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.
For a long LONG time, the message has been dominated by the Left. They have all the coolest rock stars and movie stars and funny people.
They play on populist messages like “Power to the people” and “Make love not war”.
The message, since the dawn of time, has been their strength.
But that’s changing.
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.
The argument made for the case of abortion is that it’s a woman’s choice what she wants to do with her body. And to the extent that we’re talking about her body, I couldn’t agree more.
Tattoo? Go for it.
Piercing? Have at it.
Cut your hair? Dye your hair? Cut your finger nails? All yours.
But does there exist a moment in time when the “woman’s body” transforms into the body of the child? That is, is there a time, after conception and before literal birth when the collection of cells goes from a biology experiment to a living human?
Students Demanding That We Tax The Rich
The great debate of the day is The Compromise™. Or rather, what we’re gonna do about taxes on the rich. Obama ran on it for two years beginning in 2006. Liberals believed; believed either that he WOULD let the Bush Tax Cuts expire or that he COULD let the Bush Tax Cuts expire.*
And he didn’t.
He neither could nor would. And the great debate rages.
The bill just passed into law was enough to fire up the Left, wait until they see the NEW legislation coming down the road.
Arizona has really shook up the dialogue in America right now. They are ground zero not only in the crossing of immigrants from South America into North America, but they are now ground zero for the solution. I’m not sure if Arizona was honestly trying to protect herself or if Arizona passed this law in an effort to set fire under America. Either way, the effect is the same. America has noticed.
It started in Virginia and moved to New Jersey. After that, the momentum swept to Massechusetts [heh heh – dumb bitch misspelled her own state!]. But beyond that, the writing has been on the wall for some time now:
“We didn’t like the Republicans but this, THIS, is NOT what we had in mind!
I came across a great Pelosi quote this morning; from Coyote:
Think of an economy where people could be an artist or a photographer or a writer without worrying about keeping their day job in order to have health insurance.
There is a decent chance, better than 50-50 right now, that Obama will pass his health care turkey. If he does, Republicans are partly to blame.