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Third World America, by Arianna Huffington

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Third World America, by Arianna Huffington

Give Us Liberty, by Rep. Dick Armey

The Natural, by Joe Klein

The American Prospect, columns by Robert Reich

My Life, by Bill Clinton

Locked in the Cabinet, by Robert Reich

Crashing the Party, by Ralph Nader

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Robert Reich on Abortion
Click here for 3 full quotes on Abortion OR background on Abortion.
  • Lead coalition against anti-choice lobby. (May 2002)
  • Supports Contraceptive Coverage Bill and Buffer Zone Law. (May 2002)
  • Unrestricted right to safe abortions. (May 2002)
Robert Reich on Budget & Economy
Click here for 9 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background on Budget & Economy.
  • Differed with Clinton; less emphasis on deficit reduction. (Jun 2004)
  • Reagan cuts intended to produce deficits & prevent programs. (Feb 2003)
  • Greenspan’s caution is ludicrous during a recession. (Oct 2001)
  • Stimulus: more unemployment insurance, less payroll tax. (Oct 2001)
  • Low-unemployment recession may result from wage fluctuation. (Jul 2001)
  • New progressivism: economic dynamism with social cushions. (Feb 2001)
  • Gap between rich and poor is widening despite good economy. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on inflation & deficit means focus on needs of wealthy. (Dec 1992)
  • Most precious asset is human capital. (Nov 1992)
Robert Reich on Civil Rights
Click here for 3 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Supports civil unions. (May 2002)
  • Extend partner benefits to gays. (May 2002)
  • Equal rights for GLBT; against DOMA. (May 2002)
Robert Reich on Corporations
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  • Hedge-funds receive $1B each in tax loopholes. (Sep 2010)
Robert Reich on Crime
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  • Increase penalties for felon handgun possession. (Sep 2002)
  • Against the death penalty on several grounds. (May 2002)
Robert Reich on Drugs
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  • Legalize the medical use of marijuana. (Apr 2002)
Robert Reich on Education
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  • We must prepare workforce for new economy. (Jan 2002)
  • Community Colleges are unsung heroes of workers. (Jan 2002)
  • Combine knowledge (know-how) with wisdom (know-why). (Jun 2001)
  • Grant $60,000 nest egg to high school graduates. (Mar 2001)
  • Standardized tests are too one-size-fits-all for many kids. (Jul 2000)
  • New economy skills not measured by standardized tests. (Jul 2000)

    School Choice

  • Give poor kids a choice, but not via vouchers. (Mar 2002)
  • Never supported vouchers, despite interpretation that way. (Mar 2002)
  • Poorest children should get largest vouchers. (Feb 2001)
  • $10,000 vouchers for poor kids in private & charter schools. (Sep 2000)
Robert Reich on Energy & Oil
Click here for 3 full quotes on Energy & Oil OR background on Energy & Oil.
  • $4 gas hurts, but we need long-term solution. (Jun 2008)
  • Encourage low-emissions and hybrid vehicles. (May 2002)
  • Jump-start renewable energy & reduce power-plant emissions. (May 2002)
Robert Reich on Environment
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  • Supports Smart Growth and protecting open space. (May 2002)
  • World environmental agency should impose emissions rules. (Oct 2001)
Robert Reich on Families & Children
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  • Better jobs programs would result in more stable marriages. (Jun 2001)
  • Balance of family & job is harder in new economy. (Mar 2001)
Robert Reich on Foreign Policy
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  • It’s time to advocate strongly for Palestinian state. (Nov 2001)
  • We’re too stingy with our foreign aid. (Jul 2000)
Robert Reich on Free Trade
Click here for 7 full quotes on Free Trade OR background on Free Trade.
  • NAFTA would be better with labor & environment standards. (Jun 2008)
  • MA should compete by being productive, not cheap. (Jan 2002)
  • Share benefits of globalization; lower import trade barriers. (Oct 2001)
  • Poor nations should improve conditions as wealth increases. (May 2000)
  • Backlash against globalization is growing, because of jobs. (Dec 1999)
  • Urges worldwide campaign against child labor. (Jun 1996)
  • Trade with China makes sense if US workers are protected. (Apr 2000)
Robert Reich on Government Reform
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  • Cut wasteful programs, start with across-the-board 3% cuts. (Sep 2002)
  • Establish satellite governor’s office in Berkshire County. (Apr 2002)
Robert Reich on Gun Control
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  • Limit handgun sales to one per month. (Sep 2002)
  • If I had my way, I’d restrict handguns. (Jan 2000)
Robert Reich on Health Care
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  • 2009: Make a racket to get a public option. (Aug 2010)
  • Raise cigarette taxes to make health care more affordable. (Jan 2002)
  • Budget surplus means it’s time for universal health care. (Apr 2001)
  • Universal coverage helps more than minimum wage increase. (Jul 1998)
Robert Reich on Homeland Security
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  • Building missile defense will start a new Frigid War. (Feb 2001)
  • Shift spending from defense to social investment. (Dec 1992)
Robert Reich on Immigration
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  • Against more H-1B visas: not a long-term solution. (Sep 1999)
Robert Reich on Jobs
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  • MA workers should be able to find a job at a living wage. (Jan 2002)
  • Prodded Clinton on minimum wage & corporate welfare. (Nov 2001)
  • Social mobility and median wages are down. (Jul 1998)
  • Wage disparity between boss & workers hurts companies. (Jul 1998)
  • Americans deserve a livable wage: raise the minimum. (Jul 1998)
Robert Reich on Local Issues
Click here for 6 full quotes on Local Issues OR background on Local Issues.

    Big Dig

  • Make rail part of overall Big Dig plan. (Mar 2002)
  • Use gas tax to pay for Big Dig, not toll increases. (Feb 2002)

    Clean Elections

  • Hoped to run “Clean” but first must run. (Apr 2002)
  • Clean Elections is old politics against reformers. (Apr 2002)
  • Clean Elections law reduces corporate political power. (Jan 2002)

    MCAS

  • Not against tests--but against basing graduation on just one. (Apr 2002)
Robert Reich on Principles & Values
Click here for 10 full quotes on Principles & Values OR background on Principles & Values.
  • Calling Democrats “dead” meant to stimulate debate. (Nov 2001)
  • Pro-economic growth progressive. (Nov 2001)
  • Rebirth of Democratic activism: 2002 midterm convention. (Jul 2001)
  • Democratic Party: not playing dead, but dead. (Mar 2001)
  • Post-college, proudly called himself a democratic socialist. (Jun 1995)
  • The Pronoun Test: workers say “we” instead of “they”. (May 1993)
  • Policy is second to politics, and should be. (Apr 1993)
  • As Labor Secretary, implemented employees’ suggestions. (Mar 1993)
  • Harvard class’ enrollment predicted Clinton victory. (Sep 1992)
  • Profiled in "Jews in American Politics". (Jan 2001)
Robert Reich on Social Security
Click here for 3 full quotes on Social Security OR background on Social Security.
  • Open the lockbox & throw away key: Better reforms needed. (Sep 2001)
  • Privatization is the first cousin of social Darwinism. (Aug 2001)
  • Keep Trust Fund as federal “insurance pool”. (Feb 1997)
Robert Reich on Tax Reform
Click here for 9 full quotes on Tax Reform OR background on Tax Reform.
  • Bush tax cuts for rich are bad for the economy. (Jun 2008)
  • Postpone state tax cut. (Apr 2002)
  • Avoid raising taxes, but a pledge is irresponsible. (Feb 2002)
  • Tax system must be fair without big breaks for business. (Jan 2002)
  • Ask rich to bear the burden before cutting education. (Jan 2002)
  • No tax cut. Period. (May 2001)
  • Expand EITC & raise bottom of SSI tax, as tax cut to poor. (Jan 2001)
  • Opposes marriage penalty bill: It’s a tax cut to the wealthy. (Feb 2000)
  • Consider tax breaks for hiring & retaining workers. (Jul 1998)
Robert Reich on Technology
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  • Microsoft has duty to citizens as well as to shareholders. (Nov 2000)
  • Globalization and computerization widen the wage gap. (Nov 1992)
Robert Reich on War & Peace
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  • War against terrorism requires better intelligence-gathering. (Dec 2001)
  • Must examine terrorism’s context and US role. (Nov 2001)
Robert Reich on Welfare & Poverty
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  • Include faith based organizations in crime prevention. (Sep 2002)
  • Give housing vouchers to poor families. (Feb 2001)
  • Clinton’s signing of Welfare Reform was his worst decision. (Sep 2000)
  • Welfare reform resulted in millions working at dead end jobs. (Jul 2000)


VoteMatch Responses
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Based on these stances:
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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Lead coalition against anti-choice lobby: Favors topic 1
Supports Contraceptive Coverage Bill and Buffer Zone Law: Strongly Favors topic 1
Unrestricted right to safe abortions: Strongly Favors topic 1
No opinion on topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(0 points on Economic scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+5 points on Social scale)
Supports civil unions: Strongly Favors topic 3
Extend partner benefits to gays: Strongly Favors topic 3
Equal rights for GLBT; against DOMA: Strongly Favors topic 3
No opinion on topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+5 points on Social scale)
Against the death penalty on several grounds: Strongly Opposes topic 8
No opinion on topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Increase penalties for felon handgun possession: Opposes topic 10
Limit handgun sales to one per month: Strongly Opposes topic 10
If I had my way, I’d restrict handguns: Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Raise cigarette taxes to make health care more affordable: Strongly Favors topic 5
Budget surplus means it’s time for universal health care: Strongly Favors topic 5
Universal coverage helps more than minimum wage increase: Strongly Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Open the lockbox & throw away key: Better reforms needed: Opposes topic 6
Privatization is the first cousin of social Darwinism: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Keep Trust Fund as federal “insurance pool”: Strongly Opposes topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(0 points on Economic scale)
Give poor kids a choice, but not via vouchers: Opposes topic 7
Never supported vouchers, despite interpretation that way: Strongly Opposes topic 7
Poorest children should get largest vouchers: Favors topic 7
$10,000 vouchers for poor kids in private & charter schools: Strongly Favors topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
$4 gas hurts, but we need long-term solution: Strongly Favors topic 18
Encourage low-emissions and hybrid vehicles: Strongly Favors topic 18
Jump-start renewable energy & reduce power-plant emissions: Strongly Favors topic 18
Supports Smart Growth and protecting open space: Favors topic 18
World environmental agency should impose emissions rules: Strongly Favors topic 18
Strongly Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+5 points on Social scale)
Legalize the medical use of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Opposes topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Clinton’s signing of Welfare Reform was his worst decision: Opposes topic 20
Welfare reform resulted in millions working at dead end jobs: Opposes topic 20
Americans deserve a livable wage: raise the minimum: Opposes topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Bush tax cuts for rich are bad for the economy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Postpone state tax cut: Favors topic 11
Avoid raising taxes, but a pledge is irresponsible: Favors topic 11
No tax cut. Period.: Strongly Favors topic 11
Expand EITC & raise bottom of SSI tax, as tax cut to poor: Strongly Favors topic 11
Opposes marriage penalty bill: It’s a tax cut to the wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Consider tax breaks for hiring & retaining workers: Favors topic 11
Opposes topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(-3 points on Social scale)
Against more H-1B visas: not a long-term solution: Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
NAFTA would be better with labor & environment standards: Opposes topic 13
Share benefits of globalization; lower import trade barriers: Favors topic 13
Backlash against globalization is growing, because of jobs: Opposes topic 13
Urges worldwide campaign against child labor: Opposes topic 13
Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(+5 points on Social scale)
Shift spending from defense to social investment: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Clean Elections is old politics against reformers: Strongly Favors topic 16
No opinion on topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(0 points on Social scale)
(No votes on which to base response)
Strongly Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq & Afghanistan
(+5 points on Social scale)
It’s time to advocate strongly for Palestinian state: Favors topic 17
We’re too stingy with our foreign aid: Strongly Favors topic 17

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