Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Good and the Bad on Democrats

Yesterday I both praised and flogged the Republicans. Today I do the same to Democrats.

The Good

"Most" Democrats have some true empathy for poor and marginalized persons and correctly recognize that much of this is simply bad luck. Luck has huge effects on how jobs, small business and careers turn out. "Most" Democrats want to even out this inherent volatility of life in the US; to do "something" to more equalize "happiness" across people.

"Most" Democrats are street fighters - they believe strongly that their "party" is correct and will do almost anything to win. This strength of beliefs is in sharp contrast to the spineless nature of many" Republicans, who dislike getting their hands a bit dirty.

"Most" Democrats want those who are receiving the most benefits of life in the US to pay a larger share of the cost of supporting the US.

That's about it.

The Bad

"Most" Democrats look at a human being and don't see one; they see instead a member of a class, a racial group, an ethnic group, or a union member, scab or boss.

"Most" Democrats think crime is not performed by people with free will, but by persons controlled by the forces of society and contaminated (or animated) by things like handguns.

"Most" Democrats think the solution to a problem is to prevent it by imposing restrictions and controls on everyone, not by simply dealing with the problem directly where it is and who is causing it.

"Most" Democrats think large segments of people should get a free ride in the US paid for by the amorphous class of the "Rich".

"Most" Democrats don't want those who are already rich and wealthy to pay to support the US - they prefer to tax those trying to get rich. This is perhaps caused by the huge financial support given to the Democratic Party by those with inherited wealth or those who are already rich.

"Most" Democrats see the US as the cause of most of the world's problems.

"Most" Democrats are opposed to having a militarily strong US. They seem to prefer a world government and put faith in paper treaties for US security.

"Most" Democrats love US labor unions as a source of political power, neglecting the historical facts that companies with such unions tend to be driven out of business over time, causing huge pain and suffering for huge numbers of union members who lose jobs over time.

"Most" Democrats love government rules and regulations as ways to control people, prevent "undue" competition and to protect those in power and with existing businesses (who can be shaken down for campaign contributions).

"Most" Democrats love government workers - especially unionized ones - who can be reliable campaign workers to help Democrats retain power.

"Most" Democrats think human beings are a contamination on the Planet Earth, and that people - and ALL their activities - need to be strictly controlled by government to prevent stupid people from damaging the Planet. Historical facts about true forces of nature and its variations and effects over the past few thousand years are ignored: free people are the problem.

"Most" Democrats think health care is a fundamental Right, but neglect to explain how it can be a Right when such would impose a positive burden on others. Health care can be a shared benefit of a wealthy society, but cannot be a right in any self-consistent political theory. To see this simply, consider two people on an island. One must work for the other's "right", hence is a slave.

"Most" Democrats think judges are the proper deciders of many, many social issues ... as long as they get the right answer. "Most" Democrats seem to dislike democracy - when those white, working class people actually go vote for laws that "Most" Democrats are against. They seem to prefer rule by the new Lords of Society.

"Most" Democrats want to use large corporations as arms of the State, to impose all sorts of rules and regulations from the treatment of employees to environmental actions. The definition of "large" to a Democrat is over 50 employees. Odd coincidence ... that was the upper limit in Communist Poland for a firm being privately owned.

"Most" Democrats think the US Constitution is not a written document with specific words. They like unelected judges to re-write it as needed, making it up as they go along, making it "say" whatever they believe at the time. This connects to the Democratic dislike of democracy - the people are prevented from having a role in this matter.


"Most" Democrats - that is, the philosophical underpinning of their thinking - has no respect for human beings as individuals. They don't like people and see free people as the problem: they must be controlled. In that sense, they don't like democracy, and seem to prefer a new feudal aristocracy led by the already wealthy living off trust funds and municipal bonds. The new Princes and their councils of Lords & Bishops (the professionals) lead legions of unionized public employees and have State officials from judges to department heads to issue edicts to control the people.

Tomorrow I dissect the new Ruling Class - who they are & where they came from.

Word of the Day

"Traduce" - verb, transitive [$10]
Traduce means to speak ill of; misrepresent
Sentence: When a political candidate spends all his time traducing his opponent, one must wonder what he's hiding about his own record.


Bud said...

yup..............QE2 working.................spooos tattooed

don't worry Bman...........dr bernanke comin with QE3...........dollar will get smoked then....SPX 2500

Bud said...

Bman should dr bernanke be charged with treason ??

Bud said...

art cashin today

A friend, who is a bigger pack rat than I am, passed along a Washington Post article from October 27, 2005. At the time, Mr. Bernanke had just been nominated to replace Alan Greenspan as Fed Chairman. Here?s how the article began: Ben S. Bernanke does not think the national housing boom is a bubble that is about to burst, he indicated to Congress last week, just a few days before President Bush nominated him to become the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. U.S. house prices have risen by nearly 25 percent over the past two years, noted Bernanke, currently chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, in testimony to Congress's Joint Economic Committee. But these increases, he said, "largely reflect strong economic fundamentals," such as strong growth in jobs, incomes and the number of new households. A bit later we read: Many economists argue that house prices have risen too far too fast in many markets, forming a bubble that could rapidly collapse and trigger an economic downturn, as overinflated stock prices did at the turn of the century. Some analysts have warned that even a flattening of house prices might cause a slump -- posing the first serious challenge to whoever succeeds Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan after he steps down Jan. 31. Bernanke's testimony suggests that he does not share such concerns, and that he believes the economy could weather a housing slowdown. "House prices are unlikely to continue rising at current rates," said Bernanke, who served on the Fed board from 2002 until June. However, he added, "a moderate cooling in the housing market, should one occur, would not be inconsistent with the economy continuing to grow at or near its potential next year." Further on we find: But if Bernanke is confirmed as Fed chief, and if the housing market slows more than he expects, he would be unlikely to use the central bank's power over short-term interest rates to prop up falling housing prices for the sake of individual homeowners, according to comments he has made in numerous speeches and statements in academic papers. Oh well, everyone is fallible.

Bunkerman said...

QE2 announced - S&P around 1060. Now, over 10% higher.


Bud said...

inflation check :

last nite at publix......a 3 lb bag of florida tangerines ........3.99.......ouch......that used to be 2.99 last winter..........i thought my global purchasing power was gettin decimated........appears my florida purchasing power is under assault too

i guess the common man won't be eating florida tangerines anytime soon...............let it fall my ass

Bunkerman said...

uh Bud ... given the date of the speech, what is wrong with what he said?

the housing market grew further and further into a bubble over the next 2+ years ... while the Fed was raising rates.

Bunkerman said...

tangerines ... sheesh ... not oranges grown in FL.

Bud, do you eat ANYTHING that a common man eats?

Frosty said...

FDR in spinning in his grave...wild willie wants to park a cigar where the sun dosen't shine...the kennedy clan curse passed to you sir.

Frosty said...

"If you are young and not liberal, then you have no heart; but if you are old and not conservative, then you have no brain,"...the why...completely ignored in the analysis...very Iowa Statelike sir.

mfl59 said...

Jim Webb for President 2016!!! You heard it here first sir.....

Bunkerman said...

uh mfl ... aren't you forgeting 2012?

Bunkerman said...

Jim Webb has maintained a life-long commitment toward protecting America's national security interests, promoting economic fairness and social justice here at home, and increasing the accountability of government.

Hmmm ... almost sounds like a Fraternal Libertarian.

Frosty said...

hhmmm...Bunky nonoo mess with frost today...must have hurt him bad...good thing just lipstick not real kbars...sorry bman.

Bunkerman said...

lol, frosty ...

I am in too good a mood to mind a few minor mudballs :)

I'm warming up in my bash-fest.

The Ruling Class gets exposed & whacked tomorrow. Beefers, too, of course.