Category: Politics

Politics is the influencing and exercising of power, especially in government policies.

Black-and-White Thinking

When I say something online, I have more than once seen it attacked by a logical equivalency which is only true if you believe everything is black-or-white. For instance, my statement: The US should not be an ostrich and ignore events in Yemen. Reinterpreted and attacked as: The US should bomb Yemen because of events…

Paul Ryan Rhetorical Skill

On last Sunday’s talk show, I got to hear Paul Ryan talk about his budget proposal. I was very impressed with his rhetorical skills – corresponding disappointed in that ability of his questioner.

Beyond Red and Blue

Beyond Red and Blue by Peter S. Wenz.  A descriptive, non-judgmental discussion of 12 types of political philosophies as applied to 14 societal issues. Typically people use a mix or weighing of philosophies to decide their final position. I must admit my concern about explanatory power when 12 variables are applied to 14 issues. Each…

Iconoclasm

All state representatives should be at-large. To stop disenfranchising  of gerrymandered constituents Prospective representatives will still be able to tailor their campaign to specific regions if they want. Term limits should be enforced. The advantage of incumbency is so strong that it inhibits new ideas. Every mile we drive gasoline vehicles aids terrorism Money to…

Topsy-Turvy

I was thinking to do a poll Is the leaker of WikiLeaks a hero or a villain? Then I thought People on the left will call him a hero People on the right will call him a villain Then I thought People on the left are supposed to believe in big government. They should be…

Benefits of Tea

1. Stopping earmarks.  Although always said that it is small potatoes compared to the deficit, it is not small potatoes to corruption. 2. Against Fed QE2.  Although their reasoning has not always been clear, I agree that QE2 is a risky way to affect interest rates and the economy. Since Ben Bernanke thinks that the…

Cost of Tea II

The Tea Party logic that we go from a high government cost to a low government cost overlooks the transition costs.  All the social contract based on the current government structure will be affected.  That contract includes current government employment, level playing field for investors, retirement plans based on social security and medicare, education, energy…

The Cost of Tea

The Republicans and the Tea Party want to balance the budget and shrink the government. Laudable goals, but you have to get through the immediate economic reactions of lower aggregate demand – unemployment increase with government workers and sagging GDP growth. … and the lost Republican majority in the Senate …