Friday, 08 April 2011
Lots of things to be mad about today. How about that government shutdown!?!
The Daily Beast recounts:
Republicans, however, aren't willing to let the president paint himself as the only adult in Washington, [...]"Adults take seriously the crushing burden of debt Washington is leaving for our kids and grandkids," says [...]a senior aide to Speaker John Boehner. "That's why Republicans are fighting for meaningful spending cuts that will [...] produce a better environment for job creation in America."
Too bad: "produce a better environment for job creation" = "make it easy for rich people to keep screwing everyone over." That's very "adult" and certainly leaves the rich kids with a bright future to look forward to. Think of the rich children!
Therefore, "down with the rich man!"? Or perhaps there's a conception of society out there that both promotes the free market and protects people from the excesses of greed? No wai... Where's that conversation?
Here are some excerpts from a book I'm reading:
More often, though, finding the right balance between our competing values is difficult.[...]
Unfortunately, too often in our national debates we don’t even get to the point where we weigh these difficult choices. Instead, we either exaggerate the degree to which policies we don’t like impinge on our most sacred values, or play dumb when our own preferred policies conflict with important countervailing values. Conservatives, for instance, tend to bristle when it comes to government interference in the marketplace or their right to bear arms. Yet many of these same conservatives show little to no concern when it comes to government wiretapping without a warrant or government attempts to control people’s sexual practices. Conversely, it’s easy to get most liberals riled up about government encroachments on freedom of the press or a woman’s reproductive freedoms. But if you have a conversation with these same liberals about the potential costs of regulation to a small-business owner, you will often draw a blank stare.
[...]Union representatives can’t afford not to understand the competitive pressures their employers may be under.
Who wrote that? You can have a cookie if you guess correctly. Here's a hint: It's not a Republican.