AUSTAN GOOLSBEE: I think the world vests too much power, certainly in the president, probably in Washington in general for its influence on the economy, because most all of the economy has nothing to do with the government.
These ultra-conservatives are starting to sound more and more like the Islamic fundamentalist they condemn. We are overseas fighting for "Iraqi freedom" and trying to liberate Afghans from Taliban control, but discriminate against Americans who want to fight for our country simply because they are attracted to people of the same sex or because of what they do in the privacy of their own home? How is that American? Conservatives don't want liberty, they want control.
You can say what you want about liberals, but if weren't for liberals slavery would still exist, women wouldn't have the right to vote and the civil rights movement would have never happened (Please, before you say "Lincoln was a Republican", notice I said "liberals" and not "Republicans" or "Democrats". Southern conservative democrats at the time slandered Lincoln for being a "liberal"). Now conservatives are embarrassed that their movements didn't support these changes (especially southerners who are embarrassed by their slavery and Jim Crow past). When gays do have equal rights (which one day they will), the next generation of conservatives will be embarrassed that their predecessors were so discriminatory. An intelligent man is one who thinks well within his time. A genius is one who is able to think ahead of his time.
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Another way to put it: Discrimination is unconstitutional. Prohibiting homosexuals from marrying each other is discrimination because heterosexuals get to marry who they are attracted to, while homosexuals do not get to marry who they are attracted to. So you are mistaken when you say the law effects everyone the same way. It doesn't, therefore it is discrimination.