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November 13th, 2010, 09:08 AM
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Abortion: It is something that needs to be available, even if that means it will be used in ways I consider wrong.

Drinking age: I have to say my knee-jerk reaction is for it, but as it stands I just don't see it working.

Political stance: I'm registered Democrat.

Selective Service: I'd hate to see them have to use it for an actual draft, but I am still for gathering and maintaining the information.

Gay marriage: For. What could homosexuals possibly do to degrade marriage that heterosexuals haven't done already?

Universal pre-k: Against.

Sex education: Should be offered in every school, but I support a parent's right to keep their child from it even though I wouldn't.

Vaccinations: Not anti-vax, but I do not support the schedule maintained by U.S. Pediatricians, nor do I necessarily think every shot is needed.

Sin Tax : I'm for sin/luxury taxes.

legalization of marijuana: Don't think it would be a bad thing, but because of the war that has been waged against it previously any large-scale legalization would be an absolute bloody mess. It wouldn't be nearly as great for the nation/economy as many supporters think, and it wouldn't be the death knell many opposers think. I live in California where for all intents and purposes it is almost legal anyway.

Universal Health care: For.

"performance pay" for teachers: Doesn't sound like a good idea to me. There is already too much teaching to the test and letting kids slide by (or through the cracks) without mastering the fundamentals. It would set up a system where struggling students would be a liability the teacher couldn't afford.

war : Is not a simplistic enough concept that I can be for or against it. Even a winnable war for totally justifiable and sound reasons isn't something you should be whole-heartedly for.

Methods of birth control: For. Give women as many options as you can so she can make the best decision for herself. While there are a few I would not use unless under very special circumstances, I don't especially care what other women choose for themselves.

How many kids people should have: is subjective. I don't even know how many kids I should have yet.

Vegetarian/eating meat: I eat meat, and am of the opinion that eating a modest amount of animal protein as part of your diet is the healthiest, most natural option.

gun control: For education and some regulations, but I support the right to bear arms.

death penalty: I am for it.

circumcision : Not for my sons. I would like to see other families educate and weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

Fertility treatments/Assisted reproduction: For it, think insurance should cover at least a portion of it, in medically warranted cases. I do think it is abused in some circumstances- for instance, octomom.

Assisted suicide: I would have a hard time reconciling myself to it, but I don't necessarily believe it should be forbidden.

Illegal Immigrants *not immigration POLICY: Are individuals. I have known some who come over and work like dogs for next to nothing, and some who come over and live pretty well off of government assistance.For many, their family didn't have another option for survival.

Gender Selection: Against.

Fat Tax: Against. I can understand how it makes sense for some services, but on the whole I don't think it is a good idea.

Shopping Carts: Put it away! You really can't be THAT far from a corral.

Kids drinking soda/eating candy/poptarts for breakfast: No, no, and preferably not often.

Peanut Butter bans in schools for nut allergies: If something is a valid health risk to a student, it should be banned.

VBACs: For, but I can't hold it against women who don't elect to go down that route. I hope it is a choice I never have to make.

Government involvement in citizens lives: Often necessary, but also often over-done. For some involvement, against a nanny state.

Seat Belt law/ laws to protect citizens from themselves: For seat belt laws and for/against other 'protect you from yourself' laws. I don't think you can make a blanket statement about all of them. Often against, though.

Unassisted Childbirthing: Not against, but realized it wasn't for me.

Plastic Surgery : Can have valid reconstructive or health benefits, but can also be a tool of self-harm for people needing psychological help.

Chili (with or without beans) : Not a big fan, but prefer with beans when I have it.

Welfare : A bloody mess, but I support having welfare programs.

dress codes for school/office: I support dress codes, not so much uniforms.

Elective C-sections/elective repeat C-Sections: Against, but I won't tell another woman how to give birth.

Introducing solids: At least 4 months, but I think usually later- baby will let you know. Sometimes the pedi is right and baby needs it before then (reflux babies, for instance).

Car Seats: For.

Spanking: Against, not right for my family.

Children and Pets: Very much for.

Nursing in Public: For.

Cry it Out: Against.

Television and Infants/Toddlers: Against.

Caring for your elderly parents : For, in most cases.

Diamonds: Against. Not for me at all. I wouldn't want to try to start a marriage out in debt for a sparkly rock some children may have died for.

In-N-Out Burger: It's not bad.

Reborn dolls: I don't think it would be for me, but however you need to cope with that situation is acceptable.

Homosexual orientation/relationships: I suppose it is selfish/self-centered, but I have a really hard time giving a crap who or what does it for people other than myself.

Polyamory: see above, but this one is not for me.

Scary movies: Love em, though I do prefer more suspense/psychological thriller than the straight out torture porn America has been making lately.

Transcultural adoption: I'd encourage families to look domestically as well, but if it gives a home to a kid who had no home before, it can't be that bad. I do think there can be some distasteful motivations for it in some cases. I would like to see some effort made to keep the child connected in some way to their original culture.

Drug testing welfare recipients: For it.

"Luxuries" on welfare- vacation, designer accessories, upscale phones, TV w/cable, etc: Mostly against it, and I've seen plenty of cases where it was taken to ridiculous extremes, but I also wouldn't have a problem with certain luxuries... holiday gifts for the kids, things like that.

Organized religions: I am involved in one.

Mandatory breastfeeding attempts/prescriptions for formula: No. I am pro-bf and would like to see all women really give it a go, but I do not want to see doctors/the government having that much say in a parenting decision. Prescriptions for formula could be a real nightmare and I am afraid it would lead to more babies being put onto inappropriate foods early on.

Family beds: It ended up being the right choice for my little one.

TTC on assistance: If you can't support yourself and/or your current kids, I don't think it is a wise or caring choice to make.

Infants/toddlers in bikini style swim suits: I don't like it. Looking into the little girl's department scares me. I foresee many battles with my little girl over this.

Leash backpacks for kids: Against. I hate it when I see it. That said, I realize it is an easier judgment to make when your child isn't yet to the kamikaze sprinter stage.

Beauty pageants

TV watching for kids under age 2

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