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  • Equal Opportunity: Disallow inherited money

    2 9.52%
  • Equal Opportunity: Keep things the same or similar

    9 42.86%
  • Equal Opportunity: Remove equal opportunity policies

    4 19.05%
  • Energy: Aggressively reward efforts for renewable resources

    11 52.38%
  • Energy: Provide medium level rewards for renewable resource efforts

    6 28.57%
  • Energy: Let Capitalism run its course

    5 23.81%
  • Government: Dismantle and rebuild governmental system

    5 23.81%
  • Government: Amend current policies

    14 66.67%
  • Government: Leave the current system alone

    0 0%
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Thread: Public Policies Part 2

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    Public Policies Part 2

    I have compiled some of the major political issues and asked related questions for voting purposes. If you aren't sure what I mean, please comment. Enjoy!

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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    I agree with the majority at this time as far as energy is concerned - we need aggressive measures for better energy sources and uses.

    I also agree that we should amend many current policies, but... with an end goal of a complete change in the system, in order to allow change to happen fast when needed and to allow for a democracy in which the larger minority groups can still somehow get a little bit of what they want. I believe the governmental system needs to be better informed by education. We need people in governmental positions because they are smart and educated, more than because they are popular.

    I disagree with people's sentiments regarding equal opportunity, I believe people should not be allowed inherited money - it puts people on unequal footing from the start.

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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    Inheritance: Tax it the same as normal income. No need for special laws regarding it. People should absolutely be able to leave money to their heirs though.

    Energy: We absolutely need to develop more renewable energy sources. However it's not a panic situation like some make it out to be. We have several generations of fossil fuels left, so there's plenty of time for a sensible transition to renewable energy. It doesn't need to be done in the next 20 years. I think government money is best spent on research for technologies in their infancy that show promise (such as fusion research, or orbital solar power), whereas technologies that are mature, though maybe not widely used (solar, wind) should be funded less aggressively, and allowed to be controlled more by the free market. The one thing I would support is mandatory laws forcing energy companies to buy excess electricity generated from home solar or wind generators. Possibly also small amounts of government assistance for renewable energy installations.

    Our government system at its core is fine. It just needs some work. I don't think we need to completely rebuild it from the ground up. Some good things to start would be changing our voting system to an instant runoff election so that 3rd parties have more of a chance, as well as making it mandatory for candidates running for office to provide certain information to the public so that it's easier to be an informed voter. Other good changes would be direct election of the president, and a repeal of presidential term limits.
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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    Energy: Stop allowing rabid environmentalists lobby their way through Washington. No benefits or punishment for anyone.

    Government: Reduce the size and power of the Federal government big time. Decentralize control and give states more freedoms. Never allow war powers to strictly be in the hands of the executive branch. Have a foreign policy of non aggression and no preventative wars. Do not allow international bureaucracies to undermine the Constitution. Keep a free market economic system, and leave social issues away from government control.
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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    Equal Opportunity: I don't really get this issue. I guess leave things the same.

    Energy; We need a market shift towards renewable resources. A energy policy should be written and geared towards lessening dependence on a national energy grid. Our policy should be retrofitting of energy-inefficient building to be energy self-sufficient with more regional grids built around the available local energy resources. Investment should be both public and private within states.

    Government: more emphasis on state and local politics. Federal elections should be less important, IMO.

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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by MusicAdventurer View Post
    I have compiled some of the major political issues and asked related questions for voting purposes. If you aren't sure what I mean, please comment. Enjoy!
    where is the END Taxes on estates or inheritances?

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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    where is the END Taxes on estates or inheritances?
    That might be what he means by remove equal opportunity policies. I don't know, the questions are kind of unclear.
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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    That might be what he means by remove equal opportunity policies. I don't know, the questions are kind of unclear.
    death taxes are idiotic iMHO

    smart people raise smart children

    athletic people are far more likely to have athletic children

    I was at a party today. The woman had a picture of her father-he was an olympic gold medalist in the 64 olympics. She was an all-american in track which paid her way through college. Her daughter is ranked in the top ten in a sport that will get her a full ride to stanford.

    do you want to tax that sort of advantage.

    the best tennis player in my son's class (7th grade) is beating a freshman who is ranked top in the state in HS. That seventh grader's father was on the pro tour, his mom was a division one first singles player for four years.

    sure, the kid practices all the time-but so do many others. He has a tremendous amount of athletic talent.

    he will get dozens of scholarship offers. shall we tax his genes?

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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    death taxes are idiotic iMHO
    What do you mean by death taxes? Do you mean estate and inheritence taxes?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    smart people raise smart children
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    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    athletic people are far more likely to have athletic children

    I was at a party today. The woman had a picture of her father-he was an olympic gold medalist in the 64 olympics. She was an all-american in track which paid her way through college. Her daughter is ranked in the top ten in a sport that will get her a full ride to stanford.

    do you want to tax that sort of advantage.
    Who wants to tax what now?

    Quote Originally Posted by TurtleDude View Post
    the best tennis player in my son's class (7th grade) is beating a freshman who is ranked top in the state in HS. That seventh grader's father was on the pro tour, his mom was a division one first singles player for four years.

    sure, the kid practices all the time-but so do many others. He has a tremendous amount of athletic talent.

    he will get dozens of scholarship offers. shall we tax his genes?
    What are you talking about TurtleDude?
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    Re: Public Policies Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    That might be what he means by remove equal opportunity policies. I don't know, the questions are kind of unclear.

    Yeah... imo, taxes on estates or inheritances would be considered equal opportunity measures - however, imo that is the improper route for equal opportunity... at least its something though
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