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I could fill pages with respect to this topic. However, for me it comes down to this:
the emphasis on, and the importance of, personal responsibility and choice...I do not believe a federal government should be "picking winners" through legislated subsidies. I do not respect a federal government that coerces its citizens into debt. I do not believe that the current length of time one can receive unemployment benefits lends itself to a economically productive society (as a whole), as Randy's observation demonstrates.
As a former legislative analyst for a top 3 insurance company, I am of the opinion that the federal regulatory bodies no longer adhere to their envisioned purpose and that allows fraud (on a massive scale) to continue, and in many cases under the (false) auspices of "saving the current economic system".
So many people focus solely on "lifestyle politics" (especially politicians) that the gravely serious issues (SS and Medicare solvency, usurping of state responsibilities by the federal government, [overly] aggressive foreign policy, and lobbying reform) do not receive the attention and discussion that are sorely needed. In my opinion, anyone under 40 especially should be scared to death about where this country is headed.
I am currently reading "The Road to Serfdom" by F.A. Hayek (written in the early '40s), and I am finding it fascinating for its relevance to the political and socioeconomic developments and systems of today. If philosophies of systems of governance and their history interest you, I highly recommend this book (US book publishers would refuse to print it in the years following WWII because of its perceived attack on the status quo, however, its popularity swept the nation throughout the '50s).
Don't get me wrong, I have faith in my fellow countrymen because there are many more people than ever who are choosing to educate themselves and not blindly believe the propaganda they are bombarded with on a daily basis. That being said, I look forward to the days when people prefer engaging in discussion about the way this country "does business" instead of another season of (insert any TV program here).
Note: this post is in no way meant to offend, and I am not claiming that "lifestyle politics" does not have importance (as it certainly is important for many US citizens).
That's the phrase I was looking for. It's all about me me me me in this day and age and people really need to look at the bigger picture if they could see around their own ego...
I should add I took a poll and I only had strong feelings towards only 15% of the current issues that are being pushed by the current "big name" people running for offices. I actually told me I would be better off voting for myself....LOL Now that would piss a number of people off...
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