"It would require a dose of principled conservatism -but that is no where to be found in this country and is an absolute laugher when a supposedly conservative Bush Govt has increased the size of Federal Govt more than
what LBJ did !!"
I agree. Wholeheartedly.
Now, here is where my dilemma lies in the world of conservatism and how it relates to government and individual freedom.
The one thing that I am sure of is that without a very large, very healthy middle class (with a reasonable standard of living), this country will implode and die a horrible painful death.
In light of that, I feel that there absolutely must some form of public safety net to ensure that this does not happen. The form of that safety net is debatable, but I don't think its existence is.
I understand the concept of entitlement programs, and why they upset so many so called conservatives. What I don't understand, is how reducing the funding and benefits for future recipients will preserve the middle class when it comes time to use those benefits.
There are so many people that absolutely need those benefits, I don't see how reducing them would help anything.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 16.10.2008 @ 23:43
Despite the criticisms, those programs seem to help a great deal of people.
What do you mean by entitlement? Would you have those programs abolished? What, if anything, would replace them?Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 16.10.2008 @ 20:35
It's important to understand that there are literally brain chemistry differences between left/right leaning people. There is a reason that people on both sides have trouble understanding why someone on the other side could believe what they do.
Unfortunately, instead of trying to understand the differences, it's often much faster and easier to just call them idiots. It also avoids any awkward introspection as well.
You go read those 350 comments. 2/3 of those people never bothered to read what I wrote - they simply substituted what they thought I was writing about and commented on that.
And that's not stupid? That's not idiotic?
I don't call everyone stupid or an idiot. And if you note there are some people who agreed with me I called an idiot. Read this from Ben Smith at Politico. This mentality was heavily represented on that thread:Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 15.10.2008 @ 16:55
I'm just going to reprint his amazed e-mail about the focus group:
Reagan Dems and Independents. Call them blue-collar plus. Slightly more Target than Walmart.
Yes, the spot worked. Yes, they believed the charges against Obama. Yes, they actually think he's too liberal, consorts with bad people and WON'T BE A GOOD PRESIDENT...but they STILL don't give a f***. They said right out, "He won't do anything better than McCain" but they're STILL voting for Obama.
The two most unreal moments of my professional life of watching focus groups:
54 year-old white male, voted Kerry '04, Bush '00, Dole '96, hunter, NASCAR fan...hard for Obama said: "I'm gonna hate him the minute I vote for him. He's gonna be a bad president. But I won't ever vote for another god-damn Republican. I want the government to take over all of Wall Street and bankers and the car companies and Wal-Mart run this county like we used to when Reagan was President."
The next was a woman, late 50s, Democrat but strongly pro-life. Loved B. and H. Clinton, loved Bush in 2000. "Well, I don't know much about this terrorist group Barack used to be in with that Weather guy but I'm sick of paying for health insurance at work and that's why I'm supporting Barack."
I felt like I was taking crazy pills. I sat on the other side of the glass and realized...this really is the Apocalypse. The Seventh Seal is broken and its time for eight years of pure, delicious crazy....
Your comment(s) above frighten and confuse me.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 15.10.2008 @ 08:46
That's the spirit Lionheart. Let it flow.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 14.10.2008 @ 20:00
"I’m getting to the point where I am starting to resent black people because I have to be so careful of what I say (lest I hurt somebody’s feelings, or worse, be accused of being a racist)."
Perhaps you need to try a new approach. Something to purge those deep down feelings that you fear might surface. I don't believe any of what you just said. The only thing you forgot was to say, "I've got some black friends."Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 14.10.2008 @ 16:49
DEMOCRATS KEEP BLACKS DOWN FOR 100 YEARS IN THE SOUTH AND REPUBLICANS OWN RACISM? ARE YOU REALLY THAT IGNORANT OF HISTORY, YOU DOLT?
While somewhat true, this statement is incredibly misleading.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 14.10.2008 @ 13:49
***"Pot, meet kettle."***
Meh. More like apples, meet oranges.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 14.10.2008 @ 12:32
Racism is alive and well in America. I was visiting my grandparents who live in a small town in the middle of Illinois last weekend. All I could do was shake my head in awe at some of the things I heard while I was there. If anyone thinks race isn't an issue in this election, they're in extreme denial.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 14.10.2008 @ 09:03
"While I don’t see a ‘civil war’ in the making..."
Civil war happens when the middle class is too small. Both sides need to fight as hard as they can to ensure a big fat happy placated middle class, or there will be serious trouble.Comment Posted By Chuck Tucson On 13.10.2008 @ 16:12