Are you generally liberal or conservative?

Liberal or conservative?


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Kovy

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(*groan* Not another Kovalchuk political thread...)

You bet kids! In this poll, share whether you tend to be more liberal or conservative, generally speaking.
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Conservative. I see no reason to spend money on useless projects and having that though process is a damn pain while living in California. My state spends a LOT of money on a LOT of stupid crap. I thought me and other California's passing a prop that lets Indian casino's have more slot machines (for more money to the state) would help to not raise taxes, I was wrong.


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I'm mostly liberal.

Liberal views: Pro gay marriage, anti Iraq, Wall Street elites suck, Big oil sucks, religious fundamentalists totally suck.

Conservative views: guns rule, tax-and-spend sucks.
 

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Liberal. I think the market needs to be overseen and given some restrictions, I am strongly pro-environment and in favour of green technologies, I believe in equality for all and that the state can and should do much to help the less-fortunate.

At the same time, I don't believe in reckless spending and I like to see taxes kept as low as possible, though I recognize that the taxes I pay go to programs that I use.
 

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Liberal. I think the market needs to be overseen and given some restrictions, I believe in equality for all and that the state can and should do much to help the less-fortunate.
That's socialist, not liberal.
 

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That's socialist, not liberal.
Socialism is the government subsidizing most of the nations industries, and while its on the same spectrum, its very hard rare to find actual socialism. Its just a misconception most people have about the actual definition of socialism.

I usually am pro-government and pro-spending. Everyone talks about how taxes are so bad, but taxes are 100% necessary. The more people that my taxes can help, the better.
 

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By the American definitions of the terms I'm a moderate Conservative. I tend to favor smaller federal government and more freedom for states in deciding laws. There are some issues where I'm not in line with many Conservatives, though, such as the environment, global warming, and alternative energy. However, they're starting to come around :).
 

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That's socialist, not liberal.
No, it'd be socialist if I was in favour of strong market regulation, which I am not. There have to be boundaries and laws in place to protect the little guy, but we don't need strong regulation.
 

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I'm mostly conservative in most respects, especially when it comes to money. We spend way too much money on useless pet projects that all cost us money. Also, the bureaucracy in government has gotten so big that it costs way too much to do very little. Personally, I think most day to day matters should be left up to the states and that in a country this large, the federal government will be, and has become too bloated and ineffective and costly to regulate everything. Aside from defense, foreign affairs, interstate trade and a few other areas, I think the federal government should step aside and let the state and local government's take over.

As for my views on specific issues, well: I'm for low taxes; I support the second amendment as there should not be restrictions on gun ownership; I am a conservationalist - forever wild!; gay marriage and abortion - doesn't affect me in any way so I'm not really against abortion or gay marriage, though I don't like the idea of killing babies and I'm against funding abortion from our taxes and I'm against partial birth abortion unless necessary to save the mother's life; I'm for free enterprise and small businesses; I support buying american and I support the war on terror. I guess that somewhat sums it up.
 

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I voted indifferent.
I am conservative in that when a market is doing well on its own, it should be left alone. Also I think that the person who has finally beaten the rat race and is making $200k a year shouldn't have to drop $80k-$100k of his hard earned bucks back to the govn't because he is in a targeted tax bracket.

HOWEVER, I do think that the well endowed do need to lend a hand, and am very much in favor of existing tax deductions for charitable donations and whatnot. I also think that the govn't does need to spend money and levy some taxes to help out the less fortunate to help themselves as much as possible. I believe that many of the concepts behind existing programs are good, but practical administration needs to be re-assessed, as we all know that there are a good amount of people out there who "work" the system. This not only takes away from the rich but the poor as well. There is an old saying from the Bible that is also prevalent in many other cultures: "If you don't work, then you don't eat." I think this is a motto for a govn't to live by. Obviously there are some who can't due to circumstances genuinely beyond their control, but our government needs to get a grip.

Considering energy costs and oil, there is absolutely no reason why the US shouldn't tap every single oil field at our disposal. It has been proven (now for the third time in our history) that the US is too dependent on foreign oil; we need to correct this. And as for the conservationists: Would you rather the US drill oil on our own land, with at least some standard of environmental protectionlaw, or would you like middle eastern countries to assume this role? Just because we're not the ones doing most of the drilling doesn't mean someone else isn't; it’s the same earth. Someone somewhere will drill; must drill. Supply and demand will guarantee this. The oil crisis is a short and long term problem. Looking into alternative energy sources is good, very good, necessary, but that is the long-term solution. The short-term problem needs attention as well until fully electric and/or hydrogen cars (or whatever turns up best) is fully integrated into mainstream production.
 

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No, it'd be socialist if I was in favour of strong market regulation, which I am not. There have to be boundaries and laws in place to protect the little guy, but we don't need strong regulation.
Its slightly socialist and if it happened it could be the first step for America to become fully socialist. Anyways I don't mind your views your entitled to them.
 

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I think the federal government should step aside and let the state and local government's take over.
No sarcasm will be found in this post!

In my mind I view that as a smaller government.... so wouldn't that be more liberal?

I just wanna fact check mostly..... :dunno:
 

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No sarcasm will be found in this post!

In my mind I view that as a smaller government.... so wouldn't that be more liberal?

I just wanna fact check mostly..... :dunno:
You have it backwards. Liberals tend to favor big government, whereas Conservatives tend to favor a smaller government. Additionally, Conservatives tend to favor states' rights to manage themselves rather than being managed at the federal level.
 

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I'm center-Conservative, but I voted "Indifferent" (as in Moderate, right?)
 

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I lean liberal. I am adamantly in favor of gay marriage and abortion (though probably not partial birth. I need to research that more.).

However, I really want the race discussion to change away from the slavery issue. I want all sides to recognize that minorities are a part of the problem just as whites are. I also think quotas are unfair to those who have earned a spot in college on merit. This proves dangerous in the end, as it provides less quality people to fill a job position.

I also support amendment 2, as there are many ways to kill a person.

I'm also an environmental conservative. I support drilling and nuclear energy. It's part of survival.
 

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i'm generally a flaming liberal, even to the extent of favoring socialist forms of government. the scandinavian countries have governments that come closest to true socialism, and they also have the highest quality of life anywhere in the world. literacy and employment are at nearly 100%, and danes are reported to be some of the happiest people on earth. i would love to see the US adopting socialized medicine at the very least.

there are a few key issues that i'm very "on the fence" about, however. the main ones are abortion and gun control. i can really see both sides of those issues -- whenever i talk to someone about them i usually wind up agreeing with them, no matter which side of the issue they're arguing for.

also, in terms of the way i live my life i tend to come across as a fairly conservative person. the most important things in my life are my home and my family, and i adhere to a lot of traditional cultural values.
 

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I'm very liberal, but there are a few things here and there that I can agree with conservatives about sometimes.
 
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