Dylan Ewers I don't think Obama should get a pat on the back for actually tracking where he spent trillions of dollars of taxpayer dollars and borrowed public money. Every individual and business does this regularly as required by law. It's funny that you bring up the Obamacare. Congress and the rest of America had only a few days to read and analyze thousands of pages before they voted on it. What good is it to read the law online after it is passed? Read CNN's critiques on how Obama has avoided the White House visitors log which tracks lobbyists. http://www.westernjournalism.com/cnn-hammers-obama-for-hypocrisy-on-transparency/ Once again I ask you to defend the title of your article, which concerns ROMNEY RYAN, not Fox News!
Dylan Ewers There is a lot of dissent on the idea that desegregating public schools was a good thing. Thomas Sowell and Clarence Thomas are opposed to it. The fact that different races tend to marry each other and live in the same neighborhoods does not prove that they dislike each other but rather that they feel more comfortable around what they are used to. So I don't think it will make an already racial or sociological gap worse. I mainly disagree with you that education is not a public good or service to be sold and therefore is not governed by the laws of supply and demand. By doing this one merely provides instant justification for the ballooning price of education and the shoveling of more public taxes into a failed system.
Dylan Ewers @rick, I agree that the state allocates resources to special interest and the rest of us are left fighting for scraps in many cases. And yes, the overpriced pills they sell are a direct result of lobbying and crony capitalism. In my studies, I have found that regulation has been (but is not always) the main mechanism by which organized special interest help allocate these resources to those who can not acquire them through the market. The closer government is with industries, the more policies will be written in subordinate the poor. While at the same time we make policies to condem the rich, they are happy to accept the social stigma in exchange for a beneficial policy.
Dylan Ewers What makes you think that anyone knows what's good for ALL of us? I don't think a community organizer or a businessman has the answer. You said it yourself, people can plan ahead. That means they don't need the government to plan for us. How can they plan ahead when Obama changed their health plan so they can't keep their doctor? Businesses are going to have to understand thousands of new rules governing their lives. How does this help people plan?
Dylan Ewers I hope we are always the big guy on the block, just not the bully. However, it will do our country good to do as Ron Paul suggests and apply the golden rule to international relations. However, the conversation in this country is not keeping us somewhere in the middle. The debate right now is between big government and huge government. The right is trying to redefine themselves once again as the limited government party. They are being called extremists. Certainly culture wars are preferable to real wars, however, in the long run culture wars have led to world wars. Look at Italian Fascism and National Socialism in Germany.
Dylan Ewers You bring up a very interesting point and basically the crux of the entire argument. While I am as pro-Israel as I am pro-Britain, I also see the wisdom in Washington's warning not to play favorites in international politics. What do you think is the best stance with Israel which facilitates our kindred values but also prevents their annihilation?
Dylan Ewers I certainly empathize with you concerning Iran. The last thing we need it to go to the brink of nuclear war...again. However, I think it is a misleading over simplification to say that cultural wars encourage healthy debate. I healthy debate is where both sides are having a conversation. Right now, Democrats are just making the same snarky comments behind closed doors that they accuse Republican's of since the civil rights movement.
Dylan Ewers Great point. I would submit that this is basically true and yet there is some misconception. I think we can both agree that the cosy nature of government and business allows for businesses to de facto regulate themselves through lobbying and writing their own legislation. A case can be made that legislation ostensibly corrects problem of externalities but really seeks to protect their market share from competing firms. I would submit that there can be smart regulations to pass the costs of externalities onto producers. However, there must be rock solid science to be able to quantify the effect of these externalities. We should be wary to sacrifice individual freedom on favor or carte blanche legislation.
Dylan Ewers You are right to think this. Your idea of helping the environment is not only perfectly inline with individual liberty, it starts first and foremost with individual liberty. The fact that you see attacks on the environment as an attack on your own person is evidence of this.
Dylan Ewers I think placing the environment as the highest value makes environmentalism more of a religion than an issue. You are saying that the environment, while very important, is more important than individual liberty (free will). Do you see the consequences of your idea?
Dylan Ewers Honestly, your whole argument is based on the fact that climate change is the most important issue. That is a fine opinion for you to have, but America is about competing ideas. You should not judge the Koch Brothers solely based on the fact that they support climate change or not. I happen to think that individual liberty the the most important value. The Koch brothers are pouring millions of dollars into educating college students to learn about their government and read political philosophy books that inspired the creation of America. They also create jobs and careers for these students. There are other causes out there besides climate change.
Dylan Ewers Yes, but remember, many people who claim to be anti-war hate the Koch Brother's who are HUGE supporters of YAF. They funnel millions into fellowships and summer seminars etc. to educate people on anti-war and pro-constitutional ideas. There is nothing wrong with educating people on the founding of our country.
Dylan Ewers Thank you for the rapid response to the extremely offensive article that exploited the sacrifice of our troops. Thank you for your service. It is a sad day to see both Democrats and Republicans not only ignore the common sense patriotism of Ron Paul, but to demonize him as an extremist. Furthermore, I think it is especially alarming to see Democrats and Republicans to call for an end to "career politicians' and then dismiss Tea Party candidates for their lack of inexperience as they sacrifice their time to join Congress rather than protest in the streets. I would like to hear any arguments against everyday Americans who are fed up with the system joining Congress to represent the concerns of their own Constitution.
Dylan Ewers Can you defend the title of your article? Because I can site a number of websites that expose Obama's lies. http://obamalies.net http://www.westernjournalism.com/ten-of-barack-obamas-worst-lies/ http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/
Dylan Ewers The whole nation watched speeches 5 days ago that supported their health care plan. Did you watch the RNC speeches? Obama's health care plan polled even lower than Ryan's and that didn't stop him from passing it. Under Obamacare, you can't even keep your doctor. Honestly, the Chinese are financing all this debt. It really has nothing to do with the rich. We are running up deficits that you and I will have to pay back.
Dylan Ewers Lawrence, You are splitting hairs here. The Catholic Church wants more people to have health care, however, they will not support a law that forces any institution to be immoral. Since ACA defines many moral issues for us all, it is immoral to the Catholic Church as it is. You are also promoting a false view of the Ryan plan. They want to make substantial cuts (that all American's want as evidenced by the 2010 elections) not "eviscerate" the existence of a social safety net. You make it a black and white issue. Seriously, stop saying making the rich richer. Rather explain exactly what you mean. There are many different arguments and I don't know which one you are referring to.
Dylan Ewers I agree. Me saying that "they did it too" is not a valid argument. That's why I was trying to get the author to actually talk about Romney/Ryan's policies. I think that he wrote the wrong article.