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Mrs. Hansen takes most of the content of this editorial straight from the Arpiao book of pejoratives, hyperbole, and catch phrases.
1) Protect Arizona's borders
2) Mexican cartels setting up shop in our neighborhoods.
3) Pearce's tough law-making
4) progressive "organizers"
5) secure open borders,
6) Chicago-style labor unions (as opposed to Sheboygan style).
7) inflated social programs (example?)
9) conservative values
10) educated at Berkeley and Harvard
11) zero tolerance Jan 8, 2012
@Rich. Rich stated, "Private enterprise is always predictable, always acts in it's own interest and is undoubtedly the preferred system for responsible, free people." If this isn't an example of an oxymoronic statement, then I don't now what is. Unless you are the owner or a shareholder, how is working for another person make you responsible and free?
Private enterprise is always predictable, you are correct. Because they look out for their own interest, they create a fanciful atmosphere of self-reliance and personal responsibility that seems to have never faded here in America. Large corporations at the federal level, and medium sized corporations at the state level, are anything but responsible and free (free market). One only needs to look at where government subsidies (essentially tax breaks) are directed in order to figure this out.
If private enterprise is the paramount of free people, then why was their such a fervor for workers unions and co-op's in the late 1890's? And why was their a need to development of one of the most successful democratic and egalitarian pieces of social legislation in the 1940's...Social Security? Was it because private enterprise was doing such a great job with providing basic needs for Americans?
Yes, government is unpredictable and even tyrannical,but to claim that private enterprise is a bastion of freedom here in America is a joke, and it's getting tiresome. Private enterprise makes totalitarian governmental regimes seem like a land flowing with milk and honey. There is absolutely zero oversight to what goes on in private companies. At least in government, we have some control of who occupies public offices.
Lastly, your statement of anarchy is confusing. You speak of it in pejorative terms, when in fact, anarchy is the ultimate exercise of personal freedom when it is exercised politically, economically, and socially. When you can speak and chose for yourself in all three of these areas, then, and only then, are you truly free.
Jan 3, 2012
@Rational Human-I'm with you brother! The scum down south needs to be put in their place and sent packing! When they get here November 19th at 7:30 p.m., the Sun Devils are going to make them wish that they would have never invaded our territory, taken our jobs, and sent us Linda Ronstadt. We ARE going to kick the scum down south out of our state and out of our country. The battle has been joined! ASU!!Nov 10, 2011
@Brittanicus- What is this, the New Conservative Creed? It hits all the convenient talking point and it's WAY TOO EASY to pick apart and, to put it frankly, laugh at. My favorite part is the declaration, "The Tea Party will be involved in watching for irregularities in the general election." Now I will be able to sleep at night knowing that the Tea Party Patriots are on the prowl making sure that voting is legitimate and constitutional during the general. How come they are not going to be out doing investigations during the primaries? Why just the general? Just asking. Make sure you report back to us with the Tea Party's analysis of voting irregularities. Too funny! Nov 1, 2011
mnjcpa- Now that you have made your arguments sufficiently clear, a discussion of what can be done about the problems of the Unites States can occur.
The malaise that you speak of can be a problem with the lack of civic education that the public school system should, can, is not promoting. The republican ciivc virtues of public participation, being able to rule and be ruled (Aristotle), publicity rather than secrecy (corruption), and to the idea that there is something enriching and intrinsic about public life, is the moral foundation of what is to be an American. All of these are virtues should be taught (they used to be at least) in the public school system.
Also, the classical liberal virtues should not be denied either. These include toleration, inclusion of all, justice and equality. These are just as important to the democracy in the U. S. as republican virtues are. These virtues are also taught/molded in public schools, but more importantly, they are found in the family structure (in the home).
Now, since the public school system is so important to the molding of American civic virtues in children, compensation and respect for the teachers in the public school system is essential. They must be given autonomy to be able to implement a way of learning that is unique to the community they live in. This does not mean that we should abolish the Dept. of Education, this means that certain federal policies (e.g.No Child Left Behind) need to be relaxed so that local communities have the flexibility to choose their own path of learning that is unique to their area; at the same time, they must still receiving the necessary funds that only the federal government has the ability to provide.
Lastly, I think that public participation/civic education is the essential step forward needed to change the social malaise of 'Timmy' into a man that has the ability to view society not of the self-interested and market driven, but a society that is heterogeneous and people driven. Civic virtues are meant to induce critical thinking and to produce the ability to reflect on the problems of todays world. This, I think is the key to understanding and fixing the current economic/political climate.
Oct 27, 2011
mnjcpa- George Orwell also stated, "All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome."
First, you say that you are not going to point out a single group, then you proceed to point out single groups. You complain about regulations, yet your list is an obvious example of deregulation gone wild.
This is the second time you have referenced Timmy getting a trophy just for showing up. I still don't know what this is supposed to mean. I don't see too many people expecting to get paid because they are breathing. Your rhetoric is a typical broad brush painted for your talking point convenience.
What specific principles (I'm glad you used the word "principles", unlike Weinstein) are business colleges using that only are used in public markets? You conveniently forgot to mention entrepreneurship, which is a business degree.
I'll give you three good reasons to start a business tight now. 1. Entrepreneurs don't need as much capital to launch right now because resource and overhead costs are at or near historic lows in nearly every category. 2. With the Labor Department reporting unemployment rates near double digits and more than five candidates per job opening, now is definitely an employer's market 3. Many a successful business can trace its roots back to a particularly ignominious period in the American economy-16 of the 30 companies in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, including household names like McDonalds, General Electric, and Procter & Gamble, began during a recession or depression.
you can do nothing and blame entitlements. Oct 26, 2011
Rich, I'm happy that your children are successful and well educated. Unfortunately, your post doesn't convey the same message about yourself. How does public education teach us to be "sheeple?" Can you give me examples? What system are you talking about when you say, "slave to the system?" Are you talking about capitalism? I'm confused. "Politicos" are representatives. They reflect the values of the people they represent. Now, if you want to discuss that Americans in general, lack civic knowledge to be able to run the Republic, that's another question.
You say, "Government seeks to control it." Control what? Us? We control them, no? Is that not what a republic is? What does John McCain have to do with this? He was elected. He is going to be in DC for a six year term, then must decide whether or not to run again. How is this complicated to you? It's pretty clear in the so called "complicated" constitution.
The constitution might seem complicated because people are complicated. A government is needed to preserve man's natural rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of property/happiness, which means different things to different people. That is why we have a bi-cameral legislature and a court system, so we can mitigate power plays, and tyranny of the majority. It's not being a slave to the system, it's called representative government, or a democracy if your idealistic.
Lastly, you exclaim, "Your President can't wipe his rear end without both hands and help. Understand what you've been given and stop looking for sight from the blind." Its comments like these that make me question your education credentials, and unfortunately, you can't be taken seriously from here on out. I should not seek sight from the blind, but I surely should seek justice and other virtues from them. Oct 25, 2011
@mnjcpa. I think there are two key terms that need to defined, or possibly cleared up before a real discussion can occur.
First-"Entitlement." An entitlement, the way that you are attempting to use here, and also in contemporary political discourse, are programs instituted under FDR. which is also called mandatory spending. Social Security, Medicaid, and Medicare are all entitlements, and we the people as citizens of the United States, and funders of these programs are entitled to these programs. We are entitled to them because we paid into them. Entitlements are not like insurance companies or the stock market. You invest in each of these with full expectation of reaping more than you sowed. In each of these situations, a system of perpetual funding is devised with a promise of future profitable expectations by you. The difference is this; Social Security is not operated with the intent to profit, but the insurance company and stock market is. When politicians speak of cutting back these entitlements, many people get upset. Entitlement is not a pejorative term, although many sophists like to use it to for talking points purposes (as yourself).
Second-Your small business and college claims-Most jobs are in fact created by small business, but small business is defined as employing 1-500 people. That is quite a large shadow to cast to cover another one of your talking points. Also, you say that colleges train you to work for large corporations? This is silly. You get out of college what you put into it. You supposedly have two advanced degree's, you should know this. How do schools teach you to work for mutti-nationals? This might be true for some degrees, like engineering (Boeing), but I don't see this as a negative. I've never heard a Prof. say anything negative about small business or large corporations. They leave that up to you to decide by instilling fact finding tools, critical analysis skills and evaluation, which manifest themselves in skepticism of everyday problems and beings. This is what college is about. They are not there to promote small business/multi-nationals.
Lastly, what specific liberal regulations are you speaking of that are ruining this country? Also, which one of the Founding Fathers would specifically not be able to "recognize this place." Since the Republic has been around for about 235 years, I'm sure they would be amazed. They would be amazed that we are still here, with the same constitution, the same bill of rights, and amendments that were not arbitrarily decided upon. Oct 25, 2011
Weinstein proclaims, "It leads me to wonder how a group of people could be so ignorant to the realities of the world and what principals this great country of ours was founded upon." I feel entitled to point out your poor grammar. You need to use the word 'principles' not 'principals'. 'Principal' is an adjective (unless you are talking about money or a person of high authority). 'Principle' is a noun, which is how you are using it here. Maybe you should occupy a dictionary, and stop copying and pasting other people's work. Oct 25, 2011
@Arizona Willis- Your post brings up a different approach to dealing with the USPS than Mr Patterson's ideologue driven, business and shareholders first model.
Instead of trying to get rid of the post office, there should be ways of keeping it alive. Charging higher rates, cutting back to 5 days of delivery, and charging for bulk mail are all good ideas.
As far as the election freebies are concerned, I would not change this. I think political knowledge about candidates is vital to the republic, and the post office is doing a community a service by allowing candidates to send out free mailers .
Maybe if we looked at the USPS as providing a public service, similar to roads, bridges, libraries etc, and see the real value that it provides, then answers to the USPS's problems will manifest. There is a market for the service they provide, no question.
In regards to pensions, most of the cost of any person's pension, regardless if it's private (if your lucky to get one) or public, goes to healthcare. In fact, healthcare cost is the number one reason why the national debt is so high (no, not Government waste, Tea-baggers).
Lastly, I believe the Post Office is under the control of Congress. While their budget is funded by their revenues, those in charge cannot make decisions like closing branches, layoff employees, add fuel surcharges to cover losses, etc..without the permission of Congress. Their leadership is severely handcuffed to alter anything integral. They are prohibited from making exactly the kinds of changes necessary.No legislator wants to be responsible for someone's neighborhood P.O. closing down, massive layoffs, and reduced delivery. Oct 15, 2011