w4TyrT I cannot thank you enough for the article. Will read on...
An interesting post from Freedom Democrats by my long time fellow traveler and libertarian Democrat, Logan.
I think this post has some relevance to the blog entry I just made earlier about Robert Reich , Clinton's Sec. of the Interior in that I see the Dems moving away from the trend that Bill Clinton started with his more moderate and relatively pro-capitalist "Third Way" policies.
Logan, after stating that:
Ron Paul had a GREAT SHOWING on Jay Leno.
(someone can embed the video if they like)
Paul did an excellent job of dispelling some silly ideas that people have about his policies. You either agree with him or you don't. But you should agree or not on his terms...not some BS twisting of views....(See RS and DK for example). With Leno, Paul covered the core issues that make him my only choice to support with a clear conscience.
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It's no secret that spending under Bush has soared , despite (or maybe because of) Congress being controlled by the GOP for much of his term. Federal control of education was solidified with NCLB, the Medicare part D bill was passed, government continued to heavily subsidize oil and alternative energy companies, the disastrous drug war continued unchecked, intrusive surveillance of dubious legality became commonplace. Our foreign policy switched from strong defense to spreading democracy, and the war in Iraq has sucked in billions of dollars and cost thousands of American lives in what has become an effort at nation building while fighting AQI and sectarian strife. Republicans made their contempt for libertarian principles quite clear through their actions even while they continued to pay lip service to try to retain their votes. Now, even that charade is ending.
It appears to me that conservatives are more likely than are liberals to question the findings of experts in a given field, and often prefer to trust their own analysis or instincts. I want to put forth a few examples of this tendency, discuss the pros and cons of such an approach, and then examine the origins of this ingrained conservative distrust of expertise. Caveat: this discussion simply cannot be had without resorting to generalizations and stereotypes, but I think there is insight to be gained nonetheless.
Well, not that there was one thing that fits this category..or even just a few. But I'd like to point out a few that really pissed me off last night or provoked nausea or both.
First: The Hillary "Pinyata". LAME! DENSE! WORTHLESS! and very, very CHEAP!
News item: Sex with robots 'not far away'
Greg Mankiw of Harvard makes a thought provoking observation and suggests that Al Gore and Supply Siders make strange bedfellows because they and their causes are similar in many respects. He may have a point.
Consider a person who
A. takes an important truth developed by others,
B. exaggerates it for dramatic effect,
C. as a result, draws public attention to this important truth, and
D. also brings acclaim to himself as a profound, far-sighted, truth-telling guru.
Whether it's Republicans running amok on the spending front or Dems seemingly caving on the war/warrantless wiretapping it seems that few in Washington have a political backbone.
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I have been told here on a number of occasions that the libertarian philosophy is reflected broadly in the preferences of the voting public; that libertarianism (small "l") is really a mainstream philosophy that is supported by parts of the platforms of both major political parties.
Can anyone name a major Cheney-Bush policy that has worked out well for the American public?
- Iraq - $10-12 billion a month, 80-100 U.S. deaths a month, almost 20,000 injured, military stretched to the breaking point
- Oil/gas prices - Highest ever recorded
- Deficit - From a budget surplus to a current estimate of $9 trillion in debt with a renewed threat of inflation
wzdVV1 Thanks so much for the article.Thanks Again. Will read on...
For your Weekend Viewing Pleasure. An Interview with Tom Woods, Author of "33 Questions about American History"
The video is embedded below the fold.
Once through discussing the book, the later parts of the interview go through recent American History and weave together an fascinating take on our current climate.
It's a not libertarian rant but rather a look at history through an un-typical lens of analysis that looks many captivating topics that Dems, Repubs and Independents alike will enjoy (I think).