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« Reply #1050 on: August 28, 2014, 02:37:50 pm »

Social Policy:
Abortion: Pro-choice, keep abortion safe, legal, and rare.
Gay Marriage: Fully supportive of LGBT rights.
Drugs: I see no reason to legalize recreational use of marijuana.
Stem Cell Research: Stem Cell research saves lives, and is completely necessary.
Death Penalty: Supportive, but make sure it is done properly and humanely.
Gun control: Institute universal background checks, and ban high-capacity ammunition magazines.  Undecided on a national gun registry, but lean in opposition.
Affirmative Action: Racially-based affirmative action is reverse discrimination, and I don't support it.
Women's Rights: I support an ERA and the passage of equal pay.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: A small increase ($10.10 is too high) and balance it with targeted cuts for small businesses.
Welfare: Cut welfare off after 2 years.
Right-to-Work: Fully support Right-to-Work.
Taxation: Cut taxes only when the government can afford it, and start with middle class/low-income Americans.
Healthcare: It is too late to repeal the ACA, instead we must improve the law by getting rid of the medical device tax, and allowing the purchase of health insurance across state lines.
Social Security: Remove the FICA Cap to expand Social Security's solvency.
Education: More funding to education, allow school vouchers.  Additionally, we need to get rid of Common Core, set federal graduation standards (including a foreign language requirement), and eliminate teacher tenure.
Balanced Budget Amendment: No.

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Diplomacy is the best course of action.
Iraq/Syria: We have a responsibility to protect human rights around the world, and we need to target ISIS through air strikes and the like.  No ground invasion.
Military Spending: There certainly exists waste in the Department, find it and eliminate it.
PATRIOT Act: An unfortunate necessity in the 21st Century.
NSA Spying: Needed to protect our national interests and security.
Israel/Palestine: We must recognize Israel's blatant disregard for human life, but it is wrong to say that their actions are not justified.  I ultimately side with Israel, but I'm not blind about the errors in their ways.
Immigration: Make the legal immigration process much simpler, strengthen the border, and then provide a pathway to citizenship for illegals.

Environment
Climate Change: Climate change is real, and the U.S. must lead the world in combatting it.
Green Energy: Invest in alternate energy. It's good for the environment, creates jobs, and helps us achieve energy independence.
Keystone XL Pipeline: We need this pipeline to create jobs, and I believe it is worth it.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: Undecided, but lean towards supporting it.  I'm not convinced eliminating the College would solve our problems.
Gerrymandering: We need strict reform of Gerrymandering.
Presidential term: The president should serve one six-year term without the ability to run for reelection.  This would make the Office more effective and help combat a lot of the government's problems.
Public Financing: Complete public financing of campaigns, removing outside groups and the like will do a great deal to helping our political system.  I used to hate the idea, but the inability of Congress to work has changed my mind.
Term limits: Term limits would do more harm than good.
Voter ID: I have no problem with Voter ID's, Connecticut has had the law for as long as I can remember, but the recent attempts in the South are clearly being done for political reasons.  We should want to prevent voter fraud, but we should help qualified voters get identification.
Voting: I support instant-run-off voting.
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« Reply #1051 on: September 09, 2014, 02:28:44 am »

Domestic Policy

Do you support the Patriot act? Yes, but limit the scope of the governmentís powers.
Do you support affirmative action programs? No
Are you in favor of decriminalizing drug use? No, we should pass tougher drug laws.
Should the federal government regulate the internet to deter online piracy? No, the government should prosecute copyright violators but not regulate the internet.
Should corporations and unions be permitted to fund advertisements backing political candidates through political action committees (Super PACS)?
 Yes, any restriction on campaign spending violates the first amendment.
Should there be term limits set for members of Congress? Yes, term limits are a necessary political apparatus to prevent corruption in our government S
Should the redrawing of Congressional districts be controlled by an independent, non-partisan commission? Yes
Should federal government limit funds to public schools that do not meet performance standards? No
Should every person purchasing a gun be required to pass a criminal and public safety background check? Yes, except for private transfer of ownership between family members
Should Marijuana be legalized? Yes. Legalize, tax and regulate marijuana.

The Environment

Is Global Warming a threat to the environment? No, global warming and cooling are natural cycles beyond our control
Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?: Yes
Should National Parks continue to be preserved and protected by the federal government? Yes, but allow increased public access.
Should the federal government continue to give tax credits and subsidies to the wind power industry? No, traditional energy sources including oil, coal and nuclear power will be reliable energy sources for many years to come.
Should the United States require labeling of genetically engineered foods? Yes, consumers have a right to know what is in their food
Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources? Yes, but increase oversight.
Should the US provide incentives for heavy duty trucks to run on natural gas or alternative fuel? No


The Economy

Should the government raise the federal minimum wage? No
Should pension plans for federal, state and local government workers be transitioned into private plans? Yes, pension spending is out of control and must be reduced
Should Wall Street executives be criminally charged for their roles in the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis?No, lawmakers are more to blame for allowing the subprime mortgage crisis to occur
Should state gas taxes automatically increase with inflation? No, gas taxes are already too high.
Do you support Obama's MyRA savings account initiative for workers who don't have access to a 401k? No, the plan is redundant and inferior to Roth IRA plans S
Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?  Yes
Should the federal government subsidize U.S. farmers? Yes
Should able-bodied, mentally capable adults who receive welfare be required to work? No, but in order to receive benefits they should be looking for a job or enrolled in education and job training programs
Should the U.S. reduce corporate income tax rates?  Yes
[/b]Would you favor removing the state income tax and replacing it with a higher sales tax?[/b] No

Immigration

Should illegal immigrants be given access to government-subsidized healthcare? No
Should illegal immigrants working in the U.S. be granted temporary amnesty? No, fine companies that employ illegal immigrants
Should law enforcement be allowed to detain illegal immigrants for minor crimes so that federal immigration authorities can take custody of them? Yes
Should illegal immigrants be offered in-state tuition rates at public colleges within their residing state? No
Do you support stronger measures to increase our border security? Yes
Should children of illegal immigrants be granted citizenship? Yes, if they were born here
Should immigrants to the U.S. be required to learn English? No, America has and always will be a melting pot of diversity


Foreign Policy

Should the U.S. continue to support Israel? Yes
Should the U.S. maintain a presence at the United Nations? Scale back our current involvement
Should foreign terrorism suspects be given constitutional rights?  No, they are not U.S. citizens and should be subject to enhanced interrogation methods.
Should the military fly drones over foreign countries to gain intelligence and kill suspected terrorists? Yes, the U.S. needs to use all means necessary to combat terrorism.
Should the U.S. continue NSA surveillance of its allies? Yes, surveillance of all foreign countries is essential to tracking potential terrorist threats.
Should the United States end its trade embargo and travel ban on Cuba? Yes, lift the travel ban but keep some provisions of the embargo in place
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Should the government decrease military spending?  Do not change current military budget

Social[/b]
Should the government require health insurance companies to provide free birth control? No
Should the federal government allow the death penalty? Yes.
Should the U.S. remove references to God from currency, federal buildings, national monuments and other aspects of government? No
Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide? Yes
What is your stance on abortion? Pro-choice, I don't agree with it but it's not my right or the government's to ban abortion
Do you support the legalization of same sex marriage? Yes

2014 MA Ballot Propositions

Should Massachusetts prevent construction of 3 planned resort casinos within the state? No, these resorts create thousands of jobs and stimulates the local economy.
Should we regulate profit margins, CEO compensation, and financial disclosure of hospitals that accept government funds? No, limiting economic incentives decreases the innovation and competency of service

Education
Do you support the adoption of Common Core national educational standards?  No

Healthcare[/u]

Do you support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)? No, open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and drive down costs.

I think of myself as an economic capitalist and social centrist. Milton Friedman is the public figure I'd say most resembles me politically, but that is arguable because I think he was a lot further right than I am on economic issues and more libertarian than me on social issues.
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« Reply #1052 on: September 09, 2014, 10:52:02 pm »

Economics:

Right-to-Work Laws: I support a federal right-to-work law. Private workers deserve the right to choose if they want to be represented by a union or not. However, I feel getting forced unionism out of the lawbooks would be easier at a state level and thus support state right-to-work laws as well.

Minimum Wage Raise: Part of me wants to say yes, but I fear that raising the minimum wage would have the opposite effect than intended. Normally, when the minimum wage increases, prices increase, workers are laid off, and the economy all-around suffers. Due to economic realism, either keep the minimum wage as-is or raise it only slightly. I oppose the proposed $10.10 minimum wage and definitely oppose any higher amount.

Environmentalism: I have nothing against people going green, but it should not be forced down the throats of the citizens. Overt regulation kills economic growth. Allow green tech and organizations to exist, but keep them in the private sector. People deserve the right to choose for themselves.

Corporate Welfare/Bailouts: No, no, and no. Businessmen should take care of themselves like everyone else. No government money should be granted to failing companies.

Corporate Tax Rate: The United States has the second highest corporate tax rate behind Japan. It is small wonder why American businesses continue to flee the country for those with less hefty tax rates. Reduce the tax rate to at least 20% if not lower.

Healthcare: Free-market solutions are the best ones. Repeal Obamacare and give the people of America their medical freedom back. In fact, allow insurance firms to compete across state lines. That way, Americans receive even more choice.

Gas Tax: These are already too high. States should pass laws to lower taxes at their level while the federal government does the same with its tax.

Spending: Spending must be cut substantially yet steadily. We currently borrow 4 cents for every 10 cents. If we could slash that off and create a slight surplus, we can reverse this 17 trillion and growing deficit. If possible, I would like to see a Balanced Budget Amendment passed. I'd also like to see a law that blocks pay from Congress if they do not form a budget in time.

Social Security and Medicare: These programs are fine and must be saved. Cut entitlements as a means to prevent these two programs from fading away. Social Security is already technically your money, so it's even more incentive to save the program. Privatize Social Security if there is no way to save it otherwise.

Regulations: Strip away all regulations save for a bare-bones minimum. Recently added regulations, especially ones added by President Obama, have stifled our economic recovery. You can't rebound if you are restricted with what your business is permitted to do. Small businesses especially need deregulation as they are hurt even more than big businesses are.

Welfare: Tighten the standards to receive welfare; capable individuals can lie far too easily to gain disability or unemployment under the current system. Also, introduce mandatory drug testing and punish those who fail them. If you are not incapable of working, then you should not receive welfare.

Education (As a future educator, these issues are especially important to me:

Common Core: Repeal these standards in every state they exist in. Return the curriculum to the state level. Not only do these standards lessen the intelligence and success of our students, but they also worsen the leftist bias in education.  They are all-around negative standards.

Department of Education: We've always had public education in the United States, but originally, education fell to the states. The federal Department of Education installed by Jimmy Carter should either be severely reduced in size or done away with entirely. Again. education belongs to the states.

Affirmative Action: Simply nothing but racism, sexism, or any form of discrimination in reverse. All students should be treated equally. As such, affirmative action should be banned. However, private organizations may still offer scholarships to certain groups if they wish, as long as it remains on their dime. Quotas must also be avoided.

Tenure: Teachers should not be granted immunity because of seniority. This system creates complacency. If older teachers were not granted what is basically diplomatic immunity, then they would perform better.

Grade-Based-Pay: I oppose this. Even great teachers receive sorry students in certain schools. Their wallets should not be punished for the faults of the students and the school systems. Although this is not entirely related, I am also skeptical of limiting funding to public schools that perform poorly. I believe the emphasis should be on reforming standards instead.

No Child Left Behind: Repeal immediately, no questions asked. It has been an absolute failure.

Vouchers and Charter Schools: Both are great ideas. Not only do they offer more school choice, but they also encourage competition to excel among schools. Instead of sliding further into stagnation, public schools would be forced to improve.

This is only part one. I exceeded the maximum length limit.
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« Reply #1053 on: September 09, 2014, 10:52:55 pm »

-snip-

And now for part two:

Domestic Policy/Security:

Patriot Act: This must be repealed entirely for the sake of the American people. This bill violates so many amendments, especially the 1st, 4th, and 5th Amendments. Ditto for the NDAA.

NSA: This also violates the Bill of Rights tremendously. Disband the agency and obey the 4th Amendment entirely. You cannot search someone with a search warrant, and this agency does not seem to understand that.

Drug Laws: Marijuana should be legalized and treated the same way alcohol is. Allow anyone of 18 years of age or older to purchase it and smoke it either in private or at a facility that has a permit. (Marijuana permits should be granted so restaurants, clubs, and other facilities may allow the consumption of marijuana.) Speaking of alcohol, the drinking age should also be lowered to 18. End the unsuccessful War on Drugs while we're at it.

Prison Reform: Although I wholeheartedly support the free market, the prison system should not be privatized. Private prisons are failing us; criminals run free. Also, many private prisons have quota systems which gather up innocents just to achieve said quotas. If the federal and state governments were smarter with their budgets, then it would not be necessary in the first place to build private prisons.

Gun Control: I am absolutely opposed to any new gun control legislation. Not only is this a deep violation of the 2nd Amendment, but gun control always has the opposite effect than intended. When citizens are not allowed to arm themselves, crime and murder rates increase. Even worse, the government becomes bolder with other freedoms it tries to take away once their citizens are disarmed. As a result, the 2nd Amendment must be defended at any cost. On a side note, the age to own pistols, assault weapons, and other non-hunting weapons should be lowered to 18 and all state concealed carry licenses should be guaranteed valid by the federal government in all 50 states.

Abortion: I am unsure about this issue on a personal level, though I generally lean pro-choice. Women should have a right to control their bodies. However, I do support certain restrictions on the practice. I support the 20-week ban that has been adopted in Texas, and I believe other states should adopt a similar ban. I also support a ban on partial birth abortion; it not nearly as morally gray as abortion before birth. A big deviation I have from other pro-choice individuals is that I think Planned Parenthood should no longer receive any federal funding. It is an extremely racist organization founded with racially-motivated intentions. Therefore, Planned Parenthood must go.

Gay Rights: Homosexual couples deserve the same rights that heterosexual couples receive in the realm of marriage. This includes marriage, adoption, military service, hospital visits, and many more benefits. As long as religious institutions are not forced to recognize gay marriages on a religious level if they do not wish to do so, then there is no issue period.

Gambling and Prostitution: Both should become legal with minimal regulation. Ensure the minimum age limit of 18 for all participants is included in the laws legalizing these acts federally. Both should be run by the private sector like any other business.

Immigration: No matter the circumstances, illegal immigrants must never receive amnesty. Secure our borders and prevent any more massive waves of illegals from flooding the nation. If they have already broken the law by arriving without documentation, what guarantees they'll obey any other law? Illegal immigrants, not being citizens, do not have the right to healthcare, college scholarships, or any other right reserved for American citizens. Legal immigration should be allowed and encouraged. As long as you obey our immigration process, then you are welcome to emigrate to this country.

Censorship: Stop violating the 1st Amendment. For TV, the FCC must be disbanded immediately. If you don't like what your kids view on the television, it is your duty to regulate what they watch, not the government's. Furthermore, I oppose internet censorship as well. Proposed bills such as SOPA are purely horrible ideas that should never become laws. Freedom of expression on any medium, whether it is television, the internet, radio, or any other medium, should always be paramount.

Foreign Policy:

Israel: Israel is the standard bearer of freedom in the Middle East and must not be abandoned. That does not mean obey its every request, but our friendship with Israel matters.

The United Nations: The U.N. seems to support what the US opposes and opposes what the US supports. If we must remain in the organization, we should severely reduce our funding to the organization and evict them from Manhattan. Ideally, we should not be part of the organization whatsoever.

Drone Strikes: At the moment, I oppose sending attack drones without a formal declaration of war. These informal attacks via drones seem to be causing more harm than good.

Interventionism vs Isolationism: Unless the United States is directly attacked by a foreign enemy, the affairs of the world are not our own. We cannot even defend the border with Mexico, yet we bleed ourselves dry defending foreign nations. The Cold War is over, and thus we should withdraw all troops overseas and deploy them on our borders for security reasons. It is time to protect our homeland.

Congressional Declarations of War: We have not declared war via congressional vote since WWII, and it has affected our foreign and military policy negatively. For one, we must start enforcing the War Powers Resolution of 1973. Moreover, if the President sends troops overseas, he or she must receive approval from Congress within 90 days or recall said troops. Keep our espionage policy as is, but we must return the power of war to Congress where it belongs.
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« Reply #1054 on: September 10, 2014, 04:45:41 pm »

What does it mean for insurance companies to "compete across state lines"? Should there be some sort of law saying that states can't restrict the production or purchase to/from out of state individuals and businesses?

My take on it is that it is a reform that is similar to the savings/loans liberalization of the 80s where South Dakota all the sudden was where everyone got credit cards from.  I could see Wal-Mart getting into the insurance/hospital business, even more so than just $30 nurse station and $4 prescription plans. It could be a way to provide minimal universal coverage through libertarian means or it could mean mass speculation that eventually leads to a bubble, a burst and then monopolization.
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« Reply #1055 on: September 22, 2014, 09:19:34 am »

Abortion: Pro-choice, Personally Pro-life
Gun Control: Pro gun support more background Checks
Same-sex Marriage: Personally Against but not my job to tell others what to do leave it to the States
Campaign Finance reform: Overturn Citizens United More strict campaign finance reform and Term Limits
Education: States Know Better how to manage there local education systems, goverment can help by providing federal aid
Taxes: Reform the tax code get rid off loopholes, penalize companys that outsource jobs
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« Reply #1056 on: September 27, 2014, 07:05:22 pm »

Based from NickCT but changed to my own
Social Policy:
Abortion: Pro-choice, keep abortion safe, legal, and rare, but only during the first trimester.
Gay Marriage: Fully supportive of LGBT rights.
Drugs: Follow the Portugal model.
Stem Cell Research: Stem Cell research saves lives should be expanded.
Death Penalty: Only for murder.
Gun control: Institute universal background checks,but nothing else. Sharply oppose national registry
Affirmative Action: Racially-based affirmative action is reverse discrimination, and I support its full repeal.
Women's Rights: I support an ERA and the passage of equal pay.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: A small increase ($10.10 is too high) and balance it with targeted cuts for small businesses.
Welfare: Cut welfare off after 2 years.
Right-to-Work: Fully support Right-to-Work.
Taxation: Cut taxes across the board. Repeal all sales and estate taxes, and instill tariffs and consumption taxes instead.
Healthcare: Make doctors' paychecks come from taxes, like postal workers
Social Security: Privatize, but keep the federal part, too
Education: More funding to education, allow school vouchers.  Additionally, we need to get rid of Common Core and eliminate teacher tenure.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Aye

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Diplomacy is the best course of action.
Iraq/Syria: We aren't the police of the world, but ISIS killed Americans. That justifies attack in my book
Military Spending: There certainly exists waste in the Department, find it and eliminate it.
PATRIOT Act: Destroy it
NSA Spying: Destroy this also.
Israel/Palestine: We must recognize Israel's blatant disregard for human life, but it is wrong to say that their actions are not justified.  I ultimately side with Israel, but I'm not blind about the errors in their ways.
Immigration: Make the legal immigration process much simpler, strengthen the border, and then provide a pathway to citizenship for illegals.

Environment
Climate Change: It aint real, but still act like it was and take action to prevent it
Green Energy: Invest in alternate energy. It's good for the environment, creates jobs, and helps us achieve energy independence, but maintain oil
Keystone XL Pipeline: We need this pipeline to create jobs, and I believe it is worth it.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: Destroy it. Popular vote
Gerrymandering: Keep it nonpartisan
Presidential term: The president should serve one six-year term without the ability to run for reelection.  This would make the Office more effective and help combat a lot of the government's problems. (Never thought of this. Good idea.)
Public Financing: Complete public financing of campaigns, removing outside groups and the like will do a great deal to helping our political system.  I used to hate the idea, but the inability of Congress to work has changed my mind.
Term limits: No more than twelve years in the legislative branch, for a total of twenty four if you want to be in both houses
Voter ID: I have no problem with Voter ID's, Connecticut has had the law for as long as I can remember, but the recent attempts in the South are clearly being done for political reasons.  We should want to prevent voter fraud, but we should help qualified voters get identification.
Voting: I support instant-run-off voting.
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« Reply #1057 on: October 09, 2014, 03:15:23 pm »

Based from NickCT but changed to my own
Social Policy:
Abortion: Pro-choice, keep abortion safe, legal, and rare, but only during the first trimester.
Gay Marriage: Fully supportive of LGBT rights.
Drugs: Follow the Portugal model.
Stem Cell Research: Stem Cell research saves lives should be expanded.
Death Penalty: Only for murder.
Gun control: Institute universal background checks,but nothing else. Sharply oppose national registry
Affirmative Action: Racially-based affirmative action is reverse discrimination, and I support its full repeal.
Women's Rights: I support an ERA and the passage of equal pay.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: A small increase ($10.10 is too high) and balance it with targeted cuts for small businesses.
Welfare: Cut welfare off after 2 years.
Right-to-Work: Fully support Right-to-Work.
Taxation: Cut taxes across the board. Repeal all sales and estate taxes, and instill tariffs and consumption taxes instead.
Healthcare: Make doctors' paychecks come from taxes, like postal workers
Social Security: Privatize, but keep the federal part, too
Education: More funding to education, allow school vouchers.  Additionally, we need to get rid of Common Core and eliminate teacher tenure.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Aye

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Diplomacy is the best course of action.
Iraq/Syria: We aren't the police of the world, but ISIS killed Americans. That justifies attack in my book
Military Spending: There certainly exists waste in the Department, find it and eliminate it.
PATRIOT Act: Destroy it
NSA Spying: Destroy this also.
Israel/Palestine: We must recognize Israel's blatant disregard for human life, but it is wrong to say that their actions are not justified.  I ultimately side with Israel, but I'm not blind about the errors in their ways.
Immigration: Make the legal immigration process much simpler, strengthen the border, and then provide a pathway to citizenship for illegals.

Environment
Climate Change: It aint real, but still act like it was and take action to prevent it
Green Energy: Invest in alternate energy. It's good for the environment, creates jobs, and helps us achieve energy independence, but maintain oil
Keystone XL Pipeline: We need this pipeline to create jobs, and I believe it is worth it.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: Destroy it. Popular vote
Gerrymandering: Keep it nonpartisan
Presidential term: The president should serve one six-year term without the ability to run for reelection.  This would make the Office more effective and help combat a lot of the government's problems. (Never thought of this. Good idea.)
Public Financing: Complete public financing of campaigns, removing outside groups and the like will do a great deal to helping our political system.  I used to hate the idea, but the inability of Congress to work has changed my mind.
Term limits: No more than twelve years in the legislative branch, for a total of twenty four if you want to be in both houses
Voter ID: I have no problem with Voter ID's, Connecticut has had the law for as long as I can remember, but the recent attempts in the South are clearly being done for political reasons.  We should want to prevent voter fraud, but we should help qualified voters get identification.
Voting: I support instant-run-off voting.

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« Reply #1058 on: October 12, 2014, 10:39:36 am »

Social Policy:
Abortion: pro-choice but provide free birth control to everyone so it isn't necessary as often
Gay Marriage: support (sane)
Drugs: drug use of any kind should be decriminalised, marijuana fully legalised
Stem Cell Research: fully support
Death Penalty: sociopathic and immoral
Gun control: support background checks & state registries. oppose restrictions on what kinds of guns can be sold
Affirmative Action: is an inadequate solution. however i strongly support maintaining it until the root causes of racial inequality are eradicated (if ever)
Women's Rights: support an equal rights amendment, nationwide introduction of "yes means yes" consent laws, equal pay, etc

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: replace w/ guaranteed minimum income independent of employment
Welfare: see above
Right-to-Work: no
Taxation: higher capital-gains and property taxes, cap on inheritance, lower sales taxes
Healthcare: support a fully single-payer system
Social Security: see above, folded into the minimum income program
Education: integrate all schools (incl. private schools) by race and income, greatly increase funding.
Balanced Budget Amendment: fck no. not while people still follow the cult of norquist.

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: actually one of the better countries in the region. try to improve our relationship
Iraq/Syria: the us should have intervened in syria long ago.
Military Spending: significantly reduce
PATRIOT Act: eww no
NSA Spying: ^^
Israel/Palestine: diplomatic recognition of palestine as an independent state. israel must stop further settlements but the current ones can remain
Immigration: eliminate most restrictions on immigration altogether. border control should only be used to prevent smuggling and the like.

Environment
Climate Change: is the biggest problem. unilateral geo-engineering is the only solution.
Green Energy: support.
Keystone XL Pipeline: oppose.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: against. hopefully the npvc will render it irrelevant soon
Gerrymandering: have the courts draw the districts
Presidential term: abolish term limits
Public Financing: strongly support. at the very least citizens united should be overturned
Term limits: no
Voter ID: support if said id's are free and easily available
Voting: expand early/postal voting
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« Reply #1059 on: October 12, 2014, 01:03:27 pm »

Social Issues:
Abortion: Free, legal, and on demand at any point during pregnancy with no restrictions and no questions asked. Provide free birth control, comprehensive sex education in schools, paid maternity leave, and a national day care service to reduce the need for abortion.
Drugs: Legalize all of them, with 16 as the legal purchase age. Nationalize the pharmaceutical and recreational drug sectors.
Marriage: Ideally marriage should be abolished, but if we must have it, it should be allowed equally. Legalize Same-sex marriage, polygamy, and incest.
Capital Punishment: The state should not have the power to end its citizens lives.
Prostitution: Legalize and ban pimping.
Gun Control: The right to bear arms is a necessary human right. Nationalize the arms sector.
Affirmative Action: Guarantee everyone a job
Stem Cell research: Support (living in 2014)
Euthanasia: The terminally ill should be allowed to end their lives on their own terms. Legalize assisted suicide.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: $22/hr along with a guaranteed minimum income
Welfare: Institute a guaranteed minimum income, making wage labor a choice
Health care: Institute the Cuban model of socialized medicine
Taxation: Make the tax structure as progressive as possible. Higher taxes on the top income taxes, a 100% estate tax, abolish sales taxes and sin taxes
Unions: Give workers full control of the work place. Until then, protect the right of workers to organize. Repeal all anti-union legislation like Taft-Hartley, no right to work, protect the right to strike, and ban scabbing.
Education: Support the Democratic education model. Ban private schools.
Trade: Repeal free trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA
Balanced Budget Amendment: lol
Privatization: Bring all industry into democratic public ownership
Environment: Should be a top priority. Heavy investment in alternative energy.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: Diplomacy with Iran. End all sanctions.
Iraq War: Never should have happened
Afghanistan: End the War in Afghanistan and bring home all American troops.
ISIS: Provide humanitarian aid to local people fighting against ISIS, but no direct military action
Syria: Provide humanitarian aid to the rebels, but no direct military action
Cuba: End the trade embargo and travel ban and seek an alliance with Cuba
Military Spending: Cut drastically
Government Surveillance: Should be completely illegal
Israel/Palestine: Israel has no right to exist. Support a single, free, secular, democratic Palestinian state with equal rights for all its inhabitants
Immigration: Open borders and amnesty for all illegal immigrants
Guantanamo Bay: Return to Cuba
Nukes: Seek an international treaty banning nuclear weapons
Draft: There should never be a draft.

Government:
State: Smash the state
Form of Government: Direct Consensus Democracy.
Legal Courts: Settle all legal disputes with juries, not judges
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« Reply #1060 on: October 25, 2014, 02:36:38 pm »

Social:

Abortion: Illegal with exception for mother's life
Assisted Suicide: Opposed
Death Penalty: Opposed
War on Drugs: Opposed
Gun Control: Opposed
PATRIOT Act: Opposed
Illegal Immigration: End benefits to illegals

Economic:

Monetary: Gold Standard, End the Fed
Taxes: Repeal 16th Amendment, replace with low tariffs
Spending: Drastically cut
Regulations: Deregulate
Healthcare: Privatize
Corporations: End subsidies

Foreign Policy:

Afghanistan: Pull out immediately
Iraq: Never go back
Israel/Palestine: End US support of Israel
Iran: End sanctions
Saudi Arabia: End Alliance
Russia: Develop peaceful relations
Foreign Aid: End it
UN: Leave
NATO: Leave
Military Spending: Cut by at least 50%
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« Reply #1061 on: October 26, 2014, 02:38:42 pm »

Social:
Abortion: Pro-Choice, personally Pro-Life in all cases but rape, incest, danger to mothers life but I don't believe in forcing my views on others.
Gay Marriage: Legalize it!
Drugs: Fully legalize marijuana and decriminalize all other drugs.
Death Penalty: Only for mass murderers, treason, and terrorism.
Gun control: Universal background checks, assault weapon ban.
Affirmative Action: Necessary.
Prostitution: Decriminalize it.
Euthanasia: Only with the recommendation of multiple doctors with a patient who has a irreversible disease.

Economy:
Minimum Wage: Increase to $10.10 now, $15 soon.
Welfare: No changes needed.
Right-to-Work: Only right to work for less, repeal all "right to work laws"
Taxation: Minor changes for the middle class, raise on the 1% and make sure all corporations pay their taxes fully.
Healthcare: Socialize it.
Social Security: Expand it.
Education: More funding to education, repeal common core and replace with something new that includes the basics of common core.


National Security
Afghanistan: Get out.
Iraq: Air strikes, arm Kurds only.
Iran: End the embargo.
Syria: Air strikes.
Cuba: Repeal embargo, become an ally.
Military Spending: Cut, a lot.
PATRIOT Act: Repeal, repeal, repeal.
NSA Spying: Only use on suspected terrorists.
Palestine: Recognize Palestine.
Israel: Stop giving them aid until they allow Palestine to become independent.
Immigration: Amnesty for all undocumented immigrants. Reform immigration system.
Guantanamo Bay: Close it now, Return the land to Cuba.

Environment
Climate Change: Climate change is natural and man made. Cut emissions now, taper off use of coal.
Keystone XL Pipeline: No, no, and nope.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: Abolish.
Gerrymandering: Districts should be created by independent commissions.
Term limits: Leave them how they are.
Voter ID: Not necessary.
Voter Registration: Voter registration should be automatic.
Statehood: Allow DC, Puerto Rico to become states.
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« Reply #1062 on: November 02, 2014, 11:07:14 am »

Social:
Abortion: 100% Pro-Life, I believe abortion is never justified, even in cases of rape/incest
Gay Marriage: I am completely for it but also take the extra step further and believe the government should completely take itself out of marriage and make it a private institution. The only threat to the sanctity of marriage is government regulation of what should be a private matter.
Drugs: Legalize everything! The government should have no say what people put in their bodies
Death Penalty: Completely opposed to it
Gun control: 100% for Second Amendment gun rights and am an NRA member, people need to defend themselves
Affirmative Action: I am completely opposed to it and I think it's racist and doesn't fulfill it's purpose of giving minorities equal opportunities to succeed
Prostitution: Completely legalize it. It's a business and I believe the government shouldn't interfere in ANY business regardless of how "moral" it is
Euthanasia: Completely opposed
Stem Cell Research: support regular, completely oppose embryonic

Economy:
Minimum Wage: This is a state issue (having a federal minimum wage is bogus IMO) and raising it only will cost more jobs
Welfare: I do believe it's necessary unlike some more radical libertarians but people should be required to work
Right-to-Work: Yes, this is common sense, people should have a choice in whether or not they want to join a union
Taxation: Abolish the federal income tax (repeal the 16th Amendment) and the IRS, change "progressive" taxes to flat taxes
Monetary Policy: bring back the gold standard, end the fed!
Corporation Subsidies: Hell no
Balanced Budget Amendment: yes, this is common sense IMO
Healthcare: Repeal Obamacare, it's a state issue, privatize it but if states want to pass their own health care laws, go ahead, abolish the Department of Health and Human Services
Social Security: Leave it the way it is
Education: 100% a state issue, abolish the Department of Ed, common core is a train wreck

National Security
Afghanistan: Get out, opposed to the war since the beginning
Iraq: The war was a horrible mistake, get completely out
Iran: So what if they develop a nuclear weapon, they do not threaten our national security.
Syria: Please no war with them, please no.
Cuba: End the embargo.
Military Spending: Cut it, we spend WAY too much on useless wars
PATRIOT Act: Get ing rid of this horrible piece of legislation!
NSA Spying: NO!!!!!
Palestine & Israel: The United States does not need to police this area. I do support a two state solution but we don't need excessive U.S. military involvement in the region for that to happen.
Immigration: I am pro-immigration reform. Though I do think we should increase border security we need to have a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and make it much easier for immigrant to get into this country with the proper documentation in the first place. We are a country of immigrants and immigration should be safe, easy and efficient.
Guantanamo Bay: Close it, it's useless

Environment
Climate Change: I'm sorry but I'm not buying the "scientific proof" that humans cause it. Sure it's happening but nothing outside of natural cycles.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Common sense, will create thousands of jobs.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: I am 100% for national popular vote but keep the electoral college for ceremonial purposes. So in other words, states will allocate electors based on who wins the National Popular Vote, not who wins in the states
Gerrymandering: Independent commissions
Term limits: these should be set by the states but I think the best option is 4 two-year terms for the House and 2 six-year terms for the Senate.
Voter ID: Completely opposed. Voter fraud is barely a problem and come on, do we need a national ID card to combat a very small problem?
Voter Registration: Should be automatic, see no reason why it shouldn't be
Statehood: should be completely up to the territory who wants to be a state and is best accomplished via referendum
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President:
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David Jolly (FL)
Mark Kirk (IL GOP Primary and General)
Napoleon Harris (IL Dem Primary)
Todd Young (IN)
Joe Heck (NV)
Rob Portman (OH)
Joe Sestak (PA)
Ron Johnson (WI)

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« Reply #1063 on: November 02, 2014, 11:33:36 am »

I'd just like to point out that "it should be left to the states" or whatever is not an actual position. It's like saying "foreign policy should be left to the federal government". Yes, and?
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« Reply #1064 on: November 02, 2014, 11:52:35 am »

I'd just like to point out that "it should be left to the states" or whatever is not an actual position. It's like saying "foreign policy should be left to the federal government". Yes, and?

I remember when I first joined this forum that was my answer to just about every social issue. Not so much anymore.
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« Reply #1065 on: November 02, 2014, 11:02:48 pm »

Social:

Abortion: Illegal, except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. No federal funding. Open to legal abortion in cases where the fetus is known to have severe genetic disabilities (e.g. those that make one have a vegetable-style life), but no further than that.

Gay Marriage: I personally am O.K. with civil unions and am opposed to full marriage, but this is really something that should be left up to states, not activist judges or the federal government.

Drugs: Full legalization of Marijuana with a substantial excise tax, just like we have for Tobacco. Everything else stays illegal, but focus on rehabilitation and not punishment.

Death Penalty: Only if it is a first-degree murder case with irrefutable evidence that the defendant is guilty, approved by at least two jury trials. Dramatically reduce time spent on death row, and switch to far quicker method of death (Personally, I don't really see what's the big deal with beheading. They're going to die no matter what method you use, so why not do a quick beheading rather than a lethal injection that doesn't kill right away and even fails to kill on rare occasions?) .

Gun Control: Expand background checks to all gun shows and the entire internet. Open to assault weapons ban. Nothing else.

Affirmative Action: Opposed. This is just a bunch of prejudice against whites.

Prostitution: Opposed, but would probably just leave it up to the states if I was in the federal government as there are much bigger issues to deal with.

Euthansia: Allowed, but only in cases where the patient and/or all living parents have given willful consent and there is a 0% chance of recovery.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Opposed.

Fiscal:

Federal Minimum Wage: Raise gradually ($0.75 - $1) each year towards an ultimate goal of $12. After that, raise each year according to inflation.

Welfare: Yes, but require one to be working or be enrolled in some sort of job training program

Right to Work: Yes, but in a way that still keeps unions intact.

Income Tax: Substantially reduce loopholes and deductions, open to very small rate decrease for those making less than $200,000 (e.g. 1-2%).

FAIR Tax: Opposed

Corporate Tax: Drastically reduce loopholes and deductions, lower top rate to 28%.

Balanced Budget Amendment: Yes. Require a balanced budget by fiscal 2030, with exceptions for declared war that is actually being fought (i.e. congress can't use this exception unless U.S. soldiers are actually fighting in the country we've declared war against), and severe recessions (underemployment >= 15%) .

Healthcare: Keep ObamaCare, but revise it. I have many things in mind: 40 hours, not 30 hours, should be considered full-time, work to dramatically lower premiums, allow a small number of health insurance companies that provide most but not all 'Obamacare-mandated' benefits to still exist for people that don't need full coverage (ex. people that don't need maternity-related services), continue to improve the website, have open enrollment year-long, repeal the medical device tax, forbid business owners from laying off or firing people solely because of Obamacare-related costs, and require all hospitals and doctors to accept insurance policies purchased on the website, no exceptions.

Medicare: Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Social Security: Eliminate payroll tax cap but lower payroll tax rate to 4.2% for those making under $200,000. Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Common Core: Opposed.

Foreign:

Afghanistan: Get Out. We've been there long enough.

Further Action in Iraq: Opposed.

Iran: Leave them alone.

Israel: Continue to be an ally, but respect its sovereignty and do not dictate its foreign or domestic policy.

Syria: Leave them alone.

Cuba: End the travel ban, gradually reestablish U.S.-Cuba trade.

Military Spending: Cut it by $200 Billion immediately, then freeze for 15 years - no exceptions, not even for inflation, unless approved by a 2/3 majority of both houses of congress and the president.

Foreign Economic Aid: I support the 'Newt Gingrich' view here. Eliminate it completely, and then have countries justify why we should give them a penny.

PATRIOT Act: Substantially weaken

Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open, but give potential prisoners a full jury trial in federal court.

Immigration Reform: Support the 'Marco Rubio' plan passed by the U.S. Senate in 2013.

Other:

Keystone XL: Approve as long as U.S. actually uses some of the oil itself rather than exporting all of it.

Electoral College: Abolish, institute NPV with IRV.

Gerrymandering: Eliminate with shortest-splitline method

Congressional Term Limits: 6 terms for the house, 2 for the senate

Statehood of Puerto Rico: Supportive

Voter ID: Opposed. It's biased to favor republican-leaning voters and fraud isn't even a nominal problem on a national scale.






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« Reply #1066 on: November 04, 2014, 10:32:18 am »

Social:

Abortion: Illegal, except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. No federal funding. Open to legal abortion in cases where the fetus is known to have severe genetic disabilities (e.g. those that make one have a vegetable-style life), but no further than that.

Gay Marriage: I personally am O.K. with civil unions and am opposed to full marriage, but this is really something that should be left up to states, not activist judges or the federal government.

Drugs: Full legalization of Marijuana with a substantial excise tax, just like we have for Tobacco. Everything else stays illegal, but focus on rehabilitation and not punishment.

Death Penalty: Only if it is a first-degree murder case with irrefutable evidence that the defendant is guilty, approved by at least two jury trials. Dramatically reduce time spent on death row, and switch to far quicker method of death (Personally, I don't really see what's the big deal with beheading. They're going to die no matter what method you use, so why not do a quick beheading rather than a lethal injection that doesn't kill right away and even fails to kill on rare occasions?) .

Gun Control: Expand background checks to all gun shows and the entire internet. Open to assault weapons ban. Nothing else.

Affirmative Action: Opposed. This is just a bunch of prejudice against whites.

Prostitution: Opposed, but would probably just leave it up to the states if I was in the federal government as there are much bigger issues to deal with.

Euthansia: Allowed, but only in cases where the patient and/or all living parents have given willful consent and there is a 0% chance of recovery.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Opposed.

Fiscal:

Federal Minimum Wage: Raise gradually ($0.75 - $1) each year towards an ultimate goal of $12. After that, raise each year according to inflation.

Welfare: Yes, but require one to be working or be enrolled in some sort of job training program

Right to Work: Yes, but in a way that still keeps unions intact.

Income Tax: Substantially reduce loopholes and deductions, open to very small rate decrease for those making less than $200,000 (e.g. 1-2%).

FAIR Tax: Opposed

Corporate Tax: Drastically reduce loopholes and deductions, lower top rate to 28%.

Balanced Budget Amendment: Yes. Require a balanced budget by fiscal 2030, with exceptions for declared war that is actually being fought (i.e. congress can't use this exception unless U.S. soldiers are actually fighting in the country we've declared war against), and severe recessions (underemployment >= 15%) .

Healthcare: Keep ObamaCare, but revise it. I have many things in mind: 40 hours, not 30 hours, should be considered full-time, work to dramatically lower premiums, allow a small number of health insurance companies that provide most but not all 'Obamacare-mandated' benefits to still exist for people that don't need full coverage (ex. people that don't need maternity-related services), continue to improve the website, have open enrollment year-long, repeal the medical device tax, forbid business owners from laying off or firing people solely because of Obamacare-related costs, and require all hospitals and doctors to accept insurance policies purchased on the website, no exceptions.

Medicare: Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Social Security: Eliminate payroll tax cap but lower payroll tax rate to 4.2% for those making under $200,000. Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Common Core: Opposed.

Foreign:

Afghanistan: Get Out. We've been there long enough.

Further Action in Iraq: Opposed.

Iran: Leave them alone.

Israel: Continue to be an ally, but respect its sovereignty and do not dictate its foreign or domestic policy.

Syria: Leave them alone.

Cuba: End the travel ban, gradually reestablish U.S.-Cuba trade.

Military Spending: Cut it by $200 Billion immediately, then freeze for 15 years - no exceptions, not even for inflation, unless approved by a 2/3 majority of both houses of congress and the president.

Foreign Economic Aid: I support the 'Newt Gingrich' view here. Eliminate it completely, and then have countries justify why we should give them a penny.

PATRIOT Act: Substantially weaken

Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open, but give potential prisoners a full jury trial in federal court.

Immigration Reform: Support the 'Marco Rubio' plan passed by the U.S. Senate in 2013.

Other:

Keystone XL: Approve as long as U.S. actually uses some of the oil itself rather than exporting all of it.

Electoral College: Abolish, institute NPV with IRV.

Gerrymandering: Eliminate with shortest-splitline method

Congressional Term Limits: 6 terms for the house, 2 for the senate

Statehood of Puerto Rico: Supportive

Voter ID: Opposed. It's biased to favor republican-leaning voters and fraud isn't even a nominal problem on a national scale.








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« Reply #1067 on: November 10, 2014, 05:19:18 pm »

Social:

Abortion: Illegal, except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. No federal funding. Open to legal abortion in cases where the fetus is known to have severe genetic disabilities (e.g. those that make one have a vegetable-style life), but no further than that.

Gay Marriage: I personally am O.K. with civil unions and am opposed to full marriage, but this is really something that should be left up to states, not activist judges or the federal government.

Drugs: Full legalization of Marijuana with a substantial excise tax, just like we have for Tobacco. Everything else stays illegal, but focus on rehabilitation and not punishment.

Death Penalty: Only if it is a first-degree murder case with irrefutable evidence that the defendant is guilty, approved by at least two jury trials. Dramatically reduce time spent on death row, and switch to far quicker method of death (Personally, I don't really see what's the big deal with beheading. They're going to die no matter what method you use, so why not do a quick beheading rather than a lethal injection that doesn't kill right away and even fails to kill on rare occasions?) .

Gun Control: Expand background checks to all gun shows and the entire internet. Open to assault weapons ban. Nothing else.

Affirmative Action: Opposed. This is just a bunch of prejudice against whites.

Prostitution: Opposed, but would probably just leave it up to the states if I was in the federal government as there are much bigger issues to deal with.

Euthansia: Allowed, but only in cases where the patient and/or all living parents have given willful consent and there is a 0% chance of recovery.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Opposed.

Fiscal:

Federal Minimum Wage: Raise gradually ($0.75 - $1) each year towards an ultimate goal of $12. After that, raise each year according to inflation.

Welfare: Yes, but require one to be working or be enrolled in some sort of job training program

Right to Work: Yes, but in a way that still keeps unions intact.

Income Tax: Substantially reduce loopholes and deductions, open to very small rate decrease for those making less than $200,000 (e.g. 1-2%).

FAIR Tax: Opposed

Corporate Tax: Drastically reduce loopholes and deductions, lower top rate to 28%.

Balanced Budget Amendment: Yes. Require a balanced budget by fiscal 2030, with exceptions for declared war that is actually being fought (i.e. congress can't use this exception unless U.S. soldiers are actually fighting in the country we've declared war against), and severe recessions (underemployment >= 15%) .

Healthcare: Keep ObamaCare, but revise it. I have many things in mind: 40 hours, not 30 hours, should be considered full-time, work to dramatically lower premiums, allow a small number of health insurance companies that provide most but not all 'Obamacare-mandated' benefits to still exist for people that don't need full coverage (ex. people that don't need maternity-related services), continue to improve the website, have open enrollment year-long, repeal the medical device tax, forbid business owners from laying off or firing people solely because of Obamacare-related costs, and require all hospitals and doctors to accept insurance policies purchased on the website, no exceptions.

Medicare: Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Social Security: Eliminate payroll tax cap but lower payroll tax rate to 4.2% for those making under $200,000. Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Common Core: Opposed.

Foreign:

Afghanistan: Get Out. We've been there long enough.

Further Action in Iraq: Opposed.

Iran: Leave them alone.

Israel: Continue to be an ally, but respect its sovereignty and do not dictate its foreign or domestic policy.

Syria: Leave them alone.

Cuba: End the travel ban, gradually reestablish U.S.-Cuba trade.

Military Spending: Cut it by $200 Billion immediately, then freeze for 15 years - no exceptions, not even for inflation, unless approved by a 2/3 majority of both houses of congress and the president.

Foreign Economic Aid: I support the 'Newt Gingrich' view here. Eliminate it completely, and then have countries justify why we should give them a penny.

PATRIOT Act: Substantially weaken

Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open, but give potential prisoners a full jury trial in federal court.

Immigration Reform: Support the 'Marco Rubio' plan passed by the U.S. Senate in 2013.

Other:

Keystone XL: Approve as long as U.S. actually uses some of the oil itself rather than exporting all of it.

Electoral College: Abolish, institute NPV with IRV.

Gerrymandering: Eliminate with shortest-splitline method

Congressional Term Limits: 6 terms for the house, 2 for the senate

Statehood of Puerto Rico: Supportive

Voter ID: Opposed. It's biased to favor republican-leaning voters and fraud isn't even a nominal problem on a national scale.








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« Reply #1068 on: November 15, 2014, 10:21:13 am »

Social:

Abortion: Illegal, except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. No federal funding. Open to legal abortion in cases where the fetus is known to have severe genetic disabilities (e.g. those that make one have a vegetable-style life), but no further than that.

Gay Marriage: I personally am O.K. with civil unions and am opposed to full marriage, but this is really something that should be left up to states, not activist judges or the federal government.

Drugs: Full legalization of Marijuana with a substantial excise tax, just like we have for Tobacco. Everything else stays illegal, but focus on rehabilitation and not punishment.

Death Penalty: Only if it is a first-degree murder case with irrefutable evidence that the defendant is guilty, approved by at least two jury trials. Dramatically reduce time spent on death row, and switch to far quicker method of death (Personally, I don't really see what's the big deal with beheading. They're going to die no matter what method you use, so why not do a quick beheading rather than a lethal injection that doesn't kill right away and even fails to kill on rare occasions?) .

Gun Control: Expand background checks to all gun shows and the entire internet. Open to assault weapons ban. Nothing else.

Affirmative Action: Opposed. This is just a bunch of prejudice against whites.

Prostitution: Opposed, but would probably just leave it up to the states if I was in the federal government as there are much bigger issues to deal with.

Euthansia: Allowed, but only in cases where the patient and/or all living parents have given willful consent and there is a 0% chance of recovery.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Opposed.

Fiscal:

Federal Minimum Wage: Raise gradually ($0.75 - $1) each year towards an ultimate goal of $12. After that, raise each year according to inflation.

Welfare: Yes, but require one to be working or be enrolled in some sort of job training program

Right to Work: Yes, but in a way that still keeps unions intact.

Income Tax: Substantially reduce loopholes and deductions, open to very small rate decrease for those making less than $200,000 (e.g. 1-2%).

FAIR Tax: Opposed

Corporate Tax: Drastically reduce loopholes and deductions, lower top rate to 28%.

Balanced Budget Amendment: Yes. Require a balanced budget by fiscal 2030, with exceptions for declared war that is actually being fought (i.e. congress can't use this exception unless U.S. soldiers are actually fighting in the country we've declared war against), and severe recessions (underemployment >= 15%) .

Healthcare: Keep ObamaCare, but revise it. I have many things in mind: 40 hours, not 30 hours, should be considered full-time, work to dramatically lower premiums, allow a small number of health insurance companies that provide most but not all 'Obamacare-mandated' benefits to still exist for people that don't need full coverage (ex. people that don't need maternity-related services), continue to improve the website, have open enrollment year-long, repeal the medical device tax, forbid business owners from laying off or firing people solely because of Obamacare-related costs, and require all hospitals and doctors to accept insurance policies purchased on the website, no exceptions.

Medicare: Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Social Security: Eliminate payroll tax cap but lower payroll tax rate to 4.2% for those making under $200,000. Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Common Core: Opposed.

Foreign:

Afghanistan: Get Out. We've been there long enough.

Further Action in Iraq: Opposed.

Iran: Leave them alone.

Israel: Continue to be an ally, but respect its sovereignty and do not dictate its foreign or domestic policy.

Syria: Leave them alone.

Cuba: End the travel ban, gradually reestablish U.S.-Cuba trade.

Military Spending: Cut it by $200 Billion immediately, then freeze for 15 years - no exceptions, not even for inflation, unless approved by a 2/3 majority of both houses of congress and the president.

Foreign Economic Aid: I support the 'Newt Gingrich' view here. Eliminate it completely, and then have countries justify why we should give them a penny.

PATRIOT Act: Substantially weaken

Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open, but give potential prisoners a full jury trial in federal court.

Immigration Reform: Support the 'Marco Rubio' plan passed by the U.S. Senate in 2013.

Other:

Keystone XL: Approve as long as U.S. actually uses some of the oil itself rather than exporting all of it.

Electoral College: Abolish, institute NPV with IRV.

Gerrymandering: Eliminate with shortest-splitline method

Congressional Term Limits: 6 terms for the house, 2 for the senate

Statehood of Puerto Rico: Supportive

Voter ID: Opposed. It's biased to favor republican-leaning voters and fraud isn't even a nominal problem on a national scale.








You are more a "mainstream" Conservative Republican than an Independent.
i'd be laughed out of the republican party because I don't support full repeal of ObamaCare, the Paul Ryan budget, or tax cuts for the wealthy. I'd be laughed out of the democratic party because i'm not fond of obama and because i'm not left enough on social issues or entitlements. I'm also a big proponent of compromise. That's why i'm an independent.

That's probably the full extent that they will get unless SCOTUS vetoes Obamacare or the GOP gets a supermajority and can't reconcile through the Ryan budget in the senate.
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« Reply #1069 on: November 15, 2014, 03:12:32 pm »

Social:

Abortion: Illegal, except in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother. No federal funding. Open to legal abortion in cases where the fetus is known to have severe genetic disabilities (e.g. those that make one have a vegetable-style life), but no further than that.

Gay Marriage: I personally am O.K. with civil unions and am opposed to full marriage, but this is really something that should be left up to states, not activist judges or the federal government.

Drugs: Full legalization of Marijuana with a substantial excise tax, just like we have for Tobacco. Everything else stays illegal, but focus on rehabilitation and not punishment.

Death Penalty: Only if it is a first-degree murder case with irrefutable evidence that the defendant is guilty, approved by at least two jury trials. Dramatically reduce time spent on death row, and switch to far quicker method of death (Personally, I don't really see what's the big deal with beheading. They're going to die no matter what method you use, so why not do a quick beheading rather than a lethal injection that doesn't kill right away and even fails to kill on rare occasions?) .

Gun Control: Expand background checks to all gun shows and the entire internet. Open to assault weapons ban. Nothing else.

Affirmative Action: Opposed. This is just a bunch of prejudice against whites.

Prostitution: Opposed, but would probably just leave it up to the states if I was in the federal government as there are much bigger issues to deal with.

Euthansia: Allowed, but only in cases where the patient and/or all living parents have given willful consent and there is a 0% chance of recovery.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Opposed.

Fiscal:

Federal Minimum Wage: Raise gradually ($0.75 - $1) each year towards an ultimate goal of $12. After that, raise each year according to inflation.

Welfare: Yes, but require one to be working or be enrolled in some sort of job training program

Right to Work: Yes, but in a way that still keeps unions intact.

Income Tax: Substantially reduce loopholes and deductions, open to very small rate decrease for those making less than $200,000 (e.g. 1-2%).

FAIR Tax: Opposed

Corporate Tax: Drastically reduce loopholes and deductions, lower top rate to 28%.

Balanced Budget Amendment: Yes. Require a balanced budget by fiscal 2030, with exceptions for declared war that is actually being fought (i.e. congress can't use this exception unless U.S. soldiers are actually fighting in the country we've declared war against), and severe recessions (underemployment >= 15%) .

Healthcare: Keep ObamaCare, but revise it. I have many things in mind: 40 hours, not 30 hours, should be considered full-time, work to dramatically lower premiums, allow a small number of health insurance companies that provide most but not all 'Obamacare-mandated' benefits to still exist for people that don't need full coverage (ex. people that don't need maternity-related services), continue to improve the website, have open enrollment year-long, repeal the medical device tax, forbid business owners from laying off or firing people solely because of Obamacare-related costs, and require all hospitals and doctors to accept insurance policies purchased on the website, no exceptions.

Medicare: Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Social Security: Eliminate payroll tax cap but lower payroll tax rate to 4.2% for those making under $200,000. Gradually raise retirement age for people under 55.

Common Core: Opposed.

Foreign:

Afghanistan: Get Out. We've been there long enough.

Further Action in Iraq: Opposed.

Iran: Leave them alone.

Israel: Continue to be an ally, but respect its sovereignty and do not dictate its foreign or domestic policy.

Syria: Leave them alone.

Cuba: End the travel ban, gradually reestablish U.S.-Cuba trade.

Military Spending: Cut it by $200 Billion immediately, then freeze for 15 years - no exceptions, not even for inflation, unless approved by a 2/3 majority of both houses of congress and the president.

Foreign Economic Aid: I support the 'Newt Gingrich' view here. Eliminate it completely, and then have countries justify why we should give them a penny.

PATRIOT Act: Substantially weaken

Guantanamo Bay: Keep it open, but give potential prisoners a full jury trial in federal court.

Immigration Reform: Support the 'Marco Rubio' plan passed by the U.S. Senate in 2013.

Other:

Keystone XL: Approve as long as U.S. actually uses some of the oil itself rather than exporting all of it.

Electoral College: Abolish, institute NPV with IRV.

Gerrymandering: Eliminate with shortest-splitline method

Congressional Term Limits: 6 terms for the house, 2 for the senate

Statehood of Puerto Rico: Supportive

Voter ID: Opposed. It's biased to favor republican-leaning voters and fraud isn't even a nominal problem on a national scale.








You are more a "mainstream" Conservative Republican than an Independent.
i'd be laughed out of the republican party because I don't support full repeal of ObamaCare, the Paul Ryan budget, or tax cuts for the wealthy. I'd be laughed out of the democratic party because i'm not fond of obama and because i'm not left enough on social issues or entitlements. I'm also a big proponent of compromise. That's why i'm an independent.

That's probably the full extent that they will get unless SCOTUS vetoes Obamacare or the GOP gets a supermajority and can't reconcile through the Ryan budget in the senate.
But you still have to support full repeal of ObamaCare to be a republican. Also, I don't think republicans will push for year-long open enrollment, or either of these:

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forbid business owners from laying off or firing people solely because of Obamacare-related costs, and require all hospitals and doctors to accept insurance policies purchased on the website, no exceptions.

You also can't support military spending cuts if you're a republican, or leaving Iran alone.

Basically, my platform fails to meet the basic litmus tests of either party. I could pose myself as a conservative democrat or a liberal republican with relative ease, but I'd never be able to win the primary.
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« Reply #1070 on: November 16, 2014, 04:17:02 pm »

Party: Republican
Ideology: Conservative

I'll go issue by issue. No need for long explanations.  Basically, a conservative Republican who has a few liberal views (global warming for one), but is uniformly otherwise conservative, pro-civil liberties, and is an internationalist that believes in America projecting her power.

Social Issues

Abortion: Oppose in all cases except mother's life. Life begins at conception. I firmly believe in this and this is one of my criteria for any Republican Presidential candidates seeking my support.

Guns: Pro-Second Amendment. Support universal background checks, but no restrictions on guns otherwise.

Gay Rights: Pro-gay rights and gay marriage, on grounds that we keep families together and it promotes families.
Oppose ENDA, however, as an unconstitutional infringement on employment practices.

Euthanasia: I support euthanasia for terminal illnesses, along the lines of Oregon's Right to Die law.

Religious Freedoms: Supportive. Supported the Alito majority decision in Hobby Lobby. Oppose forcing religious institutions from distributing birth control, etc.

Supreme Court: Support a textual reading of the Constitution, rather than the expansive "living Constitution" approach supported by liberals. Creating rights out of thin air is a bad idea, for many reasons. The judiciary should stick to reading the text of the Constitution, and the intents of the Framers, in applying the Constitution, as well as the English precedents that set the basis for our legal system.

Death Penalty: Firmly a supporter. Broaden the crimes that we use the death penalty for and limit appeals.
War on Drugs: A failed idea. Decriminalize and legalize, as needed, except for heroin, meth, and cocaine. End the DEA's powers and oversight, except for heroin, meth, and cocaine. Legalize marijuana, completely.

Affirmative Action: Completely opposed. Meritocratic systems require meritocratic standards.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Supportive, and believe in the science.

Common Core: No real opinion; the states implemented it and they should set the standards for education.

Evolution: Clearly happened. Support local education boards teaching evolution as accepted science, and exclude religious teachings from science classes.

Economic and Government Issues:

Taxes: This requires a longer explanation. I support tax cuts of almost any kind, and believe that taxes should be as low and flat as possible. In practical terms, I am for a flat tax on individuals, with elimination of almost all standard deductions, and undecided on how to structure corporate tax reform (either eliminating it or ending all deductions and going with a low 10% tax rate, and allow small businesses to have a smaller tax rate of 5% on the federal level).  Tax reform is another major issue for me.

There is one tax I am open to. I would be, given global warming, be open to a carbon tax, as long as it was offset in other areas for all involved.

Spending: Balance the budget, as much as possible each year. A BBA is impractical, for a variety of reasons, otherwise, I would be far more supportive. I am generally supportive of cutting spending to balance the budget, in all areas, and auditing all levels of government, including Defense (with the caveat that I still, on balance, support Defense spending to be strong enough to protect the United States and to project global power). Combine several Cabinet agencies to achieve greater efficiencies, and so on. Regulations should be audited, revised and stripped if useless.

Defense Spending: The Pentagon should have as much as it needs to continue the United States' military and technological edge over every other nations, and our enemies combined. That said, it should be audited for waste annually, and contractors should win contracts based on an open bidding process. Balance these two goals and we should be fine.

Trade: Complete free trader. I want a global trade pact that eliminates all trade barriers, subsidies, and support for local industries, with the caveat that developing nations are given 20 years to develop their industries to come into the trade pact as fully mature nations. Free trade is a big issue for me and I am supportive of all free trade agreements.

Social Security and Medicare Reform: I would have opposed their creation. I still feel they're an unconstitutional violation of the Constitution, but they're here to stay. With that in mind, I support the RyanCare approach to Medicare, and oppose privatization of Social Security as impractical. Flat out, we should reduce benefits to Social Security recipients, beginning in the 2030s.  Raise the retirement age to 70 for Social Security and Medicare.

ObamaCare: I support the exchanges, oppose the Medicaid Expansion, and pretty much oppose all of the law except the exchanges. The exchanges have conservative roots, and are a great idea. But overall, the law is a terrible idea. We should be pushing down costs through free market reforms, and I have a few in mind, such as taking on the obesity epidemic, and other cost controlling measures. But in general, any future health care reforms should be structured around the exchanges, and reasonable cost control measures.

Right to Work: Completely support it, and would further dismantle the protections labor unions enjoy under federal executive orders. Support extending Taft-Hartley. I would be happy if we could take on public unions and dismantle them as we have done to unions in the private sector. Greatly weaken the Labor Department.

Federal Minimum Wage Hike: Completely oppose. I would support setting the private market set the floor for the minimum wage.

Immigration, Foreign Issues, National Security:

Immigration: Oppose a wall (impractical), but strongly believe that we should have a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, on the condition they learn English, attain some educational experience, and prove that they're equipped with skills to work here. Otherwise, send them home. Support a constitutional amendment on prohibiting illegal immigration after this round of immigration reform, and support border security first and foremost.

Iraq and Afghanistan: Supported the War in Iraq and still do; turned against the war in Afghanistan in 2009, as mismanaged. (Bush corrected course in 2007 in Iraq). However, I support continued American involvement in the world, as someone who believes that America has a strong role to play on the global stage (the United States is the last best hope of mankind - meaning that America should not withdraw into Fortress America, but continue to project power and influence). Therefore, the United States should be actively fighting ISIS, etc. and working to develop a better governing coalition in both nations that can lead these nations into peace.

Syria:  Support the Freedom Syria fighters, fighting the Assad regime. While of questionable origin, ousting a despotic regime is not a bad thing.

Iran: Continue the Obama accords, and to slowly reintegrate Iran into the international community, while making them give up their nuclear ambitions. This is far better than the alternatives.

PATRIOT Act: I support revamping it to accommodate the concerns of civil libertarians. I believe that reform is better than abolition, at this point -- revamp or abolish Section 215, and other sections. I would also support limiting the power of the government to spy on its own citizens and to collect data, without judicial oversight. Have a judge approve and oversee the program - a duly appointed and confirmed judge, and possibly rotating judges, from different parties/ideologies. All investigations should operate under a judge's approval, whether domestic or foreign. The government can continue to hunt down terrorists, and they should, but do it constitutionally.

Israel: Complete support of Israel and oppose any Palestinian homeland. Palestine and other Arabic nations have acted only to weaken Israel, rather than to gain a true homeland for Palestine. I believe, then, in supporting Netanyahu's government and the goal of keeping Israel unified, and Jerusalem under Israeli/Jewish control.

Global Warming: Global warming is real, manmade, and the United States must lead the way in combating it. I would support accords to create cap and trade compacts, limiting green house gas emissions, and transiting our energy use to as much renewable energy as possible. The third world should be helped in their transition to using solar and other renewable energies and cleaning up the environment, to reduce greenhouse gases. A carbon tax should (if offset) be considered for use here at home. I am not a fan of cap and trade, if given the carbon tax as an option, but otherwise, use all strategies to tackle global warming.

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« Reply #1071 on: November 16, 2014, 06:01:28 pm »

Party: Republican
Ideology: Conservative

I'll go issue by issue. No need for long explanations.  Basically, a conservative Republican who has a few liberal views (global warming for one), but is uniformly otherwise conservative, pro-civil liberties, and is an internationalist that believes in America projecting her power.
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That's interesting, considering I expected someone named after Calvin Coolidge to be something along the lines of a isolationist or non-interventionist. Considering my own political views, I'll call that a pleasant surprise. Wink
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« Reply #1072 on: November 16, 2014, 09:56:35 pm »

Well, Coolidge was not an entire isolationist. The Kellog-Briand Pact of 1928 is one example. But yeah, Coolidge was too off hands during the 1920s, in foreign policy. The refusal to join the League of Nations, etc. was a poor move. So (IMHO) was the refusal to embrace free trade. Had Coolidge and his Republican contemporaries done that and the Federal Reserve been far more generous than it was, the Great Depression's effects might have been significantly helped. Ditto getting off the gold standard (England did it in 1930 and had a lighter impact than we did).

I should have added I believe the United Nations should be disbanded and replaced by a far more pro-Western and pro-democracy organization dedicated to the muscular enforcement of America's post World War II ideals of free trade, democratic rule, and capitalism.
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« Reply #1073 on: November 17, 2014, 05:19:25 pm »

Party: Independent (Usually vote democrat)
Ideology: Progressive

Social Policy:
Abortion: Pro-choice, keep abortion safe, legal, and rare.
Gay Marriage: Fully supportive of LGBT rights.
Drugs: Marijuana for medical purposes, keep everything else illegal.
Stem Cell Research: Stem Cell research saves lives, and is completely necessary.
Death Penalty: In favor, not happy with the fuss that's been made over it regarding the recent botched executions.
Gun control: Bring in background checks, ban assault weapons.
Affirmative Action: Very bad idea, we should be choosing on ability, not on race.
Women's Rights: Introduce equal pay legislation.

Economic Issues:
Federal Spending: Do not support the Ryan budgets, no cuts to social agencies.
Minimum Wage: Large increase in minimum wage, give tax cuts to smaller businesses who can't handle the raise.
Taxation: Raise taxes on the rich, introduce a progressive taxation system.
Healthcare: Support social healthcare, but don't agree with certain aspects of the ACA
Social Security: Make sure hard working Americans benefit
Education: Drastically increase funding to our broken education system, pay teachers more, keep and expand common core.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: Diplomacy is the best course of action.
Iraq/Syria: Stop air strikes on ISIS, it is only inflaming the situation, instead provide support to Kurdish fighters and other forces against ISIS without directlly attacking them, we cannot afford it.
Military Spending: Cut military operations and spending.
NSA Spying: Necessary
Immigration: Increase border control, but come to agreement on a possible amnesty, need immigration reform.

Environment
Climate Change: Call out and shame the politicians who deny climate change, start passing legislation to reduce its impact.
Green Energy: Shift our reliance on oil to renewable energy.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Against, instead subsidise companies willing to create jobs with renewable energy

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: Should be reviewed, Al Gore won popular vote in 2000 but only lost due to electoral college
Gerrymandering: Use independent groups to reform the current US districts
Campaign Finance: Repeal citizens united, strict public financing of elections.
Term limits: Against
Voter ID: Used as a base for republicans to stop democrats voting, repeal voter ID laws.
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« Reply #1074 on: November 28, 2014, 10:20:39 pm »

Complete social anarchist with anarcho-syndicalist organization with a free market. So yeah, that pretty much explains it.
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