Monday, August 11, 2008

IT'S NOT NECESSARILY WHO YOU VOTE FOR, BUT WHAT, cont'd

This is it - here's the voting analysis on various issues for the Green Party that shows their position on each, and the graph showing, depending on analysis of their voting record, where they stand politically.

VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Based on these stances:
(Click on topic for excerpt & citation)
Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Women's right to control their bodies is non-negotiable: Strongly Favors topic 1
Keep safe & legal abortion: Favors topic 1
Cover abortion under national health care system: Strongly Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Support affirmative action to remedy discrimination: Strongly Favors topic 2
Replace male domination with respect of difference of gender: Strongly Favors topic 2
Require affirmative action: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Support equal rights of all persons on civil marriage: No opin. on topic 3
Fund "Manhattan Project" for a cure for AIDS: Favors topic 3
Confront barriers of racism, sexism, heterosexism, & ageism: Strongly Favors topic 3
Equality by sexual orientation, including gay marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+2 points on Social scale)
Governments must remain neutral regarding religion: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Support personal responsibility; teach dispute resolution: Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
Abolish the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes death penalty: Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+5 points on Social scale)
Repeal "3 strikes, you're out" law: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Focus on crime prevention instead of harsher sentences: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Restrict police use of guns and all forms of control weapons: Opposes topic 10
Support Brady Bill & thoughtful gun control: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Universal Single-Payer Health Care for everyone in the US: Strongly Favors topic 5
Health care is a human right: Strongly Favors topic 5
Nationalize health care & ensure universal coverage: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Opposes any privatization of Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Don’t privatize Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(-5 points on Economic scale)
End school vouchers: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Support choice within public schools: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Oppose further oil and gas drilling or exploration: Strongly Favors topic 18
Commit to developing clean renewable energy technologies: Strongly Favors topic 18
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions now; more later: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Cannabis/Hemp is to be legalized: Strongly Opposes topic 19
More drug counseling & treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Replace Drug War with treatment and alternative sentencing: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-5 points on Economic scale)
End faith-based initiatives and charitable choice programs: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Support a Living Wage: Opposes topic 20
Negative income tax to keep all adults above poverty line: Opposes topic 20
Workfare is slave labor: Opposes topic 20
Restore federally funded welfare entitlement program: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
A universal basic income (negative income tax) for everyone: Strongly Favors topic 11
Tax industrial pollution: Favors topic 11
Tax incentives to redistribute unbalanced wealth: Strongly Favors topic 11
Reform system to provide tax justice: Favors topic 11
Support progressivity; no flat tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Give undocumented immigrants a chance to become US citizens: Strongly Favors topic 12
Don’t blame immigrants for social and economic problems: Strongly Favors topic 12
Strongly Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Re-formulate trade agreements according to Fair Trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Reject NAFTA, GATT, & WTO: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+5 points on Social scale)
End all research, use, and sale of bio-chemical weapons: Strongly Opposes topic 15
End research, testing and stockpiling of all nuclear weapons: Opposes topic 15
Demilitarize our society and eliminate our WMDs: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Cut defense budget by 50%: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Caps on campaign spending and contributions: Strongly Favors topic 16
Expand the process of participatory democracy: Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
Repeal the Patriot Act: Strongly Favors topic 14
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+5 points on Social scale)
Complete withdrawal from Iraq under UN supervision: Strongly Favors topic 17
Support social and economic justice across the globe: Favors topic 17
Assist Russia & Israel in moving towards better governments: Strongly Favors topic 17

 
Green Party is a Hard-Core Liberal.
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explanation of political philosophy.
 
As you can see, the Green Party is as far to the Left as the graph will go.  This is much farther to the left and far more Socialist than even the Democratic Party.  Again, I hope this series isn't too dry and I really hope that it helps voters make a more informed choice.

5 comments:

queeniemart said...

there are QUITE a few things that i agree on with the Green party but a few big ones that i disagree with so i could never vote one of their candidates in.

tschuckman said...

Dirk,
I found real great advice in your kind words on my blog post!   I was thinking about "CASH ONLY" but never got started--  now I will !    Too ad it makes me look like a jerk-- but my good name and solvency depend upon me taking the reins.  
    I have been wealthy at one time but also very poor and homeless ack in 94-95 and learned some very hard lessons.
  I like your political graph too !

Bro.  Tom S

luvrte66 said...

Hi Dirk! Thanks for all your comments on my journal about our vacation. I hope you enjoyed reading about our adventures!

All my best,
Beth

lifesabench6 said...

Your research has been great Dirk!  It is sure to help some to vote more on the issues and make an informed decision~  God Bless!!!!  Carolyn

christiniareid said...

I can't vote this year, but I thought some of the subjects were really interesting to read about. Thanks,

Laura