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« Reply #850 on: June 26, 2013, 10:32:38 pm »

Also using Rockefeller's method

Social Policy

Abortion: Completely legal during the first two trimesters, illegal except fir risk to health during the third trimester.

Drugs: Legalize Marijuana undecied when it comes to other currently illegal drugs.

Censorship: Strongly oppose.

Gay marriage: Strongly support.

Death penalty: Support for mass murders and other similar level crimes.

Prostitution: Legalize and regulate it.

Church & state: Support, although I don't really care if god is mentioned on our money or in the pledge of allegiance.

Affirmative action: Oppose.

Hate crime laws: Should be treated the same as any other crime.

Immigration: Support both amnesty and strong border security.
    
Stem cell research: Support. 

PATRIOT Act: Oppose.

Gun Control: Support background checks, oppose banning any type of gun.

Assisted suicide: Support.

Gambling: Support.

Organ donation: This is a personal decision.

Term limits: Undecided.

Statehood: Support statehood for Porto Rico, undecided on DC statehood.

Voting age:  Keep as is, but allow people who will turn 18 before election day to vote in primary elections

Campaign Finance Reform: Status quo.

Voter ID: Apathetic.

Economic Issues:

Welfare: Support welfare-to-work.

Unions: Support right-to-work laws.

Privatization: Generally support.

Environment: Support environmental protection as long as it doesn't interfere with economic development.

Minimum wage: Fine as it is.

Taxation: Ideally I want flat taxes, but realistically I just ant taxes to be as simple and low as possible.

Healthcare: Oppose both universal healthcare and "Obamacare", although I would prefer the former to the latter.

Trade: Strongly support free trade

Embargo: Generally a bad idea.

Pork: Oppose.
 
Subsidies: Generally oppose.

Military: Maintain current military funding levels, but shift more money into R&D and away from traditional ground forces.  Make more use of military contractors as a way to allow for funds to go further.

Foreign Policy

War: Justified for humanitarian causes and national security.

Israel-Palestine: Support two-state solution.

Draft: Oppose except in extreme situations.

Nukes: Free counties should have them, dictatorships should not.

Foreign Aid:  Depends on the situation.

Overall: Insane.
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« Reply #851 on: June 26, 2013, 10:47:15 pm »

Domestic Issues

Abortion: Abortion should be totally legal at any stage of pregnancy. A woman should be able to end a pregnancy with the least interference possible from the state, and access to abortion should be free of charge. I oppose parental notification laws, mandated waiting periods, required ultrasounds, counseling, and any and all attempts to criminalize abortion through the backdoor. Ultimately, we should focus on reducing the number of abortions performed by expanding access to health care, child care, education, and birth control.

Same-sex marriage: We should stop linking fundamental human rights to an institution with a 50% failure rate. Tax incentives given with marriage should be abolished or de-linked from marriage itself, and individuals should be free to marry or cohabit with whom and with how many people they see fit, provided that there is no coercion involved.

Drug legalization: Soft drugs should be made legal, legal smoking/drinking ages substituted for legal purchase ages (ideally lower than what currently exists), and hard drugs heavily regulated with drug maintenance programs, harm reduction strategies, etc.

Prostitution: Sex work should be taxed, legal, and regulated.

Guns: Status quo.

Education: National curriculum developed with the aid of teachers' unions and parents, an end to most standardized testing, class size limitations, equal funding from the federal government, universal pre-k and universal access to higher education. Ban on private schooling and homeschooling.

Stem Cell Research: Status quo.

Euthanasia: Legal. If you oppose death with dignity being legal, you're an awful person.

English as the official language: We've done fine without an official language so far. No reason to change horses midstream.

School prayer: Status quo.

Pledge of Allegiance: Shouldn't be required in schools.

Affirmative Action: Class-based rather than race or gender based in the short-term, in the long term, abolition in favor of universal access to higher education.

Trade: Fair Trade, not 'Free Trade'.

Health Care: Move towards single-payer, obvi.

Welfare: Repeal 'Welfare Reform,' make the existing benefit scheme more generous, and institute a universal basic income.

Minimum Wage: Raise to $22 gradually and index to increases in worker productivity.

Monetary Policy: Pragmatic, but favorable towards a weaker dollar (to encourage investment in the United States) and a loose monetary policy to promote economic growth. Prioritize full employment above anything else.

Taxes: Close loopholes, return to Eisenhower-era tax rates.

Regulation: Return to pre-Carter regulatory framework. 

Spending Cuts: Cut spending when the economy is growing, not when the economy is shrinking.

Energy: Nationalize the energy sector, heavily expand use of nuclear power, keep prices low for consumers.

Social Security: Remove the payroll tax cap, make the benefits more generous, divert revenues from the general fund into the program, reduce the retirement age to 55.

Unions: Taft-Hartley should be repealed, as should Landrum-Griffin, the Hatch Act, and all existing anti-labor legislation. Enact the Employee Free Choice Act, recognize the right of public, agricultural, and domestic employees to organize, bargain collectively, and strike. Provide for a framework for industry-wide collective bargaining, ban 'right-to-work' laws.

Foreign Policy

PATRIOT ACT: Should be repealed, as should provisions of the 2011 NDAA that provide for indefinite detention. PRISM and associated illegal wiretap programs should be ended, torture banned, and the United States out of Guantanamo.

Afghanistan: Withdraw along Obama's guidelines, negotiate with the Taliban where feasible to prevent continued loss of life.

Cuba: End the Embargo, close Guantanamo Bay prison, and seek normalized relations with Cuba.

Iraq: Status quo.

Israel/Palestine: Recognize Palestinian statehood, cut off all aid to Israel to force the Israelis to the negotiation table, and act as an honest broker in any subsequent negotiations for a peace treaty.

Iran: Status quo.

Syria: Aid for refugees, no arms sales to the combatants.

Military Spending: Automate as much as possible. At the very least, reduce to pre-9/11 levels, with a goal of reducing military spending even further, cut something like 25-50% of the military budget, with most savings coming from automation and cuts in the officer corps, not in rank-and-file soldiers.

Electoral Issues/Government

Voter Regulations/ID Cards: Automatic voter registration for all persons aged 16 and up.

Electoral College: Should be abolished.

Washington D.C.Sad Should be given proper representation in the House and the Senate.

Puerto Rico: The people of Puerto Rico should decide their own future.

Senate: Should be abolished.
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« Reply #852 on: June 27, 2013, 09:17:40 pm »

Me on the issues....

Social Issues

Gay Marriage: Support. I see no reasonable argument against this.

Abortion: Oppose.

Drugs: Illegal drugs should be KEPT illegal. We should NOT END the War on Drugs,  but I think we should cut a LITTLE spending of the war.

Death Penalty: Let the states decide.

Guns: I strongly support the right to bear arms. No gun control!

Affirmative Active: STRONGLY oppose. It is unfair.

Prostitution: Keep it ILLEGAL NATIONALLY, but states can allow it if they want to.

Hate Crime Laws: Oppose.

Immigration: We should still secure our borders, but not spend so much on it.

Patriot Act: Keep it.

Assisted suicide: No! Are you guys crazy?! You guys act like this is a normal thing to support! Physicians should help people change their minds about suicide when their depressed!  Maybe in a few scenarios it's OK, but it should be EXTREMELY RARE.

Censorship: No!

Organ donation: Personal choice.

Now you sort of get my social policy, MOSTLY Conservative with A LITTLE Liberal mixed in.
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Foreign Policy

War: Don't force us in one, but when it is necessary, we have to fight! Non-interventionism has NEVER WORKED in history!

Draft: No.

Military budget (this could also fit in the economic issues as well): Don't cut it too much, but a little cut in spending is OK. A weak military would be devastating!

Iraq: Shouldn't have gotten into it in the first place.

Afghanistan War: It was the right thing to do, but we should bring our troops home, it's been WAY too long.

Cuba Embargo: No.

So now you sort of get my foreign policy, no non-interventionism, but do not be too much of a war-monger. Fight when necessary. No more Cuban trade embargo!

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Economic Issues

Minimum Wage: Do NOT raise the minimum wage. Unemployment would rise drastically. Businesses couldn't afford to pay their workers. Prices on products will rise! More companies will outsource jobs because of this! We should not lower or end the minimum wage either, keep it at the same level.

Right-to-work: Support.

Deregulation: Support. More government control is never the answer in economics. Do not over-deregulate though.

Taxes: Lower them as much as possible, for both the poor, middle class, and rich. Don't abolish the income tax.

Environment: More government regulation on the environment destroys business freedom. Encourage businesses to be more environmentally-friendly, do not force them!

Welfare: People who are on welfare should be required to work, unless they have any disabilities.

Trade: Free trade over fair trade.

You sort of get my economic policy now, I'm a hard-core conservative when it comes to economic issues.



So, how do you guys think of my political stances?









 
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« Reply #853 on: June 29, 2013, 10:22:12 am »

Gonna pick a few

Drugs: Illegal drugs should be KEPT illegal. We should NOT END the War on Drugs,  but I think we should cut a LITTLE spending of the war.

That's right! Keep throwing them blacks in jail for smoking weed!

Guns: I strongly support the right to bear arms. No gun control!

That's right! Keep wondering why shootings happen so often, too!

Immigration: We should still secure our borders, but not spend so much on it.

Pure race is best race.


Hooray for intrusive Government!

Assisted suicide: No! Are you guys crazy?! You guys act like this is a normal thing to support! Physicians should help people change their minds about suicide when their they're depressed!  Maybe in a few scenarios it's OK, but it should be EXTREMELY RARE.

They're not depressed you dolt. They're in visceral pain because they are dying. God forbid they be put out of their misery as opposed to living in severe pain. Gotta love Conservatism.

Also, ftfy.


Oh good you're not entirely totalitarian.

War: Don't force us in one, but when it is necessary, we have to fight! Non-interventionism has NEVER WORKED in history!

Right, because history PROVES that people would prefer to be bombed and shot and murdered than not bombed, shot or murdered. Good.

Minimum Wage: Do NOT raise the minimum wage. Unemployment would rise drastically. Businesses couldn't afford to pay their workers. Prices on products will rise! More companies will outsource jobs because of this! We should not lower or end the minimum wage either, keep it at the same level.

Do you really understand WHY people get laid off when the Government says "we need you to pay your workers enough for them to actually LIVE and live comfortably in this country?" It's because those employers are selfish and greedy and decide to FIRE workers, so they can keep money. It's not that they won't be able to afford a minimum wage hike, it's because they REFUSE to give more of their money to pay for their workers. They know they can find someone who will work for 7.25 an hour and not complain about it. People get laid off because employers don't want to comply with minimum wage raises so they can keep their money, not because "big evil gubmint want da people to make enough money for their work."

Deregulation: Support. More government control is never the answer in economics. Do not over-deregulate though.

Of course! Give the banks and corporations MORE power! Makes sense.

Taxes: Lower them as much as possible, for both the poor, middle class, and rich. Don't abolish the income tax.

Not only is the bolded part a grammatically incorrect statement, it is also a morally incorrect statement. I don't think Conservatives understand how wealth inequality works.

Environment: More government regulation on the environment destroys business freedom. Encourage businesses to be more environmentally-friendly, do not force them!

Right, because the "encourage them, don't force them" policy has worked so well over the years.

Hint: that was sarcasm, it hasn't worked at all.

So, how do you guys think of my political stances?

Your politics are as terrible as your grammar.
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« Reply #854 on: June 29, 2013, 03:36:28 pm »
« Edited: July 05, 2013, 03:26:05 pm by Governor Maxwell »

Social Policy

Abortion (Center-Left):  Pro-choice up to the point of viability. It's the womans body, but after a certain point, the baby would possibly have the ability to survive, and that's generally at about 26 weeks. That's where I think the line should be drawn.

SSM and other LGBT rights (Left): Absolutely support. There are two ways of doing this in my view: one way is to get Government out of marriage. Getting rid of all the benefits the Government gives to married couples, and allow non-discrimination legislation to adapt. Another way is the way that is going on right now: fighting state by state to legalize gay marriage. Two people who love each other should have no barriers to be happy with one another.

Marijuana (Left): Legalize. I do agree, that we should do this by going state by state with attempts to legalize, but I think it's time we realized that the War on Drugs is a colossal failure. Tax it heavily, regulate it like cigarettes, advertise against its use. We need to more effectively use our resources.

Drinking Age (Left): It should be lowered to 18. We can send our men and women to war, and vote, but god forgiveth, we can't drink until we are 21. If we are legally decided to be an adult at 18, than we should be given all the benefits and what not of being an adult.

Oh, and I'm against the Death Penalty.

Physician-assisted suicide (Center/Center-Right): I'm not quite sure, to be honest. I think one should be in charge of their own death, but at the same time, it also depends on the circumstance. Maybe they are in so much pain at one point and they say they want to be dead, but they are not truly meaning of it if they survive. I think in the right context and under the right scope, Physician-assisted Suicide could work, but I think there would be a lot of consent to go by. (this might be my only moralist position)

Guns (Center/Center-Right): I think background checks is fine and is not gun control, so I supported Toomey-Manchin, although there were some major loopholes in the bill. However, I am not so supportive of a Assault Weapons ban, which would have little to no effect on gun violence. If we wanted to change the effect of gun violence, we need to look at our other laws and get power out of the black market (i.e. see Drug Wars)

Immigration (Center-Left): We need a more balanced workforce. What do I mean by that, well I mean that our workforce in the US is balanced on average skilled workers, with only small bits of American workers either highly skilled or low skilled. Compare that to an immigrant workforce, who have a lot of low skilled and high skilled workers, but not very many average workers. We need to increase immigration into this country. I believe it is time we reformed our immigration system to make it easier for people to come in, but we also need to be mindful and not treat people who came in here illegally any better than we treat people who follow the process. I do like the immigration plan in Congress, but I also want to do wonders on the work visa program.

Ultimately, though, if they are paying taxes in this country and are working, I have no problem with immigrants, illegal or not illegal, being in our country.

Affirmative Action (Right): Against.

Economic Policy

Income Tax (Center Right): We should have an income tax system. However, we should scale back rates once the economy gets back on track. However, in order to do that in a balanced fashion when it comes to revenue, we need to cut all of the special interest loopholes and ways that the corporate system gets to avoid taxation.

Deficit (Right): The deficit needs to be lowered through cuts and increases to revenue, otherwise known as austerity. However, we also need to increase spending in smaller places: infrastructure for example, in order to push jobs back into the economy. I am against massive wasteful spending, but not all spending is the same: We have a massively bloated military budget and we have no wars we are fighting with it, and I support big cuts to it. I also support looking under every rock and cutting waste.

Social Security (Right): I am for raising the retirement age, as Americans are living longer, and doing more with their lives. The retirement age has been the same since FDR, back when the age of death was LOWER than the retirement age he set for Social Security. It is only fair that we raise it now to compensate for increasing costs of the program. Simply put, we need to lock the lockbox. No more to Washington Republicans and Democrats robbing the trust fund as they did to fund their mistakes. In the long term, I do support a shift towards either privatization, or the Government handing back what people have put in and abolishing the program all together.

Free Trade (Right):  Pro-Free Trade.

Education (Center):  It should be in the hands of the states. We need to shift out of the dreadful policies of No Child Left Behind. Not all education spending is good spending, as we spend more it seems that those dollars go to waste when our scores are sh**t. We need to put more money behind primary education, giving a good foundation for later years.

Infrastructure spending (Center-Left): Support increasing. Our roads are in dire danger, and we need to do more to make our roads safer and better. One solution I like is making the toll roads private while keeping regular roads public. There are innovative solutions out there, and I believe that it isn't completely a lost cause.
 
Environment (Center Right): We should be mindful of our effect, but we should also not over-estimate our effect. There is something of an arrogance of our existence on this earth that we are the main culprits destroying the earth. Earth has long term shifts, some of them radical (see: the Ice Age), so I am still very skeptical. Ultimately, I wouldn't put environmental interests ahead of economic interests. However, I do support preserving lands for future generations via National Parks.

Foreign Policy

Embargo on Cuba: Totally against it. Cuba is no longer a threat. The more people we are trading with and working with across the world, the better. We need to lower barriers, not put up. No more Embargo on Cuba!

Military involvement overseas (Left): My basic foreign policy idea is simple: It is much like Milton Friedman described Government policy in the economy. Foreign Policy is too powerful: any movement we make ultimately comes back to bite us in the future. See all these leaders we put into power and than overthrew. I think it's time we stopped being so involved in world affairs. Let's be more mindful of our place in the world and stop being the world police. So my foreign policy is a minimalist foreign policy.

Humanitarian causes (Right): We should be more cautious about humanitarian aide. In any place where we could be thinking to fund poor kids in Africa, it turns out to be a dictator who takes those funds and slaughters thousands of his people. We need to be more cautious all around with foreign policy, but I think Humanitarian aide is a perfect example of why we need a more minimalist foreign policy.

Support for Democracy (Left): The United States isn't a Democracy. It is a constant fight between Republic and Democracy. Why should we impose something that we aren't even 100% behind?  Again, let's leave people alone, we don't know the backlash we may face because of these policies. Iraq is still a disaster to this day, because we invaded a country and then tried to "fix" our mess under the guise of Democracy.
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« Reply #855 on: June 29, 2013, 03:57:40 pm »

Social Policy

Abortion:  Pro-choice up to the point of viability. It's the womans body, but after a certain point, the baby would possibly have the ability to survive, and that's generally at about 26 weeks. That's where I think the line should be drawn.

SSM and other LGBT rights: Absolutely support. There are two ways of doing this in my view: one way is to get Government out of marriage. Getting rid of all the benefits the Government gives to married couples, and allow non-discrimination legislation to adapt. Another way is the way that is going on right now: fighting state by state to legalize gay marriage. Two people who love each other should have no barriers to be happy with one another.

Marijuana: Legalize. I do agree, that we should do this by going state by state with attempts to legalize, but I think it's time we realized that the War on Drugs is a colossal failure. Tax it heavily, regulate it like cigarettes, advertise against its use. We need to more effectively use our resources.

Drinking Age: It should be lowered to 18. We can send our men and women to war, and vote, but god forgiveth, we can't drink until we are 21. If we are legally decided to be an adult at 18, than we should be given all the benefits and what not of being an adult.

Oh, and I'm against the Death Penalty.

Physician-assisted suicide: I'm not quite sure, to be honest. I think one should be in charge of their own death, but at the same time, it also depends on the circumstance. Maybe they are in so much pain at one point and they say they want to be dead, but they are not truly meaning of it if they survive. I think in the right context and under the right scope, Physician-assisted Suicide could work, but I think there would be a lot of consent to go by. (this might be my only moralist position)

Guns: I think background checks is fine and is not gun control, so I supported Toomey-Manchin, although there were some major loopholes in the bill. However, I am not so supportive of a Assault Weapons ban, which would have little to no effect on gun violence. If we wanted to change the effect of gun violence, we need to look at our other laws and get power out of the black market (i.e. see Drug Wars)

Immigration: We need a more balanced workforce. What do I mean by that, well I mean that our workforce in the US is balanced on average skilled workers, with only small bits of American workers either highly skilled or low skilled. Compare that to an immigrant workforce, who have a lot of low skilled and high skilled workers, but not very many average workers. We need to increase immigration into this country. I believe it is time we reformed our immigration system to make it easier for people to come in, but we also need to be mindful and not treat people who came in here illegally any better than we treat people who follow the process. I do like the immigration plan in Congress, but I also want to do wonders on the work visa program.

Ultimately, though, if they are paying taxes in this country and are working, I have no problem with immigrants, illegal or not illegal, being in our country.

Affirmative Action: Against.

Economic Policy

Income Tax: We should have an income tax system. However, we should scale back rates once the economy gets back on track. However, in order to do that in a balanced fashion when it comes to revenue, we need to cut all of the special interest loopholes and ways that the corporate system gets to avoid taxation.

Deficit: The deficit needs to be lowered through cuts and increases to revenue, otherwise known as austerity. However, we also need to increase spending in smaller places: infrastructure for example, in order to push jobs back into the economy. I am against massive wasteful spending, but not all spending is the same: We have a massively bloated military budget and we have no wars we are fighting with it, and I support big cuts to it. I also support looking under every rock and cutting waste.

Social Security: I am for raising the retirement age, as Americans are living longer, and doing more with their lives. The retirement age has been the same since FDR, back when the age of death was LOWER than the retirement age he set for Social Security. It is only fair that we raise it now to compensate for increasing costs of the program. Simply put, we need to lock the lockbox. No more to Washington Republicans and Democrats robbing the trust fund as they did to fund their mistakes. In the long term, I do support a shift towards either privatization, or the Government handing back what people have put in and abolishing the program all together.

Free Trade:  Pro-Free Trade.

Education:  It should be in the hands of the states. We need to shift out of the dreadful policies of No Child Left Behind. Not all education spending is good spending, as we spend more it seems that those dollars go to waste when our scores are sh**t. We need to put more money behind primary education, giving a good foundation for later years.

Infrastructure spending: Support increasing. Our roads are in dire danger, and we need to do more to make our roads safer and better. One solution I like is making the toll roads private while keeping regular roads public. There are innovative solutions out there, and I believe that it isn't completely a lost cause.
 
Environment: We should be mindful of our effect, but we should also not over-estimate our effect. There is something of an arrogance of our existence on this earth that we are the main culprits destroying the earth. Earth has long term shifts, some of them radical (see: the Ice Age), so I am still very skeptical. Ultimately, I wouldn't put environmental interests ahead of economic interests. However, I do support preserving lands for future generations via National Parks.

Foreign Policy

Embargo on Cuba: Totally against it. Cuba is no longer a threat. The more people we are trading with and working with across the world, the better. We need to lower barriers, not put up. No more Embargo on Cuba!

Military involvement overseas: My basic foreign policy idea is simple: It is much like Milton Friedman described Government policy in the economy. Foreign Policy is too powerful: any movement we make ultimately comes back to bite us in the future. See all these leaders we put into power and than overthrew. I think it's time we stopped being so involved in world affairs. Let's be more mindful of our place in the world and stop being the world police. So my foreign policy is a minimalist foreign policy.

Humanitarian causes: We should be more cautious about humanitarian aide. In any place where we could be thinking to fund poor kids in Africa, it turns out to be a dictator who takes those funds and slaughters thousands of his people. We need to be more cautious all around with foreign policy, but I think Humanitarian aide is a perfect example of why we need a more minimalist foreign policy.

Support for Democracy: The United States isn't a Democracy. It is a constant fight between Republic and Democracy. Why should we impose something that we aren't even 100% behind?  Again, let's leave people alone, we don't know the backlash we may face because of these policies. Iraq is still a disaster to this day, because we invaded a country and then tried to "fix" our mess under the guise of Democracy.

You are a kind of rockefeller isolationnist. Really on the left socially, on the right economically (but not so far). You could be Olympia Snowe but she's pro interventionnist, so I would say Lincoln Chafee when he was independant!
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« Reply #856 on: June 29, 2013, 11:28:05 pm »
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Social/Cultural Hot-Button issues

Women's Rights: I support the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, as well as the final ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment.  

Gay Rights: I applaud the recent Supreme Court decision striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, and support the Respect for Marriage Act striking down DOMA in its entirety.  Also support the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.  

Sex: Favor mandatory comprehensive sex education programs, including accurate and up-to-date information regarding safe sex (condoms, contraceptives, etc.), sexually transmitted diseases, and abstinence.  I also support the right to free sexual speech & expression without legal penalties or harassment, and to this end I support the right of women to go topless wherever men are allowed to; public nudity in designated areas; as well as ending censorship of nudity in the media.

Second Amendment: The Second Amendment was intended to be seen as protecting an individual right as with all the other original ten amendments that comprised the Bill of Rights when it was added to the Constitution.  When it was originally written, 'militia' connoted the entirety of the citizenry, not just a government-created body.  

Accordingly, I support concealed-carry, castle-doctrine laws, and other liberalizing measures. I strongly oppose gun-bans at any governmental level.  However, as with every other amendment, there are limits.

With greater freedom comes greater responsibility in using that freedom, and it is in that spirit that I support measures like mandatory firearms training and universal background checks before any gun or permit is issued, to ensure that the unorganized citizens' militia is well-trained and well-regulated.  

Drug War: I support ending the 'War on Drugs' by overturning the Controlled Substances Act, ending mandatory minimum sentencing, legalizing marijuana, and instead direct our attention and funding towards prevention and treatment of addicts.  

Economic issues

Education: Favor adapting the Finland education model to the United States, including a major expansion in after-school tutoring programs as well as universal pre-school education; smaller class sizes; adopting Common Core standards and expanding them beyond math and English; changing the traditional school year to a year-round schedule; and work to ensure that teachers receive the same societal status as doctors and lawyers with attendant qualifications.

Tax Code: In addition to closing tax loopholes, sun-setting the alternative minimum tax, and setting the top individual income tax rate at 40%, I favor tax reforms including cutting the corporate income tax to 25%, and introducing the Value-Added Tax (superseding all preceding sales and use taxes) with the intention of encouraging savings and investment, manufacturing exports over consumption of imports, as well as increasing revenue to pay for the social programs that the American people desire.  

Entitlement programs: I believe the Bismarck model of Germany and Switzerland is better suited to the United States than the Single-Payer system of Great Britain and Canada.  To achieve this goal, I support various measures to improve upon the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Among them, I favor federalizing[/url] Medicaid, a single national health insurance exchange, universal (and federalized) childcare, and medical liability reform.

With regard to Medicare and Social Security, I favor raising the eligibility age to seventy, raising the payroll tax as well as eliminating the cap on it, preserve as well as raise the estate tax, and indexing benefits to inflation as opposed to wages.  

I strongly oppose changing Medicare into a premium support plan, or diverting payroll taxes into private retirement accounts subject to the whims of the market.  

Labor Unions: Support the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act, and repealing the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947.

Free Trade: Strongly support free trade, and favor the establishment of the Free Trade Area of the Americas, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Trans-Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership, and the completion of the Doha Development Round of the WTO -as well as a significant reduction of farm subsidies throughout the developed world including the United States.  

Immigration Reform: I fully support the provisions in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.

To encourage assimilation, I support significant increases in funding for ESL (English-as-a-Second-Language) programs, and streamlining the legal immigration process to make it less cumbersome and more convenient for visa applicants.

I strongly oppose calls by nativists for mass deportations and denying birthright citizenship.  

Energy Independence and the Environment: I support the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, strictly regulating the fracking practices of the natural gas industry, as well as lifting the ban on exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and oil, especially to Europe.  

To build a more ecologically sustainable society over the long-haul, I favor research into nuclear fusion and hydrogen fuel-cell technologies; increasing investments into alternative renewable energy sources like wind, solar, geothermal, and biomass among others; promoting energy efficiency in government as well as in private industry, using the LEED Green Building Rating System as a model; tax credits for hybrid vehicles; increasing the fuel economy standards for newer vehicles; gradually eliminating taxpayer subsidies for the fossil fuel and ethanol industries; implementing a carbon tax (superseding existing state and federal fuel excise taxes) to further spur these changes in energy usage; as well as beginning a 'nuclear renaissance' through the building of enough new nuclear power plants, and updating those already in existence so that 50% of our energy needs would be based on nuclear power.

I also support opening Yucca Mountain as a storage site for spent nuclear waste, as well as increasing our capacity for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel so that they can be reused and to reduce the total amount of waste that would have to be sent there.

Transportation: The federal government should also create a national transportation infrastructure for the 21st century comparable in scope to President Eisenhower's Interstate Highway System, with High Speed Rail as its centerpiece, beginning with increasing investments into mass transit programs in urban areas so as to concentrate population growth there.

NASA -Space Exploration: Strongly support President Bush's initiative to refocus the space agency away from the International Space Station (instead letting private companies and international space agencies fund the ISS upon its completion) and towards the exploration and colonization of the Moon and Mars.  I also support reviving the Constellation program; moving manned and unmanned rocket launch facilities HQ from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico -and distributing funding accordingly.

Foreign Policy

Support the ratification of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.  Advocate cultivating our relations with India through such agreements like the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, with the ultimate objective of making India into an ally as special and important to the United States as the United Kingdom and Japan is today.  Support the leasing of bases throughout Southeast Asia (including Subic Naval Base in the Philippines) to counter the growing military power of China, and reshaping our military to better handle the twin challenges of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency, including a major expansion of the Special Forces.  Also support missile defense to guard against rogue regimes threatening our allies.

Democracy-Related Issues

District of Columbia: Support having the non-federal areas of DC retroceded to Maryland as the city of Washington, thereby enabling the residents within to be represented at all levels of government.  

Election Reform: I support mandatory, universal voter registration; and full mandatory public disclosure by all (including independent super PACS like 501(c) and 527 groups) of all political donations and expenditures.  

I also support replacing the First-Past-The-Post system with mixed-member proportional representation with regard to the federal House of Representatives and state legislatures.    

In addition, I advocate eliminating the Electoral College and having the President elected by the national popular vote alone, contingent on Congress and the states ratifying the Right to Vote Amendment.  
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In sum, I consider myself a liberal Democrat, heavily influenced by the 'Third Way' as exemplified by Bill Clinton and Tony Blair.  
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« Reply #857 on: June 30, 2013, 01:44:38 am »

Frodo, yours is one of the best political platforms I've ever read Smiley Besides on Social Security, I think we agree on practically everything mentioned in your platform.
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« Reply #858 on: June 30, 2013, 05:26:21 pm »

Frodo, Excellent view of the second amendment along with the Finland model.
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« Reply #859 on: June 30, 2013, 09:14:03 pm »
« Edited: June 30, 2013, 09:26:31 pm by Must Crush Capitalism »

Within the context of contemporary American politics, anyway.

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice until point of viability.
Drugs: Decriminalize all drugs to make seeking help for addiction easier. Legalize all soft drugs. I'm supportive of the use and study of psychedelic drugs.
Censorship: Oppose all censorship.
LGBT Rights: I fall into "B" myself. Totally support.
Transgender issues: Very important issue. Discrimination against transgender people must be illegal.
SSM: Legalize.
Polygamy: Legalize.
Marriage privatization: Support. State shouldn't subsidize marriage.
Death penalty: Unconditionally oppose
Prison system: End private and for-profit prisons. Adopt rehabilitation-based incarceration system based upon that of Norway.
Prostitution: Mixed thoughts, but in favor of legalization.
Church & state: Keep religion out of politics
Religion: Everyone has a right to hold their own religious beliefs. Spreading these beliefs to one's children is indoctrination and child abuse. Do not teach religion to children.
Religion & SSM: Don't force religious groups to do SSMs.
Affirmative action: By economic status - support. Race-based affirmative action should be encouraged, but quotas and whatnot are going too far. Punish discriminatory businesses, though.  
Hate crime laws: A bit undecided. Support in some instances.
Immigration: Support open borders.
Stem cell research: Strongly, strongly support
Science: Scientific progress should be supported by the government. Increase funding for NASA.
PATRIOT Act: Oppose.
Gun Control: Support closing loopholes, oppose assault weapons ban.  
Assisted suicide: Support.
Organ donation: Opt-out is a good idea.
Federalism: Mostly oppose. I dislike the idea of "leaving an issue to the states". Some devolution is necessary in a country as large as the United States, though.
Creationism: Keep it out of schools
Sex ed: Comprehensive sex ed is pretty much just common sense.

Electoral Reform:
DC: Support DC statehood.
Voting age: Status quo.
Campaign Finance Reform: Oppose Citizens' United, support public funding.
Voting system: Mixed member proportional. Oppose the electoral college... though I'd really miss the pretty maps.
Gerrymandering: Absolutely needs fixing.
Voter ID: Oppose.  
Two party system: Oppose.
Senate: Should have its power significantly decreased or be abolished.

Economic Issues:
Welfare state: Support an extensive welfare state. This is one of my biggest issues, having grown up in a low-income family on food stamps.
Unions: Love 'em. I have a thing for the IWW.
Privatization: Oppose.
Global warming: Real and human-caused. We need to have legislation to limit carbon emissions.
Water fluoridation: One of the greatest medical breakthroughs of the past century. Fully support.
Nuclear energy: More sustainable than some would have us believe. Support, in addition to maxing out what we can get from solar power, wind power, etc.
Minimum wage: Raise it.
Taxation: Support progressive taxation.
Healthcare: Single-payer.
Trade: Fair trade.  
Education:: Increase funding. Abolish private schools.
Military: Reduce funding drastically.

Foreign Policy
War: End imperialistic foreign policy. Not completely ideologically non-interventionist.
Israel-Palestine: A solution which one secular state is formed would be ideal, but possibly unworkable. Two-state solution is probably best.
Iran: Not a massive threat. Should face international sanctions for human rights abuses, though.
Syria: Assad is preferable to Islamists.
Middle East (other)Sad Support sanctions on Saudi Arabia for the same reasons as Iran.
Cuba: Normalize relations, end embargo.
Draft: Oppose.
UN: Support US membership. Oppose the structure of the security council. Support Palestinian membership.  
Global state: One decentralized world state is ideal, but unlikely.
Nukes: Reduce.
Foreign Aid: Foreign aid to Africa should come in different forms. Focus on long-term development.
Puerto Rico: Support self-determination
Canada: Support annexation.

Overall: I'm interested to see what you would describe me as.
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« Reply #860 on: July 01, 2013, 08:28:18 pm »


Overall: I'm interested to see what you would describe me as.

Scary.
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« Reply #861 on: July 01, 2013, 10:58:56 pm »



MustCrushCapitalism - you don't see yourself a socialist?
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« Reply #862 on: July 02, 2013, 12:42:02 am »

Mwahaha
MustCrushCapitalism - you don't see yourself a socialist?
I do, actually.
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« Reply #863 on: July 02, 2013, 05:50:22 pm »

Economy
-We should increase for education: I believe it's a necessity because it will produce skilled employers and it's good to improve our economy in a work where it's just impossible to rivalize with China by the prize!
- As a developed country, it's a duty to grant a correct standard of living for all people, we must show solidarity! That's why I favor a national health care (Obamacare)!
-I'm pro-union, I believe workers must be protected against their employers, who want to exploit their employees to obtain a better gain (Yes, I totally agree with Marx on this point Tongue). Union workers aren't necessarily bad for the employers, because it prevents violent strikes. I favor a minimum wage too!
-However, I'm not anticapitalist: pro free trade,... But it must be regulated by the state (minimum wage,...) because capitalism can lead to a major crisis (1929,2008,...)
-I tend to favor a kind of welfare state, not a socialist state! I think the USSR is an example of the inefficience of socialism economically: a too big bureaucracy which conducts to a big corruption and a weak productivity.

Social:
-I'm catholic (I'm french after all Tongue), I have a good opinion of the church generally. In France, the catholic church has always been an example of solidarity, so I'm not against teaching religion in school (if the students want to have cathechism of course!). My signature is a picture of "Abbe Lemire" who was a priest and a great fighter for better social conditions, a fighter against poverty,... It's really what I like in catholiscism: help the poors, solidarity,...
-However, I don't agree with their social views on abortion and SSM: I'm strongly pro-choice (it's a women's right for me!) and pro-SSM.
-I strongly oppose death penalty.
-I tend to favor prostitution's legalization (I'm against procuring) but oppose drugs.
-I favor immigration, our population is becoming older, immigration is a necessity! 
-I'm against flag-burning, think collective security is more important than the right of autonomy (tend to favor measures against terrorism, with moderation),  I tend to favor limiting violence in video-games.


Foreign policy
-I'm interventionnist, I was in favor of the intervention in Libya, I think we should help syrian rebels.
-Manning and Snowden are just two traitors and are weakening their country.



So, who am I politically?
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« Reply #864 on: July 02, 2013, 05:54:20 pm »


Maybe something like a Henry Jackson liberal.

Economically left, socially centre-left, fairly interventionist in foreign policy.
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« Reply #865 on: July 02, 2013, 06:01:15 pm »

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Abortion:  Pro-choice up to the point of viability. It's the womans body, but after a certain point, the baby would possibly have the ability to survive, and that's generally at about 26 weeks. That's where I think the line should be drawn.

SSM and other LGBT rights: Absolutely support. There are two ways of doing this in my view: one way is to get Government out of marriage. Getting rid of all the benefits the Government gives to married couples, and allow non-discrimination legislation to adapt. Another way is the way that is going on right now: fighting state by state to legalize gay marriage. Two people who love each other should have no barriers to be happy with one another.

Marijuana: Legalize. I do agree, that we should do this by going state by state with attempts to legalize, but I think it's time we realized that the War on Drugs is a colossal failure. Tax it heavily, regulate it like cigarettes, advertise against its use. We need to more effectively use our resources.

Drinking Age: It should be lowered to 18. We can send our men and women to war, and vote, but god forgiveth, we can't drink until we are 21. If we are legally decided to be an adult at 18, than we should be given all the benefits and what not of being an adult.

Oh, and I'm against the Death Penalty.

Physician-assisted suicide: I'm not quite sure, to be honest. I think one should be in charge of their own death, but at the same time, it also depends on the circumstance. Maybe they are in so much pain at one point and they say they want to be dead, but they are not truly meaning of it if they survive. I think in the right context and under the right scope, Physician-assisted Suicide could work, but I think there would be a lot of consent to go by. (this might be my only moralist position)

Guns: I think background checks is fine and is not gun control, so I supported Toomey-Manchin, although there were some major loopholes in the bill. However, I am not so supportive of a Assault Weapons ban, which would have little to no effect on gun violence. If we wanted to change the effect of gun violence, we need to look at our other laws and get power out of the black market (i.e. see Drug Wars)

Immigration: We need a more balanced workforce. What do I mean by that, well I mean that our workforce in the US is balanced on average skilled workers, with only small bits of American workers either highly skilled or low skilled. Compare that to an immigrant workforce, who have a lot of low skilled and high skilled workers, but not very many average workers. We need to increase immigration into this country. I believe it is time we reformed our immigration system to make it easier for people to come in, but we also need to be mindful and not treat people who came in here illegally any better than we treat people who follow the process. I do like the immigration plan in Congress, but I also want to do wonders on the work visa program.

Ultimately, though, if they are paying taxes in this country and are working, I have no problem with immigrants, illegal or not illegal, being in our country.

Affirmative Action: Against.

Economic Policy

Income Tax: We should have an income tax system. However, we should scale back rates once the economy gets back on track. However, in order to do that in a balanced fashion when it comes to revenue, we need to cut all of the special interest loopholes and ways that the corporate system gets to avoid taxation.

Deficit: The deficit needs to be lowered through cuts and increases to revenue, otherwise known as austerity. However, we also need to increase spending in smaller places: infrastructure for example, in order to push jobs back into the economy. I am against massive wasteful spending, but not all spending is the same: We have a massively bloated military budget and we have no wars we are fighting with it, and I support big cuts to it. I also support looking under every rock and cutting waste.

Social Security: I am for raising the retirement age, as Americans are living longer, and doing more with their lives. The retirement age has been the same since FDR, back when the age of death was LOWER than the retirement age he set for Social Security. It is only fair that we raise it now to compensate for increasing costs of the program. Simply put, we need to lock the lockbox. No more to Washington Republicans and Democrats robbing the trust fund as they did to fund their mistakes. In the long term, I do support a shift towards either privatization, or the Government handing back what people have put in and abolishing the program all together.

Free Trade:  Pro-Free Trade.

Education:  It should be in the hands of the states. We need to shift out of the dreadful policies of No Child Left Behind. Not all education spending is good spending, as we spend more it seems that those dollars go to waste when our scores are sh**t. We need to put more money behind primary education, giving a good foundation for later years.

Infrastructure spending: Support increasing. Our roads are in dire danger, and we need to do more to make our roads safer and better. One solution I like is making the toll roads private while keeping regular roads public. There are innovative solutions out there, and I believe that it isn't completely a lost cause.
 
Environment: We should be mindful of our effect, but we should also not over-estimate our effect. There is something of an arrogance of our existence on this earth that we are the main culprits destroying the earth. Earth has long term shifts, some of them radical (see: the Ice Age), so I am still very skeptical. Ultimately, I wouldn't put environmental interests ahead of economic interests. However, I do support preserving lands for future generations via National Parks.

Foreign Policy

Embargo on Cuba: Totally against it. Cuba is no longer a threat. The more people we are trading with and working with across the world, the better. We need to lower barriers, not put up. No more Embargo on Cuba!

Military involvement overseas: My basic foreign policy idea is simple: It is much like Milton Friedman described Government policy in the economy. Foreign Policy is too powerful: any movement we make ultimately comes back to bite us in the future. See all these leaders we put into power and than overthrew. I think it's time we stopped being so involved in world affairs. Let's be more mindful of our place in the world and stop being the world police. So my foreign policy is a minimalist foreign policy.

Humanitarian causes: We should be more cautious about humanitarian aide. In any place where we could be thinking to fund poor kids in Africa, it turns out to be a dictator who takes those funds and slaughters thousands of his people. We need to be more cautious all around with foreign policy, but I think Humanitarian aide is a perfect example of why we need a more minimalist foreign policy.

Support for Democracy: The United States isn't a Democracy. It is a constant fight between Republic and Democracy. Why should we impose something that we aren't even 100% behind?  Again, let's leave people alone, we don't know the backlash we may face because of these policies. Iraq is still a disaster to this day, because we invaded a country and then tried to "fix" our mess under the guise of Democracy.

You are a kind of rockefeller isolationnist. Really on the left socially, on the right economically (but not so far). You could be Olympia Snowe but she's pro interventionnist, so I would say Lincoln Chafee when he was independant!

Isolationism is the wrong term. I support free trade and I support an aggressive policy on getting all countries who are interested in wanting to be our trade partner to do so. I think the correct term is Non-Interventionism.

Also, while I am generally center right on economic issues, I do have some where I fit into the fairly right wing mold (unions, social security/medicare, healthcare).
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« Reply #866 on: July 03, 2013, 01:26:08 am »

Where am I politically?
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« Reply #867 on: July 03, 2013, 08:58:46 am »


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« Reply #868 on: July 03, 2013, 09:11:50 am »


New Democrat, in the mould of Andrew Cuomo and best typified by Bill Clinton. Generally centrist on social issues reading your answers, except on abortion and guns where you tilt to the right. You're generally centre-left on economics issues. Foreign policy, too, pretty centrist although your Syria stance stood out. It probably makes sense to switch your E/S matrix scores as you seem socially more centrist than economically so. You're not a moderate hero per-se, just a pragmatic Democrat. In days long gone, you might have voted Republican, maybe up to Ford in '76, or pushing it, Bush in '88. Thereafter probably straight Democrat.
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« Reply #869 on: July 03, 2013, 09:30:18 am »

Procrastination. I'll probably flesh this out at some point.

Social Policy

Abortion:  Constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade. Return abortion back to the states. Enact parental consent laws. Remove funding for Planned Parenthood.

SSM and other LGBT rights:  Support Same Sex Marriage, but it should be a state decision. Support ENDA too.

Marijuana:  Keep it illegal and crack down on the states that are decriminalising it, enact a federal ban preventing states from selling it.

Drinking Age:  Preferably lowered to 18 as in the UK but this doesn't really concern me.

Death Penalty:  Oppose. Imperfect society is incapable of accurately determining who deserves to die. (quoting TDA's answer here)

Physician-assisted suicide: Neutral, but lean oppose.

Guns: Moved slightly more to the right on this. Oppose federal attempts at gun control and empower the states to take their own lead on the issue. I support gun control at the state level, not federally.

Affirmative Action: Oppose, in all instances.

Economic Policy

Income Tax:  Gradually decrease it across the board. No tax rises.

Deficit:  Cut the deficit by spending cuts, see my plan on the NYT interactive budget app. Balance the budget via 20% tax rises, 80% cuts.

Social Security:  Cut social security, raises eligibility age to 70, tighten means testing etc.

Free Trade:  Wholly support. No exceptions.

Education:  Remove the Department of Education. It's a state issue.

Infrastructure spending:  No spending until the budget is balanced.

Environment: Encourage investment in greener technology, protect conservation and green belt areas. Allow off-shore oil drilling and fracking.

Foreign Policy

Mideast: Wholly support Israel. Should have kept troops in Iraq and would have voted for the surge (but would have opposed the war in retrospect). Neutral on Iran with the recent election, though any sign of antagonism towards Israel and building of nuclear weapons would be met with retribution.

East Asia: Continue to back our allies in Asia. Encourage a trade rapprochement with China, though remain wary of them.

Embargo on Cuba:  Continue.

Military involvement overseas:  Should be encouraged where human rights are being threatened or our nations interests are threatened.

Humanitarian causes:  As above.
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« Reply #870 on: July 05, 2013, 12:45:24 am »
« Edited: July 05, 2013, 02:32:33 pm by Senator Scott »

It's been about a year since I wrote one of these, and since certain US policies have changed, I thought it would be appropriate to revise some planks.


Social Issues

Abortion/Women's HealthSadLeft
  • Keep abortion legal nationwide; neutral on late-term abortion
  • Expand access to contraception, cover with public funds
  • Allocate public funds toward Stem Cell Research
  • Promote 'safe sex' education programs

LGBT Issues: Left
  • Support the Supreme Court's recent ruling on DOMA
  • Legalize same-sex marriage in every state, including adoption rights
(no preference for whether this should be done through ballot referendums, state legislatures, or courts)
  • Include sexual orientation in hate crime laws

Drugs: Center-Left
  • End the ‘Drug War’ nationally and internationally; direct money and efforts to causes that seek to prevent the use of hard drugs; decriminalize all drugs, prosecute dealers
  • Legalize, regulate, and tax the sale of marijuana; oppose the legalization of other hard drugs

Prostitution: Center-Left
  • Legalize and tax prostitution
  • Require routine medical tests and strictly enforce health standards

Guns/Crime: Center
  • Support conceal-carry and 'castle doctrine' laws
  • Support enacting Manchin-Toomey style background checks
  • Oppose handgun bans
  • Neutral/lean oppose assault weapons bans
  • Oppose the death penalty
  • Encourage states and local communities to address crime and prevent police brutality

Education: Left
  • Support public schools, but not misguided spending; reform the system from within
  • Adopt a Finland-based system and repeal 'No Child Left Behind'
  • Reward public schools that succeed, and redesign failing ones
  • Grant waivers to states for all federally-required standardized tests, reduce standardized tests to one per student during his or her junior/senior year
  • Guarantee teachers the right to unionize, but maintain a healthy balance between unions and governments
  • Give teachers the right to choose their own books and design their own assignments/tests, provided that they meet a certain criteria

Immigration: Center/Center-Right
  • Enforce immigration laws; use defense funds to increase Border Patrol, deploy sensors, and build fences
  • Prosecute businesses that hire illegal immigrants
  • Provide residency for illegal individuals who demonstrate ‘good moral character’ by pursuing higher education or serving for at least two years in the US military
  • Oppose English-only legislation; strengthen bilingual education, instead
  • Oppose prosecuting children of illegal immigrants
  • Oppose mass deportation
  • Oppose ‘Arizona-style’ immigration proposals

Euthanasia: Left
  • Allow euthanasia at the consent of individual doctors and their patients

Church and State: Center
  • Allow voluntary school prayer, but no official teacher-led prayer; allow students to form religious groups in public schools
  • Keep the words ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Support separation of church and state, but oppose keeping the church out of the public square

Economic Issues

Affirmative Action: Center
  • Shift the emphasis on AA strategies from racial preferences to economic empowerment of all disadvantaged citizens; oppose quotas
  • Support equal pay legislation

Free Trade: Center
  • Generally support free trade; oppose both global laissez faire and protectionist policies
  • Give other countries access to the US market if they apply labor and environmental standards to factories
  • Build a rule-based global trading system

Health Care: Left
  • Keep the Affordable Care Act in place for the time being, but transition to a public option or single-payer system
  • Cover American citizens from the time of birth

Welfare: Center
  • Support ‘work-for-welfare’ legislation, such as the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act
  • Drug-testing for welfare recipients has not worked in practice or saved money for welfare programs, but I am in favor of letting states mandate drug-testing if it’s proven to be a cost-saving measure.  Unfortunately, the practicality of such policies is yet to be shown.

Minimum Wage: Center-Left
  • Support the minimum wage, but exempt small businesses that would not be able to afford it

Taxes: Center
  • Roll back the Bush tax cuts for top earners, but keep them in place for Americans making below $250,000.  Revert back to Clinton-era tax levels when the economy stabilizes
  • Remove tax loopholes
  • Reduce the Corporate Tax

Regulations: Center
  • Re-evaluate government regulations; some are necessary, but others have the tendency to benefit large corporations at the expense of small businesses

Budget: Center-Right
  • Make debt/deficit reduction a priority, but not one that outweighs the importance of economic recovery
  • Oppose across-the-board spending cuts until the economy stabilizes
  • Evaluate and slash spending that goes  to wasteful or unnecessary projects
  • Ban pork-barrel projects
  • End farm subsidies for large businesses in the food industry
  • Cut pay of civilian federal workers by 5 percent, reduce federal workforce by 10 percent

Energy: Center/Center-Left
  • Continue oil drilling, but incentivize the private sector to generate energy from cleaner sources
  • Launch an initiative for the federal and state governments to transition energy sources in public buildings (new heating and air conditioning systems, new lighting, etc.)
  • Keep tax credits for the production and sale of hybrids and environmentally friendly vehicles
  • End government subsidies and tax cuts to oil businesses
  • Lean against Cap and Trade legislation

Social Security: Left
  • Protect SS funds from being allocated toward unrelated expenditures (lock box)
  • Raise the Payroll Tax after the economy stabilizes
  • Oppose proposals to raise the retirement age or privatize Social Security
  • Reduce benefits for wealthy individuals
  • Use an alternate measure for inflation

Unions: Center-Left
  • Balance labor demands with business concerns
  • Negotiate with public unions for pension cuts when necessary, but keep collective bargaining in place

Foreign Policy/Defense: Left

PATRIOT ACT
  • Strongly oppose; repeal the law in its entirety and protect Constitutional liberties

Afghanistan & Iraq
  • Withdraw all military presence from Afghanistan and Iraq

Israel/Palestine
  • Support a two-state solution; craft a foreign policy that pertains to the needs of both Israelites and Palestinians
  • Keep both entities accountable for upholding promises

Iran
  • Use embargoes and isolationist techniques against Iran, but commit no military action unless there is clear evidence that a nuclear arms program is being developed

Syria
  • Oppose US intervention in Syria.

Military Spending
  • Withdraw troops from Korea, China, Japan, Europe, and elsewhere
  • Reduce nuclear arsenal and space spending
  • Reduce Navy and Air Force fleets
  • Cancel or delay some weapons programs
  • Reduce noncombat military compensation and overhead

Electoral Issues/Government

Voter Regulations/ID Cards
  • Support distribution of voter ID cards, but not at the expense of the individual
  • Oppose any reform laws that might disenfranchise voter participation
  • Allow early voting and count absentee votes

Electoral College
  • Abolish the electoral college; let new presidents be selected via popular vote.
  • Enact proportional representation for elections pertaining to the legislative branch

Washington D.C.
  • Let the citizens decide if they want to remain a district or become a part of Virginia/Maryland, but only at the consent of the state that would incorporate the district.

Puerto Rico
  • Let the citizens decide on statehood.

Senate
  • Tighten rules pertaining to the filibuster
  • Reduce Senate terms to four years instead of six



To sum up my ideology, I suppose I'm firmly leftist, but occasionally tip to the center or even the center-right, depending on the issue.  My top priority is making government more frugal, efficient, and respecting of civil liberties.
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« Reply #871 on: July 19, 2013, 04:10:22 pm »


  • Reduce Senate terms to four years instead of six


So there are going to be two electoral classes of 50 Senators each?

So, that would mean that half of the U.S. Senate would always stand for re-election the same year as presidential elections...not gonna fly with ardent defenders of the Senate's status as the "upper chamber". 
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« Reply #872 on: July 19, 2013, 11:58:33 pm »


  • Reduce Senate terms to four years instead of six


So there are going to be two electoral classes of 50 Senators each?

So, that would mean that half of the U.S. Senate would always stand for re-election the same year as presidential elections...not gonna fly with ardent defenders of the Senate's status as the "upper chamber". 

Maybe we could do odd years?
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« Reply #873 on: July 25, 2013, 09:55:07 pm »

Ideally, half the Senate would be up every two years.
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« Reply #874 on: July 26, 2013, 07:56:55 am »

Ideally, half the Senate would be up every two years.

Shorter terms = more money in politics
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