Monday, January 18, 2010

Conservatives and corporations

Conservatives see large corporations as vital to the economy and as employers of many people. Liberals are merely jealous of what CEOs make. The federal government and unions hinder corporations and economic prosperity for all. Just as liberals see a greed motive in corporations, conservatives see greed as the motive for unions and politicians.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Liberals and corporations

Liberals seem to demonize large corporations. They see a rape and pillage mentality for CEOs to get as much money as possible in the short term without regard for people or the environement. Greed is the driver. Unions and a strong federal government are important checks on the corporations.

Tomorrow: Conservatives and corporations

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Motivations of conservative politicians

I have often wondered whether conservative politicians are altruistic in their motives or whether they see corporations and the richest Americans as a way to finance their political ambitions. Are they truly for less government control or are they merely appeasing the rich to maintain their own power?

Tomorrow: Liberals and corporations

Friday, January 15, 2010

Motivations of liberal politicians

I have often wondered whether liberal politicians are altruistic in their motives or whether they see a large potential voting base of those on the lower socio-economic levels. Appealing to the middle and lower classes can give them a strong constituent base. Do they want power to truly help people or power for power's sake?

Tomorrow: Motivations of conservative politicians

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Liberals and taxes

Liberals have an attitude that the government has a strong role in providing basic necessities that we are all entitled to have. The government needs tax support to provide those services. Keeping tax rates low is just part of the old "trickle-down" theory of economics that does not help those at the lowest rungs of the economic ladder. Tax rates need to be at a sufficient level to provide needed services.

Tomorrow: Motivations of liberal politicians

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Conservatives and taxes

Conservatives have an attitude that is something like this: "I earned my money and therefore it is mine." The government should take as little as possible to maintain basic services; for example, national security. Keeping tax rates low allows people to keep and therefore spend more money which, in turn, helps keep up the level of funds needed to maintain a government.

Tomorrow: Liberals and taxes

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

What I like about politicians

What I like about politicians and the political process:
  • term limits
Tomorrow: Conservatives and taxes

Monday, January 11, 2010

What I hate about politicians

What I strongly dislike about politicians and the political process:
  • hypocrisy and always pointing to the other party's problems while ignoring their own
  • elitism and the feeling that they are above the law
  • voting in party blocks
  • campaign contributions
  • pork and constituents who turn a blind eye towards it out of their own self-interests
  • the majority party being corrupted by the power of the majority
  • careful use of language to appease various constituents
  • misleading representations of their opponents
  • two-party system
  • humongously long bills
Tomorrow: What I like about politicians

Sunday, January 10, 2010

What I hate about socialism

What do I strongly dislike about socialism? The concentrated power of the state; someone telling me what is best for me and society; and, through a nanny state, the way it can make some people lazy with less emphasis on personal responsibility and initiative.

Tomorrow: What I hate about politicians

Saturday, January 09, 2010

What I hate about capitalism

What do I strongly dislike about capitalism? The emphasis on competition and winners and losers, the prevalence of a buyer-beware attitude that is morally and ethically wrong, the excuse for paying people as little as possible and still be able to get away with it, consumers who just want the lowest prices (while ignoring the previous points), and consumers and CEOs with a focus on the short-term returns on their investments.

Tomorrow: What I hate about socialism

Friday, January 08, 2010

Democrats and the love of others

Democrats believe in nurturing love with an emphasis on providing support. Too lenient? Is this enabling behavior?

Tomorrow: What I hate about capitalism

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Conservatives and love of others

Conservatives believe in tough love with an emphasis on personal responsibility. Too tough? Really an excuse not to care?

Tomorrow: Democrats and the love of others

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

conservatives and a hungry person

Conservatives want to teach the hungry person to fish.

Tomorrow: Conservatives and love of others.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

liberals and a hungry person

Liberals want to give a hungry person a fish.

Tomorrow: Conservatives and fish.

Monday, January 04, 2010

conservatives and human nature

According to my friend's theory (see the previous post), conservatives believe that people are flawed and often make bad choices. Therefore, if someone is in bad circumstances then it must be their own fault.

Tomorrow: Conservatives and love of others.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

liberals and human nature

A friend of mine has an interesting theory about the fundamental difference in the assumptions made by liberals and conservatives. He says that liberals believe in the goodness of people and their desire for growth and hope. Therefore, if someone is in bad circumstances then it must be society's fault.

Tomorrow: Conservatives and human nature.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

liberals and the beggar

A liberal walks by a beggar and puts some money in the cup. Correct action?

Tomorrow: Assumptions made by liberals on human nature.

Friday, January 01, 2010

conservatives and the beggar

A conservative walks by a beggar and yells, "Get a job." Correct action?

Tomorrow: What a liberal would do.