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DUTCH ELECTION 2010

PARTIES:

CDA (Jan Peter Balkenende)

PVDA (Job Cohen)

PVV (Geert Wilders

Groen-Links (Femke Halsema)

D66 (Alexander Pechtold)

SP (Agnes Kant)

VVD (Mark Rutte)

CU (André Rouvoet)

ISSUES

Afghanistan

Budget

Crime

Drugs

Education

Environment

Europe

Health Care

Housing

Immigration

Islam

Jobs

Pensions

Privatisation

Smoking Ban

Social Issues

Tax Cuts

Welfare State

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For the smaller testimonial parties (CU, SGP), I would recommand making them strong on a few FPTP seats in their strongholds, so they could have their proportionnal representation with the seat quota if they can win 3 FPTP seats even through they cannot surpass 5%.

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You don't need to as Rotterdam is part of South Holland, Amsterdam is in the Nord Holland Province and the Hague is part of South Holland.

I also recommand you having 75 first past the post seats.

Also, you would need to delete the Netherlands Antilles.

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More than 1500 votes cast in the Antilles

PHILIPSBURG -- The West Indies have a valid 1500 people voted for the European elections. This was achieved through the two polling stations in the Office of the Netherlands in the Netherlands Antilles in Willemstad and Philipsburg.

Since 1721, the last few days return envelopes with ballot papers received for the European elections. Of 1,500 valid votes cast. Anyone with a Dutch passport in the Antilles may vote. These are both Antillean, Aruban and Dutch.

Nadya van Putten (GroenLinks) received 633 of a total of preferential votes 650 votes GroenLinks. Mito Croes (CDA) has 582 preference votes received. A total of 624 votes in the CDA.

The VVD got 71 votes, D66 and the Labor Party got 62 and 28 PVV 25. The rest went to the remaining parties.

However, I think that Labour and GreenLeft had the same candidate.

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Do you need any help?

Yes, with ridings- those always are the biggest pain to do. If you want to add the Party of the Animals and Rita Verdonk's party that's fine, as long as your willing to do 10 parties per riding (though you might just keep most of the candidates as say "Party X list" with the high profile candidate in select ridings.

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// Afghanistan

Pull out of Afghanistan immediately, and reduce the mission to a humanitarian one.

Pull out most troops in 2011, no matter what other conditions arise. We did our job.

Stay until 2011, as committed, then pass the military mission off to NATO and the United States.

Stay as long as necessary for Afghanistan to be a stable democracy.

Send more troops and planes, and crush the Taliban once and for all!

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// Asylum and Immigration

A multicultural Netherlands is our future. Dramatically relax immigration laws. Amnesty for illegal asylum seekers. Open borders.

Immigration is good for Netherlands. Provide greater rights to asylum seekers. Import 1.5% of population per year.

Encourage skilled immigrants and genuine asylum seekers. Promote greater integration of immigrants into society.

Place strict quotas on immigration and asylum seekers, especially from Islamic countries. Crack down on illegal immigration.

Immigration and multiculturalism are destroying the Netherlands. Expel all non-White and non-Christian immigrants. Close borders!

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//Balanced Budget

Who cares about the deficit - massive increase in public spending for social programs!

We need deficit spending to stimulate our economy. Restore government cuts to social programs.

Continue the current path of deficit reduction. Consider a tax increase to reduce deficit.

Consider more spending cuts, start paying down national debt after the deficit is cut.

Quickly eliminate all national debt, large cuts to spending and downsize government.

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// Crime

Combat the social problems that lead to criminal behavior. Minimal sentencing for criminals. Abolish "police state."

Increase spending on rehabilitation programs and establish curbs on police powers. Oppose law and order hysteria.

Comprehensive approach to crime: Put more police on the streets and rehabilitate less serious offenders.

Tougher punishments to deter crime, create an elite anti-crime squad and expand police powers and surveillance.

Zero tolerance approach to crime. Implement a national ID card. Restore the death penalty to punish heinous murders.

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//Economy

The government should run a fully planned economy to ensure both social equality and economic productivity.

Nationalise failing industries. Increase public spending to promote economic growth and protect jobs.

The economy should be free and competitive, but we need a public "green jobs" plan and a higher minimum wage.

Continue path of economic liberalisation to maintain growth and prosperity. Support privatisation.

Government intervention kills economic growth. A fully free market is the only road to prosperity.

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//Education

Large increase in federal funding. Make free public education at all levels a national priority.

Increase federal funding for public schools and universities. Free tuition for undergraduate university study.

Leave education up to the local government. Targeted increases in education grants for the various regions.

National quality standards and competition. Greater accountability for schools. look at increasing tuition fees.

Full privatization of education from kindergarten to university. Reduce education spending, replace with fees.

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//Environment

The environment always comes first. Raise taxes on pollution and rubbish collections.

Environment is a priority. Increase environmental standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We must protect the environment. Support more recycling and tax incentives for being eco-friendly.

Open to environmentalism, but not an important issue now. We have more pressing matters at hand.

The environment is fine, cut down on recycling services to save money. Stop eco-bureaucracy.

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// Europe

Abolish all state authority. The United States of Europe is a worthy goal, including Turkey, Russia, and Morocco.

Enlarge EU further and commit for more EU powers. Secure Lisbon Treaty. Yes to Turkish membership in the EU.

Support more common EU standards and democratic accountability to promote unity. Push for more reforms in Turkey.

Oppose the Lisbon Treaty and restrict EU powers. Devolve more powers to the states. No to Turkey in the EU.

Disband the European Union. Restore sovereignty back to the national states. Kick Turkey out of European Institutions.

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// Jobs

More public spending for jobs. Increase worker and union rights. Revoke Charwath reforms. Prohibit outsourcing.

Public investment in industry. Protect worker and union rights. Review unfair Charwath practices. Crack down on outsourcing.

Maintain "social market" policies. Stay with Charwath reforms. Encourage public-private partnerships in job creation.

Relax dismissal protection. Let employees negotiate terms independent of unions. Cut employment-agency bureaucracy.

Unions have far too much power. Cut back on employment regulation. Close employment-agency.

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//Pensions

Guaranteed public pension for all, rises with average earnings. No to private investment.

Provide more help for poorest. Increase public pension funding and basic provision.

Pension benefits should be means-tested, but generous. Tax incentives for saving.

Reduce provisions. Support partial privatization of the public pensions.

End public subsidy. Support full privatization of the public pensions.

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// Privatisation

Government policy should enforce national ownership over private ownership so as to ensure social justice.

Government should nationalise failing industries when necessary to save jobs. No more privatisation.

Nationalisation is often inefficient and costly, but neither should privatisation occur without strong regulations.

Promote more competition in markets. Pursue privatisation to help stimulate economic growth and balance the budget.

Nationalisation is an outdated socialist idea. Privatise or sell off all current publically-owned industries.

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// Smoking Ban

Ban smoking everywhere outside of the home. Raise tobacco taxes.

Ban smoking in all enclosed spaces, including bars and restaurants.

Ban smoking in certain critical places like government buildings.

No to banning smoking in pubs and bars. Oppose a smoking ban.

Permit smoking anywhere and everywhere. Smokers have rights too!

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// Social Issues

Allow same-sex marriage and full reproductive rights for women!

Support same-sex civil unions, make abortions easy and safe.

Protect homosexuals from discrimination, but no marriage or civil unions. Allow abortions as is.

No special recognition of homosexuals, restrict abortions to only in case of rape, incest, or life of the mother.

Treat homosexuality as a mental disorder! Abortion is murder; allow it under no circumstances!

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//Tax Cuts

Income tax should be returned to 1980s progressive levels.

Reduce the standard income tax rate, but stop tax avoidance by the wealthy.

Reduce the standard income tax rate by 2%.

Reduce standard and higher income tax rates by 2%.

Reduce income tax significantly, paid for with spending cuts.

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// Welfare State

Complete welfare state! Everyone is supported by government programs from the cradle to the grave!

Generous welfare benefits for the unemployed and significant social programs.

Focus on restoring economic growth rather than on increased welfare benefits.

Cut down on welfare payments for all unemployed; create a 'welfare-to-work' program.

No welfare programs! We shouldn't pay taxpayers' money to those too lazy to work.

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I think some parts of the Netherlands Antilles (such as Saba and Bonaire) wanted to be directly integrated into the Netherlands as municipalities. This could maybe also be an issue.

Also, I think that your immigration issue (you forgot to change from Gimli!), could have two issues such as Asylum and Immigration and Integration and Laicity.

Welfare state is not a very big priority in the election as Immigration, Laicity and Europe are main issues right now with almost all the parties having the immigration issue at CR or R except GreenLeft which is CL and the SP and D66 which is C.

However, be very cautious where you put the Christian parties, as even through they are R on social issues, ChristianUnion is more C on welfare.

Also, do you think we should add the SGP or put them as ChristianUnion?

For the coalitions, I cannot see a good pattern right now, however these are the possible coalitions. The problem is with the PVV:

PVDA

SP

Green Left

CDA

D66

Christian Union

PVV

VVD

D66

CDA

SP

Christan Union

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I'll raise you Netherlands 2003 for Netherlands 2010! I can help you out with this if you want. The election is shaping up to be the most interesting in the country's history.

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I'll raise you Netherlands 2003 for Netherlands 2010! I can help you out with this if you want. The election is shaping up to be the most interesting in the country's history.

Definitely. Agreed on the point about an interesting election.

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I can help you if you want.

Sure, this is what I have for issues so far:

ISSUES

Afghanistan

Budget

Crime

Drugs

Education

Environment

Europe

Family

Health Care

Housing

Immigration

Islam

Jobs

Pensions

Privatisation

Smoking Ban

Tax Cuts

Welfare State

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What Issues are you stuck on?

I'm good for issues. I just need help with regionalism.

@issue position descriptions

// left to right, 1 - 5

//Afghanistan

Pull out of Afghanistan immediately, and reduce the mission to a humanitarian one.

Pull out most troops starting July 2010, no matter what other conditions arise. We did our job.

Stay until 2011, as committed, then pass Uruzgan to our NATO allies. Continue our role in other parts of the country.

Stay as long as necessary for Afghanistan to be a stable democracy. We probably won't be out until after 2011.

Send more troops and planes, crush the Taliban once and for all!

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//Animal Rights

Enact a full prohibition on animal testing and ban all hunting.

Ban inhumane animal slaughter. Support enhanced animal welfare laws.

We need greater regulation of industrial farming and animal testing.

Open to animal rights, but not at the expense of economy or science.

Animals do not deserve rights. Oppose any so-called animal welfare laws.

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//Budget

Ignore the deficit and debt. Massive spending for new social welfare schemes.

Deficit spending to stimulate our economy. Oppose cuts to social programs.

Reduce tax burden. Limit government spending without compromising public services.

Enact strict austerity measures to reduce the budget deficit. Reduce public spending.

Make deep cuts to social programs, reduce government debt, and overhaul public sector.

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//Crime

Combat the social problems that lead to criminal behavior. Minimal sentencing for criminals. Abolish "police state."

Increase spending on rehabilitation programs and establish curbs on police powers. Oppose law and order hysteria.

Comprehensive approach to crime: Put more police on the streets and rehabilitate less serious offenders.

Tougher punishments to deter crime, create an elite anti-crime squad and expand police powers and surveillance.

Zero tolerance approach to crime. Implement a national ID card. Restore the death penalty to punish heinous murders.

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//Drug Policy

Legalise all recreational drugs, including LSD and Ecstasy. Promote recreational drugs and drug-making cooperatives.

Preserve "harm reduction" policies. Heroin-assisted treatments for addicts and maintain current drug policies.

Drugs are a serious social problem. Make greater efforts to reduce drug addiction. Crack down on drug sellers.

Our current drug policies are an embarassment. End tolerance for soft drugs and outlaw magic mushrooms.

Round up drug addicts and throw them in prison. Declare war on drug dealers. Terminate "harm reduction" schemes.

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//Education

Huge investment in public education. Make tertiary education free for all.

More funding for state schools. Raise teacher salaries. Improve vocational education.

Targeted spending to help the neediest students. Reduce university fees.

Limit growth in education spending. Increase national standards.

Education is best provided by the private sector. Support school vouchers.

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// Environment

The environment always comes first. Impose a carbon tax to reduce emissions. Major fines on polluters.

Environment is a priority. Increase environmental standards and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

We must protect the environment. Support more recycling and tax incentives for being eco-friendly.

Open to environmentalism, but not an important issue now. We have more pressing matters at hand.

The environment is fine. Stop eco-bureaucracy. Stand up to climate change hysteria.

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// Europe

Abolish all state authority. The United States of Europe is a worthy goal.

Enlarge EU further and commit for more EU powers. Support Turkey in the EU.

Support more common EU standards to promote unity. Reform European constitution.

No to Turkish membership and restrict EU powers. Devolve more powers to the states.

Disband the European Union. Give power back to the national states.

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//Family

End child poverty. Increase child benefit. Paid family leave for all. Punish religious intolerance.

Free public child care for all. Expand parental leave to gays and lesbians. Full legalisation of euthanasia.

Provide free daycare for working people. Protect "Dutch tolerance" social policies.

Replace family benefits with tax credits. Promote shared Judeo-Christian values and combat social ills.

Restore traditional Christian values. Oppose abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, and prostitution.

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//Health Care

Dramatically expand public health coverage. Abolish waitlists. No profit in medical system.

Increase funding for public health services. Reduce private sector involvement.

Work to reduce premiums, secure universal healthcare. Public-private relationship is essential.

Allow private investment in hospitals. Introduce greater competition in healthcare.

Full privatization of health care services. Deregulate health insurance market.

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//Housing

Impose price controls on rents. Build more affordable and public housing.

Build more homes and abolish the mortgage interest tax deduction.

Reform the housing market, housing tax breaks, and the public housing sector.

Retain the mortgage interest tax deduction and deregulate the housing market.

End free housing for immigrants and lift regulations on housing market.

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//Immigration

A multicultural Netherlands is our future. Dramatically relax immigration laws. Amnesty for illegal asylum seekers.

Immigration is good for the Netherlands. Provide greater rights to asylum seekers. Make entry easier for non-EU immigrants.

Encourage skilled immigrants and genuine asylum seekers. Promote greater integration of immigrants into society.

Place strict quotas on immigration and asylum seekers. Minimize dual citizenship. Crack down on illegal immigration.

Immigration and multiculturalism are destroying the Netherlands. Halt immigration from non-Western countries.

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//Islam

Embrace Islamic culture wholeheartedly into our society. Integrate Sharia law with the Dutch legal system.

Islam is a religion of peace. Stand up to Islamophobia. Muslims deserve equal rights and freedom of worship.

Conduct outreach to moderate Muslims to reduce extremism and terrorism. Oppose extremism, not the religion itself

Radicalization of Muslims is a serious problem. Crack down on incitement and terrorism. Ban the burqa.

Islam is a danger to the Netherlands. Ban immigration from Islamic countries and prohibit mosque construction.

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//Jobs

Massive jobs program. Reverse globalization. Restructure companies into union-owned cooperatives.

Preserve worker and union rights. Show restraint in retrenchment. Public investment in industry.

Inject a stimulus package to combat unemployment. Provide retraining programs for the unemployed.

Reduce subsidies, red tape, and public sector bureaucracy. Encourage an open economy and free markets.

Abolish the minimum wage. Get bureaucracy off business' back. Move towards American-style capitalism.

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//Pensions

Make social security pensions index-linked. Increase benefits for pensioners. No to privatization.

Protect social security pensions from cuts. More help for the poorest pensioners.

Keep the retirement age at 65. Tax incentives for private pensions and working past 65.

Raise the retirement age. Reduce public pension provisions. Promote private ones instead.

Deep cuts to public pensions. Move towards full privatization of social security.

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//Privatization

It was a mistake to privatize telecommunications, transport, and utilities. Re-nationalize them.

Government should nationalize struggling industries to save jobs. No more privatisation.

Nationalize failing banks to prevent collapse. Limited privatization to raise revenue.

Pursue privatization to help stimulate economic growth. Tendering for public services.

Mass privatization of all remaining state industries and public services.

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//Tax Cuts

Income tax should be returned to the 1980s progressive levels. Impose "wealth tax."

Reduce tax burden on the working class but raise taxes on the wealthy and bankers.

Reduce taxes for lower and middle income and for small businesses. Reduce VAT.

Reduce income tax rates across-the-board by 5%. Reduce inheritance tax.

Establish a flat income tax of 37% for individuals and corporations.

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//Welfare State

Expand the welfare state to end poverty, bring jobs to the disabled, and enhance social well-being.

Protect the welfare state. Generous benefits to reduce poverty and help the unemployed find work.

Make the welfare state more efficient. Focus on restoring economic growth and reducing unemployment.

Cut down on welfare payments to reduce dependency. Shrink the welfare state's size and scope.

Welfare spending has gotten out of hand. Curtail it drastically, especially for immigrants.

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