Quote from Hodoku
Tax cuts: As has been said, removing them amount to increasing taxes, which as any economist will tell you, is BAD FOR THE ECONOMY.
This entirely depends on the persons/organizations from which the money is taken and the programs to which it is assigned. The most sustained and dramatic period of economic expansion in this country, namely the postwar boom, took place in a period of extraordinarily high tax rates for the rich and fairly high rates for everyone else. A great deal of that income was channeled to aid the great expansion of the middle class, and ultimately the economy benefited greatly, at least until the entire edifice began collapsing in the 1970s. At this point, old-fashioned Keynesian policies are fairly impractical, given the drastic changes that have taken place in our economic structure, but you're still wrong to categorically assert that increasing taxes will always harm the economy.
Quote fromGay rights: Gay rights are not an issue that matters in this election, at least to me. Besides, even if they WANT to get married, there wont be any real progress until we clean up the mess we're in now. There are more important things on we need to worry about. If anything, bring it up in 2012.
Regardless, it still marks a candidate as conservative. Most liberals are of the opinion that the "let's talk about this later" argument in regards to minority rights is merely a coy way of expressing socially conservative tendencies.
Quote fromAbortion: Abortion, otoh, is not a right, but a massive mistake. Besides, I'd rather vote for someone against abortion than someone who wants to treat live birth botched abortions as abortable fetuses.
I'm curious as to what you're referring to here, since I've never heard of it. There is a preexisting ban on partial-birth abortions, so what you describe should never occur. In regards to the more prevalent and relevant methods of abortion, however, a firmly negative stance is still a position that betrays a socially conservative mindset.