Mind Games 2.0

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Republican Fiscal Policy 2016: “If I take a pay cut, I’ll be able to pay all my bills!”

Having watched the Republican presidential candidates in their debates so far and having read a fair bit of their campaign material on line, I get the distinct feeling that most of them have no clue about fiscal matters. Most also vehemently complain about the Democratic candidates as “Tax & Spenders”, but almost all the Republican candidates are even more irresponsible with the government coffers than the Democrats.

As a RINO, that’s what most upsets me about the Republicans – almost all of them are simply fiscally irresponsible. At least the Democratic candidates are honest enough to say that we’d have to pay for the stuff they’re proposing. Almost all the Republican candidates are saying that they want to spend lots more money, and cut taxes at the same time.   I guess we should call the current Republicans “No Tax & Spenders“.  I think that’s much worse.  Talk about your people who want free stuff!  The Republicans want “free stuff” and they want to get paid to take it.

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One Does Not Need To Be A Scientist To Develop Good Public Policy

“I am not a scientist” seems to have been the most commonly uttered phrase among politicians this past election season.  Many seem to have come to the realization that denying the changes occurring across the planet (e.g., climate change), denying the causes of many of the problems we face (e.g., shortsighted policies that are not informed by evidence), and denying the existence of the natural processes that shape the world around us and that can be used to solve some of these problems (e.g., evolution) is an untenable position.  So they seem to have switched to a position of feigning to be unqualified.  Thus, one has to ask, if you don’t know or if you’re not qualified, why are you not taking the information from people who are qualified and have made it their life’s work to know?

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