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« Reply #875 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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« Reply #876 on: July 27, 2013, 03:23:31 pm »

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

Shorter terms = more money in politics

and even more short sighted, election-cycle politics. then again as i've said before i support something like demarchy so what do i know.
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« Reply #877 on: July 27, 2013, 03:33:32 pm »

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

Shorter terms = more money in politics

and even more short sighted, election-cycle politics. then again as i've said before i support something like demarchy so what do i know.

But you think nearly all people are idiots...
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« Reply #878 on: July 27, 2013, 03:35:58 pm »

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

Shorter terms = more money in politics

and even more short sighted, election-cycle politics. then again as i've said before i support something like demarchy so what do i know.

But you think nearly all people are idiots...
least bad option. Tongue besides i can't really see how selecting government representatives like we do jurors could be worse than having career politicians.
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« Reply #879 on: August 07, 2013, 09:40:31 am »
« Edited: September 01, 2013, 02:17:55 am by Waukesha County »

Since it is much harder to think of issues to explain, I will copy the political matrix test and tell you what I think.

A = Agree, N = Neutral, D = Disagree, UD = Usually Disagree, UA = Usually Agree. CI = Critical Issue.



1. The right to individual autonomy is important, even if it threatens collective security. (A) (CI)

2. The government should penalize organizations that practice outsourcing. (D)

3. Giving faith-based charities the same government resources as secular organizations is a good idea. (N)

4. We should increase foreign aid to countries struggling with poverty. (D) (CI)

5. We should increase funding for education. (N)

6. Heterosexual couples should receive higher marital recognition than same-sex couples. (D)

7. Overall, free trade hurts more than it helps. (D) (CI)

8. We should reduce the number of government programs substantially. (A) (CI)

9. Abortion should be illegal or very heavily restricted. (D)

10. The government should fund museums, theaters, and other cultural institutions that are unable to survive independently. (D)

11. The government should subsidize health insurance for those who cannot easily afford it. (N)

12. The government should work to reduce children's exposure to offensive radio and television content. (D) (CI)

13. It is unfair that wealthier people pay higher tax rates. (A) (CI)

14. The minimum wage should be raised. (D) (CI)

15. Marijuana should be legalized. (A)

16. Society focuses too much on forcing equality at the expense of real merit. (A) (CI)

17. Violating individual rights is acceptable when it comes to fighting terrorism. (D) (CI)

18. Current levels of government regulation on industry are excessive. (A) (CI)

19. The government should provide basic needs for all people. (UD) (CI)

20. The death penalty should be an option for serious crimes. (D)

21. We should reduce the difficulty of immigration. (A)

22. Union workers should be protected against being fired during strikes. (D)

23. Prostitution should be legalized. (A)

24. Flag burning should be banned. (D)

25. I support affirmative action. (D) (CI)

26. The government should impose tariffs to protect industries from foreign competition. (D)

27. Physician-assisted suicide should be legal if the patient is capable of informed, rational consent. (A)


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« Reply #880 on: August 07, 2013, 05:46:02 pm »
« Edited: August 07, 2013, 07:30:45 pm by MalaspinaGold »

My political views:

Abortion:- No restrictions, up to 24 weeks. States can do what they want after 24 weeks, so long as abortion related to life/health of the mother and birth defects (maybe rape/incest) not infringed upon. Third trimester abortions make up less than 5% of abortions, so it's not really an important issue to me.

SSM- Same-sex couples get full rights received by straight couples. Repeal DOMA; not a federal issue. States can decide as they wish, though they have to recognize marriages made in other states, otherwise federal legalization. As you can see, I am ambivalent about this issue.

Drug War- Legalize marijuana, scale back drug war. It's not working, we should not be throwing money at it. Spend resulting surplus on anti-poverty programs.

Guns- I've moved to the right on this issue a bit. Federal background checks needed. Federal assault weapons ban not really called for, but local governments should have the right to impose an assault weapons ban, a handgun ban, and/or a ban on on large magazines, because they represent the most homogenous communities (i.e. these would probably not work as well in Montana, but in New York City, could help cut crime).

Done with boring social issues.

Taxes Taxes on top 2% revert to Clinton-era. Close some tax loopholes (i.e. helicopter/yacht tax breaks) while reforming others (child tax credit make applicable for only the first 3/4 children, and get rid of it for those making over $250,000). Corporate tax code should be raided of loopholes.

Social Security/Medicare- These will eventually have to be dealt with; but now is not the tie. Social security pays for itself, and as more boomers retire, we should eliminate the cap on the Social Security taxes.

Minimum Wage- Raise it, tie to inflation. Only common sense thing to do.

Corporate Subsidies- Eliminate many corporate subsidies, such as the oil subsidies.

Regulations Regulations are important, and get too much bad rap. Curtail some "red tape" but enact more regulations on financial institutions.

Energy
Coal: Coal is dying, no need to resuscitate it.
Natural Gas: Severely limit and regulate fracking; probably not politically sound to eliminate it.
Nuclear: Ambivalent about this: More study into feasibility of fusion reactors; fission should be looked at too, if only to cut greenhouse emissions.
Biofuels: Some good, some bad. Corn is essentially a waste of time and money;by contrast Germany has had success utilizing algae.
Green Energy: Establish subsidies to get this nascent industry off the ground. We used to have a near monopoly on this energy, but are in danger of being overtaken by the Chinese. Solyndra was an exception, not the rule.
Oil: As said before, eliminate oil subsidies, no drilling in natural reserves, parks, monuments, etc.
Cap and Trade: support

Health care- ACA should have gone farther, included public option.

Labor-Generally support unions, NLRB should be given more teeth. Unions are a critical counterweight to large corporations, and should be protected.

National Security-Right to privacy is important. The NSA should not have authority to collect the data it does, and in any case, it is inefficient. I am against the Patriot Act.

Foreign intervention-I am neutral on Syria, especially since the rebels if given power would probably be too weak to keep an Islamic state from rising. I support increasing humanitarian aid to developing countries; considering that less than 1% of our budget is spent in this area. Israel is our ally; we should make it clear that we insist upon a Palestinian state, and they should not feel entitled to a blank check.

Free trade- Generally do not support; by all means we should trade freely with countries that treat workers fairly and are democratic. However NAFTA was a mistake, as countless jobs have moved to maquiladoras along the Mexican border, resulting in worse conditions on both sides of the border.

So, what am I?
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« Reply #881 on: August 07, 2013, 11:02:05 pm »
« Edited: August 07, 2013, 11:15:28 pm by PolitiJunkie »

I'll do social and electoral tonight, and add economic and foreign tomorrow.

Social

  • Abortion/Women's Health: I am 100% pro-choice and I support federal funding for planned parenthood and other women's health clinics. I also fully support a woman's right to any and all contraception, and I believe that all hospitals should be required to provide such contraception regardless of religious affiliation.
  • Affirmative Action: Support, to a reasonable extent. I believe affirmative action is more important with regards to college admissions than employment, but both are still necessary. Preferably, race should be a deciding factor between candidates of equal caliber, not a booster for unqualified candidates.
  • Assisted Suicide: Support one's right to choose this option, but it should obviously be monitored closely.
  • Church and State: Should be fully separated. Oppose the presence of "under God" in the Pledge; the U.S. operates under the Constitution, not God. Faith-based charities should not have the same government resources as secular ones.
  • Dealth Penalty: I have no problem whatsoever with the moral concept of the death penalty, however I have three major problems with the way it is currently executed (no pun intended): 1. The death penalty is cost-deficient; one execution costs more money than keeping one person in prison for life. 2. The death penalty is applied in a racist fashion. 3. The death penalty is sometimes applied when there is still reasonable doubt about one's guilt of a crime. If we can eradicate these issues, and create a cost-effective, color-blind death penalty that is only used in instances of 100% certainty of guilt, go for it.
  • Drinking Age: All practical arguments point in favor of lowering the drinking age to 18.
  • Drugs: End the war on drugs completely. Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, allowing it to occupy a similar position as alcohol and cigarettes. Decriminalize all other drugs but do not legalize or sell them in a way that would make them readily available.
  • Gun Conrol: Gun control is one of the toughest issues, and it is one where extreme (or even very strong) views on both sides are completely insane. We cannot ignore the Second Amendment, but we also cannot ignore the presence of the words "well-regulated." Nobody needs a magazine that can shoot several rounds, or an AK-47. Support assault weapons ban. Oppose handguns ban. Support strengthened background checks. Oppose the NRA's stranglehold on Congressional Republicans. A moderate approach is the only way to deal with gun control.
  • Hate Crime Laws: Fully support them.
  • Immigration: Continue to strengthen border security, streamline legal immigration, provide a pathway to earning citizenship for illegal immigrants who are already here, and crack down on employers hiring undocumented workers. Support DREAM Act. Supported Gang of 8 Immigration Bill before it became nothing. Vehemently oppose any federal, state, or municipal laws that stipulate racial profiling as a means of combating illegal immigration. SB1070 and similar legislation is not only disgusting but inherently unconstitutional and anti-American.
  • PATRIOT Act: 100% oppose. Repeal.
  • Prostitution: Legalize, regulate, and tax prostitution.
  • Same-sex marriage: 100% support; legalize at the federal level and ensure that, in the eyes of the law, there is 0 distinction between a same-sex couple and an opposite-sex couple.
  • Stem-Cell Research: Fully support federal funding of stem-cell research.

Electoral Reform
  • Campaign Finance Reform: Strongly support. Pass a 28th Amendment that overturns Citizens' United decision
  • Congressional Term Length/Limits: Of course I see the upsides, but oppose. Let the voters make that decision. I would make no changes to the current system of term lengths (keep all House terms two years, and all Senate terms six years with one-third of the Senate up for reelection every two years).
  • Electoral College: I don't think it's as evil as some say, but abolish, replacing it with national popular vote and run-off for the top two candidates if nobody achieves a majority. Vehemently opposed to any electoral college reform (i.e. changes that aren't abolition) because most are measures that would make the winner of the popular vote less likely to be elected POTUS and would benefit Republicans tremendously (i.e. applying the Maine/Nebraska method to all states; this would be horrendous)
  • Filibuster: The filibuster in its present form is a massive hindrance to progress in the Senate and in Washington D.C. overall. Senate filibusters SHOULD absolutely require floor speech for their entire duration, and lower the number of Senators required for cloture to 55.
  • Voter Regulations/ID Cards: 100% oppose any measures to disenfranchise. All voter regulation/ID Card measures recently have been attempts by Republican-controlled state legislatures to disenfranchise minorities and other Democratic-leaning groups. I support automatic voter registration for all persons aged 18 and up (undecided about lowering the voting age to 16, but leaning toward no.)
  • Presidential Term Length/Limits: Presidents should serve one non-renewable six-year term. That way, NO President is ever distracted by running for reelection and thus deterred from serving the people, but still has more than four years to set an agenda. Presidents who serve less than three full years of another's term due to death, resignation, or impeachment, can run for a full term, but those who serve more than three full years cannot.
  • Puerto Rico Statehood: Let the people of Puerto Rico decide. If they pass a resolution for statehood, Congress should have to approve this resolution.
  • Washington DC Statehood: Vehemently oppose. The whole intent is that the capital is NOT one of the states. Ambivalent with respect to retroceding all the non-federal areas of DC into Maryland, but I can see the pluses.

 
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« Reply #882 on: August 07, 2013, 11:24:34 pm »

So, what am I?

I'd say generally New Deal Democrat.
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« Reply #883 on: September 06, 2013, 04:49:40 pm »

Can I have a list of the current questions/topics we've got? It's annoying to have to copy and paste the topic titles and have to check whether the post I'm using has all the topics or not.
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« Reply #884 on: September 27, 2013, 07:46:09 pm »
« Edited: October 18, 2013, 09:37:04 pm by Darth Plagueis »

Overall Ideology:idk registered Republican, Conservative on Economics, Isolationist on Foreign policy, Mixed on social issues.

Taxes-Simplify taxes to a 10% Flat Tax Rate.
Social Security-Privatize.
Healthcare-Reform Medicare, Adopt a Free Market Healthcare System, Repeal Obamacare.
Abortion-Illegal in all cases, but the life of the mother.
Drugs-Legalize Marijuana.
Death penalty-Opposed.
Gay Rights-Not sure on Gay Marriage, but for Domestic unions.
Environment=More drilling, build the keystone pipeline rightaway. Economy and jobs>>>>>>>Environment.
Trade-Create special economic zones, more free trade=the better.
Immigrant-Adopt more liberal immigration laws.
Patriot Act=Oppose all laws that violate freedom of speech, oppose NDDA, Patriot Act and NSA.
Foreign Policy=Support Israel, oppose Human rights violations in the middle east and across the world, take a strong stand against radical islam, oppose war in Iraq, oppose all involvement in the conflict in Syria. Exit the middle east
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« Reply #885 on: October 17, 2013, 09:52:34 am »

My views are moderately centre left.

A more equitable distribution of wealth is something I believe in. The gap between rich and poor is fairly narrow in Scandinavian countries and Germany and UK should aim for a similar outcome.

The NHS and welfare state are good things although the present coalition government is attempting to make work pay so people are encouraged to come off benefits and I agree with that.

Social mobility has stalled in the UK and I have a suspicion the abolition of most of the grammar schools in the 60's and 70's has something to do with it so I would support policies which brought them back so long as funding for the current comprehensives are kept in line with them. 

I'm in favour of state funding for political parties as the current system tends to encourage corruption. What each party spends at general elections should be dependent on the average level of support they obtained in the previous three general elections.

The energy companies should either be regulated far more rigorously or brought back into public ownership as privatisation clearly hasn't worked as it should have.

New laws should be introduced so that if there is another banking crisis the bank bosses can be prosecuted and if found guilty of serious illegality then thrown in jail.

On social issues I'm against the death penalty and legalising drugs and in favour of allowing abortion (although I'd like the amount of time a woman can carry a baby before it is aborted reduced).         
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« Reply #886 on: November 04, 2013, 10:05:27 am »

I would say that I am strongly to the right.

On economic issues, I feel that efforts to 'manage' the economy are in most cases deluded, and the best that can be hoped for is amelioration of the harshness of the free market through regulations and restrictions. So, whilst this mixes in with moral matters a little, I am in favour of banning prostitution, shop bought pornography and drugs, as I feel that these really serve no good or necessary purpose, and are in the vast majority of cases harmful to those who get involved with them.

Also, in terms of regulations, I am in favour of restricting shopping on Sunday's, as it is a day of rest for Christians like myself (and to give everyone else a break from it). I also support robust regulation of financial instiutions and trade unions.

When it comes to government spending and taxation, I feel that it is the duty of the government to maintain large, efficient and well trained military and police forces. As well, I feel that there should be a government run health insurance scheme for the poorest member's of society, although I do feel that a larger role in the provision of health and welfare needs to be delegated to the church, charities and community groups. This is especially true in the case of welfare, as - am generally opposed to the existance of state pensions, as well as to most welfare payments (I would retaina very modest dole, subject to extensive means testing). I would also abolish payments such as child benefit and educational maintenance allowance.

I am also opposed to the use of short term keynesian spending, as this is both irresponsible and unriable. I feel that the government should not set itself objectives, such as creating equality or growth, with regards to the broader economy, since these will almost always end in failure, and will result in more attention being paid to one section of policy than others. I would argue that the governemnt should restrict itself to more tangible goals, such as balancing budgets and reducing the level of government debt, as well as providing a stable of efficient, well run services.

On tax, I feel that a flat tax of between 15 and 25 percent is most agreeable, though of course this would be subject to change. I am also in favour of eliminating VAT altogether, or at least reducing it to a much lower level, such as 5 percent. This would not hold for all goods, as cigarettes and alcohol would probably see much heftier levels of tax levied upon them. I also think that inheritance tax should be eliminated, and I am opposed to all kinds of wealth and property taxes. It should also be possible to donate a small percentage of your income tax directly to the Church.

On moral matters, I am opposed to same-sex marriage and adoption. The abortion issue is a trickier one one, as I am accepting of abortions if the health and life of the mother is threatened by the birth of the infant. I am also unsure as to the merits of aborting very severely disabled babies (those who would not survive long outside the womb for instance). However, I feel that in most cases, even that of rape, that the potential life of the baby is important. I am also in favour of legalising euthanasia for the extremely terminally ill, provided that it has the consent of the family. When it comes to teenage and single mothers who cannot support their child, I am in favour of the government taking the baby and putting it up for adoption.

I am a monarchist, and do believe that the monarch has a right to criticise and if necessary, block the actions of an elected government, althoguh I believe the latter should be discouraged. I am also in favour on an unelected House of Lords, comprised of hereditary, life and spiritual peers. I would see the commons elected by fptp. I am also in favour of disestablishing the Church of England.
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« Reply #887 on: November 14, 2013, 04:58:25 pm »
« Edited: November 14, 2013, 05:02:28 pm by TheDeadFlagBlues »

I am a democratic socialist who believes in a positivist conception of freedom/liberty, using governmental organs to level the very topographic playing field established by centuries of institutional oppression, maximizing the material prosperity of all while respecting the environment. I am an avid proponent of multiculturalism, globalization and large-scale immigration. I manage to be culturally "liberal" or "crunchy" while lacking a single iota of libertarian sentiments and affirming the existence of God.

I am weird. I feel like my forum character is actually interesting now that I've shed many of my contrived, generic characteristics. I'm real af rn. I only post here to see what particular posters (Al, Gully Foyle, The Head Beagle, Lief, Torie, oakvale, and Nathan) have to say about current events. You guys consistently amuse me or compel me to rethink my opinions.

edit: quick shoutout to Hashemite for his election blog, which is gold.
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« Reply #888 on: November 14, 2013, 05:11:48 pm »

I consider myself a democratic socialist who both hates and agrees with everyone to one extent or another, pretty much.
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« Reply #889 on: November 14, 2013, 05:37:06 pm »

I consider myself a democratic socialist who both hates and agrees with everyone to one extent or another, pretty much.

The weird middle ground of radical ideals and pragmatic tendencies. I feel you bruh.
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« Reply #890 on: November 15, 2013, 01:19:31 pm »

I consider myself a democratic socialist who both hates and agrees with everyone to one extent or another, pretty much.

The weird middle ground of radical ideals and pragmatic tendencies. I feel you bruh.
This is probably the best description for my political ideology as well.
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« Reply #891 on: November 27, 2013, 01:41:03 pm »

1. The right to individual autonomy is important, even if it threatens collective security. (A) (CI)

2. The government should penalize organizations that practice outsourcing. (N)

3. Giving faith-based charities the same government resources as secular organizations is a good idea. (UD)

4. We should increase foreign aid to countries struggling with poverty. (UA)

5. We should increase funding for education. (A) (CI)

6. Heterosexual couples should receive higher marital recognition than same-sex couples. (D) (CI)

7. Overall, free trade hurts more than it helps. (D)

8. We should reduce the number of government programs substantially. (UD)

9. Abortion should be illegal or very heavily restricted. (D)

10. The government should fund museums, theaters, and other cultural institutions that are unable to survive independently. (UA)

11. The government should subsidize health insurance for those who cannot easily afford it. (A)

12. The government should work to reduce children's exposure to offensive radio and television content. (D) (CI)

13. It is unfair that wealthier people pay higher tax rates. (D)

14. The minimum wage should be raised. (UA)

15. Marijuana should be legalized. (A) (CI)

16. Society focuses too much on forcing equality at the expense of real merit. (UA) (CI)

17. Violating individual rights is acceptable when it comes to fighting terrorism. (D) (CI)

18. Current levels of government regulation on industry are excessive. (UD)

19. The government should provide basic needs for all people. (UA)

20. The death penalty should be an option for serious crimes. (D) (CI)

21. We should reduce the difficulty of immigration. (UA)

22. Union workers should be protected against being fired during strikes. (D) (CI)

23. Prostitution should be legalized. (A)

24. Flag burning should be banned. (D)

25. I support affirmative action. (UD)

26. The government should impose tariffs to protect industries from foreign competition. (D)

27. Physician-assisted suicide should be legal if the patient is capable of informed, rational consent. (A)
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« Reply #892 on: November 28, 2013, 02:27:48 am »
« Edited: December 09, 2013, 01:22:24 am by ElectionsGuy »

I think I'll finally to a comprehensive post on this. It might take me a few days, but tonight I'll start with Social Issues. Nothing more than my basic beliefs and my own platform, nothing too into detail. I'll try to cover as most issues as I can.

Social Issues:

Gay marriage (Far left)Sad

 - Legalize nationally (civil rights issue). I would even go as far as to say people should marry multiple people if they want to.
 - Get the government out of marriage, the definition should be very broad, a bond between people.

Abortion (Mostly Left)Sad

 - Basically, I think women should always have the option of abortion and that option should always be available.
 - BUT, I do think there should be a requirement or a definite reason for that abortion.
 - I don't support abortion on demand, and I don't think being lazy or not knowing how to take care of a child cuts the deal.
 - I formerly supported second trimester bans or such. Now, I don't support any bans on abortion whatsoever.

Death Penalty (Left)Sad

 - Don't support under any circumstances. The state does not have the right to kill their own people.
 - Punishment and rehabilitation are needed, but killing someone for their crime is stooping down to the levels of that criminal themselves.

Prostitution (Left)Sad

 - Legalize. Again, like gay marriage, people should be able to do the things they want to do. That's pretty much all I have to say.

Death via Injection (Left)Sad

 - Allow. People should make their own decisions for themselves.
 - However, I think a person must qualify to a certain illness.

Religion (Center-left)Sad

 - I support the right to express religion or almost all circumstances.
 - I don't think religion should be removed from institutions because they are "offensive" to particular peoples.
 - Education should have nothing to do with religion however, as this has a major affect on the education itself. This is one of the only cases where religious opinions should be kept out of society.
 - Personally, I'm secular and non-religious. Not an atheist though, I'm just neutral. Believe in evolution.

Drugs (Far-left)Sad

 - Legalize all drugs. The government shouldn't regulate what you put in your body, and you should make those decisions for yourself.
 - This position goes for all food or drink contents of any kind.

Immigration (Center-left)Sad

 - Immigration process should be simpler and quicker. People shouldn't have to struggle to earn citizenship.
 - To those here illegally, they must go through the process of naturalization just like the legal immigrants did. Oppose immediate amnesty.
 - We should have basic border security, immigrants should have to follow the laws just like we do.
 - Oppose mass deportations and very rough treatment for illegals. They should have some form of punishment for breaking the laws though.

Stem-cell Research (Left)Sad

 - Completely approve. However its not like we should dramatically increase the funding. Keep it going obviously, but its not the most important thing focus on right now.

Space Exploration (Left)Sad

 - Exactly the same as my position on stem-cell research.

Overall:

I favor a hands off approach to every day life and social issues. My attitudes are different from the left in that we do not need to correct society, but leave society alone. I favor maximum amount of freedom to social practices and allow people to control their lives the way they would like to.

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage (Right)Sad

 - I'm not for abolishing it, as that could lead to businesses treating people unfairly.
 - Don't raise it, but adjust to inflation every year.

Welfare (Right)Sad

 - In order to obtain government welfare, people must be in job training programs looking for work.
 - Cut the unnecessary welfare programs we don't need and only have a few programs. Simplify government welfare.
 - Encourage people to work and have programs teach people how to work.

Taxes (Far Right)Sad

 - Abolish IRS, implement a fair tax or a flat tax.
 - Cut taxes along with government spending.
 - Simplify the tax code and abolish a few ridiculous taxes.

Social Security (Far Right)Sad

 - Privatize social security so people can control their retirement.
 - Reform it in a way so were not spending the massive amounts of money on it we are now.

Government Subsidies (Far Right)Sad

 - Oppose, of any kind. Government should stay out of the free market in general.

Government and Business (Right)Sad

 - Oppose any government regulation of business.
 - Only the most corrupt big businesses should be dealt with by a little bit of government, and even then, it should be local government.

Federal Stimulus (Far Right)Sad

 - Oppose, the government doesn't fix the economy, the market and people do.

The Federal Reserve (Right)Sad

 - Perhaps the worst thing that's ever been created in US history, abolish it.
 - The cause of all our depressions and the reason we've racked up so much debt.
 - Diminished buying power of the dollar, go back to the gold standard.

Health Care (Right)Sad

 - Privatize healthcare, let people choose the healthcare they want.
 - Oppose "ObamaCare" or any type of national socialized healthcare system.

Education (Right)Sad

 - Support Voucher system for people to choose their sons/daughters schools.
 - Disconnect education from the federal level, make it a local issue.

Energy:

 - Privatize the energy sector, and become energy independent.
 - Support the Pipeline, use whatever effective forms of energy we have.
 - We can use green energy, but we shouldn't replace natural gas, coal, etc.

Overall:

I'm in favor of a smaller government, less regulations, lowering and simplifying taxes, and privatizing our current nationalized healthcare and social security. I'm very pro-capitalist, support people determining their economic future by merit, and support a hands off approach when it comes to the economy and the free market.

Domestic Policy:

Individual/Constitutional Rights (Far Left)Sad

 - Oppose Patriot Act, strongly. Freedom > Security/Safety always. And with that I oppose any kind of government violations of civil liberties.
 - Oppose government regulation of media, television, internet, video games, etc. for any reason. Government only invades on privacy and disrupts free entertainment when it does this.

Gun Control (Right)Sad

 - The right to own a gun is constitutionally protected, no exceptions.
 - However we should educate people about gun safety, have background checks, and require basic permits and licenses to own guns.
 - I don't support any kind of restrictions or bans on guns.

Stop and Frisk (Left)Sad

 - Oppose in all instances. Everybody is treated with due process.
 - You are innocent until proven guility, not the other way around.

Political Campaign Spending (Right/Left?)Sad

 - Oppose restrictions. Money is an expression and that expression shouldn't be limited
 - PACs and individuals should be able to spend how they want when they want.

Drawing the Lines (Left)Sad

 - An independent group should draw the lines for CD's and state legislative districts, and they should make sure they are fair to both sides.

Overall:

I support all individual rights and don't accept when those rights get infringed. I'm for less government regulation and intervention into our privacy and our daily activities.

Foreign Policy:

Military Spending (Left)Sad

 - Cut Military spending.
 - It will decrease our deficit, balance our budget faster, and remove unnecessary troops from unnecessary places.
 - I think we should remain a world superpower (economically) and have a powerful military, but we shouldn't be intervening in the world.

The Bush Wars (Left)Sad

 - Withdraw all troops, we wasted time and money with these wars.

United Nations (Left?)Sad

 - Scale back our current involvement.
 - Only use it in really bad situations.

Allies and Enemies (Left)Sad

 - In an ideal society, we shouldn't have allies or enemies, but since we don't live in a perfect world, we do have allies and enemies.
 - We shouldn't treat countries any differently based on whether they like us or not. This is also why I'm against humanitarian aid.
 - Example: we should not support one side of a war, as that will signal to the unlikeable country that we don't like them, which makes our reputation worse.

Trade (Right)Sad

 - Free trade with all countries to get the resources we need. Maintain good diplomacy as explained above so we're not pissing off other countries.
 - I support free trade with minimal protectionism.

Aid (Left?)Sad

 - As explained above in "allies and enemies".

Drones and Surveillance (Left)Sad

 - Only support drones to gather information, not to spy or kill any suspected terrorists.
 - Scale back massively our drone program and our current surveillance.

Overall:

I support a non-interventionist role in foreign policy. We should respect other nations independence as others respect our independence. We should cut our spending, but remain powerful in the world. We only use war as a solution when we are directly attacked.

Electoral Issues:

Statehood:

 - Let Puerto Rico, DC, or any other territory that want to become states become states.

Presidential Elections:

 - Abolish the electoral college, implement pure popular vote just like all other elections.
 - Electoral College makes presidential elections fun, but makes it more complex and unfair. It doesn't represent the actual votes.
 - We can still look at the election by county and state, but ultimately an election shouldn't be decided by a few swing states, they should be decided by pure votes and the people.

Congressional Term Limits:


 - I support term limits to limit the corruption of politicians.
 - Just like a president, there should be a time where they've served the people and their time is up.
 - Being a politician shouldn't be a lifetime career. It should be an opportunity.

Drawing the Lines:


 - Let and independent, non-partisan group draw the lines, and they should also make sure they're fair to both sides.
 - They way we do it now with the party that happens to be in power (in X state) before redistricting controlling the drawing of the lines is awful and unfair.

Overall:

Pretty libertarian, but I got some weird beliefs as well that don't fit the platform.
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« Reply #893 on: November 29, 2013, 12:27:15 pm »

So, ElectionsGuy, since you oppose affirmative action on the basis of race or sex or whatever, do you also oppose legacy preferences at universities? Or are you fine and dandy with colleges and universities giving preferential treatment to the children of alumni?
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« Reply #894 on: November 29, 2013, 04:15:14 pm »

- Legalize nationally (civil rights issue). I would even go as far as to say people should marry multiple people if they want to.
 - Get the government out of marriage, the definition should be very broad, a bond between people.
why have a definition at all if you're 'getting the government out of marriage'?
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« Reply #895 on: November 29, 2013, 04:17:15 pm »

So, ElectionsGuy, since you oppose affirmative action on the basis of race or sex or whatever, do you also oppose legacy preferences at universities? Or are you fine and dandy with colleges and universities giving preferential treatment to the children of alumni?

Well can't answer for him, but my position is that any university under public control or receives any sort of public funding should not have either affirmative action (except perhaps income-based AA) or legacy preferences.
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« Reply #896 on: November 29, 2013, 04:29:31 pm »

So, ElectionsGuy, since you oppose affirmative action on the basis of race or sex or whatever, do you also oppose legacy preferences at universities? Or are you fine and dandy with colleges and universities giving preferential treatment to the children of alumni?

Yes, all people should be treated equally.

- Legalize nationally (civil rights issue). I would even go as far as to say people should marry multiple people if they want to.
 - Get the government out of marriage, the definition should be very broad, a bond between people.
why have a definition at all if you're 'getting the government out of marriage'?

Good point, there probably shouldn't be any official definition. But if there had to be one, it would be what I said.

Why are you all questioning me anyway? This is a thread to write down beliefs, not debate them.
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« Reply #897 on: November 29, 2013, 08:52:03 pm »

people have asked questions before on this thread
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« Reply #898 on: December 06, 2013, 04:01:08 pm »

Participatory Democracy. In general, democracy is a great thing and should be expanded, but in a way that empowers the working class rather than the owner class. To that end, I support expanding elements of direct democracy where they already exist (participatory budgeting, for example) and establishing them where they do not. This country would be a lot better off were it run by people without shiny degrees from Ivy League schools.

Democratic Socialism. The economy should be democratically planned and managed for the benefit of the nation. I support the unionization of everything, high minimum wages, a crash reindustrialization program, reduction in working hours, and nationalization of most large-scale industry. Make the essentials of life free of charge and challenge market logic at every turn.

Progressive Nationalism. I'll just quote the Young Democratic Socialists of America on this one:

Quote from: YDS
"...we can cleanse the flag by overthrowing the class that has soiled it, and fly it high as we take our place in the community of nations along with our socialist brothers and sisters around the globe."

Anti-Elitism. I don't know how much of an explanation this one needs, but I am equally opposed to the elitism of Country Club Conservatives and the Arugula-eating, gun-hating, upper middle class liberal moralists of the coasts.

International Solidarity. Support the Palestinians in their struggle for nationhood, end the global US military and financial empire, and stay the hell out of the internal affairs of other nations. War is a racket and should be avoided; the only instances in which war is permissible is in self defense and if approved by the United Nations Security Council. "Humanitarian intervention" is often a code word for capitalist imperialism, and has been since the 19th Century.


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« Reply #899 on: December 06, 2013, 04:31:42 pm »
« Edited: December 06, 2013, 08:11:07 pm by Accidental IDS Legislator Sanchez »

Social Policy
Abortion: Oppose abortion in most instances. Only allow it in case of rape, incest, or health of the mother. Implement a program that assists young mothers who can afford to raise their child in order to prevent a potential abortion. I’d imagine this would consist of subsidies similar to any other welfare program.
Drugs: Federally decriminalize marijuana and cocaine. Leave enforcement to the states.
Censorship: The Federal government should not censor television or radio, but I would hope the broadcasting companies draw a line at some point.
Gay marriage: Abolish marriage licenses, and implement civil unions. Churches have the right to marry whoever they want.
Death penalty: A states right.
Prostitution: States can legalize it if they so choose.
Church & State: I think they should be kept separate. Churches should be tax exempt.
Affirmative action: Oppose. 
Hate crime laws: A “hate crime” is still a crime. If I kill a person in cold blood, it is an act of hate, no matter what their race/gender/sexual orientation is. No additional penalties/distinction should be made.
Immigration: Secure the border first and foremost. Allow all illegal aliens who have lived here for twenty years, have no criminal record, and speak passable English the status of “permanent resident.” Deport all illegal immigrants who are arrested and convicted of a crime.
Stem cell research: I think private research can solve this. I support stem cell research, and think it should be pursued.
PATRIOT Act: Repeal it!
Gun Control: Oppose almost all forms of gun control.
Assisted suicide: States have a right to legalize it. I support its legalization.
Gambling: Again, a state’s decision.

Electoral Reform:
Term limits: No term limits for Congress or judges. The President should be limited to two terns.   
Statehood: Oppose Puerto Rican and DC statehood. Allow DC representation in Congress.
Voting age: Keep it at 18.
Campaign Finance Reform: Require complete transparency, but allow unlimited donations from individuals.
Voting system: Status quo.
Gerrymandering: A non partisan commission should draw districts, but I don’t care enough to push it.
Voter ID: You need some form of ID to get alcohol, cigarettes, to board a plane, and so on. Why shouldn’t it be required when you vote?

Economic Issues:
Welfare: Support Medicare, Medicaid, as well as subsidies for single mothers, and other disadvantaged people. Education/vocational training should be required for unemployment checks, however. I also think welfare should be run by the states.
Unions:  I support right to work legislation, 
Privatization: Minor reforms to Social Security, but no privatizations of major welfare programs. Privatize certain departments of the federal government.
Environment: Basic regulations, but I’m not overly concerned, outside of the coal slurries.
Minimum wage: Keep minimum wage as it is.
Taxation: Implement a consumption tax.
Healthcare: Repeal Obamacare, and implement single payer healthcare funded by a national sales tax. Public healthcare will not be made available to illegal immigrants.
Trade: Repeal NAFTA, implement tariffs. Encourage reindustrialization.
Embargo: End the embargo on Cuba.
Pork: Oppose. It’s not healthy for our nation, and the money could be better spent.
Subsidies: End farm subsidies for agro corporations.
 Military: Massive cuts, withdraw armed forces back to our hemisphere. Reduce spending by 40%.

Foreign Policy
War: Only by a Congressional declaration. Oppose almost all foreign interventions.
Israel-Palestine: Neutral, but push for a two state solution. End US military and economic aid to Israel.
Draft: Absolutely oppose.
UN: Remain in the UN, but I would prefer to see the UN gutted and reformed so it is more of a yearly diplomatic gathering and less of an influence on international affairs. The annoying third way, teary eyed internationalists who comprise most of the UN leadership want our nation to police the world.
Nukes: Maintain and occasionally upgrade the American nuclear arsenal, but do not expand it.
Foreign Aid:  Oppose all military aid. I support disaster relief, such as supporting Haiti, however,
Overall: Odd fusion of Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul. I support an ideally private healthcare system, but we are too far gone with Obamacare, so the only other option is full blown single payer. Otherwise I’m your standard Paleoconservative.
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