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Old 2008-01-04, 01:10   #1
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Taking a lead from this thread, I answered the questions here.

I was center on the chart economically, but halfway up progressively. All Democrats and no Republicans were in my "circle". Ron Paul was the closest Republican. I probably would have been further to the right or left if I chose something other than neutral for the health care questions, but health care is a complex subject with no easy answer.

I would probably lean toward Obama if I voted today because he is the most progressive of the Democrats. I have never liked Hillary. I don't consider here a b****, but she is clearly attracted to power and is very manipulative. Getting Bill to the White House and her attempt at health care reform during his first term are evidence of that. Most of all I have no respect for her because she never took a stand against her husband's dalliances, at least publicly. IMO, she stayed married to him for financial and power reasons, not for love or respect.
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Old 2008-01-04, 07:06   #2
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There are never any good choices for those of us who are socially progressive but fiscally conservative. My guess is that I was very close to you on the axes. It's also difficult when questions have all-or-nothing modifiers which mean that I have to also pick the extreme (all X should be Y; I strongly disagree because of the "all", but would strongly agree if it were "some" or "most").
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Old 2008-01-04, 10:16   #3
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Interesting. Turns out my top 5 are Edwards, Richardson, Obama, Clinton, Paul.


Prior to taking the test, I would have rated my top 3 as Clinton, Edwards, Obama.

Paul
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Old 2008-01-04, 13:06   #4
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I did it and have > 75% "substantive agreement" with
Obama, Clinton and Edwards.
Since Gordon Brown chickened out, and democracy in
Kenya and Pakistan is problematic ATM, we may as well
amuse ourselves with the US version, even though we aren't eligible
to vote.
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Old 2008-01-04, 13:34   #5
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My closest is Huckabee, farthest is Obama. Mine was right in the area of the majority of Republicans.
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Old 2008-01-04, 15:17   #6
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I hit Paul dead on.
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Old 2008-01-04, 16:06   #7
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I hit Paul dead on.

I hit Obama dead on. I was farthest from Thompson and Huckabee.

I **really** did not like one of the questions: "Should the govt be
responsible for providing health care?"

The answer, of course, is NO. Doctors provide health care. The question
should have been "Should the govt provide **access** to health care?".

For people who are careful about language, they really are different
questions.
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Old 2008-01-04, 16:36   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by R.D. Silverman View Post
I hit Obama dead on. I was farthest from Thompson and Huckabee.

I **really** did not like one of the questions: "Should the govt be
responsible for providing health care?"

The answer, of course, is NO. Doctors provide health care. The question
should have been "Should the govt provide **access** to health care?".

For people who are careful about language, they really are different
questions.
I would question what "access" or "provide" really means. Does government provide access to basic health care or does government cover expenses related to cancer treatments, organ transplants, bypass surgeries (gastric or heart), or experimental treatments? If asked as two (or more) questions (which is valid), then many people would answer some questions yes and others no.
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Old 2008-01-04, 22:24   #9
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Almost dead center.

Slightly socially conservative, slightly economic right. Closest to Ron Paul.

I always seem to wind up near the center in these quizzes and it continues to amaze me that many so-called "progressive" netcitizens I encounter think I'm David Duke's brother.

Then again, a European "conservative" such as Chirac would be off the radar somewhere beyond Dennis Kucinich's orbit.

And I understand R.D. Silverman's point. For example, the very first question: A background check and a license?
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Old 2008-01-05, 07:10   #10
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I was a little bit above and to the right of the center, which surprised me greatly, since I've always thought of myself as conservative. I guess I shouldn't really be surprised, I've never met anyone who was even close to having the same views as me. For instance, I don't believe Iraq had anything to do with terrorism, but I do believe we need to clean up our mess.

Also, they had a question as to whether the government should be in charge of helping people with retirement money, I think Yes, but they didn't have a question asking whether mandatory taxation(Social Security tax, for example) should be abolished, which I think it should, since I believe taxing rights is immoral. They should be taxing privileges, not rights. If you don't get something in exchange for your taxes, than that makes you a peon, which is a form of slavery.
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