Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Just be Yourself
I was disappointed Sunday when, Vice President Joe Biden's, opinion on gay marriage became such a big deal. It became a feeding frenzy for the media and the next morning, a political consultant asked the head of the Department of Education what his gay-marriage view was. It concerned a gay-marriage amendment in the recent North Carolina primary. The question then became, why is the president evolving on this issue and why doesn’t he make a definitive decision.
I don't really care what Joe Biden's view on same sex marriage is because that's his opinion. My political party has already given up on gun control, the environment, the death penalty, unions, and now they want to poll test gay marriage! I don't think gay marriage should be a ballot issue because, if that were true, civil rights would have never been passed in the south. That's why we elect representatives.
The last two days of "Morning Joe" and have been very interesting because all the topics that I'm interested in were discussed. Everything evolves around our economy because that's the one problem, we are all absorbed with. An NBC military analyst said that we could require every student that's not enrolled in college to sign up for some type of patriotic service. The military would be the first choice because that will purge the young person's bad habits. It would also allow them to earn a little money and gain a little of discipline in their lives. This is the perfect opportunity, since our young people are having difficulty entering college for one reason or another.
One of my favorite economists, Paul Krugman, said that we should be sending ~$300 billion back to the states, so they can rehire the teachers, policeman and other essential public service workers who were let go, until the economy comes back. He then said, as inflation starts to pick up (a sign of growth) instead of the FED raising interest rates, the government should start to cut spending. Simple logic, as economy grows, cut back government spending. Then we will again be led by the markets. Right now, the markets aren't leading. That is the true intent of Keynesian politics.
I don't see why people just can't be themselves and let it go at that. The discussion would be more fluid and enlightened. I think after six years I know where everyone's political leanings are, so that should be off the table in our discussions.
My morning bicycle ride has been great therapy. I don't want to be like the two blackbirds I saw fighting this morning. I was contemplating, answering a poster with yet another" people living in glass houses" or consider the source post, but I decided against it. Why should I have to defend myself? I shouldn't have to prove and reprove myself time after time or become entertainment for the posters who like that sort of thing. I figure intelligent posters can see right through a backhanded compliment and a poster telling me that I am wrong for doing what he normally does. I will never win the Mr. Congeniality award, and I'm quite content with that because I'm just being myself.