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Chances are, you and I will disagree about something in here.

There is no virtue in clinging to a man-made ideology. If one cannot critically analyze or entertain the political ideology of others, they lend nothing to a thoughtful conversation on the subject.

A political ideology is a man-made construct. There is no fundamental truth which can be extracted from it, save that humans are fundamentally incapable of creating a governing system that meets the needs of all people, and ensures justice for all people.

That said, I'm not interested in the dogmatic beliefs of any political party. I'm interested only in doing what makes sense, both in the short-term and in the long-term.

A BALANCED PROPOSAL

2011-01-12 06:28:08
by: jovial_cynic


I didn't vote for Jerry Brown for California governor, but in terms of looking for solutions, I'm pleased with his plan for balancing the California budget.

1. $12.5-billion in cuts to government spending: Things like 48,000 cell phones, which amounts to about $20-million a year, and government-issued cars. Cuts will also impact fire departments, and other social services.

2. $12-billion in taxes. No details spelled out here, but the fact that the increase in taxes is less than the amount of cuts seems like a nod to the Republicans and a statement that bi-partisan solution is the only way to fix the state.

Here's a link to the audio clip from the California Report, and a quick synopsis of the article:

"It's safe to say that the classic definition of compromise is when two opposing sides meet squarely in the middle. That's one way to look at the state budget proposed Monday by Governor Jerry Brown: a plan that almost evenly divides a $25.4 billion deficit into spending cuts and additional taxes."

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THE ECONOMY NEEDS IT

2010-10-13 20:47:55
by: jovial_cynic


I tend to examine politics from the social angle, and it's from that angle I typically rail against the conservatives for their adherence to tradition, nationalism, and pseudo-religious ethical expectations. I think it's a small-minded to expect that everyone behave and believe the same way, and this is a perspective I see more frequently with conservatives than with liberals, who are generally "cool with everything." It's the conservatives who complain about having to "press 1 for English," and it's the conservatives who tend to be more anything-different-phobic.

However, when it comes to fiscal policy, I think the conservative model makes considerably more sense. The way out of our current economic mess is to introduce incentive for businesses to create more jobs. That's stimulus. Anything that limits a business' ability to produce, employ, and contribute to the economy is detrimental to positive healthy growth. Limits should only be introduced when public safety is involved. Public safety and anything that causes global economic meltdown.

Anyhow, I'm going to vote this time around. I completed the registration process in time, and I'm going to do the whole vote-by-mail thing. I'm going to do it -- I'm going to vote. We need a conservative insurance commissioner. We need a conservative governor. We need people who know how to create jobs and bring real stimulus to California.

I think that the economy needs my vote.

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HEALTHCARE CRAZINESS

2010-03-04 13:27:58
by: jovial_cynic


With a nod to TCM:

We're trying to pass a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he does't understand it, passed by a congress that hasn't read it but exempts themselves from it, to be signed by a president that also hasn't read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn't pay his taxes... all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that is broke.

I'm not a fan of any health care plan that has come up yet, and the clear disregard for any real attempt at bipartisanship is disgusting.

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MCCAIN ON NET NEUTRALITY

2009-10-27 16:14:57
by: jovial_cynic


Picked up from a recent boingboing article, it looks like McCain is pocketing some Telco money to fight against Net Neutrality. While I don't agree that the issue is one of national security (like the boingboing commenter asserts), I think McCain's position reflects the most refined essence of rotton politics.

Key text from the article:

McCain, who once described himself as technologically "illiterate" and is the single largest senate recipient of telecom lobby money, is now campaigning against the net neutrality fundamentals recently reaffirmed by FCC actions.

:: sigh ::

From the same people that brought us the series of tubes.

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ON APPROVAL RATINGS AND HEALTH CARE

2009-08-13 15:01:18
by: jovial_cynic


Nationally, support for the health care reform plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats has fallen to a new low. Just 42% favor the plan while 53% are opposed.

Obama's approval ratings have been tumbling lately, so I figured I'd jump in and say a few things. I haven't posted anything political or provocative for a while (I've been quite busy welding), but I have had a few things on my mind, particularly about this whole health care fiasco.

Long story short... I think it's quite terrible.

On the surface, this idea of universal health care seems great. I like the idea that nobody should have to worry about being able to afford health care, and that the government would cover health and medicine for the people; good health seems like a basic right, particularly when you consider that the relationship between poverty, health, and inequality. It seems that a government initiative to provide health care for everyone is to the benefit of the nation.

The problem, however, is that health care is expensive, and if you remove the potential competition-driven innovations in efficiency, health care will remain expensive. Furthermore, this sort of intrusion into the market tends to involve higher taxes on the only entities capable of reducing the prices (the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, etc.). When you simply increase the taxes on larger businesses, the natural tendancy of the businesses involved is to simply raise prices in order to stay afloat, which ends up raising costs for everyone that this plan is supposed to help. This is not a solution to the problem of the price of health care.

An actual solution likely requires some much needed (but politically dangerous) tort-reform and some more thought around medicare/medicaid handling (also politically dangerous), as these two issues appear to be the primary causes of ever increasing health care costs.

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