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Wolverine22
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« on: April 19, 2014, 04:44:19 pm »

End the war on drugs, pass ENDA, equal rights for LGBT, ban states from passing right to work, and end the War on Women.
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Wolverine22
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2015, 09:19:22 pm »
« Edited: June 12, 2015, 10:15:11 pm by Wolverine22 »

Social Policy:

 - Abortion: Pro-choice. Banning abortion only results in women resorting to illegal and unsafe methods of abortion. We should teach comprehensive, LGBT-inclusive sex education in schools, as well as make contraception affordable and accessible to all women, regardless of socioeconomic class, in order to reduce the abortion rate, and reduce teen pregnancy.

 - Same Sex Marriage: Same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional per 14th Amendment. Consenting adults who aren't related and are of sound mind should be able to get married, no matter their gender or sexual orientation.

- Transgender issues: Regardless of how one feels about people who identify as a gender other than their assigned sex, I believe that we must work to end discrimination, and that includes gender identity. Nobody should ever be fired or kicked out of their home simply because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

- Drugs: The War on Drugs has been a colossal failure that has resulted in our country leading the world in the number of people incarcerated per capita. Legalizing recreational drugs and treating it as a public health issue through education and PSA campaigns, much like we did about condoms during the AIDS crisis, is the best way to reduce drug dependency. I strongly support legalizing marijuana and levying a tax on cannabis.

 - Death Penalty: Support only when the crime is heinous and disgusting enough, as well as there no possibility of the defendant being innocent. However I strongly oppose the death penalty the way Texas uses it, and quite honestly, if I'm a governor and a death penalty repeal bill hits my desk, I'd sign it.
 
- Gun control: To quote Ronald Reagan, "I support the right to own a firearm for sport or defense of a home, however an AK-47 is not a sporting weapon." I support an assault weapons ban, and Brady background checks. I also support banning open carry in public.

- Affirmative Action: Neutral.

- Prostitution: Legalize and regulate.

- Euthanasia: I support assisted suicide. Having had to watch a loved one die a prolonged, painful death, I do believe that those who are terminally ill and of sound mind should be able to end their lives with assistance from a doctor.

- Speech: I believe in the First Amendment and free speech. Of course, that inevitably results in despicable nonsense being spread, but free speech does not mean consequence-free speech.

Economic Issues:

- Minimum Wage: Raising the minimum wage doesn't make inflation go up, inflation going up results in the need for a raise in the minimum wage. $7.25 today has about the same buying power as $4.23 did the day minimum wage went up to $7.25. I support raising the minimum wage to $10.10/hour, as this has the same buying power today as $7.25 did on that day in 2007.

 - Welfare: Don't punish the poor. Give aid, as well as free educational and job training opportunities at a local community college. To quote William Winter, a Democrat who served as Governor of Mississippi from 1980-1984 once said, "The road out of the poorhouse runs right through the schoolhouse."

 - Right-to-Work: Right-to-Work is a misnomer. It has nothing to do with the right to find gainful employment, it is nothing more than a ploy to weaken unions. It allows workers to enjoy all the benefits of union membership, including the pay and benefits, without paying dues to the union that bargained for that contract. States that have so-called "Right-to-Work" laws see lower wages, fewer benefits, and fewer worker protections.

- Taxation: The rich should pay their fair share in taxes, and the tax burden should never be shifted onto the lower earners. A flat tax is a major tax hike on the lowest income Americans, and a major tax cut for the richest 1% of Americans. I support a progressive tax structure that gives tax relief to the working and poor, those that need help the most, and makes the rich pay their fair share.

- Healthcare: I support a single-payer health care system. The current for-profit system and its exorbitant costs have bankrupted too many Americans. The Affordable Care Act was a good stop-gap measure, however America needs single-payer.

- Social Security: Don't privatize Social Security, just get rid of the tax cap. Currently, only the first $118,500 of income is subject to the Social Security tax. Most Americans have every dime of their income taxed to pay for Social Security, but just 5% of Americans don't. If we get rid of the cap, Social Security would be able to pay a livable pension to the elderly and disabled-the two groups who make up the majority of people living in poverty in America-and still be overfunded.

 - Trade: I oppose any so-called "free trade" deal. Ross Perot was right back in 1992 when he warned America that if we passed NAFTA, "you'll hear a giant sucking sound of all the jobs going to Mexico." NAFTA, the Chinese Free Trade Agreement, and every other trade agreement we've signed have devastated America's manufacturing sector. President Obama likes to talk about seeing products that say, "Made in America," but now he champions a trade agreement that will further harm our manufacturing sector and put even more Americans out of work. I'll stand up to any President, Democratic or Republican, and fight against any trade agreement.

- Education: I oppose school vouchers, and believe that we must improve education by investing in it. Republicans continue to cut education and funnel taxpayer dollars to for-profit charter schools. This is wrong. If we actually worked to improve public education and kept it adequately funded instead of presiding over its funeral, we can fix education.

- Balanced Budget Amendment: I oppose a Balanced Budget Amendment. This would hamper our national defense, and hurt our economy.

Foreign Policy and National Security

- Middle East: I oppose preemptive wars, and believe in diplomacy over force. War is not a peaceful solution, and shouldn't be used as a first resort.

 - Cuba: I support normalizing relations with Cuba and ending the embargo.

- PATRIOT Act: I support the USA FREEDOM Act, and believe the Patriot Act is unconstitutional.

- NSA Spying: I believe the Fourth Amendment is clear: that the government must have a warrant to conduct a search.

- Israel/Palestine: I support a two-state solution.

- Immigration: I support the DREAM Act. People who were brought here as children through no fault of their own should be able to stay in the United States and earn citizenship if they follow the law and are productive members of society. Our Border Patrol is working hard around the clock to keep drugs and human traffickers out of the United States, and I believe we can increase funding and resources to them without passing laws that encourage racial profiling.

- Guantanamo Bay: I support closing Guantanamo Bay, and I oppose detention without trial.

- Draft: I oppose the draft and believe that no one should ever be forced into military service against their will.

- United Nations: I support the UN and believe we should be held accountable to international law and not above it.

Environment

- Climate Change: Climate change is a real threat at this very moment. It's no coincidence that after two centuries of unregulated pollution, we're now seeing some of the most extreme weather patterns in documented human history. We must take steps now to protect our environment and natural resources before it's too late.

- Green Energy: Clean, renewable energy is the future of our economy and the way toward a cleaner environment. We need to invest in green energy.

- Keystone XL Pipeline: I oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline. Far too many people are going to lose their homes and land to eminent domain to build the pipeline, and many others will see their property values slashed to build a pipeline that sends Canadian oil to the Gulf of Mexico to be shipped to China. To hurt thousands of everyday Americans just to create 55 permanent jobs isn't worth it.

Electoral Reform

- Voting System: First past the post.

- Electoral College: Ban states from using a district plan to prevent a rigged vote.

- Gerrymandering: I support a constitutional amendment to ban gerrymandering, that would constitutionally require Congressional and state legislative districts to be drawn fairly.

- Term limits: I oppose term limits for Congress and state legislators, and support consecutive term limits for Governors. I support the 22nd Amendment, though I think a better idea would be to have a single, six-year term.

- Perks and Privileges for Politicians: Status quo.

- Voter ID: Voter ID is a thinly disguised way of preventing people who tend to vote Democratic from voting. Republicans are trying to win elections by blocking their opponents from voting. This is the most unpatriotic thing I've ever heard of. We need to expand voting hours and make it easier to vote, not allow Republicans to pick and choose who gets to vote based on who they're going to vote for.

- Compulsory Voting: If everyone voted, we wouldn't have a lot of the problems we currently do with our government. It should be mandatory.

- Statehood: If Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, or any other territory wants to become a state, they should be allowed to do so.
 
- Organization of Government: We have three branches of government with checks and balances to prevent each from growing too large. The judicial branch's job is to strike down laws that are unconstitutional, in spite of public opinion.

Please describe my beliefs. Am I a Democrat, liberal, socialist, libertarian, none of the above/all of the above?
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