Saturday, September 24, 2005

A Liberal Dream!

The redistribution of wealth is a way to create equality in America. If we were to tax the rich to take away their obscenely large pocketbooks, and give the money to the poor, we would not have three classes in America. Instead of having the rich, the middle class, and the poor, we would have the universal middle class. Right?

Not quite. In theory, it works. In theory, it would probably be a wonderful scheme for our nation and world. But in reality, the idea of wealth redistribution is far from achievable.

This idea is a staple of liberal thought though. But, here is an idea. Let’s try it just for grins. And I know the perfect place to experiment with wealth redistribution.

I’m looking at college right now for next year. Colleges, even government run institutions, are quite expensive. However, I’m looking at going to a private college, Colorado Christian University (for a degree in finance). Therefore, I am quite aware of the high costs of some institutions.

What would happen, however, if Harvard decided to redistribute some of its obscenely fat pocketbook to help Colorado Christian University (CCU) bring down its tuition costs? That would be nice. Since CCU is not as wealthy as Harvard, it only seems “liberal” to bring Harvard’s wealth down and CCU’s wealth up so as to make the two colleges equal in abilities.

But why stop there? Why don’t we have all the colleges in America do this? Let’s have all the wealthy colleges donate their funds to the “less fortunate” colleges in America so that EVERYONE is equal. I mean, isn’t equality a liberal ideal?

Let’s not stop there. Why should some colleges get government funding and others not? That is “class warfare” right there against the public and private institutions. Everyone should be equal. So, it’s only fair to either give ALL colleges in America state funding, or have no college in America funded by the government.

When you think about it, you have to wonder where the liberals have been. There is a type of “class warfare” in academia between the rich and poor colleges, the state and private colleges. We must bring those barriers down! We must make all the colleges equal so no one has an advantage against the other. It’s so liberal; I wonder why liberals haven’t thought about it already.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

God is Dead

God is dead. God is inferior to our modern day intelligence. God is obsolete. God is a figment of weak-minded people’s imagination. God is a crutch. God is dead.

Liberalism has embraced these ideas. It is evident from all points of view that they have. Isn’t it odd that there are some liberals who, for reasons unknown (probably political calculations), do not quite embrace this idea?

Case in point: In a recent piece by Dr. Paul Kengor, we see that 2008 presidential candidate Hillary RODHAM Clinton had an interesting quote:

In her book It Takes A Village, Hillary Rodham Clinton insisted that “nothing in the First Amendment converts our public schools into religion-free zones, or requires all religious expression to be left behind at the schoolhouse door.” Those words are actually her husband’s, as are these, which she also quoted approvingly: “[R]eligion is too important in our history and our heritage for us to keep it out of our schools.”

And her husband too? What is wrong with these people? Don’t they know the Democratic Party is the party of the ACLU, of the separation of church and state, of political correctness (which forbids God in the American vocabulary), and the party of restricting the freedom to express religious views?

Of course, Dr. Kengor provides us with a stunning parallel from one of the fathers of the modern conservative movement, President Ronald Reagan.

“Can it really be true that the First Amendment can permit Nazis and Ku Klux Klansmen to march on public property, advocate the extermination of people of the Jewish faith and the subjugation of blacks, while the same amendment forbids our children from saying a prayer in school?”

Isn’t that terrible, that RODHAM and Reagan would agree on something? It just goes to show you that perhaps some of the smarter people in the Democratic Party know that the constant bashing of religious freedom is not the best thing that the Democratic Party could be doing right now.

Of course, whether or not RODHAM is making a political calculation is another debate. Before I end though, I would just like to reverberate something Dr. Kengor said at the end of his article. He said that it is vitally important that we acknowledge God. Why? In America, our wise founding fathers said that we have unalienable rights provided by God. If that is true, no one can take those rights away from us.

If it is not, who gave us those rights? The government did. So, if the government likes the idea, the government can take away our rights. Interesting thought, isn’t it. If God didn’t give us our unalienable rights, then we have no right to keep our rights if someone says we can’t. Food for thought.

Your favorite iPod 20GB, Macintosh OS X, and iLife fan!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Free Market vs. NASA

Does anyone remember what the plans for space exploration were originally? I was not born at that time, but being very knowledgeable, I know what the plans were.

A Mars mission was on tap for the early 1980s, and an entire infrastructure was planned for near-Earth space, tasked with constructing spacecraft, facilitating private industry, and supporting genuine settlement.

What do we have now? Shuttles that barely work, a space station that is too small to live in, and the Russians now dominate space (at least it’s not the Soviets, but liberals would have loved it if it had been them).

Who are we to blame for this lack of vision that is now present within NASA? Richard Nixon, for one. We also mustn’t forget the Democrats who controlled the government in those days.

But it is not quite as much of a political matter as you might think, though politics always finds a way to get its hands into arenas where it shouldn’t be (both Republicans and Democrats do this).

No, it is the same thing that happened in New Orleans, it is the same thing that happens when you go to the DMV, and it is the same thing that happens when you try and get an answer from the IRS – you run into bureaucracy.

Bureaucracy is a necessary evil that, like inflation, must be kept in check. Bureaucracy is, I believe, an inevitable side effect of a larger government. As anyone knows, bureaucracy creates paperwork, regulations, burdens, unnecessary red-tape, paperwork, inefficiency, paperwork, and paperwork. Bureaucracy is what keeps government from working efficiently.

Bureaucracy is what killed the space exploration dreams of the 60s. Fortunately (actually, unfortunately for socialists), the government is not our provider (or at least to hard working Americans it is not). The free-market comes close though. And the free market has finally set its eyes on space.

Virgin Atlantic has formed a new division, Virgin Galactic, which has plans for regular service to space by 2007. Space Adventures has plans to send passengers to the moon and orbit the space body. NASA has plans to work on their shuttles so that they can finally go to space!

Though these space “tourist” rides are extraordinarily expensive, people are buying tickets. As with everything, the price will come down as more people become interested in commercial space flights.

Just think, it cost billions of dollars for NASA to send folks to the moon, but it only costs millions to send folks to the moon when the private sector does it. And the private sector makes money because of these tours, unlike NASA.

Your favorite 17-year-old Rocky Mountain snowboarder and political guru,

Friday, September 02, 2005

Big Money

The far Left wing of the Democratic Party is quite out-of-touch with reality. The far Left wing is convinced of many things that are just not true. Some of these include: everyone in the military is forced to be there, the public schools are right-wing conservative brainwashing centers, and the mainstream media is unbiased or right leaning.

Today I would like to focus in on the mainstream media. This entity includes, but is not limited to, The New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, and the usual suspects.

Now, this is all fine and good. I believe BOTH sides should be able to speak their minds (if the Left embraced that idea, we would probably not be in the brutal name calling situation that we find ourselves in). That is why, unlike the Left, I don’t want CNN to be shut down (although the far Left wing wants FOX News shut down).

But, it appears there might be a genuine threat on the horizon. The guy who looks out for the poor, billionaire George Soros, is up to his dirty tricks again. A group of at least 80 wealthy Democrat supporters each pledged to put up at least $200,000 a year for five years that will raise $200 million dollars to invest in "a network of think tanks and advocacy groups."

Now, whenever you have a team of George Soros, big money, and Democrats, you are going to have a threat to freedom. Anyone who is at least somewhat open-minded knows that Democrats don’t care about the freedom of the press. They care instead about controlling the press.

The big problem with Democrats is they don’t understand who they are. I have surmised, over the last two years of watching politics, that the Democrats don’t understand what they are. They honestly believe that they are moderates. They are the moderates, the far Left wing is slightly left, and anyone right of the Democrat from Arizona, John McCain, is a conservative extremist. Therefore, when they see that some of the media (such as radio and FOX News) are not far left wing (or moderate in their eyes), they cry out in agony at the “conservative extremist” message that is being sent out.

That is why obscenely wealthy George Soros, who obviously has nothing better to spend his obscenely fat pocketbook on, is going to “buy” liberal think tanks. Will he succeed? Probably. Will he win in the end? I doubt it, because his liberal think tanks are going to be nothing more than clones, which are part of the losing far Left wing of the Democratic Party.

Your favorite 17-year-old political guru and (or so Anna and Mitch think) American Eagle Outfitters enthusiast,