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John Hagelin on Abortion
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  • No govt abortion funding; no litmus test. (Jan 2000)
  • No moral authority for govt to make moral decisions. (Sep 1999)
John Hagelin on Budget & Economy
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  • Ideas drive growth--tap creativity via education. (Apr 2000)
  • GDP inadequately measures quality of life. (Aug 1996)
  • Lessened taxation best for higher growth. (Aug 1996)
  • Restore fiscal growth policy over monetary policy. (Aug 1996)
  • Enterprise zones can aid inner cities. (Aug 1996)
  • More $ for environment; crime prevention; health care. (Jan 2000)
John Hagelin on Civil Rights
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  • Hiring quotas foster race resentment. (Jan 2000)
  • Moral decisions on gay rights rest with the people. (Sep 1999)
John Hagelin on Corporations
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John Hagelin on Crime
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  • “Get tough” fails; focus on prevention & rehabilitation. (Apr 2000)
  • More prison rehabilitation; address root causes of crime. (Jan 2000)
  • Replace punishment & jail with rehabilitation & prevention. (Sep 1999)
John Hagelin on Drugs
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  • Decriminalize non-violent drug offenses. (Oct 2000)
  • Legalize medical marijuana; educate for prevention. (Jan 2000)
  • Legal drugs won’t save money. (Aug 1996)
  • Legal drugs mean lost human potential. (Aug 1996)
  • Solution to drugs is lessened demand through education. (Aug 1996)
John Hagelin on Education
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  • Include physical & mental well-being to improve education. (Apr 2000)
  • Focus education on developing consciousness of students. (Jan 2000)
  • Education needs mental and physical basics. (Nov 1999)
  • Model schools can test and showcase innovations. (Nov 1999)
  • Purpose of education is to develop innate mental potential. (Sep 1999)
  • Education is key to solving all of our problems. (Sep 1992)

    School Choice

  • Supports vouchers, charter schools, & block grants. (Jan 2000)
  • Improved public education might lead to vouchers later. (Sep 1992)
John Hagelin on Energy & Oil
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  • Renewable energy is common sense. (Oct 2000)
  • Promote renewable energy; end fossil-fuel dependence. (Apr 2000)
  • Promote sustainability; tax cost of fossil fuels. (Jan 2000)
  • Biofuels are a transition; research carbon-free fuels. (Nov 1999)
  • Renewable energy resources ultimately cost-effective. (Nov 1999)
  • Against nuclear power; we can’t store nuclear waste. (Sep 1999)
John Hagelin on Environment
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  • Supports sustainable, organic agricultural practices. (Apr 2000)
  • Moratorium on genetically engineered food. (Apr 2000)
  • Strengthen Clean Water & Air Acts & other enviro regs. (Jan 2000)
  • Genetically engineered foods are not tested or labeled. (Nov 1999)
John Hagelin on Families & Children
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  • Better education & development to reduce juvenile crime. (Jan 2000)
John Hagelin on Foreign Policy
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  • Shift foreign aid from military basis to know-how basis. (Jan 2000)
  • Pay debt to UN; diplomacy with Cuba. (Jan 2000)
  • Change from defense-based foreign aid to development-based. (Sep 1999)
  • US is the merchant of death through arms sales. (Aug 1996)
  • US needs life-supporting foreign policy. (Aug 1996)
  • Peace-keeping technology needed, without guns. (Aug 1996)
  • Bring troops home; defend from within our borders. (Jul 1996)
  • Full diplomatic relations with China, but not with Taiwan. (Jan 2000)
John Hagelin on Free Trade
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  • Balanced trade: safeguarding rights, jobs, & sovereignty. (Apr 2000)
  • Re-negotiate NAFTA & WTO, or withdraw. (Apr 2000)
  • For anti-dumping & counter-tariffs; not NAFTA & Fast Track. (Jan 2000)
  • Everybody wins when free trade works. (Jul 1996)
  • Free trade good in principle, if negotiated properly. (Sep 1992)
John Hagelin on Government Reform
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  • Government has been ineffective; fix it. (Oct 2000)
  • Role of third parties is to widen debate. (Sep 2000)
  • Supports holistic and pragmatic approach to government. (Aug 2000)
  • End special interest control by shortening election process. (Apr 2000)
  • Campaign finance: Public funding; ban PACs & soft money. (Jan 2000)
  • Third parties with ballot access still barred from debates. (Nov 1999)
  • Congressional votes go to PACs that contribute the most. (Sep 1999)
  • Those currently in power arrange permanent power. (Sep 1999)
John Hagelin on Gun Control
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  • More restrictions on purchase, possession, & use of guns. (Jan 2000)
  • Gun control is reasonable, but won’t solve all crime. (Jul 1996)
John Hagelin on Health Care
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  • 80% reimbursement for Medicare prescriptions. (Sep 2000)
  • 100% reimbursement for preventive health care. (Sep 2000)
  • Unhealthy habits cause most deaths--focus on prevention. (Apr 2000)
  • More prevention, more patient rights, less malpractice. (Jan 2000)
  • Cut costs via prevention; allow more Medicare choice. (Jan 2000)
  • Switch from disease care to preventive health care. (Sep 1999)
  • Cost-effective meditation bargain for taxpayer. (Oct 1996)
John Hagelin on Homeland Security
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  • Women in military; with honor, as always. (Oct 2000)
  • Shrink defense by $100B while strengthening military. (Oct 2000)
  • Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a recipe for discrimination. (Sep 2000)
  • Decrease military aid; shift to life-supporting policy. (Apr 2000)
  • Maintain nuclear non-proliferation and maintain ABM Treaty. (Jan 2000)
  • Present military spending is politically motivated. (Nov 1999)
  • High-tech weaponry is unstoppable. (Dec 1995)
  • Peace treaties don’t last. (Dec 1995)
John Hagelin on Immigration
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  • More high-tech immigrants; more control at state level. (Jan 2000)
John Hagelin on Jobs
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John Hagelin on Principles & Values
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  • Endorses Dennis Kucinich for President. (Jan 2004)
  • Take back democracy from special interests. (Oct 2000)
  • Prevention-oriented, scientifically proven solutions. (Sep 2000)
  • Focus on being inclusive; not on divisive social issues. (Aug 2000)
  • Alternative to Buchanan for Reform Party nomination. (Jul 2000)
  • Platform basis is development of human potential. (Apr 2000)
  • Decline of moral standards follow from breaking natural law. (Jan 2000)
  • Priorities: health prevention; criminal rehabilitation. (Jan 2000)
  • Preemption of third party ideas is desirable. (Nov 1999)
  • Natural Law candidates are not career politicians. (Nov 1999)
  • Broad-based platform, unlike other third parties. (Nov 1999)
  • Natural law of physical world applies to human society. (Sep 1999)
John Hagelin on Social Security
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  • More funds for Soc. Sec; invest in stocks; supports Lockbox. (Jan 2000)
  • Government is looting our investment trust. (Sep 1999)
John Hagelin on Tax Reform
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  • Deep-but responsible-tax cuts. (Apr 2000)
  • 18% flat tax, falling to 10% by 2006. (Jan 2000)
  • Supports flat tax or consumption tax over IRS. (Sep 1999)
  • Less taxes popular; less spending unpopular. (Aug 1996)
John Hagelin on Technology
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  • Limit violence & sex in media, but maintain privacy. (Jan 2000)
  • “Revolving door policy” sets industry’s agenda in D.C. (Jun 1999)
John Hagelin on War & Peace
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  • Ease off Iraq; maintain Israeli peace process. (Jan 2000)
  • Ground troops out of Kosovo. (Jan 2000)
  • “Coherence-creation” via meditation would reduce stress. (Apr 1999)
John Hagelin on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Supports tax credits for job creation & empowerment zones. (Jan 2000)
  • Welfare via block grants; focus on job creation. (Jan 2000)


VoteMatch Responses
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VoteMatch Question & Answer
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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
No govt abortion funding; no litmus test: Neutral on topic 1
No moral authority for govt to make moral decisions: Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Hiring quotas foster race resentment: Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a recipe for discrimination: Favors topic 3
Moral decisions on gay rights rest with the people: Neutral on topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Include physical & mental well-being to improve education: Neutral on topic 4
Focus education on developing consciousness of students: Neutral on topic 4
Better education & development to reduce juvenile crime: Neutral on topic 4
Welfare via block grants; focus on job creation: Favors topic 4
Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+2 points on Economic scale)
80% reimbursement for Medicare prescriptions: Favors topic 5
100% reimbursement for preventive health care: Opposes topic 5
More prevention, more patient rights, less malpractice: Opposes topic 5
Cut costs via prevention; allow more Medicare choice: Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
More funds for Soc. Sec; invest in stocks; supports Lockbox: Strongly Favors topic 6
Government is looting our investment trust: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Supports vouchers, charter schools, & block grants: Strongly Favors topic 7
Improved public education might lead to vouchers later: Favors topic 7
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Clean air and water are property rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Strengthen Clean Water & Air Acts & other enviro regs: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
“Get tough” fails; focus on prevention & rehabilitation: Strongly Opposes topic 9
More prison rehabilitation; address root causes of crime: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Replace punishment & jail with rehabilitation & prevention: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More restrictions on purchase, possession, & use of guns: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Gun control is reasonable, but won’t solve all crime: Opposes topic 10
Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Deep-but responsible-tax cuts: Neutral on topic 11
18% flat tax, falling to 10% by 2006: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Less taxes popular; less spending unpopular: Neutral on topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
More high-tech immigrants; more control at state level: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Balanced trade: safeguarding rights, jobs, & sovereignty: Opposes topic 13
Re-negotiate NAFTA & WTO, or withdraw: Opposes topic 13
For anti-dumping & counter-tariffs; not NAFTA & Fast Track: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Everybody wins when free trade works: Favors topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Pay debt to UN; diplomacy with Cuba: Strongly Opposes topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
Shrink defense by $100B while strengthening military: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Present military spending is politically motivated: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on voting rights
(-5 points on Social scale)
Campaign finance: Public funding; ban PACs & soft money: Strongly Favors topic 16
Favors topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(+2 points on Social scale)
Decrease military aid; shift to life-supporting policy: Favors topic 17
Shift foreign aid from military basis to know-how basis: Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Renewable energy is common sense: Strongly Favors topic 18
Promote renewable energy; end fossil-fuel dependence: Strongly Favors topic 18
Promote sustainability; tax cost of fossil fuels: Strongly Favors topic 18
Renewable energy resources ultimately cost-effective: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+2 points on Social scale)
Decriminalize non-violent drug offenses: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legalize medical marijuana; educate for prevention: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Legal drugs won’t save money.: Neutral on topic 19
Legal drugs mean lost human potential.: Favors topic 19
Solution to drugs is lessened demand through education.: Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Deep-but responsible-tax cuts: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Lessened taxation best for higher growth: Strongly Opposes topic 20
More $ for environment; crime prevention; health care: Strongly Favors topic 20

John Hagelin is a Moderate Libertarian Liberal.
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