Comments Posted By Mike Farmer
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IT'S SILLY TO BLAME A POROUS BORDER FOR SWINE FLU IN US

The point is that with a secure border you can prevent diseased people from entering the country. It has nothing to do with causes and everything to do with containment.

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 27.04.2009 @ 18:37

AN FAQ ON THE TEA PARTIES

"And no one. No one likes the deficit spending. But we are out of options. Just today another 650,000 jobs announced gone. And that’s been the case for the past 6 months."

Maybe the 200,000 whiners are worried about the cap and trade tax Obama is pushing which will destroy any chance the economy has of recovering. Talk about job loss!

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 16.04.2009 @ 20:00

The Beckian Wing of Conservatism

Elizho,

Yes, one problem I have with Beck is that he can get caught in contradictions because he hasn't yet developed a non-contradictory philosophy. The same goes in spades for Jon Stewart, Keith Olberman and all the modern liberal commentators -- and writers, like Alan Wolfe.

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 19.04.2009 @ 06:47

funny man,

I just saw your reply above -- I missed it somehow -- yes, I get a bit lofty, but i wonder what would prevent a private research company from forming and selling it's discoveries to businesses? It would only take a couple of successes to pay for the failures and make a profit. Or perhaps a company could be created which receives funding from private companies which receive the benefit of the research. I think research would go on without government involvement, and it would be more efficient, focused research that doesn't play political games to keep funding going.

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 17.04.2009 @ 15:28

bsjones, I don't know what generation you belong to, but I grew up in the sixties as a wild-eyed radical on the left. A lot of serious activists at the time thought the yippie movement, with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin as the leaders, was destructive to the cause because of their theater-of-the-absurd antics, but I was attracted to Hoffman and Rubin because of the bare-footed irreverence toward the status quo -- it was all immature and not a very intellectual approach -- but this type of craziness to get points across is somehow very American. It at least fired a national debate, even if it ended in state force and bullets at Kent.

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 16.04.2009 @ 07:50

bsjones, yes, I can see where some would not like Beck, but I give him him a lot of room because of his humor. But it's really not about Beck, and he knows that -- it's about paying attention and acting.

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 15.04.2009 @ 17:08

"Nobody responded. Today I came across this:

http://brendancalling.com/2009/04/14/more-proof-the-right-wingers-are-short-sighted-and-not-very-bright/

Any comments?"

Yes, simply that both sides embrace statism and until we have a limited government it will only get worse. Individualism died and group warfare thrived -- now we have, instead of a Hobbesian war of individuals against individuals in an unregulated free market, as feared by modern liberals and conservatives alike, a war of groups against groups in a mindless struggle for raw power in an over-regulated market controlled by statists. Whoops, I went kooky libertarian for a minute -- sorry about that.

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 14.04.2009 @ 22:15

"Based on your political tenets you would be against taxing citizens to fund research. In my opinion that would put the United States in a serious competitive disadvantage in the long run. That would apply to the military, manufacturing and medical care."

What makes you think research would dry up without government funding?

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 14.04.2009 @ 17:19

Since Obama was elected in spite of Moveon.org and Jon Stewart, I seriously doubt that Beck can destroy the conservative movement -- the movement was doing just fine at destroying itself before Beck became popular. I listen to Beck and I think he's entertaining, even if he gets a little weirdly sentimental and hyperbolic at times. About 95% of what he says could be accepted by anyone with a love of freedom and an understanding of classic liberalism. But disagreeing with you doesn't mean I think you are a bad person, really. Many more posts like this could suggest you are enjoying the negative attention and the consoling attaboys, which we all know would be ironic.

Comment Posted By Mike Farmer On 13.04.2009 @ 22:33


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