since I’m not party affiliated, I don’t have a specific party to disagree with but here’s some of my positions on major issues:
- Gun control: not against gun ownership but definitely against anything that has the capacity for rapid fire or high-volume rounds. In short, you want a handgun, have a revolver. A shotgun, breech load only, no magazine. Assault rifle - non-starter. Hunting rifle - bolt action only. No civilian needs anything more than that. Won’t necessarily stop killings but will drastically cut down on mass killings and the number of victims. claims something more is needed for self/home defense — too bad. if you really need something bigger to protect you or your home, you’re screwed anyway because you’re either a really crappy shot that needs a high volume of chances to hit something or you suspect someone will be after you with that type of weaponry which means you’re screwed anyway. Also, I want a gun registry that has similar data records to motor vehicle registry. i disagree with both major parties since neither of them is doing anything on this.
- Healthcare: The country needs a national system period. As someone with 30+ years in the industry I have some insights into what works and what doesn’t and none of the politicians have proposed something close to working. We’re already paying for it through Medicare taxes, Medicaid taxes and through employers, self-employed or just by ourselves. right now, only the people who work are not getting coverage through the government. this just isn’t right. for those saying we can’t afford it, they need to realize that the money would come from what’s being paid to insurance companies already - just shifting where the money goes. The govt would have to control payments to the pharmaceutical companies the way other countries with health coverage already do. They’d also have to address the over utilization of services used for CYA purposes by providers as well as exclude services that are strictly cosmetic in nature.
What many people don’t realize with Medicare is that the govt doesn’t administer the program — it contracts out the administration of processing the claims, customer service, provider networking, etc… to health plans (primarily Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans). This cuts the cost of the program. Also Medicare has gaps in coverage that most people address by either purchasing a supplemental coverage from an insurance company (Plan 65 is an example) or by opting into a PPO or HMO version of Medicare run by an insurance company that offers more coverage than standard medicare at a lesser cost. This is something that can be done but we need to stop adhering to political soundbites saying it’s not. i disagree with both major parties since neither of them is doing anything on this but at least the Dems are doing something about it.
- Immigration: all for legal immigration but I do have serious concerns that this is where real American jobs are being lost as opposed to the jobs taken by illegal immigrants. What is totally ignored in this debate is that many good paying jobs in America are being taken by immigrants who’ll do it for less. That, and having these same types of jobs outsourced overseas because they’re willing to do it for 60% of the cost (or less). Case in point, my own employer. I work in IT and in my immediate section there’s 25 people. of those 25 people, 12 have come from other countries, all but 3 are on work visas. these are good paying positions that can be done by American citizens that could use good paying jobs. no college education needed, just some experience in the industry. This is the form of immigration that really concerns me.
As for illegal immigration, I’d try to apply common sense to those that are found here. if they’ve been here for a lengthy time and contribution to society, work with them to get them to citizenship or at least legalized. if they’re not contributing either due to being new arrivals or collecting government benefits, I’m fine with deportation. I’m also for holding companies accountable for hiring volumes of illegal immigrants as well. The chicken companies in Mississippi that were just raided for example obviously turned a blind eye to who they hired and need to be taken to task for that. i disagree with both major parties since neither of them is doing anything sensible on this. No one’s for open borders but everyone should not be allowed to stay nor receive govt benefits (Dems) nor should we be having people caged, families separated and deporting everyone regardless of how long they’ve been here or how productive they’ve been (Reps). Totally disagree with Dems that they should get free healthcare. There’s a reasonable middle ground - let’s find it.
- Taxes: all for lower taxes with a scaled tax rate that applies a bit more to wealthier people. The tax bill passed by the Ryan HOR is disgraceful. Blatantly screwed the average American while saving piles of money for corporations and the rich. To anyone blinded by a pretty check after it passed --> that tax cut is still in effect for the corporations and rich — did you get another $1000 bonus since then? No? Surprised that money continued to stay in their pockets instead of trickling down? you shouldn’t be. I want the old deductions brought back. what they took away cost me personally over a grand in more taxes and had a negative impact on everyone I know that I’ve talked to. may not have been that way for everyone but I don’t know anyone personally who benefitted from it. I’ll go with the Dems on this. Not because I like tax increases but because they’re more likely to shift the tax burden off the backs of those making less $.
- Foreign Policy: I prefer a more traditional approach —> work with our allies and stay strong against our enemies. Prior to Trump, both parties pretty much followed this thought process. now, Republicans are lock step with Trump in siding with Russian, North Korea, Saudi Arabia and other countries that have a record of rights abuses for its citizens and outright attacks on the US. The damage Trump has done in this area is just frightening. I’ll side with the Dems on this one just because the Reps have not corralled Trump’s recklessness and have shown no inclination to do so.
- Forbidden topic. Until men are at risk of getting pregnant, they’re opinions don’t matter except in the cases where they’re the father and even then, they don’t have final say because they’re not the one that’s pregnant. No one has the right to force their views on others in this regard. period. Also, strongly against restricting what a doctor can tell a patient regarding this topic. On the Dems side on this
- Reparations. Money to individuals - not acceptable. Some program that may help descendants of slaves get a step up (no interest college loans, better access to grants, better access to job training programs, etc…) I could see. More supportive of the Rep position on this
- College Tuition. Prefer more be done about reining in the ridiculous cost than providing it for free to everyone. More supportive of the Rep position on this
- Welfare. ok with mothers of newborns/very young children not having to work but if the kid(s) in the household are of school age, the recipient either needs to be out jobhunting or working for the govt in terms of giving back to the community that’s supporting them. also against increasing payments to recipients if they’ve had a child conceived after going on welfare or food stamps. I’ve known a couple of girls when I was growing up that their goal was to go on welfare like their mothers did and just collect money because they didn’t want to work—infuriated the hell out of me and still does that this mentality continues. not saying everyone collecting welfare is like this but it’s out there. support Rep positions on this mostly since I’ve yet to hear a Dem even broach the subject of access/finances/working for people receiving public assistance.