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Competition is Key to Any Government Solution 0

Competition is Key to Any Government Solution

When we seek to create any solution through government, we often forget a very important ingredient: competition. What made communism so bad was there was no competition. Everything was run by the government so you just had to accept what was given. And over time, quality declined, working conditions declined, and the availability of alternatives…
The Problem with Blazing a New Trail 0

The Problem with Blazing a New Trail

The problem with blazing a new trail is you know where you want to go and what you want to build but there are no maps or even roads to get there yet.   You have half the people you know telling you to stick to the existing roads and think you're an idiot for…
Tying Public Assistance with the Creation of Value by the Recipient 0

Tying Public Assistance with the Creation of Value by the Recipient

What if we tied certain forms of public assistance to creating value by the recipient? This value creation can be in many forms and be customized for each person. Possible options include learning new skills and volunteering or creating something society (or a certain part of society) values. Bettering themselves through wellness or education would…
Using the Tactics of Tyrants in the Name of Love 0

Using the Tactics of Tyrants in the Name of Love

One thing that bothers me is when people use bullying, intimidation, name calling and other methods to silence their opponents in the name of a noble cause.   Either they don't realize or don't care that they are using the same tactics as tyrants and hate groups. They don't see how hypocritical and counterproductive it…
Treating the Symptoms Instead of the Disease 0

Treating the Symptoms Instead of the Disease

One thing that we have to be careful of, whether when dealing with a physical illness or a social problem, is the tendency to treat the symptoms without treating the disease. Treating the symptoms is not bad. It's just less effective if that's all that you do. For example, let's say you have a patient…
Fighting a Fire with Flamethrowers 0

Fighting a Fire with Flamethrowers

You hear it again and again. "Because (this badly behaved person) did (this) therefore all people in (group) are (that)."   People get in an uproar when it's said about certain protected groups, and rightly so, but using the same logic in the opposite direction is just as destructive, and certainly does not give them…
Why the Country is So Divided: Different Narratives 0

Why the Country is So Divided: Different Narratives

There are two very different narratives going on in this country, plus hundreds more. The two most dominant right now post-election are liberal vs. conservative. The liberal's narrative accuses everything the conservatives say as being false, while the conservative's narrative accuses the liberals viewpoint as being false. As an independent, I see both the truth…
State of the Union 0

State of the Union

One side hypes social issues while the other side hypes the economy. About 1/4th of the country decides on Hillary, and 1/4th decides on Trump, even though 70% of the population didn't like either of them; 7 million people voted third party or independent, and about 1/2 of the population didn't even bother to vote.…
Democracy is Messy and Your Opponents Aren’t Traitiors 0

Democracy is Messy and Your Opponents Aren’t Traitiors

For those who are so sure that your particular brand of politics is the only correct way. This country is ruled by the Constitution, which is designed and intended to enforce the will of the people. If the people want certain laws, then that is fine, as long as they don't mess with the Constitution and trample on other people's rights.
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Michael Moore Explains Why Trump Won

While it is clear that Michael Moore is no fan of Donald Trump, and thinks he is bad for America, he gives some chilling and sobering insight into why Trump won the election, and why the pundits and media all got it wrong. He talks about how the former middle class is hurting economically, and how…