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Books by and about 2012 presidential nominees
Do Not Ask What Good We Do
about Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Ten Letters
about Pres. Barack Obama (2011)
A Life of Trial and Redemption
about V.P. Joe Biden (2010)
No Apology
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2010)
Young Guns
by Rep. Paul Ryan et al (2010)
The Path to Prosperity
by Rep. Paul Ryan (2012)
Promises to Keep
by Vice Pres. Joe Biden (2007)
The Audacity of Hope
by Pres. Barack Obama (2006)
Turnaround
by Gov. Mitt Romney (2004)
Dreams from My Father
by Pres. Barack Obama (1996)

Book Reviews

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Bachmann vs. Palin On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues

by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org



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BOOK SUMMARY by OnTheIssues.org:

This book puts OnTheIssues' web content into book form -- a direct comparison of issue stances -- not personal biographies, not political horserace analysis, not scandal histories. Each headline below is backed up with a referenced citation, in context, so you can compare for yourself what each candidate says. The comparisons are made convenient in a side-by-side layout, with book reviews and a VoteMatch issue summary at the end.


Domestic Issues

Michele Bachmann

Sarah Palin

Environmental Protection Agency:EPA rulemaking has been based on politics, not scienceSues federal EPA for misusing Endangered Species Act
Gasoline Policy:Goal is to keep gas prices low, like $1.79 a gallonResource rebate: suspend AK 8-cent fuel tax for one year
Animal Rights:Endorsed by Sportsmen's and Animal Owners' Voting AlliancePlenty of room for all animals--next to mashed potatoes
Concealed Carry:National cross-state standard for concealed carryOpen carry in city library and city hall
Victims' Rights:Voted YES on services for offenders' re-entry into societyVictims' rights are critical to "justice for all"
Drug War:Voted NO on more funding for Mexico to fight drugsOpposes legalizing marijuana, but meth is greater threat
ObamaCare:ObamaCare is unconstitutional; I'm committed to its repealObamaCare should focus on helping doctors via tort reform
Market-based Healthcare:End the idea that government should keep buying more stuffHealth care must be market-and business-driven
Tort Reform:I support tort reform both federally and in statesObamaCare should focus on helping doctors via tort reform
Stem Cells:Embryonic stem cell research unnecessary and unethicalStricter than McCain on stem-cell research
Christian Heritage: Recognize Christianity's importance to western civilizationRecognize America's historic and founding Christian heritage
Church and State: Separation of church and state is a myth OpEd: Core values defined by political ambition plus church
Husband's Role: Bible's "be submissive to husband" means mutual respectRaises kids with network of relatives, plus Todd as Mr. Mom
Her Children:Raised 23 foster kids, with her own kids, as "treatment home"On Down baby: God won't give me something I can't handle


Economic Issues

Michele Bachmann

Sarah Palin

Economic Stimulus: YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending"No thank you" to federal dollars with fat strings attached
Mortgage Crisis: Subprime mortgage crisis due to errors by feds, not banksPredatory lenders got us into the housing crisis
Balanced Budget: Balanced Budget Amendment with 3/5 vote to overrideTop priorities for AK include ethics & balanced budget
Limited Taxation: What you earn is your money, not the government'sCore GOP belief is limited government and limited taxation
Death Tax and Capital Gains: Repeal tax hikes in capital gains; repeal death taxTo end recession: slay the death tax and cut capital gains
Corporate Tax: High corporate taxes lead to jobs leaving the country Under Obama plan, small businesses will see tax increases
Small Business: We need to give job creators certaintySmall businesses have to be brave enough to fail
Lobbyist Transparency:YES on requiring lobbyist disclosure of bundled donationsTransparency meetings should not be held behind closed doors
Earmark Reform: Moratorium on all earmarks until budget is balancedFight "bridge to nowhere" and all earmarks
Whistleblower Policy: NO on protecting whistleblowers from employer recriminationGained political prominence as a whistleblower
Term Limits: Promises to serve only one term as President1996 mayoral election focus: ideology, term limits, religion
Crony Capitalism: Washington is the epicenter of crony capitalismI fought against crony capitalism as governor
Unemployment Policy:Bailout should be about job creation, not just healthcareUnemployment is higher than promised, and growing
Union Policy:NRLB shouldn't stop Boeing's factory in right-to-work stateUnions should get member permission for political donations
Social Security:Wean everybody off Social Security and MedicareSacrifice now to keep system for the future


Social Issues

Michele Bachmann

Sarah Palin

Right to Life: Life is the first right; I'm 100% pro-life from conceptionChoose life even in case of rape or teenage pregnancy
Constitutionality of Abortion: Supreme Court justified abortion out of thin airConstitution does offer an inherent right to privacy
Adoption: Leading advocate for foster and adopted childrenAdoption is best plan for permanency for foster care kids
Feminism: Fight the faddish fog of feminismNew feminism: pro-woman, pro-life sisterhood
Definition of Marriage: I support federal AND state marriage amendmentsNon-support of anything but traditional marriage
Gay Job Rights: NO on prohibiting job discrimination on sexual orientationOk to deny benefits to homosexual couples
School Vouchers: YES on reauthorizing the DC opportunity scholarship programSupport charters & home schools; not private school vouchers
Education Funding: Forward Funding: let districts plan based on advance budgetForward Funding: let districts plan based on advance budget
Charter Schools: Founded New Heights Charter School: rigorous, not religiousSupports charter schools, home schools, & other alternatives
Evolution:Don't censor intelligent design, but it's a state issueSupports microevolution, but not that humans came from fish
No Child Left Behind: No Child Left Behind imposes 50 new state mandates294 Alaska public schools progressed under NCLB
Traditional Families: Support traditional family lifeFounding Fathers took strong families for granted
Welfare Reform: Government subsidizes idleness, dependency, and delinquencyEITC moves thousands of welfare recipients into workforce
Democratic Party: Switched party in 1970s; Democratic Party left usOpEd: Darling of the Democrats for taking on GOP incumbent
The Tea Party: Tea Party has held Congress to accountTea Partiers love America & dislike what's happening to her


International Issues

Michele Bachmann

Sarah Palin

Cap-and-Trade: I opposed cap-and-trade, including Lightbulb Choice ActCap-and-Trade is a Cap-and-Tax program
Drilling Policy: Tap the natural abundance of Alaska and the lower 48 Drill, baby, drill
Free Trade: Free and fair trade agreements spur economic growthTrade important to Alaska, but keep Alaska residents first
Illegal Immigration: It's not the American way to give immigrants' rightsSupports a path to citizenship, but no amnesty for illegals
American Exceptionalism: American exceptionalism: indispensable nation of the worldAmerican exceptionalism based on idea of right to be free
Israel Policy: Don't force Israel back to indefensible 1967 bordersTwo-state solution for Israel/Palestine is a top priority
China Policy: China is building 3,000 miles of tunnels for nukesBothered by China's bid to control Alaska gasline
Pakistan Policy: Continue aid to Pakistan, but get more intel from themKeep option to go into Pakistan to go after terrorists
North Korea: North Korea is Wal-Mart of missile weapon delivery systemsEconomic sanctions on North Korea for nukes"
Iranian Nukes: Biggest issue in Middle East is nuclear IranNuclear Iran is dangerous to whole world
War on Terror: Absolute policy of not negotiating with terroristsPalin Plan on terrorism: We win, they lose
Captured Terrorists: No Miranda rights for terrorists; expand GuantanamoQuestion terrorists before they get lawyered up & Mirandized
Defense Spending: Defense spending did not cause our budget crisis; no cutsAsk all candidates "Are you doing all you can for security?"
Iraq War: Leaving Iraq now invites in Iran as hegemonNo white flag of surrender on Iraq
Afghanistan War: Stay the course in AfghanistanSurge needed in Afghanistan; we cannot afford to lose
 OnTheIssues.org excerpts:  (click on issues for details)
Budget & Economy
    Sarah Palin: Michele Bachmann economic stances compared to Palin.
Education
    Michele Bachmann: Bachmann education stances compared to Sarah Palin.
Foreign Policy
    Sarah Palin: Michele Bachmann international stances compared to Palin.
Health Care
    Michele Bachmann: Bachmann healthcare stances compared to Sarah Palin.


The above quotations are from Bachmann vs. Palin On The Issues:
Side-by-side stances on the issues

by Jesse Gordon of OnTheIssues.org.



VoteMatch Social Issues


Bachmann

vs.

Palin
Abortion is a woman’s rightstrongly opposes opposes
Require companies to hire more women & minoritiesopposes favors
Same-sex domestic partnership benefitsstrongly opposes opposes
Teacher-led prayer in public schoolsstrongly favors strongly favors
Parents choose schools via vouchersstrongly favors strongly favors

VoteMatch Domestic Issues


Bachmann

vs.

Palin
More federal funding for health coveragestrongly opposes opposes
Death Penalty neutral strongly favors
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing lawsopposes strongly favors
Absolute right to gun ownership strongly favors strongly favors
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against itopposes favors

VoteMatch Economic Issues


Bachmann

vs.

Palin
Privatize Social Securitystrongly favors opposes
Make taxes more progressivestrongly opposes opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign fundsstrongly favors strongly favors
Allow churches to provide welfare servicesfavors favors
Replace coal & oil with alternativesstrongly opposes opposes

VoteMatch International Issues


Bachmann

vs.

Palin
Illegal immigrants earn citizenshipstrongly opposes favors
Support & expand free trade favors favors
The Patriot Act harms civil libertiesstrongly opposes opposes
Expand the armed forces favors strongly favors
US out of Iraq & Afghanistanstrongly opposes opposes


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