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The President Is An Insider!

Posted in Health Insurance, Politics with tags , , , , on July 24, 2009 by raingeg

The claim that President Obama and other politicians have oft made that they are “beyond Washington politics” and not “Washington insiders” is incredibly far from the truth. This is perhaps one of my biggest complaints about President Obama and other politicians that think the same way. To make this simple, when it comes to the President he lives in Washington D.C. and he is just as much a politician and an insider as any of our other elected leaders, perhaps even more. He obviously has interests, he obviously has ideas that he’d like to see propped up and he has ideas that he’d like to see pushed away.

These news conferences aren’t about arbitrarily speaking, he has an aim or a goal in all of this. Last night he said “I understand how easy it is for this town to become consumed in the game of politics, to turn every issue into a running tally of who’s up and who’s down.” That’s right, its politics, and this is an attempt on your part to gain the lead, and you know it. He then changes subjects, from politics, which it is, to making it sound more personal. “This debate is not a game for these Americans, and they cannot afford to wait for reform any longer,” “They are counting on us to get this done.” Oh, how sweet he cares about me, honestly, I think he cares about his policies passing, just as any president does. He even said that he thinks his policy is best. I’m not faulting him for this, its just how politicians operate, and I have come to terms with that, that is what they are elected to do. I am only faulting him for denying that this is how he and other politicians operate.

I can easily say that there are ideas that I’d like to see propped up and there are certain ideas that I want to see thrown out the window. Namely, the parts that increase the size and scope of the federal government. And especially issues that entail the government taking even more of the peoples money than they already have and claiming that they know what to do with that money.

It seems to me that the health insurance issue is something that would increase the size of the government in the United States, and that is the main point that needs to be expressed. I highly doubt that there are many Republicans out there that actually want “the status quo.” I know that I sure don’t. And I definitely know that they, as well as I, don’t want the government to grow. And they don’t want hasty decisions.

So it is not about keeping what we already have! Contrary to what the President would have you believe, that is not the position of the Republican party. It is about providing people a change that can actually work. I honestly don’t see how you can lower the cost of something and keep the quality exceptionally high. It goes against everything I’ve ever known. At the risk of sounding repetitive, the old adage “you get what you pay for” seems to come into play here.

Essential Living

Posted in Economy, Humanity, Politics with tags , , , on March 3, 2009 by raingeg

I am forced to dream as I continue living and living routinely, confined to this place, not allowed to explore the outside world and not allowed to move beyond Tucson for a while. This is because I am working and I am tied down. When I graduated high school in my heart I probably knew that I wasn’t headed to college, so I figured building a resume was the next logical step. If there is one thing I have learned its that if you’re willing to put yourself out there, there are many people that are willing to give you a chance. Once someone gives you that chance it then becomes your responsibility to prove them right

My philosophy:

In order gain respect and prominence one must first respectfully establish needed ties and prove ones responsibility. All in order to break the bonds that hold one down to a life of self induced poverty and operate in a world that no longer hinges on allowances granted by various entities, but allowances granted by ones self while being accountable only to God. That sets the bar high, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t accountable to other things like society, laws and your peers, those things will come naturally because you accountable to something much greater than all of those entities combined.

Essential living or the lack thereof:

When I talk about “self induced poverty” I am referring to people that don’t live on the essentials, instead they move ahead to the extras or the non essentials. For example, a while back when the recession was just picking up there was a news story about a struggling family. This family was at the grocery store buying food to feed their family. At the end of the story they showed the mother putting 12 packs of root beer in the trunk of their car. A 12 pack of soda costs about five bucks, if they didn’t buy all of that soda and settled for the much cheaper juice or water they would be helping their health and saving money. On no grocery list should soda be an essential item for a family on a budget to buy. That is self induced poverty, using money that you have for non essential items. Services like cable and the HBO package and having a big screen TV are non essentials. I am not trying to tell people how to live their lives I am simply showing you why we are in the mess we are in.

America has been and will hopefully continue to be about people having the right to have a choice between self induced poverty and self induced success. I am afraid that as our government controls more and more of the market we are being forced to relinquish that right.

The political aspect of the economy:

Many politicians want you to feel hopeless, like you have no control over your own life, and the only friendly entity you can turn to is the government. So here’s how they do it. They keep poor people where they’re at. All of these government programs aimed at “helping” the poor really do nothing for the poor except keep them content, and they hold them hostage in their own sector of society and make them keep thinking that the American dream has passed them by. They are buying the poor vote, at the expense of the wealthy.

Just take a look at these “tax cuts” that 95% of the country is supposed to get. Factcheck.org says that the number is closer to 75% because the unemployed and retirees will not be eligible for a tax credit. But that is not the real problem, wait for the kicker.

From Factcheck.org “It is also questionable whether all of the tax refunds can properly be called ‘tax cuts.’ The credit is refundable and, therefore, is going to many who earn so little that they pay no federal income taxes in the first place. The White House calls them tax cuts, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office officially scores the bill’s refundable credits under ‘direct spending.'”

So basically the government will be handing out money in the form of “tax cuts” to people that don’t pay federal taxes. So what exactly are they cutting, invisible taxes? And that my friends is how they keep the poor brainwashed into thinking they need to come back for more.

Not only does this system hurt everyone, even if everyone doesn’t know they are being hurt, it forces people to try to garner joy or happiness from things that don’t last. For example, one might get slightly happy from buying a big screen TV, but if it puts them in debt, in the end they will just end up unhappy because you have to deal with the stress of being in debt. But on the other hand if someone is responsible with their money they will more than likely have longer lasting joy because they have the ability comfortably live with out debt hanging over their shoulders. This too is skipping over the essentials and going for the non-essentials, at a time when you simply don’t have the ability to do that. When people are unhappy with their lives they feel hopeless, and that’s just where they want people to be.

Poker, Politicians and Objective Truth

Posted in Humanity, Politics, Top Posts with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2008 by raingeg

In the game of Poker a hand is won because a player has a winning hand and no other reason. It is called letting the cards speak, in order that a player cannot just throw down their cards, confidently shout out that they’ve won the hand and take the pot. The cards speak, if someone thinks they’ve won it is completely possible that they’ve not. This is because sometimes a player will misread their cards and not occupy the hand they thought they had. So this rule enables the rightful winner to always get what they deserve.

This should be a rule when politicians speak about issues or when one is debating issues with another. Lately it seems that what is true doesn’t even matter, the only thing that matters is how one arguing his or her position delivers their argument. This is part of a greater issue that I have been thinking about lately. Subjectivism  vs. Objectivism. In politics we have far to many politicians that side with subjective arguments rather than looking at issues objectively. This comes from politicians being tied to the consensus within their party rather than the objective truth. So a politicians stance is subject to what the party believes about an issue rather than what is actually true. This is not the case for all politicians but it is problem for the vast majority of them.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t oppose party politics and I don’t even mind the “two party” system, I just want honest politicians. I want politicians that can look at an issue say what they believe about it and tell us what is true about it, rather than give us the party line or lie to us to save face for the party. I fully acknowledge that there can be two different opinions about something that is completely true and an opinion does not prohibit a facts ability to retain its truth. The political party that learns to tell the truth will fair much better with the American people than the one that caters to the people that are in the party by telling them lies. Even if it means that telling the truth will take them out of power.

We run into the same problem when people are debating issues. For the same reason that the cards speak in Poker, truth should speak when it comes to issues. Truth is often trumped by delivery and popular but not credible sources.

Delivery of an opinion can either make or break a discussion. Often times I’ve been in discussions with people that just confidently shout out facts trying trump my argument. So it becomes more of a competition of who can give more facts rather than whether or not those facts are true or false. If someone presents more facts than me in an argument that forces me into a corner, but its easy to escape that trap. First of all, whether or not someone has a better argument is never dependant upon the number of facts they present, it is totally dependant upon whether or not those facts are true or false. Second, if you don’t think that someone’s fact is correct ask them to prove it, most of the time they can‘t. There has been so many times that I’ve been discussing issues with people that present a fact that they know nothing about, they merely know talking points.

Far to many times people are just regurgitating information with out actually understanding what they’re saying about the issue only because someone they like said it. Over the years I have tried (emphasize tried) to listen to something a person say’s and make a judgment on that issue before I hear someone else’s opinion. This allows for me to form my own ideas independently, rather than form ideas based on what someone else say’s. One might say that is a subjective way of approaching an issue, but its not. I’ll reiterate again that there can be a true fact and it can have two different opinions directed at it without the fact loosing its truth. This allows me to look at an issue objectively, see if it is true or not and then form an opinion. Once I’ve formed an opinion I then look at what the people that I agree and don’t agree with are saying and either keep or modify my opinion based on true facts that they bring to the table. My opinion then becomes something that is grounded in objective truth rather than an opinion that is based on subjective reasoning. It is no longer subject to what I or someone else think is true, but what is true.

I know that in life there will always be subjectivity, people will always like different things, there will always be issues that have gray areas and people will always have different opinions on different issues. All I am trying to get out of people is truth, because it is nearly impossible to spin issues in your favor all the time. Truth must always be accounted for and it must prevail.