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8 minutes ago, NYrepublican said:

My concern is about the spoiler effect and the multiple third parties could drive down the two main ones as often happens in PI and CI scenarios with mutliple third parties.

In that scenario that I posted from a year ago, I made every adopt one of the two major parties. 

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40 minutes ago, NYrepublican said:

My concern is about the spoiler effect and the multiple third parties could drive down the two main ones as often happens in PI and CI scenarios with mutliple third parties.

Such "spoilers" would be better for the normally hidebound American political system and their corrupt, complacent, entrenched Duopoly who've gotten very comfortable behind their rigged electoral system that denies the voters true choice and has for a century and a half. I have no sympathy and only, in fact, encouragement for said "spoilers." The more cracks that can be made in the Duopoly's unfair, unaccountable, unrepresentative monolith, the better.

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2 hours ago, vcczar said:

In that scenario that I posted from a year ago, I made every adopt one of the two major parties. 

I agree that would be preferable but I don't see @Patine running as a Democrat.

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2 hours ago, Patine said:

Such "spoilers" would be better for the normally hidebound American political system and their corrupt, complacent, entrenched Duopoly who've gotten very comfortable behind their rigged electoral system that denies the voters true choice and has for a century and a half. I have no sympathy and only, in fact, encouragement for said "spoilers." The more cracks that can be made in the Duopoly's unfair, unaccountable, unrepresentative monolith, the better.

@ThePotatoWalrus add to the quotes section

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1 hour ago, ThePotatoWalrus said:

I agree that would be preferable but I don't see @Patine running as a Democrat.

So then whomever controls the House has a massive advantage, most likely?

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13 minutes ago, vcczar said:

So then whomever controls the House has a massive advantage, most likely?

Which, of course, is another flaw and point of contention in the U.S. Constitution to rally against in my platform - another method by which the people's will is Constitutionally able to be ignored by elitist, oligarchical politicians.

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2 minutes ago, Patine said:

Which, of course, is another flaw and point of contention in the U.S. Constitution to rally against in my platform - another method by which the people's will is Constitutionally able to be ignored by elitist, oligarchical politicians.

Besides by US standards you're more or less a commie. Your policies are generally pretty left-wing

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1 minute ago, NYrepublican said:

Besides by US standards you're more or less a commie. Your policies are generally pretty left-wing

Would you (and others) please stop using words like "Communist" and "Fascist" so generically and broadly. That's not appropriate terminology at all. Contrary to popular belief, both Communism and Fascism are VERY specific, narrow, focused, and highly contextual ideologies. They are not as widely applicable as they are used - nay, spammed - in modern political parlance.

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Just now, Patine said:

Would you (and others) please stop using words like "Communist" and "Fascist" so generically and broadly. That's not appropriate terminology at all. Contrary to popular belief, both Communism and Fascism are VERY specific, narrow, focused, and highly contextual ideologies. They are not as widely applicable as they are used - nay, spammed - in modern political parlance.

Well it's how a SIGNIFICANT portion of the country would perceive you.

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Just now, NYrepublican said:

Well it's how a SIGNIFICANT portion of the country would perceive you.

Well, then they certainly would benefit from the much better funded, reformed, streamlined, more holistic and comprehensive and less parochial and biased educational development program on my platform, wouldn't they? :P

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5 hours ago, ThePotatoWalrus said:

I will make multiple third parties (of which I will be included), however, the third parties will have almost no chance of winning(but could change the election). @Patine @NYrepublican

can you add me as a what if Republican?

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my avatar will be Sen. Al Hershings of NY

Description: Sen. Hershings of NY is lauded as a "friendly neighborhood Republican" by supporters and a "Closet Democrat" by the opposition, he ran for Senator as a Republican but recently decided to run for third party since according to him the Republicans are sliding too much to the right, he joined *insert NYRepublican's name here* movement and is hoping that he has a shot for the presidency

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and i'm a political guru now, i am formally in the club now

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16 hours ago, ThePotatoWalrus said:

Is anybody running for the Green party?

I could possibly for the Green Party but I'm registered as an Independent and I have pretty....varied political stances with something that'd probably piss off every interest group. Also I'd need to fill out my party platform.
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Party: Independent (Technocratic/National Union?)
Top 3 Issues:

Healthcare: I will lower the cost of healthcare in the United States by solving structural issues: 1) Increasing numbers of doctors and specialists. Lower education costs of doctors, uncap residency, enable a path for nurses to apprenticeship into primary care and encourage primary care doctors to become specialists. 2) Banning Most Favored Nation and other anti-competitive marketplace practices which result in inflated health costs. 3) Lowering drug and medical care costs by: a) ending patent games by drug companies which prevents generics from coming to market, b) allowing import of medical supplies sold and approved in Canada, Europe, and other trustworthy/ developed nations when shortages occur (eg saline shortage after Puerto Rico hurricane) c) encouraging transparency of costs to promote competition, d) negotiating with companies for a drug price cap like other developed countries to lower prices so we no longer pay much more than other countries do e) aggressively enforcing anti-trust laws against companies which buy out the competition and raise critical drugs by 1000% or more in prices, f) simplify regulations for drug discovery and approval while ensuring the same level of safety as current, g) fund new technologies to drive down drug discovery costs, h) allow existing public health clinics to service those over the poverty line for a fee, i) reform the ACA which still fails to work for many individuals (personal experience)

Corruption: Aggressively pursue corruption at all levels of government, pass a constitutional amendment to redefine lobbying as corruption. Explore and adopt best game theory solutions to fight graft, incompetence, and waste when the government contracts by fighting anti-competitive practices. Recoup wasted money on public contracts by pursing corrupt executives and government employees who approved eg: $1billion for a non functional database (when private industry uses free databases which are functional), >1000x prices for basic goods such as cement, paperclips, new roads with potholes less than a week after being finished. Fight crony capitalism, crony government backed monopolies (for non public goods), and regulatory capture, embrace an competitive mixed free market that functions. Fight abuse of public goods by private corporations. Adopt campaign finance laws. Fight revolving doors and "alternative" corruption methods (eg cushy VP/CEO jobs with billions in pay after retirement from public office for doing nothing)

Education: Hold teachers accountable while providing them resources they need to successfully teach students. a) reduce overcrowding in schools, b) embrace new internet technologies to provide equal levels of opportunity for those in underserved areas, c) ensure teachers have facilities and training to properly train students, d) reform tenureship so new professors who excel at teaching students aren't fired in a budget crunch while older teachers who fail are kept, e) work with public and private teachers to continuously raise the bar of education rather than lowering the bar. I believe every child has the ability to excel with sufficient effort and mentorship. Expand higher education access, reduce costs, AND reduce student debt by supporting new technologies and methodologies. New technologies allows college education for only $2700 a year comparable to Ivy League colleges.
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Domestic Issues:
Taxes: 
I will crack down on tax evasion by multinationals while lowering the overall tax rate, with a temporary deficit tax imposed until the deficit is resolved and a sufficient surplus sovereign wealth fund is established. The temporary deficit tax shall be a progressive tax based on overall income (including capital gains and other methods of income). Multinationals will no longer be allowed to shift profits to overseas tax havens where they pay less than 0.05% of their profits in taxes. Reduction in corporate taxes from the current rate to 20% makes no impact if multinationals pay nothing while taking advantage of roads, schools, and other public infrastructure. An anti-tax evasion program based on EU laws shall be embraced which encourages corporations to report new tax evasion methods (prisoner's dilemma) that focuses on intent and prevents dodgers from using legal loopholes to their advantage.

Taxes will be simplified for expats and everyday individuals, no more complicated forms to fill out each year when the government already knows what most individuals need to pay. Individuals will no longer be penalized for failing to fill out forms they are not aware of. Unnecessary forms will be abolished. Tax structure for capital gains and corporations will be changed to incentivize long term investment and investment in employees rather than short term gain.

Identity Protection: Encourage the phase out of Social Security Numbers for identity verification, release a e-identity card for citizens and non-citizens using cryptography and other new technologies. Provide better protection for those on the witness protection program and make it easier for those who suffer from identity theft.

Public Services: Any company is only as good as their human talent. Focus on excellence in public services by hiring the best, providing training, and expecting excellent in all public servants. Form a bargain with public service employees: a) ability to fire any public service employees who repeatedly fail to meet objective performance metrics, b) raise base pay to be competitive with private industry for most roles c) provide performance based bonuses based on objective metrics such as public satisfaction and d) transition to civil service exam systems found in Korea, China, and Japan for leadership roles. Focus on efficient and effective government, rather than "big or small". Problems, such as long lines at government offices, should be acknowledged and fixed, rather than accepted or covered up.

Immigration: Expand legal immigration but crack down on abuses of existing immigration laws where corporations take advantage of immigrants by paying them less and holding them hostage (as immigration visas depend on employment) instead of training or hiring existing individuals. Ensure immigration is at a sustainable rate for the country as a whole. Humanely and ethically handle the current illegal immigration problem according to the law.


Jobs: Listen and work with industries which lack qualified applicants by expanding education access and quality. Embrace and encourage apprenticeships. Assist those who have difficulties finding jobs by embracing grassroots solutions. Reform wall street and tax laws so corporations are incentivized on long term performance and investing in employees rather than short term gains such as shipping jobs overseas. Prevent "gig economy" corporations from skirting existing employment laws and getting an illegal competitive advantage while abusing employees. Index living wage laws to inflation and cost of living to solve the issue once and for all rather than catchy slogans like "$15 wage" which is unaffordable in rural areas. Cost of Living indexed wages ensures rural businesses can stay in business. Relocations of companies to areas with lower wages have a positive impact on wages which will equalize wages over time and provide jobs for those in need. Focus on real employment statistics such as underemployment, quality of life, and workforce participation rate. Prepare for the coming AI industrial revolution in order to reduce the impact on those affected.

Social Issues (eg Abortion): Social Issues will be left to local and state governments. Core issues such as corruption, healthcare and education are far more important issues for the central government to be focused on. Local groups should be able to regulate themselves based on their own values, rather than fighting and imposing values on one another at a federal level.

Environment: Ensure the environment is protected, we have clean air and water which is precious, compared to living in India or China. Our climate is changing, regardless of whether it is natural or manmade. We need to adopt based policies and solutions in order to adapt to a changing climate. The reason is a distraction from adopting practical policies. At the same time, we need to abolish bureaucracy and laws which don't work and prevent protection of our environment. Laws such as handouts of millions to mandatory environmental reviews even for projects which are obviously good for the environment which unnecessarily delay projects by years. We should simplify laws and provide guidance for the public to make it easier for individuals and corporations.

Partisanship and Meritocracy: Work with individuals from all parties who embrace the core tenet of anti-corruption and desire to improve the nation. Rather than endlessly debate over solutions, allow states and local governments to implement "experiments" of their favored policies in order to tackle crises, and adopt policies which objectively work the best, incorporating lessons from other policies, and allowing different solutions to exist for different locations. Choose what works best, and get things done.

Military: The military should be used more for peaceful purposes instead of being garrisoned throughout the world doing nothing. Fix crumbling roads, help fight wildfires, natural disasters, and evacuate citizens in warzones. We should stop funding terrorists and rebel groups of political enemies and creating problems like we did to the Taliban or ISIS. Focus on cost-effective weapons rather than expensive jewelry that doesn't even work. Expensive German tanks in WW2 lost to mass produced, cheap, and reliable russian tanks. Embrace new technologies rather than wasting money on old technologies. End overpayment in the military and waste, a DoD audit revealed 20% of spending is wasted, much more could be cut without affecting military readiness. Provide proper support, pay, and training for troops and veterans.

SCOTUS: The supreme court should be non-partisan and focused on what is good for the nation as a whole. In addition, nominees should have strong ethics and integrity, and be opposed to corruption.

Foreign Issues:

Russia: We should acknowledge Russia as a geopolitical rival and what they have done as a rival in terms of espionage. However, we should not demonize Russia or treat it as an excuse or political distraction. We should remain vigilant and adopt policies to counter their espionage, but we should not repeat the mistakes of McCarthyism nor should we overhype Russian ploys that we ourselves perform. We should respect other nation's interests and try to maintain peace in the world, even if it is Russia. Through trustbuilding and respect, we can work to rebuild our relationship with Russia and tackle issues common to the entire world.

ISIS: ISIS is a self created problem due just like Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. We should learn from history and avoid a repeat. ISIS is nearly defeated militarily, and we should let the region be instead of trying to militarily meddle in the region yet again and create more problems. Instead, work with locals to provide stability to the region.

China: China is an economic rival but also a partner, like any other nation. The reality is that manufacturing jobs are already in the process of moving away from China. In addition, manufacturing is low on value add, and much of "made in China's" money goes to American, Korea, or Japanese companies. Rising labor costs means they are invested in the coming technological revolution. We should embrace cooperation and competition in order to better ourselves and prepare for this opportunity. We should adopt policies to encourage companies to invest in the future of the nation rather than short term gains. In addition there are areas which we can learn from, such as their superior infrastructure.

EU: We should work with the EU like any other UN organization or nation. We should learn from their regulatory successes and failures. They are a partner, but we should acknowledge they are an economic rival as well.

NATO/Allies: There's no reason why we have so many troops garrisoned in Europe which is largely peaceful. Our foreign entanglements and web of alliances makes us beholden to their movements. We can maintain peace in Europe without having so many troops deployed or spending so much money. Save the money now for if/when we will need to use it in the future. It doesn't take days to send our troops there if needed. Countries in the past did not need to deploy so many units in other countries to 'prove' an alliance was real.

North Korea: Strike a grand bargain with Russia and China to resolve the North Korean crisis. Pull out from South Korea in order to resolve the crisis.

Iran: Instead of provoking Iran and encouraging their hardliners, we should be working with moderates and reformers who are in power in order to ensure peace in the region.

UN: We should work with the UN more in order to resolve crises.

Israel: People in Isreal have a right to live, just as people in Palestine. Work from the basis of respect and try to build toward peace without favoring one side or other. Work with the UN.

Trade Deals: Complicated to explain. Favor fair trade, oppose types of trade deals the US has had before. Opposes Investor Settlement Dispute Courts as they are currently implemented. Opposes imposition of corrupt US laws on foreign corporations.

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Is it too late for me to join the party?

Form:

Party: Cyber Party - social democracy and digital rights

Domestic Issues:

Healthcare: Push for the creation of a Federal Health Service. Ensure that all healthcare is at least accessible.

Education: Free online textbooks for all! 10-year forgiveness on student loans. Support the public school system but modernize it a bit: they're schools, not boot camps!

Immigration: Ban detention camps. Do not separate children from their families. Otherwise it should be fine. Also, tear down that bloody Wall!!

Taxes: Raise taxes on the rich, reduce taxes on the middle class, and reform the corporate tax system, eliminating loopholes.

Jobs: Make sure everybody who wants a job has a job. Trade unions are okay. Discourage corporate mergers - they destroy jobs.

Environment: Our very future is under threat! Take emergency measures to counter global warming! Ratify Kyoto, large national park schemes, all that!

Military: America should reach out to other nations in friendship and charity while drawing down military spending.

Abortion: Support Roe v Wade. Increase funding to Planned Parenthood, but otherwise keep abortion as it is, safe, legal and rare.

SCOTUS: Appoint a moderate, non-partisan judge to the Supreme Court, who will unify everybody and appeal more to the mainstream.

Foreign Issues:

Russia: Try to patch up relations with them, but ensure they don't actually invade the Baltic States. Combat their hackers. Coup only as a last resort.

ISIS: Islamofascist militarism is a threat to liberty everywhere. Subsidize the effort to drive them out, and organise an extensive educational system to deter others from entering their creed.

China: We have to pressure the Chinese to not manipulate currency, and to discourage expansion, but not in a way that will create a trade war.

EU: The recent Article 13 fiasco has proven the EU to be a bureaucratic nightmare. However, ensure that Britain gets a fair deal in their ongoing secession dialogue.

NATO/Allies: Strengthen our alliances within NATO.

North Korea: We do NOT want a nuclear holocaust on our hands. Push for a SALT-style disarmament treaty.

Iran: We still need further information on the Iranian nuclear program before we consider any sort of measures.

UN: Maintain presence. They have their headquarters on our turf, after all. Besides, they were an after-effect of World War II, so I say it's largely thanks to them that we haven't had a World War III yet.

Israel: Create a homeland out of some of Syria or Egypt's land (if they're willing), rearranging Israeli land on their border, to settle the Palestinian problem. Reduce financial aid until that happens.

Trade Deals: Fair, free trade for all.

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@Rodja  I know this is late but still,

 

Form: South Carolina

Party: Democratic Party

Domestic Issues:

Healthcare:   Medicare for all. Allow any American to freely buy into Medicare regardless of income- while allowing private healthcare providers to coexist.

Education:   A nationwide daycare service will be the first phase of my education proposal to insure that a child -regardless of class- will began its mental development as early as possible. Increase funding(for new resources: books, computers, teachers) to historically underperforming school districts: the black belt in the American South; Appalachia; Native American Reservations. Here I will work closely with state governments to shift the funding of public schools to block grants as opposed to the current model of being based on property tax.  As for college/trade school, the current model has been failing the nation to the point student loan debt has eclipsed all other forms of private debt. If we want to stay competitive in the future, we must allow college to be affordable regardless of class.

Immigration:  Immediate naturalization of all non-violent illegal immigrants within the US. End the 10 year waiting period to reenter the US, and reform the requirements to receive refugee status to into account unique stateless actions such as the cartel wars in Central America.

Taxes:   Raise the top income tax bracket to 44%(and capitol gains tax), and impose a nationwide sales tax that will help pay for the proposed social programs.

Jobs:  Work with Congress to pass a law that will insure regardless of the state, that one's right to Freely Associate and Assemble with a union will not be infringed upon. 

Environment:    Create tax breaks, and other economic incentives to businesses that adopt clean energy measures( solar panels). Ban future expansion of offshore drilling.

Military:  Create a new branch that is dedicated towards cyberwarfare/defense.  

Abortion:  It is settled law. A woman has a right to privacy between her and her doctor.

 SCOTUS:   Appoint justices that A) will rein in the excesses of authoritarian precedents from previous presidents; B ) and will insure the fundamental right to privacy,  to assemble are protected.

Foreign Issues:

Russia:   Impose tougher sanctions on not just those connected to Putin, but on the entire nation. The current government of Russia has not changed their actions of being a menace to the world. And they should have no part within the largest economic market in the world until Putin steps down and serious socio-politico reforms are enacted. 

ISIS:  

China:   We need to be cautious on continuously funding indirectly an increasingly authoritarian regime that has been dumping goods within the US, and begin imposing tariffs on key industries that are suspect of dumping. Use the funds incurred from the tariffs to help pay for job training of formerly displaced workers in that related industry, and to also subsidize industries in noneconomically diverse states.

EU:   The EU is the single greatest success story of how cooperation between nations can exist. It is damn shame the Brits want to leave, but the US should continue working the second largest market in the world to continue the stability within the west. Ideally use the EU model of a transnational government for NAFTA .

NATO/Allies:  Expand the NATO presence in Poland and in the Baltics to signal to Russia that their days of aggression are over. 

North Korea:     Continue the sanctions with no relief until two criterias  are met: full destruction of the nuclear capabilities, and adoption of  free multi-party system.

Iran:   Continue the Iran Deal and began talks on trying to encourage the progress of human rights in regards to religious minorities and women.

UN:   Easily one of the greatest organizations used to maintain the relative peace we have enjoyed for the past 70 years. 

Israel:    Do little to support the current government until the recognize Palestine as a legitimate nation. 

Trade Deals:  To counter balance China's rapid growth within the world, the US must pursue a nationwide tradedeal within the continent of Africa to insure that an entire continent does not fall under an authoritarian's sphere of influence. 

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