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Heather
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As I'm gearing up to make this election's (sorry for being US-centric, but it's important) voting guide, I just wanted to check in with all of you -- heck, even if you don't/can't vote here, either because of age or because you live in another nation) on what you felt your biggest issues were.

We do voting guides to show candidate records on the issues, so I want to be sure we cover all the bases.

Here's my list so far:
economy (AKA:Did I just go to college for nothing?")/taxes/jobs
job discrimination
sex education
general and sexual healthcare
birth control access
abortion/minors (travel, notification)
GLBT issues
draft/war/women in military
education
censorship
church-state separation

Are there more for you? Or are any of those just totally unimportant to you?

And just because it's interesting to discuss, why are the big issues for you YOUR big issues? What makes a given issue more relevant for you and another less so?

[ 09-15-2008, 11:12 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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Alice
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Social service programs are a big deal to me. Welfare, CPS, etc. These are all in need of some major tweaking. Whatever administration is coming up really needs to get on that.

And everything on that list is so incredibly important to me, especially education, healthcare & repro rights.

[ 09-16-2008, 01:21 AM: Message edited by: Alice ]

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For me, if I could vote, the biggest issue right now is reproductive rights. Which I find really aggravating, because lord knows the US has bigger fish to fry (recession and housing crisis, anyone?). But I plan to return to the US within the next two years, and the thought of living (and being sexually active!) in a country, where I may not have access to birth control or reproductive health care, and where getting an abortion would be hugely difficult, is just intensely frightening.

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Ditto to all those.

As for my biggest issue.. I don't know how to define it.. I guess maybe the economy not failing so utterly much as to force young adults to remain dependent due finances? The economy blows so bad that somebody working full time can't afford their own place (often even splitting with a roommate is too expensive), let alone to eat, clothe themselves, utilities, healthcare (HAH) and lord help us, maybe some disposable income for fun. That's where I was at, and there was simply no way out besides leaving altogether.

So, I guess my sum-up is "Americans being paid a living wage" but I just don't think it will happen unless the government steps in and controls/takes on some of the costs of living. But, what would my newly "commie" *** know? [Wink]

[ 09-16-2008, 07:45 AM: Message edited by: *Lauren* ]

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While I am very concerned about all of those issues (especially reproductive rights, education, and the economy, and the economy as it pertains to education), my biggest concern is over foreign policy. In the past, our country has used war to get out of poor economic situations (see: World War 2 and Vietnam). With perceived threats from other nations and a downturning economy, war seems to be looming very much on the horizon. We need a President who will engage with the rest of the world in a positive way, a way which will likely be far more fruitful in helping the economy.

Foreign policy issues are not ones that the people have been able to fight for against the government in the past (see: Vietnam and Iraq). Therefore, it is imperative that a candidate is selected who will approach issues of foreign policy in an open way, a candidate who is willing to make compromises and abandon the stick mentality of Teddy Roosevelt. I also feel that many of the domestic issues are ones which we the people can fight for at home through protests and organizations, or at least that it's more likely we can fight for those than we can the foreign issues.

ETA: Just realized that I sound like I'm working for one of the campaigns! [Razz]

[ 09-16-2008, 03:11 PM: Message edited by: orca ]

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Alice
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Ooh, Orca, foreign policy! I agree with everything you said here, sooooooooo freaking important.

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bee_is_me
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Even though I don't live in the US, obviously the results of the election will affect everyone, particularly those nations which have a close affiliation with the US, of which Australia is one.

I agree with pretty much every issue Heather has raised. War is a big, big one for me because my family has always been very against it. I think gay/abortion issues have to be addressed in any nation claiming to be moving forward.

In Australia, we have relatively good public health and a welfare system accessible for all. Although both leave lot to be desired at times, within each lies the principles behind egalitarianism. Not to slag out the US, but when I hear of stories of people left out on the street and denied healthcare, I feel extremely lucky.

The environment is an imperative because the US, as one of the most powerful nations has the ability to set the precedent for this issue which will affect us all.

Also:

gun laws
foreign policy
death penalty

By the way, not trying to make out that Australia is better than the US, we have issues too. It's just the only thing I can compare it to.

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Heather
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This is really helpful as I build the guide, y'all: thanks!

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Jill2000Plus
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All the issues mentioned are important ones for me. I am in the UK, so the outcome of the election won't affect me in the same way it affects those in the US, but I do care about all this stuff. I can't possibly say how I would actually order them in terms of importance, things like comprehensive sex ed, church state separation and abortion and birth control access have a lot of direct impact on me (atheist, just narrowly escaped going without comprehensive sex ed through research, may become sexually active at some point, plus I have a lot of friends who might or are having sex and I'm concerned for them, also, I have a younger friend just turned 18 who has really painful periods and is on meds, which are probably contraceptives can't remember, for them, so if the fundies get their way, I'm sure that relief will be taken away from her, oh yeah and I'm bi, so totally not down with the "eeuw, you want to have icky cunnilingus with your lover and snuggle up and watch Queer as Folk and possibly some japaporn cartoons about girly looking men, BIBLICAL JUSTICE TEAM GO! BURN WITH FIRE!"), but I also care about the other issues, I'd rather start a revolt than pick between, say, keeping the death penalty and having access to abortion, contraception and STI prevention. I also am pretty concerned about access to healthcare and social services such as daycare. I would add that I am somewhat concerned about movements to ban pornographic drawings, I am no fan of porn, and I am not arguing for the validity of live action pornography, but I don't want a movement to start up that actually says what you can draw. I also don't want it to be an excuse to prevent non-exploitative depictions of teenaged sexual relationships and sexuality, not least because a lot of that Sasuke/Naruto porn on the web was drawn by a bunch of 14 year old girls, and as such is a depiction of their own curiosity and attraction to age peers. I am also pretty appalled that someone was facing a twenty year prison sentence for buying a manga, the content was not something I could ever possibly endorse, but I want to know why that is illegal while running a website called menarebetterthanwomen.com isn't, and why white supremacists are allowed to have websites and not get shut down, why what Fred Phelps does is at least vaguely legal, if buying a lolicon manga is not, even though what Fred Phelps does has considerably more impact on everyone than somebody looking at a drawing does.

[ 04-08-2009, 08:36 PM: Message edited by: Jill2000Plus ]

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My biggest issues are Abortion and Church State Separation.

Abortion:
I feel, me, myself and I, feel that abortion should always be legal. Without restrictions. This in no way should be restricted. Yes, everyone had the god-given-rights, Life, Love and Happieness. But if life is going to... well, suck. Then it's up to the parents (more importantly, pregnant one) to decide what's best. Abortion, adoption, or keeping him/her. Abortion to me seems more into the religon topic. And i am a strong supporter or church-state separation.

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