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Conservatism Is Now Everywhere

Occam's Stubble Wrote: 3 hours ago (12:56 PM)
If conservatism won, where are the fruits of that victory? Has even one federal department been abolished? Has the federal budget been reduced by one dime? (Reductions in the rate of increase do not count) 2002-2007 was the first time since the fifties that Republicans controlled the House, Senate, and the presidency. What did we get from all that sweet, sweet conservative hegemony? No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D, expansions of existing liberal programs. Oh, we also got a tax cut but since spending continued apace, we fell further and further into debt. If this is conservatism, who needs liberalism?
Because schools are a state responsibility. The Feds have nothing to do with it. If Boehner wanted to do something for schools, he should have stayed in Ohio and worked for it there.
This is why we need full-on school choice rather than this hybrid system of public schools and charter schools. The wheat will be separated from the chaff in no time.
It is neither. The state has an interest in having an educated populace. With education, there is less crime and more tax revenue due to having higher paying jobs and a higher standard of living. Therefore, each state should lay and collect taxes for the purpose of funding a basic education for each child. The mistake is in assuming that the state must also provide the facilities, teachers, etc.
Until you do something to make them viable, voting third party is a fool's errand. Here are some ideas: 1) Eliminate single-party voting. Make voters have to look at every name on the ballot. Most voters come into the booth with a few topline offices in mind. They couldn't care less about the down ballot races and many won't even bother to vote in those. That's where a good, organized third party candidate could get a foothold. 2) More radical but how about ranked voting. Let's say I'm voting in a race with candidates from multiple parties. I could rank them this way: 1 - Libertarian 2 - Republican 3 - Democrat 4 - Green If my Libertarian candidate did not end up in the top two, then my vote would go to the Republican. If he did not top two, it would go to the Democrat.
Not to take away from the horrors of the Holocaust, but I'd really like to see similar centers built to commemorate those who were murdered by communism. Then, if we can find a calculator that counts that high, one for those killed in the name of Allah.
Both the Republicans and Democrats learned something from the demise of the Whigs: To do everything in their power to stack the deck against third parties. The founders thought that House districts should be no larger than 50K citizens. Today, the average district serves 600-700K. Do you think that's an accident? If House districts were limited to the founders' preferred size, the US House would have 6,000 members instead of 435. The place would be rife with third parties, coalitions would be the rule of the day, and they'd have their hands full just fulfilling their constitutional duties. As it is, the most successful third party, the Libertarians, hold a measly 18 seats nationwide. If you want to see third parties arise, you're going to have to break the stranglehold the two parties have on the system. A good start would be expanding the US House to something closer to what the founders envisioned.
Mississippi, 2014.
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Defense Against Demagogues

Occam's Stubble Wrote: Jan 28, 2015 2:09 PM
3. Guns
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Random Thoughts

Occam's Stubble Wrote: Jan 27, 2015 1:08 PM
From your keyboard to God's screen.
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