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« Reply #1325 on: August 16, 2018, 11:04:13 AM »

Ideology
Social: Center with a libertarian streak
Economic: Social democrat
Foreign Policy: Dovish internationalist
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. Slightly pro-life, favor banning it outright unless life of the mother at viability. Do favor counseling and waiting periods before then tough I don't think it should be criminalized in the same regard to murder prior to viability. Conflicted on Planned Parenthood funding and the Hyde Amendment.

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, and not worth it.

Affirmative Action: Generally against.

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. Reform and regulate ICE but do not abolish it.

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

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 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. Open to a multi-payer approach but a public option is not the answer.

Globalization/Trade: Generally Strongly oppose, unless we have a product we can't make elsewhere and visa versa. Oppose TPP, support re-negotiation of NAFTA. Support tarrifs in certain circumstances but we have to ensure that we don't end up in a lose-lose trade war.

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 and oppose efforts to crack down on union formation by employers.

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. Fairly opposed to charter schools

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, paday lenders, banks, and credit card companies. Strong proponent of anti-monopoly laws. Support government run banks but for small loans only and with strict regulation.


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: Extremely 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: Favor detente basically

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 commissions 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 #1326 on: August 16, 2018, 11:40:56 PM »

Literally just copy/pasting what everyone else is doing, credit without credit right here to whoever made this

Overview:
Social: Conservative with many caveats
Economic: Conservative with many caveats
Foreign: Dovish, fair trader
Party Affiliation: Republican

Social Policy:
Abortion: Illegal after week 9, week 20 in cases of rape, and once labor starts in the case of threat to a mother's life. We need to defund planned parenthood and pour a lot of money into fixing adoption and foster care.
Same-Sex Marriage: Always have been an ally, we need to allow LGBT adoption in the USA. No one should be forced by the government to marry anyone they don't want to, but they should regardless. The Bible says to love your neighbors and strongly advocates for the golden rule, so I think personally that churches should marry anyone who wants to be married.
Drug Laws: We need legal Marijuana and drug safe havens.
Death Penalty: We need a Constitutional amendment making it illegal for the US Government to kill people as legal punishment.
Gun Control: We need to continue to allow gun manufacturing at home and should encourage gun safety, advertising classes for safe gun use.
Religious Freedom: Should never be infringed by the government unless it harms someone else
Affirmative Action: It is well documented that this actually has decreased the rate of minority graduation, thus keeping many in a bad situation. Also needs to be ended on moral grounds.
Political Correctness: This should not be a political issue. Socially, we can discuss the pros and cons of political correctness. I think it's had a strong negative effect on social intercourse and has kept from many political issues from being raised.
Euthanasia: Supportive of Death with Dignity in most cases
Prostitution: We need to make it legal to be a prostitute and illegal to pay for prostitution, which will penalize the real wrongdoers and deal a significant blow to human trafficking.
Pornography: The UK sucks
Immigration: We need a northern and southern border wall and boats on both coasts. We also should adopt an Ellis Island immigration policy with improved family reunification.

Economic Policy:
Minimum Wage: Reduce to $7 and keep consistent with inflation.
Right to Work: Opposed, unless unions aren't doing their jobs
Taxation: We need a 15% flat tax for everyone who makes $25,000 or more a year and we need a 25% tax on stock gains
Healthcare: Some public option is okay for the poor and elderly, but otherwise a free market is the best choice.
Education: We need to educate on useful life skills and offer good education on the trades so everyone can leave high school and get a job.
Free Trade: We need to always match exactly the tariffs that other countries have with us and negotiate an elimination of tariffs.

Foreign Policy and National Security:
Iran: Get the hell away, it's got nothing to do with the US
Syria: Get the hell away, it's got nothing to do with the US
Israel/Palestine: Two state solution but Jerusalem is a part of both nations
Russia: Get the hell away, it's got nothing to do with the US unless they hack our elections, then let's kick their asses

Environment:
Climate Change: Exists, is caused by man, but it's not worthwhile economically to try and fix this quickly. We need geothermal, hydroelectric, and to stop using oil and coal.

Electoral and Political Reform:
Term limits: Oppose except for President and state offices.
Electoral College Reform: We should adopt a proportional state vote system (AKA Minnesota votes 47% Clinton and 46% Trump, Clinton gets 2 electoral votes for winning and the other 8 are split proportionately, so in this case Clinton would get 6 to Trump's 4)
Voter ID: Everyone should get a free state ID when they turn 18 that they can use to vote. Drivers license, military ID, and passport should be usable as well.
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« Reply #1327 on: August 22, 2018, 11:58:51 PM »
« Edited: August 23, 2018, 12:08:01 AM by Use Your Illusion »

1. Gun legislation will do NOTHING to fix the root cause. The issue is that people wish to hurt others. How often do we see killers give signs of intent to harm before they do it. They say it in passing, post it to social media, etc. Sit down. Talk to them. They are disenfranchised and want to HURT others. Taking guns and passing legislation over millions of people in direct antithesis of our 2nd Amendment rights does not help this young man/woman. Let's take the guns. Hell revoke the 2nd Amendment. And they're gonna go straight for locker bombs and arson because they want to HURT people. This is a human problem at a social level. Stop worrying about passing laws and start worrying about how to help those disenfranchised enough to want to cause harm.

2. Roe vs. Wade cannot be overturned. Again like the gun issue this is social issue at the individual human level. The single greatest reason for illegal activity is not caring it is illegal. Desperate women and young girls who neither understand the life cycle or appreciate the gravity both can and will take it upon themselves to terminate their unwanted pregnancies. The question is not "How do we save the babies?" it is "How do we reduce the rate of unwanted pregnancy?"

Reform our education system to demonstrate that benefits of safe sex, contraception and abstinence. Teach our children that regardless of where you stand on the termination of pregnancy, you in take measures that otherwise would result in another human being. I do not support abortion at a moral level but I am a man and I am not entitled to tell any person what to do. Reform at the local levels to encourage adoption practices and better fund the state to care for these children who otherwise would have been terminated. And lastly and most importantly we must focus to empower women against the sexual advances of men. Hell teach them how to defend themselves because we have to start somewhere and we have to start NOW. Identify those at risk, identify those who have been unwillingly raped and want nothing more than to rid themselves of a baby that is not there. Find ways to bring these men to justice, to keep these women safe from further harm and to provide refuge. Encourage them not to conduct an abortion and instead give life a chance and a decision that was not hers to make does not have to stay with her.

If we make changes as a culture we can and will strike the root at the core and the issue will resolve itself. The only way we are going to stop abortion is if we teach that life is beautiful and (if I may borrow from Colin Moulton) to fill the condom and not the van.

3. I fully support military budget reform. I am not one to speak of how each dollar is spent but I can surely and confidently say that the near $2 billion a day budget (from last year) can be streamlined. We outspend everyone in the world and until I know why I will continue to push for it. I do not advocate cutting our forces, I simply advocate that we be more intelligent about how we are doing things right now.

4. I support the right of same sex couples to be married so long as churches are given equal right to refusal. Same sex couples are are protected under the ideals of "Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness" and they are endowed the right to marriage because this is America and we made it so people can be free individuals to exercise these rights whether other people like it or not. But marriage to me (and the church) is an uncompromising institution of God. Freedom cuts both ways. A priest is not damned to wed two men/women because of law. The onus is on the couple who wishes ceremony to find one to wed them. While a hindrance, this is an exercise of true freedom. They will be allowed to marry and enjoy the same rights as anyone else and the individual integrity of the churches will be allowed to be exercised. With the blessing of law and a willing member of the church may any two men and women live in happiness til death do they part while any member of the church may say they did what they felt was right.

5. The current economic model is not sustaining and drastic changes need to be made. I call for a very slow and very moderate return to former economic policies as to allow businesses to adjust. Raising taxes is not a sexy position to take but we once upon a time kept up with wages with strong unions, taxed higher according to income and created the most prosperous nation in the world and we did it without any of it being called entitlement, socialism or wealth redistribution. A state of dynastic wealth amongst the few who hoard it in offshore accounts or live in other places as to avoid proper taxation is not the mark of a strong capitalist society. It works best when power is given to the consumer and their business drives other businesses to become better than one another for better quality and prices. The solutions are few and even less easy but the first step is to define what wealthy actually is anymore. And we must clearly define the goals of this strategy. The only solid contingent is that we bring these changes slowly. Over decades even. If you're gonna kick it old school then at least be smart about it.

Long story short we have 38 million people living in poverty, that many on food stamps and so many billions of dollars tied up into the few and the proud that regular taxation may as well be deemed theft. All this to me says that what we are doing today is neither working nor going to help reduce any of these numbers. It is time to start investing once again in the American worker, the American farmer and the American consumer and not the businesses who have continued to chronically under-employ them and find new ways every year to cut corners.

I fully and truly understand why President Reagan started his trend. He was the ultimate advocate of keeping the hand of government out of everything. He wanted to keep taxes low and let capitalism make us great again. I mean seriously.... what a great idea. Needless to say it worked. But it has now gotten out of hand and we have seen he evaporation of the middle class and the birth of the working poor. Again this is a broad issue without clearly defined goals. It is a process that must be fixed together. But I can tell you certainly that more of the same will not get us out.

All things in moderation people. Let's figure out a way to swing the pendulum back a little more. Perhaps there is indeed a better way than what I have discussed.

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« Reply #1328 on: August 23, 2018, 10:17:21 AM »

Haven't done this for a while, and I feel like my views have shifted a tad.

SUMMARY
Social: Center left
Economic: Center right
Foreign: Rather interventionist
Party Affiliation: Republican

SOCIAL POLICY
Abortion: I support Roe v. Wade and generally fall under the umbrella of "pro-choice."  However, I have serious moral qualms with abortion, and I am incredibly turned off by a lot of "liberal" rhetoric on the issue (this issue brings out some of the worst of tribalism).  I absolutely support some type of third trimester ban (except for the big three exceptions), though I would defer to someone with some more medical knowledge than I have to determine the cutoff (which will, of course, inevitably be somewhat arbitrary).
Same-Sex Marriage: I support it, no exceptions.
Drug Laws: I think states should be able to decide RE: marijuana, but I think drug use in general should be decriminalized, with the punishment falling on the large scale dealers.  No kid should face jail time or have their job prospects shattered for being one of the many college kids who comes across drugs and trying it/being that unlucky that they get caught.
Death Penalty: In general, I support its existence ... I have a hard time articulating this view, as there is no perfect "rule" of when to use it that I can land on.  However, I do strongly believe that it is an appropriate punishment for certain cases.
Gun Control: I am generally quite skeptical.  I am sympathetic to the Second Amendment and to the arguments that defend not altering it too much.  I would support common sense measures like background checks and waiting periods, but anything else is Constitutionally dubious and won't help the problem much.
Religious Freedom: Follow the precedent of past civil rights legislation and the Interstate Commerce Clause.
Affirmative Action: I support it for SES, but I am quite skeptical of affirmative action on the basis of race, specifically for minority groups with higher-than-average SES (like Asian-Americans).
Political Correctness: Try not to offend people ... there isn't a "law" that can make a meaningful impact here, IMO.  Rational people can see where the line of common sense is.
Euthanasia: Though I have some real reservations about this morally, I have not arrived at a reason to oppose people's right to die with dignity.  My uncomfortably with the state systematically condoning the killing of innocents (even if the innocents have asked for it) is slightly outweighed by sympathy for the patients who desire that type of ending.
Prostitution: This is a "live and let live" position that I strongly disagree with.  While a prostitute should never be in legal trouble for having to resort to that, prostitution must absolutely remain illegal.  Forgetting for a second the moral decay (unironic use) that would ensue, it enables the sex trade.
Environment: I am in favor of measures to preserve and protect our environment.  While regulations to do both can and should be balanced with policies that encourage the business community and private sector to thrive, punishment for breaking environmental regulations needs to be severe, and incentives for green policies should be generous.
Immigration: It is impractical (especially financially) to deport illegal immigrants that are already here, with the exception of ones that are identified as having committed minor crimes (ones who commit major crimes should be detained here).  However, a mark of a civilized country is to have border security that at least enables you to know who and what are entering your borders.  You owe that to your citizens, period.  I would support a pathway to citizenship for those already here (and amnesty for the crime of immigrating here illegally) and an intentional effort to secure our borders.  Most of my issue with more "conservative" thinking on this issue is with unwelcoming rhetoric that phrases the desire for border security in an unfair and unsavory light ... it's common sense to monitor immigration into your country and to make sure there is security.  How that somehow got associated with any type of "backward" thinking is absurd.

ECONOMIC POLICY
Minimum Wage: Have a federal minimum wage around $10.00 and let cities or states adopt higher ones if they desire to.  Index it to inflation, of course.
Right to Work: I'm rather conflicted, but I lean toward support.
Taxation: Current rates are fine, especially the new corporate ones.
Regulation: Regulation in general targets the wrong sort of companies and fails to truly alter the practices of the companies who acted irresponsibly in the first place.  We obviously need regulations on businesses, but in general what we have now has too much red tape that only ends up passing costs to consumers and lowering wages.
Healthcare: I would support a slightly more conservative version of Obamacare.  Most of my issue with liberal healthcare proposals is that they are too "one size fits all."  It seems to be an obsession of liberals to make everything uniform and under government regulation, but subsidies and whatnot for lower income individuals are a much better idea.  My other major issue with Obamacare is that it was intentionally designed to create a demand for government-run healthcare by making the fine for not offering healthcare less than the cost of providing it to your employees ... it's literally the worst of both worlds.
Free Trade: While human rights conditions and whatnot need to be considered, free trade is the best trade.

FOREIGN POLICY
I have a meeting coming up anyway (Tongue), but I also wanted to keep this one vague since it is a vague issue.  I generally believe that, post-World War II, we have assumed a responsibility (for better or for worse) as the leader and prime example for the free world and democratic West; a critic might call this the "world's police."  We obviously can't get involved in every conflict everywhere, but it is both in our interest and in the world's interest for the Untied States to be a leader in promoting democracy and human rights across the world.  Sometimes, this is inevitably going to mean military involvement.
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« Reply #1329 on: August 23, 2018, 01:23:23 PM »


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.
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« Reply #1330 on: August 23, 2018, 02:27:29 PM »


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.


LMAO


Hillary wanted to increase taxes, supported a more leftist version of Obamacare, increase regulations  and opposed Right to Work


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« Reply #1331 on: August 23, 2018, 02:41:49 PM »
« Edited: August 23, 2018, 02:52:21 PM by IceSpear »


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.


LMAO


Hillary wanted to increase taxes, supported a more leftist version of Obamacare, increase regulations  and opposed Right to Work

Arguing whether you want a more conservative or more liberal version of Obamacare isn't really that huge of a difference. He obviously doesn't care much about right to work either way since the description was only a single line and he was "conflicted" and only "leaned" in support of it, so I don't see why that would matter.

Taxes and regulations is about all there is that he has substantive disagreements with her on. Compare to the current Republican Party leader who the vast majority of Republican voters worship and the vast majority of Republican politicians enthusiastically support, where he disagrees with them on:

Abortion, same sex marriage, drug laws, gun control, religious freedom, political correctness, euthanasia, environment, immigration, minimum wage, healthcare, free trade, and foreign policy.
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« Reply #1332 on: August 23, 2018, 02:57:47 PM »


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.


LMAO


Hillary wanted to increase taxes, supported a more leftist version of Obamacare, increase regulations  and opposed Right to Work

Arguing whether you want a more conservative or more liberal version of Obamacare isn't really that huge of a difference. He obviously doesn't care much about right to work either way since the description was only a single line and he was "conflicted" and only "leaned" in support of it, so I don't see why that would matter.

Taxes and regulations is about all there is that he has substantive disagreements with her on. Compare to the current Republican Party leader who the vast majority of Republican voters worship and the vast majority of Republican politicians enthusiastically support, where he disagrees with them on:

Abortion, Same sex marriage, drug laws, gun control, religious freedom, political correctness, euthanasia, environment, immigration, minimum wage, healthcare, free trade, and foreign policy.


LMAO GOP politicians are more in favor of free trade than Dem politicians. It just that the Tarrif power was handed to the President a long time ago so there isnt much congress can do. Look at the TPP vote from 2015

Foreign policy: Again most GOP politicians are more interventionist than Dems are


Political Correctness: Um Dems favor using government action on this issue, he clearly said he wouldnt support that.

Gun Control: Rick Scott passed similar measures

Drug Laws: Trump himself favors letting the states decide

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« Reply #1333 on: August 23, 2018, 03:07:21 PM »

Sorry I ruined the thread, LOL.
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« Reply #1334 on: August 23, 2018, 03:07:48 PM »


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.


LMAO


Hillary wanted to increase taxes, supported a more leftist version of Obamacare, increase regulations  and opposed Right to Work

Arguing whether you want a more conservative or more liberal version of Obamacare isn't really that huge of a difference. He obviously doesn't care much about right to work either way since the description was only a single line and he was "conflicted" and only "leaned" in support of it, so I don't see why that would matter.

Taxes and regulations is about all there is that he has substantive disagreements with her on. Compare to the current Republican Party leader who the vast majority of Republican voters worship and the vast majority of Republican politicians enthusiastically support, where he disagrees with them on:

Abortion, Same sex marriage, drug laws, gun control, religious freedom, political correctness, euthanasia, environment, immigration, minimum wage, healthcare, free trade, and foreign policy.


LMAO GOP politicians are more in favor of free trade than Dem politicians. It just that the Tarrif power was handed to the President a long time ago so there isnt much congress can do. Look at the TPP vote from 2015

Foreign policy: Again most GOP politicians are more interventionist than Dems are


Political Correctness: Um Dems favor using government action on this issue, he clearly said he wouldnt support that.

Gun Control: Rick Scott passed similar measures

Drug Laws: Trump himself favors letting the states decide

The vast majority of Republican voters now support tariffs because Trump does. And it's not really worth a damn if Republican politicians say they oppose tariffs but don't do anything about it because they love their strongman god emperor and don't want to risk his wrath. A vote from 2015 isn't relevant to the present day. In case you haven't noticed, Trump has made the GOP sell whatever was left of their soul and principles in exchange for power.

There's really no evidence of that foreign policy claim. It's not 2004 anymore. The god emperor, who again I must stress has the support of >90% of Republican voters, enjoys letting the hellholes destroy themselves and loves cuddling up to Russia and Putin now while bashing NATO and any other American allies.

I guess you missed the "don't be a dick" portion of his political correctness section, which the god emperor and an increasing number of GOP politicians violate on a daily basis.

Rick Scott is a single person. The vast majority of Republicans, including the god emperor, oppose background checks and waiting periods. If they didn't, they would've passed by now.
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« Reply #1335 on: August 23, 2018, 03:12:00 PM »

^ LOL, IceSpear I think you know you're wasting your time. Tongue  Anyway, this is the last spam I'll drop on this thread:


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.

The bolded is undeniable.  So, it comes down to what I would personally prefer, and even now in the age of Trump, the best Republicans >>>>>>>>>>>>> the least bad Democrats, regardless of how the entire parties shake out.  At least to this RINO.
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« Reply #1336 on: August 23, 2018, 03:24:06 PM »

^ LOL, IceSpear I think you know you're wasting your time. Tongue  Anyway, this is the last spam I'll drop on this thread:


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.

The bolded is undeniable.  So, it comes down to what I would personally prefer, and even now in the age of Trump, the best Republicans >>>>>>>>>>>>> the least bad Democrats, regardless of how the entire parties shake out.  At least to this RINO.

Yeah, I know I am, lol. But this entire forum is a waste of time, so whatever. Tongue

What's your take on post #1351? Unless I'm missing something here, I can only assume you weight taxes/regulation extremely heavily and everything else very lightly for you to be a persistent Republican in this day and age. I would think that voting for Hillary would've caused you to rethink your party affiliation (not necessarily to become a Democrat, but at least not be a Republican.) Of course, I realize you have historical/non policy based attachments to the party as well, exactly how much do those factor into your decision?
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« Reply #1337 on: August 23, 2018, 03:27:32 PM »


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.


LMAO


Hillary wanted to increase taxes, supported a more leftist version of Obamacare, increase regulations  and opposed Right to Work

Arguing whether you want a more conservative or more liberal version of Obamacare isn't really that huge of a difference. He obviously doesn't care much about right to work either way since the description was only a single line and he was "conflicted" and only "leaned" in support of it, so I don't see why that would matter.

Taxes and regulations is about all there is that he has substantive disagreements with her on. Compare to the current Republican Party leader who the vast majority of Republican voters worship and the vast majority of Republican politicians enthusiastically support, where he disagrees with them on:

Abortion, Same sex marriage, drug laws, gun control, religious freedom, political correctness, euthanasia, environment, immigration, minimum wage, healthcare, free trade, and foreign policy.


LMAO GOP politicians are more in favor of free trade than Dem politicians. It just that the Tarrif power was handed to the President a long time ago so there isnt much congress can do. Look at the TPP vote from 2015

Foreign policy: Again most GOP politicians are more interventionist than Dems are


Political Correctness: Um Dems favor using government action on this issue, he clearly said he wouldnt support that.

Gun Control: Rick Scott passed similar measures

Drug Laws: Trump himself favors letting the states decide

The vast majority of Republican voters now support tariffs because Trump does. And it's not really worth a damn if Republican politicians say they oppose tariffs but don't do anything about it because they love their strongman god emperor and don't want to risk his wrath. A vote from 2015 isn't relevant to the present day. In case you haven't noticed, Trump has made the GOP sell whatever was left of their soul and principles in exchange for power.

There's really no evidence of that foreign policy claim. It's not 2004 anymore. The god emperor, who again I must stress has the support of >90% of Republican voters, enjoys letting the hellholes destroy themselves and loves cuddling up to Russia and Putin now while bashing NATO and any other American allies.

I guess you missed the "don't be a dick" portion of his political correctness section, which the god emperor and an increasing number of GOP politicians violate on a daily basis.

Rick Scott is a single person. The vast majority of Republicans, including the god emperor, oppose background checks and waiting periods. If they didn't, they would've passed by now.


You need 2/3 of congress to override trump tarrifs. There is enough populist dems and a minority of republicans who can stop that . By the way way more Republicans voted for TPP than dems did .

Again you talk about Voters , I talk about politicians and  They overwhelmingly voted to sanction Russia , and More of them were hawkish in Syria than Democrats.

Lmao most Republican politicians  arent dicks either only Trump really is . If they are dicks so are the Dems and really only Trump stands out as very bad on that .


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« Reply #1338 on: August 23, 2018, 04:39:12 PM »

^ LOL, IceSpear I think you know you're wasting your time. Tongue  Anyway, this is the last spam I'll drop on this thread:


That's probably why he voted for her. Wink

In all seriousness, I wouldn't go that far, but it's a massive stretch to argue that those views fit in better in the modern day GOP than they do in the modern day Dems. Though he'd obviously be catching flack either way.

The bolded is undeniable.  So, it comes down to what I would personally prefer, and even now in the age of Trump, the best Republicans >>>>>>>>>>>>> the least bad Democrats, regardless of how the entire parties shake out.  At least to this RINO.

Yeah, I know I am, lol. But this entire forum is a waste of time, so whatever. Tongue

What's your take on post #1351? Unless I'm missing something here, I can only assume you weight taxes/regulation extremely heavily and everything else very lightly for you to be a persistent Republican in this day and age. I would think that voting for Hillary would've caused you to rethink your party affiliation (not necessarily to become a Democrat, but at least not be a Republican.) Of course, I realize you have historical/non policy based attachments to the party as well, exactly how much do those factor into your decision?

Yes, a good enough description.  I also don't believe the Democratic Party will ever represent a truly appropriate vehicle for policies that I want in the future.  Even if it is a "better fit" now than the GOP (something I disagree with but can understand the thinking behind), I am highly skeptical that as I grow older (and especially as Boomers die off and Millennials get more power) the Democratic Party will ever resemble my politics in majority, especially for a sustained period of time. 

Hypothetical Future GOP >>>>>>>>>>>>> Modern Democratic Party > Modern GOP, if you will.
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« Reply #1339 on: September 10, 2018, 08:21:11 AM »

Social issues:
- Pro-Choice
- Pro-SSM
- Pro-Gun (however I do support certain regulations, raise the age to buy a rifle to 21 and mandate 90 day waiting period for gun purchase)
- Pro-Criminal Justice Reform
- Pro-Marijuana
- Pro-Immigration Reform

Economic:
- Fiscal responsibility
- Multipayer Healthcare is a good idea
- Capitalist
- Cut aid to tyrannical/oppressive countries
- Free trade

Foreign Policy:
- Pro-Israel
- Hawk
- Anti-Russia
- Anti-China
- Anti-Saudi
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« Reply #1340 on: September 11, 2018, 04:14:06 PM »

Abortion: uncertain, lean against (after 10 weeks or so), but I find most vocally pro life men are empathy free scum.
Drugs: legalize less dangerous drugs, decriminalize all drugs. Greatly expand access to treatment programs
Guns: don't really think about it
Immigration: Pretty much anyone should be allowed to immigrate. We should make sure to understand who's coming in and going out
National ID system: support, but don't make it easy to spy on people, etc with it.
Criminal justice reform: support, justice should be rehabilitative
LGBTQ+ rights: support. Not accepting a Trans child is abuse. Enbies should be accepted. You're a s##t person if you pretend ace/aro people don't exist.
Content warnings: support, and the abuse of the word "triggered" is disgusting
Women's rights:have far to go
Racial issues:ditto
Child abuse:cps is a disgraceful failure, taking away poor kids for little reason and failing to stop abuse in higher class families (as well as pretending emotional abuse doesn't exist)
Autistic people:should not be pathologized and demonized.
Ablism: is depressingly common in modern society. Disabled people deserve respect and consideration
Vaccines and medical care: should be mandatory. Denying your child medical care because of religious reasons especially is abuse and should result in calls to cps
Prostitution: buying should be criminal, sellers should be respected(it's immoral to buy but not to sell)

Everyone deserves Healthcare, there is no right to own things that aren't for personal use (eg land), asceticism is good, we should seek communism, meritocracy means good people get less because of lower natural ability. Protectionism in a developed economy is bad.

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« Reply #1341 on: September 14, 2018, 12:42:56 PM »

I'm gonna do one now.

Foreign Policy: I believe in expanding NATO, increasing military spending, having US troops in Ukraine, and liberating Syria, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Belarus, Sudan. And continuing drone strikes to kill terrorists.
Drugs: I believe all drugs should be legal. Including meth, heroin, DMT, whatever. People are still responsible for crimes they commit while under the influence, however.
Abortion: No government ban, but also no federal funding.
LGBT: Legal SSM. Let people do whatever they want with their sexuality, government doesn't belong in it. That means it's also okay to not sell to LGBT, but you're an idiot if you're running a business and actively refusing customers.
Welfare/Social Security: I believe in ending Social Security. I think welfare should still exist for poor children and adults who prove they are responsible enough to deserve it. I do not believe anti-vaxxers should get welfare benefits.
Free Trade: Free trade is the best, I support NAFTA, TPP, and want the US more integrated in free trade and the global economy.
Education: I think the government should replace teachers with computers. It will save a lot of money.
Taxes: I believe in lower corporate rates, lower rates on high-income earners, abolishing capital gains taxes, as well abolishing estate taxes. I believe in getting tax rates as low as possible.
Minimum Wage: I don't believe in a minimum wage, certainly not increasing it either. Minimum wage jobs are to build experience, not to have a family on.
Prostitution: I believe it should be legal nationwide for any consenting person over the age of 21, to either buy or sell.
Immigration: Make it as easy as possible for people to immigrate here, without going open-borders. Background check for no criminal connections, but otherwise no restrictions on legal immigration.
Separation of Church and State: I don't believe there should be any references to religion in government. No Ten Commandments in courthouses, no religious-based policies, none of it. We are a secular nation.
Environment: I believe the free market will solve all environmental issues.
Euthanasia: Oppose on a personal basis. Lawyers should have to produce documentation that you want to die and confirm it in court before anyone has euthanasia done.
Healthcare: Repeal PPACA with no replacement, government doesn't belong in healthcare, except to provide healthcare for poor children.
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« Reply #1342 on: September 15, 2018, 09:14:07 PM »
« Edited: September 15, 2018, 09:22:51 PM by libertpaulian »

Social issues:
- Pro-life, but can accept a 20-week ban as a compromise position.
- Pro-SSM
- LGBT should be added to civil rights laws
- Pro-Gun
- Pro-Criminal Justice Reform
- Pro-Marijuana
- Pro-Immigration Reform
- Abolish qualified immunity for police officers

Economic:
- Fiscal restraint
- Multi-payer or all-payer healthcare but with the market as the first resort.
- Capitalist
- Free trade
- Market solutions to resolve climate change
- Give states more leverage to solve major policy issues
- Repeal the 16th Amendment and replace our tax system with a Land-value tax and Pigouvian tax

Foreign Policy:
- Pro-Israel
- Realist
- Cut aid to dictatorships
- Anti-Russia
- Anti-Saudi Arabia
- Treat China as a frenemy
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« Reply #1343 on: September 18, 2018, 02:34:24 PM »
« Edited: September 18, 2018, 02:46:52 PM by Lakigigar »

Foreign Policy: I believe that NATO should be disbanded, and that we should decrease military spending, focus on diplomacy and international dialogue, and follow an independent course in terms of foreign politics.
Drugs: Legalization of marijuana, decriminalisation of other drugs, but focus on prevention and rehabitilation. Driving while drunk or driving under influence should not be tolerated though.
Abortion: Pro-choice. If woman are against abortion, they can chose to not have an abortion when they're pregnant, but it's not my business or business of the state. Illegal abortions are also not safe and not preferrable by any means, because the government or private instutions doesn't provide a safer way.
LGBT: I support LGBTQ-rights, but we shouldn't start to pro-discriminate them which is currently happening. People are starting to feel like they're being forgotten when they're "too normal".
Welfare/Social Security: Expand. Social security might be the most important task a government has to offer their citizens. It's the only way to combat poverty, and it's the most humanitarian approach. Economic equality is very important to me.
Free Trade: Lean towards oppose. Or... at least less than now. Let's put it that way. Globalism has gone too far, and multinationals have too much of a hegemony over the market. We should focus on supporting local economy, and more protectionist measures against international corporations, but... still more than reasonable.
Education: I support free tuition fees, and would invest a lot in quality college. Education is what shapes a person and what helps them in their further life. Anything starts with going to college. That's why we should spend a lot here. I'm a proponent of the Finnish system.
Taxes: Lowering rates on middle and lower classes, higher or keeping high on high-income earners, and progressive tax system on corporations (high multinationals, less high on local corporations). Taxes should be used to provide more economic equality.
Minimum Wage: I believe in a minimum wage yes. People who work need to have a decent income. Should be up to 15 dollar / hour at least. Anything below is basically slavery.
Prostitution: Legal, starting at the age of 21, for both people who offer / make use of it.
Immigration: I believe we should be tough on immigration, but be anti-racist. But we need to stop importing poverty here, and focus on stabilizing other regions on the world. The world isn't culturally homogenous enough or tolerant enough to other cultures to have mass-immigration of this rate. Immigration should thus be tough, but correct and humane. We also need to make sure that immigrant groups already staying in our country, can truly integrate in our country.
Separation of Church and State: We should be a secular nation, and there should be no reference of religion in the state, even at school.
Environment: Climate change might be the most important issue of 21st century, so we need to take harsh measures here. We currently are not doing enough to combat climate change. We need to prioritize green energy and focus on a sustainable green economy, focus on public transport, and have a tax of 21% on meat.
Euthanasia: I support euthanasia. People have the right to die if they want too. It's also more humane that suicide efforts and it can offer a way for people to say goodbye to that person and accept it.
Healthcare: I support universal single-payer healthcare system. Healthcare is very important, and everyone should afford it. No-one should die or get sick because they simply can not afford to go to the doctor or pay a visit to the hospital.
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« Reply #1344 on: September 27, 2018, 07:24:18 AM »
« Edited: September 27, 2018, 07:57:01 AM by bigic 🌐 »

Foreign Policy: I'm for an internationalist and globalist foreign policy based on democratic and liberal values. Support most forms of political co-operation between the states, such as the EU. If for example Ukraine wants to join NATO, it should be able to join. Not a fan of offensive wars, but they have their place.
Drugs: Legalize marijuana and other "soft" drugs, decriminalize other drugs as a start. I'd like all drugs being legal, but I'm sceptical about that.
Abortion: Pro-choice. Against banning abortion, including late-term abortion.
LGBT: Full legal equality with heterosexuals and other sexual orientations. For marriage, adoption and other rights.
Gun control: Against. Gun control is paternalism.
Welfare/Retirement: The welfare system should be more cash based - replace food stamps, social housing etc. with cash transfers. Curious about NIT/UBI. I also think that welfare spending should be somewhat reduced. Reduce the retirement system so that it provides just a minimal amount to keep old people from being poor and promote private retirement insurance.
Free Trade: For abolition of all tariffs and for multi-lateral trade agreements to eliminate (or at least reduce) non-tariff barriers. Trade should be as free as possible.
Education: For school vouchers and more private schools.
Taxes: Curious about LVT, I think it's a good replacement to property taxes as it doesn't disincentive development as much. Shift tax burden from income taxes to consumption taxes and reduce overall taxation and spending.
Minimum Wage: Against minimum wage, as it reduces employment.
Privatization: Privatize everything except maybe natural monopolies.
Regulation: Almost always for deregulation. Particularly opposed to zoning, occupational licensing, taxi and anti-Uber regulations...
Prostitution: Should be completely legal.
Immigration: Against any immigration restrictions.
Separation of Church and State: The state should be neutral to all beliefs and non-beliefs. Against restriction of religious freedom and against promotion of religion by the state and religious symbols in state institutions.
Environment: For market-based solutions such as carbon tax or cap-and-trade.
Euthanasia: For legalizing euthanasia, as long as it's done with appropriate consent
Healthcare: For a market-based multipayer system of universal healthcare.
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« Reply #1345 on: October 01, 2018, 09:58:16 PM »

If I start going issue-by issue it will take forever, so I will break it down into three parts, summarized briefly: social issues, economic issues, and foreign policy.

On nearly all the social issues I can think of I am a libertarian and usually hold positions near the extreme end of the spectrum.  However immigration and gun control are exceptions: in both cases I hold positions very near the political center.

On economics I am more moderate.  I am not opposed in principle to either government spending or regulation, but I believe that the justification for either one has to be pretty strong.  Regulation in particular, I think is excessive: I believe the only acceptable regulations are those address an externality, an imbalance of information, or a natural monopoly, and then only if the burden is commensurate with the harm the regulation addresses.  When it comes to spending, there are more reasons I would support it, but usually only if there is also strong fiscal multiplier.  I oppose deficit spending except in times of war or a major recession, but I also don't think we'll get the debt down in my lifetime.  When it comes to taxes, I don't like them (who does?) but am more concerned with loopholes than the rate.

On foreign policy, I'm much more internationalist than movement libertarians, and I loved John McCain's "League of Democracies" idea.  I support drone assassinations and some cases of targeted air strikes, but strongly oppose offensive wars involving ground forces.  I believe free trade and cultural ties are the best way to effect regime change in dictatorships.  I am skeptical of foreign aid because of the evidence that the most popular forms are counterproductive. I think withdrawing the US from the Orwellian "United Nations Human Rights Council" is one of the only things Trump got right, and I would like to kick the UN out of New York City as well, so that foreign dictators with outstanding travel bans can't speak at Columbia University or go shopping on Fifth Avenue.
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« Reply #1346 on: October 13, 2018, 12:50:43 PM »
« Edited: October 13, 2018, 12:54:43 PM by BlueSwan »

I don't know if I ever answered this thread before, but here we go. I'm going to include some issues that are hotly debated in the US even if they are not in Denmark.

Abortion: I support abortion rights, but with a time limit. In Denmark we have free access to abortions during the first trimester, with some exceptions being made up to 20 weeks. It seems to work well. Crucially, sex education is super important.

Affirmative action: Bill O'Reilly's beloved "White christian straight male power structure" is very real and it needs to be challenged to give minorities and women equal chances. Therefore I tend to support various versions of preferential treatment for minorities and women (or even men in some female dominated areas), with the caveat that these are meant to be icebreakers to change said power structure, not as permanent fixtures.

Immigration: I have nothing whatsoever against immigrants. I'm not afraid of brown people or muslims. Quite the contrary, actually. I have a lot of empathy for those people, because they don't have it easy in Denmark these days. However, I am sick of losing elections over this issue - this issue alone has caused the progressive side to lose 4 of the last 5 parliamentary elections in Denmark (every election since 2001, except the one in 2011). The fact is that many people are deeply concerned about the cultural impact of third-world immigration and we have to take that concern seriously. That's why I am ok with a somewhat strict immigration policy, even if I don't actual like that policy myself. However, I am TOTALLY against all the initiatives that are basically designed to harrass muslims. I think we need to do MUCH more to make immigrants actually feel at home here and as it currently is, I certainly can't blame immigrants for not feeling at home, because the overall sentiment in danish politics and danish media is heavily anti-immigrant and even more heavily anti-muslim. As for the US, I believe that Donald Trump won because of this issue and I think Democrats should take it seriously. If democrats are perceived (however wrongly) as being the party of unlimited immigration, they will lose again.

Crime: I support being massively more lenient in the criminal system. Alternative methods of punishment should be used far more and funds are better spent on prevention and resocialization programs than on keeping people locked up. I am obviously against the death penalty.

Gun control:If you had a well-functioning country basically without guns, would you support allowing for people to buy guns at will?? I think any reasonable person would answer "NO!" to that question, which is why it for Europeans seems nonsensical that Americans cling to their guns the way they do. I realize that getting rid of guns in the US is not going to be easy, but they did it in Australia, so it is not impossible.

LGBTQ-issues: I support equal rights for everyone. Always have, always will.

The environment/climate change: MASSIVE initiatives needs to be taken to battle global warming and it needs to happen now. The Paris treaty was just a baby step. All wealthy nations need to pour massive resources into scientific research and we need strict CO2-quotas for all to follow. Countries that do not follow suit should be heavily sanctioned.

Taxes: I support fairly high levels of taxes and in particular higher taxes on property, resource use and inheritance.

Trade:I support REGULATED free trade, not the libertarian version of free trade. But regulated free trade make us all richer.

Health-care: Access to health care is a human right. I fully support a single-payer universal health care model.

Automation:Automation is GREAT. It makes humanity richer and allows for us to have more interesting, less physically demanding and probably better paying jobs. If you don't agree with this think about whether you'd really like to go back to the early 1800s.

Education: Education should be governmentally funded. In Denmark we get paid to take an education. I realize that this might not be an immediately feasible solution for many countries, but ideally I think it is a great system.

Benefits: I support a strong social security net. Western countries are so rich that nobody should be poor, period. The government needs to provide funds for a decent life for anybody who can't find work or simply cannot work.

Minimum wage: In Denmark we don't have a legal minimum wage, as we have strong enough unions to take care of the issue. The de facto minimum wage is around $17-18. I certainly support a higher minimum wage in the States but don't have any strong feelings as to what exactly the level should be at.

Foreign Policy:
The western world needs the US to return to the Obama years of being a general force for good in the world. We cannot take peace for granted. The peaceful times we have had in the west since WW2 has happened for a reason. Without a strong US it is far from certain that it would have been as peaceful. But for the US to remain strong, they need to stop fighting unwinnable wars. The wars in the middle east were a mistake and should not be repeated.

Voter reform/election reform: Automated national registration at 18 years of age. Voting rights are RIGHTS, you should not be able to lose those under any circumstances, which means that felons should also be able to vote. Gerrymandering should be outlawed - all congressional districts should be drawn by nonpartisan boards. Ideally a proportional voting system should be adopted, but that is probably unrealistic. I support the national popular vote initiative, since I don't believe the electoral college will be abolished. Another unrealistic idea is that ideally I'd like to see the senate abolished as it gives way to much power to microstates, which do not even form a sociocultural unit in any meaningful fashion other than geographical proximity (much more important if you are urban or rural, black or white, rich or poor, well educated or not, or male or female than if you live in Iowa or Minnesota).

Drugs/prostitution: I generally don't believe in criminalizing behaviour that only hurts the actual people involved in the acts. Furthermore, I don't think criminazation accomplishes anything. So I support the legalization of prostitution and drugs. Both should be combated but in different ways than through the legal system.

The budget: It is generally nonsense to regard it is important to "balance the budget". A public budget does not need to balance, but it IS wise to avoid debt levels getting out of control. The US running trillion dollar deficits during a boom is most definitely NOT responsible fiscal policy. If the US should ever run a surplus it should be right now while the economy is booming and unemployment is very low. During a boom is the BEST time to raise taxes, so the US should get on with that immediately (as if that's going to happen....).
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« Reply #1347 on: October 18, 2018, 12:07:23 PM »

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Abortion: Personally I'm pro-life, but allow for first trimester only, as well as no sex selective abortion. Women getting safe abortions is better than in an alley ig.
Drugs: Decriminalize some drugs like marijuana
Censorship: No
Gay Marriage: Gay people should be allowed to get married
Death penalty: Legal for war criminals/terrorists, as well as for people who commit industrial crimes (DuPont dumping chemicals in the water)
Prostitution: Keep it illegal
Stem cell research: Conflicted feelings
Gun control: The 2nd amendment asserts the right of every American to bear arms, and we should keep it that way
Assisted suicide: Legal for terminal illnesses and the like
Gambling: Casinos should stay illegal

Electoral Reform
Term Limits: No term limits
Voting Age: Stay the same
Campaign Finance Reform: Publicly financing is an ok idea, definitely ban corporate donations
Gerrymandering: Bad

Economic Issues
Unions: Unions protect the working class, extremely good
Privatization: No, nationalize some industries instead
Minimum Wage: $15 + adjust for inflation
Taxation: Lower taxes on the middle/lower classes and higher on the highest earners
Healthcare: Universal healthcare system
Trade: Support fair trade, prioritize America but don't go full protectionist. Only sign free trade agreements with labor protections.
Military: Scale back the military, withdraw troops slowly from Middle East

Foreign Policy
War: No wars of aggression
Israel-Palestine: Very messy, just don't bother
UN: Remain in UN, but less involvement
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« Reply #1348 on: October 29, 2018, 12:43:33 PM »

Social Policy
Abortion: Pro-life. If you have a baby it's your own fault not the baby's so it's wrong to kill it just because you were being stupid. Exceptions include rape, incest, and the like.
Drugs: Legalize medicinal, not recreational.
Censorship: Only in the most extreme cases, eg. porn
Gay Marriage: Support.
Death penalty: Only in the most extreme cases, eg. mass shootings.
Prostitution: Should be illegal.
Church and State: Keep separate.
Stem cell research: Support, as long as no babies are killed.
PATRIOT Act: Mildly against. Personal rights and national security must be balanced.
Gun control: For. It's been my view that an American citizen who hasn't committed crimes should be able to get guns (not AR-15s and the like though) even under strong regulations.
Assisted suicide: For. It's their choice.
Gambling: I wouldn't do it but people should get to choose whether to meme themselves or not.

Electoral Reform
Term Limits: Against. No need, except for presidential term limits.
Statehood: Give PR statehood, idk about the other territories since they are too small.
Voting Age: Lower to 16. Probably will change once I get older lol.
Campaign Finance Reform: Companies should be able to donate money if they want to. Still, limits should be imposed.
Gerrymandering: Against. Nonpartisan committees should draw boundaries for all states. I would support a constitutional amendment on this issue.
Voter ID: Against. Voter suppression tactic.

Economic Issues
Unions: I support the right to organize, provided they aren't used as excuses for poor performance.
Privatization: Let's keep things as they are. Obviously prison privatization is a human rights disaster, but in other areas it's not so bad...
Minimum Wage: Let's keep it as it is.
Taxation: Lessen the slope of incremental tax, the rich work hard for their money and shouldn't be forced to give it up, but it's important to fund government programs at the same time. There shouldn't be new taxes, government needs to be more efficient with revenue.
Healthcare: Universal healthcare would be nice but would cost a ton. Personally, I'm good with the ACA.
Trade: Free trade best trade!
Military: Strike a balance between protecting liberty around the world/protecting against domestic terrorism and not wasting funds that could go to worthier domestic causes. I would support some cuts.

Foreign Policy
War: Only if human rights violations are clearly being committed, or to defend an ally (eg. South Korea)
Israel-Palestine: Neutral.
Draft: Don't really know. Hopefully there won't be a war to trigger one.
UN: Stay in, the US must remain involved in world affairs as a voice for human rights.
Nukes: Nuclear war bad, so try and get other countries to disarm instead of pissing them off by withdrawing from treaties.
Foreign Aid: Only give to nations with democratic ideology.
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« Reply #1349 on: November 08, 2018, 12:43:35 PM »

Social Policy
Abortion: Personally not a fan, but pro-choice. Open to a ban after the first trimester.

Drugs: Decriminalize all, legalize most.

Gay Marriage: Support.

Death penalty: Permitting the government to kill its citizens is the slippiest slope.

Prostitution: Decriminalize.

Church and State: Politicians can base their votes on whatever they want. Don't establish a national religion or discriminate, obviously.

Stem cell research: Support

PATRIOT Act: Strongly support repeal. Also reform the intelligence apparatus and bring it under Congressional review. Auditing the NSA > auditing the Federal Reserve.

Gun control: I really don't care.

Assisted suicide: Again I personally have a problem with it, but this I can't decide one way or another.

Gambling: Its my problem if you're an idiot.

Electoral Reform
Term Limits: We already have elections

Statehood: Statehood for all territories and DC.

Voting Age: Lower to 16

Campaign Finance Reform: Publicly finance all campaigns, overturn Citizens United and ban corporate donations.

Gerrymandering: Disgusting, but Democrats need to level the playing field.

Voter ID: Bad solution to a non-existent problem.

Institutional Reform: Strongly support increasing the House to 995 members and reforming the Senate into a proportional representation system.

Economic Issues
Unions: Strongly support.

Privatization: Hell no.

Minimum Wage: $11, indexed to age of the employee, area economy, and inflation

Taxation: Repeal the 2017 tax bill, expand credits and deductions for low-income (especially families with children). End welfare cliffs.

Healthcare: Multiplayer market solution

Trade: Strongly support free trade, but agreements should contain provisos for labor protections

Military: Maintain current levels or scale back slightly

Foreign Policy
War: Only to protect human rights (Bosnia) or if attacked first

Israel-Palestine: Lean pro-Israel, but criticism of Israel is not anti-semitism.

Draft: We don't need it anymore. Abolish.

UN: Strongly support it

Foreign aid: Expand, but cut off support with totalitarian regimes (e.g. Iran, Saudi, Russia).
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