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YaBB God
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« on: January 22, 2014, 01:18:36 am »
« edited: January 22, 2014, 01:35:17 am by BrandenCordeiro »

Social Policy:
Abortion: I'm mostly pro-life, but I support allowing abortions in cases of rape or incest, or the health of mother is threatened. Proper sex education in schools would lower the number of abortions.
Gay Marriage: Legalize Gay Marriage, but don't punish religious institutions who refuse to marry gay couples.
Drugs: Legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana, keep all other illegal drugs illlegal.
Stem Cell Research: Leave research and funding to the private sector
Death Penalty: In support of the death penalty, but only if found guilty of the most heinous crime(s).
Gun control: In support of universal background checks, but nothing beyond that
Church and State: Church and state should be seperate, but keep "In God We Trust" on the dollar bill.
Affirmative Action: Don't support it, everyone deserves a fair shot.
Prostitution: Keep illegal.
Education: Support school vouchers, against national standards, teach to a student's potential, instead of uniform testing.
Immigration:  Enforce immigration laws; use defense funds to increase Border Patrol, deploy sensors, and build fences, prosecute businesses that hire illegal immigrants, support making English our official language, don't force high school students to take Spanish and other foreign languages if they don't want too, oppose prosecuting children of illegal immigrants.
Euthanasia: Allow euthanasia, as long as the patient passes a mental health examination and the doctor signs off on it.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: Keep as is, leave it up to the states
Welfare: I support welfare for those who are actively looking for a job, or are involved in a job-training/educational program. Reform Welfare. Drug test people who recieve welfare.
Right-to-Work: Huge supporter of right-to-work laws.
Taxation: Cut taxes for all income groups.
Healthcare: open the markets so insurers can compete across state lines and drive down costs
Social Security: Reform and raise the retirement age to account for people living longer
Trade: Free trade benefits the consumer.
Deficit Spending: Cut spending
Debt Ceiling: Lower the debt ceiling

Foreign Policy and National Security
Afghanistan: Don't pull out not until all U.S. military leaders are confident the mission has been accomplished.
Iraq: The Iraq War was not completely useless. It allowed us to help liberate Iraq, and allowed us to show dictators in the Middle East that we are not messing around.
Iran: Strategically eliminate their nuclear bomb making capabilities
Syria: Don't get involved.
Cuba: End the travel ban.
Military Spending: Increase spending
PATRIOT Act: Support
NSA Spying: A little over the top, but neccessary to combat terrorism.
Palestine: Against Palestinian statehood

Climate Change: Climate change is real, but not as pressing of a problem as some on the left say it is. Not every natural event that occurs is because of climate change. I don't believe it is caused by humans.
Green Energy: Let the private marketplace decide.
Keystone XL Pipeline: Huge supporter of the Keystone Pipeline

Elector Reform
Electoral College: Abolish it and have the president elected by popular vote.
Gerrymandering: All districts should be drawn by an independent bi-partisan commision.
Term limits: In favor of term limits in Congress, and in the Supreme Court.
Campaign Finance Reform: Corporations should be allowed to fund political campaigns.
Voter ID: Don't see the big deal in enforcing showing an ID to vote...
Compulsory Voting: No, it is your decision whether or not you want to vote.
Voting Rights Act Preclearance: All fifty states should be required to get preclearance under the Voting Rights Act
Statehood: If a majority of citizens of a territory support statehood, than that territory should receive statehood
YaBB God
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« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2014, 02:28:44 am »
« Edited: September 09, 2014, 12:50:51 pm by Branden Cordeiro »

Domestic Policy

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

The Environment

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

The Economy

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


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

Foreign Policy

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

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

2014 MA Ballot Propositions

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

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


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

I think of myself as an economic capitalist and social centrist. Milton Friedman is the public figure I'd say most resembles me politically, but that is arguable because I think he was a lot further right than I am on economic issues and more libertarian than me on social issues.
YaBB God
Posts: 1,141
United States

« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2014, 03:15:23 pm »

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

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

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

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

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

This confused me a bit.
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