1/8/12

Unions are the average person's lobbying firm


  1. Unions often represent the needs of the "average people", as long as you define "average people" as union members. Union members are often average people, i.e. good hard working Americans. However, more precisely, unions are the lobbying firm oftheir union members. It may be true that the "average person's" needs are aligned with the union members, but often the union member's desires may conflict with the desire of the larger community of average people. For instance the average person may want the government's budget to be balanced, however a union, as any good special interest, is focused on a more narrow band of goals: the desires of union members. The average person may want to have their kids to have good teachers. The average person may not have a pension, may have to pay for their health care, and may want the people teaching his children to be rewarded and advanced with merit pay. In all these cases the union is going to be lobbying against the desires of the average person, and for the desires of its members. The whole problem is special interest. Good historians are saying this is what destroyed Rome: politicians only cared about their needs. Special interest only cared about their needs. You had the rich merchants trying to get richer, the new Romans vs. the Old Romans. No one cared if the whole thing burned, as long as each group was able to fight for their dirty little scrap of what was left. We need to come reason TOGETHER and determine what is good for the country as a whole.

10/30/11

(-1) Obama can't be held responsible for everything his justice department does


Reasons to agree:
  1. No one personal can be totally responsible for every little decision and everything that happens within an organization that has 111,993 people. 

Reasons to disagree:
  1. The Department is led by the Attorney General, who is nominated by the President.
  2. The department is under control of the president, as it is a "United States federal executive departments"
Probable interest of those who agree:
  1. They agree with the argument, outside of any interest or alterior motivation (30%)
  2. Confirmation bias (you decide that you don't like Obama, and so this becomes the prism that you see him. People always root for the home team, because over time they start to show interest, and then each new story tells them they were correct. When the other team acts badly, you get mad. When your team acts badly, you feel justified. You continue to identify with Obama, because you once did). 
  3. Your a Republican. He is on the other team. He is the enemy. 
  4. Party Affiliation Group-ism (Republican)
  5. Racism.
  6. Political laziness and issue crossover (15%)
Probable interest of those who disagree:

Common Interest

Opposing Interest
  1. Opposing Obama
  2. Supporting another candidate

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        Opposition to gay marriage is not equivalent of racism


        Reasons to agree:
        1. Racism is hatred of those that are different. You can't assume that those who feel that our country will be benefited by opposing gay marriage or motivated by hate. 
        2. Not all people who oppose gay marriage are bad people, but all racist are bad people. 
        3. Victims of racism and homophobia experience similar treatment, but from a political standpoint you can't just say that because one form of discrimination was bad, that all forms of discrimination is bad. Some forms of discrimination are good. It is good to discriminate against people who do bad things. We may disagree about what is a bad activity, but we will all agree that some activities should be discouraged... I know, I know what you want me to do... you want me to give an example of a very bad activity, and then you will scream at me and say how dare I compare being gay to doing that bad activity, and I will say, I wasn't comparing the two, I was just using an extreme example to prove my point, but no matter how much I win the logical debate, you will win the emotional debate, where it appeared that I was comparing being gay to doing this bad thing, which was not my intention. I have no problem with you being gay. I have no problem with gay marriage, really. But I want to play peace maker, and tell gay people that all supporters of DOMA are not bigots. 

        Reasons to disagree:
        1. (Leave a comment, and I'll add your argument)
        Probable interest of those who agree:
        1. They agree with the argument, outside of any interest or alterior motivation (30%)
        2. Confirmation bias (you decide that you don't like Obama, and so this becomes the prism that you see him. People always root for the home team, because over time they start to show interest, and then each new story tells them they were correct. When the other team acts badly, you get mad. When your team acts badly, you feel justified. You continue to identify with Obama, because you once did). 
        3. Your a Republican. He is on the other team. He is the enemy. 
        4. Party Affiliation Group-ism (Republican)
        5. Racism.
        6. Political laziness and issue crossover (15%)
        Probable interest of those who disagree:
        # of reasons to agree: 3
        # of reasons to disagree: -0
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        # of reasons to agree with reasons to disagree: -0
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        The Obama Justice department argued that opposition to gay marriage is equivalent of racism


        Reasons to agree:
        1. The Justice Department's argument in Golinski compares DOMA in effect to racially discriminatory laws. According to the United Counsel of Catholic Bishops. Link

        Reasons to disagree:

        Probable interest of those who agree:
        1. They agree with the argument, outside of any interest or alterior motivation (30%)
        2. Confirmation bias (you decide that you don't like Obama, and so this becomes the prism that you see him. People always root for the home team, because over time they start to show interest, and then each new story tells them they were correct. When the other team acts badly, you get mad. When your team acts badly, you feel justified. You continue to identify with Obama, because you once did). 
        3. Your a Republican. He is on the other team. He is the enemy. 
        4. Party Affiliation Group-ism (Republican)
        5. Racism.
        6. Political laziness and issue crossover (15%)
        Probable interest of those who disagree:
        # of reasons to agree: 1
        # of reasons to disagree: -0
        # of reasons to agree with reasons to agree: 0
        # of reasons to agree with reasons to disagree: -0
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        Obama's Justice Department opposed religious liberties when it argued in court that defenders of traditional marriage should be regarded in law as the equivalent of racists


        Reasons to agree:
        1. The Obama Justice department argued that opposition to gay marriage is equivalent of racism
        2. Opposition to gay marriage is not equivalent of racism
        3. Not all people who oppose gay marriage are bad people, but all racist are bad people. 
        4. Victims of racism and homophobia experience similar treatment, but from a political standpoint you can't just say that because one form of discrimination was bad, that all forms of discrimination is bad. Some forms of discrimination are good. It is good to discriminate against people who do bad things. We may disagree about what is a bad activity, but we will all agree that some activities should be discouraged... I know, I know what you want me to do... you want me to give an example of a very bad activity, and then you will scream at me and say how dare I compare being gay to doing that bad activity, and I will say, I wasn't comparing the two, I was just using an extreme example to prove my point, but no matter how much I win the logical debate, you will win the emotional debate, where it appeared that I was comparing being gay to doing this bad thing, which was not my intention. I have no problem with you being gay. I have no problem with gay marriage, really. But I want to play peace maker, and tell gay people that all supporters of DOMA are not bigots.
        5. People should be allowed to be homophobic in their private lives. 
        6. People have a religious right to be homophobic.  

        Reasons to disagree:
        1. People's religion does not allow them to be homophobic. 
        Probable interest of those who agree:
        1. They agree with the argument, outside of any interest or alterior motivation (30%)
        2. Confirmation bias (you decide that you don't like Obama, and so this becomes the prism that you see him. People always root for the home team, because over time they start to show interest, and then each new story tells them they were correct. When the other team acts badly, you get mad. When your team acts badly, you feel justified. You continue to identify with Obama, because you once did). 
        3. Your a Republican. He is on the other team. He is the enemy. 
        4. Party Affiliation Group-ism (Republican)
        5. Racism.
        6. Political laziness and issue crossover (15%)
        Probable interest of those who disagree:

        Common Interest
        1. Opposing racism
        Opposing Interest
        1. Support for gay marriage. 
        2. Application of religious views in government. 

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              10/29/11

              Obama has rolled back religious liberties


              Reasons to agree:
              1. Obama's Justice Department opposed religious liberties when it argued in court that defenders of traditional marriage should be regarded in law as the equivalent of racists.
              2. Obama's National Labor Relations Board was wrong to issue rulings against St. Xavier University in Chicago and Manhattan College in New York, saying that they are not sufficiently Catholic to warrant religious exemptions from federal labor law.
              3. Obama's Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was wrong to punish North Carolina's Belmont Abbey College for removing contraception coverage from its employee health plans.
              4. Obama's Justice Department was wrong to argue before the Supreme Court for the effective gutting of the longstanding "ministerial exception" that allows religious bodies to hire and fire employees without government interference.

              Reasons to disagree:
              1. Your religious liberties don't give you the right to force your religion using our government. 
              Probable interest of those who agree:
              1. They agree with the argument, outside of any interest or alterior motivation (30%)
              2. Confirmation bias (you decide that you don't like Obama, and so this becomes the prism that you see him. People always root for the home team, because over time they start to show interest, and then each new story tells them they were correct. When the other team acts badly, you get mad. When your team acts badly, you feel justified. You continue to identify with Obama, because you once did). 
              3. Your a Republican. He is on the other team. He is the enemy. 
              4. Party Affiliation Group-ism (Republican)
              5. Racism.
              6. Political laziness and issue crossover (15%)
              Probable interest of those who disagree:

              Common Interest

              Opposing Interest



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