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Yeah, I know I’ve detached myself from politics for over a year, but a certain league of individuals has recently admonished me for not having posted here in so long. So while I won’t discuss topical political issues in this post, I still have points concerning politics I’d like to address… mostly points concerning my distancing from politics.

1. The forums in which we debate politics (media sources, the floors of congress, the dinner table) have welcomed discussions fueled by almost only emotions, rather than rationale and the search for truth. The core tenet behind the multiple party system in America was the idea that through thorough and earnest debate, the truth will seep through as through a strainer. The problem is that the majority of debates don’t let the truth through because either side is looking to merely win, lockstep with a laundry list of ideals written by a party, as opposed to coming to the best solution for our nation.  Members from opposite parties will brandish the others moronic, only because they were unsuccessful in changing your mind to think as they do. How do they rationalize this? “They are simply too stupid to understand that what I espouse is the only correct/just/effective way.” Pride does not equal truth, and many are too scared of the hypocrisy tag to be able to say “I believe in this point my party believes in, but I don’t believe in that other thing it believes in.”

Possible Solution? Go into debates not looking to change the other person’s mind, but only with the goal to most honestly and clearly express your beliefs and opinions. If they don’t agree… so what? You walk away happy that you stood on your beliefs with integrity. And who knows… they might have gone away disagreeing with every word you said, but you planted a small seed that may grow into the deep-rooted memory that you were a sincere and amicable representative of your party, beliefs, whatever. Just remember, the second you tell someone they’re wrong, is the second before they stop listening to you.

I have to go to work, but I’ll continue the observations from my political hiatus… which I’m still happily engaged in.

– Julian

In my continued effort to avoid the news and discussions of political nature, I post this link with my hand over my eyes. I am, however, peeking through my fingers to make sure I post this right.

5 Freedoms You’d Lose in Health Care Reform

I was sent this link by a true conservative, so it should be on the up and up.

Back to my hiatus! <Julian continues to manage his fantasy football league>

– Julian

If Congress is so Pro-Small Business, then how come they spent $4 Trillion and there are NO new low interest loan programs available from the Gov for business owners, No Tax Cuts, No rules on litigation by Greedy Trail Lawyers, Nothing to help small business owners to create jobs or even stay in business? Congress is in fact Pro-Socialist, Anti-American Capitalist. WAKE UP! Speak Out Before you lose your job.”

This is a Facebook status change Michael Pinson is asking his supporters to use on their facebook for 24 hours. I’m still not exactly sure who he is, but whoever wrote this is tops in my book.

Ok, back to my “avoiding politics/avoiding news” phase!

Julian

I have always wondered why liberals don’t understand that increases in minimum wage cause inflation and therefore are non productive as a stimulus to the economy.  This redistribution effort has no effect on the standard of living of the lower classes because of its effect on inflation.  Companies forced to increase the bottom line will balance that increase with a proportional increase in sale price.  Overall effect is a devaluation of the Dollar.  The graph below is a correlation between minimum wage (Blue) and the value of a dollar compared to its 2009 value (red).  As it is clearly seen as minimum wage increases the value of the dollar decreases.  The end result of increasing minimum wage is the devaluation of the dollar which leaves the intended beneficiaries in the same place while decreasing our global buying power and negatively impacting those of us that have worked hard to move up in the world.  It’s clearly a political scheme to win elections by promising higher wages and distribution of wealth.

Joel Mesa

“Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large Federal deficits on the other…..It is between two kinds of deficits- a chronic deficit of inertia, as the unwanted results of inadequate revenues and a restricted economy- or a temporary deficit of transition, resulting from a tax cut designed to boost the economy, produce revenues, and achieve a budget surplus. The first type of deficit is a sign of waste and weakness- the second reflect an investment in the future.”

– John F. Kennedy, 1962

(additional reading… http://www.heritage.org/research/taxes/bg161.cfm )

“We cannot expect the Americans to jump from capitalism to Communism, but we can assist their elected leaders in giving Americans small doses of socialism until they suddenly awake to find they have Communism.”

–Soviet Leader Nikita Khrushchev, 1959

What will they do now?

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