Hall of Shame
Eshoo's 2004 platform
||Chris Haugen's 1998
||Brian Holtz's platform
||1. Homeland security.
solvency of Social Security and Medicare. 3..HMO reform and Medicare
||?||1. Reduce taxes.
||1. Privatize Social Security
& Medicare. 2..Eradicate corporate welfare. 3..Market-based
||Port of Redwood City; Pillar Point. Moffett Field. Vineyard pests. R&D tax credit. San Mateo fuel-cell buses. BART. E. Palo Alto shuttle. Broadband tax credit.||N/A
||Eliminate all pork for all
|Personal Liberty||Democrat platform
Eshoo's 2004 platform
||Chris Haugen's 1998
|Expression||Restrict campaign spending.
Punish criminals for bias.
||Public financing of federal candidates. Restrict third-party issue ads near elections. Instant runoff voting. Punish criminals for bias.||Ban flag burning. Restrict
immoral sexual expression.
contribution limits. Term limits for Congress.
||Ban only defamation.
Unrestricted campaign contributions & spending, but require instant
e-disclosure. Instant runoff voting.
||No government religious observance when attendance mandatory.||¬||Allow voluntary prayer in
schools. Allow posting Ten Commandments on government property.
||Allow voluntary prayer in
school and other public places. Allow acknowledging God on government
property and in government insignia.
||No government religious
when attendance mandatory.
||Continue drug bans. Provide
treatment on demand.
||Legalize medicinal marijuana.
Legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
||Continue drug bans; repeal
exclusion of improperly- seized evidence.
||¬||Allow adults to decide what
substances to consume. No prior restraint, but massive punishment for
|Sexuality||Allow bans on non-private or
commercial sexual behavior.
||¬||Allow bans on immoral sexual
||¬||Allow grownups to decide what
behaviors to consent to
||Ban cloning. Alow bans on sales of reproductive tissues and services.||¬||Ban cloning. Ban sales of reproductive tissues and services.||¬||Allow any consensual
reproductive behavior that does
violate the rights of sentient humans. Allow suicide and court-approved
||Ban assault rifles. Mandate safety locks, waiting period, background checks.||Ban assault rifles. Mandate
safety locks, waiting period, background checks. License all gun
ownership. National ballistics database.
||Instant background checks. No
||Repeal all restrictions on
gun ownership by law-abiding citizens.
||Allow private ownership only
aimed single-target non-automatic weapons
gambling via Internet and by student athletes.
||¬||Decriminalize all consensual
gambling. Repeal seatbelt and helmet laws.
|Negative Externalities||Stricter air and water pollution regulations. Car fuel efficiency rules. Encourage alternative fuels. International global warming treaty.||Stricter air and water
regulations. Car fuel efficiency rules. Encourage alternative fuels.
Re-enter Kyoto global warming treaty.
||Market-based incentives and
state/local flexibility to meet environmental standards.
||Encourage alternative fuels
to reduce pollution.
||Tax products/transactions for
pollution caused. Allow trading of emissions licenses.
||Federal funding of local
police. Support victims' rights. Drug testing & treatment for
prisoners. No racial profiling. Federalize prosecution of violence
||¬||Local responsibility for law
enforcement. Relax exclusionary rule. Increased penalties for drug
crimes. Support victims' rights.
||Broaden death penalty.
"Reduce sentences for non-violent crimes." "Increase penalties for
selling illegal drugs." [Yep, he says both!]
||Support death penalty.
Relax exclusionary rule only if massive penalties for transgressing
police. Support victims' rights.
||Right to audit accuracy and
monitor use of information about self.
||Restrict commercial use of
information collected through voluntary e-transactions.
||"Govt has responsibility to
protect personal privacy". Applauds benefits from "legitimate use of
data with appropriate safeguards".
||¬||Allow any non-fraudulent use
information derived from voluntary associations.
|Economic Liberty||Democrat platform
Eshoo's 2004 platform
||Chris Haugen's 1998
minimum wage, maximum hours, plant closure notice, family leave, "equal
pay for equal work", numeric goals in minority hiring. Exempt unions
||Job training for displaced
unskilled workers. Subsidies for employer childcare. Increase minimum
wage. Ban permanent replacement of strikers. Affirmative action in
||Mandate minimum wage, maximum hours. Oppose mandatory union membership.||Reduce government regulation.
Ban government affirmative action and discrimination (except for gender
preference). Allow private discrimination.
||Allow informed consenting
peaceful adults to
enter any non-fraudulent employment relationship
||Professional licensure, product safety rules, building codes. Manufacturing import restrictions.||Energy price controls.
||Professional licensure, product safety rules, building codes. Farm subsidies and import restrictions.||¬||Mandate truth in labeling;
prosecute fraud, enforce liability.
|Real Property||Zoning, growth controls, urban planning, rent control.||¬||Zoning. Oppose rent control.
||Compensate owners when
environmental regulations restrict property rights.
||Enforce nuisance laws;
restrict eminent domain to infrastructure needs; tax property for
||Copyright: 75 yrs for
corporations, life + 50 yrs for persons. Ban copying technologies.
||¬||Copyright: 75 yrs for corporations, life + 50 yrs for persons. Ban copying technologies.||¬||Eliminate most forms of
copyright. Restrict patent tenure, tighten obviousness rule.
||¬||¬||Auction access to unowned
||Increase funding for child
programs. Support housing assistance for low-income families. Direct
federal poverty aid through non-discriminatory non-profit organizations.
||Defederalize and greatly
decrease welfare, housing projects.
negative income tax, partly in form of food and housing vouchers.
||Universal federal health
insurance. Lower Medicare eligibility to 55. Medicare prescription drug
benefit. Ban binding arbitration in insurance policies.
||Maintain Medicare, Medicaid.
Lower Medicare eligibility to 55. Limit malpractice damages.
||De-federalize. State-provided safety net of basic healthcare. Tax incentives for employer-independent portable personal health insurance.|
||National student testing.
Teacher testing and merit pay Charter schools. Increased federal
funding. Affirmative action in college admissions.
||De-federalize. States should give parents personal control of spending for their childrens' education.||De-federalize. States should give parents personal control of spending for their childrens' education.|
||Oppose Social Security privatization.||Partially privatize Social
Security. Invest part of SS trust funds in stocks/bonds instead of
||Privatize Social Security.
Trim benefits for retirees who have already recouped all
contributions + interest + inflation.
|Government Finance||Increase cigarette taxes.
Eliminate estate tax for estates less than $6M. Expand IRAs. No AMT on
unrealized stock options profit.
||Balanced budget amendment.
Supermajority to raise taxes. Cut taxes: flat income tax, eliminate
estate tax. National sales tax. Eliminate IRS.
||Line-item veto. Supermajority
for tax rate increases or spending increases beyond population +
||¬||¬||Steady money supply growth to
||¬||¬||Police fraud but otherwise
deregulate. Insider trades allowed if instantly epublished.
||¬||¬||Relax but not eliminate antitrust law.|
||¬||¬||Regulate local physical networks, but deregulate content and supply|
||Aid for allies and
disaster-struck nations. Multilateral diplomacy; no pre-emptive
war. Support UN, NAFTA, GATT, WTO. Trade sanctions for
environmental and labor violations.
||Withdraw from the UN, NAFTA,
GATT, WTO. Retaliatory tariffs.
||Promote political/economic freedom. Fight tyranny when benefits to human freedom outweigh costs. Multilateral when possible, unilateral if necessary. Free trade, except sanctions for international externalities (e.g. warming).|
||Diplomatic pressure on N.
Aid for Afghanistan.
Encourage China liberalization.
||¬||¬||Support NATO expansion.
||Two-state solution to
||Discontinue leadership role
in Israeli- Palestinian peace process.
government, incl. Israeli occupaton of W. Bank.
|Military||Cancel missile defenses.
||Greatly increase missile
||Cancel missile defenses and
strategic bombers (B2) as unworkable.
|Non-Citizens||Citizenship path for
||Deny some govt benefits to
||No automatic citizenship for
US-born children of illegal immigrants. Allow states to deny services
to illegal immigrants and their children. Establish English as official
||Liberalize immigration for
English-fluent skilled workers. Legalize illegals as temporary workers.
||No rights until birth.
||Illegal after viability,
to save life of mother. Allow stem cell research and therapeutic
||"Unborn child has a
individual right to life". Ban stem cell research. Extra penalty if
assault harms fetus.
||Abortions should be legal only when the life of the woman is endangered||Rights a function of neural
development: no abortion after ~24 weeks except to save life of mother.
||No government discrimination,
including in marriage. Restrict
right not to associate.
||Allow gay marriage.
||No gay marriage. No "special legal protection". Protect private right not to associate||
|No government discrimination, including in marriage. Protect private right not to associate|
||Ban inhumane animal treatment.||Limit the number of habitats
protected as endangered.
||Prevent extinction when at
feasible. Ban inhumane animal treatment.