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« on: January 20, 2014, 09:12:48 pm »
« edited: March 24, 2014, 03:34:48 pm by NE Rep SWE »

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

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

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

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

Electoral Reform
Electoral College: Abolish it and have the president elected by popular vote
Gerrymandering: All districts should be drawn using the shortest split-line method
Term limits: We already have term limits, it's called voting out incumbents. Legislating is a complicated process, and we don't need congress filled with inexperienced legislators.
Campaign Finance Reform: All election campaigns should be funded by a limited pool of taxpayer money
Voter ID: Nothing more than voter suppression
Compulsory Voting: While I originally supported it, I now realize it creates more problems than it solve.
Voter Registration: Voter registration should be automatic
Voting Rights Act Preclearance: All fifty states should be required to get preclearance under the Voting Rights Act
Statehood: If a majority of citizens of a territory support statehood, than that territory should receive statehood
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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2014, 10:05:37 am »

Right to Work: Completely support, no one should be forced into a union.
Right to Work doesn't keep people from being forced into a union. We already have that under federal law.
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2014, 01:03:27 pm »

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

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

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

Government:
State: Smash the state
Form of Government: Direct Consensus Democracy.
Legal Courts: Settle all legal disputes with juries, not judges
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2015, 12:39:29 pm »

Social Issues:
Abortion: Free, legal, and on demand at any point during pregnancy with no restrictions and no questions asked. Provide free birth control, comprehensive sex education in schools, paid maternity leave, and a national day care service to reduce the need for abortion.
Drugs: Legalize all of them, with 16 as the legal purchase age. Nationalize the pharmaceutical and recreational drug sectors. Provide a free drug rehabilitation program to those who need it.
Marriage: Marriage is an outdated social institution that should be abolished in favor of free sexual expression, but if we must have it, it should be allowed equally. Legalize Same-sex marriage, polygamy, and incest.
Capital Punishment: On principal I have no objection to ending the lives of scum like murderers and rapists, but the state cannot be trusted with the power to end its citizens lives, and the only circumstances I can see myself condoning the death penalty would be in the context of a civil war or violenct revolution.
Prostitution: Legalize but ban pimping.
Gun Control: The right to bear arms is a necessary human right. Nationalize the arms sector.
Affirmative Action: Guarantee everyone a job
Stem Cell research: Support (living in 2015)
Euthanasia: The terminally ill should be allowed the dignity to end their lives on their own terms. Legalize assisted suicide.

Economic Issues:
Minimum Wage: $22/hr to keep up with worker productivity, on top of a guaranteed minimum income
Welfare: Institute a guaranteed minimum income, making wage labor a choice. All citizens should be guaranteed the right to high quality housing, health care, education, and anything else needed to maintain a decent standard of living.
Health care: Institute the Cuban model of socialized medicine
Taxation: Abolish regressive sales taxes and sin taxes. Replace an income tax with a tax on land ownership, income derived from property ownership, income derived from capital gains, inheritance, and other parasitic economic activity.
Unions: Give workers full, democratic control of the work place. Until then, protect the right of workers to organize. Repeal all anti-union legislation like Taft-Hartley, no right to work, protect the right to strike, and ban scabbing.
Education: Teach to each students individual talents as opposed to a rigid, one-size-fits-all curriculum. Give students more autonomy in deciding what courses to take, while increasing the amount of autonomy in each grade the student moves up in. Ban private schools and homeschooling.
Trade: Repeal so-called "free trade" agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA and instead pursue a true free trade policy allowing for the unlimited movement of labor between borders.
Balanced Budget Amendment: The deficit is not a major issue. Government cannot be run like a business because its job is to protect its citizens, not to run a profit, and in doing so it is essentially robbing its citizens.
Privatization: Bring all industry into democratic public ownership
Environment: Potecting our natural environment should be a top priority. Heavy investment in a worker controled alternative energy sector to wean us off of dangerous fossil fuels. Ban harmful practices like fracking.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: End all sanctions against Iran and allow Iran to pursue a peaceful nuclear program.
Iraq War: Never should have happened
Afghanistan War: A mistake. Terrorism cannot be fought with military power from an imperialist power, which would just create more hate and more terrorism. Support the efforts of Middle East governments and local groups to bring those responsible for the September 11th attacks to justice.
ISIS: Provide humanitarian aid to local people fighting against ISIS, but no direct military action
Syria: Provide humanitarian aid to the rebels, but no direct military action
Cuba: End the trade embargo and travel ban and seek an alliance with Cuba
Military Spending: Replace the standing army with an armed working class.
Government Surveillance: Should be completely illegal
Torture: Prohibit the use of torture in any circumstances
Israel/Palestine: Israel has no right to exist. Support a single, free, secular, democratic Palestinian state with equal rights for all its inhabitants
Immigration: Open borders and amnesty for all illegal immigrants. Abolish the concept of citizenship.
Guantanamo Bay: Return to Cuba.
Nukes: Seek an international treaty banning nuclear weapons. Work to convert existing nuclear weapons to be used for peaceful nuclear power.
Draft: There should never be a draft. If a war does not have the popular support that it needs to force citizens to serve, then that nation has no business being involved in that war.
United Nations: Replace with a single, socialist worldwide government to protect the interests of the working class

Government:
Right to Vote: Guaranteed for everyone starting at age 16 and not taken away after that for any reason. Abolish voter registration, Voter ID laws, and other restrictive measures and allow anyone who makes it to the polls to vote.
Organization of Government: Abolish the Executive branch and Senate, in favor of a larger House of Representatives elected every 3 years via proportional representation and subjected to immediate recall. All decisions by Congress must be approved by a nationwide referendum. Allow elections for judges, but do not require reelections for judges, allowing them to serve for life unless recalled.
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