The Anti-Science Crowd

There are prominent Republicans running for President that think opinions have as much weight as evidence and peer review. Rick Perry is the latest on the right to state that there are “gaps” in the theory of evolution. Another common attack from the right is on climate change. Do these people understand that science is nonpartisan? Sure, any individual is corruptible, but the field of science is the best system we have as humans for finding the truth. Opinion does not hold more weight than years and decades of evidence and peer review.

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Obama Or The Market?

If you turn on the news it isn’t long before you will hear the standard Republican talking point that President Obama has not shown leadership in creating jobs and improving the economy. Wait a second, I thought it was ‘the market’ that created jobs? If Republicans and conservative Democrats resist the government initiatives — repairing our existing infrastructure and building new infrastructure to benefit this nation in the future — required to get the economy going then they share at least some, if not a majority, of the blame for the state of the economy right now. If ‘the market’ is our best hope then what leadership is Obama supposed to be showing? At a time when government should be spending money on projects that will be a catalyst for economic growth and that will benefit us for decades to come instead deficit hawks have won the messaging war. We may look back at this time in the future and wonder how we could have been so foolish.

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Bad Ideas Die Hard

As the economy increasingly begins to resemble the scene pictured below from Live Free or Die Hard (2007) we still have persistent calls for incredibly stupid ideas on how to fix the economy. Republicans in congress led the charge with stupid ideas and many Democrats appear to be complicit in the madness.

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Who Lost The Debt Debate?

A poll on cnn.com today asks: Which party won the debt debate? The more important question is: Who lost the debt debate? The answer would be simple, us! The average citizen. The fact that the country can be held hostage to the narrow ideology of a small group means we all lose. If this is what our politics is going to look like moving forward I don’t know how our democracy is going to fair. While it’s true that democracy does not always mean majority rule, I think it’s safe to say that a small group of narrowed-minded people that want to punish others for what they perceive as “leeching off the system” is not very democratic at all. It has increasingly become obvious to me that we have one party in this country that governs based on the best in people and we have another party that governs based on the worst in people. One party assumes everybody is looking to take advantage of the system. The other party does not. I don’t think I need to mention which one is which.

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What Does It Mean To Be A Liberal?

We are witnessing a consolidation of the political left (liberal) and political right (conservative) into distinct parties in America, and I believe this has brought about confusion in political self-identity. People tend to stick with the political party of their parents and close relatives. So even people who hold a liberal view on a particular issue, may still vote for a Republican when they step into the voting booth.

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