Hi! I'm EndlessCoffee54 and I edit on Wikipedia. I'm from California, and have been on Wikipedia for about two years. I mostly edit articles on TV and technology but recently have edited some articles on politics.
Here are some things about me:
I am a New Democrat: liberal on social issues and a centrist on economic issues. My views align firmly with the moderate wing of the Democratic Party, along with President Obama, President Bill Clinton and Governor Jerry Brown. I believe that centrism and a pro-global outlook is the only path forward for the Democratic Party, and for this reason I am relieved that Bernie Sanders is not the party's nominee for President.
I believe that government has a role in smart regulation of the financial sector in order to protect consumers. I am in favor of a Progressive tax and capitalism as originally envisioned by Adam Smith: firms competing to win the hearts of consumers, not an economy run by large monopolies. I also support free trade deals like NAFTA and TPP, and believe that if properly negotiated with good labor and environmental protections, ensures better-paying jobs here at home and increased influence abroad. America succeeds when we do not turn our backs on the world: we must look outward.
I strongly believe in the presence of a social safety net to help the poor, such as a minimum wage and housing programs that help lift people out of poverty. However, I believe people must work to receive benefits, unless they are elderly, disabled, or in school. Our economy works better when we move people out of welfare and into work, not vice versa.
I support market-based healthcare reforms like the Affordable Care Act. However, I oppose single-payer healthcare because I believe Americans should have choice in selecting their healthcare provider. Even if single-payer costs less, I believe better and more innovative healthcare outcomes come from competition, which healthcare exchanges foster.
I also believe that this safety net should be fiscally sustainable, and that waste and bloat in these programs must be trimmed. To that extent, I fully support means-testing Medicare and Social Security. While I don't advocate a Balanced Budget Amendment, I believe during good economic times, every president should aim for a balanced budget. During recessions, I believe governments should spend money in order to stimulate investment.
I strongly believe that education is the one great equalizer. To that extent, I think childcare and preschool access should be added to the K-12 school system. Students should be able to leave college debt-free. However, one area where I disagree with Democrats is on school choice. I believe more charter and private schools should be built, vouchers should be offered to parents, and that a student's zip code should not determine their destiny.
I like the principle of smart power, which pursues diplomacy backed with the force of the American military. I firmly believe that a strong U.S. military promotes peace and is essential to protecting democracy around the world. We must never waver from our commitment to our allies. However, military budgets must be audited to weed out waste.
Lastly, I am a huge of the U.S. Constitution. I believe that the Founders brilliantly limited the power of the federal government. The three competing branches of government and devolution of power to the States were intentionally and ingeniously designed to slow the legislative process. While not ideal for other countries, this system is perfect for the United States, where States play an important and necessary role as "laboratories for democracy".
I love technology, strategy games and simulator games. I use Macs and PCs.
What I believe in and How I get around
I'm a strong advocate for California High-Speed Rail, but believe that the state needs to find a way to make the project less expensive, while cutting down construction time (I really like the blended approach). I also like airplanes and airports.