Sunday, May 22, 2005

Question Of The Week, 5/22/05

This weeks question is a little longer than the past Questions Of The Week, I hope you will forgive me for that. Which of the following things are in place in the United States?

(1) A system that allows all Presidential candidates to take part in fair and open debates.
(2) Abolition of private property.
(3) Federally funded affordable health care for the elderly and handicapped.
(4) An immigration policy that keeps our borders secure.
(5) Heavy progressive income tax.
(6) Abolition to all rights of inheritance.
(7) Separation of Church and State protected by the United States Constitution.
(8) Confiscation of property of all emigrants and rebels.
(9) A Central bank.
(10) A foreign trade policy that puts tariffs in place on imported items to fund the federal government.
(11) Government control of communications and transportation
(12) The right of the individual to keep and bear arms.
(13) Government ownership of factories and agriculture.
(14) Government control of labor.
(15) Foreign trade policies that protect jobs of United States citizens.
(16) Corporate farms, regional planning.
(17) A way to hold elected officials accountable for their actions.
(18) Free education for all children in government controlled schools.

I could have thought of more, but that should do it for now.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic

13 Comments:

Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

Hmm let's see...

This is too complex to list each in and out. Overall, the bad things are in and the good ones are out. We have free education (though less than perfect) and free medical treatment (for the elderly and handicapped to a degree) but most of the rest of the good ones we do not have. Under the Patriot Act, we have limited loss of private property, though if the GOP has it's way we might just have total loss at government convenience when they write the new version of the PA. Overall, we are in the red.

2:15 AM  
Blogger matt d said...

1)not in place
2)not in place
3)not in place
4)not in place
5)taking 'progressive' to mean you pay more the more you make, then to some degree, in place.
6)not sure, but probably no
7)not in place
8)to some degree, in place
9)not in place
10)in place, but used unevenly and unfairly
11)complete control? No, but the gov. is far more involved than it should be.
12)in place.
13)not in place.
14)not in place.
15)soooo not in place.
16)in place.
17)a way? I suppose. A practical way that people can actually use? Not really.
18)not in place.
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This was interesting. Some of these I'm probably fairly uneducated on, so my answers are based on that limited knowledge. I find it interesting that someone posted claiming some institutions to be "good" and others "bad" as it seems most of them could be either depending on the perspective and how they are used. This was thought-provoking, so thanks!

10:58 AM  
Blogger bart said...

oh dear, as a humble european I'll reserve judgement, but I suspect most points are either not in place or severely challenged by the Holy Free Enterprise ethic

2:20 PM  
Blogger The MaryHunter said...

Gosh, how can I counter the deep insight of OK Dem, who believes (or anyway implies) that the GOP is out to usurp my house, car and church's property?

Might as well go to the extreme: that the GOP is really an evil empire that would have us ultimately living in a police state with no freedom of religion, speech, storm troopers, etc.

C'mon! For all its good and bad (plenty of both as with all things manmade), the GOP is the party of true personal empowerment and freedom. It is the liberals and Dems who are the utterly bigoted (witness everything from desegregation then, to the judicial filibuster now (see http://www.tmhbaconbits.net/2005/05/20/sowell-dem-political-bigotry/ ) and utterly repressive in their Government-Knows-Best-&-Fixes-All brand of liberal social engineering.

To answer your question, David: IMO there's too much fuzzy ground and "nuance" - or lack of knowledge! - for me to answer them all with confidence. For sure, what's in place at either a decent, or worrisome, level are
(5) bad;
(7) good - says it right there, but taken to extremes by liberal elite to strip religion from the public square;
(9) unless a trick question;
(11) for good and bad;
(12) yes, tho you've' got to wonder sometimes;
(13) I suppose yes, partly, through subsidies - not good;
(17) -- depends... if their actions are illegal and they're caught, then yes
(18) technically yes.

Not willing to hang my fanny out on any more. Will be intersting to see how this develops.

I'll keep an eye on your blog, David. Thanks for dropping by mine!

5:05 PM  
Blogger John said...

I'm with the maryhunter!

4:04 AM  
Blogger Markkind said...

the only one I thought that was indisputably in was the right bear arms

6:04 AM  
Blogger Whymrhymer said...

You sure like to make us work! ;-)

(1) Open debates? Not hardly, only the "major" candidates -- as decided by the Gods of TV.
(2) Abolition of private property. So far, only "property" as in land by the eminant domain laws.
(3) Federally funded affordable health care for the elderly and handicapped. Basically yes, but "affordable" is kind of a subjective term. (Oh yes, also for the Illegal elderly and handicapped.)
(4) An immigration policy that keeps our borders secure. LOL!
(5) Heavy progressive income tax. Oh YES!
(6) Abolition to all rights of inheritance. Extra taxation on those rights but not abolition.
(7) Separation of Church and State protected by the United States Constitution. Yes!
(8) Confiscation of property of all emigrants and rebels. We have to find them first!
(9) A Central bank. Yes!?
(10) A foreign trade policy -- tariffs on imported items. Not sure how well that's working any more.
(11) Government control of communications and transportation. Yes!
(12) The right of the individual to keep and bear arms. Yes!
(13) Government ownership of factories and agriculture. Lots of handouts but not govm't ownership.
(14) Government control of labor. Not really -- interference (sometimes requested) but not control.
(15) Foreign trade policies that protect jobs of United States citizens. Nope -- and that shouldn't be the objective of trade policies.
(16) Corporate farms, regional planning. ??
(17) A way to hold elected officials accountable for their actions. Yes -- its called an election and occassionally an impeachment or censure.
(18) Free education for all children in government controlled schools. Yep! They don't even have to be citizens.

10:06 AM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

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1:24 PM  
Blogger Unadulterated Underdog said...

To the maryhunter:

If the Republican Party is truly about personal empowerment, why does it support massive corporations over individuals? Why odo Republicans cut programs that help the individual (like that pesky public education) while giving companies huge and out of proportion tax breaks? If Republicans were really about empowering the individual, they would require the corporations that take part in these massive tax breaks to have cleaner environmental controls and improve employee treatment and benefits. Instead, they let companies pocket these tax breaks and little to none of the money actually reaches the employees or ends up serving the public in any way. That is NOT empowerment, that is greed. If you want to protect the rights of the individual and promote their well being, you are on the wrong side of the aisle. If on the other hand you mean that the GOP is the party that empowers the RICH individual at the cost of all the rest, you are right on.

1:27 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

I guess it's time I tell you were part of the Question Of The week came from. Numbers 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 18 come from the Communist Manifesto. They are known as the 10 planks (or goals) of Communism. If I'm not mistaken some of you found these in place in the United States. Communism is not dead, it has only changed the location of it's headquarters. You can read exerts from the Communist Manifesto in one of my favorite books (The Citizens Rule Book) on line at,http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7006/rulebook.html#anchor5 .

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

11:45 PM  
Blogger David Schantz said...

Mistake on that link, it should be, http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/7006/rulebook.html#anchor5

11:50 PM  
Blogger Tired of Liberal BS said...

OkDemocrat. Where do you think a large portion of the economy and the dollars in your pocket comes from? Where do you think the government gets a majority of it's money from? Where do you think a large portion of Americans work? LARGE CORPORATIONS. What would happen if the government increased your party's method of taxation? Large Corporations would take more or all of their work elsewhere. Should we be more like your German counterparts. What is their unemployement at right now, about 12%? Besides who do you think will pay for your social programs? Corporations get breaks to keep them interested. Granted there are abuses, but overall we know that corporations still provide a tremendous amount. Now I challenge you to tell me where I am wrong, as well as to show me where we would be without such "evil" corporations. Oh and on your comment about who pockets the money. Who exactly are you referring to? Is the company a person? Or are you just stereotyping all companies because of Enron and Walmart?

12:01 PM  
Blogger The MaryHunter said...

OK Dem: Tired of Liberal BS said it first and best. (I hope his comment passes moderation asap!)

I would have dropped by sooner to chat, but I was out spending a lot of my wealth, thereby giving entry-level service, manufacturing and retail employees: (1) a job, so they can get off of welfare, feed/clothe themselves, and/or work toward saving $$ for school; (2) a feeling of self-worth that no government entitlement check could ever offer; (3) the motivation to improve their lives, work hard, get promoted, reach for that golden ring.

Greed walks on both sides of that aisle, OKDem, and the Left's, I feel, is even worse because it is so hypocritical -- viz., the greed that makes Ed Asner build a 12-car garage in his So Cal villa on one day and on the next, excoriate SUV drivers for supporting terrorists by supporting a national radio and TV ad. Or maybe it was just on radio.

The rest of my wealth I was either giving to local, national and international humanitarian charities, investing for my children's college, or socking away for my retirement.

(There's a rich one: the Dems for some reason seem to think I should not have any control over even a little of my highly problematic Social Security $$ - but that's a whole other argument and I gotta go out and spend some more wealth again tonight, to keep the engine of the economy rolling for the folk, and for the greedy business owners so that they can hire more folks.)

2:42 PM  

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