Here's what my platform would be if I ran for President of the United States

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User Info: HeyDude

HeyDude
8 months ago#11
I think you're overstating your case; I don't think there'd be countless, needless deaths.

User Info: Kodiologist

Kodiologist
8 months ago#12
Do you really want me to wade through public health research examining the effects of consumer safety regulations on mortality, so I can present you with a raft of citations that you probably won't want to read anyway? There are a lot of such regulations that exist now, at both federal and state levels, from seatbelts to restrictions on where you can smoke to sin taxes to food safety inspection to radiation emission standards to tests of electrical equipment to flammability standards. If all these were opt-in, that would be a hell of a body count (and it would be a hell of a research project to estimate the body count).

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User Info: HeyDude

HeyDude
8 months ago#13
No, I don't want you to do that research.

Here's one model that works, this is for motorcycle helmets. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snell_Memorial_Foundation

or the ASPCA. There are non-governmental regulating bodies for lots of things. They do a pretty good job.

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HeyDude
8 months ago#14
- Health
-- Create universal free healthcare, including coverage for contraception, abortion, and sex reassignment (this should be administered by the federal government, not by the states) This could be done in a manner that doesn't conflict with my values (although I doubt it would be), so there is nothing inherently unlikeable about it... except for the abortion item. I see inducing abortion as killing a person, so I don't support it in any case (rape, incest, or even life of the mother; doctors morally ought to try to save both lives IMO and if that can't be done, then the family should probably choose, and if there's no family to choose, the doctor should probably choose who is more likely to be saveable).
-- Push for the creation of new medical schools, and give foreign physicians incentives to move to the US, in order to ameliorate the shortage of physicians No opinion
-- Start a federal needle-exchange program A good thing.
-- Replace bans on drugs and prostitution with heavy-handed monitoring, regulation, and taxation Why? To disincentivize them? I don't like the government disincentivizing vices.

- Law
-- End the death penalty (exonerated executed people can't be unkilled) Agree
-- Ban plea bargaining (people shouldn't be incentivized to falsely confess) Theoretically agree although I don't know the case for the opposing side so I can't say I've given it a fair read
-- Redesign the prison system with a focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment, including substantially shortened sentences for any crime other than murder Agreed on priorities; disagree that murder would be the only exception. Anybody who is a violence risk probably needs to be kept in just as long if not longer. Rapists especially don't seem to be getting enough jail time.
-- End the eggshell-skull rule (liability should be based on reasonably foreseeable consequences, not actual consequences) Never heard of this rule. I would have assumed reasonably foreseeable consequences would already be the determinant of liability. Agree.
-- Legalize owning copies of child pornography, but investigate its consumers liberally to help find the people who are abusing children to produce child porn Disagree. This isn't just a vice; sexuality in children is an abuse because they can't give informed consent. Purchasing the products of abuse is sick and funds the abuse. Wait maybe now I've talked myself into the government banning vice, since the purchaser isn't directly abusing. Um, I'm chewing on this further.
-- Give suspected terrorists the same rights as arrested citizens, and jail them only on US soil Agree

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Kodiologist
8 months ago#15
A non-governmental regulating body is certainly better than nothing, but if they can't legally require products to meet their standards, then unsafe products are still going to make it to market. The effectiveness of laws in this area comes from how they remove choices from consumers.

Replace bans on drugs and prostitution with heavy-handed monitoring, regulation, and taxation Why? To disincentivize them? I don't like the government disincentivizing vices.

Partly, yes (taxes on cigarettes and alcohol appear to be the most effective methods available to government to reduce usage of them), but also to try to contain the harm with things like mandatory STD testing for prostitutes, a safe supply chain for recreational drugs so that people don't die of contaminants, and designated spaces where people can take a hallucinogen or something and other people will prevent them from doing something dangerous while intoxicated.

Ban plea bargaining (people shouldn't be incentivized to falsely confess) Theoretically agree although I don't know the case for the opposing side so I can't say I've given it a fair read

I think the main argument in favor of plea bargaining is that it saves time and money (of both the government and the defendant) by avoiding a trial. The savings are probably substantial, considering how long trials and appeals can take and how expensive lawyers are.

Anybody who is a violence risk probably needs to be kept in just as long if not longer. Rapists especially don't seem to be getting enough jail time.

But it doesn't seem that longer sentences have any greater deterrent effect, and the longer people spend in prison, the more it psychologically damages them, teaches them criminal skills, and make them unfit to live in society once they're released. What's more, keeping prisoners is extraordinarily expensive. It seems like the only value the current system has is simply keeping criminals from committing crimes while they're imprisoned, which works fine for people we want to imprison for life (like murderers) but is of limited use for prisoners who are going to eventually be freed. I guess you could imprison people until they're a certain age, given that younger people are generally more likely to commit crimes.

Wait maybe now I've talked myself into the government banning vice, since the purchaser isn't directly abusing. Um, I'm chewing on this further.

Heh.

To elaborate, something that makes me particularly uncomfortable about making child pornography possession illegal is that it makes the mere possession of information illegal, rather than banning, say, a kind of communication, such as publishing CP. So if somebody plants CP on your computer, you have the burden of proof to show that somebody else put it there. And if you randomly generate a number which happens to be the byte sequence of a CP image, that's technically a crime too, if I'm not mistaken. A related Wikipedia article is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_number

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HeyDude
8 months ago#16
- Cost-cutting
-- End parties paid for with tax money Firstly, seems like small fish, and secondly, government employees need morale too. Obviously there's such a thing as too much, but your proposal would eliminate funding for Cindy's party next month, at which we want to spend some money to celebrate her forty-year career.
-- Cap the wages of highly paid federal employees such as the President and Congressmen, and remove excessive perks Thought they were already capped, and "excessive" is a weasel-word.

- Transportation
-- Attempt a complete federal takeover of the airlines The least ambitious of your things. I like how all the other stuff, you just said you're going to do, but this you'll merely attempt. Like, this is going to be harder than disbanding the entire military. Anyway though, not sure what your end-game is here, so I'll withhold judgment until you clarify.
-- Encourage states (with money) to expand train and bus service in preference to infrastructure for cars Fine with this. I personally just voted for a proposal to fund some public transportation infrastructure and services. It failed :(

- International relations
-- Open our borders and make it easy to become a citizen Fine with this
-- Recognize Palestine and Taiwan Don't know enough about this to comment.
-- Recognize the Armenian genocide Didn't realize we hadn't and don't know the implications of doing so.
-- Offer incentives to countries with poor human-rights records to clean up their act I think this type of intervention tends to backfire so I'm not in favor unless backfire can be adequately prevented.
-- Prevent American companies (Google, Yahoo, etc.) from cooperating with China's restrictions on political speech Mixed feelings. Putting Google services in China is a good thing for the common Chinese man. I feel like the Chinese are the ones who'll be hurt most by this.

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HeyDude
8 months ago#17
- Miscellany
-- Admit Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico into the union as full-fledged states Do they want that? If not, why do we want that?
-- Form a committee of scientists and engineers to come up with a plan for using public policy to sufficiently ameliorate global warming, then follow the plan Support
-- Make all bathrooms in government buildings, single-occupancy or not, gender-neutral I guess?
-- End the patent system Why?
-- Reduce durations of copyright Why?
-- Undo the 1954 addition of "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance and the 1956 adoption of "In God we trust" as the national motto; remove all religious references on money Support

User Info: Kodiologist

Kodiologist
8 months ago#18
Obviously there's such a thing as too much, but your proposal would eliminate funding for Cindy's party next month, at which we want to spend some money to celebrate her forty-year career.

I'm not worried about that so much as star-studded Christmas parties at the White House or suchlike. There's no reason Cindy's co-workers can't start a little pool to fund the party for her themselves, just like happens in other organizations.

Thought they were already capped

If so, the cap is too high. Currently, Congressmen make $174k a year. $100k would be more than enough.

"excessive" is a weasel-word

I'm not quite sure what perks exist, but it does seem like the president and vice-president are treated like royalty in some respects. I'd have to read more about this to decide what to get rid of.

I like how all the other stuff, you just said you're going to do, but this [taking over the airlines] you'll merely attempt. Like, this is going to be harder than disbanding the entire military.

Kek. It's not that it's necessarily harder, but the military is already an arm of government, whereas the airlines are private. We'd need to buy them, and there's no guarantee they'd be willing to sell. If they were reluctant, perhaps we could try to use eminent domain or something to do it.

The goal is just to have the behavior, prices, consumer relations, etc. of airlines fully controlled by the FAA or so. Like buses and subways, airlines are an important public service that should be expected to provide certain minima of comfort and convenience but shouldn't be expected to run at a profit. Routes, schedules, seating arrangements, luggage policies, and so on should be based on the public interest rather than purely the interests of shareholders.

Admit Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico into the union as full-fledged states Do they want that?

Yep, referenda to that effect in both places have won majorities.

End the patent system Why?

See for example https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/software-patents.en.html

Reduce durations of copyright Why?

I'm really not a fan of intellectual property in general, but I think that international treaties forbid us from scrapping it entirely. So the most we could do without rustling international jimmies would be reducing durations to match its minima.

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Kodiologist
8 months ago#19
I personally just voted for a proposal to fund some public transportation infrastructure and services. It failed :(

That's a bummer. We had a California ballot proposition like that last November that succeeded. What area was covered by the proposal you voted on?

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HeyDude
8 months ago#20
A large swath of southeast Michigan's most hoppin' areas.

Here's some coverage from the Detroit Free Press.
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/10/23/rta-millage-michigan-transit/92518180/
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