raise minimum wage to $30/hour, freeze private-sector firing, require companies to give labor unions 30% of stock.
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« Reply #1226 on: May 05, 2017, 08:37:24 pm »
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Updating this.  Some planks were taken from another user.

Ideology
Social: Civil libertarian
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Civic nationalist/Non-interventionist/Anti-Wilsonian
Political Registration: Democratic in NC, but I plan on going unaffiliated

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice, especially for the first two trimesters.  Oppose mandatory counseling/waiting periods.  Oppose the Hyde Amendment.  Neutral on late-term abortions; abortions that are performed past the second trimester are so rare that they are hardly worth legislating against... Women generally would not abort at this stage in this pregnancy unless there is a severe fetal abnormality or if the woman's life is in danger.

Same-Sex Marriage: Strongly support.  I'm generally against laws that force religious businesses to cater or service weddings, but I can see justification if the clientele are without local alternatives.

Conversion Therapy: Ban it entirely.  Conversion therapy is complete pseudoscience and should be treated the same way as any other illegitimate and dangerous 'health remedy.'

Transgender Issues: This is an issue that's way overhyped by the media but the conservative backlash against RESTROOMS is ridiculous.  Support nondiscrimination laws and ordinances and oppose so-called "religious freedom" laws.  I also believe that sex and gender are separate concepts.

Drugs: Legalization of marijuana and LSD; decriminalize the possession, but not sale, of other drugs.  Decriminalize the selling of small amounts of cocaine.  Abolish the DEA.

Death Penalty: Oppose.

Gun Control: Oppose bans on assault weapons and gun registries.  Neutral on magazine/clip limits.  Support open and concealed carry.  Support mandatory gun safety features, background checks, and closing the gun show loophole.  Ban armor-piercing bullets.

Ideally, I would support mandatory firearm safety courses, but I'm resigned to the fact that guns are part of American culture and that such a requirement would be met with fierce resistance.  I also believe that states and localities should set their own gun laws; what works for Chicago probably wouldn't work for places like Alaska and Montana.  Illegal gun transfers and sales should be prosecuted and existing laws should be strictly enforced.

Affirmative Action: I oppose mandatory quotas.

Prostitution: I am very opposed to prostitution on moral and personal grounds, but I don't think government should ban the practice, especially since porn is effectively prostitution with a camera.  Regulate prostitution and mandate that contraceptives be used.  I don't believe in shaming sex work, but I don't support glamorizing it, either.

Euthanasia: Strongly support, provided that the patient is of sound mind.  I believe that a person has the fundamental right to end his or her own life for any reason.

Immigration: Create a pathway to citizenship for all non-violent undocumented immigrants.  Deport or imprison violent undocumented immigrants.  Require immigrants to assimilate into the culture regardless of religion or country of origin.  Offer free English courses and require fluency as a prerequisite to full citizenship, but oppose making English the "official language" of the United States.  Prosecute businesses that hire and exploit illegal immigrants out of good wages.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: I strongly support the goals of BLM and police reform.  Require body cameras and accountability.  Allow for community policing and downgrade police firearms.  The justice system should be reformed so that officers are held accountable - no more "blue shield."

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Political correctness is cancer.  I am a free speech absolutist and I'm completely against government censoring controversial opinions.  Stigmatizing discussion of certain topics is anti-liberal and impedes social progress and personal growth.  At the same time, college campuses and student bodies have the right to not entertain public speakers and to hold peaceful protests; nobody is entitled to a platform.

School Prayer: Support voluntary, non-led prayer.  I also believe students should be allowed to form private religious and Bible Study groups if they desire.

Muslim Ban: Islamaphobia is wrong and so are religious litmus tests period.  Anyone who's willing to assimilate into the culture and be a productive member of society should not be disqualified from entering the United States.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Completely opposed to warrantless wiretapping.

TSA: Abolish it.  Let airports manage their own security in accordance with federal standards.

Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Establish a national living wage of $15 per hour set to rise with inflation.

Welfare: Safeguard and expand the welfare state. Ensure food security for all Americans, provide adequate living assistance, paid maternity and paternity leave of at least 1 year each, paid sick leave, 2 weeks guaranteed paid holidays, and subsidized childcare and universal pre-k.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap.  Social Security is solvent until 2033 and there is no “crisis.”  Ideally, the retirement age would be lowered so as to expand job opportunities for young people.

Healthcare: I would support a single-payer/Medicare-for-all program although I am unsure if this would be the best model for the United States.  I think that single-payer should be tested first in states like New York or California before adopting a national model.  Currently I’m most in favor of a nationwide “public option” or Medicare buy-in program, as well as co-ops or Germany-style “sickness funds,” to compete with private insurance companies.

Allow drug imports from Canada and countries which tightly regulate their drug markets for safety.  Subsidize families that spend more than a certain portion of monthly income on prescription drugs, either through reimbursement or tax credits.

Globalization/Trade: I don’t much like globalization itself but I don’t believe that protectionism is the solution to the drawbacks.  International institutions and corporations have used globalization purely for self-enrichment at the expense of the environment, human rights, labor protections, indigenous cultures, and civil liberties.  I support alter-globalization and fair trade as opposed to neoliberalism and corporate-friendly trade deals.

Deficit/Debt: Maximize efficiency, streamline all governmental agencies, consolidate agencies and eliminate redundancies, abolish the NSA, slash the military and defense budget, focus on implementing cost saving technologies, and make it publicly available and readily accessible to see where all funds are going, the budgets of every agency and department, and who voted for what funding.

Campaign Finance Reform: Pass a Constitutional amendment that would repeal Citizens United and require transparency.

Unions: Strongly support. Completely overturn the Taft-Hartley Act, strengthen public and private sector unions, and abolish all right-to-work laws.

Energy: Invest heavily in green energy with the intent of revolutionizing our energy sector. Incentivize businesses and individuals to go green with tax breaks, implement cap and trade, partially nationalize all companies exploiting our natural resources, and begin reducing fracking and offshore drilling.  Retrain coalminers and help them transition to safer jobs in the energy industry.

Job Creation: Invest in a massive infrastructure redevelopment program and fund public projects that use American-made steel and resources.  Incentivize businesses to create jobs in underprivileged areas, both rural and urban.  Expand broadband to rural areas.

Education: I favor the Finnish model on education.  Replace “drill, kill, bubble-fill” testing and promote innovative learning.  Allow teachers more autonomy over class material and give students say in the curriculum.

I believe that higher education should have a much smaller role whereas high school should have a more lasting impact on a student’s learning.  (Ideally, college would only be geared toward STEM students and aspiring lawyers, but we’ve reached the point where that’s impossible.)  I do not favor incentivizing STEM degrees at the expense of the humanities as I believe that disciplines such as art and philosophy are undervalued in society.

However, I support tuition-free public universities and refinancing student loan debt as well as universal pre-k.

I strongly oppose bans on homeschooling.

Taxes: Taxes in the United States are among the most progressive in the world yet poverty and inequality remain high because money is not redistributed progressively.  I would support higher taxes across the board only under the condition that welfare is more generous.  Otherwise, I support lowering taxes for low-income people and support drastically reducing if not eliminating state sales taxes.  I also favor slashing the Corporate Tax.
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« Reply #1227 on: May 05, 2017, 08:37:50 pm »
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Foreign
NATO: As a nationalist and someone who generally opposes military alliances, I do not support NATO as an institution and, before Trump’s election, would have strongly supported US withdrawal from the pact.  However, so long as Trump and Putin are a problem, I would oppose any move that resembles a pro-Russia gesture.

ISIS: I support humanitarian aid to the region in cooperation with the UN, but I wish to see the United States largely reduce its role on the world stage and especially the Middle East.  If the United States can bomb a bunch of ISIS thugs without collateral damage, great.  Get rid of ISIS and leave.

China: Address the country’s currency manipulation and rampant human rights violations.

Cuba: Completely normalize relations and close Guantanamo Bay.

Iran: Support the Iran Deal.  The international community should condemn Iran’s human rights abuses and support efforts to promote tolerance and equality.  No war or regime change.

Israel/Palestine: The United States should act as a peaceful mediator without favoring either party in the conflict.  A two-state solution is the best option, but unfeasible under current circumstances.

Syria/Refugees: Alleviate the pressure on Europe and Syria’s neighbors by taking in at minimum 200,000 Syrian refugees, with special preference for women, children, LGBT people, and persecuted religious minorities.  All refugees must be assimilated.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Strongly support.  Abolish the electoral college and elect the President via popular vote, with instant-runoff/ranked voting.

Gerrymandering: Switch to a proportional voting system for each state.

Public Financing: Support.

Term limits: Oppose.

Voter ID: Oppose.

Early Voting: Support expanding.

Absentee Voting: Support expanding.

Primaries: Make all primaries open and abolish caucuses and superdelegates.  I'm partial to the more radical change to a 'National Primary Day' with IRV, but it's not something I've spent much time thinking about.

I'm neutral on the question of continuing to let Iowa and New Hampshire hold the first contests, but if we had to switch I'd prefer a state which best adequately represents all racial groups and has a good mix of rural and urban voters.  (Missouri and North Carolina might be good fits for that.)

Corruption/Lobbying/Government Reform/etc.
- Prohibit ex-politicians from working for lobbying firms
- Prohibit lobbyists from bundling political contributions for politicians
- Mandate full disclosure of campaign contributions
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« Reply #1228 on: May 05, 2017, 08:58:54 pm »
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It wouldn't be a bad idea to sticky this thread...
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« Reply #1229 on: May 07, 2017, 07:41:32 am »

I was asked by a poster to sticky this thread, so I am going to do so, at least for awhile while interest continues to be displayed in participating. Thank you.
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« Reply #1230 on: May 07, 2017, 08:00:57 pm »
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Thanks.  I just figure this thread better serves the purpose of the board than "Who was the best and worst senator from Idaho in the last fifty years?" being made three times a year.
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« Reply #1231 on: May 08, 2017, 10:50:23 pm »
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I'm new here, so I'll go ahead.

Basically, all my political views can be summed up in a simple phrase: taxation is theft. Apart from that, I'm pro-state sovereignty and pro-original intent of the Constitution. Support decentralization, oppose

From there, essentially all my policy positions can be fairly easily deduced, but to be more specific, I'll use some of the categories others have used (I don't want to make it all up).

Ideology: PALEOLIBERTARIAN

Social: Cultural conservative (Southern Baptist), libertarian property rights. Non Aggression Principle (NAP).
Economic: Property rights, free market capitalism. Austrian School of Economics.
Foreign Policy: Non-interventionist.
Political Registration: Unaffiliated, lean Libertarian, Constitution, and Federalist (newer)

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-life. Abortion is aggression (rape, incest, and life of the mother debatable)

Same-Sex Marriage: Morally opposed, but government should have no role in the institution. Make it a contract if you want, but no government prohibition/sanction.

Conversion Therapy: No opinion; government should have no say.

Transgender Issues: Let private businesses do what they want; let states/localities do what they want; oppose specific regulations about bathrooms.

Drugs: Morally opposed; legalize it all.
Death Penalty: Oppose; too expensive, morally questionable.

Gun Control: Unconstitutional on federal level, violation of NAP. Totally against.

Affirmative Action: Ridiculous and unconstitutional.

Prostitution: Morally opposed; should be legal.

Euthanasia: Morally opposed; probably should be legal.

Immigration: In a truly private property society, it would not be an issue; until then, respectable controls on immigration but make it easier to get here. No welfare, no citizenship, definitely no voting. Should be a state issue, not federal, as the power to regulate immigration is not in the Constitution.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Government police are acting immorally and unethically by working for such an institution; however, they are often wrongly accused and are important on some level (private or public) in society. Black Lives Matter is essentially evil.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Free speech should always be upheld. PC is silly.
School Prayer: Not in government schools (though I'd eliminate them), but a good idea in principle.

Muslim Ban: No, at least not yet, and certainly not nationwide.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Unconstitutional.

TSA: Unconstitutional on federal level.

Economic Issues
Monetary Policy: End the Fed, end government monopolies on currency.
Minimum Wage: Unconstitutional (on federal level) and anti-liberty. Economically negative.

Welfare: Unconstitutional on federal level; completely eliminate, but fairly slowly.

Social Security: Unconstitutional; introduce opt out for those under 30; privatize. Eliminate new workers.

Healthcare: Get the government out of healthcare.

Globalization/Trade: Completely Free trade always. National sovereignty; no entangling alliances (NATO, UN, etc.)
Deficit/Debt: Severely reduce spending. Slowly pay back debt.

Campaign Finance Reform: Eliminate all restrictions, as they are unconstitutional and violations of free speech.
Unions: Mostly evil organizations, esp. public sector. Eliminate public sector unions, but allow workers to do whatever they want as far as collectives. Eliminate laws in favor of unions and right to work laws.

Energy: Free market.

Job Creation: Free markets create jobs. Governments eliminate them.
Education: Eliminate government schools.

Taxes: Taxation is theft. Completely eliminate mandatory taxation. Until then, repeal the 16th amendment and institute a state rate proportional tax.

Foreign
NATO: Get out.
UN: Get out.
ISIS: Get out.

China: Free trade, try to get help with North Korea.
North Korea: who the hell knows? Messed up situation.
Cuba: Free trade.
Iran: Free trade.
Israel/Palestine: Support Israel, but no foreign aid. They'll be okay. If you want to help them fight, go fight, or donate (which I would).

Syria/Refugees: Stop accepting the vast majority. Stop interference in their war.
Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Absolutely opposed. The Electoral College is one of the only parts of the Constitution that still preserves the concept of federalism and state sovereignty.
Gerrymandering: State issue.
Public Financing: Theft.
Term limits: No opinion.
Voter ID: Support.
Early Voting: Oppose.
Absentee Voting: Mostly opposed.
Primaries: Eliminate government support for primaries, and parties should make them closed (if they want).
Voting: Too many people vote that are uninformed. Possibly introduce the Informed Voter Act (which I created as a concept).
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« Reply #1232 on: May 11, 2017, 05:04:15 am »
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Ideology

Social: Liberal/Libertarian
Economic: Centre-right/Right-wing
Foreign: Neoconservative/Realist

Social

Abortion/Reproductive Rights: Leaning pro-choice, but it should be discouraged.
Marriage Equality/LGBTQ Issues: Strongly support gay marriage.
Death Penalty: Not a fan.
Religious Freedom: Businesses should be able to deny service to everyone for any reason.
Drug Legalization: End the war on drugs.
Guns: Increased background checks, but no European-style gun control.
Euthanasia: Support euthanasia and assisted suicide under certain conditions.
Black Lives Matter/Police/Criminal Justice Reform: Strongly support criminal justice reform.
Transgender Issues: Trans people have the right to enter the bathroom of the gender matching their identity.
Education: Crush the teachers' unions and increase education spending.
Affirmative Action: Opposed to it.
Judges: Generally support appointing conservative judges

Economic/Spending

Taxes: Enact a VAT while cutting taxes on income and capital. Provide tax rebates if necessary. Also repeal the corporate income tax. Tax reform should be as revenue neutral as possible.
Social Security: Raise the retirement age and cut benefits for everyone except the poorest.
Budgets: A BBA is unrealistic so I oppose it. But reducing long-term deficits should be a priority.
Defense Spending: Don't cut it unless other NATO countries finally start boosting their defense budgets.
Minimum Wage: Oppose it.
Labor Unions: Limit their power. Pass a national Right to Work law.
Financial Regulation: Oppose reinstating Glass-Steagall. There needs to be some financial regulation but there are a lot of unnecessary rules in Dodd-Frank.
Trade: Strongly support free trade deals like NAFTA, TPP and TTIP. Also strongly support globalization.

Foreign Policy

Russia/NATO: Pro-NATO. Strongly oppose stronger ties with Russia when Putin still is around.
Radical Islam: Oppose the Muslim ban, but support strong efforts to defeat terrorist organizations.
Israel: Pro-Israel. Israel is a liberal democracy and one of America's strongest and most stable allies in a volatile region. They do go too far sometimes, but they still are much better than the alternatives.
Immigration: I support comprehensive immigration reform (like the 2013 bill).
Iran: It isn't a really good deal, but tearing it apart would make the situation even worse.

Environment

Climate Change: It is real. The US should enact a carbon tax and use the revenue to cut other taxes.

Healthcare

Universal healthcare: Support universal healthcare (but oppose single-payer). I wouldn't mind raising a VAT to provide for healthcare vouchers for every single American. I prefer something like the Swiss healthcare system.
Medicare: Cut medicare spending. Undecided on Ryan's medicare plan.

Political

Gerrymandering: Independent commissions (if that's possible).
Campaign Finance: No limits.
Term Limits: They're called elections.
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« Reply #1233 on: May 12, 2017, 01:39:50 am »
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Favorite of last 50 years- Reagan, Bush Sr

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« Reply #1234 on: May 12, 2017, 02:16:41 am »
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« Reply #1235 on: May 13, 2017, 06:36:14 am »
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I am an old school Catholic labor Democrat. I am pretty liberal on economics but conservative on most social issues. I have voted for both parties in the past. I voted for Donald Trump in 2016 but for the Democrats on the rest of the ballot.
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« Reply #1236 on: May 18, 2017, 08:05:38 pm »
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So apparently people are posting their 8values results

Economic: Socialist
75.6% Equality, 24.4% Markets
Equality +51

Diplomatic Axis: Peaceful
35.1% Nation, 64.9% World
World +30

Civil Axis: Liberal
74.2% Liberty, 25.8% Authority
Liberty +49

Societal Axis: Very Progressive
14.8% Tradition, 85.2% Progress
Progress +70

Lazily flattening this to the political compass, that translates to an economic score of -4 and a social score of -6.
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Social:
Guns: Ban all those that have been in military use at any time in the preceding thirty years. Make other dangerous and former military weapons require a specific permit for each separate one. Mandate background checks, a 96 hour waiting period, and a mental health test.
Marriage: Support federal SSM.
Abortion: Federal ban after 24 weeks with exceptions for rape, incest, mother's life, and sometimes mother's health. Allow states to ban after 12 weeks, with mandatory exceptions as above.
Immigration: Background check, 72 hour waiting period. Generally open borders, but must register before entering country.
Affirmative action: Federal agencies must use.
Transgender bathroom: Allow businesses to determine.

Economics:
Healthcare: Collins-Cassidy(with modifications) eventually to Wyden-Bennett.
Budget: Balance by replacing welfare with basic income for those at or below 200% of their state's poverty line. Basic income - 66.67% of the state's average personal income.
Taxes: Federal sales tax of 2.5%; those at or below 250% of the poverty line or in the immediate family of a military member(who was wounded or has served for 5+ years)/veterans are exempt. Something similar to the Simpson-Bowles plan on taxes.
Regulations/Intervention: Centralize authority, localize solutions. Have agencies like the EPA work alongside community leaders rather than intervene "for" them. Mandate state subsidization of 25% of the costs of the parts that work in their state. Re-implement Glass-Steagall.
Overall: Somewhat similar to the Simpson-Bowles plan with the above modifications.

Foreign policy/trade:
- Prioritize India as an ally.
- Trade deal with Canada, India, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Australia. Perhaps include Germany, France, Spain, and the U. K.
- Attempt to transition more into Indian imports rather than Chinese imports.
- Slowly weaken and eventually cut ties with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.
- Ask for democratic concessions in Cuba once Castro dies. In exchange, offer some small amount of money, release of the embargo, and eventual immigration/emigration.

Reform:
- Allow Puerto Rico to become a state.
- Allow D. C. to have 2 Senators and a Representative.
- Total donations to all PACs and campaign supporting a candidate may not exceed $2,500 per individual. Minors may not be given money by parents to donate.
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Social: -2.36
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« Reply #1238 on: June 13, 2017, 08:58:46 pm »
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Pro-LGBTQIA+, pro-sex work, pro separation of church and state, prochoice, pro-feminist, pro-black lives matter, pro-renewable energy

Everybody should be able to have their basic survival needs met but if you want to set up a game beyond that where people can compete for more wealth and they and their families aren't punished with death for losing or refusing to participate then go ahead.
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Pro-LGBTQIA+, pro-sex work, pro separation of church and state, prochoice, pro-feminist, pro-black lives matter,  pro-renewable energy, pro-environment

Everybody should be able to have their basic survival needs met but if you want to set up a game beyond that where people can compete for more wealth and they and their families aren't punished with death for losing or refusing to participate then go ahead.
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« Reply #1239 on: June 15, 2017, 10:00:43 pm »
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Ideology

Social: Right
Economic: Right
Foreign: Center-Right

Social

Abortion/Reproductive Rights: Strongly Pro-Life
Gay Marriage: Opposed.
Death Penalty: Opposed (I'm ProLife, obviously)
Religious Freedom: Businesses should be able to deny service to individuals for ONLY religious reasons.
Drug Legalization: Oppose legalization. Oppose most medical marajuana (not all)
Guns: Strong Second Amendment Supporter.
Euthanasia: Strongly Opposed
Police/Criminal Justice Reform: Support reform, but I also support our police officers who risk their lives daily. Although, I see no reason body cameras shouldn't be instituted.
Education: No common core, no tenure, bonuses based on performance.
Affirmative Action: Income based makes far more sense than race.
Judges: Literalists.

Economic/Spending

Taxes: Flat Tax or Consumption Tax. Rand Paul's tax plan was wonderful
Social Security: Raise the retirement age and reduce benefits or the social security trust fund will run out.
Budgets: Pass a balanced budget amendment and stop deficit spending while we have so much debt.
Defense Spending: There's waste. It needs to be addressed and audited
Minimum Wage Increase:  Oppose
Labor Unions: Pass Right to Work Nationally.
Financial Regulation: Repeal Dodd Frank
Trade: Pro-Free Trade, No Tariffs, No Border Adjustment Tax

Foreign Policy

Russia/NATO: Pro-NATO. Anti-Putin
Radical Islam: Fight it until it is dust and force Middle Eastern nations to confront it.
Israel: Support
Immigration: Secure the Border, then handle the people here. Deport Criminal offenders.
Iran: Shred the Iran deal.

Environment

Climate Change: Mostly Natural.
Pollution: Be Reasonable- This applies to both sides.

Healthcare

Universal healthcare: Absolutely Ridiculous Proposition for America
Medicare: Current spending is unsustainable.

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Gerrymandering: Unless every state commits to independent redistricting, no state should have to individually.
Campaign Finance: Money is a form of speech
Term Limits: Term limits are elitist and imply citizens can't make their own decisions.
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« Reply #1240 on: June 16, 2017, 11:52:35 am »
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I shall distinguish between my old, deplorable political opinions (mencken 1.0), and my new, enlightened philosophy (mencken 2.0)

Abortion:
Use money in the welfare/food stamp budget to fully subsidize abortions and contraception for those who cannot afford it.
Use money in the Medicaid budget to fully subsidize abortions and contraception for those who cannot afford it.
Death Penalty:
Abolished for the judicial system. Convicted murderers forfeit their personhood to their victim's estate, whereupon the next-of-kin are free to do with it as they see fit.
Abolished uniformly. Convcited murderers sent to rehabilitation for six month before returning to society as changed men.
Religious Liberty:
Nonsensical term. People ought to be free to associate with whom or what they want regardless of pseudoreligious justification.
Life imprisonment for those who refuse to actively participate in any celebration of alternate lifestyle (with special waivers from this statute for observant Muslims)
Drug Legalization:
Legalize them all, with appropriate surgeon general's warning that nobody will read anyway.
Use money in the Medicaid budget to fully subsidize marijuana for those who cannot afford it.
Affirmative Action:
Gross violation of equality under the law. Banned from institutions receiving federal funding for educational purposes.
All minorities (except Asians and Jews) shall be guaranteed at least twice the representation in an institution as their representation in the applicant pool.
Immigration:
See here.
Automatic citizenship for all undocumented immigrants currently present and for all claiming refugee status. Those currently in the immigration queue move to fourth in the line behind the above groups and their extended families and friends.
Guns:
Existing background checks and waiting period for purchase, concealed carry and open carry.
Banned except for police use. Misdemeanor offense for toy guns or extending the middle and index finger in a suspicious manner.

Taxes:
Abolish personal and corporate income taxes and estate taxes. Fund government services with user fees, property (sales) taxes, excise taxes, and tariffs (capped at 10% each)
One-time 60% wealth tax on households over $10 million; double tax burden on brackets over $100,000; half tax burden on brackets under $50,000.
Health Care:
Individual mandate for catastrophic coverage and/or health saving accounts over a specified amount. Insurance purchasable by individuals rather than employers. Price caps on patent-protected prescription drugs.
Universal public option, ban on private health care
Social Security/Medicare:
Allow individuals to earmark Social Security/Medicare taxes toward their parents' benefit.
Need-based Social Security/Medicare benefits. No benefits for seniors in households over $500,000.

Welfare:
Restructure welfare system to gradually tapir off benefits/avoid creating disincentive toward marginal increase in earned income.
Expand the requirement for need-based eligibility to 300% of the poverty line.
Labor:
End minimum wage, ban on public sector unions, freeze federal hiring, eliminate Wagner Act
Raise minimum wage to $30/hour, freeze private-sector firing, require companies to give labor unions 30% of stock.

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« Reply #1241 on: June 16, 2017, 12:01:37 pm »
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Oh hey Eharding
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« Reply #1242 on: June 16, 2017, 05:51:16 pm »
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My 8 values results
Libertarian Capitalism

https://8values.github.io/results.html?e=22.0&d=42.6&g=71.2&s=54.8

Economic Axis - Capitalist
Markets 78% - Equality 22%
Diplomatic Axis - Balanced
Nation 57.4% - World 42.6
Civil Axis - Liberal
Liberty 71.2% - Authority 28.8%
Societal Axis - Neutral
Tradition 45.2% - Progress 54.8%

Anyone else try the 8 Values quiz of 70 questions which importantly distinguishes military action and other aspects not really fleshed out as much in the S/E axis we have here.

Also how about this one?

What type of right winger are you?
http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_type_of_right_winger_are_you_1

I left the one about which dictator do you admire blank (#22)

I got:
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Your Result: Libertarian
 
89%
You are a libertarian. You favor small government all around and might consider yourself a minarchist. Libertarians favor a laissez-faire economy, personal freedoms, a noninterventionist foreign policy, and want to limit government to just the "basic" functions. You might be a fan of Ron Paul.
 
69%Constitutionalist
 
56%Alt Lite
 
40%Paleoconservative
 
24%National Capitalist
 
20%Neoconservative
 
9%Alt-right
 
1%Christian Fundamentalist
 
0%Fascist
 
0%National Socialist

How about you?
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« Reply #1243 on: June 19, 2017, 09:08:00 am »
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Ideology:
I am a fierce individualist and supporter of natural rights and the equality of all before the law. I am for the negative rights as spelled out in the Constitution of what the government should not do.

I firmly believe in the mantra of "the freer the markets, the freer the minds." Without economic freedom how can one truly live a life of prosperity without resorting to force or fraud.

As Rand wrote, "the individual is the smallest minority" and collectivist rule by democracy is still non-consensual.

I support private property rights - from private property we avoid the troubles with the 'common good' which always will result in a decision that will not benefit all equally and will result in some being hurt.

The fundamental idea of not authorizing force against others unless attacked or in imminent danger of attack is a good guiding principle to have.

I advocate the reduction of the destructive and interventionist power of the state. Private, free-market solutions are revolutionizing many unheard of areas. We must continue to push back against the advances of the powerful corporatist, crony capitalist, welfare state which uses fiat currency and central banking to finance wars of imperialist expansion that are against the interests of those looking for both peace and prosperity for this world.

Some of the key influences on my positions: Ron Paul, Ludwig von Mises, Murray Rothbard, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, Ayn Rand, Tom Woods, Vanessa Beeley, Glenn Greenwald, F.A. Hayek, Leonard Reed

My favorite libertarian charity - Institute for Justice
My favorite libertarian publication - Reason
My favorite libertarian foundation - Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)
My favorite libertarian Facebook page - Being Libertarian
My favorite current Libertarian Party member - Larry Sharpe (former VP candidate and possible NYC mayoral candidate)
My favorite current libertarian Senator - still Rand Paul. I met him 2 years ago on the campaign trail.
My favorite current libertarian Congressman - Thomas Massie
My favorite libertarian podcast - Contra Krugman - Tom Woods and Bob Murphy take apart Paul Krugman's New York Times columns
My favorite libertarian book - For A New Liberty by Murray Rothbard

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« Reply #1244 on: June 19, 2017, 10:19:08 am »
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Terrifying views.
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« Reply #1245 on: June 19, 2017, 12:31:00 pm »
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Terrifying views.
Non sequitur
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« Reply #1246 on: June 22, 2017, 02:03:58 pm »
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That's actually the summary of his political beliefs.
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