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« Reply #1375 on: February 06, 2019, 01:36:20 am »
« edited: Today at 10:28:44 am by Kingpoleon »

- Allow states to ban abortion at/after 24 or 30 weeks, with exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother.
- Fully support same sex marriage; should issue federal legislation upholding the ruling of SCOTUS.
- Deport illegal immigrants convicted of felonies.
- Path to citizenship for non-felon immigrants.
- Secure border, raise immigration limits by 50% eventually, rigorous background checks and maximum of a four year wait time.
- Reduce maximum citizenship time to six years, and two years for the children, siblings, and spouses of citizens.
- Reduce voting age to 15.
- Fully support background checks and mental health tests to buy guns.
- Reduce age to serve in the Senate and House to 20, and reduce the age to serve as President to 25.
- Allow anyone who has been a citizen for over six years to run for Congress, and allow anyone who has been a citizen for over twelve years to run for President.
- Impose a five term limit on the Senate and a ten term limit on the House of Representatives.
- Switch the House to a nationwide, PR list system, with a four year term and 320 members, with another 13 members elected by D. C. and the territories using a list, PR system.
- Switch the Senate to a four year term, elected by IRV alternating which seat in each state every 2 years.

- Healthy Americans Act.
- Wyden-Ryan Medicare Reform.
- Replace Social Security and all welfare besides SNAP/HUD funding with $12,000 relative basic income for those making below said amount and those past the age of 65 - say, $9,000 a year for unmarried people not past retirement, $21,000 a year for a couple not past retirement; $12,000 for unmarried people past retirement, $27,000 a year for a married couple past retirement.

- Transaction Tax
Wall Steet: 0.1%(+$25 B.)
Bonds: 0.1%(+$75 B.)
Derivatives: 0.05%(+$25 B.)
Futures/Swaps: 0.02%(+$25 B.)

- Capital Gains Tax

- Payroll Tax
16.0% payroll tax (6.5% from employer, 6.5% from employee, 1.5% each for Medicare)

- Value-Added Tax(+$1.1 trillion)
Rebate of up to $5,400 (with receipts) [$900 Credit each for up to six kids for married couple, or up to three kids for a single parent]

- Income Tax:
10%: <$10,000; <$20,000
15%: $10,000-$30,000; $20,000-$60,000
20%: $30,000-$75,000; $60,000-$150,000
30%: $75,000-$175,000; $150,000-$225,000
35%: $175,000-$325,000; $225,000-$400,000
40%: $325,000-$400,000; $400,000-$500,000
42.5%: $400,000-$450,000; $500,000-$600,000
45%: $450,000-$700,000; $600,000-$1,000,000
47.5%: $700,000-$1,000,000; $1,000,000-$1,500,000
49.5%: $1,000,000+; $1,500,000+
Child Tax Credit: $2,900 per child(up to 3 for single parent, up to 5 for married couple)

- Raise gas tax by 10-15 cents, and spend the money on infrastructure. Cut back by 15-20 cents in three years.

- Corporate Taxes:
7.5%: <$300,000
17.5%: $300,000-$750,000
27.5%: $750,000-$20.75 million
17.5%: >$20.75 million
Streamline several deductions and tax credits

Estate/Inheritance tax hike to 50%, lowered to $3 million

- $11.00 minimum wage by 2022
- $95 billion NASA spending, with the goal of two bases on the Moon by 2030 and at least one very major base/colony on Mars by 2035
- National railway system, going through the 100 biggest metros in the country. The goal of this will be to reduce reliance on cars and standard energy sources.
- Transition away from coal and most fossil fuels, towards renewable power and natural gas.
- $400,000,000 in auditing the federal government
- 9.5% cut in all spending barring NASA and salaries
- Presidential salary and Congress’s salary decreased by 15%

- $40 billion funding for Rojava, SNC, and the SDC - negotiate an alliance between these three groups.
- Stronger alliance with India.(slowly cut our relations with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey.)
- Free trade deal with Thailand, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, and Argentina.
- Raise all military members’s salary by $3,000.
- International coalition of Japan, South Korea, India, Russia, the European Union, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, the U. K., and America should economically pressure China into forcing Kim Jong Un down and instating Kim Han Sol into a democratic transition. If they refuse, all countries involved will reduce trade with China by, say, 60%, and place certain sanctions on them. If we’re lucky, Wang Yang might be Xi Jinping’s successor, and if that happens we have a good shot at improving relations with China.
- We should consider signing a trade deal with India, South Africa, Mozambique, Indonesia, Myanmar, Kenya, Australia and Uganda. This would allow us a strong trade boost in the Indian Ocean.
- League of Free and Democratic Nations, inviting all nations committed to freedom and democracy to join; Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Mauritius, Malta, Uruguay, and Botswana should be the governing members of this League
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« Reply #1376 on: February 12, 2019, 03:22:52 pm »

Philosophy: Communitarianism/Distributism
Political Affiliation: No Party/Independent (I vote for candidates who are closest to my principles rather than for a specific party. My state has semi-closed primaries so I can register with either party when I go to vote. Closest political party to my beliefs is the American Solidarity Party.)

My political principles are guided ultimately on the virtues of love and charity.

I believe that all human beings should be treated with love and respect. I oppose abortion and believe we need to address the socio-economic problems that often cause someone to choose to have an abortion. I believe we can do that by fighting against poverty, fighting for free public college and university education, economic support for parents, guaranteed parental leave, and universal health care which all help address other issues I see as a lack of charity for people.

I also oppose euthanasia, but believe people should be allowed to choose to refuse treatment.

I oppose the death penalty and support a system of prisons not as a form of punishment, but as a form of rehabilitation so people can rejoin as fully active members of society again.

I oppose war and believe we should not give military aid, but rather give real humanitarian aid. I believe we should trade with any country that meets a certain standard of labor and environmental protection.

I believe racism in America has caused long lasting societal effects and we need to seriously transform all of our institutions to end racial injustice. I support reparations for the descendants of slaves and Native Americans.

I support strong environmental regulations, a transition to 100% renewable energy, and banning the production and importation of products that are less than 50% biodegradable.

I support religious freedom as the ability to practice or not practice a religion as best meets the person's conscience both in private and public as long as they don't harm another person.

I support strong decentralization both of political power and economic power as I see the two ultimately aligned with one another. I believe most decision making power should be handled at the local level democratically, then at the city level, then at the county level, then the state/regional level, and then the federal level. I support publicly funded elections with donations being paid through vouchers given to each citizen who can legally vote in the election. I also support ranked choice voting, initiatives, referendums, and recall elections for all levels of government. Economically I support breaking up corporations and monopolies and banks, a transition to workplace democracy as the primarily model of worker relations for medium-large businesses while support family and locally owned businesses, supporting worker cooperatives, replacing social welfare with consumer cooperatives and prohibiting for-profit health insurance and other types of enterprise that would weaken the strength of consumer ownership of social services.
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« Reply #1377 on: February 16, 2019, 03:53:42 pm »

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro choice with limitations, ban third trimester
Same Sex Marriage: Support
Drugs: Legalize marijuana, decriminalize drug use
Stem Cell Research: Support with private funding
Death Penalty: Abolish
Gun control: Pro 2nd amendment, open to debate on licensing/restrictions
Affirmative Action: Abolish
Prostitution: Decriminalize
Euthanasia: Allow states to decide, personally against it

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Raise federally to $10/hour with exceptions for small business/restaurants
Welfare: Cut funding
Right-to-Work: Support
Taxation: Cut taxes for households making under $50K/year
Healthcare: Privatize
Social Security: Privatize
Trade: Pro free trade          
Education: Very basic national standards with state leeway on curriculum
Balanced Budget Amendment: Yes

Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave
Iraq: Leave
Iran: Leave
Syria: Leave
Cuba: Keep sanctions
Military Spending: Support some cutbacks
PATRIOT Act: Abolish
NSA Spying: Abolish
Palestine: Do not recognize
Israel: Support, do not fund
Immigration: Easier process
Guantanamo Bay: Shut it down


Climate Change: Skeptical
Green Energy: Provide tax incentives
Keystone XL Pipeline: Build it

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College: Prefer popular vote, but existing system works
Gerrymandering: End the practice
Term limits: Yes
Voter ID: Yes
Compulsory Voting: No
Voter Registration: Yes
Statehood: Allow referendum for Puerto Rico
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« Reply #1378 on: February 17, 2019, 11:02:23 pm »

Social Democrat here, with hardline libertarian stances on foreign policy and social issues.

Social Policy:

Abortion: Pro choice up until viability with exceptions
Same Sex Marriage: Support
Drugs: Legalize all drugs
Stem Cell Research: Support
Death Penalty: Abolish
Gun control: Pro stand your ground, anti assault weapons ban, pro background check
Affirmative Action: Reform
Prostitution: Legalize
Euthanasia: Legalize
I am also for greatly reforming the FCC, to account for modern sensibilities by removing most restrictions on television and film. I am for regulating major social media platforms and streaming services as public utilities, giving users 1st amendment rights. I am against hate speech laws and also hate crime laws. End mandatory minimum sentencing and release all victimless criminals.

Economic Issues:

Minimum Wage: Raise federally to $15 dollars an hour  
Welfare: Abolish most of the beurocracy, end snap and similar services in favour of yangs freedom dividend
Right-to-Work: Ban federally
Taxation: Cut taxes for families making less than 40k a year, raise highest bracket to 60% for earners of 5million a year
Healthcare: Med4all
Social Security: Expand
Trade: American workers First policy, end all outsourcing from American companies        
Education: Free community college, ween off of standardized testing but keep federal standards in place, albeit with many tweaks
Balanced Budget Amendment: No

Foreign Policy and National Security:

Afghanistan: Leave
Iraq: Leave
Iran: Leave
Syria: Leave
Cuba: Normalize relations, end ridiculous sanctions
Military Spending: Cut by 33%
PATRIOT Act: Abolish
NSA Spying: Abolish
Palestine: Recognize
Israel: Stand up to, no sanctions. Two state solution, period.
Saudi Arabia: Sanction
Immigration: Amnesty to all illegals, make the process easier, but no open borders.
Guantanamo Bay: Shut it down


Climate Change: Number one priority, Green New Deal hardliner
Green Energy: Mandatory
Keystone XL Pipeline: No

Electoral Reform:

Electoral College: Popular vote with rank choice voting
Gerrymandering: End the practice
Term limits: No, not even for the president
Voter ID: No
Compulsory Voting: Yes
Voter Registration: No
Statehood: Make Puerto Rico 51st state, DC area 52nd state.
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« Reply #1379 on: February 18, 2019, 08:06:34 am »

Social Security - I swear that Social Security and Medicare are Ponzi schemes straight out of a smoke filled room, sold by the snake oil salesmen known as socialists. I want Social Security and Medicare abolished.

yeah i don't like the way social security is structured right now either
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« Reply #1380 on: February 18, 2019, 07:49:20 pm »
« Edited: February 18, 2019, 07:53:31 pm by dotard »

Constitutional Reform:

I believe the US should adopt a parliamentary system.  I think the senate and electoral college should be eliminated and the house should be bumped up to at least double its current number. The president’s power should be curtailed. I think we need a new VRA and should implement national vote by mail. I also think all redistricting should be done by independent commissions who have to meet certain requirements. I think PR and DC should be states (if both choose). I also support Rick Perry’s idea to reform the SC where you have the justices term limited and have someone’s term end every other year.


*Pro choice but we should be investing heavily in things like paid family leave and sex education to limit the number of abortions.

*Religious Freedom: Do what you want , I don’t care but “religious freedom” laws are dumb

*SSM: support but it’s not an issue anymore

*Drugs: Legalize marijuana and decriminalize everything else. Wipe everyone’s conviction charged with simple possession.

*Stem Cell: For

*Death Penalty: Should only be used very rarely in cases like serial killers and terrorists

*Guns: For Universal background checks , AW ban, more education, and stricter licensing

*Euthanasia: against

*Prostitution: Think it should be decriminalized but not outright legal

*Immigration: Support the 2013 comprehensive immigration reform.

*Minimum wage: think federal MW should be raised but shouldn’t be a blanket number. Needs to be tied to cost of living and automatically raise with inflation

*Taxation: support a progressive tax system

*Healthcare: support universal healthcare but believe it should be done by expanding Medicaid to everyone who makes a certain percentage of the poverty line. I think people and companies who make over the line should be able to buy it directly from the government

*Education: I support the Finnish model. We need to be investing heavily in K-12 education in particular. I also believe that anyone whose family makes under a relatively high amount should get two free years of either Community College or Trade school. “Free college” is inherently regressive .

*Free Trade: strongly support. Tariffs are dumb.

Foreign: Think we should stick with our NATO allies. China is the biggest threat we face. I strongly believe that we should be focusing on human rights and democracy in the world but not in a neoncon way. Putin is not our friend.

Environment: I think we should be heavily investing in nuclear supplemented by renewables. The GND is dumb as is but I would support the idea with a serious proposal

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« Reply #1381 on: February 20, 2019, 06:04:12 am »

Social: Centre-left
Economic: Moderate
Foreign: Non-Interventionist
Party Affiliation: None

Social Policy:
Abortion: I generally support abortion. I take the view of minding my own business when it comes to what women do with their body. I would also expand contraception among the youth and better sex education, so we don't have to get to the stage of abortion in the first place.

Same-Sex Marriage: As a gay man, I support same sex marriage. I don't believe legalising it desecrates the tradition. It is an affirmation of a couple's life commitment and that is beautiful.

Drug Laws: I support legalising recreational and medicinal marijuana, but it needs to be well regulated to prevent misuse. I would also want to put funding into rehabilitation for ice users and those addicted to opioids.

Death Penalty: I do not support the death penalty. I don't believe the government has the moral right to kill its citizens. That being said, I still support life sentences, particularly life, never to be released, for the most hardened criminals.

Gun Control: I support increased regulation of firearms and licensing. I think a ban on some assault weapons could be a good idea. I think there needs to be a culture shift with guns in the US. In Australia the gun culture is about recreation and hunting, rather than defense. I don't support banning all guns because that would allow vermin to flourish and it would be an unnecessary incursion into people's civil liberties.

Religious Freedom: I support people having the right to practice their beliefs, so long as it doesn't encroach on the civil liberties of other. A definite separation of church and state is required.

Euthanasia: Support

Prostitution: I support the legalisation and regulation of this industry.

Immigration: I support help for those seeking asylum, those who are fleeing nations in hardship and war.

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: I strongly support a minimum wage, increasing each year with inflation. It should be able to be lived on modestly.

Right to Work: I support this, as I don't think workers should be forced to pay dues to organizations that they do not belong to. However, we must maintain all regulations and laws that guarantee fair working hours, pay, and working conditions for all workers. I would also indirectly encourage unionism, as that can help with improving conditions.

Taxation: I support progressive taxation, and a national sales tax. This is another thing Australia does. It distributes the revenue to the states according to need.

Healthcare: I support mulitpayer healthcare, like Australia's which includes a strong and robust public health system. I think people have a right to healthcare, to walk into the ED and get treatment, dental and eye care. These are basic necessities.
Education: I support lowering the cost of education on the student. And I also support more training and development for teachers. Including decreasing teacher-student ratios.

Free Trade: Free trade definitely has its positives, particularly if you are in an advantageous position. So I think we should trade freely with countries that would only help our country.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
I think far too much is spent on defense and national security. A policy of non-interventionism should be followed, except for cases where there is substantial evidence of human rights abuses, such as Rwanda.

There needs to be better environmental regulation. We should pursue renewable generation and storage, as they will become economically advantageous.

Electoral and Political Reform:

1. Presidential and House of Representatives races should use Instant Runoff Voting and the Electoral College should be abolished.

2. House of Reps should be increased in size substantially, to about 300,000 per district, and a national independent electoral comission should draw the boundaries, to ensure fairness.

3. The senate should should be tripled in size, and proportional representation should be implemented, so there is better representation.
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« Reply #1382 on: March 03, 2019, 12:23:31 pm »

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-Choice excluding the 3rd trimester, except in cases such as severe deformities/fetal inviability with the recommendation of multiple physicians.
Same Sex Marriage: Support Same Sex marriage. Though I believe private institutions (A church, a bakery, a catering organisation, etc.) should have the right to refuse service.
Drug Law: Support decriminalising drug use, and legalising cannabis and various psychedelics such as Psilocybin for commercial use.
Death Penalty: Opposed to the death penalty.
Gun Control: Pro Gun. Against the draconian policies of my own nation. Support Pre-Phil Scot Vermont style gun policy. I'd support an amendment to the Australian constitution upholding the right to keep and bear arms.
Euthanasia: Support legalising euthanasia in cases of terminal illness.
"Anti Discrimination" legislation: I believe private entities should have the right to refuse service for whatever reason they wish. I am opposed to all hate speech legislation. I'd support an amendment to the Australian constitution similar to that of the USA's first amendment. I believe private institutions should be able set their own policies in regards to affirmative action, gender quotas, etc. I oppose it for government institutions or institutions heavily reliant on government funding. I of course oppose mandatory gender quotas or affirmative action. On a personal level I oppose all forms of affirmative action or gender quotas.
Immigration: You cannot have free immigration and a welfare state. Free or very laxed immigration could potentially cause considerable stress on government institutions and drastic political upheaval, especially at the local level. I Support the policies currently in place in Australia in regards to illegal immigration. I think the US should follow suit (As best as it can, we have obvious geographical advantages). Immigration quotas should comply with market demands both in regards to quantity and skill specifics.

Electoral Issues
Compulsory Voting: Against compulsory voting.
Voter ID: Support implementing Photo ID laws.
Primaries: Support primaries for the house of representatives, where voters registered in the party can choose their nominee for their electorate, as opposed to them simply being appointments by the party leadership.

Economic Issues
Minimum wage: Oppose minimum wage standards.
Universal Healthcare: Oppose. I support a private/free market healthcare system
Welfare: Remove all welfare programs/pensions and replace them with a negative income tax as described by Milton Friedman where people below a deductible amount are "reversed taxed" on the difference between their income and the deductive amount.
Taxation: Support cutting taxes, reforming to a flat income tax. Support cutting the corporate tax rate and closing *most* loopholes. I think property taxes should be done away with.
Trade: Free Trade all the way.
Budget: Should be balanced, would support a balanced budget amendment.
Education: should be at least mostly privatised. If parents wish to homeschool their kids it should be legal for them to do so.
Government owned media: privatise it all.

Foreign Policy and National Security
General: I support the principles of the Monroe doctrine, those being that nations should generally limit military operations to their regional theatres. I am against the current paradigm in which the US acts as a global policeman.
Syria: I oppose US and Australian military involvement in Syria
Iraq: I oppose US and Australian military involvement in Iraq
Afghanistan: I oppose US and Australian military involvement in Afghanistan
Israel: I am against any government funding to the state of Israel.
Foreign aid: I am against foreign aid due to a distrust of the benevolence and efficiency of (especially 3rd world) governments.
Palestine: I support recognition of the state of Palestine.
Saudi Arabia: I do not support the US's arms deals with Saudi Arabia.
Military Spending: Both the US and (though to a much lesser degree) Australia should reduce military spending.
Government Surveillance/Spying: Against

Environmental Policy
Climate Change: I think its real and human activity is at least partially contributing to it. Technological advancements and shifts to renewable energy will help reduce the impacts of carbon emissions.
Renewable Energy: Should be incentivised with tax deductions
Green New Deal: Oppose
Carbon Tax: Support if implemented the right way. Congressman Carlos Curbelo's plan of swapping it with fuel taxes and cutting back on some nullified regulatory burden sounds decent.
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« Reply #1383 on: March 08, 2019, 06:14:15 pm »

Fiscally responsible socialist with a heavy libertarian streak on whatever the current "social issues" are.
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« Reply #1384 on: March 10, 2019, 07:12:13 pm »
« Edited: March 10, 2019, 07:20:59 pm by Lakigigar »

Social: Center-left to left-wing (American norms: left-wing to far-left)
Economic: Far-left (even compared to European norms)
Foreign: Left-wing to far-left (American norms: far-left)
Party Affiliation: Registered PVDA-PTB (marxist) member

Most important issues:
Radical & social implementation of social green new deal
Free public transport (trains & busses)
Tuition-free colleges
Legalization of marijuana, decriminalization of all drugs
30 hour work week*

(*) People will have to work longer (65 to 70 years), and that's why we need to reduce the work week to reduce stress (and burn-outs). A shorter work week would reduce unemployment, as more people will be needed because people work less, but it would anticipate on a new technological wave (more automatization because of robots). I also support spreading the main shifts (8 to 5 work week) to 7 to 4 and 9 to 6 work week to reduce traffic overload.
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« Reply #1385 on: March 23, 2019, 09:58:26 am »
« Edited: March 24, 2019, 03:44:00 am by Lechasseur »

Social: Centre-Right to Right-Wing
Economic: Moderate
Foreign: Realist
Party Affiliation: None officially, but I generally vote GOP

Social Policy:
Abortion: It's a complicated question. I don't support banning abortion, as there are circumstances where it's understandable (or even necessary, in the case of if the mother's life is endangered), but I think there should only be legal in the first 15-20 weeks.

Same-Sex Marriage: I opposed it at the time, but now it's the law of the land and I don't think it should be overturned.

Drug Laws: I'd say I support decriminalization. I don't think marijuana should be legalized as it sends a bad message and I don't believe it to be good for society, but I don't think people should go to jail just possessing small amounts either.

Death Penalty: I support it.

Gun Control: Frankly I'm not an expert on this question. All I know is I believe gun ownership should be legal, but some restrictions probably make sense.

Religious Freedom: I support it.

Euthanasia: Support for terminally ill people who willingly chose it. Not in any other cases.

Prostitution: Oppose

Immigration: I support immigration of middle class, skilled immigrants who are capable of integrating properly into society. I oppose illegal immigration (regularization should be possible for people who overstayed a visa or something on a case by case basis but there should be a zero tolerance policy for people who entered the country illegally).

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: I strongly support a minimum wage, increasing each year with inflation. It should be able to be lived on modestly.

Right to Work: I support this, as I don't think workers should be forced to pay dues to organizations that they do not belong to. However, we must maintain all regulations and laws that guarantee fair working hours, pay, and working conditions for all workers. I would also indirectly encourage unionism, as that can help with improving conditions.

Taxation: I don't believe tax policy should be determined on ideological grounds. Tax policy should be determined in such a way that the government gets the revenue it needs, no more, no less.

Healthcare: I support mulitpayer healthcare, like Australia's which includes a strong and robust public health system. I think people have a right to healthcare, to walk into the ED and get treatment, dental and eye care. These are basic necessities.
Education: I support lowering the cost of education on the student, along with reforming education policy in order to make teaching attractive again. Free Community College I think is a good idea. I also think Common Core should be abolished. I support charter schools. I also think more people need to be pushed to got to grade school instead of college.

Free Trade: It's good with countries with similar wages and regulations as ours, but it puts us at a disadvantage to have Free Trade with countries where workers are paid less, have less protections and where there is little regulation.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
I'm a realist. Intervention is sometimes necessary but it shouldn't be done on ideological grounds.

There needs to be better environmental regulation. We should pursue renewable generation and storage, as they will become economically advantageous.

Electoral and Political Reform:

I'd support proportional representation, but that isn't realistic in the US.
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« Reply #1386 on: March 23, 2019, 09:50:39 pm »
« Edited: March 25, 2019, 04:21:17 pm by Big Abraham »

Never done one of these before, but what the hell, I've been hanging around here long enough.

Overview: revolutionary socialist of the Marxist persuasion. By no means a reformist or social democrat.
Social: moderately libertarian
Economic: socialist
Foreign: strict non-interventionism
Party affiliation: independent

Abortion: I consider this one of the least important political questions, and constantly find myself annoyed with how much it continues to dominate our political discourse and generates such fanatical reactions on both sides. In general I would consider myself pro-choice, although not without qualms about the morality of abortion. At any rate, there is overwhelming evidence that providing sex education and birth control free of charge that abortion rates go down drastically, and those are policies that I support wholeheartedly.
Same-sex marriage: Opposed, actually. The institution of marriage in and of itself should be done away with, and until that can be achieved, I actually prefer to go the libertarian route and just privatise the whole thing.
Drug laws: No drug bans whatsoever. End the complete folly of the drug war, release all incarcerated inmates who were indicted solely for non-violent drug offenses, and have drugs be sold on the market free of taxation.
Death penalty: Opposed, but not for any moral reasons really. Hell, I'd support the Reign of Terror if I lived during the revolution. In general, however, the instrument of punishment in the hands of the state is a monopoly I'd prefer to avoid, and would prefer criminals be rehabilitated, or at the very least put to work and paid for their labour.
Gun control: Very opposed. I cannot think of any gun control measure that I'd honestly support on a state- or nationwide basis.
Euthanasia: Eh. Let the states decide I guess.
Prostitution: I oppose legalisation. Women working in the sex industry are not there by choice, but out of economic circumstances, and legalisation would only further normalise the subjection of women in prostitution.
"Anti Discrimination" legislation: Depends on the measure, really.
Immigration: I oppose large-scale immigration of low-skill and unskilled labour.

Electoral Issues

Compulsory voting: Against. The right to vote is just as much a right not to vote.
Voter ID: An issue that's widely exaggerated on both sides.
Primaries: Strongly support. Should be more competitive and with less influence and rules by party leaders.

Economic Issues

Minimum wage: Raise, make it a living wage, and tie it to inflation.
Universal health care: Strongly support. Medicare for All or Bust.
Welfare: Support for many measures, although I refuse to support universal basic income or any similar sort of measure.
Taxation: Strongly support a highly progressive income tax (with complete exemptions for the poor), with a top marginal tax rate of around 90 or 95 percent. I oppose all indirect taxes, including excises, sales taxes, and value-added tax. Sumptuary laws like tobacco and alcohol taxes should be abolished.
Trade: Free trade is superior to protectionism, which hurts consumers and benefits only the big industrialists and manufacturers.
Budget: Couldn't be managed worse under most Republican administrations.
Education: Increase funding across the board, especially for inner city and poor neighbourhoods and municipalities which have not received adequate funding.

Foreign Policy and National Security

General: Strict non-interventionism. The only legitimate wars are to repel an invasion or self defense generally. Any intervention, military or otherwise, which violates the sovereignty of another nation should be resisted.
Syria: In the context of the civil war, the government of Syria is the only belligerent I'd support. The Islamic State, thankfully now completely vanquished, and the U.S.-backed rebels have been responsible for untold crimes in the region and have greatly contributed to instability, causing a massive refugee crisis and thousands of deaths largely orchestrated at the behest of the United States government.
Iraq: Withdraw any and all troops immediately.
Afghanistan: Withdraw any and all troops immediately.
Israel: No aid or support should be given to Israel whatsoever.
Palestine: The United States should recognise a Palestinian nation-state with the 1967 borders.
Saudi Arabia: No aid or support should be given to Saudi Arabia whatsoever.
Military spending: Cut by at least one half. Eliminate the standing army in peacetime.
Government Surveillance/Spying: Abolish the NSA and prosecute its leading members for treason.

Environmental Policy

Climate Change: The issue of the century. Unfortunately, nothing will be done to seriously mitigate the issue until global capitalism is abolished and the for-profit system on which it thrives dismantled.
Renewable Energy: Should be incentivised with tax deductions.
Green New Deal: Strongly support.
Carbon tax: Support if implemented the right way.
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« Reply #1387 on: March 24, 2019, 03:20:44 am »

Social: Center with a libertarian streak
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Dovish internationalist
Political Registration: D-NV

Social Policy
Abortion: Moderately pro-life. Favor banning it outright unless life of the mother is in danger at 12 weeks. Do favor counseling and waiting periods before then tough I don't think it should be criminalized in the same regard to murder prior to viability. Support Planned Parenthood funding and the Hyde Amendment.

Same-Sex Marriage: Duh.

Transgender Issues: Use the restroom of their gender, not the one they were born with. I find it disgusting that people think they are just making sh**t up when they know they identify as the opposite gender.

Drugs: Legalize, tax, and regulate soft drugs, starting with weed, but one legalization at a time, and keep hard drugs illegal.

Death Penalty: Oppose for the same reason I oppose abortion really.

Gun Control: Pro-gun. Close gun show loophole, ban bump stocks, and expand background checks. That’s it. Anything more in the era of polarization would lead to a black market forming, and not worth it.

Affirmative Action: Generally against.

Prostitution: No

Euthanasia: Oppose on moral grounds (pro-life).

Immigration: Keep the border secure, deport criminals who are here illegally, legal status to all illegals if they aren't criminals. Supporting reducing the number of low skilled work visas. Hold employers accountable for hiring illegals. Conflicted on path to citizenship.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Pro-BLM and oppose police brutality and hold police officers accountable. Oppose mandatory minimums and for profit prisons. Abolish cash bail.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Pro-free speech.

School Prayer: Status quo.

Muslim Ban: No.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Need a warrant

Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise 50 cents per year to whenever it converges with $11 indexed to inflation.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap, and cut the income tax rates to help pay for Medicare for All. Conflicted on expanding the program.

Healthcare: Conflicted on single payer versus multi-payer. The ACA did not go far enough and proved to be kinda useless Medicaid expansion aside

Globalization/Trade: Oppose, unless we have a product we can't make elsewhere and visa versa and/or said country has a similar high standard of living compared to the US. Oppose TPP, support re-negotiation of NAFTA. Support tarrifs in certain circumstances but we have to ensure that we don't end up in a lose-lose trade war.

Deficit/Debt: Screaming about the debt is kind of misleading. Deficits don't if there's a recession, but do if the economy is good and all Americans are prospering.

Campaign Finance Reform: Limits on donations to all campaigns, congressional campaign committees, and state/national parties, with guaranteed public funding. Gut SuperPacs and corporate Pac money. Also limit how much you could self-fund your campaign.

Unions: Massively pro-labor. Get rid of the Taft-Hartley Act that created right to work, which was created by the Republicans in attempt to undercut unions. Support card check and oppose efforts to crack down on union formation by employers.

Energy: Pro-solar. Pro-wind. Pro-nuclear. Anti-coal.

Job Creation: A second new deal. Infrastructure redevelopment for not just better roads, bridges, and highways, but better sewer and drainage systems, as well nationwide broadband. Also need tighter building codes and larger seawalls to withstand natural disasters like hurricanes.

Education: Conflicted on common core, make in-state college free (with some regulations), universal childcare, support full day kindergarten, and universal pre-K. Supported increases in teaching salary, except for elective subjects. Fairly opposed to charter schools

Taxes: Raise marginal tax rates on wealthy when appropriate. Would like to see the top 1% pay as much as they did in an effective tax rates to prior to Reagan. Also support a carbon tax and a Robin Hood tax much like we had through the 1960s. Repeal the Bill Clinton capital gains tax cut, Trump's income tax cuts, Bush's tax cuts, hijack the corporate tax rate back up to 30%. Strongly support raising the estate tax. Oppose UBI and would rather see a shorter workweek to combat automation than incentives for half the population to not work. Open to some middle class tax hike if needed.

Financial regulation: Support re-instating glass stegall, and am very wary of attempts to de-regulate Wall Street, paday lenders, banks, and credit card companies. Strong proponent of anti-monopoly laws. Support government run banks but for small loans only and with strict regulation.

Other economic issues: Paid family medical leave by law (12 weeks for maternity leave 8 weeks for paternity leave). 10 days of vacation time by law.

Foreign Policy
Middle East: Get out (yes that includes Syria and Afghanistan) and abide by international law. Fully support the Iran Deal. Idea that regime change will lead to democracy all over the place is an oversimplification at best and a neocon fantasy at worst.
Syria Refuges: Support Obama era policies but we can only take so many and we have to ensure we maintain the proper vetting.

Israel/Palestine: Extremely conflicted but favor two internationally recognized states with 1967 border.

North Korea: Favor detente basically. Trump has actually been fine on that front.

Russia: Supported sanctions. Fine with NATO troops on their border.
Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Support to avoid the smaller states from being screwed over by urban areas but expand the size of the house.

Gerrymandering: Oppose. Support independent commissions with guidelines on not splitting up COI for both congressional and legislative seats.

Term limits: Oppose for legislative seats, support for executive seats, largely because I believe in there is a happy medium between both arguments.

Voter ID: Oppose.

Instant Run-off Voting: Support

Primaries: Let the states decide, but all states should hold the presidential and statewide office primaries on the same day, eliminating the urge for caucuses.

Statehood: Make D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico as states, along with maybe the NMI and the Virgin Islands (or combine them with PR/Guam). Let American Samoa be its own nation or be annexed by Western Samoa.

Voting age: Lower to 16.


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« Reply #1388 on: April 06, 2019, 06:24:26 am »

it is, after all, both of our holy lands, and I would suggest a separation of church and state to ease tensions in Israel.
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« Reply #1389 on: April 09, 2019, 03:46:48 pm »

Overview: Ecological conservative with a libertarian streak.
Social: Conservative on cultural issues, libertarian-ish on issues of state power.
Economic: Center-right on issues of regulation, hard-right on issues of welfare/redistribution, leftish on issues of corporate power. I'm a fan of rugged individualism and I have some distributist sympathies.
Foreign: Isolationist.
Party affiliation: Republican, I guess.

Social Issues

Abortion: Should be illegal in all circumstances. No exceptions.
Same-sex marriage: Support.
Drug laws: Decriminalize marijuana, but do not legalize. Free prisoners who are in for simple possession of marijuana. All other drugs should stay illegal. Generally, treat users with compassion and mandate treatment - view it as a public health problem first and criminal problem second (but not purely a public health problem). For dealers and other enablers, give them the wrath of God. This includes the death penalty, which should be used heavily for those trafficking in heroin and fentanyl especially. Prosecute the death doctors and the pharma profiteers, and the Sacklers deserve the death penalty as well.
Death penalty: Support only for large-scale drug trafficking and particularly heinous cases of murder, torture, and child abuse.
Gun control: I oppose any and all restrictions on gun ownership and use. All regulations already in place should be repealed. The government should tremble in fear at the people, not the other way around.
Euthanasia: Should be illegal.
Prostitution: Should be illegal.
"Anti Discrimination" legislation: Generally oppose for private businesses, at least when "anti-discrimination" infringes on religious belief.
Immigration: Should be reduced, especially low-skill immigration. End the H1B scam too. I don't mind chain migration or "anchor babies". No amnesty, no DACA, and be harsher toward illegal immigration.

Electoral Issues

Compulsory voting: Oppose.
Voter ID: Should be mandatory, and states should be required to provide free photo ID cards to voters.
Primaries: I prefer caucuses, as they are more participatory and democratic in the best sense of the word.

Economic Issues

Minimum wage: Fine as is, and I'm not entirely opposed to abolishing it.
Universal health care: Oppose except for people too old to work.
Welfare: No able-bodied adult, of working age, should receive any amount of welfare for any reason.
Taxation: Completely abolish property taxes except for school levies. Reduce the income tax a little bit. Sales tax is mostly fine as is. Corporate tax was too high before the GOP bill, but it's fine now, maybe even a tiny bit low.
Corporations: Use the Sherman Antitrust Act to break up the big ones, especially the tech monopolies who are poisoning our society from the inside. Government should support and help small businesses.
Trade: Strongly protectionist. It is far more important to protect local industries and longstanding ways of living and working than to maximize GDP by a few fractions of a percentage point.
Budget: A total mess.
Education: Support a variety of schooling options - public, private, parochial, charter, homeschool. The final say should be with the parents. Strongly support vouchers especially in impoverished areas. The teachers' unions are the most toxic of the public unions and should not be kowtowed to. Strongly oppose national standards, including Common Core.
Automation: Should be heavily taxed, and the most egregious forms (such as self-driving trucks) need to be banned outright. It should be cheaper and easier for companies to employ humans than to employ robots, and this should not be accomplished through lowering wages, especially for skilled work.

Foreign Policy and National Security

General: Strict isolationist and hardcore non-interventionist.
Syria: Withdraw immediately.
Iraq: Withdraw immediately.
Afghanistan: Withdraw immediately.
Israel: Cut off all aid immediately. Stop propping up the mistreatment of the Palestinians.
Palestine: Deserve a state of their own.
Saudi Arabia: Cut off all ties immediately. Stop propping up the genocidal war in Yemen.
Military spending: Cut drastically, but we should still remain the world's largest military by a sizable margin, especially to deter China. 2x China's military budget is a good target.
Government Surveillance/Spying: Generally opposed.

Environmental Policy

Climate Change: The crucial issue of this century. We need to massively downsize and simplify our lives, drastically reducing energy consumption, to avoid a total worldwide collapse of civilization. Government should heavily incentivize drastic reductions in energy use. Energy use taxes are worth considering.
Renewable Energy: Absolutely crucial. I do not trust nuclear; fission plants that already exist are fine, but we should not keep building new ones. Hydro is preferable to wind and solar, especially on small scales. However, our main goal should be to drastically reduce energy consumption, not to convert our fossil fuel consumption to an equal amount of renewable consumption. In the very short term, natural gas is a good way of quickly replacing coal.
Green New Deal: Utterly ridiculous and misses the whole point.
Carbon tax: Tax corporations heavily on carbon use, but do not tax individuals.
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