Monday, May 08, 2006

A liberal blogger litmus test

Atrios created a list of issues that liberal bloggers would tend to agree with. Let's see where I stand:

# Undo the bankruptcy bill enacted by this administration

I guess

# Repeal the estate tax repeal


# Increase the minimum wage and index it to the CPI

I guess

# Universal health care (obviously the devil is in the details on this one)


# Increase CAFE standards. Some other environment-related regulation


# Pro-reproductive rights, getting rid of abstinence-only education, improving education about and access to contraception including the morning after pill, and supporting choice. On the last one there's probably some disagreement around the edges (parental notification, for example), but otherwise.

Definitely, but with some reservations on abortion

# Simplify and increase the progressivity of the tax code

Definitely on progressivity

# Kill faith-based funding. Certainly kill federal funding of anything that engages in religious discrimination.

Nope - mend it, don't end it

# Reduce corporate giveaways


# Have Medicare run the Medicare drug plan


# Force companies to stop underfunding their pensions. Change corporate bankruptcy law to put workers and retirees at the head of the line with respect to their pensions.

I guess - don't know enough

# Leave the states alone on issues like medical marijuana. Generally move towards "more decriminalization" of drugs, though the details complicated there too.


# Imprison Jeff Goldstein for crimes against humanity for his neverending stupidity


# Paper ballots


# Improve access to daycare and other pro-family policies. Obiously details matter.

I guess

# Raise the cap on wages covered by FICA taxes.


So I come out left leaning, but my enthusiasm varies greatly. Huh.

Okay, enough navel-gazing for now.

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