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« Reply #1275 on: February 19, 2018, 03:44:43 AM »

Ideology
Social: Center on some issues, left on others
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Dovish
Political Registration: D-NV

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice. Support Planned Parenthood, support not allowing states to defund it and overturn the Hyde Amendment.

Same-Sex Marriage: Duh.

Transgender Issues: Use the restroom of their gender, not the one they were born with.

Drugs: War on Drugs is a disaster. Legalize, tax, and regulate drugs, starting with weed, but one legalization at a time.

Death Penalty: Oppose and pro-lifers who support this are massive hypocrites.

Gun Control: Close gun show loophole and expand background checks. Anything else is too far, and I'd go as far as saying blue states go too far with this.

Affirmative Action: Support.

Prostitution: No; women shouldn't be bribec to have sex.

Euthanasia: Oppose on moral grounds, along with physician assisted suicide.

Immigration: Keep the border secure, deport criminals who are here illegally, citizenship to all illegals if they aren't criminals and pay taxes in 10 years.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Pro-BLM and oppose police brutality and hold officers accountable.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Pro-free speech, but the GOP are massive hypocrites on this. They are so quick to call college students at California who shut down right wing speakers SJW (correctly), but anytime a Democrat says something un-American, the have a thin skin and get defensive, basically becoming right wind SJW's. Political Correctness is necessary in order to protect politics from staying civil, and oftentimes "telling it how it is" is a code word for racism on the right

School Prayer: Status quo.

Muslim Ban: No.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Need a warrant


Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise to $15 at a rate of 50 cents per year, then index to inflation.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap, and cut the income tax rates to help pay for Medicare for All. Do not support expanding the program. And no Social Security is not broke contrary to whatever the GOP wants you to think.

Healthcare: Support Medicare for All, similar to Bernie's bill, but phased in over a longer period of time. Second choice would be a public option. Also support drug imports from Canada, whose markets are already tightly regulated, and allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices with drug companies.

Globalization/Trade: Support free trade in theory, but that doesn't make every free trade deal good. Oppose TPP, support re-negotiation of NAFTA.

Deficit/Debt: Debt doesn't matter. Deficits don't if there's a recession, but do if the economy is good and all Americans are prospering.

Campaign Finance Reform: Limits on donations to all campaigns, congressional campaign committees, and state/national parties, with guaranteed public funding. Gut SuperPacs and corporate Pac money. Also limit how much you could self-fund your campaign.

Unions: Get rid of the Taft-Hartley Act that created right to work, which was created y the Republicans in attempt to undercut unions.

Energy: Pro-solar. Pro-wind. Pro-nuclear. Anti-coal.

Job Creation: A second new deal. Infrastructure redevelopment across the Rust Belt for not just better roads, but better sewer and drainage systems, as well nationwide broadband. Also need tighter building codes and larger seawalls to withstand natural disasters like hurricanes.

Education: Support common core, make in-state college free, universal childcare, support full day kindergarten, and universal pre-K.

Taxes: Raise marginal tax rates on wealthy when appropriate. Would like to see the top 1% pay as much as they did in an effective tax rates to prior to Reagan. Also support a carbon tax and a tax on Wall Street speculation. Repeal the Bill Clinton capital gains tax cut, Trump's income tax cuts, Bush's tax cuts, expand earned income tax credit, hijack the coporate tax rate back up to 30%.


Other economic issues: Paid family medical leave by law (12 weeks for maternity leave 2 weeks for paternity leave). 10 days of vacation time by law.

Foreign Policy
Middle East: Get out. None of the countries unilaterally have attacked us. Fully support the Iran Deal. Oh, and quit funding Saudi Arabia as they continue to massacre civilians in Yemen and show respect to international law. I'm not a Pacifist, however. If there's a genocide or illegal occupation, aid, and if necessary, military should be used, but you have to go through the UN first.

Syria Refuges: Support Obama era policies but we can only take so many and we have to ensure we maintain the proper vetting.

Israel/Palestine: If I were alive in 1948, I wouldn't have favored the creation of Israel. But this is 2017, not 1948. Favor two internationally recognized states with 1967 border (and no the Palestine state should not be free of Jews Hamas). I'm no fan of Israel, but Palestine aren't exactly angels either. Oppose BDS, since pressure is needed on Palestine too.

North Korea: Go back to Bill Clinton's foreign policy towards North Korea.

Russia: Supported sanctions for electing melding, and annexing Crimea. But we should avoid war with them unless they attack us unilaterally.

Climate Change
Anthropogenic Climate change is real and is naturally occurring. Support increasing funding towards climate change, with an increased emphasis on aerosols. Oppose efforts to privatize NOAA. Support Paris Climate Agreement but it needs to be enforceable. Also increased money towards weather forecasting, most notably to improve the US based Global Forecast System.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Support to avoid the smaller states from being screwed over but expand the size of the house.

Gerrymandering: Oppose. Support independent commission with guidelines on not splitting up COI for both congressional and legislative seats.

Term limits: Oppose for legislative seats, support for executive seats.

Voter ID: Oppose.

Instant Run-off Voting: Support

Primaries: Let the states decide, but all states should hold the presidential and statewide office primaries on the same day, eliminating the urge for caucuses.

Statehood: Make D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico as states, along with maybe the NMI and the Virgin Islands (or combine them with PR/Guam). Let American Samoa be its own nation or be annexed by Western Samoa.

Voting age: Let states decide on whether it should be lowered to 16.

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« Reply #1276 on: March 04, 2018, 03:43:49 PM »

Social: Mixed
Economic: Center-Right
Foreign Policy: Non-interventionist
Preferred Parties: Republican Party, Conservative Party of Canada

SOCIAL POLICY
Abortion: Fully legal up until the 20th week; only under life-threatening circumstances after that. Continue to fund Planned Parenthood, so long as no public funds go to abortion services.

Same-Sex Marriage:
Support, but religious leaders should have the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples.

Conversion Therapy: Fine, so long as no federal funds to towards it.

LGBTQ+ Issues: Keep transgenders in the military. Give the bathroom issue to the states.

Drugs: Fully legalize and regulate cannabis. Prefer rehabilitation over incarceration for possession of harder drugs. Add a 20% tax onto all cannabis, alcohol and tobacco products.

Death Penalty: Reserve for Terrorism and High Treason, and in the event of martial law.

Gun Control: Ban bump stocks. Expand and improve the background check systems. Allow for law enforcement to cease weapons by court order. Although I don't personally see the need to own an AR-15, as a Canadian I have no right to question the constitution of a foreign country.

Affirmative Action: Oppose, but institute a "blind" hiring procedure for federal positions.

Prostitution: Legal to sell as an individual, but a $500 fine for soliciting. Jail time for pimping or keeping a brothel.

Euthanasia: Legal, but only if the individual provides written consent, including through a written will or end-of-life care instructions.

Immigration: Replace the diversity lottery with a merit-based system. Harden the Mexican border, with physical barriers wherever practical. Increase funding to Border Security, and work to eliminate ALL forms of illegal immigration. Fully support DACA.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter:
Every instance of police brutality should be taken seriously, fully investigated, and the guilty parties prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I support BLM for bringing this issue to the forefront, but they should also touch on other issues facing the black community, like poverty and black-on-black crime.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: PC has gone too far. All speech, including hate speech, should be protected.

School Prayer: Let individual districts decide this for themselves.

Muslim Ban: Oppose, but visitors and immigrants from Muslim countries should be subject to advanced screening for possible terrorist connections.

Surveillance: Should require a warrant.

ECONOMIC ISSUES
Minimum Wage: Increase to $9.00, and increase by $0.20 per year so long as the economy is not in recession. Pass a law requiring all states and territories to institute a minimum wage at or above the federal minimum wage.

Welfare: Oppose handouts, but support legitimate assistance, such as Medicaid, Rent Assistance, and (stripped down) EBT.

Social Security: Keep it the way it is.

Healthcare: Oppose both free-market healthcare and single-payer. Keep the industry privatized, but make essential services (ambulance, ER, essential drugs, etc.) 100% refundable through income tax rebates.

Trade: Renegotiate NAFTA, and consider going back to the bargaining table with TPP. Support reasonable tarriffs on certain imports.

Deficit/Debt: A balanced budget is a noble end goal, but isn't worth cutting essential services for.

Campaign Finance Reform: Maximum donation limits for individuals, NGOs, unions and corporations. Disqualify all candidates who violate campaign finance law.

Unions: Support, but all workers should be able to choose whether or not they join a union.

Energy: Support clean energy, especially nuclear and hydroelectric. Slowly and gradually phase out coal.

Job Creation: Leave this to the market.

Education: Eliminate common core and standardized testing. Subsidize post-secondary education for seniors, veterans, and indigenous persons.

Taxes: Support a progressive income tax, with a 40% tax for earnings over $200,000, and no income tax for earnings under $20,000. Implement a flat 10% sales tax, 25% corporate tax, and abolish capital gains tax. Close off all loopholes, and fully replace incarceration with asset forfieture for tax evaders.

FOREIGN POLICY

Stay out of future conflicts in Africa and the Middle East. Support a two-state solution using 1967 ceasefire lines. Place sanctions in Saudi Arabia, while thawing relations with Russia, China and Cuba. Increase presence of troops and nuclear weapons in South Korea and Japan. Severely cut back on foreign aid, and only go to war if an ally is directly attacked.

CANADIAN ISSUES

Repeal the Carbon Tax. Reverse the revisions to the national anthem. Stop recognizing indigenous land claims, and instead work to abolish the federal Indian Reservation System, and lift indigenous communities out of poverty. limit Senators to ten-year terms, and allow them to be appointed only by the Governor General, on the advice of the Lieutenant Governor and Premier of the province or territory they would represent.
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« Reply #1277 on: March 10, 2018, 09:35:46 PM »

I'm very confused right now. you seem like an alt-right type and yet most of your stated views here are centrist or even slightly left-of-center.

Prolly because I don’t give af about certain social issues, the only ones that really matter to me are trade, immigration and energy... I’ve never been alt-right and it just looks like it cuz I troll 90% of the time. My views might be centrish I guess but ISideWith still has Trump at 84% for me.
You sound moderate on immigration and energy as well, definitely not an alt-right reactionary type.


A lot of moderate alt-right/lite populists come from relatively progressive backgrounds and are  quite moderate outside of nationalism or even racism in some cases. That troll from Sweden that got banned here was a lot like that. I know a kid from KCMO who was like that. Though some of his posts make my head hurt when is justifying his racism or fetishizing guns, he is quite funny.
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« Reply #1278 on: March 13, 2018, 11:28:55 PM »

Capitalism is evil, abortion is murder, and technology will kill us all.
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« Reply #1279 on: March 14, 2018, 11:38:15 PM »
« Edited: March 15, 2018, 08:14:09 PM by MB »

Here's a slightly updated one. I doubt it's changed much from the last time, I just like doing stuff like this.

Social Policy

Abortion
– I personally oppose abortion, and see it as morally wrong.
– I don't care a whole lot about abortion politically. It's a non-issue for me.

LGBT Rights
– Support equal rights as heterosexuals. Simple as that.
– Ban conversion therapy, unless it's consensual (for whatever reason).

Guns:
– Don't support banning any certain type of gun.
– Support allowing gun possession for medical marijuana users.
– Support enforcing the laws we have.
– Support universal background checks.

Drugs
– Marijuana, mushrooms, LSD, other soft drugs should be legalized.
– There should not be a limit on amount of marijuana you are allowed to possess, or number of plants you can grow.
– Hard drug use should be decriminalized and the sentence should be rehab.
– The DEA should only be focused on smuggling of hard drugs.

Death Penalty
– I oppose the death penalty, with the exception of war criminals.

Prostitution
– I support legalizing all forms of prostitution.

Immigration
– Support amnesty for all non-criminal illegals.
– I oppose a wall as it wouldn't be effective.
– I also oppose an open-border policy.

Term Limits
– I support limits on number of consecutive terms, but not lifetime limits.

Affirmative Action
– I oppose affirmative action.

Confederate Flags/Monuments
– It should be up to the town or county, not the federal government.
– Statues that are removed should be put in museums, not destroyed.
– Right to display the confederate flag falls under the 1st amendment.

PATRIOT Act and NSA Surveillance
– The PATRIOT Act should be repealed.
– The NSA should be abolished and all its necessary functions transferred to the CIA.
– Whistleblowers should be constitutionally protected.

First Amendment
– The First Amendment should be absolute and should apply everywhere.

Economic Issues

Minimum Wage
– The minimum wage should depend on the cost of living, but should not be lower than $12 anywhere.

Trade
– Renegotiate NAFTA, withdraw from the WTO.
– Don't enter the TPP.
– I am skeptical of free trade agreements.
– I oppose outsourcing of jobs. Corporations that outsource should be severely punished.

Taxes
– I support abolition of the income tax for anyone making under $30,000 a year.
– Taxes should be much higher than they are now for anyone making over $1,000,000 a year.

Social Security
– I strongly support social security. No raising the retirement age and no privatization.

Healthcare
– I support universal healthcare.

College tuition
– College tuition should be affordable or free. Student loan debts should be forgiven.

Foreign Policy

Russia/China
– U.S., China, and Russia should be very strong allies.

Military Spending and Foreign Aid
– Spending on both should be decreased.
– No foreign aid to dictatorships or corrupt states.

Syria
– Withdraw from Syria and let the problem sort itself out.

Afghanistan
– Withdraw from Afghanistan and let the problem sort itself out.

Environment

Renewable Energy
– Renewable energy should be preferred. Geothermal especially should be explored.

Elections

Reform
– Support limits on campaign contributions.
– Institute ranked-choice voting and multi-member districts.
– Abolish the electoral college.
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« Reply #1280 on: March 15, 2018, 07:39:54 PM »
« Edited: March 15, 2018, 07:43:13 PM by Not a Partisan Thug ( ͡~ ͜ʖ ͡°) »

My views revolving around social issues.

Gay marriage: Support

Affirmative action: oppose

Term limits: Support

Guns:
-support raising the age to buy a gun from 18 to 21
-supports universal background checks.
-does not support a assault weapons ban.

Immigration Issues:
-Immigrants shouldn’t be rounded up by ICE agents
-Children born here legally should be allowed to stay
-People should be punished for not waiting to legally enter the country.
-support amnesty for non-criminal illegal immigrants.

Abortion:
-personally oppose, but I still personally allow it.
-dislikes funding abortion services using tax dollars.

Drugs:
-Try to intragate previous drug users in prison back into society.
-legalize marijuana and other soft drugs
-people should get licenses to personally have hard drugs.

Prostitution: Legalize brothels and highly regulate the service of prostitution.

Issues concerning surveillance:
-Repeal the PATRIOT act
-Whistleblowers should be protected.

Death penalty: opposed, except for war criminals.







Issues concerning economics: Coming Soon


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« Reply #1281 on: March 15, 2018, 08:00:09 PM »

Here I go again. I'll try to cover as many topics as possible.

- I'm 100% pro-choice and do not support any restrictions on abortion other than banning partial birth abortions (except for in cases of rape, incest, or life of the mother)
- I fully support equal rights for all LGBT people, they should be allowed to marry, serve in the military, and adopt children as well as everything else that straight people are allowed to do
- I support legalizing all drugs and creating a treatment based approach to drug abuse rather than another pointless war on drugs that won't do a lick of good
- I support a pathway to citizenship for illegals already here and believe legal immigration should be made as easy as possible to seriously cut down on illegal immigration. I oppose the wall but we do need to make sure we have a secure border and we keep out people who pose a serious threat to the country
- I strongly oppose the travel ban and any kind of religious-based ban, these don't work and are based solely on fear-mongering and xenophobia
- I don't believe in banning school prayer or anything like that, but non-religious students shouldn't be forced to participate in anything that violates their beliefs
- I support school choice but also public schools, oppose vouchers for the most part
- I support Affirmative Action in most cases, but think it shouldn't just apply to blacks
- I'm neutral on removing Confederate statues, but they do not belong at any official Government sites or state capitals.  Rednecks can fly the flag if they wish, it's their right to do so
- I am a free speech absolutist and believe that as long as you aren't directly inciting violence you should be allowed to say whatever you please
- The right to peacefully protest is also essential and I support it for everyone regardless of how vile some of their views may be
- I don't believe in putting US boots on the ground to fight any war, I believe we should use a foreign coalition of soldiers + US drone strikes
- I strongly support free trade, NAFTA, TPP, and any other trade deals
- I support cutting taxes for the poor and middle class, and keeping them where they are for the wealthy and big corporations
- I prefer a Japanese style healthcare system to either Obamacare or a purely free market approach that the GOP advocates
- I absolutely oppose the death penalty in all cases as it is not the government's job to decide which citizens live or die, and on top of this it's well known that it does not deter crime. in really extreme cases like war criminals or terrorists, it may however be the appropriate punishment.
- I support the right of terminally ill people to commit assisted suicide with a reputable physician helping them
- I am a big supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but we need tough background checks, a longer waiting period, and a ban on bump stocks as it makes zero sense for someone to be able to legally convert a legal weapon into an illegal weapon
- I support Trump's decision to move the Israeli embassy to Jerusalem
- I don't think political correctness is a serious issue in modern society
- I'm obviously 100% against racists and the alt-right, but still respect their right to spew their vile views
- I believe that it's undeniable that climate change is real and it should be treated as a national security threat
- I believe we should have a generous welfare state, but ensure that any fraud is stamped out immediately and the perps are prosecuted
- I don't support raising the retirement age for social security
- I don't believe the Government has the right to punish sanctuary cities
- I support the NSA, but they need to be monitored carefully by a watch dog to ensure that they don't violate anyone's fourth amendment rights
- And lastly, I don't think it's really the Governments job to tell people what they can or can't do as long as whatever they're doing does not harm anyone physically.
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« Reply #1282 on: March 29, 2018, 06:16:40 PM »

Ideology
Social: Moderately liberal
Economic: Liberal
Foreign Policy: Non-Intervionalist

Social Policy
Abortion: 100% pro-choice. Support Planned Parenthood and federal funding toward it. I might be open to allowing states to decide if they want to ban abortions after a certain number of weeks, likely 20 weeks being the minimum.

Same-Sex Marriage: Unequically support.

Transgender Issues: Use whatever bathroom you are most comfortable with. I don’t really care.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana, while taxing and regulating it like alcohol. The War on Drugs is pointless.

Death Penalty: Support. There are some criminals who commit crimes so heinous that they aren’t worthy of life.

Gun Control: Expand background checks. Against an assault weapons ban or raising the age to purchase to 21. You shouldn’t be allowed to vote or register in the draft before being able to buy a gun. (Everything should be 18 - drinking age should be lowered.) There needs to be more done to address mental health and the stigma surrounding it.

Affirmative Action: Support, in order to prevent discrimination.

Prostitution: Status quo.

Euthanasia: Support, as long as the patient has less than 6 months to live and is in substantial pain on a daily basis.

Immigration: More funding for border security but no wall. Deport every illegal who commits a crime (not counting a traffic violation or things of that nature.) Protect DACA.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Support BLM.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Support free speech. If we don’t have this, we don’t have a country. Everyone has the right to say what they want as long as they aren’t inciting violence. PC culture has also gone too far.

School Prayer: No for public schools, up for private schools to decide.

Muslim Ban: No way.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Support both.


Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise to $12.50 nationwide and allow states to increase further if they choose.

Social Security: Gradually raise minimum age to 68 for all by 2030. If you collected before 2030 and you are/were younger than that you’re grandfathered in.

Healthcare: Single-payer system.

Globalization/Trade: Support TPP and NAFTA, but very weary of free trade. Too many jobs in the Rust Belt are being lost and something needs to be done to help these people.

Deficit/Debt: Irrelevant. Republicans say they care about the national debt and then pass legislation which happens to raise it even further. Democrats do the later as well, but don’t lie about caring about it like Republicans do.

Campaign Finance Reform: Limit on how much can be donated to a campaign.

Unions: Very-pro. In favor of legislation to protect unions.

Energy: Pro renewable energy. We need to move more so away from coal.

Job Creation: A major infrastructure deal. A greater focus on training and re-training individuals in order to be acclimated to the 21st century. Coal mine and steel mill jobs aren’t coming back to the level they were 50 years ago, but Democrats shouldn’t turn their backs to these people.

Education: Support Common Core. Establish a universal day care, find a way to make undergraduate college degrees more affordable. Better information needs to be given to college applicants and incoming college students about the loans they take.

Taxes: Set corporation tax rates to 28% and given tax credits to companies who don’t ship jobs and companies overseas.

INDIVIDUAL               JOINTLY
10%: Up to $10,000            10%: Up to $20,000
12%: $10,001 to $60,000         12%: $20,001 to $120,000
24%: $60,001 to $150,000         24%: $120,001 to $300,000
36%: $150,001 to $500,000      36%: $300,001 to $1,000,000
40%: over $500,000            40%: over $1,000,000

Cuts down the brackets from seven to five. Essentially does it by multiples of 12 (12%, 24%, and 36%) to simplify things, with a 10% bracket and a 40% bracket. Raises taxes on singles making over 60k filing single and those making over 120k filing jointly by 2%. Those making under these thresholds will see a reduction. These figures will be adjusted for inflation.

Other economic issues: More needs to be done to address the growing income inequality in this country. Establish three weeks of paid vacation minimum for every job, which may be increased down the road. 3 months paid maternity leave and 3 weeks paid paternity leave.

Foreign Policy
Middle East: The UN needs to be stronger, so we should not be playing a huge role here. To be blunt we should be focused on trying to ensure that we can get the cheapest oil possible.

Syrian Refugees: Support taking in refugees. However, they must be vetted extremely closely (unfortunately, more so for men over 18.)

Israel/Palestine: Support Israel, but like I stated earlier we need to try and pull back from the Middle East.

North Korea: North Korea is not as much of a threat as Russia. We must exhaust every diplomatic measure we have before thinking of taking another action. I think Kim Jong-un is more bark than bite.

Russia: Enforce stronger economic sanctions and provide support to our allies who share our mindset.

Climate Change: Is real and is mostly caused by humankind. Anyone who thinks otherwise in the face of science is a fool. Support increasing funding towards climate change, as well as the Paris Climate Agreement.


Electoral Issues
Gerrymandering: Oppose. Support independent commission to draw congressional maps.

Term limits: Oppose.

Voter ID: Support, but the type of ID shouldn’t be so strict. Government IDs should be cheap and easy to buy.

Voting age: Keep at 18.
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« Reply #1283 on: March 31, 2018, 02:32:37 AM »

Ideology
Social: Center with a libertarian streak
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Dovish internationalist
Political Registration: D-NV

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice. Support Planned Parenthood, support not allowing states to defund it and overturn the Hyde Amendment. Drifting towards a ban at X weeks however and opposed to partial birth abortion.

Same-Sex Marriage: Duh.

Transgender Issues: Use the restroom of their gender, not the one they were born with. I find it disgusting that people think they are just making sh**t up when they know they identify as the opposite gender.

Drugs: War on Drugs is a disaster. Legalize, tax, and regulate drugs, starting with weed, but one legalization at a time.

Death Penalty: Oppose and pro-lifers who support this are massive hypocrites.

Gun Control: Close gun show loophole, ban bump stocks, and expand background checks. Anything else is too far, and I'd go as far as saying blue states go too far with this. Ideally I'd ban be open to a high capacity magazine ban but I think in the era of polarization, such ban at the federal level would lead to a black market forming.

Affirmative Action: Agnostic.

Prostitution: No; women shouldn't be bribed to have sex.

Euthanasia: Oppose on moral grounds.

Immigration: Keep the border secure, deport criminals who are here illegally, citizenship to all illegals if they aren't criminals and pay taxes in 10 years, but I'd be willing to compromise for no citizenship and just legalization.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Pro-BLM and oppose police brutality and hold officers accountable.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Pro-free speech, but the GOP are massive hypocrites on this. They are so quick to call college students at California who shut down right wing speakers SJW (correctly), but anytime a Democrat says something un-American, the have a thin skin and get defensive, basically becoming right wind SJW's. Political Correctness is necessary in order to protect politics from staying civil, and oftentimes "telling it how it is" is a code word for racism on the right

School Prayer: Status quo.

Muslim Ban: No.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Need a warrant


Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise to $15 at a rate of 50 cents per year, then index to inflation.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap, and cut the income tax rates to help pay for Medicare for All. Do not support expanding the program. And no Social Security is not broke contrary to whatever the GOP wants you to think.

Healthcare: Support Medicare for All, similar to Bernie's bill, but phased in over a longer period of time, and it should be no more comprehensive than the current Medicare program, at least for now. Second choice would be Medicare Extra, but in order for that to work, employer essential health insurance would have to fall apart. Also support drug imports from Canada, whose markets are already tightly regulated, and allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices with drug companies.

Globalization/Trade: Support free trade in theory, at least with higher wage countries, but that doesn't make every free trade deal good. Oppose TPP, support re-negotiation of NAFTA.

Deficit/Debt: Debt doesn't matter. Deficits don't if there's a recession, but do if the economy is good and all Americans are prospering.

Campaign Finance Reform: Limits on donations to all campaigns, congressional campaign committees, and state/national parties, with guaranteed public funding. Gut SuperPacs and corporate Pac money. Also limit how much you could self-fund your campaign.

Unions: Get rid of the Taft-Hartley Act that created right to work, which was created by the Republicans in attempt to undercut unions.

Energy: Pro-solar. Pro-wind. Pro-nuclear. Anti-coal.

Job Creation: A second new deal. Infrastructure redevelopment across the Rust Belt for not just better roads, but better sewer and drainage systems, as well nationwide broadband. Also need tighter building codes and larger seawalls to withstand natural disasters like hurricanes.

Education: Support common core, make in-state college free, universal childcare, support full day kindergarten, and universal pre-K.

Taxes: Raise marginal tax rates on wealthy when appropriate. Would like to see the top 1% pay as much as they did in an effective tax rates to prior to Reagan. Also support a carbon tax and a tax on Wall Street speculation. Repeal the Bill Clinton capital gains tax cut, Trump's income tax cuts, Bush's tax cuts, expand earned income tax credit, hijack the corporate tax rate back up to 30%.


Other economic issues: Paid family medical leave by law (12 weeks for maternity leave 8 weeks for paternity leave). 10 days of vacation time by law.

Foreign Policy
Middle East: Get out. None of the countries unilaterally have attacked us. Fully support the Iran Deal. Oh, and quit funding Saudi Arabia as they continue to massacre civilians in Yemen and show respect to international law. I'm not a pacifist, however. If there's a genocide or illegal occupation, aid, and if necessary, military should be used, but you have to go through the UN first and show respect for international law. There's a reason we're considered by others to be the number one threat to world piece. I also think this idea that regime change will lead to democracy is insane. 

Syria Refuges: Support Obama era policies but we can only take so many and we have to ensure we maintain the proper vetting.

Israel/Palestine: If I were alive in 1948, I may or may not have favored the creation of Israel. But this is 2017, not 1948. Favor two internationally recognized states with 1967 border (and no the Palestine state should not be free of Jews Hamas). I'm no fan of Israel, but Palestine is worse, but there's no good one side. Oppose BDS, since pressure is needed on Palestine too.

North Korea: Go back to Bill Clinton's foreign policy towards North Korea.

Russia: Supported sanctions for electing melding, and annexing Crimea. But we should avoid war with them unless they attack us unilaterally.

Climate Change
Anthropogenic Climate change is real and is naturally occurring. Support increasing funding towards climate change, with an increased emphasis on aerosols. Oppose efforts to privatize NOAA. Support Paris Climate Agreement but it needs to be enforceable. Also increased money towards weather forecasting, most notably to improve the US based Global Forecast System.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Support to avoid the smaller states from being screwed over but expand the size of the house.

Gerrymandering: Oppose. Support independent commission with guidelines on not splitting up COI for both congressional and legislative seats.

Term limits: Oppose for legislative seats, support for executive seats.

Voter ID: Oppose.

Instant Run-off Voting: Support

Primaries: Let the states decide, but all states should hold the presidential and statewide office primaries on the same day, eliminating the urge for caucuses.

Statehood: Make D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico as states, along with maybe the NMI and the Virgin Islands (or combine them with PR/Guam). Let American Samoa be its own nation or be annexed by Western Samoa.

Voting age: Let states decide on whether it should be lowered to 16.

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« Reply #1284 on: April 10, 2018, 06:54:40 PM »

As you can see from my profile, I am VERY far right socially and left-wing economically.  My political party would be the America First Party from Hearts of Iron IV: Kaiserreich mod.
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« Reply #1285 on: April 12, 2018, 08:53:57 PM »

Progressive who votes Republican will go in more detail later
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« Reply #1286 on: April 14, 2018, 05:30:23 PM »

Ideology: Economic liberal with a populist bent, social moderate. I kinda consider my ideology the opposite of libertarianism. When asked for a simple term, I just say labor Democrat.

Top issues: Jobs, drugs, healthcare

Entitlements and healthcare: Preserve Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. No gutting our entitlements. Create a public option. Have the government subsidize childcare so people can afford to have families. Free community college or trade school for everyone.

Unions: Should be a top priority of the party. One of the best ways to fight against income inequality.

Education: Fund it properly, Oklahoma. And make sure it's not done in a sh**tty way where richer areas get more funding for their schools like we have in Ohio. Less funding for charter schools and higher standards; they often suck. As mentioned above, make higher education more affordable.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana. Don't legalize anything else, but realize that we can't arrest our way out of the addiction crisis. It didn't work in the '80s and it won't work now. I also want politicians to come hard after Big Pharma who helped create this disaster.

Taxes: Higher income taxes on the rich (although there's an upper limit here; it's not the 1950s anymore), lower taxes on the rest of us if possible. Sales tax should be as low as possible; I commend states like Montana which don't have a sales tax.

Trade: Skeptical of many free trade deals, supportive of tariffs on China.

Campaign finance: We need deep reform here. I've seen the detrimental effects on the state level here in Ohio.

Abortion: Safe, legal, rare. I don't have a moral opposition to abortion (the fact that it's not prohibited by the Bible is striking), but it's not like anyone wants to get one.

Guns: Pro-gun, although supportive of a few things like increased background checks.

Immigration: Immigration is a privilege, not a right. We need to secure our borders. We also need to crack down on employers who employ undocumented immigrants. I think we should make it a little easier to immigrate from Mexico; that would cut down on illegal immigration some. I think if you go to jail and you're undocumented, you should be deported. We should also deport people who've only been here for a short time. I think we should give all the DREAMERs green cards immediately and a path to citizenship, but I don't think people who immigrated as adults should be treated exactly the same since they chose to come here.

Energy: We should strive for energy independence. As much of this as possible should be done through green energy, which is both good for the environment and a great source of jobs. Fracking and nuclear energy shouldn't be taken off the table, and they are actually an important part of preventing climate change. Coal is bad for the environment but we can't abandon people in coal towns; we should preserve coal as long as needed while we try to bring other industries into places like West Virginia.

Criminal justice reform: Body cams on every officer to start with. We need a lot more on this front though.

Some other stuff I'm gonna throw all together: Raise the minimum wage. Strongly opposed to UBI; we want jobs, not welfare. I think political correctness has really gone too far these days and it worries me. I support reparations for slavery. Liberals and Democrats needs to be more welcoming of religious people. Globalization and the economic and cultural changes that have been happening lately have not been good for everyone and that needs to be acknowledged.
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« Reply #1287 on: April 27, 2018, 12:15:59 AM »
« Edited: May 11, 2018, 12:04:03 AM by Sensible-Progressive »

Ideology: Center-Left moderate on some fiscal issues Liberal on Social issues

Top Issues: Healthcare, Education, Foreign Policy, Drugs

Healthcare: Preserve Social security medicare, medicaid and Entitlements, Public Option then eventually Single Payer

Unions: Protect them at all cost they are vital to protecting out workers.

Education: Expand Charters, raise the educational departments budget. Keep the bible out of the classroom.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana nationwide and regulate it. No criminal punishment for consuming drugs only treatment
and rehab.

Taxes: Raise income taxes on rich lower on middle class. Sales tax kept in wealthier areas eliminated in poorer
areas lower corporate tax rate and have incentives for companies to come back to america.

Trade: Pro free trade tariffs cause a ridiculous amount of damage Obama's tire tariffs are my main reason, There also why the price for tires and cars skyrocketed and it only saved 1,000 jobs)

Campaign Finance: Get rid of citizens united self funded campaigns are okay but corporations buying candidates is not okay.

Abortion: Pro choice

Guns: Pro Bump stock ban, Pro background checks, Pro no fly no gun. Assault Ban is okay but we need a good bipartisan deal with a updated list of weapons to ban keep the list small and enforce it well use a buy back program.

Immigration: Pro Amnesty and Sanctuary Cities. Mass deportation causes way more damage than good make a path to citizenship easier but tighten security on the border get rid of catch and release. Deportation only used if they commit a serious crime. No drug charges to deportation

Energy: Gradual transition to renewable energy cooperate with the globe to stop climate change.

Criminal Justice Reform: Body cams on cops ban private prisons and solitary confinement. Free all inmates in for Marijuana charges. 

Foreign Policy: Protect our allies at all cost (NATO!). Force Assad to allow Kurds to have some autonomy.  Only intervene in a conflict if one or more of these things are true and must be done in the constraints of a UN approved Intervention
1. We are directly threatened
2. One of our allies is threatened
3. World Peace and Stability is threatened.
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« Reply #1288 on: May 03, 2018, 10:00:36 PM »

Ideology
Social: Center with a libertarian streak
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Dovish internationalist
Overall: Socially moderate/fiscally populist
Political Registration: D-NV

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-choice to viability, but pro-life thereafter. Support Planned Parenthood, support not allowing states to defund it and overturn the Hyde Amendment as long as early term abortion is legal. Support ban on partial birth abortion.

Same-Sex Marriage: Duh.

Transgender Issues: Use the restroom of their gender, not the one they were born with. I find it disgusting that people think they are just making sh**t up when they know they identify as the opposite gender.

Drugs: War on Drugs is a disaster. Legalize, tax, and regulate soft drugs, starting with weed, but one legalization at a time, and keep hard drugs illegal.

Death Penalty: Oppose and pro-lifers who support this are massive hypocrites.

Gun Control: Pro-gun. Close gun show loophole, ban bump stocks, and expand background checks. Ideally I'd ban be open to a high capacity magazine ban but I think in the era of polarization, such ban at the federal level would lead to a black market forming.

Affirmative Action: Agnostic but lean oppose.

Prostitution: No

Euthanasia: Oppose on moral grounds (pro-life).

Immigration: Keep the border secure (which believe it or not is working given the recent decline in net immigration), deport criminals who are here illegally, citizenship to all illegals if they aren't criminals and pay taxes in 10 years, but I'd be willing to compromise for no citizenship and just legalization. I'm kinda annoyed at the rhetoric of many Democrats on this as of late that makes me question if they believe in borders, even some Justice Democrats who I otherwise support, including Kamala Harris.

Police Issues/Black Lives Matter: Pro-BLM and oppose police brutality and hold officers accountable. Oppose mandatory minimums and for profit prisons.

Free Speech/Political Correctness: Pro-free speech, but the GOP are massive hypocrites on this. They are so quick to call college students at California who shut down right wing speakers SJW (correctly), but anytime a Democrat says something un-American, the have a thin skin and get defensive, basically becoming right wind SJW's. Political Correctness is necessary in order to protect politics from staying civil, and oftentimes "telling it how it is" is a code word for racism on the right

School Prayer: Status quo.

Muslim Ban: No.

PATRIOT ACT/NSA Spying: Need a warrant


Economic Issues
Minimum Wage: Raise to $15 and index to inflation Raise 50 cents per year to whenever it converges with $11 indexed to inflation.

Social Security: Lift the taxable income cap, and cut the income tax rates to help pay for Medicare for All. Do not support expanding the program. And no Social Security is not broke contrary to whatever the GOP wants you to think.

Healthcare: Support Medicare for All, similar to Bernie's bill, but phased in over a longer period of time, and it should be no more comprehensive than the current Medicare program, at least for now. Second choice would be Medicare Extra, but in order for that to work, employer essential health insurance would have to fall apart. Also support drug imports from Canada, whose markets are already tightly regulated, and allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices with drug companies.

Globalization/Trade: Support free trade in theory, at least with higher wage countries, but that doesn't make every free trade deal good. Generally oppose, unless we have a product we can't make elsewhere and visa versa. Oppose TPP, support re-negotiation of NAFTA.

Deficit/Debt: Debt doesn't matter. Deficits don't if there's a recession, but do if the economy is good and all Americans are prospering.

Campaign Finance Reform: Limits on donations to all campaigns, congressional campaign committees, and state/national parties, with guaranteed public funding. Gut SuperPacs and corporate Pac money. Also limit how much you could self-fund your campaign.

Unions: Massively pro-labor. Get rid of the Taft-Hartley Act that created right to work, which was created by the Republicans in attempt to undercut unions. Support card check.

Energy: Pro-solar. Pro-wind. Pro-nuclear. Anti-coal.

Job Creation: A second new deal. Infrastructure redevelopment for not just better roads, bridges, and highways, but better sewer and drainage systems, as well nationwide broadband. Also need tighter building codes and larger seawalls to withstand natural disasters like hurricanes.

Education: Support common core, make in-state college free (with some regulations), universal childcare, support full day kindergarten, and universal pre-K. Supported increases in teaching salary, except for elective subjects.

Taxes: Raise marginal tax rates on wealthy when appropriate. Would like to see the top 1% pay as much as they did in an effective tax rates to prior to Reagan. Also support a carbon tax and a Robin Hood tax much like we had through the 1960s. Repeal the Bill Clinton capital gains tax cut, Trump's income tax cuts, Bush's tax cuts, expand earned income tax credit, hijack the corporate tax rate back up to 30%. Strongly support raising the estate tax. Oppose UBI and would rather see a shorter workweek to combat automation than incentives for half the population to not work.


Financial regulation: Support re-instating glass stegall, and am very wary of attempts to de-regulate Wall Street. Strong proponent of anti-monopoly laws. Support government run banks but for small loans only and with strict regulation. This isn't an actual policy per se but it kinda fits here and is the root source of my populism. Reaganomics, largely in place since 1980, has resulted in tax breaks for the top, sometimes tax hikes for the middle class, and de-regulation of Wall Street, payday lenders, and credit card companies, and overall an increase of political power by the top 1% that has killed the middle class.


Other economic issues: Paid family medical leave by law (12 weeks for maternity leave 8 weeks for paternity leave). 10 days of vacation time by law. Support a job guarantee as a replacement for unemployment benefits at or slightly below minimum wage (pending on whether work requires training) with some caveats, like one should be able to get fired for underpreforming the job, and age restrictions.

Foreign Policy
Middle East: Get out. None of the countries unilaterally have attacked us. Fully support the Iran Deal. Oh, and quit funding Saudi Arabia as they continue to massacre civilians in Yemen and show respect to international law. I'm not a pacifist, however. If there's a genocide or illegal occupation, aid, and if necessary, military should be used, but you have to go through the UN first and show respect for international law. There's a reason we're considered by others to be the number one threat to world piece. I also think this idea that regime change will lead to democracy all over the place is insane. A new regime in Syria would not blossom into a democracy over night.  

Syria Refuges: Support Obama era policies but we can only take so many and we have to ensure we maintain the proper vetting.

Israel/Palestine: If I were alive in 1948, I may or may not have favored the creation of Israel. But this is 2017, not 1948. Conflicted but favor two internationally recognized states with 1967 border (and no the Palestine state should not be free of Jews Hamas). I'm no fan of Israel, but Palestine is worse, but there's no good one side. Oppose BDS, since pressure is needed on Palestine too.

North Korea: Go back to Bill Clinton's foreign policy towards North Korea. Actually what Trump is doing is working lol.

Russia: Supported sanctions for electing melding, and annexing Crimea. But we should avoid war with them unless they attack us unilaterally.

Climate Change
Anthropogenic Climate change is real and is naturally occurring. Support increasing funding towards climate change, with an increased emphasis on study aerosols. Oppose efforts to privatize NOAA. Support Paris Climate Agreement but it needs to be enforceable. Also increased money towards weather forecasting, most notably to improve the US based Global Forecast System and upgrade phased array radar.

Electoral Reform
Electoral College Reform: Support to avoid the smaller states from being screwed over by urban areas but expand the size of the house.

Gerrymandering: Oppose. Support independent commission with guidelines on not splitting up COI for both congressional and legislative seats.

Term limits: Oppose for legislative seats, support for executive seats, largely because I believe in there is a happy medium between both arguments.

Voter ID: Oppose.

Instant Run-off Voting: Support

Primaries: Let the states decide, but all states should hold the presidential and statewide office primaries on the same day, eliminating the urge for caucuses.

Statehood: Make D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico as states, along with maybe the NMI and the Virgin Islands (or combine them with PR/Guam). Let American Samoa be its own nation or be annexed by Western Samoa.

Voting age: Let states decide on whether it should be lowered to 16. Leave it at 18.

Updated.

Had a bit of change of heart on some issues lately, so updated.
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« Reply #1289 on: May 12, 2018, 12:25:57 PM »
« Edited: May 25, 2018, 01:05:35 PM by Representative Ninja0428 »

I'm an extreme social liberal who doesn't care what people do, nor do I care about political correctness. I'm no fan of the SJW group and I personally believe them to be conservative, just in some different ways. I believe that all harmless drugs, not just marijuana, should be legal.

Economically a centrist with both some populist and libertarian streaks. I favor keeping the welfare safety net but also increase job programs to try to reduce welfare usage. I support ACA. I believe that minimum wage should at least be set based on COL in each state, if not each county; I don't believe that there is a national living wage. I favor free markets and am a massive support of free trade agreements. I believe in keeping regulations that offer necessary protection, but getting rid of regulations based on "morality" and other useless things. The one industry that I believe need additional government intervention is telecom, and that big telecom companies need to be broken up. I do support environmental protections and eventually getting rid of fossil fuel use entirely. I support the use of nuclear power.

On foreign issues I'm quite globalist and usually a pacifist. I don't believe that we should go around starting wars for no good reason and that the 2003 Iraq war was a mistake. I do believe that we should continue to stand by our allies, including Israel, because we have made a commitment and that our allies need to be able to trust us in order for us to be able to trust them.

Tl;dr: Social Liberalism
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« Reply #1290 on: May 14, 2018, 05:47:00 PM »
« Edited: May 14, 2018, 05:56:43 PM by Lechasseur »

Overview:
Social: Conservative
Economic: Moderate to Centre-left (by American Standards)
National Security: Realist
Party Affiliation: Republican

Social Policy:
Abortion: I'm pro-life and personally oppose it except in cases of rape, incest, and if the mother's life is in danger. In practice, I support a 20-week abortion ban but I wouldn't go any further than that
Same-Sex Marriage: I would have prefered civil unions but I'm OK with Same-Sex Marriage now. That being said, churches and other religious institutions shouldn't be forced to conduct them
Drug Laws: maybe not outright legalize marijuana (it might send a bad message) but I support decriminalization because it's not something you should go to jail for using
Death Penalty: I support it in cases of murder, terrorism, and rape under certain circumstances
Gun Control: I'd imagine stricter background checks are needed, but I'm not an expert on this subject so I won't say more than that
Religious Freedom: needs to be protected
Affirmative Action: Oppose
Political Correctness: Has gone way too far
Euthanasia: Support as long as the patient is terminally ill
Prostitution: Oppose
Pornography: it's a public health issue, I'd support a law like the one that just went into effect in the UK on the subject, where you would have to opt in with your internet provider in order to access it 
Immigration: I would support giving people in the US illegally legal status on a case by case basis (but it would more be the exception rather than the rule) and I oppose a blanket amnesty.
I think legal immigration should be reduced and we should mainly be letting in westernized and or highly educated immigrants (and students of course) who are thus capable of integrating and adhering to Western values. I'm against the Muslim ban though (I'm not sure if it's still in place but it's unconstitutional and I know some great people from Muslim countries so banning them would be dumb)

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: I support raising the Federal Minimum Wage, but $15/hour is ridiculous, $9-$10 would make a lot more sense. States and cities would be free to adopt a higher minimum wage. The minimum wage should also be indexed to inflation.
Right to Work: Oppose
Taxation: Abolish worldwide taxation. I'm opposed to Trump's tax cuts though, they're just blowing a hole in the deficit. Taxation should be based on the needs of the Treasury and not on ideology and should be fixed accordingly, as long as the rates are reasonable (no one should ever have to pay more than hall of their income in taxes, if the government was spending that much then spending cuts would be necessary). I support progressive taxation. I'd support increasing the sales tax in order to lower property taxes.    
Healthcare: Support universal healthcare, but in practice I think the best thing that could be realistic in the short to medium term would be to expand Medicaid or to create a public option.
Education: Support vouchers, find solutions to make college affordable (create programs like the Hope Scholarship in Georgia)
Free Trade: I support it in principle but if it hurts the country's interests protections have to be put in place

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: I supported the Iran deal and opposed Trump ripping it up
Syria: fight ISIS but otherwise don't get involved
Israel/Palestine: I support a two-state solution
Russia: improve relations and ties with Russia

Environment:
Climate Change: it's real and it has to be fought (reduce emissions, invest in renewable energy). We shouldn't have left the Paris climate agreement.

Electoral and Political Reform:
Term limits: Oppose (except for the Presidency)
Electoral College Reform: Oppose
Voter ID: support
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« Reply #1291 on: May 14, 2018, 07:51:29 PM »

Ideology: Economic liberal with a populist bent, social moderate. I kinda consider my ideology the opposite of libertarianism. When asked for a simple term, I just say labor Democrat.

Top issues: Jobs, drugs, healthcare

Entitlements and healthcare: Preserve Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. No gutting our entitlements. Create a public option. Have the government subsidize childcare so people can afford to have families. Free community college or trade school for everyone.

Unions: Should be a top priority of the party. One of the best ways to fight against income inequality.

Education: Fund it properly, Oklahoma. And make sure it's not done in a sh**tty way where richer areas get more funding for their schools like we have in Ohio. Less funding for charter schools and higher standards; they often suck. As mentioned above, make higher education more affordable.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana. Don't legalize anything else, but realize that we can't arrest our way out of the addiction crisis. It didn't work in the '80s and it won't work now. I also want politicians to come hard after Big Pharma who helped create this disaster.

Taxes: Higher income taxes on the rich (although there's an upper limit here; it's not the 1950s anymore), lower taxes on the rest of us if possible. Sales tax should be as low as possible; I commend states like Montana which don't have a sales tax.

Trade: Skeptical of many free trade deals, supportive of tariffs on China.

Campaign finance: We need deep reform here. I've seen the detrimental effects on the state level here in Ohio.

Abortion: Safe, legal, rare. I don't have a moral opposition to abortion (the fact that it's not prohibited by the Bible is striking), but it's not like anyone wants to get one.

Guns: Pro-gun, although supportive of a few things like increased background checks.

Immigration: Immigration is a privilege, not a right. We need to secure our borders. We also need to crack down on employers who employ undocumented immigrants. I think we should make it a little easier to immigrate from Mexico; that would cut down on illegal immigration some. I think if you go to jail and you're undocumented, you should be deported. We should also deport people who've only been here for a short time. I think we should give all the DREAMERs green cards immediately and a path to citizenship, but I don't think people who immigrated as adults should be treated exactly the same since they chose to come here.

Energy: We should strive for energy independence. As much of this as possible should be done through green energy, which is both good for the environment and a great source of jobs. Fracking and nuclear energy shouldn't be taken off the table, and they are actually an important part of preventing climate change. Coal is bad for the environment but we can't abandon people in coal towns; we should preserve coal as long as needed while we try to bring other industries into places like West Virginia.

Criminal justice reform: Body cams on every officer to start with. We need a lot more on this front though.

Some other stuff I'm gonna throw all together: Raise the minimum wage. Strongly opposed to UBI; we want jobs, not welfare. I think political correctness has really gone too far these days and it worries me. I support reparations for slavery. Liberals and Democrats needs to be more welcoming of religious people. Globalization and the economic and cultural changes that have been happening lately have not been good for everyone and that needs to be acknowledged.

Aside from abortion, minimum wage, and the somewhat harsher stance on immigration that I have, we pretty much agree.
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« Reply #1292 on: May 16, 2018, 01:53:11 PM »

Ideology: Economic liberal with a populist bent, social moderate. I kinda consider my ideology the opposite of libertarianism. When asked for a simple term, I just say labor Democrat.

Top issues: Jobs, drugs, healthcare

Entitlements and healthcare: Preserve Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid. No gutting our entitlements. Create a public option. Have the government subsidize childcare so people can afford to have families. Free community college or trade school for everyone.

Unions: Should be a top priority of the party. One of the best ways to fight against income inequality.

Education: Fund it properly, Oklahoma. And make sure it's not done in a sh**tty way where richer areas get more funding for their schools like we have in Ohio. Less funding for charter schools and higher standards; they often suck. As mentioned above, make higher education more affordable.

Drugs: Legalize marijuana. Don't legalize anything else, but realize that we can't arrest our way out of the addiction crisis. It didn't work in the '80s and it won't work now. I also want politicians to come hard after Big Pharma who helped create this disaster.

Taxes: Higher income taxes on the rich (although there's an upper limit here; it's not the 1950s anymore), lower taxes on the rest of us if possible. Sales tax should be as low as possible; I commend states like Montana which don't have a sales tax.

Trade: Skeptical of many free trade deals, supportive of tariffs on China.

Campaign finance: We need deep reform here. I've seen the detrimental effects on the state level here in Ohio.

Abortion: Safe, legal, rare. I don't have a moral opposition to abortion (the fact that it's not prohibited by the Bible is striking), but it's not like anyone wants to get one.

Guns: Pro-gun, although supportive of a few things like increased background checks.

Immigration: Immigration is a privilege, not a right. We need to secure our borders. We also need to crack down on employers who employ undocumented immigrants. I think we should make it a little easier to immigrate from Mexico; that would cut down on illegal immigration some. I think if you go to jail and you're undocumented, you should be deported. We should also deport people who've only been here for a short time. I think we should give all the DREAMERs green cards immediately and a path to citizenship, but I don't think people who immigrated as adults should be treated exactly the same since they chose to come here.

Energy: We should strive for energy independence. As much of this as possible should be done through green energy, which is both good for the environment and a great source of jobs. Fracking and nuclear energy shouldn't be taken off the table, and they are actually an important part of preventing climate change. Coal is bad for the environment but we can't abandon people in coal towns; we should preserve coal as long as needed while we try to bring other industries into places like West Virginia.

Criminal justice reform: Body cams on every officer to start with. We need a lot more on this front though.

Some other stuff I'm gonna throw all together: Raise the minimum wage. Strongly opposed to UBI; we want jobs, not welfare. I think political correctness has really gone too far these days and it worries me. I support reparations for slavery. Liberals and Democrats needs to be more welcoming of religious people. Globalization and the economic and cultural changes that have been happening lately have not been good for everyone and that needs to be acknowledged.

Aside from abortion, minimum wage, and the somewhat harsher stance on immigration that I have, we pretty much agree.

This plus I'm a strong supporter of Medicare for All because a public option would leave the private insurance intact and thus national health care wouldn't work till healthy, middle and high income people are off private insurance rolls.
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« Reply #1293 on: May 20, 2018, 12:27:57 AM »

Redoing because it's been forever.

Overview:
Social: Conservative
Economic: Traditionally conservative, but not necessarily free market
Foreign policy: Lean non-interventionist but not overly so

Social Policy:
Abortion: Oppose. Overturn Roe and ban with an exception to save the life of the mother.
Same-Sex Marriage: Oppose. I wouldn't attempt to re-ban it though.
Drug Laws: Keep the hard stuff illegal. Recreational marijuana should be illegal with fines and/or community service as the punishment. Medical marijuana should be in principle permissible, but subject to the usual FDA drug regulations.
Death Penalty: Oppose in practice in the US.
Gun Control: Okay with background checks but none of the "ban random feature" trendy moves.
Religious Freedom: RFRA more or less. Higher scrutiny on governmental religious interference for attempts to compel people to do things than for outlawing things.
Affirmative Action: Oppose. Open to an economic-based alternative for education only.
Political Correctness: Say what you mean and mean what you say. Be charitable and try to give your opponents the best possible interpretation.
Euthanasia: Oppose. Keep it illegal.
Prostitution: Oppose. Keep it illegal where banned and ban it where legal.
Pornography: Oppose. I wouldn't attempt to actually ban it though.
Immigration: Crack down on illegal border crossings combined with one-time amnesty opportunity for illegals who haven't done anything wrong except come here illegally. Mandatory jail time for hiring an illegal alien after the amnesty window is up.

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: Somewhere in the $10ish range is probably about right. Add a governmental subsidy to small businesses who employ unskilled workers to prevent them from being driven out.
Right to Work: Oppose. Unions bargain for all workers, so all have to pay. I support banning unions from making political donations.
Taxation: Almost certainly needs to increase to pay for our current programs without adding more.
Healthcare: Require hospitals to charge the same price for the same procedure regardless of the patient's insurance. Allow medicare/medicaid to negotiate prices.
Education: Allow for greater state and local control of curriculum and content. Ban multiple choice math questions in standardized testing.
Free Trade: Deals should be bilateral and ensure that cheap labor costs don't allow goods only flow in one direction.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: Continue sanctions unless nuclear program is stopped.
Syria: Try to negotiate a peace between Assad, the Kurds, and US-backed rebels that doesn't end up with any side getting arrested/executed by whatever government replaces the current mess. Push for an independent Kurdistan if the Kurds want one.
Israel/Palestine: Two-state solution ideally, but good luck.
Russia: Deal with on a case-by-case basis. Russia can be a strategic partner sometimes, but don't really trust them.

Environment:
Climate Change: Build nuclear power plants, the only plausible non-fossil-fuel option for our base load.

Electoral and Political Reform:
Term limits: Oppose.
Electoral College Reform: Oppose. Changing the rules is a sure sign of losing.
Voter ID: Support, as long a provided for free by the government.
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« Reply #1294 on: May 21, 2018, 05:37:49 PM »
« Edited: May 21, 2018, 05:46:19 PM by kyc0705 »

Have I ever done this before?

Overview:
Social: Liberal
Economic: Neoliberal with social capitalist leanings
Foreign policy: I don't oppose going around and blowing things up, but there should be an actual working reason.

Social Policy:
Abortion: Keep Roe v. Wade. I do have a certain personal opposition to abortion—but I think the way to reduce abortion rates is through comprehensive sex education in schools, and ensuring easy access to contraception.

Same-Sex Marriage: Support.

Drug Laws: Legalize/tax/regulate marijuana, emphasize treatment for offenders rather than draconian punishment.

Death Penalty: Only in extreme circumstances (such as for war criminals). Otherwise, it's expensive, unruly, and too frequently leads to the execution of innocent people (I define "too frequently" as the cumulative number of innocent people executed exceeding 0.)

Gun Control: I acknowledge the existence of the Second Amendment and the strength of America's gun culture, but from a personal standpoint, unless you're living in a rural area/hunt frequently, I just flat-out don't understand the rationale behind gun ownership. (Though I recognize that's not in and of itself a reason to support gun control. My reason for supporting gun control is children dying.)

Religious Freedom: Support if that means your ability to practice your beliefs without interference from the government. Oppose for the people who use it as their reason for not selling a cake to gay people or whatnot.

Affirmative Action: More positions should be hired in a "blind" fashion, precluding the possibility of conscious or subconscious discrimination based on race or gender, and keeping it relegated to raw data and professional qualifications.

Political Correctness: I mean, I'm for people being jerks less frequently, but my opinion isn't particularly militant in either direction.

Euthanasia: Permissable, as long as the patient has the wherewithal to pass certain examinations certifying their ability to understand the decision.

Prostitution: Regulate to ensure the safety of sex workers.

Pornography: Current laws are fine.

Immigration: My opinion on this will be implied by my answers on trade/economics.

Economic Policy:

Minimum Wage: Should be a sliding scale based on cost of living/age of worker, but generally, it's too low right now.

Right to Work: My opinion on unions is generally set to the same tone as the Taft–Hartley Act.

Taxation: Lower the corporate tax, and focus more on individual taxation. My ideal vision would be a nationwide consumption tax to lower or replace many existing taxes, but I haven't found a workable model for it, and it's probable that one might not exist.

Healthcare: Public option.

Education: There's a reason that any politician can get votes by complaining about the horrors of excessive standardized testing.

Free Trade: I generally support free trade and strongly oppose blind protectionism as it's immensely regressive and self-defeating, though comprehensive multinational trade agreements should be at least partially publicly debated and constructed (i.e. I might support the overall thrust of the TPP, but I dislike how it was conceived).

Foreign Policy and National Security:

Iran: I don't understand very much about the Iran deal, but it seems fine—or, at least, not the Worst Deal In The History Of Deals.

Syria: I have no idea what's happening in Syria except that it is bad.

Israel/Palestine: Does it even matter what anyone has to say on this anymore?

Russia: They'e contributed much to the evolution of world cinema!

Environment:

Climate Change: Is caused by human activity and is bad.

Electoral and Political Reform:

Term limits: Oppose, because it's just a boon for lobbyists.

Electoral College Reform: I would enjoy totally dismantling this absurdly antiquated and antidemocratic system piece by piece.

Voter ID: Support in theory, but since it just seems to be used in practice for politicians to make it harder for people who don't support them to vote, oppose in reality.
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« Reply #1295 on: May 21, 2018, 07:57:55 PM »

Pretty liberal overall, but deeply pragmatic and almost always a loyal Democrat. I'm not at all the type to try to unseat a popular moderate if they're the most realistic candidate, enforce party litmus tests when I realize that certain liberal policy proposals are not popular throughout the country, or resist voting for a Democrat in a general election just because I have some mild disagreements with them.

Abortion? Staunchly pro-choice
Gay Marriage? Staunchly in favor
Guns? Staunchly anti-gun but willing to settle for incremental reform
Marijuana? Legalize it, and explore decriminalization for other drugs
Death Penalty? Oppose, but less for moral reasons and more for finance/practicality reasons
Electoral Reform? Abolish (or at least heavily reform) the electoral college and regulate campaign finance more strictly (not a fan of term limits though)
Religion? Strongly stand against any sort of religious pervasiveness into government and am entirely opposed to any religious basis for public policy, but of course want to protect the freedom for anyone to worship as they see fit
Parental Rights? This is a very broad category but I generally support the protection of a child's confidentiality in a school or medical professional over the requests of parents for disclosure of information
Illegal Immigration? Pass legislation to cement the protected status of DREAMers, rein in the current aggressiveness of ICE, and be more forgiving of non-violent offenses committed by illegal immigrants

Taxation? Slight increase of taxation on top income brackets from Obama-era numbers
Healthcare? Fine-tune the ACA with the short-term goal of adding a public option and long-term goal of transitioning to a single payer-like system
Environmental Issues? Strongly incentivize renewable energy and eventually punish non-renewable energy, strongly regulate the cleanliness of our air and water, and recognize the threat of climate change and our role in causing it (inc. reentering the Paris Climate Agreement)

Dovish/Hawkish? Moderately dovish
Israel vs. Palestine? Both are problematic, but the United States has typically been (and is very much so right now) very favorable towards Israel while ignoring the wants of Palestinians, so I would like to a more impartial foreign policy on this issue (which Obama seemed to be moving towards during his second term, ex. not vetoing the UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement building); the United States also has to condemn unnecessary violence on both sides, include Israeli "defense" during the Gaza protests last week
Iran Deal? Not perfect but it definitely didn't make seem to make sense to exit at this point
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« Reply #1296 on: May 28, 2018, 03:55:35 AM »

Overall: I’d consider myself a moderate on most areas. All things being equal I’m going to vote Democrat but in many instances I will vote Republican. As I did in the 2012 MA Senate race. I came damn close to voting for Romney that year as well. Moderate Democrat sums me up perfectly. My “perfect politician” if there is such a thing, has already existed: his name is John F Kennedy. Literally everything he believed in, I believe in.

Military: Lean Hawkish on areas of national security interest but in areas of “moral combat” I believe we should teed lightly because despite having morals, I’m not sure being the worlds policemen are  worth the lives of young American men and women. Foreign aid to support the defense of our allies is totally reasonable as long as it’s not coming at our expense. Maintain the commitments we’ve made thus far but beyond that hold off on making any new ones.

Economics/Entitlements: In a society that is as well off as we are, I believe it is the social responsibility of those who are really well off to pay more than others to take care of the less fortunate. That doesn’t mean I support a total nanny state that funds the lazy habits of layabouts. The amount of safety nets to prevent abuse in this area leaves a lot to be desired. But as long as safety nets to prevent fraud are enacted, I think the ultra rich (over $2M) need to pay a moderate tax on first portion of wealth but then a higher tax rate on anything over a certain amount (let’s say $5M). Yes this is a redistribution of wealth to a degree but overall it makes for a better country.

Equal Pay: I support a law that firmly states equal pay for equal work.
Not a step closer to it but at it. Period.

Health care: I believe health care should be an absolute right for every single American. How much you pay for the health care depends on how much income you take in. But it should be afforded to every American. Medicare should be expanded far beyond its current scope.

Child care: Government should subsidize 40 hours of child care per child up to age 5. For special needs children up to age 8.

Regulations: There are many good justifiable reasons for the government to get involved with the way companies do business so as to prevent dangerous practices but there’s no question that government regulation puts a stranglehold on some companies that makes it more profitable for them to do business outside of America and that must change.

Minimum wage: There should be a an $12 federal minimum wage and one that slowly escalated based on the cost of living. Aside from the federal minimum there should be higher ones in certain states based on cost of living

Immigration: To enter into the United States, you are being given a privilege. It is not your birthright. It sucks that some people have to be turned away but we must secure our borders. We must protect ourselves. The people who are here need to be thought of before we think of potentially new people. This country was founded on the basis of legal immigration, its part of our heritage. But the border can not be a free for all of people flooding in and going anywhere they want for whatever reason they want - and then once they get here draining our resources. YES certain severe dangerous cases require special action but otherwise people need to wait their turn.

Balanced budget: I don’t think it’s totally reasonable to demand a balanced budget considering you never know what is going to come up at any random time. But I do believe once the rate of expenses surpasses revenue - only certain things can be added to the budget and only certain things can be continue to be funded. I also think an automatic tax increase and budget cuts should be triggered when expenses outpace revenues. I know it doesn’t seem totally realistic but the concept can be pulled off at some point.

Infrastructure: One thing that America is desperately behind on is infrastructure. For the richest and most powerful country in the world there is absolutely horrendous infrastructure in this country. In part due to the public not wanting to pay for it, politicians not wanting to fund it and in part due to graft from construction companies. I think it should become a federal law that certain aspects of infrastructure shall be maintained by the states (power, water, roadways) with some help from federal government. For the major metro areas I think an extreme number, possibly in the trillions needs to be spent to update, upgrade, modernize and expand the mass transit systems and airports - to do this the states need to be asked to pay their fair share but the federal government should pitch in a matching amount.

Marriage: I believe the concept of a “marriage” is between a man and a woman but where as society has deemed a marriage to be a union of two ondodovuals who love each other, I no longer think it’s right of me to suggest equally weighted “civil unions ” as a substitute homosexuals for marriage. Thus I’m now okay with Gay marriage.

Prostitution Should be totally legal for anyone 19 and over. Should be taxed, regulated and legal only in a brothel setting. Civil infraction & steep fine for individual street cases (for both John and prostitute) but a felony for running an illegal house of prostitution.

Marijuana: Support cross the board legalization for anyone over 18. Selling in licenced establishments permitted across the board and heavily taxed. Driving under influence similar to DUI. Selling small amounts a misdemeanor, heavy amounts = a felony

Alcohol: Drinking age 21. Civil infraction for those 18-21 caught drinking. Alcohol should be heavily taxed

Cigarettes: Smoking age should be 18 as is. Cigarettes should be EXTREMELY taxed.

Abortion: Pro-Choice. Abortion should be legal up to 20 weeks. 20-24 weeks only in case rape/incest. After 24 weeks only to save life of mother.

Gun control: Don’t believe in banning guns outright but believe a strong and I do mean strong amount of control legislation should be enacted. From background checks to gun free zones to red flag laws and beyond. The Second amendment was intended to protect against rogue leaders nesting up citizens and controlling them the way the British red coats did during the colonial days, those days are long gone.


Criminal justice: Our system broken. It should not be a liberal position that more African Americans are being needlessly shot dead by officers, it should be a common sense position because it’s a fact. The interaction between law enforcement and civilians is all out of whack. We have cops getting killed in cold blood and people getting killed by the cops for no apparent reason. For this we need far better training for law enforcement and without question body cams on every single policeman, as well as multiple cameras on police vechiles. And these cops that kill without justification need to be prosecuted, not allowed to skate. And in reverse the cop killers need to thrown away for good. >>>>>>> Once and for all the fact that those who are wealth off stand a better chance in our criminal justice system than those who are poor is absolutely abhorrent. How guilty or innocent some is. The circumstances of ones crime or indiscretion, how much someone has truly shown remorse or how much they have been rehabilitated - should be the standards by how well they do in the criminal justice system. I’m not sure what that takes to change it but it makes a mockery of our nation otherwise.

Unions: I strongly support unions but in some areas they have become too powerful and ESPECIALLY in the cases of public unions they have run rough shot over local budgets that are spending 30%-40% on pensions, it’s a joke. I guess what I’m saying is public unions need to be more reasonable because they are destroying government budgets and it’s not fair to the tax payer. But overall I do support the concept of unions and rights of workers.

Death Penalty: Torn on this. I generally oppose it but in VERY LIMITED cases I can understand it’s use. But as a rule I don’t support it and don’t mind it being banned in any state.

Electoral Reform:

- Voting ID: I support the idea that someone should show some form of proof that they are who they say they are when voting. This is common sense to me. The Left uses it to allow illegals to vote and the right uses this subject to intimidate and surpress voters. Both are wrong.

- Electoral College: I know it’s not rational but for some reason I support it. But I wouldn’t be crushed if it was done away with but that’s never going to happen

- Term limits: Oppose strongly. Lame duck politicians can’t be held accountable and to me the most dangerous person is someone who has nothing to lose.

Climate change: It’s real and we need to get ahead of it now before it’s too late. However I do not support extreme initiatives that provide minimum environmental benefit but create major inconvienances for average citizens.



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« Reply #1297 on: May 28, 2018, 09:08:59 PM »

Overall: I’d consider myself a moderate on most areas. All things being equal I’m going to vote Democrat but in many instances I will vote Republican. As I did in the 2012 MA Senate race. I came damn close to voting for Romney that year as well. Moderate Democrat sums me up perfectly. My “perfect politician” if there is such a thing, has already existed: his name is John F Kennedy. Literally everything he believed in, I believe in.

Abortion: Pro-Choice. Abortion should be legal up to 20 weeks. 20-24 weeks only in case rape/incest. After 24 weeks only to save life of mother.

Kennedy was staunchly pro-life
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« Reply #1298 on: June 25, 2018, 09:42:55 PM »
« Edited: June 25, 2018, 09:51:11 PM by nawm2003 »

Socially: Centrist
Fiscally: Capitalist
Foreign Policy: Pro-Military
Political Party: Democratic

Social Issues: I'm pro-life (on Abortion) and anti-affirmative action which are typically conservative stances, but I have no issues with gay marriage and want some degree of gun control (which are liberal positions)

Economic/Fiscal Issues: I'm pro-business and believe that lower taxes(but not a flat tax) for the rich, middle class, poor are what is most beneficial for the economy (i.e " A rising tide lifts all boats")

Foreign Policy: I believe a strong military is what ensures American dominance and peace abroad, but good diplomacy never hurts!

The most important issue for me is climate change (it IS killing us), an issue for which there is no more time.

All in all, I'm pretty pragmatic but the Democratic Party is definitely my home!

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« Reply #1299 on: June 26, 2018, 01:11:48 PM »

Secular, pragmatic Democrat, who doesn't like amnesty but support statehood status for Puerto Rico, due to my growing up in Illinois, around Latinos

Don't like legalizing weed, I support the military, and look up to secular politicans like RFK.
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