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.
It doesn't seem to me that this is the case, unless you take the OP to claim that because there is something on which the GOP lacks a perfect grasp on reality, the Democrats must have a very firm grasp on reality.Originally Posted by ksu_aviator
Out of any pair of people, I can ask where one of them has gone wrong without implying that the other is perfect, or even better.
As far as the effectiveness of Reaganomics is concerned, the GDP took off like a rocket. Unemployment and inflation went way down. Median household income went up and the middle class experienced a major improvement in the standard of living. The middle class made more money AND payed lower taxes.
Some people hate rich people so much that they consider it a loss for the middle class whenever the wealthy thrive, regardless of how much the middle class prospers. It's like a little kid crying about getting an ice cream cone, just because his sister got one too.
If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.
well its not fair to paing the GOP with one brush so lets state that first and foremost but going of a stereotypical platform i say equal rights for gays, reproductive rights are the two largest "sterotypical" failures of the GOP
but again i know tons of GOP members that totally support equal rights for gays and are pro-choice with limits like most people
“Consent” means using the democratic process, while protecting the voting minority’s rights.
Crime is a poor example of coercion without consent. Arresting one for criminal activity is a protective function, appropriate to government. Criminal law also has the consent of the people.
Two more points:
As for the “social contract”, one must understand its philosophical underpinnings of natural law in order to understand that there is a limit to what the social contract entitles one to.
One's labor is an essential capital for developing their own private property and that must be protected.
In the first a man waits at his mailbox for a welfare check to arrive, with distain in his heart he takes the check that is two days late and cusses the government agency that has failed to deliver his check on time.
The second man finds a charitable man at the local church, and receives a reprieve from the hardship he has been experiencing after a two day delay for the purpose of charitable collection. The man is grateful and appreciative, making new friends and opportunities.