Representative Ryan’s balanced budget

Paul Ryan's 2012 budget proposal would have balanced the budget by 2040. His 2013 budget proposal would have balanced it by 2023, but it wouldn't have touched Medicare, Social Security, and would have increased defense spending. To balance the rest in 10 years would have required nearly a 50% cut in other discretionary spending such…

Socialized defenses

Why is it alright to have socialized defense against external threats (like terrorists and murderers) in the form of police and armed forces, but not alright to have socialized defense against internal threats (like bad organs and microorganisms) in the form of a single payer universal health care? Surely both threats are serious and both…

Blame the people, not their representatives

democracy originated in Greece and was adopted by the founding fathers here, but both groups knew the big flaw in this system. ergo, Plato's philosopher-king and the founding fathers' electoral college and checks and balances. and the flaw is that people are ignorant, hooked to self-interest, and engulfed by that strong emotion - fear. when…

Healthcare insurance

The liberal-left thinks government knows best and is the best vehicle for social progress, ergo the liberal-left wanted a single payer government sponsored health insurance for all. The conservative-right thinks individuals know what is best for them, and individuals also have the responsibility to take care of themselves so the burden doesn't shift to the…

The perilous path of government shutdown

When two parties run on a single issue in the general election and one party wins the most votes in the presidential, senate, and house elections...you know the people have spoken on the issue. It was true in 2004 about the Iraq War, it was true in 2012 for universal health care (disclaimer: Democrats won…