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« 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 #1 on: May 05, 2017, 08:37:24 pm »

Updating this.  Some planks were taken from another user.

Ideology
Social: Civil libertarian
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Civic nationalist/Non-interventionist/Anti-Wilsonian

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice, especially for the first two trimesters.  Oppose mandatory counseling/waiting periods.  Oppose the Hyde Amendment.  Neutral on late-term abortions; abortions that are performed past the second trimester are so rare that they are hardly worth legislating against... Women generally would not abort at this stage in this pregnancy unless there is a severe fetal abnormality or if the woman's life is in danger.

Same-Sex Marriage: Strongly support.  I'm generally against laws that force religious businesses to cater or service weddings, but I can see justification if the clientele are without local alternatives.

Conversion Therapy: Ban it entirely.  Conversion therapy is complete pseudoscience and should be treated the same way as any other illegitimate and dangerous 'health remedy.'

Transgender Issues: This is an issue that's way overhyped by the media but the conservative backlash against RESTROOMS is ridiculous.  Support nondiscrimination laws and ordinances and oppose so-called "religious freedom" laws.  I also believe that sex and gender are separate concepts.

Drugs: Legalization of marijuana and LSD; decriminalize the possession, but not sale, of other drugs.  Decriminalize the selling of small amounts of cocaine.  Abolish the DEA.

Death Penalty: Oppose.

Gun Control: Oppose bans on assault weapons and gun registries.  Neutral on magazine/clip limits.  Support open and concealed carry.  Support mandatory gun safety features, background checks, and closing the gun show loophole.  Ban armor-piercing bullets.

Ideally, I would support mandatory firearm safety courses, but I'm resigned to the fact that guns are part of American culture and that such a requirement would be met with fierce resistance.  I also believe that states and localities should set their own gun laws; what works for Chicago probably wouldn't work for places like Alaska and Montana.  Illegal gun transfers and sales should be prosecuted and existing laws should be strictly enforced.

Affirmative Action: I oppose mandatory quotas.

Prostitution: I am very opposed to prostitution on moral and personal grounds, but I don't think government should ban the practice, especially since porn is effectively prostitution with a camera.  Regulate prostitution and mandate that contraceptives be used.  I don't believe in shaming sex work, but I don't support glamorizing it, either.

Euthanasia: Strongly support, provided that the patient is of sound mind.  I believe that a person has the fundamental right to end his or her own life for any reason.

Immigration: Create a pathway to citizenship for all non-violent undocumented immigrants.  Deport or imprison violent undocumented immigrants.  Require immigrants to assimilate into the culture regardless of religion or country of origin.  Offer free English courses and require fluency as a prerequisite to full citizenship, but oppose making English the "official language" of the United States.  Prosecute businesses that hire and exploit illegal immigrants out of good wages.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: I strongly support the goals of BLM and police reform.  Require body cameras and accountability.  Allow for community policing and downgrade police firearms.  The justice system should be reformed so that officers are held accountable - no more "blue shield."

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Political correctness is cancer.  I am a free speech absolutist and I'm completely against government censoring controversial opinions.  Stigmatizing discussion of certain topics is anti-liberal and impedes social progress and personal growth.  At the same time, college campuses and student bodies have the right to not entertain public speakers and to hold peaceful protests; nobody is entitled to a platform.

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.

Muslim Ban: Islamaphobia is wrong and so are religious litmus tests period.  Anyone who's willing to assimilate into the culture and be a productive member of society should not be disqualified from entering the United States.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Completely opposed to warrantless wiretapping.

TSA: Abolish it.  Let airports manage their own security in accordance with federal standards.

Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Establish a national living wage of $15 per hour set to rise with inflation.

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 and universal pre-k.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap.  Social Security is solvent until 2033 and there is no “crisis.”  Ideally, the retirement age would be lowered so as to expand job opportunities for young people.

Healthcare: I would support a single-payer/Medicare-for-all program although I am unsure if this would be the best model for the United States.  I think that single-payer should be tested first in states like New York or California before adopting a national model.  Currently I’m most in favor of a nationwide “public option” or Medicare buy-in program, as well as co-ops or Germany-style “sickness funds,” to compete with private insurance companies.

Allow drug imports from Canada and countries which tightly regulate their drug markets for safety.  Subsidize families that spend more than a certain portion of monthly income on prescription drugs, either through reimbursement or tax credits.

Globalization/Trade: I don’t much like globalization itself but I don’t believe that protectionism is the solution to the drawbacks.  International institutions and corporations have used globalization purely for self-enrichment at the expense of the environment, human rights, labor protections, indigenous cultures, and civil liberties.  I support alter-globalization and fair trade as opposed to neoliberalism and corporate-friendly trade deals.

Deficit/Debt: Maximize efficiency, streamline all governmental agencies, consolidate agencies and eliminate redundancies, abolish the NSA, slash 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: Pass a Constitutional amendment that would repeal Citizens United and require transparency.

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.  Retrain coalminers and help them transition to safer jobs in the energy industry.

Job Creation: Invest in a massive infrastructure redevelopment program and fund public projects that use American-made steel and resources.  Incentivize businesses to create jobs in underprivileged areas, both rural and urban.  Expand broadband to rural areas.

Education: I favor the Finnish model on education.  Replace “drill, kill, bubble-fill” testing and promote innovative learning.  Allow teachers more autonomy over class material and give students say in the curriculum.

I believe that higher education should have a much smaller role whereas high school should have a more lasting impact on a student’s learning.  (Ideally, college would only be geared toward STEM students and aspiring lawyers, but we’ve reached the point where that’s impossible.)  I do not favor incentivizing STEM degrees at the expense of the humanities as I believe that disciplines such as art and philosophy are undervalued in society.

However, I support tuition-free public universities and refinancing student loan debt as well as universal pre-k.

I strongly oppose bans on homeschooling.

Taxes: Taxes in the United States are among the most progressive in the world yet poverty and inequality remain high because money is not redistributed progressively.  I would support higher taxes across the board only under the condition that welfare is more generous.  Otherwise, I support lowering taxes for low-income people and support drastically reducing if not eliminating state sales taxes.  I also favor slashing the Corporate Tax.
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2017, 08:37:50 pm »

Foreign
NATO: As a nationalist and someone who generally opposes military alliances, I do not support NATO as an institution and, before Trump’s election, would have strongly supported US withdrawal from the pact.  However, so long as Trump and Putin are a problem, I would oppose any move that resembles a pro-Russia gesture.

ISIS: I support humanitarian aid to the region in cooperation with the UN, but I wish to see the United States largely reduce its role on the world stage and especially the Middle East.  If the United States can bomb a bunch of ISIS thugs without collateral damage, great.  Get rid of ISIS and leave.

China: Address the country’s currency manipulation and rampant human rights violations.

Cuba: Completely normalize relations and close Guantanamo Bay.

Iran: Support the Iran Deal.  The international community should condemn Iran’s human rights abuses and support efforts to promote tolerance and equality.  No war or regime change.

Israel/Palestine: The United States should act as a peaceful mediator without favoring either party in the conflict.  A two-state solution is the best option, but unfeasible under current circumstances.

Syria/Refugees: Alleviate the pressure on Europe and Syria’s neighbors by taking in at minimum 200,000 Syrian refugees, with special preference for women, children, LGBT people, and persecuted religious minorities.  All refugees must be assimilated.

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 #3 on: May 05, 2017, 08:58:54 pm »

It wouldn't be a bad idea to sticky this thread...
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« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2017, 08:00:57 pm »

Thanks.  I just figure this thread better serves the purpose of the board than "Who was the best and worst senator from Idaho in the last fifty years?" being made three times a year.
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2017, 06:44:13 pm »

I'm going to add to mine another issue that I've been having a change of heart on.  Gambling.  I don't want to ban it altogether, but regulate the sht out of it.  18+ only, inspect the casinos, discourage online video poker (you can't really ban it and I don't like the government regulating the internet unless absolutely necessary), no state lotteries.

I know, I know, "but it's my money i do what i want with it!!!", nanny states suck, etc.  And if you're vacationing with your SO in Vegas it's a fun thing to do for maybe an hour or two.  But that's it.  Routine gambling is quite probably the worst way to try to make money, yet arguably the most enticing.  How can one reasonably look at a poor Joe spending half his paycheck on video slot machines (LOL) as anything other than the victim of a scam?

I don't care if you smoke.  I don't care if you drink.  But addiction to anything is harmful and should be called for what it is.  (And no, I am not trying to stigmatize addicts.  Addiction is very common in both sides of my family.)

And yes, I changed my mind on this from watching the new Adam Ruins Everything episode.
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