Investing in education is investing in the future. Or would you prefer illiterate and uneducated people further dragging the country into the Third World?
I don't have a problem with lifetime politicians. In fact, I would prefer the rare good ones remain in public service rather than become lobbyists.
Part of the problem is indeed groomed candidates.
At the end of the day, the problem is an armchair electorate that accepts lies and failures as business as usual whether they're hip to them or not...
Which is a good thing, because the states are pretty miserable when it comes to environmental protection.
It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion.
"Wealth of Nations," Book V, Chapter II, Part II, Article I, pg.911
They reduced the political power of the slave-holding states by counting slaves as 3/5ths of a person. It was brilliant given their inability to free the slaves until much later in our nation's history. They gave us a form of government that had the greatest chance of preserving our individual freedoms and liberties while being strong enough to keep the nation together and safe from external aggression.
But all nations have two tenancies. The first is the accumulation of power. The second is the accumulation of mediocrity. This nation has arrived at the first stage of tyranny. We have vast numbers of busybody bureaucrats churning out rules and regulations for us all to follow. Today there are 80,000. Here is a quote:
Red Tape Rising: Regulation in the Obama EraThe size of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provides a second yardstick of regulatory activity. Unlike the Federal Register, which is a catalog of regulatory changes, the CFR is a compendium of all existing regulations. In 2008, the CFR weighed in at 157,974 pages, having increased by 16,693 pages since the start of the George W. Bush Administration. In 2009, the page count hit a record high of 163,333.
Do we really need more than 50 agencies churning out 3-4K new rules each year? Those regulations cost businesses about a trillion dollars in compliance costs. Do you feel a trillion dollars safer? And the government busybodies are not content with making it impossible to buy the flush toilet or the light bulb I prefer. The number of federal crimes continues to grow as well. This is another indication that the soft tyranny will turn hard at some point.
We need to stop this now. Or our future will have a civil war or a revolution in it.
Unfortunately neither party seems to be willing to take the flak from their extreme wings of their respective party and try to come up with solutions that work for most Americans.
White House's Daley reaches out to manufacturers - The Washington Post
why are you blocking construction of my facility to protect a fish, asked one potential donor
chief of staff daley "threw up his hands in frustration," said he "did not have many good answers," called out "bureaucratic stuff that's hard to defend"
"sometimes you can't defend the indefensible," he continued
"the number of rules and regulations that come out of agencies is overwhelming"
but hey, at least he says the white house is "trying to bring some rationality to it"
Last edited by The Prof; 08-14-11 at 12:15 PM.