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« Reply #900 on: December 08, 2013, 02:06:21 am »

Social Policy
Abortion: Completely legal until the end of 2nd trimester, illegal unless the life of the mother depends on it.
Drugs: Federally decriminalize marijuana. Leave enforcement to the states.
Censorship: The Federal government should not censor communications
Gay marriage: Let two consenting adults wed if they choose so.
Death penalty: Let states decide on the issue.
Prostitution: States can legalize it if they so choose.
Church & State: Completely seperated. Churches should be tax exempt.
Affirmative action: Support
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: Open the border, make immigration easier for people coming into the United States from other countries.
Stem cell research: I think private research and public research can solve it and work together to advance the effects of it.
PATRIOT Act: Repeal it.
Gun Control: Require mandatory tests to make sure people are able to use a gun safely, background checks required for all people purchasing guns offline and online, ban plastic guns, and ban automatic weapons.
Assisted suicide: Oppose.
Gambling: States decision.

Electoral Reform:
Term limits: No term limits for Congress or judges. The President should be limited to two terms.
Statehood: Support Puerto Rican, DC, and Guam statehood.
Voting age: Keep at 18.
Campaign Finance Reform: Require complete transparency, limit contributions to $9,000
Voting system: Ranked choice voting for up to four candidates.
Gerrymandering: A non partisan commission should draw districts.
Voter ID: No voter ID required because it is a virtually non existent problem that just causes complications at the voting booth for many people.

Economic Issues:
Welfare: Support Medicare, Medicaid, as well as subsidies for single mothers, and other disadvantaged people. Programs run nationally.
Unions: Oppose right to work legislation.
Privatization: Minor reforms to Social Security, but no privatizations of welfare programs.
Environment: Status quo and ban fracking.
Minimum wage: Raise minimum wage to $12.
Taxation: Status quo, but end subsidies to large oil companies, large banks, etc.
Healthcare: Keep the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Trade: Status quo.
Embargo: End the embargo on Cuba.
Pork: This shouldn't really be an issue?
Subsidies: Extend farm subsidies to all farms with the exception of the top 10% of earning farms.
 Military: Massive cuts, withdraw armed forces back to our hemisphere. Reduce spending by 30%.

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.
Nukes: Maintain and occasionally upgrade the American nuclear arsenal, but do not expand it.
Foreign Aid:  Oppose all military aid. Support disaster relief.
Overall: I support a national healthcare system, but I am more in favor of the current law in place where health insurance companies don't screw you over and so the private sector can handle this.

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« Reply #901 on: December 08, 2013, 08:04:58 pm »

Social Policy
Abortion: 100% legal and federally funded until third trimester, then only if the mother's health is in danger.
Drugs: 100% legal
Censorship: f--k it
Gay marriage: 100% legal at the federal level
Death penalty: strongly oppose
Prostitution: 100% legal
Church & State: separate
Affirmative action: needed in most cases
Hate crime laws: needed in some cases
Immigration: ideally, have no restrictions on immigration. let anyone in. realistically, give amnesty to everyone here and drastically simplify the process to become a legal resident.
Stem cell research: 100% support
PATRIOT Act: repeal that garbage
Gun Control: support assault weapon bans and some restrictions on magazine bans as well as background checks, but that's about it.
Assisted suicide: if the patient wants it, let them have it.
Gambling: legal and heavily taxed

Electoral Reform:
Term limits: stupid
Statehood: give PR+DC statehood first and foremost
Voting age: 18.
Campaign Finance Reform: ban pacs and implement an individual donation cap
Voting system: f--k the electoral college
Gerrymandering: lol
Voter ID: f--k voter id laws

Economic Issues:
Welfare: keep it in the hands of the government, and have it be available on demand for those who need it.
Unions: approve
Privatization: ew
Environment: protect at all costs
Minimum wage: should be much, much higher. even $15 isn't really enough (thanks g_w)
Taxation: my thoughts on this are well known. brutally tax the top income brackets.
Healthcare: support a UK-type system
Trade: have a mix of free and fair trade, lean fair trade
Embargo: only in dire circumstances
Pork: get rid of corporate subsidies (thanks g_w)
Subsidies: see above
Military: drastically cut down

Foreign Policy
War: not needed unless we are attacked or are in imminent danger of being attacked
Israel-Palestine: support palestinian statehood
Draft: no.
UN: they a'ight
Nukes: : f--k em
Foreign Aid:   a nice idea, but doesn't always work out.
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« Reply #902 on: December 08, 2013, 11:24:28 pm »

Social Policy
Abortion: Allow on demand at any stage of pregnancy, with no questions asked, no frivolous restrictions placed upon it by state legislatures and completely free of charge.
Drugs: Legalize 'em.
Censorship: No thank you.
Gay Marriage: End marriage as a civil institution.
Death penalty: No thank you.
Prostitution: Legalize it.
Church and State: Ban religious schools, restrict religion in the public sphere, and tax churches very heavily.
Stem cell research: Support (not living in 2003)
PATRIOT Act: Repeal it.
Gun control: Completely opposed, legalize all guns and require gun training courses in schools. Ideally replace the standing army with citizens' militia, same goes for the police force (assuming we're also abolishing most of the criminal code in favor of a more restitution-oriented kind of criminal code, of course) and nationalize the gun industry. Very strongly supportive of "gun culture" and individual self defense.
Assisted suicide: Legalize it.
Gambling: Nationalize the gambling industry and make it a socially productive activity.

Electoral Reform
Term Limits: Dumb, repeal all that exist.
Statehood: For whom? Let the territories decide their own fate, err on the side of independence. Ideally redraw all state boundaries along cultural/geographic/economic lines.
Voting Age: 16, would like to introduce more participatory forms of governance, like mint mentioned above (demarchy is a sweet idea)
Campaign Finance Reform: Ban all corporate donations, end corporate personhood, limit campaigning to two weeks only, completely cover all campaign expenses out of the public treasury so as not to have so many corrupt douchebags in office
Gerrymandering: Adopt proportional representation
Voter ID: End voter registration, let anyone who can make it to the polls vote

Economic Issues
Welfare: Universal basic income + National Healthcare + Universal housing program + Universal Food Stamps + $21 an hour minimum wage + Right to a Job + National Education
Unions: Should essentially run the economy, very very very supportive, abolish all restrictions on them (Taft-Hartley, Landrum-Griffin, Hatch Act, ect), encourage their growth, ban scabs, require union shops and hiring halls, etc
Privatization: Make a U-Turn and start nationalizing large industries
Environment: something something free mass transit something something universal auto insurance something something national parks
Minimum Wage: $21/hour
Taxation: Confiscatory rates on the 1%
Healthcare: NHS style, with the state owning the hospitals; the state should also own all drug companies and produce useful drugs for public consumption
Trade: End "free trade," in favor of an industrial policy focused on employing Americans and creating products that are long lasting and cheap
Embargo: End it
Pork: Ban
Subsidies: Nationalize any institution receiving federal dollars
Military: End standing army in favor of citizen militias, end all overseas activity, bring troops home etc

Foreign Policy
War: Only if the US is attacked/UN Security Council approves it
Israel-Palestine: Recognize Palestine, ignore Israel
Draft: No, but favorable to the idea of universal national service in non-military settings, provided said service pays union wages to those employed by it (and because that's not likely, the answer is emphatically 'no')
UN: Support, make more democratic and weaken the influence of the Security Council
Nukes: Seek international treaty banning or placing them under UN control
Foreign Aid: Cancel all debt owed to the US and leave them alone
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« Reply #903 on: December 09, 2013, 12:33:03 am »
« Edited: December 10, 2013, 08:50:23 pm by Governor PJ »

Social Policy:
Abortion: Oppose abortion regulation and support federal funding. I am conflicted on 3rd Trimester abortion, but ultimately, it's not my decision. In addition, we should be investing in reproductive education, focusing on safe sex, but not abandoning abstention entirely.
Drugs: Support legalization of soft drugs. Tax them and hold them up to the same standards as anything else being sold to the public. (These standards should be increased btw.) Decriminalize hard drugs, with fines and mandatory rehab after multiple offenses. The cost for rehab should be fully covered by the federal government. Lower the age for alcohol of all types to 18.
Censorship: None at all. No flag burning amendments, no restrictions on freedom of speech, no regulations whatsoever. Period.
Gay Marriage: Legal federally. What's really more important is protecting LGBT people from losing their jobs, eviction, etc. based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Death Penalty: A federal constitutional amendment prohibiting it under all circumstances. I all oppose life imprisonment without parole, but defined by statute.
Prostitution: Only arrest those who hire prostitutes, not the prostitutes themselves.
Church & State: Separate. I'm best decried as a secular catholic.
Affirmative Action: Neutral. I wish it wasn't needed, as I would prefer a discrimination-free society. However, our history as a superficially based society suggests otherwise.
Hate Crime Laws: I would support in principle, but there is now way to measure whether or not a crime is a "hate crime." So I don't support them in actuality.
Immigration: Make it easier to become a legal citizen, and make it easier for illegal residents to become legal. Against a border fence.
Stem Cell Research: Support its expansion, including federal funding.
PATRIOT Act: Repeal in its entirety, and oppose most kinds of surveillance.
Gun Control: Ban assault weapons, create a universal background check system, ban concealed carry, and restrict the kind of guns police can carry. Tying into this and PATRIOT Act, I don't any further surveillance systems than the universal background check system.
Assisted Suicide: Legalize nationally. It's the patient's choice.
Gambling: Legalize nationally. I don't want taxes to be high on it. The better answer is education.

Electoral Reform:
Term Limits: Only for appointed positions and the president. If the people don't like them, they'll be voted out.
Statehood: Any territory that wants it should be granted statehood. Yes to Puerto Rico and DC. I don't agree with the attempts by sections of states to create new ones.
Voting Age: 18
Campaign Finance Reform: Require complete transparency, limit contributions to $9,000.
Voting System: Popular vote and PR-STV.
Gerrymandering: Not real passionate about it. Bipartisan committee I guess.
Voter ID: Will lead to racial profiling.

Economics:
Welfare: Expand the current programs, no decreases in funding.
Unions: Strongly approve of the right to unionize. Oppose all right-to-work laws.
Privatization: Oppose privatization of social security, schools, etc.
Environment: Ban fracking, ban mountain-top mining, set water purity standards, protect all endangered species, invest in green energy, etc, etc, etc.
Minimum Wage: If the minimum wage had always raised with inflation, it would be at $21.
Taxation: Abolish the sales tax, with the exception of controlled substances and gambling. Raise Income tax on the rich drastically, which should be the primary tax.
Healthcare: ACA didn't go far enough. A single-payer is the best choice.
Trade: Protectionism prevents globalization. I support regulating outsourcing, but to give one corporation an advantage over another based on nationality is bad.
Pork: End corporate subsidies for the most part.
Subsidies: I support farm subsidies for low-income farmers. Also, temporary subsidies to green energy, to speed up the transition. Otherwise, end corporate subsidies.
Military: Increase veteran's benefits, decrease heavy artillery funding in the military. Spending is really out of control there.
Corporate Regulation: Constitutional amendment denying corporations the same rights as people.*
Education: Increase funding overall. Oppose creationism in schools and voucher programs.*

Foreign Policy:
War: The only wars that ever needed to be fought were the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WWI, and WWII.
Israel-Palestine: Oppose military intervention. I'd like to see both be sovereign states.
Draft: Oppose in all circumstances. It's essentially slavery and has no place in modern day society.
UN: Is necessary for a successful foreign policy and the best way to get us on track to eliminating war.
Nukes: Drastically reduce nuclear arsenal.
Foreign Aid: Good in most cases, though I don't want it to create imperialistic relationships.

Summary: Your typical Social Democrat. I admire Bernie Sanders, among others. Strongly support worker's rights, strongly regulating corporations, and generally expanding welfare. Feel very strongly about gay rights, strongly support gun control, and social libertarian for the most part. I am strongly opposed to the draft and military expansion, support strong environmental regulations, and would prefer if we move away from the electoral college and towards actual democracy.

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« Reply #904 on: December 09, 2013, 12:38:36 am »

How was World War I a remotely justified conflict?
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« Reply #905 on: December 09, 2013, 12:57:11 am »

How was World War I a remotely justified conflict?
I didn't mean starting it was justified. I meant that I oppose intervention unless the it's a world war, at which point it becomes almost unavoidable.
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« Reply #906 on: December 09, 2013, 11:54:58 pm »

How was World War I a remotely justified conflict?
I didn't mean starting it was justified. I meant that I oppose intervention unless the it's a world war, at which point it becomes almost unavoidable.

We managed to avoid it for three years in the early part of the last century, for good reason.
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« Reply #907 on: December 10, 2013, 01:09:41 am »

Would a citizen's militia even be practicable? The way military technology is moving, the future is increasingly a small cadre of highly trained professionals not a massive civic army. Not to mention that despite what the NRA says, the militia in the American Revolution had pretty mediocre performance compared to the Continentals.
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« Reply #908 on: December 10, 2013, 01:13:02 am »

Too lazy atm to get into details but here's a good, quick description:

Economic Issues: Fiscally Conservative, borderline Fiscally Libertarian
Foreign Policy: Hawkish
Social Issues: Center-Right (Pro-Life, but also Pro-gay)
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« Reply #909 on: December 10, 2013, 07:43:34 am »

Would a citizen's militia even be practicable? The way military technology is moving, the future is increasingly a small cadre of highly trained professionals not a massive civic army. Not to mention that despite what the NRA says, the militia in the American Revolution had pretty mediocre performance compared to the Continentals.

The point is to avoid war; in the event of an actual war where the U.S. is attacked, there would certainly be a temporary standing army established. But in peacetime, there's really no need for a standing, national army. Jefferson was absolutely correct about how dangerous standing armies are.
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« Reply #910 on: December 10, 2013, 09:50:41 am »

Social Policy:
Abortion: I support abortion during 1st semester, oppose after except some exceptions. Abortion should be funded.
Drugs: Oppose
Censorship: Support flag burning amendment, stand with Alito on Snyder Phelps.
Gay Marriage: Legal federally. What's really more important is protecting LGBT people from losing their jobs, eviction, etc. based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Death Penalty: Oppose, oppose life imprisonment without possibility of parole.
Prostitution: Mixed. Support prostitutes rights, but mixed on brothel.
Church & State: Church and State shouldn't be separated, like Germany.
Affirmative Action: Strongly support.
Hate Crime Laws: Support
Immigration: Strongly support, support Dream Act,...
Stem Cell Research: Support its expansion, including federal funding.
PATRIOT Act: Support
Gun Control: Staunchly support (I'm french). The NRA should be banned.
Assisted Suicide: Lean oppose
Gambling:Support legalization, but must be respected.

Electoral Reform:
Term Limits: Oppose
Statehood: Any territory that wants it should be granted statehood. Yes to Puerto Rico and DC. I don't agree with the attempts by sections of states to create new ones.
Voting Age: 18
Campaign Finance Reform: Support (french)
Voting System: keep this system.
Gerrymandering: Support independant commission.
Voter ID: Oppose in the USA, support in France.
Economics:
Welfare: Expand the current programs, no decreases in funding.
Unions: Strongly approve of the right to unionize. Oppose all right-to-work laws. Support Taft-Hardley Act repeal, support union shop.
Privatization: Oppose privatization of social security, schools, etc.
Environment: Ban tracking, band mountain-top mining, set water purity standards, protect all endangered species, invest in green energy, etc, etc, etc.
Minimum Wage: The Minimum Wage should be raised.
Taxation: Mixed.
Healthcare: ACA didn't go far enough. A single-payer is the best choice.
Subsidies: I support farm subsidies for low-income farmers.
Military: Increase veteran's benefits, military spending shouldn't be cut.
Education: Increase funding overall. Oppose creationism in schools and voucher programs.*

Foreign Policy:
War: Except Iraq War, I'm a ing hawk.
Israel-Palestine:: Support diplomacy between Israel and Palestine.
Draft: Support, it can be necessary.
Nukes: Support new start treaty.
Foreign Aid: Good in most cases

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« Reply #911 on: December 10, 2013, 03:58:02 pm »
« Edited: December 14, 2013, 03:12:18 pm by Speaker Scott »

Social Policy:
Abortion: Generally support elective abortion.  I don't like late-term abortions, but those are extremely rare and usually done for medical purposes, and for that reason I still think it should be decided between a woman and her doctor, though I'm not completely opposed to ethical barriers.
Drugs: Support the legalization and taxation of marijuana, oppose legalization of most other drugs.
Censorship: I favor the V-chip.
Gay Marriage: Legal federally. Increase workplace protections for the LGBTQ community.
Death Penalty: Oppose.
Prostitution: I favor letting the states decide on this one.
Church & State: Favor voluntary school prayer, presence of God on money and in the Pledge
Affirmative Action: Generally oppose.  I'm more favorable to affirmative action on the basis of income, not on race.  Strongly oppose quotas.
Hate Crime Laws: Support.
Immigration: Support the DREAM Act as well as comprehensive reform of the immigration system.  Modernize the process, but crack down on drug cartels and consider efforts to improve Mexico's economy so as to discourage lawbreaking.
Stem Cell Research: Support its expansion, including federal funding.
PATRIOT Act: Strongly oppose; repeal all sections of the bill that permit unwarranted spying/wiretapping
Gun Control: Support conceal-carry, Manchin-Toomey.  Ban and destroy undetectable firearms.
Assisted Suicide: Support with heavy restrictions.
Gambling: Status quo.

Electoral Reform:
Term Limits: Oppose.
Statehood: Grant statehood to Puerto Rico and DC if the people of both territories agree to it.
Voting Age: I support lowering the voting age to 17.
Campaign Finance Reform: Pass the DISCLOSE Act, increase oversight of funds, ban campaign donations from recipients of government bailouts until bailout money is fully repaid.  Prohibit donations from corporations if a foreign national owns 20% or more of voting shares.
Gerrymandering: Abolish CDs, promote a more Parliamentarian system with IRV
Voter ID: Strongly oppose (critical issue)

Economics:
Welfare: Expand the current programs, but maintain work requirements and require able-bodied people on welfare to find work.  Expand the EITC.
Unions: Strongly approve of the right to unionize. Oppose all right-to-work laws.
Privatization: Oppose privatization of social security, schools, etc.
Environment: Ban mountain-top mining, set water purity standards, protect all endangered species, invest in green energy
Minimum Wage: Raise and index to inflation.
Taxation: Allow the Bush tax cuts to expire for wealthy individuals, cut them for individuals making below that.  Remove loopholes and reform the tax code to discourage outsourcing.
Healthcare: Single-payer.  At the moment, I favor either a German or French-based health care system with identity cards.
Subsidies: I support farm subsidies for low-income farmers.
Military: Increase veteran's benefits, drastically reduce military spending.
Education: Transition the current education system in the US to one that is more Finland-based and public.  Set higher standards for people who are in or training for the teaching profession.  Eliminate most standardized tests.

Foreign Policy:
War: Only as a last resort.
Israel-Palestine:: Support diplomacy between Israel and Palestine.
Draft: Strongly oppose.
Nukes: Support treaties which reduce nuclear arsenals.
Foreign Aid: Generally support, but reform our foreign aid policy so that there is more oversight over our dollars.


I guess I'd consider myself a Jon Tester-esque Christian Democrat? Tongue
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« Reply #912 on: December 17, 2013, 10:57:39 pm »
« Edited: December 18, 2013, 02:54:51 pm by outofbox6 »

Abortion: legal until second trimester
Gay marriage: I personally support it, but perhaps it should be left up to the states
Immigration: extremely liberal here
Gun control: conservative
Environment: liberal here
As you can tell, I am more interested in social issues, like most young people.
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« Reply #913 on: December 19, 2013, 06:21:47 pm »

Abortion: legal until second trimester
Gay marriage: I personally support it, but perhaps it should be left up to the states
Immigration: extremely liberal here
Gun control: conservative
Environment: liberal here
As you can tell, I am more interested in social issues, like most young people.

Yes, social issues are popular to talk about because they are easy, simplistic, and can be resolved with a simple answer. Economic and foreign policy issues though, are much more in depth and require explanations and certain policy preferment. Sure, you can be one way or the other, but its not like SSM where you're either just for it or against it, there are many extents and third ways you can take those kind of issues. I just wouldn't vote solely on social issues, as they are not even near as important as the other issues out there (economic, foreign policy, domestic). And thankfully I don't think you will by the color of your avatar Wink
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« Reply #914 on: December 19, 2013, 06:26:29 pm »

Abortion: legal until second trimester
Gay marriage: I personally support it, but perhaps it should be left up to the states
Immigration: extremely liberal here
Gun control: conservative
Environment: liberal here
As you can tell, I am more interested in social issues, like most young people.

Yes, social issues are popular to talk about because they are easy, simplistic, and can be resolved with a simple answer. Economic and foreign policy issues though, are much more in depth and require explanations and certain policy preferment. Sure, you can be one way or the other, but its not like SSM where you're either just for it or against it, there are many extents and third ways you can take those kind of issues. I just wouldn't vote solely on social issues, as they are not even near as important as the other issues out there (economic, foreign policy, domestic). And thankfully I don't think you will by the color of your avatar Wink
Wow, I never thought about it like that!!!
Oh, and I lean right on foreign issues and economic issues.
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« Reply #915 on: December 26, 2013, 10:49:40 pm »
« Edited: October 21, 2015, 09:30:57 pm by Brewer »

Social Policy
Abortion: Completely pro-choice.
Drugs: Support legalizing marijuana. Get rid of mandatory minimums.
Censorship: Flag-burning amendment is stupid. Little radio or television censorship -- it's the job of the parents to regulate their children, not the government.
Gay Marriage: Legalize on federal level, support ENDA, etc.
Death Penalty: Ban it on a federal level.
Prostitution: Definitely a state issue.
Church and State: Oppose prayer in schools, could honestly care less about putting "In God We Trust" on money.
Affirmative Action: Support it.
Hate Crime Laws: There should be no such thing. A crime is a crime -- no regulating thoughts or opinions. These laws are blatantly unconstitutional.
Immigration: Support DREAM, comprehensive immigration reform.
Stem Cell Research: Expand it.
PATRIOT Act: I support most of it being repealed.
Gun Control: Support an assault weapons ban, magazine limits, and background checks.
Assisted Suicide: Leave it to the states.
Gambling: Legalize it federally.

Electoral Reform
Term Limits: The very notion behind these is absurd: don't trust voters to reelect their own representatives. What is the point of a democracy? End all term limits.
Statehood: Allow Puerto Rico and D.C. to enter the union with support from a majority of their citizens.
Voting Age: Support lowering voting age to 16.
Campaign Finance Reform: Require complete transparency, ban corporate donations.
Gerrymandering: Leave it up to a nonpartisan commission.
Voter ID: Completely oppose it. If you can make it to the polls, you should be able to vote.

Economics
Welfare: Support current programs.
Unions: Unions are the backbone of this country. Right-to-Work is absolutely un-American.
Environment: Invest in green energy and implement higher standards for gas mileage and the reduction of carbon pollution. Ensure that workers in fossil fuel industries are able to transition into other industries with government assistance as jobs in their industries are inevitably lost while we transition toward more renewable energy sources.
Minimum Wage: Raise across the country, proportional to the cost of living in each area, and index to inflation.
Taxation: No tax raises on middle/lower-class. No tax cuts for the rich, tax increases on them are necessary, however cut corporate taxes while closing tax loopholes.
Healthcare: Support the Affordable Care Act.
Trade: Pro-fair trade. Oppose new free trade agreements unless it can be proven that they will not be detrimental to American workers and wages.
Pork: I'm fine with it.
Subsidies: Support for low-income farmers, small farms.
Military: Cut funding, oppose Iraq, support Afghanistan and we should have made more of an attempt to assist moderate rebels in Syria. Completely support the Iran deal. Allow women to serve at frontlines.
Education: Anti-vouchers, complete support of public education. Oppose and repeal teacher tenure laws, expand funding, put technology in all classrooms.

Foreign Policy
War: Not a hawk, not non-interventionist. Supported Afghanistan but not Iraq. WWI and Vietnam were poor decisions.
Israel/Palestine: I'm pretty moderate on this issue. Support a two-state solution.
Draft: Never.
Nukes: Support START Treaty, but do not eliminate stockpile.
Foreign Aid: Minimal part of the federal budget -- make cuts only to increase efficiency.

Summary: Basically, I'm a mainstream liberal with some moderate tendencies.
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« Reply #916 on: January 09, 2014, 11:35:54 am »

Abortion: legal until second trimester
Gay marriage: I personally support it, but perhaps it should be left up to the states
Immigration: extremely liberal here
Gun control: conservative
Environment: liberal here
As you can tell, I am more interested in social issues, like most young people.

Yes, social issues are popular to talk about because they are easy, simplistic, and can be resolved with a simple answer. Economic and foreign policy issues though, are much more in depth and require explanations and certain policy preferment. Sure, you can be one way or the other, but its not like SSM where you're either just for it or against it, there are many extents and third ways you can take those kind of issues. I just wouldn't vote solely on social issues, as they are not even near as important as the other issues out there (economic, foreign policy, domestic). And thankfully I don't think you will by the color of your avatar Wink
Not so. I find my social policies are, as whole, much more complex and in depth then the economic or foreign policies.
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« Reply #917 on: January 09, 2014, 11:36:29 am »
« Edited: January 09, 2014, 12:11:41 pm by So rightwing that I broke the Political Compass! »

These are my pipe dream policies. Obviously when I'm elected as an actual politician I would have to temper them for the sake of electability Sad

Social Policy



Abortion: To be classified as premeditated murder. I would prefer it to be applied retroactively to mothers and abortionists who committed it prior to the law's passage, but that's probably unrealistic given the numbers that would need to be imprisoned.

Drugs: I would be inclined to try out Singapore-esque policies. Death penalty for enablers/dealers. Not to sure on what specific punishment for users, but certainly harsh enough to serve as a disincentive.

Censorship:  Let the states and/or local governments decide. However any depictions of criminal sexual acts(except in cases where a permit for artistic license has been granted) would be banned. Furthermore and books/sites etc endorsing crimes or explaining how to commit/get away with said crimes would be banned.

Gay marriage: Leave to states, to be resolved once and for all by a referendum in all 50 states regarding it's acceptance or rejection of gay marriage from here on out. Thereafter the matter shall be considered closed permanently, since constant struggle and controversy is contrary to civic tranquility.

Prostitution: Legalize.

Church & State: Unsure about whether the separation of church and state is a good thing or not. The body politic needs a moral compass of some kind, and my feeling is that only religion can provide that.

Affirmative action: Racist nonsense.

Immigration: Basic economics- increase the supply of labour and it's price(wages) goes down. So, I would curtail immigration significantly.

PATRIOT Act: Expand it. Advancing technology only makes devestating acts of terrorism easier to commit.

Gun Control: Oppose all forms of gun control.



Economic Issues:

Welfare: Abolish, Kills incentive to work

Unions:  Abolish, kills jobs

Environment: Let the affected communities decide.

Minimum wage: Abolish. Kills jobs.

Taxation: Abolish, except for a VAT.

Healthcare: Abolish all public involvement

Trade:High tariffs to re-industrialize the nation.


Foreign Policy

Israel-Palestine: Unconditional support for Israel, as the only Western democracy in the Middle East we would be fools to not back them.

Draft: Consider reinstating

UN:  em.

Nukes: A good thing, prevent hostile countries from acquiring by any means necessary.

Foreign Aid: Is essentially bribery. Potentially useful, but put an end to any that is purely sentimental nonsense.

Iran: I've reached the point where invasion seems the only possible way to avert the disaster that Iranian nukes would be for Israel and the West.
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« Reply #918 on: January 09, 2014, 06:51:58 pm »

Abortion: To be classified as premeditated murder. I would prefer it to be applied retroactively to mothers and abortionists who committed it prior to the law's passage, but that's probably unrealistic given the numbers that would need to be imprisoned.

That's also illegal.
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« Reply #919 on: January 09, 2014, 06:58:19 pm »

Abortion: To be classified as premeditated murder. I would prefer it to be applied retroactively to mothers and abortionists who committed it prior to the law's passage, but that's probably unrealistic given the numbers that would need to be imprisoned.

That's also illegal.
Something tells me that with the terrifying fascist police state of social control he wants to implement, things like "rights" probably won't really matter.

What a paranoid, afraid person!
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« Reply #920 on: January 09, 2014, 07:31:09 pm »

Draft: Consider reinstating
PATRIOT Act: Expand it.
Death penalty for enablers/dealers.

Oh god.
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« Reply #921 on: January 09, 2014, 07:43:17 pm »

Rockingham is a troll, err, "parody."  Here's another post of his on this thread from 2012.

If you haven't put him on ignore yet, I suggest you do so.
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« Reply #922 on: January 11, 2014, 09:38:50 am »

Rockingham is a troll, err, "parody."  Here's another post of his on this thread from 2012.

If you haven't put him on ignore yet, I suggest you do so.
False. And those confessions were not from me. Some leftwing troll hacked my account and made those posts so as to delegitimize my voice.
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« Reply #923 on: January 20, 2014, 09:12:48 pm »
« Edited: March 24, 2014, 03:34:48 pm by NE Rep SWE »

Social Policy:
Abortion: I'm mostly pro-choice, but I support a ban on partial-birth abortions. Proper sex education and easy access the birth control would lower the number of abortions.
Gay Marriage: There is no fathomable reason not to legalize it
Drugs: Legalize marijuana, lower the drinking age to 18, decriminalize harder drugs and treat drug use as a health issue, not a crime
Stem Cell Research: Stem Cell research saves lives
Death Penalty: I am 100% against capital punishment. The state should not be powerful enough to terminate the lives of its citizens
Gun control: Institute universal background checks, but nothing beyond that
Church and State: Church and state should be completely separate. Take "In God We Trust" off of our currency and make "E Pluribus Unum" our nation's motto
Affirmative Action: Race based AA is nothing more than reverse discrimination, however, I am somewhat more open to class based AA
Prostitution: Legalize
Euthanasia: Terminally ill patients should be allowed to end their lives

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Increase it and tie it to inflation
Welfare: The notion of "Welfare Queens" is ridiculous. Nobody on welfare wants to be on welfare. Never cut welfare funding. If anything, increase funding, especially when the economy is poor and people need it most.
Right-to-Work: Unions are necessary to protect workers. Right-to-Work-For-Less is a more accurate name
Taxation: Cut taxes on lower and middle class, increase on the upper class, close tax loopholes, eliminate sales tax
Healthcare: Institute a single-payer system
Social Security: Never privatize Social Security
Trade: Free trade kills jobs
Deficit Spending: Deficits are not an inherently bad thing. Cutting spending during economic down times is one of the worst things you can do for growth
Debt Ceiling: There's no reason for it to exist in the first place
Education: More funding to public education, no school vouchers, standardized testing is pointless
Balanced Budget Amendment: No
Sequester: These cuts were designed specifically to be as painful as possible, so why are we keeping them in place?

Foreign Policy and National Security
Afghanistan: It's time to pull out. We can't nation build forever
Iraq: The Iraq War was completely useless and did nothing but humiliate us and take away troops that could be used to fight al Qaeda
Iran: Diplomacy is the best course of action. No more sanctions.
Syria: The United States has no interest getting involved
Cuba: End the travel ban and trade embargo
Military Spending: Cut drastically
PATRIOT Act: A disgusting bill. Repeal in its entirety
NSA Spying: Blatantly unconstitutional
Palestine: Recognize Palestine
Israel: Israel is our ally, but that doesn't mean we have to constantly suck up to them
Immigration: Make the legal immigration process much simpler, provide a path to citizenship for immigrants already living here
Guantanamo Bay: it's an embarrassing chapter in American history and it needs to be shut down

Environment
Climate Change: Climate change is real. Anyone who denies it is just kidding themself
Green Energy: Invest in alternate energy. It's good for the environment, creates jobs, and helps us achieve energy independence
Keystone XL Pipeline: It's not worth the huge negative impacts to create 35 jobs

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: Abolish it and have the president elected by popular vote
Gerrymandering: All districts should be drawn using the shortest split-line method
Term limits: We already have term limits, it's called voting out incumbents. Legislating is a complicated process, and we don't need congress filled with inexperienced legislators.
Campaign Finance Reform: All election campaigns should be funded by a limited pool of taxpayer money
Voter ID: Nothing more than voter suppression
Compulsory Voting: While I originally supported it, I now realize it creates more problems than it solve.
Voter Registration: Voter registration should be automatic
Voting Rights Act Preclearance: All fifty states should be required to get preclearance under the Voting Rights Act
Statehood: If a majority of citizens of a territory support statehood, than that territory should receive statehood
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« Reply #924 on: January 20, 2014, 09:19:12 pm »

Welcome! Smiley I agree with you on almost everything. What about class-based AA?
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