Mooooooooooooooooooo wrote:Are there any republican staple beliefs that you have trouble accepting?
First off, I'm not a republican, I'm a conservative. Bush was a republican and I had some issues with his governance (e.g. growing government).
On abortion: The republican party has a firm belief that abortion should be illegal in all instances. I believe there are instances where abortion should be considered. The main one that comes to mind is when the mother's life is at stake. It becomes kind of strange and I'm not sure what my beliefs are in that instance. Is the mother's life more important than the unborn or the other way around? I don't believe that life begins at conception, but sometime after it becomes a fetus - maybe when organs form or a brain begins transmitting. I'm not sure. But just because someone gets horny, doesn't mean that abortion is the solution to forgetting to take birth control.
On birth control being paid for by insurance. I have some issues with this, but there are instances where it should be paid for. If birth control is an effective means to treat a disease, it should be paid for by insurance. To satisfy a primal urge (being horny) it should be paid for by the individual. If insurance pays for it, I would be subsidizing it when I pay my insurance.
Refusal to cut the military budget. I work as a government contractor and have seen firsthand the waste in government as concerns the military. There are places that can be cut that would save millions, if not billions, of dollars without a negative effect on national security or military readiness. I don't think an across the board cut is the way to do it, but the GAO or military IG can find those savings by cutting inefficiencies and other waste. An example of the inefficiency is end of year spending. Each organization has a budget which has to be spent by the end of the year to justify the following year's budget. If there is leftover money, the following year's budget is reduced somewhat accordingly. So to prevent that, government agencies scramble to spend the last of their budget money on stuff that they don't necessarily need to perform their missions. This is done a couple of months prior to the end of the fiscal year.