| Massscorecard.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Doesn’t support abortion, but leave them legal.
Budget & Economy|
End pork-barrel spending; return surplus to the people.
Return any budget surpluses to the taxpayers automatically.
Government policy should facilitate business.
No role for governor in crime; it’s for local police.
Put up with death penalty until life sentences mean life.
Tougher drunk-driving laws for repeat offenders.
Stop being so afraid of marijuana; some uses are OK.
The war on drugs has failed; look for other solutions.
Stopped taking steroids & made FDA posters against them.
Commonsense steps to improve public education.
Reducing class size solves many educational problems.
Loosen federal control; leave more to state & locals.
Mainstream disabled students.
No government money for higher education.
Mainstrean special-ed kids, like his daughter did.
Neighborhoods shouldn’t abandon their public schools.
Families & Children|
Community regulates behavior better than government.
No more tax subsidy for child care; parents’ responsibilty.
Government should get out of the way and let people live.
Government service should be temporary; not a career.
To change system, private citizens must get involved.
Put political process on TV; exposure beats incumbency.
Fought and lost on removing stupid milk regulations.
Spend every 4th year removing obsolete laws.
If you’re going to own a gun, know what you’re doing.
Guns are designed to kill; respect them.
Comment “suicides are weak” meant “don’t encourage them”.
Against the draft; for including women except in combat.
War isn’t civilized; don’t expect warriors to be.
Military is stronger if all-volunteer.
Supports prevailing wages but not living wages.
Strongly pro-union; and a union member.
Principles & Values|
I didn’t need this job (as governor).
Voters want honesty; he provides it.
Fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
Wanted to be mayor & governor; doesn’t want to be president.
Two traditional parties are out-of-control monsters.
Does not plan to run for president; but won’t rule it out.
Big Plan: smart government and self-sufficiency.
Problem is with fundamentalist fanatics, not religion.
Let people keep as much of their money as possible.
Replace income tax with 15% national sales tax.
$600 “Jesse Checks” tax rebate to every taxpayer.
War & Peace|
We need Saddam as the bad guy in oil disputes.
Welfare & Poverty|
Believes in private charity, not government charity.