Monday March 2, 2015
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I think you are all right. We don't put any money or effort into education in Arizona, but the school does need to use their funds wisely as well. I am not seeing how people working at the school are commanding $100,000 salaries, if Kyle's numbers are accurate. I know they want staff like teacher's aides to jump through all kinds of hoops to get the position and pay them like nine dollars and some odd cents an hour. Starting pay at Payson McDonalds is $10.50.
I would describe my political inclinations exactly as you described yours. The programs you spoke of that consume so much money could easily be remedied, as you wrote. Social Security and Medicaid/medicare for instance should be solvent. They take in the money through payroll taxes and it goes out to the people who paid into it. How simple would that be? Instead they rape and pillage the funds then set up a huge ineffective bureaucracy to mismanage them. Imagine if we just broke the U.S. up into say ten regions and found a bank to manage each region regarding these withholdings. Money from payroll taxes for these programs goes into an account and the bank issues money out of that account when the necessary conditions are met. Only those who pay in can take out and no one can take out more than they pay in. The bank would do it for free since it would increase their deposits, which allows them to lend more. There you go. Social security, Medicaid/medicare all solved and always in the black for all eternity with no bureaucracy or crap. 2/3 of federal spending just got solved and you don't even need to count these monies as part of the federal budget anymore since they don't belong to the federal government anyway. The government should be nothing more than a fiduciary for these funds.
As to constitutional authority, well we both know that there really is no Constitution anymore. The federal government lacks the constitutional authority to do law enforcement aside from things like treason and to implement the majority of the programs and taxes that we have. These things come from a twisting of the Constitution that has the effect of nullifying it. Federal law enforcement comes primarily from a twisting of the 8th Amendment that regulates interstate commerce. The federal government says, "We can arrest you for smoking pot, because you drove a car to get it and the car was built in another state and sold here." The is not what interstate commerce is about. The minute any restriction on guns was allowed the 2nd Amendment was nullified. Bush Jr. erased the rest of the Constitution after 9/11 when we inexplicably decided to succumb to terrorism by giving them exactly what they wanted and living in terror. We got rid of habeus corpus, allowed wiretapping, and cannot even get on a plane without a cavity search. We would have been infinitely better off had we done nothing at all in response to 9/11, because terrorism only works when we respond by becoming terrified. If we did nothing, terrorism would no longer happen, because it would not produce any results.
As always, the real issues come down to ignorance and apathy of the common citizen. Most citizens are ignorant of what is going on and too apathetic to do a little research to dispel that ignorance and to do anything about the problems we face.
If people would take a few hours to do some research, they would no longer hold positions that are in direct opposition to each other: pro-freedom, but let's take away freedom, increase/decrease government at the same time, etc.
A well thought-out reply, as always, Ron. I wrote a big response but it isn't here. You make excellent points as usual.
Yes, it is correct that only congress raises taxes, passes laws, etc. But you know you are splitting hairs with that one. If you want to lay Social Security and Medicaid/Medicare at the feet of Roosevelt and LBJ respectively, as you should, then you have to also assign responsibility for the massive increase in the size and spending of the federal government that occurred under Republican presidents on them. Presidents may not have the ability to actually implement lots of things, but they do propose them to congress and get them pushed through. By your logic, we can't hold Obama responsible for Obamacare. You are correct that congress is ultimately responsible.
I do agree that the mainstream media is completely biased to the left. One need only look at their campaign contributions, which are Democratic in the 90th percentile to see this. You are also correct that all media is focused on the negative or brainless issues about celebrities and reality shows. I am referring to the only right wing large news source, Fox. All they talk about is negativity as well. The economy is always about to collapse and we are always about to be invaded by everyone and the world will end at any moment. The vast majority of what they talk about is fear-based or anger based.
I generally do not even take a side on an issue. What I have mostly been writing about are logical inconsistencies and hypocrisy. Those things drive me nuts and prompt my descriptive terms like "crazy." When I hear people on the right harping about the size and spending of the federal government while their leaders are responsible for a great deal of that, it is insane to me. That is just like congress complaining about the deficit with righteous indignation when they are 100% responsible for it. It is also crazy to take this position while simultaneously wanting to invade everyone, build a massive wall around the U.S., put everyone in prison, and create a police state. All of these things entail a massive increase in the size and spending of government. A position to increase and decrease the size and spending of the government at the same time makes no sense. It also makes no sense to talk about freedom while at the same time trying to take everyone else's that does not agree with you.
I recently published a few articles on the logical inconsistencies of the far right. The facts simply do not coincide with the rhetoric. Democrats are supposed to be tax and spend, yet they are not. Democrats did create Medicaid/Medicare and Social Security which are a huge component of our runaway debt, but most of the problem with these programs pertains to mismanagement of the funds by both parties. Since 1950 Republican presidents have increased taxes, the deficit, and spending, far beyond all Democratic presidents. I am not for living in constant fear and anger, which seems to be the basis of the far right. What they are saying simply makes no sense. You cannot increase the military, increase border security, invade a bunch of other countries, and lock up everyone in prison without increasing the size and spending of the federal government. That is absolutely insane. All these things they want to do entail increasing the size and spending of the federal government massively. Like Scott, I am and independent and more of a libertarian. I take issue with people saying things that make no sense and taking irrational actions. The bottom line is that Republican presidents have done virtually all of the expansion of the federal government's size and spending. It is insane to advocate for the reduction of the size/spending of the federal government while simultaneously trying to turn us into a military/police state. Those are two opposites. And branding Democrats as tax and spend while Republicans are actually the ones doing those things is crazy. It is like some massive collective delusion. It does not take a lot of effort to simply do a little research on the spending and activities of past presidents. We are not even talking about debatable issues but rather simple statistical facts. "Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." MLK I will vote for whatever party gets the job done. But let's not look for differences to castigate others about but rather lets look at what is actually happening and improve things.
You're awesome, Scott. Love it!
It would be interesting to see Republicans take some fiscal responsibility rather than just talking about it. The last really responsible Republican president was Eisenhower. Republican presidents in the last 64 years are responsible for the lion's share of our debt by a huge margin. A BBA is nothing more than the pay as you go concept Clinton followed, who was far an away the most financially responsible president we have had during my lifetime.
My grandparents were married for 65 years. I could not imagine how my grandfather survived after she died. She was a part of him that I do not know how he could exist without. He died within a few years of her. A song by Natalie Merchant called Beloved Wife always reminds me of them. Here are the lyrics:
You were the love
for certain of my life
you were simply my beloved wife
I don't know for certain
how I'll live my life
now alone without my beloved wife
my beloved wife
I can't believe
I've lost the very best of me
You were the love for certain of my life,
You were simply my beloved wife.
I don't know for certain how I'll live my life, now alone without my beloved wife,
my beloved wife.
I can't believe I've lost the very best of me
You were the love
for certain of my life,
for fifty years simply my beloved wife. With another love I'll never lie again.
It's you I can't deny.
It's you I can't defy.
A depth so deep into my grief
without my beloved soul,
I renounce my life as is my right.
Now alone without my beloved wife.
My beloved wife.
My love is gone she suffered long in hours of pain
My love is gone now my suffering begins.
My love is gone would it be wrong if I should surrender all the joy in my life,
go with her tonight?
My love is gone she suffered long in hours of pain
My love is gone would it be wrong if I should
just turn my face away from the light go with her tonight?
We should probably outlaw cars, since lots of people die in them. Perhaps hammers as well. Where does it end? It is nonsensical to advocate for less government size and spending while simultaneously wanting to declare war on objects or concepts, and send everyone to prison. Those things cannot be accomplished without increasing the size and spending of government. It is also nonsensical to proclaim to be a champion of freedom while simultaneously wanting to take away the freedom of everyone else and regulate their behaviors. You cannot declare war on an object like drugs, we are actually at war with our own citizens and freedom. You cannot declare war on terrorism, terrorism is a tactic. Might as well declare war on the word, "The" and spend a trillion dollars on that. It is not possible to attain victory over drugs or terrorism. For the simpleminded, I never said that you can't do anything about these things. I said declaring a war is nonsensical and cannot be won.
I agree that our vices are our only form of natural selection and trying to save stupid people from themselves is a waste of money and just helps them reproduce stupid babies. I don't think that everyone who wants to legalize pot smokes it or advocates smoking anything. They just don't want to spend more money on law enforcement and locking people in prison than we pay to educate our children.
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