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Elaine Chao,

disagrees Tariffs
Smoot and Hawley ginned up The Tariff Act of 1930 to get America back to work after the Stock Market Crash of '29. Instead, it destroyed trade so effectively that by 1932, American exports to Europe were just a third of what they had been in 1929. World trade fell two-thirds as other nations retaliated. Jobs evaporated.
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Jack Layton,

Remember our proud history of social justice, universal health care, public pensions and making sure no one is left behind. Let's continue to move forward.
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Alan Greenspan, American economist

disagrees Tariffs
Protectionism will do little to create jobs and if foreigners retaliate, we will surely lose jobs.
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Asa Hutchinson, United states politician

disagrees Tariffs
As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.
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Preneet Kaur,

disagrees Tariffs
The electricity tariff in Punjab is highest in north India, and it should be decreased.
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Bernie Sanders, American politician

Health care in Denmark is universal, free of charge and high quality. Everybody is covered as a right of citizenship.
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Manmohan Singh, Former prime minister of India

disagrees Tariffs
Protectionism is a very real danger. It is understandable that in times of a severe downturn protectionist pressures mount but the lessons of history are clear. If we give in to protectionist pressures, we will only send the world into a downward spiral.
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Barack Obama, Former President of United States of America

I think it [health care] should be a right for every American. In a country as wealthy as ours, for us to have people who are going bankrupt because they can't pay their medical bills -- for my mother to die of cancer at the age of 53 and have to spend the last months of her life in the hospital room arguing with insurance companies because they're saying that this may be a pre-existing condition ... See More
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Xi Jinping, General secretary of the communist party of china and paramount leader of china

disagrees Tariffs
Pursuing protectionism is just like locking one's self in a dark room: Wind and rain might be kept outside but so are light and air.
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David Hanson,

This report shows that immigration since 2001 has contributed to the public finances as well as to the economy. However the impact of different kinds of immigration varies and the system needs to be fair - so we need stronger border controls to tackle illegal immigration and stronger action against employers who use immigration to undercut local wages and jobs, but we should welcome international ... See More
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Ron Wyden, American politician

disagrees Tariffs
Because of the Korean free trade agreement, South Koreans who want Oregon blueberries are gonna see their prices go down because we will be getting rid of a 45 percent tariff on this Oregon product.
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Bernie Sanders, American politician

I happen to believe that certain types of assault weapons, which are manufactured and designed for military purposes to kill people very quickly should not be used in civilian society.
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Bob Beauprez,

agrees Fracking
I’m pro-fracking, because I’m pro-good science driving good policy. And the science is overwhelming. It’s, this isn’t brand new. It’s brand new to a lot of people, but as you know, Hugh, we’ve been fracking wells in the United States for over 60 years. Over a million of those wells have been fracked. Even people like Lisa Jackson, when she was the EPA administrator for Barack Obama, far from some ... See More
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Dennis Kucinich,

Everyone should have health insurance? I say everyone should have health care. I'm not selling insurance.
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Bob Corker, Politician, businessman

disagrees Tariffs
As the president taxes Americans with tariffs, he pushes away our allies and further strengthens [Russian President Vladimir] Putin. It is time for Congress to step up and take back our authorities. We have legislation to do that. Let’s vote.
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Andrea Leadsom, Conservative Member of Parliament for South Northamptonshire

agrees Fracking
In 2003, we were a net exporter of gas. By 2030 we expect to be importing close to 75% of the gas we consume. By making the most of our home-grown gas we can safeguard our own domestic supply whilst also cutting our carbon emissions.
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Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one … We must have universal healthcare …We need, as a nation, to reexamine the single-payer plan.
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Guy Ryder,

Health protection is central to decent work and must be a reality for all.
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Lisa Jackson, American politician

agrees Fracking
I’m not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water.
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Dr Liam Fox MP,

disagrees Tariffs
[Trump's tariff on steel is] patently absurd. It would be a great pity if we ended up in a tit-for-tat trade dispute with our closest allies.
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David Cameron, Former UK Prime Minister

agrees Fracking
I passionately believe that there is big potential for fracking and unconventional gas in Britain, which has some shale reserves that could make a real difference.
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Chuck Schumer, U.s. senator from the state of new york

The only people who use them [so-called assault weapons] are mass murderers.
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Donald J. Trump, President of the USA

agrees Fracking
Fracking will lead to American independence. With price of natural gas continuing to drop, we can be at a tremdendous advantage.
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Jim Yong Kim,

Achieving universal health coverage will make the world a more just and prosperous place.
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Ken Salazar, American politician

agrees Fracking
Hydraulic fracking is very much a necessary part of the future of natural gas.
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Kirsten Gillibrand, United states senator from new york

Health care should be a right; it should never be a privilege. We should have Medicare for all in this country.
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Mark Udall, American politician

I've come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don't have any place in our society. We ought to reinstate the assault weapons ban that served us well for 10 years from 1994 to 2004.
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Rand Paul, American politician, ophtalmologist, and united states senator from kentucky

With regard to the idea of whether you have a right to health care, you have to realize what that implies. It's not an abstraction. I'm a physician. That means you have a right to come to my house and conscript me. It means you believe in slavery... You’re saying you believe in taking and extracting from another person. Our founding documents were very clear about this. You have a right to pur... See More
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Benjamin Netanyahu,

agrees Surrogacy
Single mother have the right to the surrogacy process, but single fathers don’t have that right. It simply isn’t fair.
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Agnes Binagwaho,

Governments have everything to gain when they prioritize human health – it is an investment. I am hopeful for global progress because universal health coverage has been included in the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Ben Sasse,

disagrees Tariffs
Europe, Canada & Mexico aren't China. You don’t treat allies the same way you treat opponents. Blanket protectionism is a big part of why we had a Great Depression. "Make America Great Again" shouldn’t mean "Make America 1929 Again."
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Winona LaDuke,

disagrees Fracking
Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn't make a corporation a terrorist.
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Ronald Reagan, Former US president

One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine.
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Ron Paul, American politician and physician

You have a right to your life and you have a right to your liberty and you have a right to keep what you earn in a free country... You do not have the right to services or things.
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Stephen Harper, Canadian economist

disagrees Tariffs
We have to remember we're in a global economy. The purpose of fiscal stimulus is not simply to sustain activity in our national economies, but to help the global economy as well, and that's why it's so critical that measures in those packages avoid anything that smacks of protectionism.
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Mark Mustio, Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives

disagrees Soda taxes
We’re seeing that those places where families buy their food and groceries are starting to lose money, and we don’t want them to close.
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Steven Chu,

agrees Fracking
[Fracking] is something you can do in a safe way.
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Theresa May, Prime minister of the United Kingdom

agrees Fracking
I have to say to the honourable gentleman that this is an issue on which we are simply going to have to disagree because I think shale gas does have the potential to power economic growth in this country. I think it will support thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industries and in other sectors and it will provide a new domestic energy source and we have more than 50 years of drilling experie... See More
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Elizabeth Warren, 28th united states senator from massachusetts (class 1)

Disease, sickness, and old age touch every family. Tragedy doesn't ask who you voted for. Health care is a basic human right.
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Dianne Feinstein, American politician

Our support for assault weapons ban is very broad...I think we've got all the police, we have all the mayors virtually - the conference of mayors, mayors against guns. We have medical experts, we have virtually dozens of religious organizations of every creed supporting us. We have just lists and lists.
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Peter Piot, Belgian un official

Weak links in a health system are deadly fuel to pandemics. Universal health coverage fills gaps and strengthens our defenses.
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Juan Manuel Santos,

disagrees Tariffs
Protectionism is something that will hurt everybody, but especially the United States.
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Margaret Chan, Former Director-General of the World Health Organization

UHC [universal health coverage] is the ultimate expression of fairness and one of the most powerful social equalizers among all policy options.
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Tedros Adhanom,

For me, universal coverage is an ethical issue. Do we want our fellow citizens to die because they are poor? Or millions of families to fall into poverty because they lack financial risk protection? These are very important questions. As you know, today more than 400 million people lack access to essential health services and 40% of the world’s population lack social protection. These people... See More
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Mark DeWine,

agrees Fracking
I'm for the fracking. I think its an opportunity for Ohio to really get a lot of jobs. But we have to do it right. We have to really take a deep breath, do it right, make sure the public is protected, make sure our land is protected.
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Ted Kennedy, American politician

It [universal health care] has never been merely a question of policy; it goes to the heart of my belief in a just society.
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John Campbell, Former US Representative

In school, we were taught that the first 10 amendments to the Constitution were ratified in 1791, and collectively they form our Bill of Rights... Rights are not about giving you something for free; they are about protecting natural liberties from those who would take them away from you. For instance, the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms. It does not however, say that you get gun... See More
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Mitt Romney,

Deadly assault weapons have no place in Massachusetts.
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Bernie Sanders, American politician

disagrees Fracking
I'm very proud that the state of Vermont banned fracking. I hope communities all over California, and all over America do the same.
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Rod Blagojevich, Former Governor of Illinois

Health care is not a privilege. It's a right. It's a right as fundamental as civil rights. It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a chance to get a public education.
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