BUDGET & SPENDING:
Mayor Buttigieg has said our nation will face “generational pain” if the debt is not addressed. His proposals (particularly on education and healthcare) do not suggest he believes this.
Mayor Buttigieg called warrantless surveillance “unlawful, contrary to our values, and harmful to our interests.” However, he has indicated he might defer to Congress on this matter.
Mayor Buttigieg has proposed a carbon tax, as well as a series of corporate tax hikes to pay for his expensive proposals. This could amount to over $1.2 trillion in new taxes on our economy.
Mayor Buttigieg has proposed a rural development program that would spend billions in extra dollars in an attempt to boost local agriculture.
Mayor Buttigieg is one of two veterans in the race for the Democrats. He has promised to withdraw troops stationed unconstitutionally, but left open the possibility of leaving some behind.
Mayor Buttigieg opposes the steel and aluminum tariffs, but has repeated the union talking point that free trade agreements cause major job losses for the United States.
Mayor Buttigieg’s proposal is dubbed “Medicare for all who want it.” It’s a relatively less extreme compared to the field, but like all public options, would adversely affect the private market and would achieve the same result over a longer period. He also supports intervention to lower drug prices.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM:
Mayor Buttigieg has spent most of his time on the trail talking about policing practices rather than sentencing reforms or prison reform. He’s offered support for lowering the prison population, but has been quiet on how he would achieve this.
WELFARE & ENTITLEMENTS:
Mayor Buttigieg, as president, would double the Social Security payroll tax cap. This would amount to an expansion of a program that is getting out of control.
TECH & TELECOMMUNICATIONS:
Mayor Buttigieg vowed to fight to restore Obama-era Internet regulations and to force wage controls on tech companies.
ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT:
Mayor Buttigieg has endorsed the Green New Deal and has proposed putting hundreds of millions of dollars into separate funds for various environmental projects.
Mayor Buttigieg has expressed sympathy for charter schools, but stopped short of an endorsement. He also declined to support free college proposals. He does believe in increased public school funding.
Mayor Buttigieg favors very few restrictions on immigration. However, his visa program would give localities a lot of autonomy to decide how many are issued.