reply to post by MyrTheSeeker
Well, just from a high level:
Abortion - I disagree with Baldwin
Budget/Economy - I agree with what I know of his position
Civil Rights - I have not gotten a clear picture of his position on this
Education - I have some problems with him on this, so a mix for me
Energy - He does not go far enough (that I've seen) to get away from fossil fuels.
Environment - Haven't seen much, I like his private property stance
Families and Children - I like his focus on good parenting, not so much his focus on church
Foreign Policy - He seems a bit isolationist. I whole heartedly support his "end the American empire" stand, other aspects not so much
Government Reform - I disagree with him here, although I may agree with his intent, but not his methods
Gun Control / 2nd Amendment - I fully support his stand on this
Health Care - I'd need to know more. I like the general idea, but I'm not sure he would address many of the problems in the current system.
Homeland Secureity - A mix, here. I agree we are in more danger from Washington than Iran, but some of his positions here seem to contradict his "end
the empire" stand
Immigration - I largely agree. I'd like to see more enforcement of laws as regards employers who hire illegals
Jobs - I think he has the right idea, not sure I agree with his method
Principles and Values - I like what I see here, but again, I am not convinced he would not impose his religious beliefs in secular law
Social Security - I disagree. SS would be FINE if not for the fact it has been embezzeled from by pretty much every administration since its
inception. I've paid into it all my life. I want my money...
Taxes - Again, I like his ideas, but disagree with his details
Overall kind of a mix. My big concern is his religion, specifically that I'm not sure he will NOT impose those beliefs in secular law. This is a big
deal with me.
Note: I don't care about his religous beliefs, I strongly support his freedom to choose that. My concern has to do with the blurring of the line
between religion and secular law.
For instance, Biden has come right out and said that he believes life begins at conception, but that he will not move to restrict individual choice in
the matter. I'm not convinced Baldwin will take this same stand. This is one of my biggest problems with McCain/Palin as well.
Complicating all this is the reality that Baldwin, like Paul, won't win even if he wins. And I really do not like the direction Bush has taken my
country, and I am convinced that McCain will continue this direction in far too many areas. So my conundrum is to vote my concience (Paul) and
therefore remove a contribution to blocking McCain, or voting for Obama to help ensure there is SOME change in direction, even if still not what I'd
No politician has ever truly even come very close to representing me, although the Libertarians are less far off than some others...
My Source for all this
ETA: On taxes, I prefer a Consumption tax, also called a sales tax. That puts the amount of taxes an individual pays securely under their own control.
Low taxes? Live frugally. Luxurous life? Pay for it...
[edit on 3-10-2008 by Open_Minded Skeptic]