Category: Politics

The Census – What Sense to Us does it make?

I’m not so sure the 2010 Census folks will be happy with me when I turn them away with only the “body count” details of those in my home. I think that is protected and authorized in our constitution. The thought that being compelled to disclose more is frightening.

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Vengeance or “Do We Fry the Bastard?”

… vengeance alone is not a justifiable reason to kill, and we should not shape laws based on our initial reactions to tragedies or on our baser emotions. We do not, after all, call for the torture of those who torture, the rape of rapists, or the act of stealing from thieves. We realize that “an eye for an eye” may not be a policy in which we wish to take part.

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Call it even now?

New anchors reaction to the event ran the gamut from solemn to gitty. I even saw broadcasters exchanging high-fives on air. If you tuned in at the wrong time you’d have thought the Canucks finally won a Stanley Cup.

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The only thing between you and your doctor…

I hear the mantra, “I don’t want anyone between me and my doctor!” and think of all the free market health policies that are highly restrictive. When there is a question of the viability of a particular procedure in your time of crisis you have to trust an insurance company review board to approve the continued coverage to keep you alive. Movies have been made about their bottom-line.

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Voter Identification and Jim Crow…A Rose By Any Other Name?

The whole idea that the intent of requesting some form of legal government identification at the voting booth is to keep legal citizens from voting is indefensible at this point… because times have changed. If you believe government should be providing healthcare for everyone then why is it so difficult be believe the government should also protect our most highly prized mark of freedom… the vote?

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The Great Recession and “We the People”

The US and Britain are slowly clawing themselves out of the “Great Recession” (with the Eurozone threatening to drag us all back in). There’s been a lot of screaming about what the government did, should, or shouldn’t have done, and whether its attempt to restart our economic engine by shoveling money into it will feed the fire or just smother future growth under a pile of debt.

Now, whether or not the government did the worst thing it could possibly do with the various bailouts, or just did what had to be done at the time (unpopular as it may be now) in order to keep the whole mess from going over the precipice, I will leave to others.

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Congressional Housing and Salaries

This got me to thinking about our early years as a country. Being a representative was not for the casual person. In fact, historians generally agree the business of running the government was meant for the wealthy, educated folks of the day.

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A Pox on Both Their Houses: A Political Rant

I’ve become so disillusioned with American politics, both left and right, that I have effectively checked out and now occupy the place of a bemused observer. A pox on both their houses.

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