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Harry S Truman on Abortion
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Harry S Truman on Budget & Economy
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  • Pay-as-you-go for a balanced budget. (Jan 1953)
  • GOP trickle-down mostly helps Wall Street & big business. (Jan 1953)
  • We need lower prices, higher wages, and more electricity. (Jan 1949)
  • Economic policy to avoid inflationary wage & price increases. (Jan 1947)
Harry S Truman on Civil Rights
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  • Racial discrimination is contrary to American ideals. (Oct 1999)
  • The treatment of Indians was a disgrace and always will be. (Oct 1999)
  • Endorsed concept of Equal Rights Amendment. (Oct 1999)
  • South is living 80 years behind the times. (Aug 1948)
  • Committee on Civil Rights: equal protection under law. (Jan 1948)
Harry S Truman on Corporations
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  • Business cycle is man-made; protect against "boom & bust". (Jan 1949)
  • Vigorously enforce the anti-trust laws. (Jan 1947)
Harry S Truman on Crime
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  • Opposes capital punishment. (Jan 1953)
Harry S Truman on Drugs
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Harry S Truman on Education
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  • Department of health & education: schools for all citizens. (Jan 1948)
Harry S Truman on Energy & Oil
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  • No US monopoly on atomic energy; but no military atomics. (Jan 1947)
Harry S Truman on Environment
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  • Wise use of rivers, with non-private multiple-purpose dams. (Jan 1948)
  • Expand mineral discovery to avoid becoming "have not" nation. (Jan 1947)
Harry S Truman on Families & Children
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Harry S Truman on Foreign Policy
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  • China is fundamentally anti-foreign; keep that away from us. (Oct 1999)
  • House Un-American Activities Committee was un-American. (Oct 1999)
  • We have to get along with rest of world, or get overwhelmed. (Oct 1999)
  • Create moral & legal framework to avoid evil & war. (Jan 1950)
  • With tremendous strength comes tremendous responsibilities. (Jan 1950)
Harry S Truman on Free Trade
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  • Join International Trade Organization & expand world trade. (Jan 1950)
Harry S Truman on Government Reform
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  • As judge, rejected patronage jobs & business. (Oct 1999)
  • Nation-wide presidential primaries favor wealthy candidates. (Jan 1953)
Harry S Truman on Gun Control
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Harry S Truman on Health Care
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  • I failed at national compulsory health insurance. (Jan 1953)
  • National system of payments for healthcare. (Jan 1953)
  • National health program: adequate care to all who need it. (Jan 1947)
Harry S Truman on Homeland Security
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  • 1941: War profiteering is treason. (Oct 2005)
  • Truman Committee exposed military waste & fraud. (Oct 1999)
  • Initiated full racial integration of the armed forces. (Oct 1999)
  • Cold War averted World War Three. (Jan 1953)
  • Propose Soviet disarmament; but build up army to 3 million. (Jan 1952)
  • Mobilize by extending draft & taxes to pay for defense. (Jan 1951)
  • UN should control weapons of mass destruction. (Jan 1950)
Harry S Truman on Immigration
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  • FactCheck: 3.4M "voluntarily" deported but not to make jobs. (Jul 2010)
  • Everyone suffers from the presence of illegal immigrants. (Jul 2010)
Harry S Truman on Jobs
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  • Government should assist in free collective bargaining. (Jan 1947)
Harry S Truman on Principles & Values
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  • 1945: transition to presidency included no military. (May 2012)
  • Fair Deal: alleviate social and economic injustice. (May 2012)
  • 1952: Officially created National Day of Prayer. (Jan 2012)
  • As president, I can't pass the buck to anyone. (Oct 1999)
  • In 1917, Bess accepted one of Harry's many proposals. (Oct 1999)
  • On FDR's death: if you ever pray, pray for me now. (Oct 1999)
  • I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. (Jan 1953)
  • Jesus rejected despots in both Church and State. (Jun 1952)
  • 1950: Assassination attempt killed one bodyguard. (Nov 1950)
  • The basic source of our national strength is spiritual. (Jan 1948)
Harry S Truman on Social Security
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  • System is only half finished; extend to millions more. (Jan 1948)
Harry S Truman on Tax Reform
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  • Taxation should be for revenue, not redistribution. (Oct 1999)
  • Establish a per-person cost-of-living tax credit. (Jan 1948)
Harry S Truman on Technology
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Harry S Truman on War & Peace
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  • Soviet spies kept USSR posted on atomic bomb progress. (Oct 1999)
  • Atomic bombing of Japan saved 100,000s of American lives. (Oct 1999)
  • Opposed to "preventive" war; you only "prevent" peace. (Jan 1953)
  • The threat of world war is still very real. (Jan 1952)
  • Aggression in Korea is part of Communist world conquest. (Jan 1951)
  • Oppose the menacing imperialism of the Soviet Union. (Jan 1951)
  • Terminate hostilities from WWII and end emergency powers. (Jan 1947)
  • 1945: We have discovered the most terrible bomb in history. (Jul 1945)
Harry S Truman on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Maintain rent control, especially in metropolitan areas. (Jan 1950)


VoteMatch Responses
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No opinion on topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Racial discrimination is contrary to American ideals: Strongly Favors topic 2
The treatment of Indians was a disgrace and always will be: Strongly Favors topic 2
Endorsed concept of Equal Rights Amendment: Favors topic 2
Initiated full racial integration of the armed forces: Strongly Favors topic 2
South is living 80 years behind the times: Strongly Favors topic 2
Committee on Civil Rights: equal protection under law: Favors topic 2
No opinion on topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
1952: Officially created National Day of Prayer: Strongly Favors topic 4
Jesus rejected despots in both Church and State: Opposes topic 4
The basic source of our national strength is spiritual: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
I failed at national compulsory health insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
National system of payments for healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
National health program: adequate care to all who need it: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
System is only half finished; extend to millions more: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Strongly Opposes topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Department of health & education: schools for all citizens: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
Human needs over animal rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Wise use of rivers, with non-private multiple-purpose dams: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Opposes capital punishment: Strongly Opposes topic 9
No opinion on topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Favors topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Taxation should be for revenue, not redistribution: Opposes topic 11
Establish a per-person cost-of-living tax credit: Strongly Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(-3 points on Social scale)
FactCheck: 3.4M "voluntarily" deported but not to make jobs: Favors topic 12
Everyone suffers from the presence of illegal immigrants: Strongly Opposes topic 12
Strongly Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Join International Trade Organization & expand world trade: Strongly Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Social scale)
House Un-American Activities Committee was un-American: Opposes topic 14
We have to get along with rest of world, or get overwhelmed: Strongly Opposes topic 14
With tremendous strength comes tremendous responsibilities: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Favors topic 15:
Expand the military
(-3 points on Social scale)
Truman Committee exposed military waste & fraud: Opposes topic 15
The threat of world war is still very real: Strongly Favors topic 15
Mobilize by extending draft & taxes to pay for defense: Strongly Favors topic 15
No US monopoly on atomic energy; but no military atomics: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
As judge, rejected patronage jobs & business: Strongly Favors topic 16
Nation-wide presidential primaries favor wealthy candidates: Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(0 points on Social scale)
Opposed to "preventive" war; you only "prevent" peace: Strongly Favors topic 17
Oppose the menacing imperialism of the Soviet Union: Strongly Opposes topic 17
No opinion on topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
No opinion on topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(0 points on Economic scale)
Pay-as-you-go for a balanced budget: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Business cycle is man-made; protect against "boom & bust": Strongly Favors topic 20

Harry S Truman is a Moderate Populist.
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