Tag Archives: Politics

A Bizarre Thought: Taxes are Okay

Let’s get a few things out of the way before we get started:

  1. Government overreach is bad
  2. A government that grows too big, over taxes, or puts too much burden on the people rather than protecting their rights, is a problem

Now that we have those out of the way, let me get to the subject of this post. I think the title is absurd. It should be a given that taxes are okay. But more and more I see people who talk about how taxes are theft, or how the government shouldn’t be allowed to steal our money. I have a problem with that idea. And I feel I need to explain why.  Continue reading

The 2016 Election Challenge I Really Hope You’ll Take!

So this questionnaire crossed my news feed today. And what with the presidential elections being soooooo close, I thought I’d see which candidate seemed most appropriate for me. I was really surprised to see who my candidate was. the last person I thought I would agree with most would be old Bernie Sanders!

Yup! I know, that’s exactly what you thought!

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Politics, Family, and Complete Confusion

I’ve done a great job of not posting political things in places where I might offend or upset friends or family (I have this wonderful blog to thank for that). Occasionally I might comment on someone else’s post, but I try to keep my opinions to myself (because when has a Facebook discussion about politics or social issues ever yielded a positive result).

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Can Documentaries Like Netflix’s Mitt Help Us Solve Our Political Woes?

A few months back Netflix released a documentary about the two Presidential campaigns of Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. The film wasn’t anything elaborate. There was no narrator, No real interviews or discussion. It is simply a look behind the scenes look with Romney and his family. In its simplicity we see a man who is not perfect. We see the ups and downs of the campaigns. We see some of the mistakes made and the consequences of those mistakes. Mostly though, we see a sincere person who, political views aside, sincerely wanted to help the country as best he could. It wasn’t about money or power. It was about doing something he thought was important, and something he thought was right. And it was a great way to humanize an individual who had been misunderstood and demonized by many through his campaign for a number of reasons. 12182013_mitt8201_s220x304

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Maintaining Cautious Optimism Toward Obamacare

Sigh… Obamacare…. I didn’t want to talk about it. But an interesting post popped up. You may have read it if you keep up with your “Freshly Pressed.” If you didn’t, you can check it out here. It was a very interesting read, detailing the duties of an enrollment specialist. Just read the blog, as it explains everything much better than I could. It offers an interesting spin on the whole “Affordable care act, and if you scroll into the comments you can find some other “Obamacare success stories!” HOORAY!!!! I applaud this writers hard work, and I’m glad it yields positive results for those that have had the privilege of an effective…. assister… or… helper… I’m still not entirely sure what to call her position. But It’s good to read some success stories anyway.

This is how I've felt about Obamacare for awhile. Maybe there's a chance I don't have to feel this way?

This is how I’ve felt about Obamacare for awhile. Maybe there’s a chance I don’t have to feel this way?

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Stuck in the Middle of Every Dispute

I’m trying to make a New Years resolution regarding Facebook and handling heated Facebook threads about controversial topics. trouble is, I’m not sure what resolution I should make, Whether it be to try harder to avoid them, or go out of my way to involve myself more in them. My dilemma comes from the fact that I would make a terrible politician. I would lose every debate. I imagine I’d be labeled as a flip-flopper, or as one who lacks convictions. The reason is that in every discussion eventually appear to defend every possible point of view, which has a bizarre effect. Continue reading

U.S. Government antics, and How We Should React

So this post was supposed to occur during all that Government shutdown nonsense. I drafted it awhile ago, and I never finished writing it. I figured I would still edit and finish it, because even though our “Loyal” public servants are back at the office and the govt. is running (sort of) my thoughts still feel relevant: So here is my late response to Government stupidity

I said it over and over again: I’m not going to write about the shutdown. I’m just not going to do it! I just won’t! I just didn’t want to talk about it, because it seems everyone already has an opinion about this thing, and nobody (I’m serious: literally NOBODY) is interested in considering the other side’s version of the story. It’s so tiring watching people angrily butt heads together in a futile attempt to get everyone else to see their point of view. So I vowed to stay out. Until I couldn’t. Because some irritating, inexplicable force told me that my opinion would matter to someone… So here I am. Breaking another vow. I should be ashamed. Continue reading

One Observation on Teens and “Stupid”

So I thought about following the fold and writing a snarky post about government shutdown, but then I thought it would be more interesting to write about a much more mature demographic today. That’s right, we’re talking about teens!

Through various endeavors (mostly of the Church/music variety) I’ve had the opportunity to encourage teens to be more involved with this or that. I find it to be completely confusing and often have no idea what to make of these unusual organisms. However. I think I may have made an interesting discovery on the subject.

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A Word to Activists: Whenever Possible, Please Try and Stay Out of Your Own Way.

Activism is a funny thing here in the good old U.S. of A. We just love our freedom of speech in this country. And we love using our freedom of speech to stand for something! And we come up with lots of things to stand for, whether it is gay rights, gun rights, women’s rights, kids rights, race rights, poor people’s rights, rich people’s rights, animal rights, video game rights… you get the point. We like to talk about rights. And depending on the subject, we definitely like to paint signs with colorful, witty slogans, stand outside buildings and talk (or scream) about our rights, and while it is a very odd or abstract way to be heard in theory, it can really be quite effective if it is done right. However, we’re not here to talk about how people do it right. We’re here to talk about how people do it…. maybe… how should I put it…. um…. not so right? Continue reading

Minimum Wage Doesn’t Help?

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So I saw this post on WordPress’ front page about how minimum wage doesn’t help. While I agree that there’s a possibility that minimum wage may not be as effective as we would like, I simply don’t buy the arguments that the author presents, nor do I buy the arguments of the economists he links to. I thought I would join in the debate on his comment section, but then I thought it would just be more fun to write my own thoughts about the issue. Here’s what I simply don’t believe and why: Continue reading