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Harry Browne on VoteMatch



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Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right
(+2 points on Social scale)
No “War on Abortion”, despite his personal opposition: Strongly Favors topic 1
No gov’t funding of abortion, but no prohibitions either: Favors topic 1
No govt imposition; encourage private alternatives: Neutral on topic 1
The federal government should have no role in the matter.: Favors topic 1
Opposes topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Racist hiring practices hurt companies & are self-limiting: Opposes topic 2
Base federal hiring on qualifications, not race: Neutral on topic 2
Recruiting minorities for federal positions is OK: Favors topic 2
Racism is immoral; but end affirmative action: Opposes topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
(+2 points on Social scale)
Consenting adults should have Civil Unions, but not federal: Strongly Favors topic 3
Supreme Court was right to allow Boy Scouts to exclude gays: Opposes topic 3
Gay marriage is up to the two individuals, not the state: Strongly Favors topic 3
Partnership benefits for gay govt employees, but not private: Favors topic 3
Favors topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(-3 points on Social scale)
Shut down welfare state, and let immigrants come: Favors topic 4
Separation of school & state: No Ten Commandments: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Religious & community-based charities should handle welfare: Strongly Favors topic 4
No School Prayer Amendment: Strongly Opposes topic 4
End welfare; return to private compassion & charity: Strongly Favors topic 4
Community-based welfare ensured oversight & honesty: Strongly Favors topic 4
Strongly Opposes topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Get government out of health care & costs will plummet: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Doctors & insurers should regulate drugs, not FDA: Opposes topic 5
1992 Health Plan all about coercion, not compassion: Opposes topic 5
Government can improve health care by getting out of it: Strongly Opposes topic 5
Strongly Favors topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(+5 points on Economic scale)
End the government Social Security system: Strongly Favors topic 6
Social Security squanders your retirement money: Strongly Favors topic 6
Take social security away from politicians entirely: Strongly Favors topic 6
Shut it down; buy annuities with asset sales.: Strongly Favors topic 6
Strongly Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Remove the federal government from education entirely: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers are just another way to attach federal strings: Opposes topic 7
Better schools without vouchers by removing federal govt: Strongly Favors topic 7
Give parents “total” control over school selection: Strongly Favors topic 7
Get government out of education so parents can choose: Strongly Favors topic 7
Vouchers better than public schools; no govt is best: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 8:
No 'rights' to clean air and water
(-5 points on Social scale)
Protect environment via local trespassing laws: Strongly Favors topic 8
Sell public lands; repeal all environmental laws: Strongly Favors topic 8
Privatize grazing lands and national parks: Strongly Favors topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
(+5 points on Social scale)
Mandatory sentencing takes jail space from real criminals: Strongly Opposes topic 9
First priority: pardon non-violent offenders: Opposes topic 9
Stop prosecuting victimless crime; real crime then decreases: Opposes topic 9
Against capital punishment: Opposes topic 9
No prison for victimless crimes nor white-collar crimes: Opposes topic 9
Favors topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Enforcing 20,000 existing gun laws is useless & dangerous: Opposes topic 10
Gun restrictions are unconstitutional: Strongly Favors topic 10
Don’t let politicians decide our need for assault rifles: Strongly Favors topic 10
Prosecute crimes, not possession of weapons: Favors topic 10
Strongly Opposes topic 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Principle is zero tax; Bush’s is 1/3 of income as tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Reduce size of govt so income taxes aren’t needed: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Abolish the IRS and the income tax: Strongly Opposes topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+5 points on Social scale)
Immigrants create demand rather than take jobs away: Strongly Favors topic 12
Let in the huddled masses: Strongly Favors topic 12
Maintain open borders; end war on immigration: Strongly Favors topic 12
Ease immigration laws; no Official English: Strongly Favors topic 12
Favors topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Replace WTO & NAFTA with uniformly low tariffs: Neutral on topic 13
Open trade policy without NAFTA or WTO: Neutral on topic 13
Free trade guarantees peace better than military: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 14:
Maintain US sovereignty from UN
(+2 points on Economic scale)
UN has failed to bring world peace -- so withdraw: Favors topic 14
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
(+5 points on Social scale)
We have strong offense & weak defense-switch it: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Keep out of wars, rather than police the world: Opposes topic 15
De-fund CIA; decrease R&D for new weapons.: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Avoid arms trade; promote peace by free trade: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Opposes topic 16:
More enforcement of the right to vote
(-5 points on Social scale)
Remove both campaign spending limits and donation limits: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Repeal all campaign finance laws, they favor incumbents: Strongly Opposes topic 16
Strongly Opposes topic 17:
Stay out of Iran
(-5 points on Social scale)
End foreign aid to individual countries as well as agencies: Strongly Opposes topic 17
Exit UN; extend diplomatic relations to all countries: Opposes topic 17
Russia: No aid; no meddling; just free trade.: Opposes topic 17
Opposes topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
(+2 points on Economic scale)
Oppose Kyoto, even if achieved by market mechanisms: Strongly Opposes topic 18
Global Warming inconclusive; too much political agenda: Opposes topic 18
Protect environment via private property ownership: Opposes topic 18
Agrees with goal of cleaner environment, but not via govt: Neutral on topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Never legalize marijuana
(+5 points on Social scale)
Drug War breaches 4th Amendment civil rights: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Only politicians pretend we’re winning insane War on Drugs: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Decriminalize pot; end the war on drugs: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Pardon non-violent drug offenders to free prison space: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Opposes topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
(+5 points on Economic scale)
Repealing federal income tax will end state income taxes too: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Budget surplus is over-taxation, so return it all: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Decrease defense & police $; eliminate everything else: Strongly Opposes topic 20
End unemployment programs; feds out of employment biz: Opposes topic 20
Against block grants; repeal income tax instead.: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Priorities: cut budget; repeal income tax; pay off debt: Strongly Opposes topic 20
Repeal taxes and don’t replace with sales tax nor flat tax: Strongly Opposes topic 20
End welfare completely; no entitlements to others’ earnings: Opposes topic 20
Reduce budget from $1.5 trillion to $385 billion: Opposes topic 20
10% flat tax OK, if no income tax returns: Strongly Opposes topic 20
5% sales tax OK, if income tax is eliminated: Strongly Opposes topic 20

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Page last updated: Jan 10, 2015