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I'm really excited to see that we already have some members, and hopefully we'll continue to grow! Feel free to tell your friends about this community. Larger membership will mean greater diversity in perspective, which can only help to enrich the community.

astraevirgo and I have a bunch of ideas in the works for posts to make, including a listing of "wanted" posts that members can volunteer to put together. Also, if you have ideas or suggestions please let us know!

This seems like a great time to have our first community discussion. It will give us a chance to find out where to direct our energies and hopefully generate some new ideas.

What factors do you consider when deciding to back a candidate? *AND* What issues are important to you in the upcoming election?

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Here's a short version.

What factors do you consider when deciding to back a candidate?
I'd like a candidate who is honest. "Yes, I was in my 20's and smoked pot. I stole candy bars as a kind." I also want to see them talk about something other than the top 2 or 3 issues; ie the war, social security, lowering taxes. Everyone promises to lower taxes. I'd like a candidate who is honest about this. "I'm not going to look into JUST lowering taxes, there's more to it than that. I make no promises, I make the effort to put the money to good use." Stuff like that. I'd like to hear about what they're going to do on a national level about education. Working towards a less expensive education after high school.

What issues are important to you in the upcoming election?
I'd really like to see a reform to the welfare and family aid programs. Speaking as someone who came from those programs I know what it means to get that aid. I also know that when trying to better yourself, it can bite you in the ass. They start to take away your benefits as you make more money, which I agree should happen, but they take too much away too quickly. I care about the war, but I know enough to know, I don’t have all the information and those decisions are left to people who are more informed. It’s important, but it’s not all I want to hear about for the next two years, there are other things going on that need attention as well.

January 2008

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