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« Reply #1175 on: October 18, 2016, 04:51:41 pm »


Overview
Social: Conservative
Economic: Free Market Capitalism
National Security: Moderately NeoConservative
Party Affiliation : Republican (The Lincoln/Reagan Kind, not the Donald Trump facade)
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Social Policy:
Abortion: ProLife
Gay Marriage: I support Civil Unions, not marriage.
Drug Laws: I support strong drug laws.
Stem Cell Research: None from aborted babies, adult stem cell research is fine
Death Penalty: Oppose
Increased Gun control: Oppose
Prayer in School: Allow individual students to pray as they choose
Transgender Bathrooms: Use bathrooms based on your birth gender

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Do Not increase
Right-to-Work: Support
Taxation: Flat or FairTax
Healthcare: Repeal ACA, open state lines to allow competition
Social Security: Roll Back the payout date to account for life expectancy increases.
Education: School choice and vouchers. 
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support
Term Limits Admendment: The PEOPLE are the term limits.
Free Trade: Support

Foreign Policy and National Security
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]Iran: Tear the Iran deal in half.
Iraq/Syria: Use military force to crush ISIS swiftly
Military Spending: Increase
PATRIOT Act: OPPOSE, It is Unconstitutional
NSA Spying: OPPOSE, it is unconstitutional
Israel/Palestine: STRONGLY support Israel
Immigration: Step1- Secure the border and establish E-Verify (if a faucet is overflowing, first turn off the water, then handle the water left inside) ; step 2- streamline the legal immigration process and reform it; step 3- have those here illegally for over 10 years with no criminal record put in the back of the line to apply for citizenship. NO citizenship until the border is secure and almost all illegal immigration is handled. NO SWEEPING AMNESTY

Environment
Climate Change: It is natural
Green Energy: Free the market and stop subsidizing green energy AND oil, gas, etc
Keystone XL Pipeline: Support

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Oppose
Gerrymandering: Independent commission
Presidential term: Only 2 Terms
Public Financing: No
Term limits: It is called having elections.
Voter ID: Support
Primaries: Adopt the democrat system of universal allocation per state percentage; allow state to determine primary or caucus; no super delegates
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« Reply #1176 on: October 18, 2016, 05:24:13 pm »

Overview
Social: Conservative
Economic: Conservative
National Security: Hawkish
Party Affiliation : Republican

Social Policy:
Abortion: 100% Pro-Life, no exceptions
Gay Marriage: 1 Man, 1 Woman, Always
Drug Laws: Keep all illegal drugs illegal and take societial steps to lower alcohol use
Stem Cell Research: Never from aborted babies, otherwise fine
Death Penalty: Support only for mass murder
Increased Gun control: Oppose
Prayer in School: Allow individual students to pray as they choose
Sex: Work in the culture to stigmatize any sex outside of a serious relationship.  Strongly condemn hookups and one night stands.
Transgender Bathrooms: Oppose- you are a man or a woman at birth and can't change it
Religious Liberty/Freedom of Conscience: No one who doesn't want to should have to have anything to do with a gay "wedding"
Discrimination: Discrimination is generally wrong, but businesses should have the right to discriminate against anyone for any reason.  Then, the free market will cause people to boycott the establishment if they are really being discriminatory.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Abolish
Right-to-Work: Support
Taxation: Consumption tax, abolish income tax
Healthcare: Repeal Obamacare, open state lines to allow competition, encourage use of HSA's
Social Security: Gradually phase out
Education: School choice and vouchers. 
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support
Term Limits Admendment: The PEOPLE are the term limits.
Free Trade: Support without limits.  This has been one of the most discouraging things about 2016.

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Repeal the Iran Deal and try to establish a secular democracy or kingdom
Iraq/Syria: Use military force to crush ISIS swiftly
Military Spending: Increase
PATRIOT Act: Support to stop terrorism
NSA: Support to stop terrorism
Israel/Palestine: Support Israel, our only ally in the region
Immigration: Crack down on border security to make sure no more illegals enter the country.  Abolish sanctuary cities.  But, allow anyone who will benefit our economy to come here legally.

Environment
Climate Change: Naturally occurring, nothing to worry about
Green Energy: Free the market and stop subsidizing green energy AND oil, gas, etc
Keystone XL Pipeline: Support

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Oppose
Gerrymandering: Let states handle it
Presidential term: Only 2 Terms
Public Financing: No
Term limits: It is called having elections.
Executive Agencies: Abolish about half of them, including the EPA
Voter ID: Support
Early Voting: Support (in-person only)
Absentee Voting: Not unless you are actually outside the state for the entire early voting period and on Election Day.  No voting by mail.
Primaries: Close primaries and award more delegates to states with caucus systems.  Let the voters vote in some shape or form on the delegates (I like Tennessee's system, but several are fine).  Some hybrid between proportional and WTA, moving closer to WTA (but never all the way there- maybe semi-proportional statewide and WTA by congressional district) as the convention grows closer.
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Pro-immigration (secure the border and end sanctuary cities, but don't deport non-criminal illegals).

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« Reply #1177 on: October 18, 2016, 06:38:08 pm »

Ideology
Social: Civil libertarian
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign: Left-wing nationalist.  (Mostly) non-interventionist.
Political Registration: Registered D in North Carolina, soon-to-be unaffiliated

Social Policy
Abortion: Completely pro-choice.  Support repealing the Hyde Amendment.
Same Sex Marriage: Strongly support.
Drugs / Narcotics: Legalize marijuana and decriminalize all drugs.  Reduce or streamline regulations for prescription medications.  Abolish the DEA.
Stem Cell Research: Support.
Death Penalty: Oppose.  I also believe that life imprisonment should be limited to heinous crimes and that prisons should be rebuilt to isolate inmates and focus on rehabilitation for criminals, similar to Norway.
Gun Control: Mostly oppose.  Support background checks.
School Prayer: Support voluntary, non-led prayer.  I also believe students should be allowed to form private religious and Bible Study groups if they desire.
Affirmative Action: Mixed/Lean against.
Prostitution: Legalize it and regulate it, but don't glamorize sex work as a profession.  Ban pimping.
Bathrooms: Ridiculous non-issue; either open gender neutral bathrooms or let transgender people go to the bathroom that matches their gender.
Right to Die: Support in all circumstances; I believe an individual should legally be allowed to end their life for any reason.

Economic Policy
Minimum Wage: I'm very sympathetic to #FightFor15 and adjusting the minimum wage to inflation, provided that the tax system is reformed for small businesses to afford it.
Welfare: Expand benefits in exchange for reforming the tax code (see below).
Social Security: Lower the retirement age to 55.  Eliminate the payroll tax cap.
Education: Fix broken schools instead of closing them.  Repeal Common Core and NCLB.  Reform the curriculum and teaching in general in a way that's similar to Finnish education.
Right-to-Work: Completely oppose.
Taxation: Adopt a VAT tax model similar to Canada and European countries.  The US has the most progressive tax code of any other developed country, but revenue is not distributed in a progressive manner.  So as far as taxation and spending are concerned, on principle I'd favor a less progressive tax code in exchange for more progressive wealth redistribution.
Obamacare: Keep most parts of it, expand on it and introduce a public option.  Negotiate drug prices and give families and individuals tax credits if their monthly spending on prescriptions exceeds a certain portion of their income.  (This is basically Hillary Clinton's plan.)
Trade: Re-negotiate NAFTA and existing trade deals which curtail environmental and labor protections.  Oppose TPP.
Climate Change: Implement a carbon tax or cap-and-trade and invest in renewables.  Support the Paris Agreement.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Oppose.
Poverty: Pass a stimulus bill for impoverished states and communities, especially those where jobs have been displaced thanks to increased automation and outsourcing.  Retrain coal workers and people in manufacturing to work in more advanced fields of their respective industries.

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Support the Iran Deal.
Iraq/Syria: Aid NATO and Russia to defeat ISIS.
Military Spending: Drastically reduce, close down military bases where they are no longer necessary, and gradually shrink US influence on foreign affairs in general.
PATRIOT Act: Repeal unwarranted wiretapping and library records provisions.
NSA: Reform the department and only collect private information if a warrant is issued on an individual.
Israel/Palestine: Endorse peace negotiations and Palestinian statehood, but slash funding to Israel and scale down US involvement in the Middle East.
Immigration: Divert attention from "securin muh border" and focus more on visa overstays, which is a much bigger problem in the immigration debacle.  Penalize employers who hire and exploit undocumented migrants for cheap labor.  Support a comprehensive pathway to citizenship with job training and English programs.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Strongly support.  Abolish the electoral college and elect the President via popular vote, with instant-runoff/ranked voting.
Gerrymandering: Switch to a proportional voting system for each state.
Public Financing: Support.
Term limits: Oppose.
Voter ID: Oppose.
Early Voting: Support expanding.
Absentee Voting: Support expanding.
Primaries: Make all primaries open and abolish caucuses and superdelegates.  I'm partial to the more radical change to a 'National Primary Day' with IRV, but it's not something I've spent much time thinking about.

I'm neutral on the question of continuing to let Iowa and New Hampshire hold the first contests, but if we had to switch I'd prefer a state which best adequately represents all racial groups and has a good mix of rural and urban voters.  (Missouri and North Carolina might be good fits for that.)

Corruption/Lobbying/Government Reform/etc.
- Prohibit ex-politicians from working for lobbying firms
- Prohibit lobbyists from bundling political contributions for politicians
- Mandate full disclosure of campaign contributions
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« Reply #1178 on: October 18, 2016, 11:50:00 pm »

Ideology

Social: Cultural moderate with libertarian instincts
Economic: Far right
Foreign Policy: Somewhere in between a Nixonian realist and non-interventionist
Political Registration: Registered as a Republican to vote in the presidential primary, view myself as an NPA

Social Policy
Abortion: I used to be hard-line Pro-Life because that was the environment I was raised in. Ultimately if you were to repeal Roe vs. Wade or somehow ban abortion in all 50 states the results would be pretty catastrophic. I'd support keeping Roe vs. Wade but regulating abortion far more than Democrats want to do.

Same-Sex Marriage: Support
Drugs: Legalize weed, decriminalize hard drugs
Stem-Cell Research: Support
Death Penalty: Oppose, simply because the risk of executing an innocent person far exceeds whatever "benefits" you get from capital punishment. I don't see anything morally wrong with a murderer being executed, though.
Gun Control: Generally pro-gun
Affirmative Action: Against unless there's some kind of practical justification for it, like hiring more black police officers in a black neighborhood or getting more Aboriginal doctors in Australia since they're the only ones who go to the aboriginal areas, exc.
Prostitution: Legalize and regulate
Bathrooms: I genuinely don't care, as in, I don't care if transpeople use the bathroom they want or if you have to use the bathroom of your birth gender. The fact that people view this as important enough to be discussed at the presidential level is pathetic.
Euthanasia: Support with the proper safeguards.

Economic Policy

Minimum Wage: Abolish
Social Security: Raise the retirement age and/or means test it, amongst some other structural reforms too complex to get into here.
Right to work: Oppose, one of my surprising positions
Taxation: In a perfect world I'd abolish the income tax, but at present I'd start a 50ish percent tax on the wealthy and keep other taxes the same to reduce the deficit.
Obamacare: Repeal and replace with either a voucher system or just keeping the popular elements of the bill while getting rid of the exchanges/individual mandate and adding some market reforms, like buying across state lines (I throw up a little in my mouth on the rare occasion when I agree with Trump)
Trade: Support TPP and keeping NAFTA as is. I'm open to other trade deals. I'm about as Neo-liberal as it gets.
Keystone: Support
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support something like it with plenty of exceptions. Unless there's a specific "excuse" the government shouldn't run a deficit.
Term Limits: Support

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran Deal: Support
Syria: Focus on destroying ISIS
Military Spending: Cut by about a quarter, closing non strategically important bases is a good way to start.
Patriot Act: Oppose
Israel/Palestine: They're not perfect but I generally support Israel
Immigration: Before Trump and his nonsense I would have been considered somewhat hawkish on this. Send the National Guard to the border and give block grants to police forces in border areas. Don't build a wall, it won't work and is a waste of money. Grant amnesty to non-violent illegals already here, make immigration simpler and easier, and create a guest worker program.
Russia: Work at improving relations, don't antagonize them for no reason, coexist. The United States and Russia (as well as China) working together and having peace is vital to the security of the world. Do all of this without becoming a sock-puppet apologist for Putin's regime, like Trump is.
Afghanistan: It seems like we should really be out of there by now.
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« Reply #1179 on: October 19, 2016, 02:16:53 am »

Ideology

Social: Largely liberal with some left-wing communitarian impulses
Economic: Left-wing
Foreign Policy: Noninterventionist in most cases
Political Registration: No party registration in WA; would register as a Democrat if there was

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice, willing to accept some restrictions on late-term abortion
Same-Sex Marriage: Support strongly
Drugs: Decriminalize all drugs (Portugal model), legalize marijuana
Stem-Cell Research: Support
Death Penalty: Oppose strongly
Gun Control: Support
Affirmative Action: Support
Prostitution: Unsure - the most important thing is eliminating trafficking and abuse
Bathrooms: I'm trans and I like not being harassed when I use the bathroom. Gender and sex are distinct and people should use the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identity (or a gender-neutral bathroom).
Euthanasia: Support

Economic Policy
Minimum Wage: Raise and tie to inflation
Social Security: Keep public and don't raise the retirement age
Right to work: Oppose strongly (likes unions)
Taxation: Increase taxation on wealthy, reduce WA sales tax and introduce a state income tax
Obamacare: Protect/expand, but I would prefer universal healthcare
Trade: Generally pro-trade if labor rights and the environment are protected (anti-TPP)
Keystone: Oppose strongly
Balanced Budget Amendment: Oppose
Poverty: Address poverty through government intervention: higher minimum wage, better unemployment benefits, improving schools, etc.

Political Reform
Electoral College: Abolish, replace with national popular vote with ranked choice voting
Gerrymandering: Establish nonpartisan commissions in each state to redraw districts (works well for Washington)
Public financing: Support strongly
Term limits: Neutral, lean oppose
Voter ID laws: Oppose strongly
Early/absentee voting: Support strongly
Vote by mail: Support strongly
Voter registration: Automatically register all citizens at 18 years old
Primaries: Make all primaries open. Use only primaries to allocate delegates, not caucuses. Establish regional rotation in primaries: one cycle the South goes first, the next the Midwest goes first, etc.

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran Deal: Support strongly
Syria: Too messy for me to come up with an answer
Military Spending: Cut waste wherever possible
Patriot Act: Oppose strongly
Israel/Palestine: Both are seriously flawed. Israel has a right to exist but shouldn't be putting so many settlements in Palestinian territory and it should respect the rights of all of its citizens regardless of religion or ethnicity. Pro two-state solution.
Immigration: Make it easier to immigrate legally, address root causes of illegal immigration (poverty in Latin America/Asia)
Russia: Oppose Russian actions in Ukraine and Syria without antagonizing them to the point of war
Afghanistan: Withdraw troops as soon as possible

Environmental Issues
Climate change: The biggest threat facing our planet. Anyone who doesn't believe it exists is scientifically illiterate.
Green energy: Switch to green energy as quickly as possible.
Coal: End coal mining as soon as possible, establish some sort of program to help coal miners re-integrate into the workforce to avoid turning West Virginia into a giant Youngstown
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« Reply #1180 on: October 19, 2016, 02:18:55 am »

Overview
Social: Conservative
Economic: Moderate Conservative
National Security: Assertive
Party Affiliation: Republican

Social Policy:
Abortion: Pro-life, but will support measures that make exceptions for rape, incest and life of the mother. Criminalize sex-selective abortions
Same-sex marriage: Prefer civil unions, but accept the law of the land as long as religious liberties are respected
Drug Laws: Oppose legalization of marijuana or any other drugs, but support sentencing reform
Stem Cell Research: Oppose embryonic stem cell research
Death Penalty: Reserve for military use for treason, mutiny, sedition and terrorism
Increased Gun control: Oppose
School Prayer: Promote student-led school prayer and religious expression
Transgender Bathrooms: Ambivalent - a solution in search of a problem
Religious Liberty: Support unequivocally, but religious liberty cannot always be a bulwark for businesses against serving people they are morally opposed to
Discrimination: Support anti-discrimination laws for both public and private entities, including on the grounds of sexual orientation
Euthanasia: Strongly oppose, and support heavy criminal penalties for all involved in such activities
Prostitution: Oppose legalization, increase scrutiny for single women seeking tourist or language school visas to enter the US from countries known to export sex workers

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Oppose in principle at the federal level, but any minimum wage laws passed at either state or federal level should be indexed to inflation
Right-to-Work: Oppose
Income Taxation: Abolish worldwide taxation and switch to territorial flat taxation for coporations and moderately progressive residency-based taxation for individuals
Healthcare: Repeal every single word of Obamacare, strongly oppose universal healthcare
Food Stamps/Section 8: Oppose
Social Security: Transition to a sliding scale retirement savings subsidy
Education: Oppose vouchers, support the public school system
Balanced Budget Amendment: Oppose
Term Limits: Oppose
Free Trade: Support in principle, but trade policy should be weaponized to achieve American foreign policy goals

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Withdraw from Iran deal
Iraq/Syria: Ground invasion to destroy ISIS
Military Spending: Fund with whatever levels required to achieve foreign policy goals, but require more financial accountability from the Pentagon
PATRIOT Act: Support
NSA: Support
Israel/Palestine: Stand unequivocally with Israel and assist in efforts for a permanent two-state solution
Immigration: Crack down on illegal immigration, greatly reduce family-based migration, abolish birthright citizenship, crack down on Indian abusers of H-1B visas. Tighten immigration quotas from nations other than the EU, Canada and Mexico.

Environment
Climate Change: It's real, but our research efforts should be on adapting our lifestyles to the changing conditions instead of trying to reverse history. The market will become more efficient if environmental externalities are priced into the market, but not through carbon taxes or cap and trade
Green Energy: Oppose subsidies or other preferential treatment because they create a culture of dependency on government regarding green technologies and solutions and artificially redirect the flow of capital in the market
Keystone XL Pipeline: Support
Environmental Reporting: Support voluntary triple bottom line and other holistic reporting systems for both private and public entities

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Oppose
Gerrymandering: Non-partisan drawing of districts
Presidential term limits: Support status quo
Public Financing: Oppose
Term limits: Oppose for all offices other than President
Executive Agencies: Reform to meet the constitutional duties of the federal government in the modern age
Voter ID: Support
Early Voting: Support, with cause
Absentee Voting: Support, with cause, but abolish expat voting for expats who have lived abroad for more than 5 years
Primaries: Abolish, end partisan voter registration and require parties to fund and organize their own caucuses for candidate nomination
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« Reply #1181 on: October 19, 2016, 02:58:21 am »

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Overview
Social: Moderate
Economic: Conservative
Foreign Policy: Assertive


Social Policy:
Abortion: Pro Choice for first 4 months
Same-sex marriage: Prefer civil unions, but accept the law of the land
Drug Laws: Legalize Pot , and reduce sentences for nonviolent drug crimes
Death Penalty: Support
Increased Gun control: Increase for assault rifles
School Prayer: Student choice
Discrimination: Support anti-discrimination laws for both public and private corporations, including on the grounds of sexual orientation, but small business refusing some services shouldnt count in anti discrimination laws.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Raise to 10 dollars and index to inflation
Right-to-Work: Support
 Taxation: 0,8,16,24,32 as income tax rates , and removing many deductions for people making over a million dollars except if they hire a lot of people or invest a lot of money into the economy
Healthcare: Status quo
Regulations: Increase Regulations on Banks but significantly decrease on small business
Welfare: Make people who receive welfare get job training, or work on an infrastructure project
Social Security: Raise age to 68
Education: Support Vouchers for kids in failing schools, but also funding better tutoring services in schools.
Balanced Budget Amendment: Opposes but support balancing the budget without increasing taxes in years of economic expansion .

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Support Iran deal but with inspections every 6 months with threat to double the sanctions if the violate the treaty
War on ISIS: Go all out to defeat them including ground forces
Afghanistan: Leave
Philosophy: Dont get involved unless it directly affects US security and interests
Military Spending: Cut spending by 15-25% , by eliminating cold war relics and waste
PATRIOT Act: Oppose
NSA: Support with a warrant
Israel/Palestine: Stand  with Israel and assist in efforts for a permanent two-state solution
Immigration: Support more skilled immigrants to come here and get green cards, and punish employees for hiring illegal immigrants

Environment
Climate Change: It's real, and  our research efforts should go to create more financially efficient alternative energy products.
Green Energy: Support tax credits



Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: End winner take all and go to proportional
Gerrymandering: Non-partisan drawing of districts
Presidential term limits:  status quo
Financing: Only people who will be represented by the candidate in the election should be able to donate to it
Term limits: Oppose for all offices other than President
Voter ID: Support
Early Voting: Support, with cause
Absentee Voting: Support
Primaries: Make it directly proportional
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« Reply #1182 on: October 19, 2016, 04:26:35 am »

Economic: Conservative

Taxation: 0,8,16,24,32 as income tax rates , and removing many deductions for people making over a million dollars except if they hire a lot of people or invest a lot of money into the economy
Healthcare: Status quo
Regulations: Increase Regulations on Banks but significantly decrease on small business
Welfare: Make people who receive welfare get job training, or work on an infrastructure project
Social Security: Raise age to 68


Foreign Policy: Assertive

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Support Iran deal but with inspections every 6 months with threat to double the sanctions if the violate the treat
Afghanistan: Leave
Philosophy: Dont get involved unless it directly affects US security and interests
Military Spending: Cut spending by 15-25% , by eliminating cold war relics and waste
PATRIOT Act: Oppose
NSA: Support with a warrant
I think you need to look up what the words Conservative and Assertive mean.
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« Reply #1183 on: October 19, 2016, 08:52:59 am »

Ideology
Social: Liberal and progressive; somewhat between center-left and left
Economic: I believe in free markets and capitalism, but regulations are necessary, government must protect the poor and the middle-class
Foreign: Favor diplomacy, military action only for self-defense and anti-terrorism operations. Decrease military spending
Political Registration: Proud Democrat

Social Policy
Abortion: 100% pro-choice
Same Sex Marriage: Support
Drug policy: Decriminalize, but tax and regulate
Death Penalty: Oppose
Gun Control: Strongly support/demilitarize cops
Prostitution: Legalize it with strong regulations
Right to Die: Assisted suicide should be permitted in cases of illness like cancer
PATRIOT Act/NSA Spying: mainly oppose, but in favor of surveillance of terrorist suspects
Immigration: Reform the current system, offer a pathway to citizenship for illegals who did not commit crimes
Guantanamo: Unconstitutional, close it.


Economic Policy
Minimum Wage: Raise it to $15 nationally and automatic raises with inflation
Welfare: Generally support
Social Security:  strengthen the system, expand benefits
Right-to-Work: Oppose
Taxation: Raise taxes on wealthy, close loopholes for big corporations. Cut taxes for middle-class and working poor
Obamacare: Support, though I prefer single-payer
Trade: Support, though agreements should be held to higher standards
Climate Change: Move to 100% renewable energy within the next decades. Regulate pollution. Ban fracking.
Keystone pipeline: oppose
Fiscal policy: Oppose balanced-budget amendment. Deficit spending when necessary, but minimalize and pay back depth in econmoic sound times. Cut defense spending to lower deficit.
Equal pay for equal work: strongly support
Wall Street: Support strong regulations. Never again should taxpayers rescue big banks.

Other stances:
Citizens United: Must be overturned
Gerrymandering: Establish non-partisan redistricting commission
Term limits: Oppose
Primaries: Only open primaries; delegates awarded only proportionally
Common core: Support
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« Reply #1184 on: October 19, 2016, 09:31:38 am »

Economic: Conservative

Taxation: 0,8,16,24,32 as income tax rates , and removing many deductions for people making over a million dollars except if they hire a lot of people or invest a lot of money into the economy
Healthcare: Status quo
Regulations: Increase Regulations on Banks but significantly decrease on small business
Welfare: Make people who receive welfare get job training, or work on an infrastructure project
Social Security: Raise age to 68


Foreign Policy: Assertive

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Support Iran deal but with inspections every 6 months with threat to double the sanctions if the violate the treat
Afghanistan: Leave
Philosophy: Dont get involved unless it directly affects US security and interests
Military Spending: Cut spending by 15-25% , by eliminating cold war relics and waste
PATRIOT Act: Oppose
NSA: Support with a warrant
I think you need to look up what the words Conservative and Assertive mean.

Except it clearly is conservative as the economic plan supports tax cuts and major ones at that for the middle class and small business, replaces welfare with workfare , deregulates the economy in every area except the bank sector , and I support cutting domestic spending
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« Reply #1185 on: October 19, 2016, 10:22:41 am »

Overview
Social: Conservative
Economic: Conservative
National Security: Lean hawkish
Party Affiliation : Republican

Social Policy:
Abortion: Pro-life, exception for danger for mother's health
Gay Marriage: Oppose
Drug Laws: Keep all illegal drugs illegal
Stem Cell Research: Oppose
Death Penalty: Support for mass murder
Increased Gun control: Oppose
Prayer in School: Support for student-led prayer
Transgender Bathrooms: Oppose - there are only men and women
Religious Liberty/Freedom of Conscience: Support for religious liberty and
Discrimination: No discrimination, but I oppose affirmative actions

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Not increase
Right-to-Work: Support
Taxation: Abolish income tax
Healthcare: Repeal Obamacare, no to nationalizing of healthcare
Social Security: Support for privatized Social Security
Education: School choice, oppose Common Core
Balanced Budget Amendment: Support
Term Limits Admendment: Oppose
Free Trade: Strongly support

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: Not involve for now
Iraq/Syria: Crash ISIS with military
Military Spending: Increase
PATRIOT Act: Support
NSA: Support, it can stops terrorism
Israel/Palestine: Support for Israel
Immigration: Stronger border security, support for legal immigration

Environment:
Climate Change: Exists, but isn't so serious problem
Green Energy: Let market decide about it
Keystone XL Pipeline: Support

Electoral Reform:
Electoral College Reform: Oppose
Gerrymandering: Let states decide
Presidential term: 2 terms
Public Financing: Oppose
Term limits: Oppose, term limits are election
Executive Agencies: Abolish some of them
Voter ID: Support
Early Voting: Support
Absentee Voting: Oppose
Primaries: Close primaries, oppose superdelegates
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« Reply #1186 on: October 23, 2016, 06:08:49 am »

Ideology in general
Social: Liberal/progressive
Economic: Moderate, Social market economy, fiscal conservative
Foreign: Diplomacy first, use force when needed. Lean to oppose regime change

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice
Same Sex Marriage: Support
Drug policy: Allow soft drugs, regulate sale and tax; hard drugs should remain illegal
Sentencing laws: Support tough sentencing laws for violent crime
Gun Control: Support common-sense regulations like background checks
Prostitution: Legalize with strong regulations
Right to Die: Support assistance for deadly illnesses
Immigration: Support path to citizenship, reform immigration system, deport criminals, secure border
Guantanamo: Close

Economic Policy
Minimum Wage: Raise to $15 nationally and automatic raises with inflation
Welfare: Support as long as not abused
Right-to-Work: Support; but support also strong unions
Fiscal policy: Fiscal conservative. Make government more efficent, fight waste and fraud.
Taxation: Progressive tax. Raise taxes on wealthy, cut for small businesses and middle class
Banking sector: Strong regulations to avoid another recession
Obamacare: Support, but prefer universal health care
Trade: Support free trade, but should not interfere with common interests and lower certain standards.
Climate Change: Should be taken very seriously. Fight emmissions, move to renewables.
Keystone pipeline: Oppose

Other issues:
Presidential term: expand to five years, two consecutive terms allowed (Senate also five years, House 2,5 years. No term limit).
Primaries: Move them from April to June; shortens endless campaigns in combination with a five-year term
Line-item veto: support
Electoral college: Abolish; vote by popular vote
Gerrymandering: Nonpartisan commission for redistricting
Supreme Court: Appointments for 12 years. No re-appointment.
Campaign finance: should be more transparent; mixed between public and private funding. End super-pacs.
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« Reply #1187 on: October 23, 2016, 04:44:22 pm »

Economic: Conservative

Taxation: 0,8,16,24,32 as income tax rates , and removing many deductions for people making over a million dollars except if they hire a lot of people or invest a lot of money into the economy
Healthcare: Status quo
Regulations: Increase Regulations on Banks but significantly decrease on small business
Welfare: Make people who receive welfare get job training, or work on an infrastructure project
Social Security: Raise age to 68


Foreign Policy: Assertive

Foreign Policy and National Security
Iran: Support Iran deal but with inspections every 6 months with threat to double the sanctions if the violate the treat
Afghanistan: Leave
Philosophy: Dont get involved unless it directly affects US security and interests
Military Spending: Cut spending by 15-25% , by eliminating cold war relics and waste
PATRIOT Act: Oppose
NSA: Support with a warrant
I think you need to look up what the words Conservative and Assertive mean.

Except it clearly is conservative as the economic plan supports tax cuts and major ones at that for the middle class and small business, replaces welfare with workfare , deregulates the economy in every area except the bank sector , and I support cutting domestic spending
Again, look up the definition of Conservative. If you are pulling levers based on dollar figures, you do not actually have a coherent ideology.
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« Reply #1188 on: December 07, 2016, 09:53:46 pm »

Thought I would update this since it's been over two years:

Social:

Abortion: Illegal, except in the case of the 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), and would approve a rape/incest exception if it was the only way to get a nationwide abortion ban passed, but no further than that.

Gay Marriage: It's settled law. Enough Said.

Drugs: Lower the drinking age to 18. Full legalization of Marijuana for those 18 and older with a substantial excise tax. For other currently illegal drugs, fully and honestly reevaluate their current scheduling according to medical use and user risk, and make a decision on partial or full legalization based on that. However, end long prison terms for non-violent offenders and instead enroll them in a mandatory treatment program, perhaps with 1-3 years in prison for repeat offenders.

Death Penalty: Only allowed if it is a first-degree murder case with irrefutable evidence that the defendant is guilty, approved by at least two separate guilt-determining jury trials (the second trial would happen automatically given a guilty verdict in the first, no appeal approval process required). Dramatically reduce time spent on death row, and use the guillotine instead of lethal injection.

Gun Control: Expand background checks to all gun shows and the entire internet. Undecided on 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 $15. 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 after the first six months.

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 2032, 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, switch birth control to being covered just like any other prescription with a reasonable co-pay, 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: I support the Iran Deal.

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.

Entering into War: Must always be formally declared by congress. Enforce the War Powers Act. Only enter into war if we have been attacked or there is a very serious risk of us being attacked.

PATRIOT Act: Support in its current form

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.

Standing Rock: Find a route that doesn't impede on Native American territory

Energy: Support North American Energy Independence. Pro-Coal. Let the market work out renewable energy use.

Climate Change: It exists, but the claims that Florida will sink into the ocean in 50 years or whatever are probably hogwash. Undecided on the exact extent of government actions that are merited to try to address it.

Teaching Creationism/Teaching Evolution: Evolution should be taught, but teachers should openly address the question of divine involvement or control, and present arguments on both sides of that question. Young Earth Creationism and "Gap Theory" should not be taught.

Electoral College: Keep

Gerrymandering: Eliminate with shortest-splitline method

Size of U.S. House: Increase to 600 members

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

Statehood of Puerto Rico: Supportive

Voter ID: No strong opinion either way. Would read proposed bill carefully before making a decision.

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« Reply #1189 on: December 08, 2016, 05:38:22 pm »

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« Reply #1190 on: December 08, 2016, 06:23:16 pm »

Ideology
Social: Conservative on some issues left leaning on others
Economic: Center-left, populist
Foreign: Realist
Registration: Democrat (and always will be) and Liberal Party of Canada

Social
Abortion: Pro-life yet semi pro-choice. I believe abortion should be made as rare as possible and that it should be banned after 20 weeks with the regular exceptions. I strongly oppose repealing the Hyde Amendment.
Immigration: The system needs to be reformed to provide those here currently with a path to citizenship and to make the legal immigration easier. I'm generally pretty pro-immigrant.
Same Sex Marriage: I think marriage equality is great.
Death Penalty: I oppose the death penalty.
Drug Policy: Shift away from prison time for low-level drug possession-potheads should not be imprisoned. For harder drugs, focus more on rehabilitation, drug education to encourage avoidance, and cracking down on pill mills/over-prescription. Also make sure officers can administer Narcan.
Guns: I support the second amendment. I also believe background checks should be universal and am conflicted on an assault rifle ban.
Euthanasia: I do support physician assisted suicide.
Black Lives Matter: BLM has brought many important issues to the forefront of the political debate and I can confidently say I believe Black Lives Matter.
Transgender Issues: I don't care what bathroom people are in-this is a ploy to distract folks from real issues. Also we need to fight hate crimes against Trans people.
Political Correctness: We'd all be better off if people just respected eachother. However, PC, while useful as a concept, has its limits and is often abused.
Muslim Ban/Testing: Trump's ideas about Muslims are Islamophobic and bigoted.

Economic
Taxes: I support a more progressive tax code (and a simpler one) where corporate loopholes and offshore loopholes are closed. The tax system (through EITC) should also be used to combat poverty.
Social Security/Medicare: Lift the taxable income cap, target waste and fraud, very gradually raise the retirement age.
Trade: I strongly oppose TPP and believe that NAFTA was done recklessly. Killing TPP is a priority but I recognize that going back on NAFTA would not work out. Global trade is important but needs to be done right.
Healthcare: Ideally the US would move to a Medicare-for-all system. With the ACA in place however, there needs to be more incentives to help small business, reform of the Cadillac Tax, opened drug importation from Canada, and enforcement of anti-trust laws to tackle high prices.
Deficit/Debt: Make the government more efficient. Target waste, consolidate redundancies, computerize records, etc.
Minimum Wage: Raise the federal minimum to $12 an hour and allow states and localities to increase it further. Close the server loophole.
Campaign Finance Reform: Overturn Citizens United immediately.
Unions: I support card-check bills and strongly oppose RTW. Supporting unions is a great way to bolster the middle class.
Energy: All of the above for now with a transition to green energy. Build Keystone XL and DAPL but invest more in incentives and research on renewable energy.
Job Creation: Invest in infrastructure, especially in disadvantaged areas.
Education: Lower interest rates on student loans and work with colleges to curb rising overhead costs. Also allow for refinancing of student loan debt and perhaps even loan forgiveness in some cases. For K-12, I strongly support public schools.

Foreign
ISIS: Continue airstrikes and work with regional allies to totally defeat the group. Also provide humanitarian aid to the region to counteract ISIS' ideological pull.
Russia: Be tougher on Russia over their abuses and expansionary drive.
China: We must recognize that China is one of our close partners and also a potential threat. Work with diplomatic and economic might to counteract expansion while collaborating on common ground like fighting climate change.
Cuba: Open up more diplomatic and economic channels. Close Gitmo.
Iran: I support the Iran Deal.
Israel/Palestine: I think the US needs to be the face of reason that discourages violence and seeks a two-state solution. Israel is a key ally of ours and we should maintain that strong bond while working with them to bring about peace.
Syria/Refugees: The US needs to step up and take more refugees (with proper screening processes of course) but also needs to urge nations like Saudi Arabia to take more. Also, we should provide aid to those in camps and villages ravaged by violence.
NATO: We should continue full support for NATO.
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MA-03: Lori Trahan
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« Reply #1191 on: December 08, 2016, 06:40:23 pm »

Economic Issues: Fiscal Conservative/Economic Libertarian
Taxes:
- Strong opponent of progressive taxation.
- Supportive of a flat tax system but would like some minor to medium level adjustments to ensure economic stability.
- Supportive of eliminating national corporate tax and support lowering state corporate taxes.
- Oppose the estate tax, carbon tax and sin/luxury tax.
- Believe that states have a right to eliminate state income taxes, if it is feasible (FL, TX, TN, NH etc...)

Healthcare:
- Oppose Obamacare
- Oppose Universal Healthcare and Single Payer Healthcare
- Supporting raising the Medicare age to 67 and implementing necessary reforms to save the program.
- Support minor to modest cuts in medicare/medicaid, if needed, but oppose gutting either program.
- Support Medical Malpractice/Tort Reform and limiting the influence of powerful trial lawyers.
- States have the right to reform their healthcare systems how they want as long as it does not supersede other states' systems or policies.

Social Security:
- Supporting raising the retirement age to either 67 or 69.
- Support a partial privatization and/or a full privatization of social security (prefer the latter) and would like to see a phasing out of the program. If a privatization process begins then it must be ensured that older people still receive their owed social security benefits.
- Would support create of online courses that teach people how to properly save money for short, medium or long periods of time. This surely would cost less then social security currently does.

Minimum Wage:
- Oppose granting a $15 (or $20) minimum wage in general and especially for fast-food workers.
- Oppose minimum wage increases in general with the exception of adjusting for inflation.
- Speaking of minimum wage, am also against a basic universal income.
- The minimum wage system should be reformed and broken up by career field and cost of living in a specified area.
- Every state has a right to raise or lower the minimum wage and honestly would prefer all minimum wage decisions to be made on the state and local level with little to no input from the federal government.

Welfare and Unemployment Benefits:
- I support a minimal welfare system and prefer to have a working requirement for it (but this should not be a federal requirement and believe each state should decide if it is appropriate or not).
- I support keeping unemployment benefits intact but oppose extending it for people who were rightfully fired and/or were fired and subsequently convicted of a serious felony.
- I strongly oppose giving welfare and/or unemployment benefits to illegal immigrants.
- I like the idea of drug-testing welfare recipients but there needs to be a cost effective method of enforcing this. If forced to choose, I would tenuously support enacting this type of policy but with heavy reservations due to cost.
- Job training programs should be mandatory immediately for anyone receiving welfare benefits.
- Ending welfare abuse, where it is being caused by poor people or rich people (yes, the latter does happen), should be a top priority of the federal government. People who abuse the system should receive hefty fines, a felony on their record and jail time.  

Education:
- I support charter schools and private voucher programs.
- I support promoting private schools, religious and secular, but not with state or federal money.
- I support our public schools and believe massive reforms need to be undertaken to improve the quality of education in this country.
- After school programs in inner-cities DO work and need to be promoted. It benefits everyone to support programs that keep kids off the streets. Would prefer for these programs to be funded through private organizations and means but I also support public schools engaging in efforts with organizations to former partnerships.
- I strongly oppose teacher's unions, especially in states like New Jersey. That being said, our teachers are underpaid in many states and I support finding ways to increase teacher's pay in reasonable manners.
- I oppose the elimination of the Department of Education. I agree that localization is very important and should be promoted but the DOE has a real purpose and should not be allowed to be dismantled.
- I oppose common core standards.
- I support homeschooling. I don't think it's a bad method of education as long as they are following required protocols and procedures set by the government.

Free Trade:
- Strong supporter of free trade policies and oppose protectionism.
- Strong supporter of NAFTA and TPP.
- However, I also understand the concerns of working-class workers and believe there are ways to alleviate the effects of free trade on them without hindering the benefits of trade. We, for some reason as a country, think we are locked in a game of intensity of preferences when in reality we could provide a good compromise.
- One way to do this would be by promoting job training programs that would specialize manufacturing workers in more profitable careers. This way when free trade washes away some outdated professions we can avoid mass lay offs in areas like Northeastern OH and PA.
- I'd prefer if private companies and corporations engage in this themselves and perhaps we could provide incentive for them to do this by lowering corporate taxes or signal support for future free trade agreements in the future. However, if this is not feasible, I would not oppose limited government funding for these job training programs.
- This is clearly an issue I agree more with Hillary Clinton (and neoliberals) then Donald Trump on but there are some aspects of his policy that I'm not opposed to. The U.S. should want to strengthen its rewards in its agreements with China, India and Japan.
- I support the idea of a European Union, meaning an organization that strengthens ties via free trade and market economics, but I cannot support the current structure of the EU we all know. I supported Brexit and will likely support other reasonable efforts to leave the EU by other countries (key word: reasonable).

Immigration:
- I don't just see this as a national security issue but also as an economic issue, which is why I put it here.
- I oppose amnesty and open border policies but I also support compromise.
- I support adopting the e-verify system to help stop criminal illegals from coming into the country.
- I support building a stronger border fence/security fence.
- I support deporting illegal immigrant criminals and illegal immigrants who are abusing entitlement programs.
- I oppose allowing illegal immigrants to obtain welfare and unemployment benefits as noted earlier and also oppose letting them obtain driver's licenses.
- I oppose granting citizenship to illegal immigrants but I do support a provision of the DREAM Act that allows people to obtain citizenship after serving in the military. I think military and/or national service via charity work (etc...etc...) would be a good measure to enforce.
- I, however, oppose the DREAM Act as a whole. I also oppose granting working VISAs to illegal immigrants who came in as illegal immigrants. It is not America's obligation to find work for non-citizens. I do want to make a distinction and state that I'm not against working VISAs for immigrants or people from other countries staying here for work. I am just against granting working VISAs for people who came in illegally.
- I also would like to propose a plan that would grant citizenship to permanent U.S. residents w/ valid green cards (assuming they pass background/criminal checks and have lived in the U.S. as perma. residents for a minimum of 10 years). These people have been here legally for a long time and deserve to be citizens.
- I also supporting renewing green cards and VISAs for people who came to America legally but for whatever reason could not renew their green card or VISA. Requirements for this would be 1) having a job or a reason for being in the US 2) having a clean criminal and background history.
- Ultimately, I believe in legal immigration and oppose illegal immigration. I want to promote the legal usage of our process and discourage coming into the country illegally.

Deficits and Budgets:
- Balancing the budget should be a priority for the government.
- Best way to start is by cutting the fatty, unnecessary elements in each department (do we really need Item A this year? can we hold off on that for a few years? etc...etc...)
- Prefer to see entitlements cut over defense of national security budgets but I think everything will likely need to be cut a bit to balance the budget in an effective and stable manner.
- I support a balanced budget amendment but I'd like one less strict then the one my fellow Conservatives usually call for. I think it should have some exceptions for war times or natural disasters and other dire situations like that.  

Environmental and Energy Issues:
- I oppose the idea of a carbon tax and also oppose cap and trade style policies.
- I side with businesses over environmentalists when it comes to regulations and taxes.
- I oppose the EPA's war on coal.
- I support fossil fuel usage as a reliable source of energy.
- I support diversifying our energy resource pool by engaging in domestic offshore drilling, drilling for Marcellus Shale and fracking. I also support diversifying where we get our foreign oil from and also support investing in natural gas and nuclear energies. Diversification politics is even more important for the EU when dealing with Russia and Iran.
- I oppose public funding of windmills or other wind-based forms of energy. I do support private research and implementation of more progressive and environmentally friendly resources if businesses choose to do so.
- I believe climate change is natural and that man has no effect on it one way or another. Therefore, we should engage in pro-business, pro-economic growth policies on energy issues.
- I am a strong supporter of Hunter's rights but I also support strictly enforcing the regulations relating to the endangering species list (fines, jailtime etc...). I also support the rules in place for when hunting season can and does occur.
- Animal cruelty is a severe problem and must be tackled. This includes enforcing harsh penalties for cockfighting, dogfighting etc...

Other:
- I support auditing and ending the Federal Reserve.
- I support right to work on a state level but oppose a federal bill
- I oppose overregulating Wall Street despite my weariness towards them.
- I am very opposed to populist economics promoted by both sides (Trump/Buchanan on the right; Sanders/Warren on the left).

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« Reply #1192 on: December 08, 2016, 07:59:58 pm »

Social Issues: Moderate to Conservative

Abortion:
- Pro-Life, with exceptions for rape and when a mother's life is endangered.
- Oppose embryonic stem cell research but support adult stem cell research.
- Support overturning Roe v. Wade and support a federal ban.
- Support defunding Planned Parenthood.
- Support Personhood amendment.

LGBT Equality:
- Support Marriage equality and LGBT Adoption.
- Support ENDA strongly.
- Support the Matthew Shepard Act.
- Believe every public university should have resources to support at-risk LGBT youth.
- Support banning "conversion therapy" and oppose public money going to "conversion therapy"

Drugs:
- War on Drugs has not been successful, thus far, and needs to be reorganized ASAP.  Like education, I think our efforts against drugs can and should be localized.
- Part of this localization effort requires the repeal of the federal ban on marijuana. I think the federal government's overzealous focus on pot has had devastating effects on society. Let states decide if they want to legalize it or not but it should not be a criminal offense, unless one is dealing. 
- Another step in the localization effort would be to focus on each state's biggest drug epidemics. Heroin, Meth, Crack all have bad epidemics in key areas of the country. We should be focusing our efforts on tackling the drug dealers spreading these drugs and not on some college kid smoking weed.
- Go after drug cartels and drug dealers harder then ever before. They are a menace on our society.
- I support the legalization of medicinal marijuana and also support legitimate medical research on marijuana. 

Voter ID Laws:
- I support photo and non-photo ID Voter laws.
- Photo ID options: License, passport, driver's permit, a simple ID card from the DMV.
- Non-Photo ID options: social security cards, voter registration #, birth certificate.

Gerrymandering:
- Independent Redistricting Commission in every state. Tired of people on both sides whining about muh gerrymanders by the other side.

Congressional Term Limits:
- Generally against term limits for Congress but I could see myself supporting a solution that has a 24 year limit for the U.S. House and a 24 year limit for the U.S. Senate.
- I'm big on preserving seniority in Congress but I am also against congressional lifers (people serving like 50 years until they die).


2nd Amendment:
- Strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.
- Oppose most forms of gun control.
- Support criminal and background checks.
- Oppose bans on AR-15s, or other semi-auto's.
- Oppose waiting period for gun purchases.
- Support bans on suspects listed on a terror watch list.

Vaccines:
- I trust medical professionals, doctors, nurses, scientists and 100% support the usage of vaccines to help people.
- Anti-Vaxxers are crazy conspiracy theorists and pose a danger not only to themselves but to others as well.

Death Penalty:
- Strong supporter of the death penalty on the state and federal level.
- Believe that each state has a right to ban or not ban the usage of the death penalty.
- I only support using the death penalty for heinous and serious crimes such as terrorism, sadistic crimes against humanity, murder/mass murders/serial killers, serial rapists, serial pedophiles etc...

Law and Order Issues/National Security:
- For localities and states, I support law and order anti-crime measures to keep our societies safe. This includes the death penalty, the broken windows theory, the three strikes law etc...
- Also support stop-and-frisk policies.
- On the federal level, I strongly support the work the NSA engages in. I also support the TSA but believe that there is much room for improvement there.
- I support the PATRIOT Act.
- I proudly support our law enforcement officials.
- We need to do a better job on educating the youth about sexual assault and rape and how to prevent it, how to help the victims and how to properly handle these situations in the public sphere. Of course, people convicted of rape and sexual assault deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.  On the same note, there needs to be an effort to counter fake rape and sexual assault reports as well, as rare as they may be.

Affirmative Action:
- Oppose affirmative action, especially in regards to college education.

Civil Rights Issues:
- I obviously oppose all forms of bigotry, sexism and racism but people have a right to think and speak in bigoted manners. They just cannot act on those pretenses in a physical or threatening manner.
- I strongly believe in promoting equality in the form of opportunity. Everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality has a right to have the opportunity to succeed in the public forum.
- I especially focus on countering antisemitism as I am Jewish. I specifically believe that antisemitism on college campuses is a severe and growing problem in the U.S., Canada, Europe and other places.
- Clearly, we have some work to do in our country in relations to the African-American community but I strongly oppose Black Lives Matter (BLM) as I think they are extreme in actions and rhetoric and do nothing to better the situation.  I think a dialogue needs to be opened up between legitimate organizations on both the people of color's side and the law enforcement side. Community outreach, compassion and bridging of differences is the only way we will be able to solve anything.
- Finally, I believe diversity in friend groups and culture is a positive and should not be feared.

Freedom of Speech and Political Correctness:
- Supporting civil rights causes is almost always a positive but social justice warriors have taken their pursuit of justice to a very dangerous extreme. I oppose SJWs with an undying passion and believe that they are against freedom of speech and freedom of expression when they disagree with an opinion.
- Everyone has a right to freedom of speech in a public forum, even if that opinion is controversial, unpopular or bigoted. Safe Spaces are jokes and should not be allowed or encouraged. People who get "triggered" need to grow up.
-  However, freedom of speech does not mean one is void of all consequences that may occur. A private company has a right to fire a racist if it violates their vision for their workplace and mission statement. Private organizations, like twitter, do not have an obligation to let you do whatever you want on their time or domain.
- I despise people who burn the American flag but it is a form of legitimate political expression and should not be banned.

Other Social Issues:
- Oppose Prostitution legalization but it is a state issue.
- Oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide but it is a state issue.
 
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« Reply #1193 on: December 08, 2016, 09:00:27 pm »

Ideology
Social: Very liberal
Economic: left-populist
Foreign: Pragmatic
Registration: Democrat

Social
Abortion/Reproductive Rights: Proudly pro-choice. Supports repeal of Hyde Amendment, against TRAP Laws, personhood movement, pro-Planned Parenthood funding.
Immigration: The system needs to be reformed to provide those here currently with a path to citizenship and to make the legal immigration easier. I'm generally pretty pro-immigrant.
Marriage Equality/LGBTQ Issues: I think marriage equality is great. Proudly supportive of LGBTQ rights. Against Indiana SB101/Missouri SJR39/North Carolina HB2-style RFRA laws.
Death Penalty: I am weakly supportive of the DP in certain cases.
Religious Freedom: Strong supporter of religious freedoms for all faiths and those with no faith belief at all.
Marijuana Legalization: Strongly in favor of legalizing it for both medical and recreational usage.
Guns: Generally pro-Gunsense and pro-2A (not in the way that NRA/GOA crowd mean it). Support gun background checks and Assault Weapons Ban. Also support conceal carry.
Euthanasia: I am against euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Black Lives Matter/Police/Criminal Justice Reform: Strong supporter of criminal justice and police reform and #BlackLivesMatter. Such stance doesn't make me "anti-police."
Transgender Issues: I strongly believe that trans people have the right to enter the bathrooms/locker rooms of the gender matching their identity and that transphobia be condemned.
Sex Education: I strongly support sex education in schools, starting from middle school.
Education: Lower interest rates on student loans and work with colleges to curb rising overhead costs. Also allow for refinancing of student loan debt and perhaps even loan forgiveness in some cases. For K-12, I strongly support public schools.
Muslim Ban/Testing: Trump's ideas about Muslims are Islamophobic and bigoted, and flatly unconstitutional as well.
Voting Rights: Fully reinstate and expand the VRA of 1965. Voter ID laws are a tool of voter suppression.

Economic
Taxes: I support a more progressive tax code (and a simpler one) where corporate loopholes and offshore loopholes are closed. The tax system (through EITC) should also be used to combat poverty.
Social Security: No increase of the retirement age minimum. In fact, it should be decreased to 55. Expand, not dismantle.
Medicare/Medicaid: Expand, not repeal, both Medicaid and Medicare.
Trade: I strongly oppose TPP and believe that NAFTA was done recklessly.
Health Care: PPACA was a mostly good start. Public option is the way to go.
Welfare/Food Stamps: Strongly pro-food stamps. Attempts to eliminate/reduce are forms of poor-shaming. Drug-testing for food stamps is a costly idea.
Minimum Wage: Strongly pro-increase of a minimum wage to at least $10. Server increased to $6.
Campaign Finance Reform: Overturn Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC immediately.
Unions: I support card-check bills and strongly oppose RTWFL. Supporting unions is a great way to bolster the middle class.
Energy: Clean energy. Against fracking. NO to KXL and DAPL.
Job Creation: Invest in infrastructure, especially in disadvantaged areas.

Foreign
ISIS: Continue airstrikes and work with regional allies to totally defeat the group. Also provide humanitarian aid to the region to counteract ISIS' ideological pull.
Russia: Be tougher on Russia over their abuses and expansionary drive.
North Korea: The USA should partner with allies to take down Kim Jong-Un if he strikes the USA.
China: We must recognize that China is one of our close partners and also a potential threat. Work with diplomatic and economic might to counteract expansion while collaborating on common ground like fighting climate change.
Cuba: Close Gitmo, end embargo.
Iran: I support the Iran Deal.
Iraq: The 2003 Iraq invasion was a massive mistake.
Israel/Palestine: Favorable to the 2-state solution, and BOTH Israel and Palestine are at fault for the hostilities.
Syria/Refugees: The US needs to step up and take more refugees (with proper screening processes of course) but also needs to urge nations like Saudi Arabia to take more. Also, we should provide aid to those in camps and villages ravaged by violence.
Turkey: While they have been one of our long time allies, their continuing slide towards full-on dictatorship is very worrisome.
Venezuela: Chávez and Maduro have wrecked Venezuela beyond repair.
NATO: We should continue full support for NATO.
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« Reply #1194 on: December 08, 2016, 09:14:51 pm »

Foreign Policy: Neoconservative/Hawk

Alliances:
- The United States should always stand by its allies across the world, especially those that are democracies.
- Examples: UK, Israel, Canada, Japan, Australia, and countries of the EU.
- I am 100% in support of increasing foreign aid to our allies, in terms of military aid, technological/scientific aid, financial aid and humanitarian aid. In many cases our allies cooperate with us and provide useful information relating to cyber-security, counterterrorism and other fields.
- In relations to some of our more controversial, non-democratic allies (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, China, Jordan, Azerbaijan etc...) I believe we should also support them in many cases, as they are our allies for often very important reasons. This is especially important in relation to the Middle East where power and trust are valued over anything else. However, we do have a right to question these non-democratic countries when it is in our interests to do so.

War on Terrorism/Radical Islam:
- The United States and the world as a whole should remain vigilant in its efforts to counter, defeat and destroy terrorist organizations and terrorist cells. A Government's main responsibility is to protect its own people and to protect its own interests.
- One of our main goals should be to weaken/destroy (preferably the latter) ISIS and its offshoots in Iraq, Syria, the Sinai and Libya.
- Another main goal should be to stabilize Syria. The humanitarian situation there is depressingly disturbing and the international community's reaction has been...lacking. Obviously, it easier said then done. I always don't want to create the impression that only the US should be involved in stabilizing Syria and alleviating the suffering there. The entire world, especially the western world has an obligation to stabilize Syria's borders. I honestly think cooperation with Russia is the only way that a possible ending to this bloody civil war is even remotely foreseeable.
- After those two quagmires get addressed, the world can then focus on tackling other terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Shaabab, Boko Haram, Al Qaeda, al-Nusra and others. the world will also need to address the two elephants in the room - Iran and Turkey.

Turkey:
- Obviously, a difficult situation for the western world here. Turkey is on the border of Europe, separating us from ISIS in Syria, and is in NATO. They should be a trusted ally but because of Erdogan's insane power trip things have become extremely problematic.
- Since the coup, Erdogan has purged all of Turkey of secular leaders, of pro-democracy teachers, journalists and military officers. I honestly think this is grounds for sanctions on Turkey and a discussion of Turkey's future in NATO.
- Turkey has threatened to jump to the Shanghai Bloc, if this is done then Turkey should be suspended from NATO.
- Also, in light of Turkey's continued anti-democratic actions, I believe we should renew the international community's opposition to revisionist history and formally recognize the the Armenian Genocide. It is imperative that countries like the U.S., Israel, the U.K. and Germany all do so on a national level.

Iran:
- Iran is one of the biggest threats to world stability at the moment. They are determined to continue sponsoring terrorism abroad, especially with Hezbollah as its proxy and are even more determined to obtain nuclear weapons.
- I vehemently oppose the Iran Nuclear Deal negotiated by the P5+1 and I believe it will go down as a historic mistake that will only worsen the state of the middle east in the long run.  I think that increased sanctions would have been a better alternative until we were able to get a better deal.
- Iran's military threats are not the only thing concerning about their quests. They want to gain economic control of the region for then anything else, which of course includes the oil markets. This would bring Europe to its knees economically and leave them no choice but to cave to pressure created by Iran.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict:
- I have long supported the two-state solution for a very long time but I am starting to look for other alternatives. I am not convinced that the Palestinian leadership wants peace with Israel nor do I think a solution will be finalized anytime soon.
- I also side with Israel on most issues relating to the conflict. Mainly on security and counterterrorism issues. I also side with Israel, mostly, on settlements (especially in relation to East Jerusalem and the Gush Etzion region of Judea and Samaria).
- I believe reform within the Palestinian Authority is the only way a two state solution is salvageable, but sadly, I don't see that occurring anytime soon.
- I believe the U.N., most of the western media and a good amount of western countries are appeasing the Palestinians and that this is very much apart of the reason why they aren't taking peace seriously.

U.S. Military/Defense Issues/Veterans Issues:
- U.S. Military should always be prepared for the worst and should always be updated with high tech weaponry and intelligence.
- The Defense Department should continue its cooperation with important allies such as Israel, the UK, Australia, India etc... in fields such as cyber security, military tech advancement and training ops.
- I am a huge supporter of the U.S. military and am thankful for all the sacrifices they make for us.
- In relations to Veterans' issues, I truly believe our country has done our veterans a disservice. The VA is a circus show and clearly needs to be reformed. We have a serious backlog problem (relating to benefits) and it must be addressed ASAP. I don't see how anyone can propose creating new benefits plans for veterans when we haven't even cleared our current, giant stack of owed benefits.

Russia:
- I have changed my views on Russia recently. We need to continue an increase in sanctions and to continue opposing Putin's lack of respect for human rights in his country and abroad.
- Our policy in the Middle East when it comes to Russia needs to be more aggressive in diplomatic terms. We need to weaken it's influence as it has its fingers deep in Assad's Syria and in Iran. Russia emboldens Iran by continuously selling it high grade weapons and by ignoring Iran's sponsorship of terrorism. 

- In regards to Russia's European expansionist policies, I think its clear we need to put our foot down and increase pressure and sanctions on them. Russia was threatening out diplomats last year and we had no response except to ask them to halt their harassment. Extremely pathetic response. 
- Russia respects power confidence more then anything else and they have not seen any of that under Pres. Obama, and this has not gotten better under Pres. Trump.


China and the South China Sea:
- We must continue to assert our strength and opposition to China's claims to the South China Sea.
- Our allies' security in Asia  depends on it (Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan etc...).
- In general, I believe we need to adjust our policy on China. Especially in relations to Taiwan. I believe we need to move away from the One China policy and start moving towards accepting Taiwan into the community of nations in a reasonable time frame.
- I do strongly support maintaining close and intimate ties, economically, with China but it should be made clear that our foreign policies are clearly opposite of each other's and that the United States will not abandon its positions because of pressure from Beijing.

The Philippines:
- Duterte is a sociopath. The world should continue to monitor his activities and words over the coming months. I would prefer to denounce him formally at the UN but, unfortunately, it seems that the people of his country wanted this type of leadership.
- We should be ready to sanction him if he starts engaging in more ludicrous behavior and if he starts to engage in anti-democratic activities (i.e. curbing the media, etc...)


Promoting Democracy:
- I strongly support promoting countries, organizations and people that engage in pro-democracy activities. This includes supporting the State of Israel and Taiwan against its enemies.
- I also support the creation of an independent and democratic Kurdistan in Iraq and believe the world has not done nearly enough to support the Kurds in their historic aspirations for freedom. I also believe the world has not done enough to support the Pershmerga.
- It is a known fact that the International community is not always keen on territories or conflicted areas seeking independence. This is because it is difficult to create an environment for these new countries to succeed in. The Czech Republic and Slovakia have been, for years, a gold standard example of successful separation and independence. Neither country is perfect but they have been recent examples of successful countries that separated from previous, existing alliances/countries.
- I think we should be evaluating potential areas of the world that want independence and, as a international community, determine if independence is sustainable or desirable. For example, I think many would agree that the South Sudan experiment has been a failure on almost every level.
- The said could be partially said about Kosovo, which sits as Europe's most impoverished nation at the moment.
- I believe in promoting democracy in areas of the world where it is sensible to do so. Not every country is ready for democracy and that must be understood. This is especially important to remember when dealing with allies of our allies who aren't necessarily democratic.  

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« Reply #1195 on: December 14, 2016, 09:21:48 pm »

Ideology
Social: Social Justice, Left-wing
Economic: Progressive, Social Democratic (Scandinavian Model)
Foreign Policy: Realist
Environment: Environmentalist, Green

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice, legal partial birth
Same-Sex Marriage: Strongly support
Drugs: Legalization of marijuana; decriminalization of all other drugs with the focus on rehabilitation instead of punishment for offenders
Death Penalty: Strongly oppose in all situations
Gun Control: Support background checks, mental health screening, closing the gun-show loophole, a mandatory firearm safety course, and strict ban on all automatic and semi-automatic weapons
Affirmative Action: Support as a way of improving the socioeconomic position of disadvantaged groups and representation of these groups in all industries and fields
Prostitution: Strongly oppose. While I do not oppose it as a personal choice, per se, it cannot be legalized since it would further objectify the human body to be exploited for profit. We must end the existence of situations that would compel a person into prostitution, not legalize the practice
Euthanasia: Strongly support. Should be an option for a terminally ill patient of any age
Immigration: Grant amnesty to all non-violent undocumented immigrants. Dramatically increase our refugee intake and slash the cost and regulations associated with immigration, while focusing on increasing skilled immigration and decreasing unskilled
Black Lives Matter: Strongly support
Transgender Issues: Legislate against any discrimination aimed at LGBTQ persons. Gender and sex are not the same; one is a socially constructed identity, the other is a biological reality. No one is born a boy/man or girl/woman, but they are born a male or female
Political Correctness: Sometimes it goes too far by censoring, harassing, intimidating, and bullying anyone who may not be aware of the most recent sociological findings. However, it has been an overall net good as it has encouraged us to be more empathetic, polite, and sensitive
Muslim Ban: Pure Islamophobia arising from a total misunderstanding and fear of Islam and the Muslim community

Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Establish a national living wage of $15 per hour set to rise with inflation. Also establish a basic minimum income of a negotiable rate – ideally 25% of the median personal income for a county
Welfare: Safeguard and expand the welfare state. Ensure food security for all Americans, provide adequate living assistance, paid maternity and paternity leave of at least 1 year each, paid sick leave, 2 weeks guaranteed paid holidays, and subsidized childcare
Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap and protect it from misuse of its funds by Congress
Healthcare: National single-payer system based on Medicare-for-all. Open the market to drug imports from abroad
Trade: Opposition to corporate controlled “free trade” deals such as TPP. Renegotiate our trade agreements to ensure our trade partners meet minimum standards for environmental regulation, labor rights, workers’ safety, fair wage laws, no currency manipulation, and no unfair regulations on American businesses
Deficit/Debt: Maximize efficiency, streamline all governmental agencies, consolidate agencies and eliminate redundancies, abolish the NSA, gut the military and defense budget, focus on implementing cost saving technologies, and make it publicly available and readily accessible to see where all funds are going, the budgets of every agency and department, and who voted for what funding
Campaign Finance Reform: Overturn Citizens United and pass a Constitutional Amendment limiting campaign donations to individual contributions of $100 or less (set to adjust for inflation)
Unions: Strongly support. Completely overturn the Taft-Hartley Act, strengthen public and private sector unions, and abolish all right-to-work laws
Energy: Invest heavily in green energy with the intent of revolutionizing our energy sector. Incentivize businesses and individuals to go green with tax breaks, implement cap and trade, partially nationalize all companies exploiting our natural resources, and begin reducing fracking and offshore drilling
Job Creation: Invest in a massive infrastructure redevelopment program; create the world’s largest green energy industry; incentivize businesses to create jobs in underprivileged areas (inner cities and Appalachia especially); dramatically increase investment in STEM, research, education, and creating the world’s best internet connection and distribution
Education: Tuition free public universities, refinancing of student loan debt, universal pre-k, end school segregation that further disadvantages lower income and minority students, implement an educational system modeled after Finland’s, and ensure all students are extensively taught the science behind anthropogenic global warming and evolution, critical thinking rather than rote memorization, budgeting and finances, civics, empathy and tolerance, and sexual education (beginning in kindergarten)
Taxes: Institute a steep, but gradual progressive income tax with the maximum rate of 60%; increase taxes on unhealthy foods and drinks, alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana; implement a VAT on par with that of most European countries; implement a strict 60% tax on speculation and income derived from investments; maintain the current corporate tax rate, but eliminate all loopholes and save deductions only for specified domestic, positive investments

Foreign
ISIS: Focus on providing humanitarian aid to the region in cooperation with the UN. Continue targeted tactical airstrikes intended solely to weaken their infrastructure without endangering civilian lives. Pressure the Gulf States and Turkey to cease any potential cooperation and business they may have with the terrorist state
Russia/NATO: Reaffirm our commitment to the NATO alliance, pursue international condemnation against Russia for their domestic human rights violations and war crimes in Syria, and arm the government in Ukraine to combat the Russian foreign fighters
China: Address the country’s currency manipulation and rampant human rights violations. But pursue this agenda strategically, without trying to anger a country with which we would benefit more from trade and cooperation
Cuba: Completely normalize relations. Close Guantanamo Bay
Iran: Pursue international condemnation of Iran’s rampant human rights abuses. Protect the Iran Nuclear Deal as the best safeguard against Iran obtaining nuclear weapons
Israel/Palestine: A two-state solution is the only option. Israel must be pressured to cease all new construction in the West Bank, reach a mutually beneficial agreement over Jerusalem, and recognize the human rights and dignity of the Palestinians. The Palestinian leadership must accept that the Israeli state will continue to exist and gain control over its citizens who engage in terrorist acts
Syria/Refugees: Alleviate the pressure on Europe and Syria’s neighbors by taking in at minimum 200,000 Syrian refugees. We must also negotiate using our leverage for the Gulf States to take in refugees or at least provide funding for host countries (which we should as well). Iran, Russia, and Syria must be pressured to act in accordance with international laws of warfare and allow humanitarian aid. The situation in Syria is too complex for external players to make any positive contribution by picking sides; we should only ensure the minimum number of civilians suffer as a result
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« Reply #1196 on: January 02, 2017, 04:31:17 pm »

Ideology : Left leaning progressive with strong libertarian streak on social, civil liberties & foreign policy

]Social Policy

Abortion: Pro-choice

Same-Sex Marriage: Strong support

Drugs: Legalize all drugs, treat as mental illness, open rehab & awareness programs

Death Penalty:
Strong opposition in all cases

Gun Control: Background checks, mental health screening, closing the gun-show loophole, National Referendum or State Ballot poll on all automatic and semi-automatic weapons

Affirmative Action: No (support more investment in poor communities, affordable housing etc)

Prostitution:
Legalize

Euthanasia:
Undecided

Sex Education Sad Strong supporter

Immigration: Amnesty for non-violent. Increase refugees considerably, make immigration easier for skilled people & increase skilled people intake

Black Lives Matter:
Strongly support

Transgender Issues: Pro Transgenders

Muslim Ban: Oppose strongly

Economic Issues

Minimum Wage:  $15 per hour & indexed to inflation.

Universal Basic Income : Oppose now, re-evaluate in 10-15 years depending on unemployment, tax revenue, deficit, demographic breakup

Welfare: Paid maternity and paternity leave for first 2 children, paid sick leave, subsidized childcare, expand food security programs

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap & dis-allow looting

Healthcare: Single Payer, allow drug imports

Trade: Free Trade with countries having comparable wages & environmental norms. Otherwise free trade but allow sectoral tariffs for industries with high paying & job intensive sectors like automobiles

Deficit/Debt: Reduce gradually, start with 50B reduction every year, reduce Military spending drastically year by year & increase taxes on very wealthy, close corporate loopholes. Balance the budget in 7-8 years. Support high deficit in recession (Keynesian) & poor economy years but deficits should be cut down soon

Campaign Finance Reform: Overturn Citizens United, maintain current individual cap

Unions: Strong support, overturn Reagan's disastrous policies

Energy: Tax breaks for Renewable R & D, Subsidies for Solar/Wind, 10 Year Moratorium on all off-shore drilling.

Environment - Ban Fracking, impose Carbon Tax, Increase Emission standards for Cars, Boost public transport in big cities, Increase R & D & funding for hybrid/electric cars

Job Creation:
Massive infra program spending 4T in 10 years. Support green jobs

Education:
Tuition free college, refinance debt, include climate change in text books

Taxes: Progressive taxes with maximum tax between 50-55%, same current corporate tax rate, tax breaks for people earning less than 150K

Glass Steagal - Yes, break the banks

Aid - Only humanitarian & strictly for poor countries. No aid to countries which aids terrorists tacitly

Foreign

ISIS: Ensure Turkey & Sunni countries don't buy ISIS Oil & don't support them. Use Drones but decrease usage to reduce civilian casualties. Work with Gulf Countries, NATO, Russia to beat ISIS. Ensure Gulf states have soldiers on the ground. Stop funding Rebels/Al Qaeda in Syria, decide on Assad only after ISIS is taken care.

Russia/NATO:
Ease relations with Russia for 6 months, lift all sanctions & try to be friends with the condition that they leave Syria, don't support people in Ukraine. Try to mend relations. If not go back to strong sanctions. Support NATO but refuse to pay beyond current share. Pull out of bases if they refuse to pay but give them a 3 year time limit.

Japan/South Korea Sad No nuclear weapons, give them 3 year time-frame for full reimbursement, otherwise pull out troops

China: Scrap FTA with China. Deal strictly to reduce greenhouse emission by China & to control North Korea. if China misbehaves - Open to declare Taiwan as nation. Open to support Tibet.  There is no currency manipulation (I live & breathe economics, I can explain)

Cuba:
Normalize relations & end of Guantanamo

Iran: Protect Nuclear Deal, condemn support for terrorism but try to normalize relations. Iran used to be a secular state & still has a large moderate population (look at Saudi). Try to control all weapon sales to Iran globally (to reduce it)

Israel/Palestine: 2 state, stop all Israeli Settlements, borders after 1967, Jerusalem co-sharing. Oppose radical Netanyahu & try to isolate him

Saudi Arabia Sad Weapons embargo to Saudi Arabia who will just send those Weapons to ISIS, Al Qaeda or fight in Yemen Gradually cut ties with this fundamental extremist group. Would even support sanctions in 10 years time as they are spreading the poison of Wahhabi Islam in the world

Pak Sad Tie all aid to defense certification of  countering terrorism In the future, put trade restrictions & other strict methods to stop support of terrorists & Haqqani network which are killing people in Afghan. Co-operate with civil government to secure nukes so that terrorists don't get it

Syria/Iraq/Afghan - Withdraw all ground forces (only air-strikes)

Turkey - Try diplomatically otherwise combine NATO actions as they have lost it

Electoral -

Voter ID - Currently no, yes in 10-15 years with gradual phasing in

Gerrymandering - No, formation of independent body to avoid this

Term Limits
- Oppose

Primaries - Open, same day reg, proportional delegates, No Super delegates

GE - Decide by Popular Vote or ensure proportional allotment of state votes & electoral votes by population for each state

Automatic Registration - Yes

Early/Absentee Voting - Yes

Holiday in State, GE & Primary Elections - Yes (Target massive turnout)

Public funding of elections - Yes & Ban all corporate funding
Others -

Patriot Act - Strongly oppose

Snowden - Pardon, commend him for exposing the crooks

Keystone, Dakota - Strongly oppose

Puerto Rico - Referendum & abide by decision

Statehood DC, PR - Abide by referendum results

Nukes - Bilateral  treaty with Russia to reduce Nukes under 500, then work with other nations to get everyone below 100, No nukes for North Korea, wait & watch with Pak & diplomatically engage
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« Reply #1197 on: January 31, 2017, 02:12:30 pm »

Rather than list every specific issue, I will try to describe my views in general terms of how I tihnk:

Economics: Pro-trade, pro-competition, anti-monopoly. This generally leads me to right wing economic conclusions, such as thinking taxes should be as low as feasibly possible, though not always. For example, I am strongly opposed to "corporate welfare" (such as farm subsidies), because allowing businesses to fail is one of the essential parts to making free market competition work, but I do think the government should provide a social safety net and that the public sector should be involved in the few areas where competition doesn't work,  such as police and (more controversially) healthcare.

Social issues: Basically the standard libertarian spiel about how people should be allowed to do things that don't violate the rights of others, with the caveat that I have no qualms about punishing people who do violate the rights of others to the fullest extent of the law. I'm also generally supportive of the policies and the military, seeing these institutions as being necessary to protect and enforce people's rights and liberties, both domestically and abroad. This combination of views is what leads to the weird quark of me generally being libertarian on social issues, while also being "hawkish" and supportive of things like the death penalty.

Foreign policy: To but quite simply, globalization. I think that free trade, liberal immigration laws, and global cooperation are all net positives that we should strive for whenever possible. While I am not necessarily an "abolish all borders" extremist, since that frankly seems unworkable to me, I do think we should try to become more globally integrated, not less, and that while it's obviously not possible to solve all the world's problems, we can't just turn a blind eye to  suffering and tyranny in other countries either. I am strongly against pulling out of organizations like NATO and UN and think that, despite their flaws, we are better off with them than without them, and I am frankly very concerned about the nationalism and anti-globalization trends that are happening to recently, to the point that I am almost becoming a single issue voter.

Overall: I don't know what to call this fricking mess of an ideology or philosophy or whatever, do you? Tongue
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« Reply #1198 on: January 31, 2017, 05:49:10 pm »

Rather than list every specific issue, I will try to describe my views in general terms of how I tihnk:

Economics: Pro-trade, pro-competition, anti-monopoly. This generally leads me to right wing economic conclusions, such as thinking taxes should be as low as feasibly possible, though not always. For example, I am strongly opposed to "corporate welfare" (such as farm subsidies), because allowing businesses to fail is one of the essential parts to making free market competition work, but I do think the government should provide a social safety net and that the public sector should be involved in the few areas where competition doesn't work,  such as police and (more controversially) healthcare.

Social issues: Basically the standard libertarian spiel about how people should be allowed to do things that don't violate the rights of others, with the caveat that I have no qualms about punishing people who do violate the rights of others to the fullest extent of the law. I'm also generally supportive of the policies and the military, seeing these institutions as being necessary to protect and enforce people's rights and liberties, both domestically and abroad. This combination of views is what leads to the weird quark of me generally being libertarian on social issues, while also being "hawkish" and supportive of things like the death penalty.

Foreign policy: To but quite simply, globalization. I think that free trade, liberal immigration laws, and global cooperation are all net positives that we should strive for whenever possible. While I am not necessarily an "abolish all borders" extremist, since that frankly seems unworkable to me, I do think we should try to become more globally integrated, not less, and that while it's obviously not possible to solve all the world's problems, we can't just turn a blind eye to  suffering and tyranny in other countries either. I am strongly against pulling out of organizations like NATO and UN and think that, despite their flaws, we are better off with them than without them, and I am frankly very concerned about the nationalism and anti-globalization trends that are happening to recently, to the point that I am almost becoming a single issue voter.

Overall: I don't know what to call this fricking mess of an ideology or philosophy or whatever, do you? Tongue
These are largely my positions, with perhaps a bit more lean towards the center on economics. I have problems with the Libertarians exhorting the benefits of the Fair tax, something I despise.

On the whole, though, this sounds exactly like me.
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« Reply #1199 on: February 21, 2017, 11:31:47 pm »

Ideology : Bernie Bro / Kyle Kulinski viewer / Social Democrat
Social Policy

Abortion: Pro-choice up to viability, then life of the mother, yada yada

Same-Sex Marriage: duh

Drugs: The fact that marijuana is illegal is a f**king joke. Legalize, tax, and regulate all drugs.

Death Penalty:
  Not *morally* opposed, but practically opposed, because sometimes we get the wrong person

Gun Control: Background checks, gun show loophole, high capacity magazine ban

Affirmative Action: Probably not a good idea, better ways to support minorities & women

Prostitution:
It's not my problem.

Euthanasia:
Obviously support. Who the hell am I to tell someone that they have to go through potentially days or weeks of pain before finally dying?

Sex Education Sad Duh

Immigration: Moderate. Give amnesty to people who are here and who aren't criminals, but enforce immigration law. If you catch a bad hombre (or mujer we're not sexist here) crossing the border then deport them.

Black Lives Matter:
Support the platform, but some of their people are kinda dumb (those knuckleheads who shut down a Bernie Sanders speech or rally or something because he wasn't talking about their specific issue 100% of the time)

Transgender Issues: duh

Muslim Ban: "I'm Donald Trump, and I don't approve this Constitution message.)

Economic Issues

Minimum Wage:  Increase slowly to $15, then adjust to inflation

Universal Basic Income : Probably not but worth looking at.

Welfare: Paid m'paternity leave and sick leave, strengthen social safety net

Social Security: Lift the cap and the minimum benefit

Healthcare: National healthcare system, allow dangerous Canadian drugs to be smuggled in by Bernie and Amy Klobuchar.

Trade: Way too complicated to explain here. In general, for some free trade but don't support TPP, NAFTA, PNTR w/ China

Deficit/Debt: Chill. It's not as big a deal as right wingers pretend it is. I think it would be a good idea to have lower deficits though when possible.

Campaign Finance Reform: Constitutional amendment necessary

Unions: No RTW laws

Energy: Look into clean energy

Environment - Lots of complicated things but in general implement green policies.

Job Creation:
Rebuild awe crumbling inferstructure! I'm Bunnie Sandas.

Education:
free$hit (public tuition for public colleges/universities)

Taxes: Bunnie Sandas' plan is pretty good.

Glass Steagal - Yeeh, duh

Aid - Humanitarian aid where it's sensible.

Foreign

ISIS: End the drone strikes, stop funding the goddamn terrorists

Russia/NATO:
Let's not be close allies with Putin, but let's not provoke them and start WWIII. Make him know that he can't just annex parts of sovereign nations.

Japan/South Korea Sad Defend South Korea and Japan from North Korea by intimidation. Don't occupy places but make Kim know that if he does an act of war, he's dead.

China: No more PNTR. Put pressure on them to better control emissions.  Don't provoke them by recognizing Taiwan as an independent country.

Cuba:
Guantanamo = dead, open up relations

Iran: The nuclear deal was pretty solid.

Israel/Palestine: 57 state solution

Saudi Arabia Sad Saudi Arabia is a rogue state. They behead people in public for sorcery and officially call all atheists terrorists.

Pak Sad What's pakistan

Syria/Iraq/Afghan - gtfo of them

Turkey - I don't know what's happening in turkey either I'm dumb lol

Electoral -

Voter ID - No

Gerrymandering - No, mathematical formula put into place

Term Limits
- Bad idea

Primaries - This is impossible practically but if I were designing a system from scratch, all states vote on the first weekend in June by IRV. The winner actually wins.

GE - Popular vote

Automatic Registration - Yes

Early/Absentee Voting - Yes, expand it somewhat

Holiday in State, GE & Primary Elections - Just make it on the weekend

Public funding of elections - You should have to get a certain number of signatures and then your funding is completely public, otherwise you have to self finance. No donations.
Others -

Patriot Act - RIP

Snowden - Make him Sec. of homeland security to piss off the establishment

Keystone, Dakota - RIP

Puerto Rico - statehood referendum

Statehood DC, PR - yes unless they vote not to

Nukes - Ideally: RIP
Practically: Do what we can with deals like the Iran Deal to stop any spread of nukes.
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