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« on: May 15, 2009, 12:19:53 pm »


Abortion: Personally pro-life, but at the same time I don't believe it is the states right or responsibility to legislate morality.

Gay Marriage: Support fully. However, I believe it will be quicker, easier, and more in line with the constitution to leave it up to the states. Look at the wave of gay marriage legalization.

Am I the only one here that notices the obvious contradiction there?

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Leaving it to the states is a terrible idea. We've done things like that with certain expenditures in the past and Canada also dumps alot of it's healthcare spending onto the provinces. It always turns out bad because states (or provinces) don't have the ability to bring in revenue like the federal government, and a lot of states are constrained by balanced budget amendments. This either forces states to go into debt or cut other useful services that ends up having negative consequences.
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« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2010, 03:54:20 pm »

Vepres, you really need to make your mind up what you are here.

This is probably the only time we'll agree on something.
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2010, 03:57:05 pm »

Vepres, you really need to make your mind up what you are here.

This is probably the only time we'll agree on something.

You mean apart from gay marriage? And abortion?

You know what I meant. Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2011, 12:05:00 am »
« Edited: May 01, 2012, 08:05:00 pm by Marokai Béliqueux »

Overall philosophy: I have for many years, and continue to, consider myself a Democratic Socialist in most respects. That being said, I also place a very heavy emphasis on empirical evidence when determining policy. "Principles" and "freedom" tend to take a backseat, for the most part, when I consider what policy is the best or worst. I do not believe people can govern themselves, and that is why we have a representative democracy, and cannot be trusted to directly make decisions on their own, which is why I oppose any referendum/initiative systems.

In the economic realm, I don't care whether it's the private sector or the public sector handling something, so long as it is fair, efficient, and cheap. I just so happen to think the public sector often does the better job, and that heavy regulation on the private sector is necessary to keep them in check. As for social issues, I tend to take the position of, "If it does not harm other people, there is no reason to prohibit it" with a few exceptions.

Social Issues.

Abortion: Abortion should be entirely legal until the third trimester, all birth control should be entirely legal, and it should be freely provided by the state. I oppose parental notification laws. People who consider this more important than economic issues have their priorities wrong, to say the least.

Drugs/Legalization: I support legalization of marijuana and other soft drugs. The drug war is one of the most idiotic policies we have ever implemented and has been an obvious, objective failure. It is an undeniable waste of money, allows criminal elements to thrive, and clearly clogs up our justice system. The drinking age should also be reduced to 18. It's retarded to have it at 21, as plenty of other countries have it lower than we do and have no problems. Creating forbidden fruit is dumb policy.

Euthanasia: I believe people should have control over their own bodies, so yes, I believe people have the right to doctor-assisted suicide in the case of terminal illness or severe pain and suffering.

Gay Rights: There is no rational, secular argument for opposing gay rights. Seriously, none. If you do, shame on you.

Gun Control: This doesn't have to be an either/or issue. You don't have to take one extreme side or another. I like to think I occupy the pragmatic middle ground. Background checks should be strict, gun-show loopholes should be closed, waiting periods are reasonable, limits on clip size are completely acceptable and empirically make a difference. Nobody needs machine guns, and certainly not explosives or artillery. A registry also makes perfect sense, as does engraving serial numbers on bullets and firearms to be able to track them. The gun lobby hates all of these ideas. Because they're bad people.

Immigration: Illegal immigration is not getting worse, and the effects of it that it has in areas like crime, or highly exaggerated. If our immigration system worked better and more quickly, and we had proper border security, we wouldn't have this problem anyway. Grant a path to citizenship, or hell, even blanket amnesty at this point. Catching all of the illegals is an unrealistic fool's errand supported only by simple minded politicians more interested in a talking point than an effective policy. The DREAM Act is the absolute very least we can do. That being said, once you stop the immediate problems, you have to crack down.

Prostitution: Once again, this is a "in control of your own body" issue. Stop and think for a moment; People like TJ in Cleveland are arguing that taking your own body and having sex with someone else, and being given a bit of money for it, should be illegal. Is that not an insane notion? If legal, it could be more tightly regulated and the health of all involved could be better ensured. Keeping prostitution illegal is anti-woman, full stop.

Separation of Church and State: I support subjecting churches to the same taxes any other property or property owner would be subjected to.

Stem Cell Research: Of course it should be legal and encouraged. Good lord. The amount of possible breakthroughs far outweigh the "moral consequences" of a few frozen slabs of goo. Sorry.

Smoking Bans: Here's where I differ from idiot libertarians who are hell-bent on freedom at all costs. Smoking is a scientifically proven harmful activity to everyone around you. Smoking bans have also been implemented in numerous countries and cities around the world, and they have been proven to lead to improved health and happiness. What you want to do with your own body is fine. But smoking is not an activity that just harms you, it harms other people too. Which is why there is absolutely no argument for opposing public smoking bans if you actually believe in a "it's your own body!" philosophy. Other people should not be punished because of your own vices.

Affirmative Action: I oppose affirmative action on the basis of race, and instead prefer a system of affirmative action on the basis of class.

Miscellaneous:
  • I support the Equal Rights Amendment.
  • I support repealing the Patriot Act.
  • I support Network Neutrality.
  • I support lowering the sexual age of consent to 14, with some age restrictions for huge disparities in partners.
  • I oppose the death penalty and three-strikes laws.
  • I support comprehensive sex education for all kids in public school. Abstinence should be a footnote.

Economic Issues.

Taxes: I generally support increasing taxes on those making more than $200,000, as well as creating additional marginal income tax brackets to ensure a more progressive bent to our tax rates. A top income tax rate of 60% on extreme incomes is reasonable, to me. I support the full reintroduction of the estate tax. I support the introduction of a national internet sales tax, and am neutral on a carbon tax. I also support increasing, or eliminating, the payroll tax cap going into Social Security, as it's ridiculously regressive. First and foremost, I at least support letting all Bush tax cuts expire.

Education: I support increasing teacher pay, as well as devoting more money to renovating or rebuilding entirely, old schools, particularly in urban areas. I also support limited subsidization of tuition fees for middle and lower class students, as well as increasing a focus on public universities, community colleges, and trade schools. I oppose voucher programs, they're a waste of time.

Environment: I support cap & trade, strict EPA regulations in regard to tobacco and carbon emissions as pollutants, and very high goals in gas mileage standards. Public transportation funding should be considered a top priority, as well.

Social Security: Social Security is a crucial program that keeps millions of people out of poverty and should be considered a bare-bones necessity in any welfare state. The payroll tax going into SS should be uncapped, or the cap dramatically raised. I do not support raising the retirement age. The fact that we haven't fixed this problem by now is embarrassing, as it's one of the simplest and easiest fixes imaginable. I once supported means testing the program at a top level, but no longer do.

Unions: First of all, if you support right-to-work legislation, you are not pro union. I think unions were one of the crucial elements that built the middle class in America and are an incredibly important component in our economy that help keep businesses accountable. I support the Employee Free Choice Act, (Opposing it makes no sense whatsoever) and support the ability for unions to form in any business they choose to. I also support temporary striker protection laws. I also don't believe any strike should be "illegal." Businesses and governments certainly feel free to break contracts willy-nilly.

Health Care: I personally believe that allowing the profit motive into healthcare is sickening (no pun intended), and support a single payer healthcare system, while also allowing for private healthcare alternatives. It is cheaper, more efficient, and covers more people. Having a half dozen patchwork healthcare programs and subsidies is an insanely inefficient system, and the private healthcare market is ridiculously expensive and inefficient, not to mention blatantly immoral/amoral.

Energy: I oppose further deepwater drilling for oil, as well as drilling in wildlife refuges. Further oil drilling will not reduce the price of gas. I think we should be investing a huge amount of money and organizing energy in solar panels, windmills, and hydroelectric energy, as well as requiring that all new buildings in major cities have solar panels built along with them. I also take a very simple and practical view of the issue of solar and wind energy: We have huge swaths of land in the plains and desert west going completely unused. Let's set up shop and have the government acquire miles and miles of land in the plains for nothing but huge solar and wind farms. If the private sector can't do things in large enough scale, the government should.

Miscellaneous:
  • I support bring our rail transit up to European standards, with an increased focus on bringing rail to more parts of the country than just the coasts.
  • I support the introduction of state-owned banks across the country, in the model of North Dakota's, as well as on the national level.
  • I support the creation of a national public electricity utility, designed to compete with the private sector, as well as price caps on electricity on a regional basis. Public power is cheaper than private power.
  • I support a 20% interest rate cap on credit cards.
  • I support raising the full-time minimum wage to at least $9.00 an hour. For all the right-wing scaremongering over the minimum wage, Canada's wages are doing just fine with higher rates than that.
  • I support banning payday loans, and other predatory loan practices.
  • I support equal pay laws, further protection of maternity leave, and an expansion of vacation days per year for all workers.
  • I support repealing Clinton's welfare reform, as well as Bush's bankruptcy law.
  • I support banning drug advertising.
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2011, 12:05:28 am »
« Edited: October 15, 2011, 02:47:14 am by Marokai Breakneck »

Foreign Issues.

Military Spending: The current level of "defense" spending is insane and has gotten completely out of control. Our defense budget has doubled since 9/11, and we spend an absurd amount of money on programs that have long outlived their usefulness. We could dramatically cut back on defense spending and still far-and-away be the largest military power on the planet. I certainly support closing down half or more of our bases overseas and bringing home most of our troops abroad.

Iraq: Complete withdrawal, limited foreign aid.

Afghanistan: Complete withdrawal, limited foreign aid.

Libya: I support our current level of intervention in Libya.

Diplomacy/Sanctions: Talking to people is a good thing, and our leaders should do more of that, than bluster. I'm generally of the mind that sanctions are a very cruel and ineffective policy for getting our way, as they don't punish leaders, just innocent people who live there.

Miscellaneous:
  • My general approach to dealing with terrorism is pretty much what Obama has been doing; targeted military strikes, intelligence gathering, and a law enforcement focus.
  • I very strongly believe in a two-state solution in Israel, but Israel needs to stop thinking they can do everything they want with no consequences.
  • I support ending most military aid for middle-eastern countries. It's done far more harm than good.
  • I support getting rid of the trade embargo on Cuba.
  • I very very very strongly oppose any sort of doctrine of "pre-emptive war."
  • I support banning the use of private military contractors, or at the very least, dramatically increasing oversight and ensuring accountability when their members inevitably do stupid things.

Electoral Issues/Government.

Voting Regulations: I support automatic voter registration, and oppose photo-ID laws, as they are mostly used as political tools to disadvantage young people, poor people, and minorities. I also support making election day a federal holiday, to increase turnout as much as possible.

Elections: America has some of the lowest average voter turnout in elections among other modern democracies. I believe this is one of the root causes of our government's paralysis and inability to tackle issues, and if it continues, it will lead to nothing good. I support implementing an STV voting system as well as making voting compulsory.

The Senate: I support abolishing the filibuster, as it's increasingly making legislating an impossibility. More overall, though, I support abolishing the Senate entirely. It's a useless anachronism that serves no purpose since we made them democratically elected. It slows down all legislating and has hurt our ability to compete with other modern democracies that follow the crazy idea of "If you get the majority, you govern freely." I also believe it's insane that Wyoming recieved an equal number of Senators as California. The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Sorry, Wyoming.

Referenda: I do not believe that individuals can be trusted to make good decisions directly. I also do not believe that issues like minority rights are something we should put on a ballot. Human rights are not up for a popular vote. I support saving the people from themselves, by banning all voter initiatives nation-wide, as well as limiting, or abolishing outright, recall elections. People make decisions, they should learn to live with them, or be smart enough not to make them the next time.

Electoral College: Though up until recently I actually continued to defend the electoral college, recent events have brought me around. It's an insane undemocratic system that should be done away with. The popular vote should reign as the determining factor in electing a president.

Miscellaneous:
  • I oppose the idea of a line-item veto for the President, or any state Governors.
  • I oppose electing judges. They should all be appointed.
  • I oppose allocating electoral votes by congressional district, it's insanely undemocratic and by far disproportionately benefits rural areas.
  • I support independent redistricting boards for all states. No gerrymandering!
  • In addition to abolishing the Senate, I support increasing House terms to 4 years. Most other countries do not have elections with the frequency we do, for good reason.
  • I very strongly support abolishing most county governments, consolidating them into a more region-based system of local government. Devolution of powers is good, just not taken to the current extreme.
  • I support an Amendment requiring a Supreme Court Justice to step down once they reach a certain age.
  • I support any efforts to make all election campaigns entirely publicly financed.
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« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2011, 05:01:17 pm »

Referenda: I do not believe that individuals can be trusted to make good decisions directly. I also do not believe that issues like minority rights are something we should put on a ballot. Human rights are not up for a popular vote. I support saving the people from themselves, by banning all voter initiatives nation-wide, as well as limiting, or abolishing outright, recall elections. People make decisions, they should learn to live with them, or be smart enough not to make them the next time.

With all due respect, thats the reason Socialism is not common among the blue collar workers of this country. People feel insulted. I can easily see a place like West Virginia being a Socialist stronghold, if the leadership of the various movements. I agree with you on Human Rights issues, though our definitions maybe a little differant.

I'm surprised you think so, since it's a decidedly not-left-wing position to take, or, at least, used to be not left wing.

Both the Progressive Party and the Socialist Party in 1912 were running on implementing wide-ranging direct democracy measures. Such things were opposed by the more Conservative establishment. My positions on these things have nothing to do with doctrinaire Socialism, merely my own personal belief that referenda rarely turn out well. They're not historically very left-wing at all.
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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011, 10:23:14 pm »

You're a dirty Socialist, Polnut. Tongue
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 05:37:27 pm »

Nothing has changed for me since I posted here in early October, aside from no longer supporting the means testing of Social Security and and turning very very slightly tougher on immigration. As usual I'm just the same as I always am save for occasional minor tweaks and changing in emphasis depending on the time.
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2012, 11:45:30 pm »

Minty also wants to abolish the tyranny of capitalization. Tongue

One of the worst, most pointless, making-a-statement affectations in the world.
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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2013, 05:11:48 pm »

I consider myself a democratic socialist who both hates and agrees with everyone to one extent or another, pretty much.
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