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Miscellaneous Issues

 

Abortion

The decision of a woman or a couple to have a child is an intensely personal event, and nobody should be compelled to bring an unwanted child into the world.  Whether or not to have an abortion is a medical decision, that should be left entirely to the woman and her doctor.  There should be no restrictions whatsoever on her ability to terminate a pregnancy.  A fetus in not a human being.

Of all the interest groups with which I disagree, the anti-abortion crowd has what are probably the most inane set of slogans.  Here are a few of my favorites:

"Abortion stops a beating heart."   Yeah, so what?  So does fishing.

 

 

Electing Judges

Choosing judges by popular election is a terrible idea.  One of the primary roles of the judiciary is protect the rights of minority groups, to act as a check on tendency of the elected branches of government to create a "tyranny of the majority."  On order to fulfill this role, judges must be insulated from the whims of the electorate.  The framers of the U.S. Constitution recognized this, and wisely determined that federal judges would be selected by appointment and have life tenure.

Estate Tax

The federal estate tax should be maintained, if not increased.  People don't need their money after they die.  And nobody "deserves" to inherit wealth that somebody else created.  It's really that simple.