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#27 Mar 22, 2012
I'm actually fine with Adam Smith, I think people are just misusing economic theories to push forward what's not even a Republican agenda any more. The Democrats have moved right-wing, big time. People forget, Obamacare is based off Romneycare. Obama isn't a liberal Democrat @ all, he's kind of like a moderate 1990s/1980s Republican:
There are ppl in this state who cynically say 'they're all the same crooks.' And to a degree they are correct. The Republican Party throws bones to the anti-abortion/anti-gay religious crowd & then uses their power to push tax cuts for the rich & more war. That's all the party has become.
Obama's not a liberal @ all. He's a globalist moderate. The problem is that since the early 2000s a lot of crackpots have gotten into politics or into pundit status & have confused what 'left' & 'right' both mean.
Under Bush a lot of conservatives were sidelined & a lot of libertarians, who were sidelined as kooks a decade ago, now are considered 'conservative.'
Religious types have lost a lot of their sway & the GOP has become a party with 2 goals: getting rid of, not lowering but abolishing all taxes on the rich, & war in the Middle East, financed with debt.(T-bonds) Which is why I said Ron Paul is the only Republican who only kind of gets the situation & even he is way off on some stuff.
If you look @ societies with high unemployment, sluggish growth etc -- they're all societies that no longer use an export model but instead use a credit/consumption/service economy model. The USA is the worst offender like this. Greece is another. The UK is another though they have a lot of oil exports keeping their economy afloat.
If you look @ countries like Japan & Germany for instance they have large manufacturing sectors. We hollowed out our manufacturing & moved it to China. China has been growing @ a rate of @ least 9% for over a decade. Dunno you tell me. Who's growing @ a faster rate? I hear idiots I know saying "I feel happy to even have a job." Do what?
In Germany they have unions, socialism, & a minimum wage that is on average 2-3 times what it is here, & yet they have far lower unemployment than we do.
The reason being is that the economists here are either a bunch of crackpot nutbags who don't understand economics, or they're political hack libertarian anarchist-capitalists who don't want any govt regulation in business.
Regulation isn't a bad thing. I mean do you not want health inspectors examining the food factories & grocery stores & restaurants you eat from? Do you not want the EPA to check air quality? Remember it was Nixon, a Republican who created the EPA & signed the Clean Air Act. In China there are cities so polluted you can walk out in & the pollution will burn your nose & eyes.
These companies have become either so insane or so greedy they want to oversight of their operations. If regulation was truly the problem -- Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia(both of those 2 export minerals, oil, & other natural resources), etc all have much higher min. wages & yet....they have lower unemployment than us.
The problem is we have too many illegal aliens taking jobs they have no right too & we have an economic model that doesn't really relate to strong job growth. Manufacturing takes a lot of ppl to work, so they have to hire ppl to work. Restaurants usually don't need too many ppl.
So naturally retail/small businesses don't creat a lot of jobs.
That's why we're in the whole. The problem isn't capitalism as some on the left claim, but rather the rich in this country caring more about their own profits than about this country.
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#28 Mar 25, 2012
I read the article that you posted. I believe that there is some merit in it. I do think that some individuals have more right and left. However, I disagree with the premise that Democrats have moved to the middle while the Republicans alone have moved more right. I am a Centrist. I vote for the individual that I believe aligns with what I think is best for the nation as a whole regardless of party affiliation. It seems like the last few elections it was a choice of the lesser of the two evils. That makes me very sad; so sad, that I might consider running for mayor.
Germany does not have historical markers of far lower unemployment than the U.S. I pulled numbers from the labor statistics bureau. Germany wobbled between 7 and 12% since 2001. It reached 12% in 2005. The statistics were taken from Trading Economics site. It was not until 2008 that they saw less unemployment. To be more informed, I would need time to research and digest the available information to understand why this was unique to the historical trend.
China’s growth rate was 2.4 at its highest growth in 2011. The U.S. matched that to within .1. So, I am a little confused at your use of the examples.
You are right that we do need things such as clean water, air, and safe food products. Those are important jobs. But, those workers are providing a service that is good for the nation. They are working and they are paying taxes. Removing those individuals from the tax base is stupidity at its best. They buy products and generally have a higher education level than those that want to compare blue collar workers to college educated government employees.
What has this got to do with people coming up with solutions on their own? Of individuals having the gumption to think up a way to make money and to provide a service and/or product and a niche in the workforce? Why should we wait to be told that we need to do something? We are much more creative as people than that.
You are right that as a country we need to export more than import on our current model. Part of the problem is that we have beyond the industrial age. Do you think that those that manufactured horse buggies and whips would be doing well today? We must change our models and adapt to what changes in the environment.
Once again, how would you put the genie back in the bottle because we are in a global market place. Are you going to outlaw the Internet so people cannot order from another country? Are you going to close all news coverage of what happens overseas so that people are unaware of products being developed in other countries? We cannot become isolationist because we have moved beyond that and have been doing so since about World War II.
I recommend a good book for you, "Who Moved My Cheese?" It will give you some insight in what I am talking about.
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