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The Battle of Ideas

Posted by on Aug 26, 2009 in administration, capitalism, Conservatism, GOP, ideology, Mtv, Socialism | 0 comments

I was going through some emails today and came across a great one from someone who has genuine concerns about the direction of our ideals.  The concern surrounding government or private ownership of business is real.  Our current national debate over healthcare and the public option, and looking back at the corporate bailouts in exchange for government ownership proves the point for concern.  Where are we headed?  Does the current Administration only favor private ownership or self government only when the public refuses to have it any other way?

Here’s the email….what do you think?

“So im becoming frustrated.
I can’t comprehend the huge difference between the liberal and conservative viewpoints. I believe it is natural for people to have fundamental differences in their beliefs, but it is coming to the point where the gap in beliefs is so wide and the sides are so angry that it is ripping this country apart.
Is it that one side is blind or uneducated? Are they stupid? I’m sure that liberals think we are stupid, but when I rationalize my own thoughts and values, I cannot see how their view points are in any way correct. I see it as a fast track to socialism……but I talk to more and more people who are OK with socialistic ideas. Is this just a sign of the times? Is America becoming so lazy that the majority no longer want to work for their success? Do we all just want to sit around and wait for a handout?
However, the liberals don’t see it as a hand out. Do they really believe that this is good policy or is there a higher motivation? The liberals in charge have money, perhaps more money than conservatives. SO what is their motivation? Are they really so brilliant to prey off the [needy] in society, empowering the[m] and using them for votes and policy change which makes those in charge richer? Or are the leaders (Obama, Pelosi, etc) really this naïve? 
The liberals are now so empowered that they are using Rush Limbaugh as the face of the GOP, and its working. This leads me to believe that, while conservative beliefs are correct, that the GOP leaders have no idea what they are doing. It also leads me to believe that the MTV/Reality show world is winning. The media and mainstream society conducts full assaults on all conservative beliefs and wins……….is there hope for our beliefs or will this cycle continue?

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Housing Fix

Posted by on Feb 21, 2009 in administration, capitalism, collectivism, housing fix, Obama, personal responsibility | 0 comments

What are we to make of the pending fix the Administration has proposed for the foreclosure mess? I think the first thing to consider is that President Obama has indeed put forth a proposal he believes will keep Americans in their homes. That effort should be applauded, despite any criticisms of the actual plan itself.

Let’s consider the merits of the plan. This is where it becomes more difficult to be complimentary. For the proposed fix does seem to put in place a subjective system of determining who should be bailed out of their mortgage. How does any set of criteria for identifying those eligible for a housing bailout avoid accusation of being arbitrary? The devil is, of course, in the details.

Between the economic stimulus law provisions allowing a Bankruptcy Judge to “pencil” in changes to one’s mortgage, and the proposed housing fix, personal responsibility becomes a casualty.

The destruction of personal accountability is quite serious, if it cannot be restored. The message from the Administration to the public is that “they” know better than you do in managing your financial affairs. The message to the business community is that the American landscape is no longer subject to free market principles. Capitalism is at least temporarily, they say, finished.

The demise of private ownership to the means of production presents a terrible prospect for personal freedoms, once this recession passes. When the housing market and our stock markets do recover, which they undoubtedly will, how quickly will the current reforms be shelved? I doubt it will be nearly as quickly as the reforms or fixes that have been put in place.

What other personal freedoms will be sacrificed in favor of collectivism under the guise of saving the economy? Let us hope the answer is none. Let us also hope that when matters improve, the prospect of private ownership and the puritanical work ethic can be restored.

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