Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Labeling America

These days, politics is driven by labels. There are three main groups, Conservative, Liberal(progressive), and Libertarian. Note that I used capitals with those labels. That's because those are names of groups. If we look closer, we will find many use those labels who have varying beliefs.

No matter the ideology, you will run into purists who try to say who can wear the label and who can't. I've personally run across that with upper case Libertarians, those who belong to the party and claim to be purists. I've been told I'm not libertarian because I believe differently on a few issues.

It seems, daily, I find anarchists who sometimes carry the Libertarian label. On a given day I'll find an anarchist who claims to be a progressive. I watch as people who all carry the same label, arguing over some issue.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jobs and Automation

President Trump ran and was elected on jobs. If you listen to democrats, there are more jobs than people, which means labor must be Imported. Since the beginning of the industrial age people have been worrying that machines would replace humans, which is the main topic of this writing.

A friend and I were discussing economics when he asked me what I thought about minimum incomes and wages. I told him that in the USA the economy is regional and not national. For that reason any minimum wage should be regional or restricted to the state.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Economics of Illegal Immigration

The Wall Street Journal just published an article about labor shortages in United States. agricultural, construction companies, restaurants and their complaint about labor shortages due to a shortage of illegal immigrants. They complained how they had to keep increasing wages in order to keep the employees they have.

Throughout history businesses have sought-out cheap labor. It's some of the extremes businesses have taken that brought on the rise of unions, communism, and socialism. Everyone is aware the part slavery played in the early USA and the world. In the USA, agriculture required cheap labor, so they brought in mostly African slaves. Slaves had little value for many industries because they needed higher skilled labor. Even after slavery ended, Africans still did a majority of the field work. This continued until the late 60's when African-Americans became better educated and sought out higher paying jobs.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Trump Divide: Getting Along

Twitter and social media in general is an interesting place where there is an exchange of ideas, even if some of those exchanges are sometimes contentious. Tempers can flare, especially when the topic is politics. President-elect Donald J. Trump is a newcomer to the world of politics and he has created chaos since day one. His running created a group of people who came to be known as “never-trumpers.” The Republican Party and those who often vote Republican became divided—battle lines were drawn. Some of those people fought Trump, even to the point of possibly electing Hillary Clinton as president. Even after the election of Donald J. Trump, the coals of the feud are still hot.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Personal Responsibility: Overdrafts

In one of my, You Might Be A Progressive, series, I posted one that created quite a bit of discussion. You might be a progressive if you believe a bank should loan you money for free in the form of overdrafts. The statement doesn't fully represent an overdraft, but it did create discussion on the topic of bank overdraft fees.

Earlier in the day, I had a progressive complain about the billions charged to bank customers because of overdraft fees. A progressive on Twitter, a Bernie Sanders fan, said, “Banks collected over $30 billion in overdraft fees last year from people who could ill-afford it.”

This is classic progressive thinking. I have no reason to doubt the $30 billion figure and don't deny that these fees are set high and increases company profits. What progressives don't understand, overdraft fees aren't solely motivated by profit. These fees are to dissuade people from writing checks for amounts greater than their balance. Intentionally writing a bad check is against the law even if you plan on depositing funds to cover that check before it clears.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Medicaid


For decades, Democrats have said Republicans are heartless. Statistics show that conservatives are some of the most charitable people in the country. Yet they can sometimes appear heartless when it comes to such things as Medicaid.

The conflict between small government and Medicaid is clear, but at this time, there is no alternative. Presidential candidate Donald Trump came under attack after saying he was for cutting government, but he wouldn't let people die in the street. That means he has no current plan to cut or reduce Medicaid other than the forced expansion found in the Affordable Care Act. The ACA tried to force states to expand Medicaid programs with little to no financial backing.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Why The Libertarian Party Fails

I've written about lowercase and uppercase libertarians. Uppercase libertarians are those who follow the principles of the Libertarian Party. They seem to set hard lines and allow for little deviation. This is one of the reasons they have trouble garnering votes in elections.

We find most lowercase libertarians voting Republican because they tend to have more in common with Conservatives. It's mostly in social areas and war that they find differences. The one area where all lowercase libertarians disagree with the Libertarian Party, is the border.

Hard core Libertarians don't want borders. They believe people should be able to travel freely around the world. What they fail to understand, is that without borders there is no country. Why do they participate in an election in a country they don't think should exist? This is bordering on one world order thinking.