Thursday, May 28, 2009


Having OCD would seriously suck. I think I am way too lazy to ever come down with that disease. Can you imagine turning a door knob 37 times before ever opening the door? I'm falling asleep just thinking about it. Or flipping the lights on and off over and over again every time you go into a room? I'm pretty sure that would make my seizuritist act up. And why is it always random numbers, why can't it be an even 10 times for everything? I think they're faking. The perfect job for someone with OCD is an assembly line. They could get paid to just sit there all day and put the same widget into the same larger widget. This is of course assuming they can make it out of their house and actually get to work.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Cars we were promised?

Obama has come out recently and said all new cars will need to meet at least 40 mpg standards. That's great, it's about time. Why are we the only country that still make new cars that only get 12-15 mpg? This is one area where I really appreciate government regulation. EPA regulations concerning emissions have really helped keep our environment clean and healthy. Citizens of LA can actually see each other again. There is no incentive in a free market system for companies to not pollute. Except for really innovative companies who find ways to reuse their waste to increase their bottom line, most companies have decided its cheaper to send it to a landfill, emit it, burn it, waste it, etc... Unless we as citizens act through our government to keep strict environmental regulations, our entire country will turn into one big landfill smog pit marsh wasteland that is beyond hope and where babies are born with 3 arms (re: Mad Max Beyond the Thunderdome, Detroit, El Paso, Corpus Christi, etc...). So good job Obama. He's also pushing a big thing right now for white roofs which make help increase reflectivity, decrease roof absorbtion of light and heat, and lead to the reduction of the heat island effect (major cities can be 3-4 degrees hotter than the surrounding area). Heat island effect not only forces more energy to be used in cooling buildings, but it also has impacts on the netural landscape and vegetation. And I personally sweat like a pig when the temp. exceeds 73 degrees.

But that is not really my point of today's post. Where are the cars we were promised? Great, so we now have cars that can go further on a tank of gas, but where are the cars that don't need gas and only run on trash? Or better yet, that run on mind power. I will my car to go, so it goes. Is that a limitation of auto manufacturers or of my brain? Do you think that's air you're breathing? Hm? But seriously, where are the cars that drive themselves, have swivel sits so you can face the passengers, have integrated gps/computer/theater systems? The great movies have been promising us awesome cars for a long time, but the auto industry has fallen drastically short of this goal. Flying cars? Cars that just know? Where the hell are they? The best we can get is a built in GPS system and a car that can parallel park itself between champagne glasses. For awesome cars see Demolition Man, Fifth Element, Back to the Future (no, not the Delorian, but the cars in the future), Artificial Intelligence, and definitely Minority Report and iRobot. Where are those cars?
Don't make me take matters into my own hands (see picture above).

Monday, May 25, 2009

Guest Post: ' O'Nancy'

Guest Post by Kelly: "O'Nancy"

In case yall didn’t know, Nancy/Mom’s birthday is on Tuesday. Since her birthday is on the 26th, I thought I would come up with a list of 26 things I love about her.

1. She finished her undergraduate and MBA degrees while working full-time with two kids
2. Some of her favorite movies are: Old School, Wedding Crashers, and Napolean Dynamite3. She is always giving Bath and Bodyworks lotion - which I always need
4. When I needed work clothes, we went shopping - even when I complained
5. She is patient enough to wait it out a bad mood of mine
6. Its her side of the family that’s Choctaw - need I say more?
7. She reads ridiculous, trashy magazines
8. She has worked for the same company her whole life
9. She got me hook on Lifetime
10. Growing up, she loved to create little gift baskets for certain holidays and would have them ready for when we woke up
11. She used to drive me 2 hours to Tyler to see my best friend
12. She let me go to France and the UK when I was in high school13. She’s never gotten mad when I’ve forgotten a birthday or Mother’s Day present
14. She let Katie and I sell beads and crackers with Peanut Butter (which I’m sure she made) at a local school on a Saturday.
15. She gave me my first drink - well actually, I think Dylan made it and she handed it to me, but nevertheless, she ended up drinking it
16. She drove me to a shady skating rink every Friday and Saturday night and trusted me not to get in trouble.
17. She makes me go for pedicures..
18. She loves family and will sacrifice for it - not just Jake, Dad and I, everyone included.
19. She will sometimes drive to the tune of a song - pressing the gas to the beat of the song. But more often she’ll just step on the brake at random times and it can make for a queasy ride, especially in traffic.
20. She is wicked funny.
21. She lets me laugh at the time she threw up on an airplane
22. Sometimes I just needed to cry, and she let me - especially when my childhood friend left and when Jake went to college - yea, yea, hush.23. She never complained about having to wait in doctors’ offices for hours.
24. Anything Jake or I needed, she was always there to help figure it out
25. She has a retirement clock in her office
26. She genuinely likes all of Jake’s knucklehead friends J

In honor of her birthday, what are some of yall’s favorite Nancy things?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Mystery Person

Can you guess who this person is that has a huge butt crack right above their head ( I added a disguise to conceal their identity)?

By the way Nancy, thanks for your interesting comparison as to how my lack of blog posting is similar to all of the bail outs that are being dished out. It was very insightful.


Both the Senate and House rejected Obama's plan to shut down Guantanamo for now. Mainly because there is no actual proposed plan as to what the hell to do with all the people we are currently detaining there. Obama made the promise during his campaign and presidency to shut it down but has been unsuccessful so far in figuring out where to put all of these people. Other countries won't take them, citizens here don't want them in their local prisons, and obviously we can't cut them loose. If only we had an offshore location that our military could run and operate like a prison for terrorists...hmmm, I just can't think of where we could do that. I got it, maybe we could open up a prison camp in Cuba and ship all of the prisoners there. Maybe we could call it (H)uantanamo Bay, obviously with a silent H.

Perhaps we should just be working to fix whatever problems there are with Guantanamo as opposed to shutting the whole thing down. I am not for treating people like animals, I believe in human rights, even for bastard terrorists, but let's get real here, this is prison, not a vacation. If you aren't willing to do the time then don't commit the crime.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Big Surprise

Sorry for the extended vacation, been busy at work lately.

So rumor has it that the State of California is about to go bankrupt. Citizens there don't want a tax increase to pay for the budget shortfalls, but the Congressmen and Government don't want to cut their programs and departments to find the money either. So when (and it is when, not if) the State of California turns to the federal government for help, will Uncle Sam bail this state out? I think we all know the answer is yes, but should we bail that state out? What happens when Michigan, Florida, and Arizona all get in line next? Are we going to perpetually continue to bail companies, states, and individuals out of their financial problems?

"Give a man a fish and you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Robots are gonna fix stuff for us

Many people are scared of artificial intelligence and of robots in general. They think that we will make robots so smart that they will figure out a way to dominate mankind and eventually take over the world.

Well that is a risk I am willing to take. Robots are awesome. I wish I had a robot to do everything for me. My customized robot would drive me places, do my laundry, and have a microwave built into its stomach. And you know what, if my microwave in its belly robot is able to figure out a way to dominate mankind and take over the world then it is one smart robot. And it could probably do a better job of running this world than we have so far. We suck at it. So I say bring on the robots and all they have to offer....especially those dancing robots (bottom YouTube link in the video bar).


Don't let this picture fool you. I'm actually not moving, it's the silver car in the background that is making me look so fast. Silver is so fast. This optical illusion is also what is causing the stupid look on face as well as my baldness. I actually have a great head of hair and am very attractive, or so they tell me.

And yes, I dropped the damn thing on my first try. Completely bent the frame (that's what she said). But I got the hang of it...after a while. Vespa's are a lot of fun, you should try it.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Chuck Norris Tribute Day

Today, is Chuck Norris Tribute Day. I will reject any comments that are not Chuck Norris related. Some of my favorite Chuck Norris facts:
1. Chuck Norris destroyed the periodic table, because he only recognizes the element of surprise.
2. Chuck Norris does not sleep, he waits.
3. There is no 'ctrl' button on Chuck Norris' computer. Chuck Norris is always in control.
4. Chuck Norris counted to infinity, twice.
5. There is no chin behind Chuck Norris' beard, just another fist.
6. There is no theory of evolution, just a list of animals Chuck Norris has allowed to live.
7. Chuck Norris doesn't wear a watch, he just decides what time it is.
8. Chuck Norris is so fast that he can run around the world and punch himself in the back of the head.
9. Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He just stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
10. Jesus can walk on water, but Chuck Norris can swim through land.
11. Chuck Norris loses his virginity every time he has sex.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Money Money Money

The economy has been showing signs of turning around and yet only a small percentage of the funds from the Reinvestment and Recovery Act have actually been spent. The economy has been turning around on its own as the banks and mortgage industry are slowly trying to get their act together. So why did we appropriate billions of dollars and tack on 780 billion extra dollars to our national debt if it wasn't going to matter anyway? A better question is why are we still going to allow all of that money to be spent if the economy is already getting better on its own? Most of this money won't even be spent until 2010, and most economists are saying our GDP might be back into the black as soon as the third or fourth quarter of this year.

Additionally, with the current proposed budget, our government will have to borrow 50% of every dollar they spend. Meaning they are spending twice what they take in. Pretend you make $50,000 a year at your job, but spend $100,000 a year to live. You're living well beyond your means just like our government. We absolutely have to address failing banks, a broken health care system, global warming, etc..., but we cannot afford to tackle all of these problems at once nor can we afford the cost. We have to strategically go after each of these problems and create solutions that are smart and affordable. The only solutions currently proposed are all the same, throw money at the problem. True reform does not necessarily have to cost more money, it could just be changing the way our system works. Reforming how we regulate lobbyists, banks, and pharmaceutical companies. Not every solution has to come with a fancy program name and be allotted an annual budget of billions of dollars. Why can't we just fix the system we have instead of continually making new departments and making the government even bigger than it already is?

GM is on the verge of bankruptcy. I'll say this one more time, let them go under. If a company cannot turn a profit then they need to close their doors. Whether it's because of labor costs or a broken business model, it doesn't matter. A company cannot perpetually operate in the red. It's just unfortunate that we had to waste tons of money trying to keep them afloat until finally they came to the same conclusion that people with any common sense have, which is that they need to declare Chapter 11 and either reorganize into a profitable company or close its doors forever. I would love to see America back on top of the car industry, but that is not going to happen by our government propping up crappy companies nor taking them over. If there is a demand in this country for cars to be produced and sold locally then someone with a vision will start a new kind of car company and fill that niche. The dinosaur car companies like GM and Chrysler lost their edge and failed to stay current with the market trends so now they have to pay the price. I hope that some day, people with a great new idea wanting to make some money will start a car company. And if it is a good product I will buy it. But you can't expect people in this country to continue buying crappy products soley in the name of patriotism.
Call your Congressman, tell them to 1. Stop the spending and 2. Balance the budget.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Hidden Message

Since everyone enjoyed Brett's hidden message, I thought I would try one of my own. See if you can find my hidden message in the above Efusjon graphic.
How do you know when something is a pyramid scheme? When the person selling it talks more about the "system" than they do the product. Things like this have nothing to do with the product and everything to do with the people who start them trying to get rich. They only sell the product so they can legally enact the pyramid scheme. If there was no product then it would be illegal, in the US anyway.

Open Mic Friday

Open Mic Friday. Speak your mind. Don't be afraid, we're in the tree of trust.

Some things on my mind:

1. I love Chuck Norris jokes. Thank you for the list Keith (under Texas Secession post), we enjoyed it last night at the bar.

2. I can't believe that GM and Chrysler are both going to file Chapter 11. We are living in a time that will go down in the history books.

3. I can't freaking wait for the river trip.

4. I had a client look at their new space plan and ask me why I put a toilet and a urinal in the men's restroom. I couldn't tell if he was joking so I played it safe and said that it was an industry standard. He then told me he thinks urinals are ridiculous and doesn't understand why people can't just pee into the toilet. He then instructed me to remove the urinal and replace it with a toilet. So now I have back to back mens and womens restrooms, each with two toilets, and there is not a urinal to be found. What makes it better is that he then asked me to put a private restroom in his office, like an executive crapper. So not only does this guy hate urinals, but he wants to make sure all of the guys in his office learn to live without urinals as well. My guess is that his next request will be to remove the sinks and replace those with toilets as well. I mean why can't people pee and wash their hands in the toilet, I just don't understand.

5. I love urinals. Less mess, easy clean up, and doubles as a toilet/bidet if you turn the other way. I would like to have one in my home some day.

6. I hate urinal cakes. They always smell disgusting (and don't get me started on the taste) and I hate that the inventor's felt the need to include a food reference when trying to describe their invention.

7. I'm really glad I figured out the spacing problem on the posts.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Urban Dictionary

One of the best inventions ever is the Urban Dictionary. It's pure genius.

1. Are you shitreous?

A phrase that comes from the mixture of the emphatic expressions "no shit!" and "are you serious?" It is normally used in response to some surprising or shocking news or information. When said fast is indistinguishable from saying "are you serious?"

Aaron: Hey! I just won $1 million in the lottery.
Tom: Wow! Are you shitreous?

2. notice me e-mail

In the age of telecommuting, an e-mail message sent either early in the morning, or late at night, with the subtle intent of revealing the fact that the sender was logged on and working at the time the message was sent, hidden within the context of a more "official" looking message.

(an example "notice me e-mail")

From: Molly Worker
Date: 03/27/05 23:17:04 EST
Subject: Deliverable deadline

Hi all... I just wanted to let you all know that I have received most of your status reports, but that the deliverable deadline is fixed. Therefore, if you will not be able to make the deadline, please adjust your status report schedule to fit the deadline.


3. Passenger Brake

The passenger brake is the nonexistant brake pedal located on the floor of the passenger (shotgun) side of the front seat of your car. It is used instinctively by the passenger when the driver is driving insanely too fast, and the car needs to come quickly to a stop, which may not seem very possible at that particular moment. It is sometimes used in conjunction with the OH SHIT handle by the passenger door.

Doris was using her passenger brake all the freaking way here. She's the one who made us late getting started from home by taking so long to get herself ready! I was just trying to make up some time getting through traffic...

4. tolerance juice
Any concoction of alcohol used to help tolerate a person, a place, or a situation. In theory, the more tolerance juice you consume, the less annoyed you will be. Without tolerance juice the person, place, or situation is quite simply, well, intolerable and you could potentially slip into a rage blackout. Warning: Excessive consumption of tolerance juice may result in memory loss and/or loss of clothing.

BRO1: 'Hey, let's go check out that new bar across the street.' BRO2: 'I hear it's not that great.' BRO1: 'Come on, 5 minutes. Real quick, if it's lame, we'll come back here.' BRO2: 'Okay, let me just finish my tolerance juice first!'

GIRL1: 'Uh, were you just talking to your ex over there?' GIRL2: 'Yeah, he came up and started rambling about how he misses me or whatever.' GIRL1: 'What did you say to him?' GIRL2: 'Nothing, all I could think of was coming back over here and ordering more tolerance juice so I don't have a rage blackout!' GIRL1: 'Let's get some shots!!'


Figured out the line break problem with my html code...had some stupid setting selected wrong that wasn't recognizing my breaks. So at Justin's request, please reread his post with the correct spacing, it could change your life.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Guest Post: 'Ganja'

Longest Guest Post Ever, by Justin: 'Ganja'

I am not as much in favor for the legalization of marijuana as I am for the decriminalization. I actually voted “no” on today’s poll for that reason. The actual legalization would just cause too many problems. Every stoner out there would be growing their own stuff and probably selling what they don’t personally consume. That poses a problem with the fact that you can’t control to who they try to sell their product (i.e. children and minors). I think the total legalization would not eliminate drug rings and cartels. In fact I think they would increase and would be relocated to within the states. Plus, there would be no way to monitor the growth activity in the states for any kind of taxation if everybody and their mother could just order growing materials online and turn their garage into a grow room.

So my stance is to decriminalize the possession of marijuana with the option of the government regulating the growing and the sale. In an ideal world I would really allow the private sector to produce and sell with their company revenue being taxed higher than a manufacturer of, say, teddy bears. The privatization of the marijuana industry would also yield better quality and lower prices through competition. But the legalization of private or government growing/selling is a later step in the process. For now I would like to concentrate on decriminalization.

In 2006, marijuana arrests totaled 829,627 (which was an increase of approximately 43,000 from 786,545 in 2005). At this rate, a marijuana smoker is arrested every 38 seconds and marijuana arrests comprise nearly 44% of all drug arrests in the US. Now, of all those 2006 arrests, approximately 90% were simply for possession, not sale or manufacture. So that means there were 746,664 people arrested for marijuana possession only. These people, more than likely, just wanted to enjoy their own recreational activities within the privacy of their own home. Now, compare that to the 611,523 people arrested for violent crimes in 2006. Violent crimes are general one of four categories: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. I personally find this statistic appalling and would much rather see the effort being put into the arrest of the pot smokers instead into arresting the many, many other violent crime offenders who go uncaught each year. Now, if you believe a marijuana smoker poses the same threat as a child rapist, then you might as well quit reading now because you are obviously too retarded to make logical assessments.

So now let’s chat real fast about the actual cost to enforce marijuana laws. The estimated US cost to enforce these ridiculous laws is $10.7 billion. Oh yeah, that is a real and validated number and another statistic that appalls me. And that is just dollar cost – it does not reflect the time lost from police officers, labs, etc having to fill out paperwork, analyze samples in the lab, and put the data “into the system.” A study by a Ph.D. named Jon Gettman (using past US government statistics) estimates that the US marijuana industry is worth $113 billion. Tax that at just under 30% and there is another $32 billion in government revenue. Coupled with no longer accruing the $10.7 billion in enforcement costs and all of a sudden the US government has another $43 billion in the bank. What can you do with this money? It might pay for a huge chunk of Obama’s proposed universal healthcare (estimated roughly at $35-70 billion). Or perhaps you'd hire 880,000 schoolteachers at the average U.S. teacher salary of $47,602 per year. Or give every one of our current teachers a 30 percent raise (at a cost of $15 billion, according to the American Federation of Teachers) and use what's left to take a $27 billion whack out of the federal deficit.

So why are all of these facts not common knowledge? The media. There has been a bad stigma attached to marijuana since the 60’s and no pundit will jump on the reform bandwagon because they may lose ad revenue. All the statistics I have been using can be cited back to legitimate studies and research. And even when the media reports on these marijuana statistics (which are reported by the FBI) they cite the source of the data as NORML (National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws). Most people are also very uneducated about this organization and just assume they are a bunch of hippies who only want to get high.

I have not even touched on the medicinal benefits of marijuana, mainly because this is already too long and I have not researched that quite as much. However, there have been cases where THC oil has cured some types of skin cancer when rubbed on the affected area. Essentially, the THC causes the cancer cells to get the “munchies” and in turn eat the other cancer cells as well as themselves. Think of it as Pizza the Hut’s death in Spaceballs. And come on, a potential cure for cancer??? That alone should have people at least start to research other benefits.

I ask everyone reading this blog, please do not have a closed mind. I know many of you think that this issue is irrelevant and would not apply to your life. But the tyranny and the bullshit’s gone on too long (some Tenacious D for you Keith). Quit thinking that everything you have heard about marijuana in your life is the absolute truth because, chances are, you are wrong. Just do 15 minutes of actual research and you might start singing a different tune. Here are a few tid-bits to get you going:

1) Marijuana is not dangerous – there have been many, many reports and studies done on the effects of marijuana and they have all concluded that marijuana poses no great risk to society and should not be criminalized. I could list some sources but I don’t want to make this longer than it is.

2) Marijuana is not a “gateway” drug – There is no scientific evidence for the theory that marijuana is a "gateway" drug. The gateway theory took hold in the sixties, when marijuana became the leading new recreational drug. It was refuted by events in the eighties, when cocaine abuse exploded at the same time marijuana use declined.

3) Marijuana is not a major road hazard – Two major new studies by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration have confirmed marijuana's relative safety compared to alcohol. The first, the most comprehensive drug accident study to date, surveyed blood samples from 1882 drivers killed in car, truck and motorchycle accidents in seven states during 1990-91.(5) Alcohol was found in 51.5% of specimens, as against 17.8% for all other drugs combined. Marijuana, the second most common drug, appeared in just 6.7%. Two-thirds of the marijuana-using drivers also had alcohol. The report concluded that alcohol was by far the dominant drug-related problem in accidents.

4) Marijuana will not kill you by overdose – Animal tests have revealed that extremely high doses of cannabinoids are needed to have lethal effect. This has led scientists to conclude that the ratio of the amount of cannabinoids necessary to get a person intoxicated (i.e., stoned) relative to the amount necessary to kill them is 1 to 40,000. In other words, to overdose, you would have to consume 40,000 times as much marijuana as you needed to get stoned. In contrast, the ratio for alcohol varies between 1 to 4 and 1 to 10. It is easy to see how upwards of 5000 people die from alcohol overdoses every year and no one EVER dies of marijuana overdoses.

5) Marijuana is endorsed by the Bible – I won’t go into detail with this part right here but do a little research and you will be amazed by the biblical references to pot. It might really surprise you.

I leave you with a postulation. America was founded on the basis of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as long as you do not infringe on those same rights for another fellow American. So how exactly does somebody smoking a joint in his own house affect your personal rights?

I look forward to your comments.

Legalize the Ganja?

Should marijuana be legalized in the US? Many argue that it's no different than smoking or drinking and is only illegal for political reasons. Furthermore an argument could be made that it's more natural than alcohol, not to mention it' s already being used for medicinal purposes in some parts of the US. Others say that although people do not develop a chemical addiction to it like they do with cocaine or heroin, people can develop a habitual addiction. In addition, it can cause temporary problems with short term memory, concentration, and motor skills. But it seems hard to justify pot being illegal while alcohol, which has many of the same above named side effects is legal. But if we legalize weed, does it stop there? Will we eventually decide as a society to legalize all drugs and let each individual decide if they want to use them or not? Or will our society turn in the other direction and eventually outlaw everything with potential harmful effects like smoking, drinking, fast food, butter, etc... Where do we draw the line?

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Texas Secession?

It's widely debated on whether or not Texas has the legal right to secede from the Union. Some argue that the Civil War took that right away from Texas, others argue that parts of the Texas Constitution put the ultimate decision in the hands of the people. A recent reference to Texas' right to secede in a speech by Governor Perry got a lot of people riled up.

It's a crazy idea to consider. I think Texas could fix the Mexico-Texas border problem overnight. But we would also inherit a lot more border to deal with along our other boundaries. I wonder who would get NASA? Do you think Austin would apply to be a Union province located within Texadonia? Maybe a better strategy would be to define the new Texadonia borders as the original Southwest Airlines triangle (Houston-Dallas-San Antonio) and let the US have the rest (sorry Kelly and Vanessa, just get yourself and families back inside the triangle before it's too late). I think it raises an even more fundamental question, do you consider yourself an American then a Texan or the other way around? I think it's a moot point, I don't think the US would ever let Texas leave the union anyway. They would send troops, we would fight for a few years, and then we would eventually make some kind of treaty and end up being annexed by the US again anyway. I think something really horrific would have to happen in order for the Republic of Texas to ever try and leave the Union, but never say never.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Ze Germans

So I suppose it's all a trade-off. We had a house guest this weekend, Janine from Germany, and we discussed current events as well as some of the differences between the old US of A and the European model. Basic differences are that the people in those countries pay more taxes but get everything taken care of for them including medical care, higher education, and a whole range of other social services. Germans for example, pay 40% in taxes, but they don't have to dish out any of their take home pay for insurance or college tuition costs (well it does cost a little, but it's nothing compared to what we pay). Not to mention 4-6 weeks of vacation is jealous.

But going deeper, I also believe that Europeans have a fundamentally different way of looking at things. My take on it is that they value the good of the whole over the individual. Or to be more specific, they think that what is good for the whole is also good for the individual. Whereas Americans function in a model where individuality is the priority. The resulting impact of the European model is a culture in which the goal is true equality. Most people make around the same range of money and you don't have the extreme class differences that you do in America (rich vs. poor). Everyone is a little closer to middle class. Everyone contributes and everyone benefits. No one gets ahead, but no one gets left behind either. Whereas in America, you can win big or lose big. You only succeed in the American model through hard work. Everyone succeeds in the European model simply through participation.

I'm not really intending to make a value judgement here, really more of an observation.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Libertarian Party

For those of you unfamiliar with the Libertarian Party, let me enlighten you. Their party line is "Smaller Government, Lower Taxes, More Freedom." They are the third largest party in the US and I think a good alternative to the other two. Below is where they stand on the issues.

Bailouts: No way. They think bailouts are bad for taxpayers and the businesses they are given to. You can't reward failure. If a company can't stay afloat on their own, then they are not a viable company.

War/Military: They believe we should have a large enough military to defend our country, but we should stop trying to be world policemen. We should be involved in the UN and let the world government take the lead on policing other countries.

Environment: Libertarians believe that we should reduce pollution and work towards a more sustainable environment, but they also believe that environmental protection should be done by private non-profits that already exist, not the federal government. Their website has some interesting facts pointing towards the government as being the biggest cause of pollution and waste in this country. Assuming that is true, it is definitely a conflict of interest to have the government regulating themselves.

Taxes: They support massive tax cuts across the board through the privatization of many government social services. They are also big proponents of the flat tax.

Immigration: They support immigration reform, similar to the guest worker program that has been previously proposed, making it easier for immigrants to come into the US legally, work here for a period of time, and then return home.

Their support on other issues include every American's right to own a gun, the right to free speech, ending welfare, making Social Security a choice instead of a requirement, and removing many of the government programs that force the continual cost increases for health care.

On almost every issue, they believe the most efficient and cost effective solution is by letting the private market handle it. They speak out strongly against all of the money that is wasted by the government trying to offer many of the social services we have today. They claim that if we reduced the size and scope of our government, the private market could offer us better quality of these services at a lower cost through normal market competition. They strongly support an individual's right to privacy and as well as free speech.

I personally think they are dead on for many of these issues. I would love to see one make it into a major office, but unfortunately I don't think they have enough support yet. But it seems like I keep seeing more and more of them on the election ballots. You can read more about the party and where they stand on their website:

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