Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Break Down of the Issues - Part 8

Domestic Policy

Well it looks like I made it before whatever you want to call next Tuesday. This is the last major topic I intend to do a break down on, but if anyone has more areas they would like me to dig into to compare, please feel free to ask in the comments or email me. Once the Republican field has thinned a bit (maybe after today?) I will try to compare them on the same topics.

Domestic policy will be broken up into numerous sections as the candidates go in depth on plans for numerous topics. See also Part 1, Part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6 and part 7. Again, all of these policy statements are taken from the candidates' campaign websites.

Hillary Clinton John Edwards Barack Obama
Civil Liberties
  • Support equal pay for women and men
  • Expand access to family planning services
  • Require businesses to offer seven paid sick days a year
  • Expand the Family and Medical Leave Act to cover more workers and help states offer paid leave
  • Protect women's right to choose
  • Support the Paycheck Fairness Act to strengthen the remedies for sex discrimination
  • Work to overturn the Supreme Court's recent ruling that curtails racial minorities' and women's ability to challenge pay discrimination
  • Pass the Fair Pay Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work
  • Make preserving women’s rights under Roe v. Wade a priority
  • Ensure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits
  • End Don't Ask Don't Tell
  • Support civil unions to guarantee gay and lesbian couples the same rights as straight couples
  • Repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act
  • Allow LGBT to serve openly in the military
  • Allow gay and lesbian parents to adopt children equally to strait couples
  • Support civil unions that give same-sex couples equal legal rights and privileges as married couples
  • Repeal Defence of Marriage Act
  • Expand federal benefits to same sex couples
  • Repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell
Government and Elections
  • Ban cabinet officials from lobbying a Hillary Clinton administration
  • Strengthen whistle blower protections
  • End abuse of no-bid government contracts and post all contracts online
  • Cut 500,000 government contractors
  • Restore the Office of Technology Assessment
  • Publish budgets for every government agency
  • Push the passage of the Count Every Vote Act
    • Provides a paper trail for every vote cast
    • Designates Election Day as a national holiday
    • Allows same-day registration
    • Makes sure that impartial officials administer our elections
    • Allows the attorney general to bring suit against anyone using deceptive practices (like distributing flyers with incorrect information about voter eligibility) to keep voters from voting
  • Require the use of paper ballots verified by voters and mandatory audits
  • Allow same-day voter registration
  • Support the right of Washington, D.C. residents to have voting representation in Congress
  • Enact a new law making intentional interference with the right to vote a federal offense
  • Prohibit Chief of State election officials from publicly supporting federal candidates
  • Create a federal matching funds program to do an 8:1 match on campaign donations, up to a maximum $800 (donations over $100 still get $800 matched); limit donations to $1,000
  • Provide for public matching funding for Congressional campaigns
  • Require corporations to disclose all political spending and activity
  • Create a line item veto restricted to one package of rescissions per bill that can be overruled by Congress
  • Prohibit all federal candidates from accepting campaign contributions or bundled contributions from federal lobbyists
  • Bar appointees from lobbying their former colleagues for five years
  • Expand the definition of prohibited lobbying to include directing strategy for other lobbyists
  • Ban corporate lobbyists and lobbyists for foreign governments from working in the White House
  • Require lobbyists to disclose within 48 hours which federal officials they met with and what about
  • Prohibit executive branch employees from accepting corporate gifts
  • End the practice of issuing presidential "signing statements"
  • Create a centralized Internet database of lobbying reports, ethics records, and campaign finance filings
  • Ensure that any tax breaks for corporate recipients, or tax earmarks, are also publicly available for viewing online
  • Require independent monitoring of lobbying laws and ethics rules
  • Support public financing of campaigns
  • Provide free television and radio time to campaigns
  • Require that nearly all government contract orders over $25,000 be competitively awarded
  • Require all non-emergency bills be available to the American public to review and comment for five days before signing
  • Require disclosure of the name of the legislator who asks for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before it can be voted on
  • Ensure that all communications about regulatory policymaking between third parties and White House staff are disclosed to the public
  • No political appointees will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years
  • No political appointee will be able to lobby the executive branch during the remainder of the administration
  • All new hires at the agencies to sign a form affirming that no political appointee offered them the job solely on the basis of political affiliation or contribution
First Amendment and Privacy
  • Unable to find specific information on her site
  • Prohibit surveillance of Americans’ phone calls and emails without a warrant
  • Define robust public interest obligations for digital broadcasters
  • Encourage diversity in the ownership of broadcast media
  • Promote the development of new media outlets for expression of diverse viewpoints
  • Supports restrictions on how personal information may be used and create technology safeguards to verify how the information has actually been used
  • Update surveillance laws to ensure that law enforcement investigations and intelligence-gathering relating to U.S. citizens are done only under the rule of law
  • Appoint the nation’s first Chief Technology Officer
    • Ensure the safety of our communications networks
    • Ensure that each arm of the federal government makes its records open
    • Ensure technological interoperability of key government functions
  • N/A
  • Close down Guantanamo Bay
  • Restore habeas corpus
  • Eliminate sentencing disparities
  • Give first-time, non-violent offenders a chance to serve their sentence, where appropriate, in drug rehabilitation programs


Dr. Zaius said...

These tables are great!

no_slappz said...
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John J. said...

Comment above deleted for FUD and completely ignoring any of the facts presented in this post.

no_slappz said...

john j, what is FUD?

John J. said...

Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt. Basically you were saying things to make people afraid or instill uncertainty or doubt without any actual facts.