In the UK election thread, I asked Matt Black where I would fit in on the UK political spectrum. He said he needed more information. So, I decided to start a thread on it so we can all post our views on a list of issues so we can learn more about each other, and so I can find out where I fit on the UK political spectrum. I'd also like to find out about others' positions on a wide variety of issues. So here we go.... Party: Democratic Abortion: should be illegal except in cases of endangerment of the life of the mother. However, I recognize that it will be near impossible to overturn Roe v. Wade, so I support government measures to reduce unwanted pregnancy, promote adoption and restrictions on abortion consistent with Roe. Budget: I support a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution. The budget needs to be balanced by spending cuts by eliminating pork barrel spending, ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in a responsible manner, trimming some unnecessary defence spending, and by raising taxes on the very rich, and re-instituting the estate tax. Death Penalty: I support the death penalty for defendants convicted of first-degree murder if there are aggravating factors. Drugs: Legalize marijuana, for hard drugs reduce penalties for possession. Increase border security to stop smuggling. Education: Public education should be handled at the local level with some federal funding. Increase government aid for college and make it merit-based. Increase opportunities for vocational training for those who do not attend college. Environment: Support clean energy, including nuclear. Increase mileage standards for automobiles. I support government regulations to reduce CO2 emissions. Guns: I support the Supreme Court applying the Second Amendment to the States via the Due Process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. I support allowing concealed carry of firearms with a permit, however I don't think permits should be required for ownership except for automatic weapons. Strengthen background check laws for gun purchases. Healthcare: We should have a public option or Medicare buy-in with a personal mandate to carry insurance with federal subsidies for purchasing insurance based on income. Insurers should be banned from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions. Increase regulation of private insurers. Gays: I oppose gay marriage. I am open to civil unions for gays for purposes of hospital visitation, dividing property, etc.. Government and employers should not discriminate based on sexual preference. Courts: Increase pay for Federal judges. Give grand juries independent council instead of prosecutors serving as their legal advisers as they currently do. Allow for Federal civil investigative grand juries composed of half lay people and half experts in what they are investigating. Immigration: Secure the border with Mexico with the military if need be. Require illegal immigrants in the U.S. to leave. Make them register and give them an amount of time to leave based on their individual circumstances. They can then apply for legal entry into the United States. If they fail to comply, they will be deported and barred from re-entry. Foreign and Military Policy: Get out of Iraq and Afghanistan in a responsible manner. Stop policing the world and reduce overseas military presence. Have a humble foreign policy with diplomacy as its basis. Only go to war in defence and with a Congressional declaration of war. End draft registration. I oppose conscription in all cases whatsoever. Terrorist Trials and Torture: Ban torture, including waterboarding. Try terrorists who commit terrorist acts in the United States in United States District Courts. Terrorists who commit illegal acts against U.S. military targets should be tried in military commissions that contain substantial due process protections and are subject to civilian court review or in United States District Courts. Arts and Funding for the Arts: Increase public funding for the arts. Make music education mandatory in public schools. Taxes: Increase taxes on people making over $250,000 per year. Allow the Bush tax cuts to expire. Remove cap on taxable income for Social Security taxes. Increase capital gains tax.