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View Poll Results: What do you consider your general stance to be on "fiscal" issues?
Very liberal 3 8.57%
Liberal 10 28.57%
Conservative / libertarian 12 34.29%
Very conservative / libertarian 10 28.57%
Voters: 35. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-25-2012, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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This is the "counterpart" to my social issues poll.

Fiscal issues concern the government's revenue and spending.

Taxes - whether they should be cut and/or increased, and for whom - and programs - such as whether we should have a national health care program or not, or whether unemployment insurance should be extended or cut - are fiscal issues.

Fiscal liberals generally support maintaining or increasing revenue. They often propose increases in tax rates among or directly affecting the wealthy. They seek to maintain or expand government programs, such as Medicaid, and often point to other countries' health care systems as a source of inspiration for a future universal health care program.

Fiscal conservatives generally support tax cuts for all segments of the population, citing the wealthy as "job creators". They seek to compensate for these cuts by pruning government spending and often cite "entitlement" programs, especially for the poor, as "wasteful" and incitements to laziness.

Crucial among the distinction between fiscal liberals and conservatives is the question of redistribution of wealth. Fiscal liberals often support increasing wealth redistribution, which they claim makes for a more just and equitable society. Fiscal conservatives are generally opposed on principle to the idea, believing that the redistribution of the wealth necessarily relies on the confiscation of resources from taxpayers.
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Old 03-25-2012, 11:15 PM
 
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I don't think in a country like America or any country for that matter, there should be homeless or those without medical care, or hungry.

But I also believe there is a limit, and think there is a better way, and that is helping people learn to help themselves, I don't think one should be dependent on charity, and I believe it keeps many down.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Depends on the issue.

You really need to expand the choices on these polls ... Not everyone fits into your tidy little mindset.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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On this I lean further right then the gop. On the other poll I lean further left then dems.
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:51 AM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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This is the "counterpart" to my social issues poll.

Fiscal issues concern the government's revenue and spending.

Taxes - whether they should be cut and/or increased, and for whom - and programs - such as whether we should have a national health care program or not, or whether unemployment insurance should be extended or cut - are fiscal issues.

Fiscal liberals generally support maintaining or increasing revenue. They often propose increases in tax rates among or directly affecting the wealthy. They seek to maintain or expand government programs, such as Medicaid, and often point to other countries' health care systems as a source of inspiration for a future universal health care program.

Fiscal conservatives generally support tax cuts for all segments of the population, citing the wealthy as "job creators". They seek to compensate for these cuts by pruning government spending and often cite "entitlement" programs, especially for the poor, as "wasteful" and incitements to laziness.

Crucial among the distinction between fiscal liberals and conservatives is the question of redistribution of wealth. Fiscal liberals often support increasing wealth redistribution, which they claim makes for a more just and equitable society. Fiscal conservatives are generally opposed on principle to the idea, believing that the redistribution of the wealth necessarily relies on the confiscation of resources from taxpayers.

I support lowering taxes and even doing away with income taxes and enacting a flat tax.

With healthcare, something really does need to be done to reform it, but I'm not sure that I want the government involved with providing it.

Welfare needs serious reform. For those truly in need, or disabled, I'm all for helping them, and it's up to us as decent human beings to do so. For those who are able bodied, and can work, but choose not to, then in order to receive their benefits they should have to perform some sort of community service in order to receive their benefits. God helps those who help themselves. No bailouts either for fat cat CEOs that made p*** poor business decisions! Were I a small business owner and I screw up, then it's on me.

While I detest greed, not all people who are wealthy are greedy. With that said, I oppose distribution of wealth. Why should I be forced to give up what I've earned through hard work, to distribute it to someone who sat on their a** all day? Forced charity is not the answer.

For social security. I may not see it when I retire. It's being taken out of my paycheck. Well, if I'm supposed to be paying into it for my retirement, and it's not going to be there, then I want my money back! Let me invest it how I want to!
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: A great city, by a Great Lake!
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I don't think in a country like America or any country for that matter, there should be homeless or those without medical care, or hungry.

But I also believe there is a limit, and think there is a better way, and that is helping people learn to help themselves, I don't think one should be dependent on charity, and I believe it keeps many down.

Yes!
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: NC
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  • Taxation is theft. There should be no income taxes.
  • Spending-based taxes are OK.
  • The federal/state governments shouldn't be doing 80% of the BS that they currently do.
  • Governments should be pruned to 20% of what they are now, and all useless departments and agencies eliminated (National Wild Horse and Burro Program, National Endowment for the Arts, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Japan-United States Friendship Commission, etc. Seriously WTF?).
  • What is Constitutionally authorized in Article 1, Section 8 can be allowed.
  • There should be no Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Head Start, WIC etc at the federal level (states can do it if they want).
  • All of the above functions can be handled more effectively by the private sector and free market.
  • There should be no welfare, or no warfare.

Minimum Government. Maximum Freedom. Our Founders fought and died for it.

Am I conservative enough?

I didn't see the option 'Extremely conservative / libertarian', so I chose the next best thing 'Very conservative / libertarian'.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:47 AM
 
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Originally Posted by moving_pains View Post
  • Taxation is theft. There should be no income taxes.
  • Spending-based taxes are OK.
  • The federal/state governments shouldn't be doing 80% of the BS that they currently do.
  • Governments should be pruned to 20% of what they are now, and all useless departments and agencies eliminated (National Wild Horse and Burro Program, National Endowment for the Arts, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Japan-United States Friendship Commission, etc. Seriously WTF?).
  • What is Constitutionally authorized in Article 1, Section 8 can be allowed.
  • There should be no Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, Head Start, WIC etc at the federal level (states can do it if they want).
  • All of the above functions can be handled more effectively by the private sector and free market.
  • There should be no welfare, or no warfare.
Minimum Government. Maximum Freedom. Our Founders fought and died for it.

Am I conservative enough?

I didn't see the option 'Extremely conservative / libertarian', so I chose the next best thing 'Very conservative / libertarian'.
Cool. Now let's see an answer based on reality.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:59 AM
 
Location: NC
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Cool. Now let's see an answer based on reality.
What I said would be the ideal situation. The reality though is that if there was a 'Department of Life' and if someone proposed cutting it, you will all scream that we are going to die.
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Old 03-26-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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I went with those fiscal policies that actually work, so I chose liberal.
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