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« Reply #1300 on: April 12, 2018, 08:53:57 pm »

Progressive who votes Republican will go in more detail later
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« Reply #1301 on: April 14, 2018, 05:30:23 pm »

Ideology: Economic liberal with a populist bent, social moderate. I kinda consider my ideology the opposite of libertarianism. When asked for a simple term, I just say labor Democrat.

Top issues: Jobs, drugs, healthcare

Entitlements and healthcare: Preserve Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. No gutting our entitlements. Create a public option. Have the government subsidize childcare so people can afford to have families. Free community college or trade school for everyone.

Unions: Should be a top priority of the party. One of the best ways to fight against income inequality.

Education: Fund it properly, Oklahoma. And make sure it's not done in a sh**tty way where richer areas get more funding for their schools like we have in Ohio. Less funding for charter schools and higher standards; they often suck. As mentioned above, make higher education more affordable.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana. Don't legalize anything else, but realize that we can't arrest our way out of the addiction crisis. It didn't work in the '80s and it won't work now. I also want politicians to come hard after Big Pharma who helped create this disaster.

Taxes: Higher income taxes on the rich (although there's an upper limit here; it's not the 1950s anymore), lower taxes on the rest of us if possible. Sales tax should be as low as possible; I commend states like Montana which don't have a sales tax.

Trade: Skeptical of many free trade deals, supportive of tariffs on China.

Campaign finance: We need deep reform here. I've seen the detrimental effects on the state level here in Ohio.

Abortion: Safe, legal, rare. I don't have a moral opposition to abortion (the fact that it's not prohibited by the Bible is striking), but it's not like anyone wants to get one.

Guns: Pro-gun, although supportive of a few things like increased background checks.

Immigration: Immigration is a privilege, not a right. We need to secure our borders. We also need to crack down on employers who employ undocumented immigrants. I think we should make it a little easier to immigrate from Mexico; that would cut down on illegal immigration some. I think if you go to jail and you're undocumented, you should be deported. We should also deport people who've only been here for a short time. I think we should give all the DREAMERs green cards immediately and a path to citizenship, but I don't think people who immigrated as adults should be treated exactly the same since they chose to come here.

Energy: We should strive for energy independence. As much of this as possible should be done through green energy, which is both good for the environment and a great source of jobs. Fracking and nuclear energy shouldn't be taken off the table, and they are actually an important part of preventing climate change. Coal is bad for the environment but we can't abandon people in coal towns; we should preserve coal as long as needed while we try to bring other industries into places like West Virginia.

Criminal justice reform: Body cams on every officer to start with. We need a lot more on this front though.

Some other stuff I'm gonna throw all together: Raise the minimum wage. Strongly opposed to UBI; we want jobs, not welfare. I think political correctness has really gone too far these days and it worries me. I support reparations for slavery. Liberals and Democrats needs to be more welcoming of religious people. Globalization and the economic and cultural changes that have been happening lately have not been good for everyone and that needs to be acknowledged.
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« Reply #1302 on: April 27, 2018, 12:15:59 am »

Ideology: Center-Left moderate on some fiscal issues Liberal on Social issues

Top Issues: Healthcare, Education, Foreign Policy, Drugs

Healthcare: Preserve Social security medicare, medicaid and Entitlements, Public Option then eventually Single Payer

Unions: Protect them at all cost they are vital to protecting out workers.

Education: Expand Charters, raise the educational departments budget. Keep the bible out of the classroom.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana nationwide and regulate it. No criminal punishment for consuming drugs only treatment
and rehab.

Taxes: Raise income taxes on rich lower on middle class. Sales tax kept in wealthier areas eliminated in poorer
areas lower corporate tax rate and have incentives for companies to come back to america.

Trade: Pro free trade tariffs cause a ridiculous amount of damage Obama's tire tariffs are my main reason, There also why the price for tires and cars skyrocketed and it only saved 1,000 jobs)

Campaign Finance: Get rid of citizens united self funded campaigns are okay but corporations buying candidates is not okay.

Abortion: Pro choice

Guns: Pro Bump stock ban, Pro background checks, Pro no fly no gun. Assault Ban is okay but we need a good bipartisan deal with a updated list of weapons to ban keep the list small and enforce it well use a buy back program.

Immigration: Pro Amnesty and Sanctuary Cities. Mass deportation causes way more damage than good make a path to citizenship easier but tighten security on the border get rid of catch and release. Deportation only used if they commit a serious crime. No drug charges to deportation

Energy: Gradual transition to renewable energy cooperate with the globe to stop climate change.

Criminal Justice Reform: Body cams on cops ban private prisons and solitary confinement. Free all inmates in for Marijuana charges. 

Foreign Policy: Protect our allies at all cost (NATO!). Force Assad to allow Kurds to have some autonomy.  Only intervene in a conflict if one or more of these things are true and must be done in the constraints of a UN approved Intervention
1. We are directly threatened
2. One of our allies is threatened
3. World Peace and Stability is threatened.
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« Reply #1303 on: May 03, 2018, 10:00:36 pm »

Ideology
Social: Center with a libertarian streak
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Dovish internationalist
Overall: Socially moderate/fiscally populist
Political Registration: D-NV

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice to viability, but pro-life thereafter. Support Planned Parenthood, support not allowing states to defund it and overturn the Hyde Amendment as long as early term abortion is legal. Support ban on partial birth abortion.

Same-Sex Marriage: Duh.

Transgender Issues: Use the restroom of their gender, not the one they were born with. I find it disgusting that people think they are just making sh**t up when they know they identify as the opposite gender.

Drugs: War on Drugs is a disaster. Legalize, tax, and regulate soft drugs, starting with weed, but one legalization at a time, and keep hard drugs illegal.

Death Penalty: Oppose and pro-lifers who support this are massive hypocrites.

Gun Control: Pro-gun. Close gun show loophole, ban bump stocks, and expand background checks. Ideally I'd ban be open to a high capacity magazine ban but I think in the era of polarization, such ban at the federal level would lead to a black market forming.

Affirmative Action: Agnostic but lean oppose.

Prostitution: No

Euthanasia: Oppose on moral grounds (pro-life).

Immigration: Keep the border secure (which believe it or not is working given the recent decline in net immigration), deport criminals who are here illegally, citizenship to all illegals if they aren't criminals and pay taxes in 10 years, but I'd be willing to compromise for no citizenship and just legalization. I'm kinda annoyed at the rhetoric of many Democrats on this as of late that makes me question if they believe in borders, even some Justice Democrats who I otherwise support, including Kamala Harris.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Pro-BLM and oppose police brutality and hold officers accountable. Oppose mandatory minimums and for profit prisons.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Pro-free speech, but the GOP are massive hypocrites on this. They are so quick to call college students at California who shut down right wing speakers SJW (correctly), but anytime a Democrat says something un-American, the have a thin skin and get defensive, basically becoming right wind SJW's. Political Correctness is necessary in order to protect politics from staying civil, and oftentimes "telling it how it is" is a code word for racism on the right

School Prayer: Status quo.

Muslim Ban: No.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Need a warrant


Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise to $15 and index to inflation Raise 50 cents per year to whenever it converges with $11 indexed to inflation.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap, and cut the income tax rates to help pay for Medicare for All. Do not support expanding the program. And no Social Security is not broke contrary to whatever the GOP wants you to think.

Healthcare: Support Medicare for All, similar to Bernie's bill, but phased in over a longer period of time, and it should be no more comprehensive than the current Medicare program, at least for now. Second choice would be Medicare Extra, but in order for that to work, employer essential health insurance would have to fall apart. Also support drug imports from Canada, whose markets are already tightly regulated, and allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices with drug companies.

Globalization/Trade: Support free trade in theory, at least with higher wage countries, but that doesn't make every free trade deal good. Generally oppose, unless we have a product we can't make elsewhere and visa versa. Oppose TPP, support re-negotiation of NAFTA.

Deficit/Debt: Debt doesn't matter. Deficits don't if there's a recession, but do if the economy is good and all Americans are prospering.

Campaign Finance Reform: Limits on donations to all campaigns, congressional campaign committees, and state/national parties, with guaranteed public funding. Gut SuperPacs and corporate Pac money. Also limit how much you could self-fund your campaign.

Unions: Massively pro-labor. Get rid of the Taft-Hartley Act that created right to work, which was created by the Republicans in attempt to undercut unions. Support card check.

Energy: Pro-solar. Pro-wind. Pro-nuclear. Anti-coal.

Job Creation: A second new deal. Infrastructure redevelopment for not just better roads, bridges, and highways, but better sewer and drainage systems, as well nationwide broadband. Also need tighter building codes and larger seawalls to withstand natural disasters like hurricanes.

Education: Support common core, make in-state college free (with some regulations), universal childcare, support full day kindergarten, and universal pre-K. Supported increases in teaching salary, except for elective subjects.

Taxes: Raise marginal tax rates on wealthy when appropriate. Would like to see the top 1% pay as much as they did in an effective tax rates to prior to Reagan. Also support a carbon tax and a Robin Hood tax much like we had through the 1960s. Repeal the Bill Clinton capital gains tax cut, Trump's income tax cuts, Bush's tax cuts, expand earned income tax credit, hijack the corporate tax rate back up to 30%. Strongly support raising the estate tax. Oppose UBI and would rather see a shorter workweek to combat automation than incentives for half the population to not work.


Financial regulation: Support re-instating glass stegall, and am very wary of attempts to de-regulate Wall Street. Strong proponent of anti-monopoly laws. Support government run banks but for small loans only and with strict regulation. This isn't an actual policy per se but it kinda fits here and is the root source of my populism. Reaganomics, largely in place since 1980, has resulted in tax breaks for the top, sometimes tax hikes for the middle class, and de-regulation of Wall Street, payday lenders, and credit card companies, and overall an increase of political power by the top 1% that has killed the middle class.


Other economic issues: Paid family medical leave by law (12 weeks for maternity leave 8 weeks for paternity leave). 10 days of vacation time by law. Support a job guarantee as a replacement for unemployment benefits at or slightly below minimum wage (pending on whether work requires training) with some caveats, like one should be able to get fired for underpreforming the job, and age restrictions.

Foreign Policy
Middle East: Get out. None of the countries unilaterally have attacked us. Fully support the Iran Deal. Oh, and quit funding Saudi Arabia as they continue to massacre civilians in Yemen and show respect to international law. I'm not a pacifist, however. If there's a genocide or illegal occupation, aid, and if necessary, military should be used, but you have to go through the UN first and show respect for international law. There's a reason we're considered by others to be the number one threat to world piece. I also think this idea that regime change will lead to democracy all over the place is insane. A new regime in Syria would not blossom into a democracy over night.  

Syria Refuges: Support Obama era policies but we can only take so many and we have to ensure we maintain the proper vetting.

Israel/Palestine: If I were alive in 1948, I may or may not have favored the creation of Israel. But this is 2017, not 1948. Conflicted but favor two internationally recognized states with 1967 border (and no the Palestine state should not be free of Jews Hamas). I'm no fan of Israel, but Palestine is worse, but there's no good one side. Oppose BDS, since pressure is needed on Palestine too.

North Korea: Go back to Bill Clinton's foreign policy towards North Korea. Actually what Trump is doing is working lol.

Russia: Supported sanctions for electing melding, and annexing Crimea. But we should avoid war with them unless they attack us unilaterally.

Climate Change
Anthropogenic Climate change is real and is naturally occurring. Support increasing funding towards climate change, with an increased emphasis on study aerosols. Oppose efforts to privatize NOAA. Support Paris Climate Agreement but it needs to be enforceable. Also increased money towards weather forecasting, most notably to improve the US based Global Forecast System and upgrade phased array radar.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Support to avoid the smaller states from being screwed over by urban areas but expand the size of the house.

Gerrymandering: Oppose. Support independent commission with guidelines on not splitting up COI for both congressional and legislative seats.

Term limits: Oppose for legislative seats, support for executive seats, largely because I believe in there is a happy medium between both arguments.

Voter ID: Oppose.

Instant Run-off Voting: Support

Primaries: Let the states decide, but all states should hold the presidential and statewide office primaries on the same day, eliminating the urge for caucuses.

Statehood: Make D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico as states, along with maybe the NMI and the Virgin Islands (or combine them with PR/Guam). Let American Samoa be its own nation or be annexed by Western Samoa.

Voting age: Let states decide on whether it should be lowered to 16. Leave it at 18.

Updated.

Had a bit of change of heart on some issues lately, so updated.
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« Reply #1304 on: May 12, 2018, 12:25:57 pm »

I'm an extreme social liberal who doesn't care what people do, nor do I care about political correctness. I'm no fan of the SJW group and I personally believe them to be conservative, just in some different ways. I believe that all harmless drugs, not just marijuana, should be legal.

Economically a centrist with both some populist and libertarian streaks. I favor keeping the welfare safety net but also increase job programs to try to reduce welfare usage. I support ACA. I believe that minimum wage should at least be set based on COL in each state, if not each county; I don't believe that there is a national living wage. I favor free markets and am a massive support of free trade agreements. I believe in keeping regulations that offer necessary protection, but getting rid of regulations based on "morality" and other useless things. The one industry that I believe need additional government intervention is telecom, and that big telecom companies need to be broken up. I do support environmental protections and eventually getting rid of fossil fuel use entirely. I support the use of nuclear power.

On foreign issues I'm quite globalist and usually a pacifist. I don't believe that we should go around starting wars for no good reason and that the 2003 Iraq war was a mistake. I do believe that we should continue to stand by our allies, including Israel, because we have made a commitment and that our allies need to be able to trust us in order for us to be able to trust them.

Tl;dr: Social Liberalism
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« Reply #1305 on: May 14, 2018, 05:47:00 pm »

Overview:
Social: Conservative
Economic: Moderate to Centre-left (by American Standards)
National Security: Realist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Social Policy:
Abortion: I'm pro-life and personally oppose it except in cases of rape, incest, and if the mother's life is in danger. In practice, I support a 20-week abortion ban but I wouldn't go any further than that
Same-Sex Marriage: I would have prefered civil unions but I'm OK with Same-Sex Marriage now. That being said, churches and other religious institutions shouldn't be forced to conduct them
Drug Laws: maybe not outright legalize marijuana (it might send a bad message) but I support decriminalization because it's not something you should go to jail for using
Death Penalty: I support it in cases of murder, terrorism, and rape under certain circumstances
Gun Control: I'd imagine stricter background checks are needed, but I'm not an expert on this subject so I won't say more than that
Religious Freedom: needs to be protected
Affirmative Action: Oppose
Political Correctness: Has gone way too far
Euthanasia: Support as long as the patient is terminally ill
Prostitution: Oppose
Pornography: it's a public health issue, I'd support a law like the one that just went into effect in the UK on the subject, where you would have to opt in with your internet provider in order to access it 
Immigration: I would support giving people in the US illegally legal status on a case by case basis (but it would more be the exception rather than the rule) and I oppose a blanket amnesty.
I think legal immigration should be reduced and we should mainly be letting in westernized and or highly educated immigrants (and students of course) who are thus capable of integrating and adhering to Western values. I'm against the Muslim ban though (I'm not sure if it's still in place but it's unconstitutional and I know some great people from Muslim countries so banning them would be dumb)

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: I support raising the Federal Minimum Wage, but $15/hour is ridiculous, $9-$10 would make a lot more sense. States and cities would be free to adopt a higher minimum wage. The minimum wage should also be indexed to inflation.
Right to Work: Oppose
Taxation: Abolish worldwide taxation. I'm opposed to Trump's tax cuts though, they're just blowing a hole in the deficit. Taxation should be based on the needs of the Treasury and not on ideology and should be fixed accordingly, as long as the rates are reasonable (no one should ever have to pay more than hall of their income in taxes, if the government was spending that much then spending cuts would be necessary). I support progressive taxation. I'd support increasing the sales tax in order to lower property taxes.    
Healthcare: Support universal healthcare, but in practice I think the best thing that could be realistic in the short to medium term would be to expand Medicaid or to create a public option.
Education: Support vouchers, find solutions to make college affordable (create programs like the Hope Scholarship in Georgia)
Free Trade: I support it in principle but if it hurts the country's interests protections have to be put in place

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: I supported the Iran deal and opposed Trump ripping it up
Syria: fight ISIS but otherwise don't get involved
Israel/Palestine: I support a two-state solution
Russia: improve relations and ties with Russia

Environment:
Climate Change: it's real and it has to be fought (reduce emissions, invest in renewable energy). We shouldn't have left the Paris climate agreement.

Electoral and Political Reform:
Term limits: Oppose (except for the Presidency)
Electoral College Reform: Oppose
Voter ID: support
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« Reply #1306 on: May 14, 2018, 07:51:29 pm »

Ideology: Economic liberal with a populist bent, social moderate. I kinda consider my ideology the opposite of libertarianism. When asked for a simple term, I just say labor Democrat.

Top issues: Jobs, drugs, healthcare

Entitlements and healthcare: Preserve Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. No gutting our entitlements. Create a public option. Have the government subsidize childcare so people can afford to have families. Free community college or trade school for everyone.

Unions: Should be a top priority of the party. One of the best ways to fight against income inequality.

Education: Fund it properly, Oklahoma. And make sure it's not done in a sh**tty way where richer areas get more funding for their schools like we have in Ohio. Less funding for charter schools and higher standards; they often suck. As mentioned above, make higher education more affordable.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana. Don't legalize anything else, but realize that we can't arrest our way out of the addiction crisis. It didn't work in the '80s and it won't work now. I also want politicians to come hard after Big Pharma who helped create this disaster.

Taxes: Higher income taxes on the rich (although there's an upper limit here; it's not the 1950s anymore), lower taxes on the rest of us if possible. Sales tax should be as low as possible; I commend states like Montana which don't have a sales tax.

Trade: Skeptical of many free trade deals, supportive of tariffs on China.

Campaign finance: We need deep reform here. I've seen the detrimental effects on the state level here in Ohio.

Abortion: Safe, legal, rare. I don't have a moral opposition to abortion (the fact that it's not prohibited by the Bible is striking), but it's not like anyone wants to get one.

Guns: Pro-gun, although supportive of a few things like increased background checks.

Immigration: Immigration is a privilege, not a right. We need to secure our borders. We also need to crack down on employers who employ undocumented immigrants. I think we should make it a little easier to immigrate from Mexico; that would cut down on illegal immigration some. I think if you go to jail and you're undocumented, you should be deported. We should also deport people who've only been here for a short time. I think we should give all the DREAMERs green cards immediately and a path to citizenship, but I don't think people who immigrated as adults should be treated exactly the same since they chose to come here.

Energy: We should strive for energy independence. As much of this as possible should be done through green energy, which is both good for the environment and a great source of jobs. Fracking and nuclear energy shouldn't be taken off the table, and they are actually an important part of preventing climate change. Coal is bad for the environment but we can't abandon people in coal towns; we should preserve coal as long as needed while we try to bring other industries into places like West Virginia.

Criminal justice reform: Body cams on every officer to start with. We need a lot more on this front though.

Some other stuff I'm gonna throw all together: Raise the minimum wage. Strongly opposed to UBI; we want jobs, not welfare. I think political correctness has really gone too far these days and it worries me. I support reparations for slavery. Liberals and Democrats needs to be more welcoming of religious people. Globalization and the economic and cultural changes that have been happening lately have not been good for everyone and that needs to be acknowledged.

Aside from abortion, minimum wage, and the somewhat harsher stance on immigration that I have, we pretty much agree.
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« Reply #1307 on: May 16, 2018, 01:53:11 pm »

Ideology: Economic liberal with a populist bent, social moderate. I kinda consider my ideology the opposite of libertarianism. When asked for a simple term, I just say labor Democrat.

Top issues: Jobs, drugs, healthcare

Entitlements and healthcare: Preserve Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. No gutting our entitlements. Create a public option. Have the government subsidize childcare so people can afford to have families. Free community college or trade school for everyone.

Unions: Should be a top priority of the party. One of the best ways to fight against income inequality.

Education: Fund it properly, Oklahoma. And make sure it's not done in a sh**tty way where richer areas get more funding for their schools like we have in Ohio. Less funding for charter schools and higher standards; they often suck. As mentioned above, make higher education more affordable.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana. Don't legalize anything else, but realize that we can't arrest our way out of the addiction crisis. It didn't work in the '80s and it won't work now. I also want politicians to come hard after Big Pharma who helped create this disaster.

Taxes: Higher income taxes on the rich (although there's an upper limit here; it's not the 1950s anymore), lower taxes on the rest of us if possible. Sales tax should be as low as possible; I commend states like Montana which don't have a sales tax.

Trade: Skeptical of many free trade deals, supportive of tariffs on China.

Campaign finance: We need deep reform here. I've seen the detrimental effects on the state level here in Ohio.

Abortion: Safe, legal, rare. I don't have a moral opposition to abortion (the fact that it's not prohibited by the Bible is striking), but it's not like anyone wants to get one.

Guns: Pro-gun, although supportive of a few things like increased background checks.

Immigration: Immigration is a privilege, not a right. We need to secure our borders. We also need to crack down on employers who employ undocumented immigrants. I think we should make it a little easier to immigrate from Mexico; that would cut down on illegal immigration some. I think if you go to jail and you're undocumented, you should be deported. We should also deport people who've only been here for a short time. I think we should give all the DREAMERs green cards immediately and a path to citizenship, but I don't think people who immigrated as adults should be treated exactly the same since they chose to come here.

Energy: We should strive for energy independence. As much of this as possible should be done through green energy, which is both good for the environment and a great source of jobs. Fracking and nuclear energy shouldn't be taken off the table, and they are actually an important part of preventing climate change. Coal is bad for the environment but we can't abandon people in coal towns; we should preserve coal as long as needed while we try to bring other industries into places like West Virginia.

Criminal justice reform: Body cams on every officer to start with. We need a lot more on this front though.

Some other stuff I'm gonna throw all together: Raise the minimum wage. Strongly opposed to UBI; we want jobs, not welfare. I think political correctness has really gone too far these days and it worries me. I support reparations for slavery. Liberals and Democrats needs to be more welcoming of religious people. Globalization and the economic and cultural changes that have been happening lately have not been good for everyone and that needs to be acknowledged.

Aside from abortion, minimum wage, and the somewhat harsher stance on immigration that I have, we pretty much agree.

This plus I'm a strong supporter of Medicare for All because a public option would leave the private insurance intact and thus national health care wouldn't work till healthy, middle and high income people are off private insurance rolls.
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« Reply #1308 on: May 19, 2018, 08:27:28 pm »

Slight update using Lechasseur's model because why not.

Overview:
Social: Libertarian
Economic: Center-left to left-wing
Foreign policy: strongly non-interventionist

Social Policy:
Abortion: oppose but support a "safe, legal, and rare" strategy
Same-Sex Marriage: support
Drug Laws: Legalize marijuana, LSD, and other psychedelics, decriminalize the rest, also nationwide medical marijuana
Death Penalty: Only for war criminals
Gun Control: Oppose beyond the basics
Religious Freedom: Too broad of a subject to give a definitive answer on
Affirmative Action: Oppose
Political Correctness: Not a huge issue or a national issue, but I'd say it's gone too far in some areas
Euthanasia: Oppose
Prostitution: Legalize it.
Pornography: Support unrestricted so long as it depicts consenting adults
Immigration: In the U.S. sense, I've definitely moved to the left on this issue. I oppose deportations of illegal immigrants unless they've committed a felony, and support a less-strict immigration policy and granting of more green cards.

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: The federal minimum wage should be raised to at least $12, preferably $15.
Right to Work: Oppose.
Taxation: In a perfect world, taxation wouldn't be necessary, but we don't live in a perfect world, we live in a world driven by profit and greed.
Healthcare: Support implementing universal healthcare.
Education: Eliminate standardized testing and allow more freedom with curriculum. Guarantee free or severely reduced college tuition.
Free Trade: There needs to be some restrictions.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: Keep the Iran deal.
Syria: Stay out.
Israel/Palestine: Two-state solution, obviously, but I also realize that that won't happen for a very long time.
Russia: Russia (and China) shouldn't be seen as our enemies.

Environment:
Climate Change: We should ideally transition to 100% renewable energy. I especially support investments in solar and geothermal power.

Electoral and Political Reform:
Term limits: Support consecutive term limits but not lifetime term limits.
Electoral College Reform: Get rid of it. Oppose the NPVIC, though, it's all or nothing.
Voter ID: Oppose and support a vote-by-mail system.
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« Reply #1309 on: May 20, 2018, 12:27:57 am »

Redoing because it's been forever.

Overview:
Social: Conservative
Economic: Traditionally conservative, but not necessarily free market
Foreign policy: Lean non-interventionist but not overly so

Social Policy:
Abortion: Oppose. Overturn Roe and ban with an exception to save the life of the mother.
Same-Sex Marriage: Oppose. I wouldn't attempt to re-ban it though.
Drug Laws: Keep the hard stuff illegal. Recreational marijuana should be illegal with fines and/or community service as the punishment. Medical marijuana should be in principle permissible, but subject to the usual FDA drug regulations.
Death Penalty: Oppose in practice in the US.
Gun Control: Okay with background checks but none of the "ban random feature" trendy moves.
Religious Freedom: RFRA more or less. Higher scrutiny on governmental religious interference for attempts to compel people to do things than for outlawing things.
Affirmative Action: Oppose. Open to an economic-based alternative for education only.
Political Correctness: Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be charitable and try to give your opponents the best possible interpretation.
Euthanasia: Oppose. Keep it illegal.
Prostitution: Oppose. Keep it illegal where banned and ban it where legal.
Pornography: Oppose. I wouldn't attempt to actually ban it though.
Immigration: Crack down on illegal border crossings combined with one-time amnesty opportunity for illegals who haven't done anything wrong except come here illegally. Mandatory jail time for hiring an illegal alien after the amnesty window is up.

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: Somewhere in the $10ish range is probably about right. Add a governmental subsidy to small businesses who employ unskilled workers to prevent them from being driven out.
Right to Work: Oppose. Unions bargain for all workers, so all have to pay. I support banning unions from making political donations.
Taxation: Almost certainly needs to increase to pay for our current programs without adding more.
Healthcare: Require hospitals to charge the same price for the same procedure regardless of the patient's insurance. Allow medicare/medicaid to negotiate prices.
Education: Allow for greater state and local control of curriculum and content. Ban multiple choice math questions in standardized testing.
Free Trade: Deals should be bilateral and ensure that cheap labor costs don't allow goods only flow in one direction.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: Continue sanctions unless nuclear program is stopped.
Syria: Try to negotiate a peace between Assad, the Kurds, and US-backed rebels that doesn't end up with any side getting arrested/executed by whatever government replaces the current mess. Push for an independent Kurdistan if the Kurds want one.
Israel/Palestine: Two-state solution ideally, but good luck.
Russia: Deal with on a case-by-case basis. Russia can be a strategic partner sometimes, but don't really trust them.

Environment:
Climate Change: Build nuclear power plants, the only plausible non-fossil-fuel option for our base load.

Electoral and Political Reform:
Term limits: Oppose.
Electoral College Reform: Oppose. Changing the rules is a sure sign of losing.
Voter ID: Support, as long a provided for free by the government.
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« Reply #1310 on: May 21, 2018, 05:37:49 pm »

Have I ever done this before?

Overview:
Social: Liberal
Economic: Neoliberal with social capitalist leanings
Foreign policy: I don't oppose going around and blowing things up, but there should be an actual working reason.

Social Policy:
Abortion: Keep Roe v. Wade. I do have a certain personal opposition to abortion—but I think the way to reduce abortion rates is through comprehensive sex education in schools, and ensuring easy access to contraception.

Same-Sex Marriage: Support.

Drug Laws: Legalize/tax/regulate marijuana, emphasize treatment for offenders rather than draconian punishment.

Death Penalty: Only in extreme circumstances (such as for war criminals). Otherwise, it's expensive, unruly, and too frequently leads to the execution of innocent people (I define "too frequently" as the cumulative number of innocent people executed exceeding 0.)

Gun Control: I acknowledge the existence of the Second Amendment and the strength of America's gun culture, but from a personal standpoint, unless you're living in a rural area/hunt frequently, I just flat-out don't understand the rationale behind gun ownership. (Though I recognize that's not in and of itself a reason to support gun control. My reason for supporting gun control is children dying.)

Religious Freedom: Support if that means your ability to practice your beliefs without interference from the government. Oppose for the people who use it as their reason for not selling a cake to gay people or whatnot.

Affirmative Action: More positions should be hired in a "blind" fashion, precluding the possibility of conscious or subconscious discrimination based on race or gender, and keeping it relegated to raw data and professional qualifications.

Political Correctness: I mean, I'm for people being jerks less frequently, but my opinion isn't particularly militant in either direction.

Euthanasia: Permissable, as long as the patient has the wherewithal to pass certain examinations certifying their ability to understand the decision.

Prostitution: Regulate to ensure the safety of sex workers.

Pornography: Current laws are fine.

Immigration: My opinion on this will be implied by my answers on trade/economics.

Economic Policy:

Minimum Wage: Should be a sliding scale based on cost of living/age of worker, but generally, it's too low right now.

Right to Work: My opinion on unions is generally set to the same tone as the Taft–Hartley Act.

Taxation: Lower the corporate tax, and focus more on individual taxation. My ideal vision would be a nationwide consumption tax to lower or replace many existing taxes, but I haven't found a workable model for it, and it's probable that one might not exist.

Healthcare: Public option.

Education: There's a reason that any politician can get votes by complaining about the horrors of excessive standardized testing.

Free Trade: I generally support free trade and strongly oppose blind protectionism as it's immensely regressive and self-defeating, though comprehensive multinational trade agreements should be at least partially publicly debated and constructed (i.e. I might support the overall thrust of the TPP, but I dislike how it was conceived).

Foreign Policy and National Security:

Iran: I don't understand very much about the Iran deal, but it seems fine—or, at least, not the Worst Deal In The History Of Deals.

Syria: I have no idea what's happening in Syria except that it is bad.

Israel/Palestine: Does it even matter what anyone has to say on this anymore?

Russia: They'e contributed much to the evolution of world cinema!

Environment:

Climate Change: Is caused by human activity and is bad.

Electoral and Political Reform:

Term limits: Oppose, because it's just a boon for lobbyists.

Electoral College Reform: I would enjoy totally dismantling this absurdly antiquated and antidemocratic system piece by piece.

Voter ID: Support in theory, but since it just seems to be used in practice for politicians to make it harder for people who don't support them to vote, oppose in reality.
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« Reply #1311 on: May 21, 2018, 07:57:55 pm »

Pretty liberal overall, but deeply pragmatic and almost always a loyal Democrat. I'm not at all the type to try to unseat a popular moderate if they're the most realistic candidate, enforce party litmus tests when I realize that certain liberal policy proposals are not popular throughout the country, or resist voting for a Democrat in a general election just because I have some mild disagreements with them.

Abortion? Staunchly pro-choice
Gay Marriage? Staunchly in favor
Guns? Staunchly anti-gun but willing to settle for incremental reform
Marijuana? Legalize it, and explore decriminalization for other drugs
Death Penalty? Oppose, but less for moral reasons and more for finance/practicality reasons
Electoral Reform? Abolish (or at least heavily reform) the electoral college and regulate campaign finance more strictly (not a fan of term limits though)
Religion? Strongly stand against any sort of religious pervasiveness into government and am entirely opposed to any religious basis for public policy, but of course want to protect the freedom for anyone to worship as they see fit
Parental Rights? This is a very broad category but I generally support the protection of a child's confidentiality in a school or medical professional over the requests of parents for disclosure of information
Illegal Immigration? Pass legislation to cement the protected status of DREAMers, rein in the current aggressiveness of ICE, and be more forgiving of non-violent offenses committed by illegal immigrants

Taxation? Slight increase of taxation on top income brackets from Obama-era numbers
Healthcare? Fine-tune the ACA with the short-term goal of adding a public option and long-term goal of transitioning to a single payer-like system
Environmental Issues? Strongly incentivize renewable energy and eventually punish non-renewable energy, strongly regulate the cleanliness of our air and water, and recognize the threat of climate change and our role in causing it (inc. reentering the Paris Climate Agreement)

Dovish/Hawkish? Moderately dovish
Israel vs. Palestine? Both are problematic, but the United States has typically been (and is very much so right now) very favorable towards Israel while ignoring the wants of Palestinians, so I would like to a more impartial foreign policy on this issue (which Obama seemed to be moving towards during his second term, ex. not vetoing the UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement building); the United States also has to condemn unnecessary violence on both sides, include Israeli "defense" during the Gaza protests last week
Iran Deal? Not perfect but it definitely didn't make seem to make sense to exit at this point
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'18 MI 12th: Debbie Dingell (D, inc.)

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