This is an amazing experience. See, normally it’s the left drumming up “victim” scenarios and propping themselves up on the strength of the populist message with not an iota of policy behind it. This has resulted in the right trying to stand for the tough but correct choices required to manage a country. For ever it’s been the the democrats setting up these faux stories and then watching the republicans just whack away at vapor. Again. Again and again.
I’ve been amazed at how well it works, how enticing that “whacking” can be and then, finally, why the right allows itself to get stuck time and time again.
Now it know; it’s human nature. See, it’s happening again.
Posted in Elections 2012, Idiots on Parade, Politics: National
Tagged Ann Romney, Barack Obama, Democrats, Left, Linda Hirshman, Mitt Romney, Republicans, Right, War on Women
I think it’s important to clear a few things up. And to explain the difference between personal charity and legislative responsibility.
On a human and personal level I get the fact that someone out of work is struggling. Most likely with personal value issues, household income issues and perhaps larger life skills and career opportunity issues.
I get that.
And to that extent, I resonate with the personal heart string tugging concept of needing to provide relief. I absolutely agree that helping when one can is the right thing to do. Without a doubt.
On the governmental and legislative level I know that the best thing that can be done is to make sure that it is as easy as possible for people looking for work can match up with people looking for workers.n In short, for the removal of every possible obstacle.
The juxtaposition of those two very valid and noble positions seems to be taking place in our debate.
The fiscal conservatives want less unemployment benefits to be handed out. Less as in fewer weeks and less money. The social liberals want to increase those benefits. Increase as in extend benefits and with more money.
And they yell at each other.
But they aren’t arguing about the same topic. The Left are advocating a position of personal charity. The Right are advocating a position of economic modeling. Both are right in their specific context, but that context isn’t the same.
So, I would suggest this:
- My Liberal friends: Form a non-profit foundation that provides relief to the unemployed.
- My Conservative friends: Contribute to said foundation.
- End government mandated charity.
Remember, there must be an incontrovertible condition for the government to relive a man of the fruits of his labor by threat of sword or gun. And the simple fact that you feel more comfortable with this man having that man’s property does not meet that condition.
So, I can remember sitting in the corporate cafeteria in Minneapolis in 1998. I remember eating my pizza and reading the Star Tribune.
I was fascinated by an article that was discussing the warming of the temperatures and the impact it would have on Minnesota. It would turn the northern pine forests into grasslands. Even a shift in a few degrees would be enough to change the way the landscape looked and behaved. It would take years, but the impact would be unmistakeable.
I also remember discussing this with friends and family. Some would disagree that we were getting warmer [though I felt things were changing even as a kid; we were getting much less snow as I grew older], others felt that while we were warming, the degree of warming would not cause the changes being discussed. Others yet felt that yes, we were warming, but the pattern was predictable. Nature changes.
Now fast forward to the current Global Warming debate. I have always been interested in the topic and did my own reading. Over time I’ve landed on the “Denier” side of the dabate. And I’ve always felt a little uncomfortable there.
Until I bumped into Coyote. Double Ivy, small business owner and Libertarian.
Folks, I lean Right, to the point of tipping maybe. I certainly deserve that description. Most of the content here is a critique of the thoughts, actions and policies of the Left. I mostly abhor the nanny state and all that goes with it; entitlements and political correctness and “this in the name of fairness”.
I don’t hammer the Right enough, however.
With that said, I discovered a group of bloggers over at Poison Your Mind.
While they lean Left I find their tendencies more compelling. They carry well thought out positions and, more important in the blogosphere, they are able to convey them with well written out posts and comments.
Go check ’em out!
So, the United States isn’t doing so well educating our kids:
Scores from the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment to be released Tuesday show 15-year-old students in the U.S. performing about average in reading and science, and below average in math. Out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math.
And, on top of delivering horrible results, we’re spending more money than ever while watching our performance lag:
…with the exception of Switzerland, the United States spends more than any other country on education, an average of $91,700 per student between the ages of six and fifteen.
That’s not only more than other countries spend but it is also more than better achieving countries spend – the United States spends a third more than Finland, a country that consistently ranks near the top in science, reading, and math testing.
This isn’t new. We’ve known this for a long time now. And, just as long as we’ve been watching spending go up and achievement go down, we’ve been debating how to change one or both of those trajectories. And of all those debates, few have been more contentious than all the others. That subject? That topic?
I find it nauseating to be lectured by those on the Left regarding MY religion while they legislate theirs.
How much does it cost to hire someone? Or, better asked is this:
What has to be true in order to hire someone?
For many who champion “worker’s rights” the lesson is becoming crystal clear.
Each side accuses the other of media bias. Fox gets hammered by the Left and everyone else gets hammered by the Right.
But what is it exactly, that the media does that creates this impression of bias? What is it that strikes someone as “unfair” and “unbalanced”?
For me, it’s not the truth of the story, it’s the profile of the stories themselves. Rachel Maddow, for example, doesn’t lie, she just doesn’t run disparaging stories against Democrats. Hannity same but reversed.
So, here is my example of bias in the media. A bias in an organization that I think TRIES not to be bias.
I have come to understand that many of the friends and colleagues I disagree with are not disagreeing with me because they want bad things to happen. On the contrary, I feel that those folks are just as interested in the welfare of our country and the people in it as I am.
Rather than mean spirited, they are well intentioned. It’s just that each have our own version of the path to those intentions.
But, when well intentioned people craft laws in the dead of night and don’t read those laws, bad things happen.
Posted in Economics, Government, Health Care, Idiots on Parade, Politics: National
Tagged Barack Obama, Incentives, Incentives Matter, Left, Liberal, Politics, Taxes