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Robert Reich on VoteMatch



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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's unrestricted 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
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Legally require hiring women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Women entering paid work in 1970s has reshaped the family: Favors topic 2
Gender discrimination has yet to be wrung out of society: Strongly Favors topic 2
Strongly Favors topic 3:
Comfortable with same-sex marriage
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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
Opposes topic 4:
Keep God in the public sphere
(+2 points on Social scale)
Entire idea of social insurance is under attack: Strongly Opposes topic 4
Social reform should include faith-based institutions: Favors topic 4
Clinton’s signing of Welfare Reform was his worst decision: Opposes topic 4
Welfare reform resulted in millions working at dead end jobs: Opposes topic 4
Americans deserve a livable wage: raise the minimum: Opposes topic 4
Strongly Favors topic 5:
Expand ObamaCare
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Single-payer healthcare system is inevitable: Strongly Favors topic 5
GOP can't beat ObamaCare, so they pretend it's a "disaster": Favors topic 5
ObamaCare fixed three big problems of private insurance: Favors topic 5
ObamaCare is first step; next is Medicare for all: Strongly Favors topic 5
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
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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
Favors topic 7:
Vouchers for school choice
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Progressive vouchers: $14K for poor kids; $2K for rich kids: Strongly Favors topic 7
Let any school enroll poor kids and funds that go with them: Strongly Favors topic 7
Progressive vouchers: more resources for poorer kids: Favors topic 7
Variable vouchers to avoid self-sorting mechanisms: Strongly Favors topic 7
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 Opposes topic 8:
Society bears cost of pollution
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$4 gas hurts, but we need long-term solution: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Strongly Opposes topic 9:
Stricter punishment reduces crime
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Against the death penalty on several grounds: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Strongly Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
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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 11:
Higher taxes on the wealthy
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Estate tax prevent aristocracy of wealth populated by heirs: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raise tax on inherited wealth for the very rich: Strongly Favors topic 11
Raising estate tax to 1990s level means $448B in new revenue: Favors topic 11
Taxing the rich does not slow the economy: Strongly Favors topic 11
Estate tax pushes tax policy in regressive direction: 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
Favors topic 12:
Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens
(+2 points on Social scale)
Arizona law invites police to stop Latinos: Strongly Favors topic 12
Against more H-1B visas: not a long-term solution: Opposes topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
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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
No opinion on topic 14:
Support American Exceptionalism
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Strongly Opposes topic 15:
Expand the military
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Shift spending from defense to social investment: Strongly Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Make voter registration easier
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Money corrupts politics subtly: Favors topic 16
Clean Elections is old politics against reformers: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 17:
Avoid foreign entanglements
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It’s time to advocate strongly for Palestinian state: Favors topic 17
We’re too stingy with our foreign aid: Strongly Favors topic 17
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Prioritize green energy
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We should tax fossil fuels based on CO2 content: 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:
Marijuana is a gateway drug
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Legalize the medical use of marijuana: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Strongly Favors topic 20:
Stimulus better than market-led recovery
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Focus stimulus bill on minority jobs, not just white males: Favors topic 20
Bush tax cuts for rich are bad for the economy: Strongly Favors topic 20
Ask rich to bear the burden before cutting education: Strongly Favors topic 20
Consider tax breaks for hiring & retaining workers: Favors topic 20

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Page last updated: Jan 13, 2017